Daily Compliance Item- 12.2.16- 13.6.7.2, 13.7.2.2- Complimentary Admissions to a Neutral Site Contest

Ocean State University (OSU) women’s ice hockey team will be participating in the Bean Town Showdown this weekend at Fenway Park against Northern Plains College. This is an annual event conducted by the Boston Sports Group. OSU would like to provide complimentary admissions to Zam Boni, one of the top recruits in the country.

Is it permissible for OSU to provide complimentary admissions to Zam since the game is being played at a neutral site?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/1/16- Complimentary Admissions for a Prospective Student-Athlete to Attend a Neutral-Site Competition (I)- states that each institution participating in a regular-season neutral-site single contest in team sports (e.g., one football game) or a regular-season neutral-site single event in individual sports (e.g., one track meet) may consider it as a home contest or event for purposes of providing complimentary admissions to prospective student-athletes, provided:

(a) The contest is not organized or administered by a participating institution (i.e., the event is organized and administered by a third party);

(b) The participating institutions do not compete against each other on an annual basis (e.g., members of same conference, traditional rivalry); and

(c) The contest is not part of a tournament, or in basketball, part of a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event that is played at a neutral site.

[References: NCAA Bylaws: 13.6.7.2 (complimentary admissions), 13.7.2.2 (home games at site other than regular home facility) and 17.3.5.1.1 (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event) and staff interpretations (11/9/88, Item No. a) and (08/26/16, Item No. a), which have been archived]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

Daily Compliance Item- 12.1.16- 15.3.3.1.1- Athletic Aid for One Term

Break N. Ball is a prospective student-athlete that will be initially enrolling full-time at Ocean State University (OSU) in January 2017. The coaches want to provide Break with a 40% athletic scholarship for the spring 2017 term. Is it permissible for OSU to provide an athletic scholarship to Break for only one term?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 15.3.3.1.1 states that an institution may award athletically related financial aid to a student-athlete for a period of less than one academic year only under the following circumstances: (Adopted: 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06, Revised: 5/9/06, 4/24/08 effective 8/1/08, 5/19/09, 1/15/11 effective 8/1/11, 8/7/14, 1/15/16 effective 8/1/16)

(a) Midyear Enrollment. A student-athlete whose first full-time attendance at the certifying institution during a particular academic year occurs at midyear (e.g., the beginning of the second semester or second or third quarter of an academic year) may receive a financial aid award for the remainder of that academic year.

(b) Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete may receive athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year, provided the student is in the final semester or final two quarters of his or her degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements.

(c) Graduated During Previous Academic Year and Will Exhaust Eligibility During the Following Fall Term. A student-athlete who graduated during the previous academic year (including summer) and will exhaust his or her athletics eligibility during the following fall term may be awarded athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year.

(d) One-Time Exception. One time during a recruited student-athlete’s enrollment at the certifying institution he or she may be awarded athletics aid for less than a full academic year, provided the student-athlete has been enrolled full time at the certifying institution for at least one regular academic term and has not previously received athletically related financial aid from the certifying institution.

(e) Nonrecruited Student-Athlete Exception. At any time during a student-athlete’s enrollment at the certifying institution, he or she may be awarded athletics aid for less than a full academic year, provided he or she has been enrolled full time at the certifying institution for at least one regular academic term and was not recruited by the certifying institution.

(f) Eligibility Exhausted/Medical Noncounter. A student-athlete who has exhausted eligibility and is exempt from counting (per Bylaw 15.5.1.5) in the institution’s financial aid limit, or a student-athlete who is exempt from counting (per Bylaw 15.5.1.2) due to an injury or illness may receive athletically related financial aid for less than one academic year. If an institution awards aid under this provision, the institutional financial aid agreement shall include specific nonathletically related conditions (e.g., academic requirements) the student-athlete must satisfy in order for the aid to be renewed for the next academic term or terms. If the student-athlete satisfies the specified conditions, the institution shall award financial aid at the same amount for the next term or terms of the academic year. If the student-athlete does not satisfy the specified conditions, he or she must be provided a hearing opportunity per Bylaw 15.3.2.3.

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.