Daily Compliance Item- 1/21/13- 14.2.3.1.4

Strike Zone is a softball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  During the 2011-12 academic year, Strike only participated in an alumni game for OSU.  The alumni game met the parameters for the game to be exempted from counting against the maximum of 56 contests allowed.

Because Strike only participated in one contest that was exempted from counting against the 56 game limit, did Base utilize a season of competition during the 2011-12 academic year?

No.  NCAA Bylaw 14.2.3.1.4 states that a student-athlete may engage in outside competition in either one alumni game, one fundraising activity or one celebrity sports activity during a season without counting such competition as a season of competition, provided the event is exempted from the institution’s maximum number of contests or dates of competition as permitted in the particular sport per Bylaw 17. (Adopted:  1/16/10 effective 8/1/10)

Daily Compliance Item- 12/18/12- 14.4.3.1- Baseball Student-Athlete

Squeeze Play is a baseball prospect who be initially enrolling at Ocean State University in January.  Squeeze has been certified as a qualifier, meets all institutional requirements for admission and has registered for 14 hours.  Is Squeeze permitted to compete this semester or does he have to wait until the fall?

Squeeze is permitted to compete during the spring semester.  NCAA Educational Column- 12/12/12-Baseball Academic Enhancements Frequently Asked Questions (I)- states that In 2007 and 2008, several proposals were adopted with the intent of enhancing the academic success of baseball student-athletes. These included:

  • A requirement that baseball student-athletes be eligible for all competition at the time of enrollment in each fall term and cannot “get well” academically through performance in the fall term;
  • A requirement that four-year college baseball transfer student-athletes complete one academic year in residence at the certifying institution before becoming eligible to compete, absent meeting an exception other than the one-time transfer exception;
  • Limiting the baseball roster to 35 student-athletes, the awarding of equivalencies to 27 counters annually and requiring each counter to receive at least a 25-percent equivalency; and
  • Requiring teams that historically under perform academically to reduce their contests and their playing season.

Since 2008, several additional proposals have been adopted that affect the application of several of these provisions. These include:

  • In all sports,
  • Clarifying that the 18-semester/27-quarter hour requirement results in a midyear certification only after a midyear enrollee’s first year in residence and that certification for later years occurs at the start of each fall;
  • Creating a nonrecruited student exception to the one-time transfer exception for those sports where the one-time transfer exception is generally not applicable; and
  • An NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate penalty structure that eliminated sport-specific penalties.
  • In baseball, an exception to the 25-percent minimum equivalency value for a student-athlete in the final year of eligibility, provided the student-athlete has not previously received athletically related aid in baseball.

The following questions are intended to assist the membership relative to the current application of the baseball enhancement legislation.

Question No. 1: May an institution that obtains grades from coursework completed over the summer term certify the student-athlete eligible if the grades for the courses are not available until after the beginning of the fall term?

Answer: Yes, NCAA rules related to the timing of certification apply to baseball in the same way they do for other sports (e.g., incomplete grades, late arriving grades).

Question No. 2: May a student-athlete who initially enrolls full time at a Division I institution midyear be immediately eligible?

Answer: A freshman who graduates from high school early and enrolls midyear (or an individual who delays initial collegiate enrollment) may compete in his first spring, provided he satisfies the initial-eligibility standards (i.e., academic and amateur status). Institutions that have continuing student-athletes who initially enroll midyear will be required to certify the appropriate NCAA progress-toward-degree rules at the appropriate time, even if this occurs midyear.

Question No. 3: Does the grade-point average requirement have to be certified at midyear?

Answer: Yes, progress-toward-degree requirements specify that each student-athlete’s grade-point average shall be certified after each term, beginning with the second year of enrollment.

Question No. 4: May a baseball two-year college transfer or 4-2-4 transfer student-athlete transfer midyear and be immediately eligible at the new institution?

Answer: No, a midyear transfer is specifically excluded from being eligible for competition immediately. Such transfers may practice and be provided athletics financial aid, provided they meet applicable transfer requirements. However, the student-athlete will count in the overall counter limit, the financial aid will apply toward the 11.7 team limit and the student-athlete will count toward the 35-person varsity-squad size limit.

Question No. 5: May a 4-2-4 transfer student-athlete be eligible for the spring season if he was not meeting the applicable transfer requirements at the time of transfer?

Answer: Yes, if the one-year time-lapse requirement is the only requirement that the student-athlete was not meeting.

