Back Court is an incoming freshman basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University. The women’s basketball team will be participating in a foreign tour in France this week prior to the start of the 2012-13 academic year. If Back participates in competitions on the foreign tour but does not compete in any games during the academic year, does she utilize a season of competition?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 1/28/11- Use of a Season of Competition for Participation in Summer Foreign Tour Prior to Initial Enrollment — Basketball (I)– states that in basketball, an incoming student-athlete (freshman or transfer) who participates on a foreign tour that occurs during the summer prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution is not charged with a season of competition for such participation.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 188.8.131.52 (minimum amount of competition), 184.108.40.206 (foreign-tour competition) and 220.127.116.11.1.1 (exception — basketball)].