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- 4.6.17- 11.3.2.3- Bonus to Coach

One of Ocean State University’s long time donors would like to provide a bonus to the head men’s basketball for winning a national championship. Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 11.3.2.3 states that an institution may permit an outside individual, group or agency to supplement an athletics department staff member’s salary with a direct cash payment in recognition of a specific and extraordinary achievement (e.g., contribution during career to the athletics department of the institution, winning a conference or national championship, number of games or meets won during career/season), provided such a cash supplement is in recognition of a specific achievement and is in conformance with institutional policy

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- 4.5.17- 11.01.3- Football GA and Summer Activities

The football coaches at Ocean State University are finalizing the student-athletes’ schedules for summer activities. The coaches would like to have the graduate assistant coaches help out with this summer schedule. Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/25/14- Undergraduate Student Assistant Coach, Manager or Football Graduate Assistant Serving During Required Summer Athletic Activities (I) – states that , in basketball and football, an undergraduate student assistant coach or manager may fulfill coaching or managerial duties, respectively, during required summer athletic activities, provided he or she was enrolled full-time at the conclusion of the regular academic term (e.g., spring semester or quarter) immediately preceding the institution’s summer term or terms or has been accepted for enrollment as a regular full-time student for the regular academic term immediately following the summer term or terms.

In addition, in football, a graduate assistant coach may fulfill coaching duties during required summer athletic activities, provided he or she was enrolled in at least 50 percent of the institution’s minimum regular graduate program of studies at the conclusion of the regular academic term (e.g., spring semester or quarter) immediately preceding the institution’s summer term or terms or has been accepted for enrollment in a graduate program for the regular academic term immediately following the summer term or terms. If the football graduate assistant coach is in his or her final semester or quarter of the degree program during the regular academic term (e.g., spring semester or quarter) immediately preceding the institution’s summer term or terms, he or she may be enrolled in less than 50 percent of the institution’s minimum regular program at the conclusion of the regular academic term, provided he or she is carrying for credit the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 11.01.3 (coach, graduate assistant — bowl subdivision football and women’s rowing), 11.01.4 (coach, undergraduate student assistant), 11.01.6 (manager), 13.2.3.3 (after completion of senior year), 13.2.3.3.1 (two-year college prospective student-athletes), 17.1.6.2.1.5.1 (basketball), 17.1.6.2.1.5.2 (football), 17.1.6.2.1.5.3 (exception to summer school enrollment — academic requirements – basketball and football) and a staff determination (6/27/13, Item No. a) which has 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- 4.4.17- 16.1.5.1- Costs Associated with Student-Athlete Awards

Ocean State University (OSU) is reviewing several options regarding potential awards to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for participation in the NCAA Final Four. Some of the quotes they received include administrative fees such as shipping and handling. Does OSU have to include such costs when determining if the award fits within the NCAA maximum limits?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/6/09- Administrative Fees Associated with Awards (I)– states that administrative fees (e.g., tooling charges, tax, shipping and handling) for awards (e.g.,national championship rings) that are separate from the value of the award do not need to be included when calculating the value of the award. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 16.1.5.1 (assignment of normal retail value)]

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- 4.3.17- 14.4.3.4- Change in Eligibility Status

Line Drive is a softball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Line was eligible for competition for the fall 2016 semester but became ineligible for competition for the spring 2017 for not meeting the NCAA minimum GPA requirement. The softball season extends beyond the last day of classes for OSU’s spring 2017 semester. If at the conclusion of the spring semester Line is meeting all NCAA progress toward degree requirements, can she be re-certified and compete for the remainder of the season?

Yes. NCAA Official Interpretation- 7/27/16- Certification of Eligibility at the End of the Academic Year (I)– states that a student-athlete who was ineligible to compete during an entire academic year (i.e., did not meet progress-toward-degree requirements or was serving a transfer year of residence) may not be certified as eligible to compete in the season already in progress (e.g., outdoor track and field, baseball) at the end of the academic year.

However, a student-athlete who was eligible for competition at the beginning of the academic year but became ineligible at midyear (e.g., due to failure to meet the six-hour requirement) may be certified as eligible at the end of the academic year for competition in a season already in progress (e.g., outdoor track and field, baseball), provided the student-athlete meets all applicable progress-toward-degree requirements to be eligible for competition during the subsequent fall term.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.4.3.4 (change in eligibility status) and 14.4.3.4.2 (eligibility for postseason competition — between terms); official interpretation (5/14/04 Item No. 1), which has 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- 3.31.17- 10.02.1, 10.02.2, 10.3- Student-Athlete Gambling Activities

A few of the men’s lacrosse student-athletes at Ocean State University (OSU) closely follow professional golf. These student-athletes decided to create a tournament pool for the Masters Championship that is being played next week. Each student-athlete will give $5 to enter this tournament pool, and the winner receives the pot of money at the conclusion of the tournament.

Since this tournament pool is not associated with the sport they participate in and the fact this was not advertised to anyone outside of the men’s lacrosse team, is it permissible for these student-athletes to engage in such an activity?

No. NCAA Bylaw 10.02.1 states that sports wagering includes placing, accepting or soliciting a wager (on a staff member’s or student-athlete’s own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type with any individual or organization on any intercollegiate, amateur or professional team or contest. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize. (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

NCAA Bylaw 10.02.2 states that a wager is any agreement in which an individual or entity agrees to give up an item of value (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) in exchange for the possibility of gaining another item of value. (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 states that the following individuals shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition: (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

(a) Staff members of an institution’s athletics department;
(b) Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletics representative, individual to whom athletics reports);
(c) Staff members of a conference office; and
(d) Student-athletes.

Although this scenario was created for educational purposes, there have been recent violations associated with student-athletes participating in fantasy leagues and other gambling activities.

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.