Ocean State University (OSU) has several student-athletes that will be participating in Olympic Trial events over the next couple of months. Is OSU permitted to provide expenses to these student-athletes for such competitions?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that during an academic year in which a student-athlete is eligible to represent an institution in athletics competition (or in the following summer), an institution may provide actual and necessary expenses related to participation in the following activities: [R] (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, 1/14/97, 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07, 1/14/12, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13, 8/7/14)
(a) Established national championship events (including junior national championships);
(b) Specific competition (e.g., Olympic Trials) from which participants may directly qualify for the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Championships, World Cup, World University Games and World University Championships; and
(c) National team tryout competition events, including events from which participants are selected for another tier of tryout competition or events from which final selections are made for the national team that will participate in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Championships, World Cup, World University Games or World University Championships.
Jennifer M. Condaras
BIG EAST Conference
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