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The Spirit of Competition

Sport activities find their origin in the basic human need for the spirit of play. Winning and losing are mere outcomes of this spirit. What is part of the games is the pure satisfaction of participation (fun, fitness, friendship, stress release, etc.). Without your opponent and the officials, you have no game, no contest, and no fun. You are indebted to them, as they are to you. This spirit of play, then, is based on cooperation. Upholding high standards of integrity and fair play acknowledges this idea of cooperative competition. All players are encouraged to exercise good judgment in caring for the safety of others as well as themselves. At Concord University, an intentional violation of the rules is considered cheating and a gross offense against the spirit of competition. Abusive language toward officials, other participants, and manipulation of the rules are not “part of the game.” A lifetime interest in sports is a goal of all players and has more meaning than a win or a loss, the memory of which often fades quickly. All players are asked to participate within the context of this spirit of play and competition.

Intramural Sports Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Intramural Sports Program under the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness at Concord University to provide a wide range of individual and team activities at both a competitive and a recreational level to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community. Our purpose is to provide exercise, recreation, and fun to our participants in a relaxed, yet structured environment. Intramural Sports is a crucial element of the academic experience in that it promotes and reinforces teamwork and personal accomplishment, mutual respect and integrity, competition and recreation, as well as skill and exercise. Everyone is encouraged to play to the best of his or her abilities; however, a win-at-all-costs attitude is inappropriate and strongly discouraged. The genuine value of Intramural Sports comes from playing, not from winning.


Our aim is to create a community of students, employees, and scholars in which all members are treated with respect.  Diversity refers to the fact that our community, both locally and nationally, is
comprised of many individuals, each having unique attributes based on a variety of social, physical, and cultural characteristics. Included among these attributes are:

Race, Class, Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Marital status,Veteran status,Disability,PoliticalAffiliation, National origin.

The changing composition of our larger society demands that Concord University prepare its students for life and leadership within an increasingly diverse society. The existence of diversity within our university community provides us with an opportunity to discover ways to integrate all individuals and groups into the larger community in a manner that respects and values their uniqueness while simultaneously advancing the university in its traditional activities of instruction, research and public service.


Officials are an integral part of the Intramural Sports program at Concord University. Without officials, you would have just another Open-Rec pickup game, which could possibly get out of control. During a Concord University Intramural contest, the officials are granted sole authority for controlling each game. Our officials make $7.25 per game. High school officials make between $45.00 and $70.00 per game. As you can see, the use of student officials obviously helps keep team entry fees down. We get plenty of complaints concerning our officials, as do high school federations, the NCAA, and all professional leagues. We take the
complaints seriously, but we also realize that officiating is one of those jobs that people expect you to be perfect on your first game and improve on that perfection in each following game. If you have a problem with an official, you are welcome to file a complaint with the Recreation and Wellness Coordinator. Do not try to settle your problems on the field or court. Remember: officials do not win or lose games, teams do.

Created on Jul 31, 2012. Report incorrect information.