Daily Compliance Item- 12.5.13- 13.02.5.2.2- Dead Period Contact

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Ocean State University (OSU) will be staying at his brother’s house for Christmas.  One of OSU’s NLI signees lives in the same town as the coach’s brother.  Is it permissible for the coach to go see the signee at the signee’s house on Christmas Eve to say hello and happy holidays?

Please Note:  Men’s Basketball is in a dead period from December 24-26.

Yes.  NCAA Bylaw 13.02.5.2.2 states that a prospective student-athlete is no longer subject to the application of a dead period after one of the following events occurs:  (Adopted: 1/16/10 effective 8/1/10, Revised: 1/15/11 effective 8/1/11, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13, 11/25/13)

(a) The prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid; or

(b) The institution receives a financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.

Daily Compliance Item- 12/4/13- 14.1.7.1.1.1- Prospect Reviewing Film

Lay Up is a senior in high school and has been recruited by Ocean State University (OSU) to play basketball next year.  Lay lives in the locale of the campus and would like to attend a few of OSU’s practices in two weeks as they begin preparations for its upcoming holiday tournament.  Lay is eager to learn OSU’s offensive system, so he contacted one of the coaches and asked if he could review film with him after one of the practices.

Is it permissible for the coach to review film with Lay?

No.  NCAA Bylaw 14.1.7.1.1.1 states that a prospective student-athlete shall not engage in any practice activities (e.g., review of playbook, chalk talk, film review) with a coaching staff member prior to his or her enrollment. 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 has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission shall not observe an institution’s off-field or off-court practice session (e.g., meeting, film review) that is closed to the general public. A prospective student-athlete may observe an institution’s on-field or on-court practice session (including a session that is closed to the general public), regardless of whether he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, or has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission.  (Adopted: 12/12/06, Revised: 3/3/11, 5/30/13)

Daily Compliance Item- 12/3/13- 17.1.6.2- Out of Season Workouts

Ocean State University lacrosse coaches would like to continue with out of season workouts and conditioning up until the beginning of finals week.  Is this permissible?

No.  NCAA Bylaw 17.1.6.2 states that:

(a) Sports Other Than Football.  Outside of 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.  (Revised:  4/27/06 effective 8/1/06, 9/22/06)

(b) Bowl Subdivision Football.  [FBS]  Activities between the institution’s last contest and January 1 are limited to required weight training, conditioning and the review of game film.  A student-athlete’s participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, of which not more than two hours per week may be spent on the viewing of film.  All activities beginning January 1 and outside the playing season shall be conducted pursuant to Bylaw 17.9.6.  (Revised:  12/15/06)

(c) Championship Subdivision Football.  [FCS]  Activities between the institution’s last contest and the start of summer conditioning are limited to required weight training, conditioning and the review of game film.  A student-athlete’s participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, of which not more than two hours per week may be spent on the viewing of film.  All activities beginning with the start of summer conditioning and outside the playing season shall be conducted pursuant to Bylaws 17.9.6.2 and 17.9.6.4.  (Revised:  12/15/06)

 

This legislation is applicable to Division I.

Daily Compliance Item- 12/2/13- 16.11.2.2- Cyber Monday

Back Door, a women’s basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University, wants to take advantage of a “Cyber Monday” sale.  Her team is playing on the road tonight, and she does not have her credit cards with her to make the purchase.  The sport administrator traveling with the team offers to let Back use her credit card to take advantage of the sale, and Back will pay her tomorrow.

Is it permissible for the sport administrator to allow the student-athlete to use her credit card to make the purchase since she will be reimbursed tomorrow?

No.  NCAA Bylaw 16.11.2.2 states that an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to: [R]

(a) A loan of money;

(b) A guarantee of bond;

(c) An automobile or the use of an automobile;

(d) Transportation (e.g., a ride home with a coach), except as permitted in Bylaw 16.9.1, even if the student-athlete reimburses the institution or the staff member for the appropriate amount of the gas or expense; or

(e)  Signing or co-signing a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/26/13- 16.12.1- Lodging Expenses for an International Student-Athlete

Ocean State University (OSU) men’s basketball student-athletes have the following schedule during the upcoming Christmas vacation period:

Required to remain on campus for practice until December 15th.

Permitted to go home from December 15th – December 22nd.

Return to campus December 23rd for holiday tournament

There are two international student-athletes on the team that are unable to go home during the break, and the dorms will be closed during that time.  Can OSU provide expenses for the international student-athletes to stay in a hotel from December 15th – 22nd while the team is not required to remain on campus?

Yes.  An 11/21/2000 previously approved incidental expense waiver allowed an an institution to provide expenses for meals and lodging for international student-athletes from December 15 to December 22.  There were no members of the men’s basketball team who resided within driving distance of the university and who could host the student-athlete during that time period.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/25/13- 14.4.3.1.2- Credit Hours for Transfers

Kukka Burra is a field hockey student-athlete at Bay State College.  Kukka will be transferring to Ocean State University in January, making her a 4-4 transfer.  She attended Bay State College for a total of 3 full-time semesters.  How many hours will Kukka need to have completed when she enrolls at Ocean State University in January?

