Daily Compliance Item- 8/3/12- Outside Competition During Academic Year

Clay Court is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU) and is going to be participating in a tournament next month.  Classes at OSU begin two weeks prior to this tournament.  Although Clay is participating as an individual, his scores in the doubles competition will be added to a particular team’s overall score.
Is this permissible?
No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/2/12-Individual Representing Himself or Herself on an Outside Team (I)- states that it is not permissible for a student-athlete, during the academic year, to compete in an event in which he or she would represent himself or herself in outside competition but accumulate points for a team competition (e.g., individual doubles tennis partners score points together for a larger overall team).
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (competition as an individual/not representing institution) and (exempt teams); and a staff interpretation (9/26/90, Item No. b), which has been archived]

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