The Ocean State University (OSU) men’s soccer coaches want to play an alumni game this fall. Which of the following is true?
A. If the game is held prior to the first permissible contest date, it will have to be categorized as a scrimmage/exhibition game and therefore count against OSU’s maximimum number of contests.
B. If the game is held on or after the first permissible contest date, it can be exempted from counting against OSU’s maximum number of contests.
C. It is not permissible to conduct an alumni game in the sport of soccer.
D. Both A and B are true.
The answer is D. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 5/19/99- Calculating Annual Exemption for Field Hockey or Soccer Alumni Game– states that a member institution’s field hockey or soccer team may exempt annually an alumni game from the institution’s maximum number of contests or dates of competition provided the game is played during the declared playing and practice season on or after the first permissible contest or date of competition as specified in NCAA Bylaw 17.9.3-(a) or 17.18.3-(a). The staff also confirmed that if an alumni game is conducted during the preseason practice period prior to the first permissible date for such a contest, the contest would be considered a scrimmage/exhibition game and, per Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1 or 184.108.40.206.1, the game must count against the institution’s maximum number of contests. [Note: This minute replaces staff minute, 01/24/92, item b, which has been archived.]
[References: Bylaws 17.9.3-(a) (field hockey – first contest or date of competition); 220.127.116.11.1 (number of field hockey contests and dates of competition – scrimmages/exhibition games – Divisions I and II); 18.104.22.168-(e) (field hockey annual exemptions – alumni game); 17.18.3-(a) (soccer – first contest or date of competition); 22.214.171.124.1 (number of soccer contests and dates of competition – scrimmages/exhibition games); and 126.96.36.199-(e) (soccer annual exemptions – alumni game)]