The Ocean State University (OSU) men’s basketball team will be participating in a foreign tour next week. The coaches would like the two incoming freshmen to participate with the team. These individuals completed 6 hours each in summer school and have been certified as qualifiers by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Is it permissible for the incoming freshmen to compete on the foreign tour? If they do compete, will they utilize a season of competition?
Yes, the incoming freshmen are permitted to represent OSU on the foreign tour. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1.1 states that in basketball, it is permissible for an incoming student-athlete (freshman or transfer) to represent the institution on a foreign tour that occurs during the summer prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution and participate in practice prior to departure for the foreign tour pursuant to Bylaw 184.108.40.206, provided the following conditions are met: (Adopted: 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10)
(a) He or she has earned at least three hours of acceptable degree credit (toward any of the institution’s degree programs) during the summer term at the certifying institution; and
(b) He or she is eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition during the academic year immediately following the tour.
The incoming freshmen would not utilize a season of competition. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 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 220.127.116.11 (minimum amount of competition), 18.104.22.168 (foreign–tour competition) and 22.214.171.124.1.1 (exception — basketball)].