LCIRSA Eligibility Guidelines
Please note, that LCIRSA is its own entity and do not follow the NCCS guidelines for eligibility. We have our own guidelines that the association has voted on and benefit the universities within the association. Please read carefully and contact us, if you have any questions or need clarification on any of the guidelines.
- All eligibility requirements apply to participants, managers and officials.
- Participants must be enrolled for the minimum of hours (listed below) for the semester that the tournament is held.
- Undergraduates – minimum of 1/3 full-time enrollment status
- Graduate – minimum of three credit hours
- If a player is a graduating senior, and taking less than the required hours to fulfill their graduation requirements, submit a letter from the Director along with the registration materials stating that the player will be graduating the same term as the event.
- If the tournament is held during an academic break, the preceding term will be used to determine eligibility.
- Participants are limited to five years of eligibility, all sports inclusive, in LCIRSA State Tournaments. For example, if you played your first tournament in Fall 2007 your last tournament you would be eligible for would be in the Spring of 2012.
- Enrollment at more than one school does not supersede this rule.
- Any current or former intercollegiate athlete is ineligible to participate in his/her sport or its’ associate.
- Any person having signed a professional contract is ineligible to compete in that sport or its’ associate.
- A professional athlete is one who received any kind of payment, directly or indirectly, for athletic participation, or who has participated in competition with a professional team.
- A professional athletic team is any organized team that provides any of its players more than actual and necessary expenses for participation on the team and/or declared itself to be professional.
- Institutional participation is restricted to those with paid membership prior to competition.
- Players may play in/on only one sport/team per tournament.
- Faculty/Staff of a university/college cannot play on a team at LCIRSA Tournaments.
- All team players must attend the same institution from any two or four year degree-granting college or university.
- No women are allowed to compete on a men’s team, and no men are allowed to compete on a women’s team.
- Teams are limited to no more than two (2) club sport members participating on any one team during the tournament (sport specific). Enforcement of this rule is on the honor of the Intramural Directors’.
LCIRSA Sportsmanship Philosophy
LCIRSA believes good sportsmanship is an integral component of intercollegiate competition. We wholeheartedly embrace the position that, in order for sportsmanship to prevail, coaches, student-athletes, and fans must display respect, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility before, during and after all athletic contests. We encourage fans to enthusiastically support their team, recognize the outstanding performance of opponents, and always exhibit good sportsmanship in their words and actions.
LCIRSA encourages and promotes sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Offensive language including profanity, racial or ethnic slurs or other intimidating actions directed at officials, event staff, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the competition site.
Standards of Conduct
The Code of Conduct shall serve as a standard for how individuals are expected to behave when participating in a LCIRSA State Championship Tournament. Students enrolled in an institution of higher learning assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the college/university’s function as an educational institution. When involved in an event sponsored or endorsed by LCIRSA, the participant indicates, by his or her registration in the event, he or she agrees to represent his or her team and college/university in a way that does not detract from the reputation of the institution he or she represents, and to act morally and display sportsmanship-like behavior, before, during and after any competition. Guidelines of conduct include, but are not limited to, the examples outlined below.
Participants shall NOT:
- Use drugs, except for medical purposes, while traveling, competing, socializing and/or using facilities including lodging spaces.
- Consume alcohol while traveling, competing or spectating.
- Attend any part of the tournament or tournament events while intoxicated.
- Strike, attempt to strike or otherwise physically abuse any individual.
- Intentionally engage in or incite participants and/or spectators to engage in abusive or violent behavior.
- Violate any rules or policies of the LCIRSA Tournament, Tournament Hotels/Facilities, or city, state or government entities.
Violation of the Standards of Conduct may result in:
- Suspension from the game/match;
- Suspension from the Tournament;
- Forfeiture of any individual or team awards;
- Ejection from the Tournament hotel(s);
- Forfeiture of all games/matches won and possible team elimination from current and future LCIRSA Tournaments;
- Liability for all monetary damages arising from, or caused by, a participant’s conduct while participating in, and attending, a LCIRSA Tournament.
- Notification to University Officials for any violation of the Standards of Conduct by an individual or team.
**IM Directors must sign off on all teams, roster changes, and officials.**