Daily Compliance Item- 4.19.17- 17.1.7.2- Conditioning Out of Season

The Field Hockey coaches at Ocean State University are finalizing their conditioning and skill instruction schedules for the remainder of the spring semester. If none of the student-athletes have final exams on Wednesday of exam week, is it permissible to conduct skill instruction sessions on that day?

No. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7.2 states that in (a) Sports Other Than Football. Outside the playing season, from the institution’s first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution’s final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year, only a student-athlete’s participation in required weight training, conditioning and skill-related instruction shall be permitted. A student-athlete’s participation in such activities per Bylaw 17.02.1 shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related workouts. All countable related activities outside the playing season are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period for the applicable academic term through the conclusion of each student-athlete’s final exams.

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- 4.13.17- 17.1.7.2.1.5- Male Practice Players in the Summer

Ocean State University women’s basketball program has 5-6 male students that practiced with the team all year. These male students have really helped the team, so the coaches would like the guys to practice with the team this summer as well. Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Interpretation- Staff Interpretation- 4/26/13- Use of Male Students During Women’s Basketball Summer Athletic Activities (I) – states that male students may participate in summer athletic activities with women’s basketball student-athletes, provided they are enrolled in summer school, or meet the academic requirements exception to enrollment, and are not receiving any form of financial assistance from the athletics department (e.g., compensation, financial aid).

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.10 (eligibility requirements for male student to practice with women’s teams), 17.1.6.2.1.1.4 (summer athletic activities — basketball) and 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1 (exception to summer school enrollment — academic requirements — basketball)]

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- 4.11.17- 17.1.8- Make Up Games

The Ocean State University baseball team has two non-conference makeup games to play due to the severe weather conditions that occurred last month. The team will be participating in its conference tournament next month, which ends the playing season. Can the baseball team play the two makeup games after its playing season is over?

No. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.8(a) states that an institution is not permitted to extend the playing season to make up suspended or canceled games (including games that determine a conference champion or the automatic qualifier to the NCAA championship).

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- 4.10.17- 17.1.7- Blanket Waiver for Swim/Dive Coaches to Continue Coaching for National/World Championships

Latest Blanket waiver approved by the NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief associated with swimming/diving coaches working with their student-athletes who have qualified for National and World Championships:

Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Swimming/Diving Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches In Preparation for 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships (I)

Swimming and Diving Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches in Preparation for 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships. Approved April 4, 2017.

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver in the sport of swimming and diving to permit the following:

Women’s swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2017 National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 18, 2017, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 27-July 1, 2017, Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials or the July 31-August 13, 2017, USA Diving National Championships;

Men’s swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2017 National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 25, 2017, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials or the 2017 USA Diving National Championships;

Women’s swimming student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time by March 18, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 30, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter;

Women’s diving student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 USA Diving National Championships qualifying score by March 18, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 21, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2017 USA Diving National Championships;

Men’s swimming student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time by March 25, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 30, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter; and

Men’s diving student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 USA Diving National Championships qualifying score by March 25, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 21, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2017 USA Diving National Championships.

In granting this request, the Committee for Legislative Relief noted the elite and unique circumstances surrounding student-athletes’ potential participation in the 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships.

See Case No. 968992 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.02.18 (voluntary athletically related activities), 17.1.7.1 (daily and weekly hour limitations — playing season), 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season) and 17.21.7 (safety exception)]

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- 3.23.17- 17.1.5, 17.1.5.1- Mandatory Medical Exams

The athletic trainers at Ocean State University (OSU) would like to have all of the 2016-17 NLI signees undergo the required mandatory medical exams prior to arriving on OSU’s campus for summer school and/or preseason practice.

Can OSU pay the expenses associated with these exams?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/23/16- Staff Interpretation Expenses Related to Mandatory Medical Examination and Sickle Cell Solubility Test (I)- states that an institution may pay the cost of a mandatory medical exam or sickle cell solubility test for a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or after the institution has received his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 13.02.12.1 (exception — after commitment), 13.2.1 (general regulation), 17.1.5 (mandatory medical examination) and 17.1.5.1 (sickle cell solubility test)]

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- 3.21.17- 17.31.1.7- Competing Unattached

Free Style is a men’s swimming student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Since OSU’s season is over, Free would like to swim in a few meets as an unattached competitor to get ready for a few international meets this summer. Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 17.31.1.7 states that it is permissible for a student-athlete to participate in outside competition as an individual during the academic year in the student-athlete’s sport, as long as the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not engage in such competition as a member of or receive expenses from an outside team.

