Sports Activities Policies and Procedures 


Some eligibility restrictions are necessary to provide fair opportunities for participation. These restrictions have been developed by students and employees to reflect the philosophy of the Sports Program and Campus Administration at BYU- Idaho. Eligibility is different for each program see the Student Services Protocol on the Dean of Students website or call the Student Activities office (208) 496-7300 for more info


BYU-Idaho makes reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Every reasonable effort will be made to find ways to assist with any special needs in a confidential manner. To ensure the accessibility of programs and services, we encourage anyone needing information, assistance and/or accommodation of any kind to contact the Student Activities Office at (208) 496-7442 or contact Disability Services

Identification Policy

To participate in any Activities Sport game, event or activity all participants must check in before they play. Checking in for Rec Sports or Events always requires a participant to show their BYU- Idaho I-Card or electronically through the BYU-Idaho Student Directory photo ID issued by the school, or other government issued photo identification card. Misuse of an identification card (borrowing, lending, counterfeiting, altering, etc.) is a violation of the BYU Idaho Honor Code.

Competitive Sports and Classes participants may also be required to show identification, especially during tryouts or their first classes to verify registration and other requirements are met. 

Roster Additions

Addition to rosters may be made only during regular season. No additions will be accepted during the playoffs unless petitioned and approved. Each petition will review situations on a case-by-case basis

Illegal Participation

Teams/individuals found to have participants not following the above eligibility policies will be sanctioned. Sanctions may include (but are not limited to) forfeiting contest(s) in which the illegible person participated, being removed from the league/event, referral to Dean of Students.  

The participant, captain, and team may be required to attend a misconduct meeting to resolve the issue. The Sports Activities staff reserve the right to investigate the eligibility of any participant at any time.

Fees and Charges

Participation fees and charges, varies within the Activities Sports programs. Participants are expected to provide payment when they create or join a team (or individual sport).

See the registration page on for more details.

Captains/individuals who forfeit a game/event may be subject to a $10 forfeit fee which will be charged to their student account. To receive a default rather than a forfeit, the captain must default on online at by 4:00 PM the day before their scheduled game/event.


Refunds will be dealt with on a case by case basis.


Any team knowing in advance that they will be unable to play a regularly scheduled contest is provided the opportunity to default the contest. This will result in the team receiving a loss and an “8” for sportsmanship for that contest.

To receive a default, the captain must use the online default button for their game (found on ) by 4:00 PM the day before the contest. The opposing team will then be contacted by the Recreational Sports staff to let them know they do not need to arrive for their scheduled contest.

A team is allowed two defaults per sport per season. Any request after the second default will be counted as a forfeit.


      A forfeited game will be marked as a forfeit in the team standings and the team will receive a “5” sportsmanship rating for the contest. A second forfeit will result in the team’s removal from the league. There are three situations that will result in a forfeit:

  • Not Enough Players – Team does not have the required number of players to participate at the scheduled game
  • Eligibility – One or more of the players participating is ineligible and therefore may not Ineligibility may be due to the player being a roster violator, being previously ejected, and ruled ineligible for sportsmanship-related issues, etc.
  • Sportsmanship – Game is ended by staff for sportsmanship-related

Reschedule Requests

Teams will not be allowed any reschedule request during the regular season or during tournament play.

Game Time

Participants are expected to check in before their games are scheduled to start.  If either team fails to have the minimum number of players required to begin the game, a five-minute grace period will be allowed before a forfeit will be called. If both teams fail to appear, a double forfeit will be declared; each sport requires a specific number of participants to begin a game. It is the coaches/captain’s responsibility to have their team at the game site on time with the minimum number of players required to play


                 There are inherent risks associated with participating in sports. All participants are expected to be insured by their own medical insurance before participation in Activities Sports.

                 It is the responsibility of every person participating in sports to ascertain whether they have any health conditions that make it inadvisable to participate in that sport. The University and sports program do not assume that responsibility. Persons who are uncertain should consult their physician.

              The Activities Sports staff should be notified of all injuries sustained during play. If needed, the participant will be given first aid, referred to a physician and/or the Student Health Center or an ambulance may be summoned to respond to an injury.