  1. 6 hours
  2. 24 hours
  3. 30 hours
  4. There are no credit hour requirements for transfers

The answer is 3NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.2 states that to be eligible for competition, a transfer student-athlete must meet the following credit-hour requirements based on attendance at the previous institution(s) for the specified time and may use any hours of academic credit earned at any collegiate institution: (Adopted: 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03 for those student-athletes first entering a collegiate institution full time on or after 8/1/03, Revised: 5/12/05)

(a) Equivalent of one semester/one quarter:  six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit;

(b) Equivalent of one academic year (e.g., two semesters/ three quarters):  24-semester or 36-quarter hours of academic credit;

(c) Equivalent of three semesters/four quarters:  30-semester or 42-quarter hours of academic credit; or

(d) Equivalent of four semesters/six quarters and thereafter:  six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit during the previous term of full-time enrollment, if applicable (see Bylaw 14.4.3.1.2.1).

This legislation is specific to Division I.  For Division II, NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1 states that eligibility for competition shall be based on the following requirements:  (Revised: 1/10/92)

(a) Satisfactory completion of six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit the preceding regular academic term in which the student-athlete has been enrolled full time at any collegiate institution; and  (Adopted: 1/12/04 effective immediately following the institution’s 2005 fall term; thus, applicable to hours earned during the 2005 fall term)

(b) For a midyear transfer student-athlete, for a student-athlete following the student-athlete’s first academic year in residence or after the student-athlete has used one season of eligibility in any sport at the certifying institution, the certification shall be determined by the student-athlete’s academic record in existence at the beginning of the fall term or at the beginning of any other regular term of that academic year, based on:

(1) Satisfactory completion before each fall term of a cumulative total of academic semester or quarter hours equivalent to an average of at least 12-semester or quarter hours during each of the previous academic terms in academic years in which the student-athlete has been enrolled in a term or terms; or

(2) Satisfactory completion of 24-semester or 36-quarter hours of academic credit since the beginning of the previous fall term or since the beginning of the certifying institution’s preceding regular two semesters or three quarters.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/22/13- Current Event

NCAA sues video game maker, licensing firm

USATODAY.com

The NCAA has sued video game manufacturer Electronic Arts and the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing firm, Collegiate Licensing Co., in connection with those companies’ intent to settle their parts of lawsuits concerning the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses.

The suit, filed in a Georgia state court on Nov. 4, alleges that EA and CLC breached various contractual obligations to the NCAA that have become factors in matters led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and former Arizona State and Nebraska football player Sam Keller.

For instance, the NCAA alleges that EA did not maintain liability insurance that was sufficient to cover “pending third-party claims, including for attorneys’ fees that the NCAA has already incurred in defending against those claims.”

The NCAA alleges that CLC failed to adequately supervise EA in this contractual obligation and that CLC failed to provide the NCAA “with access to documents and records that the NCAA is entitled to inspect.”

The NCAA is seeking to bar EA and CLC from going through with their proposed settlement.

It also seeks to have EA be required to cover the NCAA for any future judgement of liability relating to EA’s NCAA-themed video games; the NCAA’s “reasonable” legal fees incurred in defending against claims the association faces related to those games; and the NCAA’s costs and legal fees related to bringing this new suit against EA and CLC.

“CLC is caught in the middle of a dispute between NCAA and EA which should not involve us,” Andrew Giangola, a spokesman for CLC. “CLC has valued relationships with both the NCAA and EA and while we hope they can soon resolve their dispute, we see no reason for CLC to be involved.”

John Reseburg, a spokesman for EA, said the company had no comment on the suit.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the association also had no comment.

Earlier this year, EA was not involved in just the O’Bannon and Keller cases, which also included CLC. It also faced presumptive federal class-action suits by former Rutgers football player Ryan Hart and former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston.

In late September, EA and CLC worked out a proposed $40 million settlement of the claims made in the O’Bannon, Hart and Alston cases – a deal that left the NCAA as the sole defendant in the O’Bannon and Keller cases.

In the suit filed in Georgia (CLC is headquartered in Atlanta), the NCAA alleges that EA and CLC reached the settlement “without notice to the NCAA” and that “despite the NCAA’s repeated requests,” they have refused to provide information to the NCAA regarding the settlement. According to the NCAA, CLC is required to do so under the terms of its licensing contract with the NCAA, and EA is required to indemnify the NCAA.

Because of that, the NCAA states that it “has been harmed, continues to be harmed, and will suffer future harm, from EA’s and CLC’s unlawful actions, including irreparable harm” if EA and CLC receive approval of a settlement under these circumstances.

The NCAA says it has spent “millions of dollars in attorney’s fees and costs” defending itself against the suits related to EA’s NCAA-themed video games.

It also says that with the proposed settlement, “EA has demonstrated that it will not perform its contractual duty” to cover the NCAA against clams related to the video games.

Meanwhile, the NCAA states, it “continues to defend itself in (the O’Bannon and Keller) litigation and still faces potential liability to plaintiffs and the putative classes they purport to represent.”

Thus, it wants EA to remain subject to that liability.