NCAA Educational Column- 11/17/05- Competing Unattached in Individual Sports– provides a some clarification on what constitutes competing unattached:

Q: Is it permissible for an institution to provide expenses (e.g., meals, entry fee, lodging) for a student-athlete to compete unattached, when that student-athlete is not representing the institution in competition (e.g., ineligible or “redshirting”)?

A: When a student-athlete competes unattached (i.e., competes as an individual, representing only himself or herself) in any competition, the institution may not provide any expenses to the participating student-athlete. The student-athlete is considered to be representing the institution in outside competition when provided expenses from the institution. This includes the institution providing transportation (e.g., individual riding on team bus to competition) to an unattached participant.

Q: May an unattached student-athlete wear the uniform of the institution?

A: No. Wearing the uniform of the institution constitutes representation of the institution; therefore, the student-athlete, by rule, would not be considered to be competing unattached if he or she were wearing the institution’s uniform. If the student-athlete triggers NCAA Bylaw 14.02.6 (intercollegiate competition), the student-athlete must be eligible to represent the institution in outside competition.

Q: Is the institution permitted to provide athletics training support prior to and after the match for student-athletes who are competing unattached?

A: No. As a general rule, such expenses may not be provided by the institution when the student-athlete is competing unattached. The provision of such services constitutes the receipt of expenses related to the competition. If the trainer (or other service provider) has been designated by the competition host to provide services to all participants; however, such services may be provided to the unattached student-athletes.

Q: Is it permissible for institutional coaches to provide coaching and instruction to an unattached student-athlete during competition?

A: No. A student-athlete who receives coaching or instruction (e.g., technique, comments related to performance, suggestions) from his or her coach while competing in an individual competition is considered to be representing the institution. As a result, the student-athlete must be eligible to represent the institution and such participation would constitute the use of one of the four seasons of competition. Further, institutional coaching staff members may not direct participating student-athletes to engage in coaching or instructional activities with student-athletes from the same institution who are competing unattached. [Note: A coaching staff member may engage in coaching activities with a student-athlete during the student-athlete’s participation in established national championship events (including junior national championships and Olympic, Pan American, World Championships, World Cup and World University Games qualifying competition.]

Q: Is it permissible for a sports club to provide expenses (e.g., travel, meals, lodging, uniform) to an individual competing unattached?

A: A student-athlete is permitted to receive actual and necessary expenses from an amateur team only when representing such a team in competition. If a student-athlete receives expenses from a club team, he or she would be representing that club team, as opposed to being considered unattached. It is important to note that in Division I sports other than basketball, a student-athlete may not represent an outside team (note exceptions in Bylaw 14.7.3.1) in competition during the academic year, except during vacation periods outside of the declared playing and practice season. In NCAA Divisions II and III, a student-athlete is permitted to represent an outside team at any time provided the competition takes place outside the declared playing and practice season. Thus, if the student-athlete is competing unattached (i.e., not representing the institution or any other team), all expenses must be self-funded, unless an exception exists (e.g., national team competition). Please note that Divisions I and II coaching staff members shall not be involved in any capacity, including coaching or as an administrator, during the academic year, with a club team that includes student-athletes from their own team. In Division III, an institutional coaching staff member may not be involved with a wrestling club team that includes their own student-athletes at any time, including outside the academic year. [Bylaws 12.1.1.1.4.3 (Divisions I/II/III); 14.7.1 and 17.30.9.1.2.1 (Divisions I/II); 14.7.1.3 (Division I); 14.7.1.1.1 and 14.7.3.4 (Division II); 14.7.2.5 and 17.30.8.1.1 (Division III)].

Q: May an unattached student-athlete’s institutional affiliation be identified in any manner (e.g., in a program, by an announcer)?

A: Identification of the unattached student-athlete’s institutional affiliation, in and of itself, does not constitute representation of the institution in intercollegiate competition; however, it is advisable that the unattached student-athlete’s participation is clearly defined as being independent of the institution in order to avoid any confusion related to the student-athlete’s participation.

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- 3.8.17- 17.1.7.6.3.1- Activities After Midnight

Due to the inclement weather, the Ocean State University Baseball Team was not able to begin its home game until 9:30pm. If the game is still being contested at midnight, is it permissible to continue or do they have to wait and resume the next day after 5am?

The teams may continue the game. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7.6.3.1 states that countable athletically related activities may occur between midnight and 5 a.m. under the following circumstances: (Adopted: 1/16/10)

(a) During participation in a conference championship or an NCAA championship;
(b) Participation in any competition that begins before midnight and concludes after midnight; or (c) Participation in a promotional practice activity (e.g., first practice of the season).

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.