- 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
- Thursday, June 21 • 9:45am – 10:45am
- Diplomat I, II, III
- Sheena Harvey, University of Nevada, Reno
Intramural sports participation continues to be popular among collegiate recreation programs across the nation. Behavior and sportsmanship policies affect the behavior of the students who voluntarily participate in intramural programming. Though changes have been made to the scope and frequency of sportsmanship policies, an area of concern for many collegiate recreation intramural sport programs is whether the proper disciplinary action is being applied when a student violates program behavior and sportsmanship policies. College and university intramural programs typically enforce standards of good sportsmanship; students are informed about them before play and there is an agreement that policies and behavior expectations will be upheld. “Research results have suggested that participation in campus recreational sports significantly predicted a sense of community within diversity and acceptance factor (Elkins et al., 2011, p. 24).” While much of sports behavior research has set its focus on the effects of applied behavioral techniques on athletes, there has also been an increasing number of behavioral sports researchers directing the attention to analyze the effects of coaching/teaching behavior on participants (Donahue et al., 1980). Aspects of our society have shown that there is a lost regard for the purity of sports, which makes the effort to epitomize sportsmanship within any sports program beneficially important. This is especially true for collegiate recreation intramural sports programs (Tong, 1991). In an effort to address and identify the best practices for sportsmanship and behavior issues within intramural sports, it will allow collegiate recreation programs to create their own return to play policies and efficiently enforce the issues that may arise within their intramural program.
Target Audience: New Professional-Generally, 0-5 years of professional experience. Mid-Level (Manager)-Generally, 5+ years of professional experience.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Research & Evaluation
- Learn effective teaching practices for student officials in the area of sportsmanship behavior violations and how to address them before, during, and after game play.
- Review documented examples of intramural participants undergoing disciplinary action which influenced the creation of an online self-paced return to a participation course.
- Recognize what resources your institution may have to bolster the needs of your program, especially regarding the type of content you can create and distribute to the participating student population.