If the Ocean State University (OSU) women’s basketball team does not make it to the championship game in the Ocean Eleven’s Conference Tournament this weekend, they will likely not make it to the NCAA Tournament. The team’s conference record could be under 500, but the coaches believe they will be selected to participate in the Women’s NIT.
Can the OSU women’s basketball team continue to practice to prepare for the postseason?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.8(b)- NCAA or NAIA Championships Participation in Team Sports- states that neither practice for nor participation in any NCAA or NAIA championship event (including play-in contests conducted pursuant to NCAA championships) is considered part of the institution’s declared playing season. A member institution that has reason to believe it is under consideration for selection to participate in an NCAA championship event may continue to practice (but may not compete against outside competition) beyond its last regular-season contest, including the conference championship (if any), without counting such practice against the institution’s declared playing-season limitation until it is determined by the appropriate committee whether the institution will be selected to participate in the NCAA championship competition. An institution that is not selected to participate in the NCAA championship may continue to practice or compete until the end of that championship only if it has time remaining .
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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