|The baseball coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) require their student-athletes to help prepare the field for practices by removing the tarps and lining the infield. This prep work takes 1 hour to complete. Since the coaches require the student-athletes to perform these jobs, are they considered CARA?
No. NCAA Official Interpretation- 12/21/11- Student-Athlete Performing Required Field or Facility Preparation or Maintenance (I) – states that field or facility preparation or maintenance that is performed by a student-athlete, related to practice or competition and required, supervised or monitored by a coaching staff member is not a countable athletically related activity.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.02.1 (countable athletically related activities), 18.104.22.168 (daily and weekly hour limitations — playing season), 22.214.171.124 (weekly hour limitations — outside the playing season); and a staff interpretation (10/20/11, Item No. a), which has been archived]