Blind Side is a football student-athlete that just graduated from Bay State College. Blind is transferring to Ocean State University (OSU) and wants to participate in summer activities with his new teammates. Does Blind have to enroll in summer school at OSU in order to participate?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 5/15/14- Graduate Transfer Student-Athlete’s Participation in Summer Athletic Activities (I) – states that an incoming four-year transfer student-athlete may participate in summer athletic activities without being enrolled in summer school prior to initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution, provided:
(a) The individual has graduated from his or her previous institution;
(b) The individual has been accepted for enrollment as a graduate student at the certifying institution; and
(c) The individual has signed the certifying institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the institution has received the individual’s financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.12 (prospective student-athlete); 13.02.12.1 (exception — after commitment) 188.8.131.52 (admission); 184.108.40.206.1.5 (summer athletic activities) 220.127.116.11.1.5.1 (basketball); 18.104.22.168.1.5.2 (football); 22.214.171.124.1.5.3 (exception to summer school enrollment — academic requirements — basketball and football); and 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 (application to transfer student-athletes) and a staff interpretation (3/15/13, Item No. a)]