The Ocean State University women’s basketball team is on the bubble with regard to whether they will qualify for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships. The coach would like to continue practicing until the teams are announced on the tournament selection show.
Is this permissible?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7(b)– states that neither practice for nor participation in any NCAA or NAIA championship event (including play-in contests conducted pursuant to NCAA championships) is considered part of the institution’s declared playing season. A member institution that has reason to believe it is under consideration for selection to participate in an NCAA championship event may continue to practice (but may not compete against outside competition) beyond its last regular-season contest, including the conference championship (if any), without counting such practice against the institution’s declared playing-season limitation until it is determined by the appropriate committee whether the institution will be selected to participate in the NCAA championship competition. An institution that is not selected to participate in the NCAA championship may continue to practice or compete until the end of that championship only if it has time remaining in its declared playing season;