The Ocean State University Women’s Basketball team will be competing in its conference tournament this weekend, which runs Thursday through Sunday. Do the student-athletes have to depart the locale of the tournament on Thursday if they lose their opening game?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/10/11- Return Travel Expense Restrictions for a Multi-Day Event (I)- states that if an institution’s team participates in a multi-day event (e.g., NCAA championship), the institution may provide travel expenses to a student-athlete (or the institution’s team) who remains not more than 36 hours (24 hours in men’s basketball) after the conclusion of the last contest, even if the institution is not participating in the last contest.
[References: 18.104.22.168.1 (departure/return expense restrictions); and a staff interpretation (12/16/92, Item No. d), which has been archived]