Aerial is a field hockey student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Aerial is receiving a 75% athletic scholarship and has been a starting center halfback the last two years. Aerial suffered some extensive injuries last fall but decides she wants to participate again this year. During the 2nd week of preseason practice, Aerial re-injures her leg. The injury is severe enough that the doctors have told Aerial she will not be able to ever compete again in her sport.
The legislation allows an institution to provide athletic aid to a student-athlete that is injured or ill to the point where he/she is no longer able to compete. Which of the following is true?
A. OSU must count Aerial’s scholarship during the current academic year because she participated in countable athletically related activities during the preseason period.
B. OSU may exempt the scholarship during the 2016-17 academic year because the diagnosis was made prior to the first contest and first day of classes.
The answer is A. NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1 states that if an incapacitating injury or illness occurs prior to a prospective student-athlete’s or a student-athlete’s participation in athletically related activities and results in the student-athlete’s inability to compete ever again, the student-athlete shall not be counted within the institution’s maximum financial aid award limitations for the current, as well as later, academic years. However, if the incapacitating injury or illness occurs on or after the student-athlete’s participation in countable athletically related activities in the sport, the student-athlete shall be counted in the institution’s maximum financial aid limitations for the current academic year but need not be counted in later academic years. (Adopted: 1/10/91, Revised: 3/26/04, 9/18/07)
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