The men’s soccer coaches at Ocean State University want to practice late at night the next few days because of the excessive heat. Since this is the preseason practice period, is it permissible for the team to be on the field from 10pm to 1am?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.3 states that countable athletically related activities shall not occur between midnight and 5 a.m.
There is not a legislative exception for preseason practice. The institution could certainly file a waiver and include any mitigating factors for needing to practice during that time period.