The Frank B. Jernigan Intramural All-Star Award (aka the Jernigan Cup) goes to the team who participates in Intramurals while demonstrating good sportsmanship, organization and leadership. Points are awarded to teams who participate in the team sports designated at the beginning of the semester. The goal of the competition is to encourage participants to play in a variety of sports.
- Groups and organizations must keep the same team name in order to receive points. The team name at the beginning of the season is the official name as far as Jernigan Cup is concerned.
- Prizes will be awarded up to 25 participants.
- Groups and organizations can have multiple teams in a sport, but only one per league. For example, a group or organization can have one men's team and one co-ed team, but both names must reflect the group or organization name. Each team will be treated as two separate teams, except for sportsmanship and staff rating, and the team point total that is higher will count towards the overall competition.
The winner at the end of the spring semester will receive special intramural prizes and the Frank B. Jernigan Intramural Cup. The team name and team picture will be displayed on the award plaque in the Student Recreation Center.
A team’s top five scores are counted from a possible seven events. Six of the events are the Class I sports. The last event consists of a team’s top three scores from the five Class II sports. For example, Team A earns the following points in the five Class II sports: 9, 8, 13, 10, 11. The sum of the three highest is 34. Team A earns the following points in the six Class I sports: 28, 37, 33, 30, 29, 31. Including the 34 from the Class II sports, the five highest scores of the seven are 37, 34, 33, 31, 30. These added together give the final score of 165. A league or division for a sport must have four teams pre-registered in order for the sport to be played. If three Class II sports are not played due to a lack of teams who pre-registered, the number of scores that are counted are reduced to reflect the number of sports played.
Events are categorized into two classifications, each having its own point distribution:
Fall semester: Flag Football, Volleyball and Indoor Soccer
Spring semester: Basketball, Bowling and Softball
Class I sports are the team sports that last multiple weeks. The following point totals will apply:
Participation: Each team earns 15 points for participating in a sport and not forfeiting any games. If a team forfeits one game, a team only receives 10 points. If a team forfeits twice, they will not receive any participation points.
Sportsmanship: At the completion of each game, the officials, scorekeepers and supervisors working the event will rate the teams for their Sportsmanship Rating. This is based on the attitude and sportsmanship of the players, fans and coaches before, during and after the game towards other players, fans, coaches and Intramurals staff. The scale ranges from A+ to F with A+ being equated with the best behavior and sportsmanship and with F being poor behavior and sportsmanship. The letter grade is converted to a number. The sportsmanship score from all regular season and playoff games are averaged together to become the team’s sportsmanship rating (SR). Points awarded (PA) are calculated as follows: PA = (SR – 3.25) x 10
Champions and Second Place: Teams can earn points for finishing first or second in their respective leagues. A team will earn 10 points if crowned champion or five points for being in second place. Points are not awarded for any other finish.
Modifier: In theory, it is harder for a team to win a championship in a league with a lot of teams than it is to win a championship in a league with a few teams. To account for this, each team has their score modified slightly. This is done by comparing a team’s league to the league with the fewest number of teams. For every extra team a league has compared to the smallest, the teams in that bigger league get a half point. For example, League X has 10 teams, League Y has five teams. Team A is in League X. Team A will get 2.5 points added to their score.
Staff Rating: Teams can earn bonus points for how well they communicate, follow procedures and are organized. This includes attending any mandatory meetings or completing online tests. The rating is given by the coordinator and student staff. Teams can earn anywhere from one to five points, with five being the best.
Fall Semester: Dodgeball, 3v3 Basketball, Arena Ultimate Frisbee and Sand Volleyball
Spring Semester: Arena Flag Football and Sand Volleyball
Class II sports are the team sports that last only one, two or three days. The following point totals will apply:
Participation: Each team earns five points for participating in a sport and not forfeiting any games. If a team forfeits, they will not receive any participation points.
Champions and Second Place: Teams can earn points for finishing first or second in their respective leagues. A team will earn three points if crowned champion or two points for being in second place. Points are not awarded for any other finish.
Modifier: In theory, it is harder for a team to win a championship in a league with a lot of teams than it is to win a championship in a league with a few teams. To account for this, each team has their score modified slightly. This is done by comparing a team’s league to the league with the fewest number of teams. For every extra team a league has compared to the smallest, the teams in that bigger league get a quarter point. For example, League X has 10 teams, League Y has five teams. Team A is in League X. Team A will get 1.25 points added to their score.
Frank B. Jernigan
Mr. Jernigan was a graduate of Boys High in Atlanta, served in the Naval Air Force during WWII and earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Emory University and an Ed.S. degree from Georgia State. He was a committed educator, serving first as a teacher and coach (baseball, football and wrestling) in the Atlanta School System and subsequently becoming the youngest man to be made principal at O'Keefe High. He continued his career as principal at Birney Elementary and North Fulton High. He was active in educational organizations at the state and local level, serving in leadership positions in professional associations and as a member and then chairman of the Dekalb County Board of Education. In the early 1970's, he became the first director of Recreational Services at Georgia State University. As he had done with the introduction of the Upstream program in the Atlanta City Schools (an outdoor program patterned after Outward Bound), Mr. Jernigan was able to share his love of outdoor adventure with college students with the development of Georgia State's Touch the Earth program. Touch the Earth put urban students on whitewater rivers and on mountain trails where he encouraged them to strive and grow and to be their best. "Piece of cake!" he'd shout as he plunged forward to meet new challenges. He embraced life and those he met with arms wide open, touching many with his zest for living life to its fullest. He was always ready with a mischievous grin, a wink and a funny story. A highly competitive gifted athlete, he was inducted into Emory University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.