Rules of the Games

This page outlines the overall rules and expectations for participating in Corporate Challenge. If you are looking for rules for a specific event, please select that event under "Season 32 Events" in the sidebar.

Want to know more about how your company can join the Games? Click here



POINTS - Challenge, Spirit, Participation

The goal of Corporate Challenge is to encourage employee PARTICIPATION, increase company SPIRIT and, of course, provide a little healthy competition! In order to achieve all of this, your team will be rewarded in 3 Point categories:  CHALLENGE, SPIRIT and PARTICIPATION.  

Here is a breakdown of how our points and rankings work.  Check each individual event page for complete details.  


This is the one with the corporate bragging rights! Earn the most overall CHALLENGE points at the end of the Games and your company reigns supreme as Division Champion!  Your team earns CHALLENGE points by placing in the top 6 of your division in any event labelled as a Challenge event.  You also can receive CHALLENGE points in both the SPIRIT and PARTICIPATION categories (see below).

All CHALLENGE events will also award medals to participants placing in the gold, silver and bronze positions.

SPIRIT points.

All SPIRIT points are added together and the team with the most SPIRIT points at the end of the games will earn overall CHALLENGE points.  Plus, everyone who earns a minimum of 500 SPIRIT points will earn 10 CHALLENGE points.
  • 1st Place in Spirit earns 20 CHALLENGE points
  • 2nd Place in Spirit earns 18 CHALLENGE points
  • 3rd Place in Spirit earns 16 CHALLENGE points
  • 4th Place in Spirit earns 14 CHALLENGE points 
  • 5th Place in Spirit earns 12 CHALLENGE points
  • 6th Place in Spirit earns 10 CHALLENGE points


All events your team signs up for and participates in will earn your company PARTICIPATION points. These participation points are added directly into your CHALLENGE total - so the more of these you gather the better the chances of winning your division! Check each event page to find out how many PARTICIPATION points you will earn.

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Teams winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any of our CHALLENGE events are entitled to a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal and these medals will be awarded at each event whenever possible.


All competition participants must:
  • play for only one company
  • be 18 years of age or older
For most events, participants should:
  • be employed by the company at the time of the Games (full-time, part-time, contract) anywhere in Canada!
NOTE: You do NOT have to be employed by the company to participate in most Spirit, Fundraising, Community, or Special Event Activities.  
  • Retired employees
  • Parental and maternity leave employees
  • professional (i.e. paid) athletes
  • college or university-level athletes (playing in the most recent school year – i.e. 2022/2023 athletes)

Athletes who meet the above criteria cannot compete in their designated sport but are free to take part in any other event within Corporate Challenge.

E-SUB  (Emergency Substitute)
Corporate Challenge is designed for employees of a company to get together and build their team spirit by participating in a whole bunch of fun events.  However, every once in a while – usually at the last minute - your team is short one player and no one is available to take part!  That’s a terrible situation to be in and we hate seeing a team not play because of a missing player!  So, to solve this, we are introducing the E-SUB (Emergency Substitute) which will allow one non-employee to step in and save the team!  

How does it work?
  • Each event team roster will have a space for one non-employee to step in and fill a spot to ensure you have a valid team for the duration of the sport
  • If you are short an employee for a team, invite a friend or family member to fill that spot
  • You can have only one E-SUB per event - but that person can play all games 
  • You must tell the registration volunteers you are using your E-SUB so they know that they do NOT need to verify employment
  • Your E-SUB will then read and sign the waiver and fill in the highlighted line on the roster
  • The only catch is that your team will be deducted one Challenge point for every event an E-SUB is used, but at least you will not be disqualified which would cost your team even more negative Challenge points
  • Please note - all E-SUBs must be 18 years of age

If a player is judged to be ineligible while in “play” he/she will be immediately ejected from the event and the team will be disqualified from play in that sport for the rest of the 2024 Games.
At each in-person event, your participating employees must prove that they work for the company and provide proof of identity. All participants must show a photo ID along with proof of employment.  This may include:

At each virtual event,  participating employees must identify themselves as from their company by changing their Discord or Zoom name to include their company name.
In an effort to make the registration for in-person events easier for your athletes, it is recommended that every team provide a Human Resource letter signed by your Human Resources Director/Senior Manager – ALPHABETIZED BY LAST NAME. This will accompany the roster for that event. 

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We are using a couple different platforms to deliver our virtual events. Check out the event specifics to confirm which ones you may need to use!
  • Discord
    • Discord is an online service that facilitates discussion via voice, video, and text
    • We will be using Discord to coordinate schedules and match ups for our online tournaments and to deliver some additional events.
    • All participants are encouraged to sign up for Discord and join our private server to facilitate social interaction and networking during the Games.
    • Check out our Discord 101 guide here for more information and how to join!
  • Zoom
    • A couple of our events will take place via Zoom
    • Meeting links will be provided to your Company Coordinator prior to the event
Some events may require you to sign up for a free account or download a game to play, but we have done our best to limit this where possible. Every virtual event we are hosting will be free to play and will not require any paid accounts.

