Line F. Scrimmage is a football student-athlete that transferred from Ocean State University to James River Institute for the fall 2016 semester. Although he is not eligible to compete while serving a year in residence, Line would like to feel like part of the team and stand on the sidelines during home games.
Is it permissible for Line to stand with the team on the sidelines during the game?
Yes with Conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 3/13/97- Transfers — Sitting With Team During A Contest– states that a transfer student-athlete who is fulfilling a residence requirement may sit with the institution’s team (e.g., on the bench, in the dugout, on the sidelines) during a contest in which the member institution’s team participates but is not permitted to dress in uniform for the contest.
[Note: Such a student-athlete may not receive expenses in conjunction with away-from-home contests.]
[References: 14.02.6 (intercollegiate competition); 14.5.1 (residence requirement — general principle); 16.8.1 (expenses provided by the institution for practice and competition — permissible); and IC 09/26/96, Item No. 2]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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