Protest Procedures

General Information

  • Protests will not be considered if they are based solely on a decision involving the judgment of an official.
  • Protests that shall be considered concern matters of the following types:
    • Misinterpretation of a playing rule.
    • Player eligibility.
  • All protests must be filed online using the Protest Form, by the team captain (for team sports) or individual participant (for individual and dual sports). The Protest Form must be submitted by 8:00 am the next day following the contest. Teams or individuals may only file protests against those teams or individuals with whom they have had direct competition.
  • Questions of eligibility may be protested throughout the intramural season or tournament. Those protesting ineligibility must notify the official at the start of the contest and the contest will continue under protest. In any event, both team’s roster will be checked for eligibility. Late players must be protested upon their entry into the contest. No eligibility protests will be allowed after the contest has been completed. It is the responsibility of the protesting team/individual to prove participant ineligibility.
  • Rule Misinterpretation Protests:
    • Officiated contest: A protest regarding possible playing rule misinterpretation must be registered verbally with the official at the time the incident occurs and recorded on the score sheet.
      • The game may continue if the proper rule misinterpretation can be agreed upon by both team captains and the official(s). The agreement must be indicated on the back of the score sheet and signed by the team captains and the official(s). Following the agreement, the result of the game will be final and neither team will be allowed to file a protest on the rule misinterpretation in question.
      • If the interpretation cannot be clarified or agreed upon, the game will continue under protest. Both team captains should make certain that the official records specific game information at the time the protest is registered. The information must include: score, players involved, time remaining and other game situation details pertinent to any further decisions that would allow the game to be continued from the point of protest.
      • A Protest Form must be completed and filed online following the contest by 8:00 am the next day.
    • Non-Officiated Contest: In cases when officials are not assigned to a contest, the players are responsible for the conduct of the game. If an individual or team questions or protests a rule interpretation, the contest should immediately be stopped and the grievance brought to the attention of the opponent. If they cannot come to an agreement, they must contact the Program Assistant for a ruling prior to continuation of play. If the contest is completed, the final score is official and no protest will be considered.

Hearings & Rulings

  • The Associate Director will rule on eligibility protests, administration errors, and rule misinterpretation protests when they are obvious and not contested by either team or by the individual(s) involved.
  • The Intramural Manager may rule on protests regarding rule misinterpretation at the time of the occurrence.
  • Protests that are contested or involve situations that are not specifically covered in this Handbook shall be reviewed by the Associate Director, Intramural Manager and other UW Recreation Staff as needed.
  • Decisions by the Associate Director may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Eligibility Protest: The penalty for ineligible participation shall be forfeiture of all games/contests in which the ineligible person participated. In addition, the team captain(s) for that team(s) will be suspended for one game plus any further action deemed appropriate. During playoffs, a team/individual in violation will be dropped from further competition.
    • Rule Misinterpretation Protest: When rule misinterpretation is involved, all officials for that contest shall be required to file a written report. The decision rendered on a protested game shall result in one of the following:
      • The protest is considered to be invalid and the game score stands as recorded.
      • When a protest is determined to be valid because of the misinterpretation of a playing rule, the decision will be corrected and the game shall be replayed from the point at which the incorrect decision was made.


If new evidence is presented that may have a bearing on a previous protest decision, an appeal may be made by following these rules:

  • An appeal must be made within 48 hours of the next contest during the regular season. A playoff contest appeal must be made within two hours after the initial protest decision has been announced.
  • An appeal must be made using the Protest/Appeal Form.
  • Only the captain of the appealing team can file the appeal or the individual involved in Code of Conduct violations or penalties may file their appeal.
  • A team involved in a protest shall be represented by the team captain and the individual(s) involved.
  • If eligibility is involved in the appeal, those in question may not participate until a final decision has been rendered.
  • Rule misinterpretation and eligibility decisions made by the Associate Director shall normally be final. However, individuals/teams may make a final appeal to the UW Recreation Director if new evidence warrants further review.
  • Code of conduct violation/penalties: Individual may appeal to the Associate Director.