Frequently Asked Questions - SUNY Cortland

Frequently Asked Questions

Intramural Sports Registration

When is intramural registration?
Intramural sports registration is ongoing throughout the year. Check the calendar for the deadline of the sport/event that you are interested in playing.

Who is eligible to play intramural sports?
Any current SUNY Cortland student, faculty or staff member. A current Cortland ID must be must presented prior to participation each time you participate. 

How do I form a team?
Ask other students in your residence hall, classes and clubs. RAs are also helpful when you first arrive to campus, since some RAs will create intramural teams from students on their floor.

Students having trouble finding a team to play with may register themselves as a free agent on the "Entry Forms, Policies & Rules" page. Likewise, team captains looking to add additional players to their rosters can browse the registered free agents on the same page

Please note that the SUNY Cortland Recreational Sports Department does not form teams for free agents. The list of free agents is simply a forum provided for individuals without teams to post their information in hopes of being added to a team. That being said, free agents are encouraged to contact one another to discuss the possibility of forming a team comprised entirely of free agents prior to the registration deadline.

Is there a fee to sign-up an intramural team?
In the vast majority of cases, no. Intramural sports are funded via Recreational Sports via the Mandatory Student Activity Fee. (Exception: Golf and bowling since we do not have those facilities on our campus) Most colleges and universities charge for intramurals, so you get a great value for your $40 fee that is dedicated to Recreational Sports.

How do I sign up for Intramural Sports?  
Registration for all intramural events is done online. To become involved, follow this simple procedure: Visit the "Entry Forms, Policies and Rules" page on the Intramural Sports Website. Find the event that you would like to participate in and select the "entry" link. Fill out the form completely and submit it online. Once you register,  your teammates will be emailed instructions on how to confirm their participation on your team.

For complete details on how to register, please visit the Policies and Procedures page. 

Can I play on more than one team per league/event?
No. Individuals may only participate on one team per league/event.

Are varsity/club players allowed to participate in intramurals? 
Maybe. Full details regarding restrictions on what can/cannot participate in intramural sports can be found on the "Participation Eligibility" page. 

Team Rosters 

Can I add players to my roster during the season?
Yes. For team sports, there is a 1-2 week period after competition begins where you may add and drop players from your roster. Team captains may manage their rosters online via the Captain's Management Page.  

What is a Free Agent? 
A Free Agent is someone who does not have a team to play on, but wishes to play. See "How do I form a team?" above for additional information on how to register as a free agent and/or view the current list of registered free agents. 


What sports are offered? 
Please see the calendar to view the schedule. If you would like to request a new sport, please contact Matt Nuesell. New sports are added based on student interest.

When are games played? 
Most games are played Sunday-Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., and ending at 11 p.m., generally scheduled every hour. Broomball and Arena Football are exceptions, beginning anywhere between 7-10 p.m. and ending around 12 a.m.

Late night events (i.e. Friday Night Tournaments) typically begin at 8 p.m., with the championship games ending around 2 a.m.

How long does the season last?
Intramural leagues generally last 5-7 weeks, depending on the number of teams and facility availability. We try our best to schedule each team for 4-5 games before playoffs begin.

How do I find out my team's game schedule?
All schedules are posted online at the Intramural Team Schedules page, so everyone on your team can check the schedule. Navigate directly to this page by visiting

How do I find out if games are canceled if the weather is bad?
The quickest way to find out is to go to the website where the schedules are posted where the schedules are posted. We will also contact all teams affected by cancellations via phone and/or email. We will play in rain and snow, as long as it is still safe, so prepare for inclement weather conditions for outdoor sports. 

Can I reschedule games once the schedule has been posted?
No. If teams wish to cancel a scheduled game they must give at least 24 hours business notice to the Assistant Director or Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports. The cancellation will be counted as the team’s first forfeit and the team will remain eligible for participation in the league. However, the second time that a team cancels or forfeits a game will result in the cancellation of all future scheduled games and immediate removal from the league. Make sure that you have enough subs on your team to accommodate a game time where one or more players will be in class.

For full details about the cancellation policy, please visit the Forfeit & Cancellation Policy page.

What happens if my team is a no show and forfeits?
If your team forfeits a game for any reason, your team must pay a $30 forfeit fee to continue playing in the league. This is due as soon as possible, but no later than noon the day prior your next scheduled game. If your team does not have another game that week, then the fee is due no later than 12 p.m. on Thursday of the same week. 

Once the fee is paid, your team will be allowed to play the next game or be scheduled for more games. Your team will also still be eligible for playoffs. If the fee is not paid, your team will be dropped from the league and will not be eligible for playoffs until the forfeit fee has been paid.


What is Co-Rec Flag Football?
Co-Rec Flag Football is similar to the regular flag football league, except for a few rule modifications based upon the gender of the players involved in each play. Games in the Co-Rec league are only played on Sunday nights and are played 8v8 (4M/4F) instead of 7v7. Full rules for this league are available on the "Entry Forms, Policies, and Rules" page.

What is the 5K Prediction Race?
The 5K Prediction Race is like any other 5k, except that participants will attempt to predict their own finishing time before the race begins. The catch? No timing devices, headphones, music devices, etc. can be worn or used once the race begins. Nothing! Pace yourself and do your best to match your predicted time. Prizes are given to the top 3 runners whose predicted time comes closest to their actual finishing time!


Can I work for Intramurals Sports?
Yes! We staff 40-50 students every semester as intramural scorekeepers, officials and supervisors. Visit to look for open positions and to submit an application.

What kind of training do the officials go through?
Student officials go through sessions on rules and mechanics, and are evaluated prior to each intramural season. Participants must remember that most students are new to officiating and are doing their best to enforce the rules consistently. If you have any questions about intramural officiating, please contact Matt Nuesell.