Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports are organized sports, games and activities for all students and anyone with a Sumers Recreation Center membership to play against one another.

The activities and sports are different each semester based on the interests of the WashU community. All activities are free of charge and can be single day activities or full seasons with playoffs.

One of the many benefits of IM Sports is the limited time commitment — simply show up at your scheduled times and compete for fun. You do not have to be an expert to participate — students have opportunities to try new things in a friendly and fun environment, or the option to participate in more competitive divisions. Contact if you have any questions.


The schedule for IMs will be released March 14. Spaces will be limited so sign up early to ensure a spot. If you do not have a team you can register as a “free agent”.

You can sign-up two ways: use this Interest Form if you have never used, we will get you added to that site plus information sent to you about your specific interest; or fully register for events/sports at using your wustl email.

For 2021-2022 there will not be a forfeit deposit – if a team forfeits they will be removed from the schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in intramurals?

  • Any student, undergraduate, graduate, or professional that is currently enrolled and pays the Health & Wellness fee.
  • Faculty or Staff that have a month or longer membership to Sumers Recreation Center.
  • Spouses/partners and alumni who have a month or longer membership to Sumers Recreation Center.

How are Intramural Sports different from club sports or varsity athletics?

Intramural sports are different in several ways, the main being that intramurals are for all students or Sumers Rec Center members, and are played internally against other students.

Time commitment

IMs do not have formal practices, you sign up for one game a week in the season sports or for a weekend tournament.


IMs are free except for the forfeit deposit, which is refunded if the team does not forfeit during the season.

Experience level

There is a division for all to participate rather trying a sport for the first time or continuing a sport you have played and love.

What are game days and times?

Intramural games that have seasons are typically scheduled and played on campus once a week. Most sports include a four week regular season game schedule and will have availability between the following times:

Saturdays-Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Mondays-Fridays: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

­ Most one-day tournaments are held on Saturday or Sunday since they usually last more than one hour. Tournaments will provide a general timeframe such as a tennis doubles tournament from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on a Sunday.

Do teams get to pick when they play? What are Time Preferences?

Teams are usually given the opportunity to select time preferences when the team captain creates the team. This allows captains to block out a specific number of time slots that their team is unavailable to play in. Regular season games will be scheduled around those preferences whenever possible. Playoff games cannot be scheduled around time preferences.

How do I register for sport leagues, games or activities?

All registration is on IMLeagues. A team captain will create a team, select the days/times their team can play, and pay the forfeit deposit by the registration deadline.

For individual sports or activities, the individual participant is considered the captain. Each member of the team must create their own IMLeagues account.

To create a team click the “Washington University in St. Louis” button at the top left of your Imleagues page. All of the sports, tournaments and events for the entire semester will be listed along with the registration deadlines. Find the sport/activity you’d like to participate in and click on the icon.

All of the important information for that sport/activity will be listed on its landing page. Select which league you’d like to participate in for that sport (women’s, open, co-rec). On the next page you’ll have the opportunity to either “create a team” or “join as a free agent” in the division (competitive, just for fun) of your choice. Please note, not every activity will have a choice of league or division.

If you have a group of friends to play with already, create a team. If you don’t have a team, join as a free agent, and now teams can view your profile and contact you if they need more players.

When creating the team you will automatically be the captain unless you designate someone else. Captains will be required to select a team name, agree to the waiver, and take a short quiz. After the team is created, start inviting players through your captain toolbar.

What do I need to participate in intramural sports?

All participants must have a WashU ID card or Sumers Recreation membership card to check-in for all Intramural contests. Participants must also have an IMLeagues account. If a participant is not yet on a roster, you may be added on-site as long as the first two requirements are met.

What if I am not a student and do not have a wustl email, but I do have a Sumers Rec Center membership?

You will still need to create a profile on IMLeagues but your process will be different than students.

  1. Click the top right corner button “Sign Up” and use a non-wustl email.
  2. During the initial registration do not select a school, keep that blank.
  3. You will then get a confirmation email that you will click through to log in.
  4. Once logged in you will click the top large banner that says “Join School” and type in “Washington University in St. Louis” and request to join. It will initially say you can’t request but if they scroll down you will see a button that says send request.
  5. The Assistant Director will receive the request and verify the Sumers Recreation membership.

After you are approved you will be in the website as any other member.

