Four Ocean State University tennis student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championship. If these four student-athletes participate in a joint practice session with student-athletes from another institution, will that constitute a date of competition?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/26/94- Participation in Joint Practices at NCAA Championships– states that in individual sports (e.g., tennis), it is permissible for an institution’s team or individual student-athlete who is participating in an NCAA championship to engage in practice sessions during the championship with another institution’s team or individual student-athlete who also is participating in the championship without using a date of competition.
[References: 17.02.6 (date of competition, countable, institutional) and 17.02.7 (date of competition, countable, individual student-athlete), and IC 02/22/90, Item No. 1]