Flick is a Field Hockey student-athlete at Ocean State University. Flick is a freshman this year and did not compete during the NCAA championship segment in the fall. The coach would like her to compete in a few of the competitions this spring during the non-championship segment. If Flick does compete, does she utilize a season of competition?
For purposes of this example, Flick was academically eligible to compete during the fall 2011 season and remains eligible during the spring 2012 semester.
No. NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11.2 states that in field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo, a student-athlete may engage in outside competition during the segment of the playing season that does not conclude with the NCAA championship without using a season of competition, provided the student-athlete was academically eligible during the segment that concludes with the NCAA championship. (Adopted: 11/1/01, Revised: 8/8/02, 10/31/02, 5/9/06)