If I don’t have a team, can I still sign-up to play?

Yes, you can sign up as a free agent if you do not have a team. Once you register as a free agent, teams can request to add you to their team or you can request to join a team. When there are enough free agents a team can be formed from just free agents. If you are not drafted initially, you are able to join any team throughout the entire season.

How do I sign-up as a free agent?

  1. Log in or create an account using your WashU email at IMLeagues.
  2. Select a sport, then a league for that sport.
  3. Click on “Join As A Free Agent” in as many divisions as you choose.
  4. Click the accept button on the waiver.
  5. Provide any additional information about yourself you’d like a team to know.

Some teams will indicate on IMLeagues that they are looking for free agents, to try and join one of those teams.

  1. Click on “Join Team” next to their team name.
  2. Click the “Accept” button on the waiver.
  3. Wait to see if the team drafts you.

How do I add people to my team’s roster?

Team captains can invite members to their team by clicking the “Invite Members” link on the team roster page. Any invited members must accept the invitation to join to your team. If a potential teammate is already a member of IMLeagues, search for their name, and invite them.

If a potential teammate hasn’t become a member of IMLeagues, scroll down to the “Invite by Email Address” box, and input their email address.

If a teammate has an IMLeagues account they can be added on-site before their first game.

I have never played a sport or am not very experienced, is there a less competitive atmosphere I can just play for fun?

Yes! Most sports and activities have different divisions: Competitive and Just for Fun. The Just for Fun division is for all skill levels and is a more relaxed, less competitive atmosphere. You can only play in one division for each league.

What do you get if you win?

Teams that win their playoffs or individuals that win their tournaments, regardless of division will get championship T-shirts. Along with T-shirts for all that participated, your picture will be included on the Wall of Champions on the Level 3 concourse in the Sumers Recreation Center.

What is a forfeit deposit?

A forfeit deposit is the only cost associated with intramurals and is used as a deterrent against teams not showing up for their scheduled games. Intramurals is all about participation and respect for each other’s busy schedules.

A deposit of $40 will be made before the season begins for all sports or games played against an opponent. If a team does not forfeit during their season the deposit will be returned in full. Teams that forfeit will have $20 of the deposit deducted for each game that team forfeits. After two forfeits the team will be removed from the schedule and none of the deposit refunded. One day tournaments or events are only a $10 deposit. If a game is missed the entire deposit will not be forfeited.

A team can concede if they are not able to make a scheduled game.

A deposit is made at the Online Rec Store by selecting “Programs” and then “Intramurals”. You will use your wustl key to log in, and once logged in you will select the sport you paying the deposit for.

If you cannot pay the deposit contact and arrangements will be made to remove financial barriers to participating in intramural sports.

Can I be an Intramural referee or scorekeeper?

Yes! Student employees are a vital part of intramurals. The referees, scorekeepers and supervisors that are in charge of running on-site activities are students.

There is no experience necessary to be a referee, only a general understanding of the specific sport and a willingness to learn. Anyone interested should email to get more information.

Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball, and Softball are the sports that we are always looking for students to referee.

How do I know when my team will play?

After a captain completes the team availability and the deadline passes, a schedule will be released on IMLeagues that everyone can see. IMLeagues will be used for all scheduling except for E-Sports.

IMLeagues has an app that can be downloaded on your cell for easy access to schedules.

How often will my team play?

Each team in a sport with a season will be scheduled for one game a week. Occasionally a team will have a BYE for a week depending on number of teams. Concedes are offered to team captains for an extra game and would count as any other game on your schedule. Some teams want to play more than once a week, while others only want to play one time a week.

Single day tournaments are played until a champion is declared.

Does the team captain have to be at every game?

No, the captain does not have to be at every game. Someone will be designated as the acting captain as long as the team minimum is in attendance.

What is the difference between a default and a forfeit?

A default or concede, is when you are unable to make a scheduled game and let the Assistant Director know by noon the day of a weekday game, or by 8:00 p.m. the night before a weekend game.

You can email or call in your concede. A team that concedes will receive a 0-1 loss on their record but will not be penalized against their deposit.

A forfeit is when a team does not have the minimum number of players checked-in to play by the scheduled game time and the requirements for a concede are not met. $20 will be deducted from the deposit, the team will received a 0-1 loss on their record and a 2 on their sportsmanship for that game.