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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.

Why Play Intramural Sports at CU?

Get In Shape While Having Fun and Competing 
Intramural programs provide a great opportunity for those who don't have the time or abilities to compete in competitive university athletics. Many people also feel more motivated to exercise when they're playing in an organized program rather than following a personal fitness regimen.
Meet Others and Form Lasting Friendships 

Another clear benefit to playing intramural sports is the opportunity for socialization. Whether you're a new freshman looking to meet people and establish friendships, or you're a junior seeking to branch out of your group of friends, intramural sports forces you to get to know your teammates. Intramural organizations are also flexible and often don't have strict schedules. This allows students to make time for studying when final exams come around. 

Reduce Stress and Increase Your Academic Success 

But the rewards run even deeper than that. Some argue that playing intramural sports can help reduce stress, which in turn could help a student achieve academically. NIRSA is conducting studies to determine whether there's a connection between physical activity and graduation rates. But some research has already shown that physically active children do better in reading and math. 

Be Part of a Group 

College-age students are still building their identity, which is another reason why the benefits of intramural sports can go well beyond health and physical fitness. Students at that stage feel like they need to be part of a group, which is something intramural teams satisfy. Some researchers say organizational activity prompts the release of the hormone oxytocin (perhaps from supportive physical touch), which helps team-bonding. 

Build Character and Become a Leader 

Additionally, some argue that involvement in recreational sports helps students build character, allowing them to develop self-control and positive self-image. But others believe that these positive character-building benefits only apply in certain circumstances. Specifically, they don't occur when students play the sport with an ultra-competitive, win-at-all-costs attitude. In fact, such mentality could promote aggression and violence. So, by that logic, intramural sports might be preferable to the more competitive varsity sports. 

Help Your College Grow 

Institutions should also take note of the benefits of promoting their intramural programs. NIRSA finds from their own studies that such programs help in student recruitment and retention.