For more information on the technology requirements for each event, please visit Season 31 Events under the sidebar menu. We will be working to add and confirm technology and equipment needs to each individual event as we approach the dates of the Games.

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Teams must register for events ahead of time. There is no minimum or maximum number of events a company is required to participate in, but once registered, the company must send a team to that event. To cancel participation in an event after the confirmation date, companies can do so by sending an email to Participation points will only be awarded to teams that participate in the sport - if a company signs up but does not take part, they will not receive the participation points.

Cancellations must be in writing emailed to the Corporate Challenge office. If a team must cancel their participation in a sport, the Penalties are as follows: 

CANCELLATIONS: (Within 48 hours of your event start time)
Teams that provide written notification (by email) that they are canceling out of an event within 48 hours of the start of the event will be penalized 5 points. A company with participants who register at the event but are unable to register an eligible team will be considered a cancellation and the penalty will apply.

NO SHOWS: (No notification of cancellation)
A No Show will result in a 10-point deduction. A NO SHOW is a team that has not provided any notification that their team is not participating in an event prior to start time of the event.

A company missing two (2) matches throughout the tournament will be considered a Cancellation or No Show and the penalty will apply. If you think your team will DEFINITLEY miss ONE match, please call the Corporate Challenge office with at least 24 hours notice so that, out of courtesy, we can inform the challenging team.
Missing a match may also happen if a player is injured and it is determined you are not eligible to continue playing.

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Weather Policy

​All outdoor events will take place as scheduled – RAIN OR SHINE. In the event that safety is an issue due to severe weather (high winds, lightning), Corporate Challenge Management will have the final decision as to event delays or cancellations. Any cancellations will be communicated to the Company Coordinator and will be posted on the Corporate Challenge social media and emailed to Company Coordinators.

 Air Quality Event Cancellation Policy

Edmonton Corporate Challenge will monitor the Air Quality Health Index on Environment Canada's website.  We will use their scale to determine if an event needs to be cancelled.

1 to 3 = 'low' health risk – ALL EVENTS PROCEED

4 to 6 = 'moderate' health risk – ALL EVENTS PROCEED but if a team wishes to cancel there is no penalties assessed

7 to 10 = 'high' health risk – OUTDOOR EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED -- If the event proceeds and teams wish to cancel, no penalties will be assessed.

Above 10 = 'very high' health risk – ALL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

Cancellations of events is communicated through social media, the Corporate Challenge website and emails to Company Coordinators.  

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Each year, Corporate Challenge counts on over 1800 volunteers to help make the Games happen!  We simply couldn't run the games without the assistance of the company volunteers!

Whether it is scorekeeping at Volleyball, registering participants at the 5K or keeping score at Board Games- each and every volunteer shift is vital to the success of the Games.

As part of your company's commitment to Corporate Challenge, your company is required to provide volunteers…PLUS it’s a great way to get more of your company participating in the Games!

We use SignUp to allow companies to sign up for the volunteer shifts they want to select.  You will need to log into our SignUp page and choose from all the shifts available. The SignUp link will be sent directly to Company Coordinators. They can then go in and pick all their company's shifts or can send the link to individuals within their company to pick the shift they want.  
We will still have a requirement for each company to fulfill a minimum number of shifts.  You will be responsible for making sure you sign up for the number (listed below) based on your division. 

This is the MAXIMUM number of volunteers that will be required by companies in each of the five divisions.  Please note, that as we complete registration for 2024 we may end up with only 3 or 4 divisions, so these numbers are subject to change.

Blue – 6
Yellow - 8
Red - 12

Please note that we don't always require the maximum number of shifts to all companies.  

  • ​Do NOT have to be employees of your company (friends, family are eligible)
  • MUST be at least 18 years of age
  • Will receive a Corporate Challenge Volunteer lanyard
  • Are not permitted to bring along their pets or children
  • Must stay for the entire assigned shift

  • All teams that fulfill their volunteer shifts will be awarded 10 overall points. 
  • You will still recieve your 10 points if you have a shift cancelled by us or if we do not require you to fulfill your maximum number of shifts as noted above.

Click here for a complete list of volunteer roles and their descriptions.

Companies that do not provide the volunteers requested will:
  • receive a 3 Overall Point deduction for each volunteer shift that is not fulfilled
  • be banned from the Games for the next year at the discretion of the Games Management. 
  • Corporate Challenge reserves the right to disqualify your team from sports/events if your volunteers do not show up for shifts scheduled at the same time as your competition.  

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