              An accident/injury report will be completed for all injuries. Participants are to follow return to play protocols specified by their health care provider (additionally Jodi Howard, ATC for Competitive Sports).

              If no return to play protocol is specified participants are to use their own judgement to determine when they can and return and participate. All participants play at their own risk and are responsible for their own injuries.

Inclement Weather

Activities Sports games/events are subject to cancelation due to inclement weather and/or poor field conditions. We will notify captains and participants via email and website of sport or program wide cancelations no later than 4:00pm the day of the game/event. Games in progress or those about to start may also be cancelled or postponed. 

Dress & Grooming

Participants are required to follow BYU-Idaho dress and grooming standards to participate in Student Activities. Indoor activities require BYU-I approved issue shirts and shorts or appropriate exercise pants/sweats.  Shorts may not be rolled above the mid-thigh. Leggings need to be black, must not be sheer, and may not have any pattern, design, or different colors above the knee. Outdoor activities do not require approved issue clothing, but clothing must meet the BYU-Idaho dress and grooming standards. Sport specific adaptations may be made. For examples shorts/pants with no pockets for flag football or wearing sliding pants for softball.

Competitive Sports participants are required to wear the issued uniform for their games. Rec Sports and Events participants may provide their own uniform/jersey which may be worn indoors or outdoors provided each team member is wearing the uniform. Call the Student Activities Office at (208) 496-7442 for questions about uniforms

League Play

Leagues can fall into four different categories; Mixed, Co-Rec, Open, and Men’s/Women’s.

Co-Rec: As close to 50% as possible, depending on the sport. Example; Basketball, 3-2 male to female ratio; Flag Football, 4 to 4 male to female ratio.

Mixed: At least one or more of the opposite gender to play, depending on the sport. Example; Outdoor Soccer, 8-3 male to female ratio.

Open: Any combination of male and female up to the roster maximum. Example; Battleship.

Men’s/Women’s: All of one or the other gender.


All participants of Activities Sports are under obligation to comply with all rules and regulations of the program. If a participant receives a misconduct or other sanction they will be removed from the current game, must leave the facility promptly and will have to meet with the compliance council to participate in further Activities and Sports.   

Outcomes of the council’s decisions vary and may include reinstatement or further sanctions.  Each participant will be evaluated on case by case basis’.


              Good sportsmanship is essential in sports. Your personal honor is what drives good sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship includes thoughtfulness and concern for others; sincere admiration for the skills of teammates, opponents, and officials; self-control, humility in victory; and calmness and composure in defeat.

              Manipulation of the rules and intentional fouls are a gross offense against the spirit of competition. Abusive language and/or “trash talking” toward opponents, teammates or officials are not part of the game. Participants or team who make a mockery of the game either through their actions or attire may not be allowed to participate in Sports Activities.

Each team will receive a sportsmanship rating for each game they are scheduled/play. This will be determined by director, coordinator, officials, leads and games managers at the end of each game. Each team must maintain a sportsmanship rating of 7.3 to be eligible for and to continue post-season play.

If you have a question regarding your sportsmanship from a game you have 48 hours to come into MC 101 and talk to Brother Hansen. After the 48 hour period you are free to come in and discus your sportsmanship but no changes will be made.

Sportsmanship Rating System

9-10 Excellent: Magnanimous play and impeccable sportsmanship; Spirit of fair play,
and respect for others are meritorious; Legendary character exhibited
7-8 Above Average: Thoughtful and terrific sportsmanship; Fairness and regard for
others are notable; Remarkable character exhibited
5-6 Average: Commonplace sportsmanship; little or nor disrespet for others; Some
character exhibited
3-4 Below Average: Inconsistent or improper sportsmanship; little respect for others;
Almost no character exhibited
1-2 Poor: Awful play and sportsmanship; highly disrespectful to others; deficient
character exhibited
0 Abysmal: Conscious effort to undermine sportsmanship; extreme disrespect for or
seeking to harm others; corrupt unscrupulous character exhibited

Sportsmanship Rating System Application

Defaults Both teams will receive a 7.0 for a sportsmanship rating

Forfeiting team will receive a 5.0 for a sportsmanship rating and the receiving team

will receive a 7.0 for a sportsmanship rating