Question No. 6: May a baseball student-athlete who has not previously received athletics aid transfer and use the one-time transfer exception?

Answer: No. All transfer student-athletes who wish to compete in baseball must satisfy the year in residence at the new institution unless they are eligible to use another exception to the transfer residence requirement (e.g., nonrecruited student exception, two-year nonparticipation, minimal participation exception). However, a baseball student-athlete who was not recruited by the original four-year institution and has never received athletics aid from any four-year institution may use the one-time transfer exception, provided all of the conditions are met. (See NCAA Bylaw 14.5.5.2.10.2.)

Question No. 7: Does a baseball student-athlete who is a counter continue to count against the institution’s limit on the number of counters if that student-athlete quits the team?

Answer: Yes, unless an exception is satisfied, once a student-athlete becomes a counter, he will remain a counter for the entire academic year.

Question No. 8: If a baseball student-athlete on athletics aid enrolls midyear, does he have to receive 25-percent equivalency for the spring term or must he receive an amount that would have equated to 25-percent equivalency for the entire year?

Answer: An institution must provide a baseball student-athlete who enrolls midyear and receives athletics aid with a minimum 25-percent equivalency for that spring term, which would result in a minimum 12.5-percent equivalency for the academic year.

Question No. 9: If athletically related financial aid is awarded to a student-athlete for the first time after the beginning of the fall term (e.g., six weeks after classes begin), must the student-athlete receive athletically related and other countable aid that is equal to or greater than 25 percent of an equivalency or may the aid be prorated to meet the minimum requirement?

Answer: The financial aid may be prorated to meet the minimum requirement. At the point the aid is awarded, a combination of athletically related and other countable aid must cover at least 25 percent of the student-athlete’s costs of tuition and fees, room, board and books for the remainder of the academic year.

Question No. 10: May the minimum financial aid percentage consist of both athletics and nonathletics countable aid?

Answer: Yes. All financial aid that counts toward the sport’s maximum institutional grant-in-aid limitation is included when determining whether a counter’s financial aid satisfies the minimum equivalency value legislation.

Question No. 11: May an institutional scholarship that could otherwise be exempted from a student-athlete’s equivalency computation as an academic honor award count toward the minimum 25 percent of an equivalency?

Answer: Institutional financial aid that could otherwise be exempted from an institution’s equivalency computation (e.g., academic honor awards) may be used to meet an individual student-athlete’s minimum equivalency value, provided the aid is also counted toward the maximum institutional grant-in-aid limitation. In such cases, the full amount of the award must count toward the individual student-athlete’s equivalency and the institutional grant-in-aid limitation.

Question No. 12: An institution that awards aid based solely on demonstrated financial need awards need-based aid to a student-athlete, but athletics intercedes in the financial aid and admissions process. Is the financial aid provided to the student-athlete required to be awarded at a level of 25-percent equivalency?

Answer: No. There is an exception to the minimum 25 percent equivalency for an institution that awards aid based solely on demonstrated financial need, even if athletics intercedes on behalf of the student-athlete to assist in obtaining the aid.

Question No. 13: May the exception to the 25-percent minimum equivalency value for student-athletes who are in their final year of eligibility and have not previously received athletically related financial aid in baseball be applied to a student-athlete who has previously received athletics aid in baseball at another institution?

Answer: No. The student-athlete must have never received baseball athletics aid at any institution in order to qualify for the exception.

Question No. 14: May the exception to the 25-percent minimum equivalency value for a student-athlete who is in his final year of eligibility and has not previously received athletically related financial aid in baseball be applied to a student-athlete who has previously received athletics aid in a sport other than baseball, either at another institution or at the certifying institution?

Answer: Yes. A student-athlete who has never received baseball athletics aid at any institution qualifies for the exception.

Question No. 15: When must the baseball varsity squad be finalized?

Answer: The varsity squad must be finalized by the day prior to the institution’s first scheduled baseball contest in the championship segment.

Question No. 16: Are there exceptions or replacements to the varsity-squad size limit for injured student-athletes or student-athletes who quit after the varsity-roster limit is established?

Answer: No.

Question No. 17: Does the varsity-squad size limit eliminate subvarsity teams?

Answer: No; however, once the varsity squad is set, a student-athlete on that roster shall not compete with a subvarsity team and a student-athlete on the subvarsity roster shall not compete with the varsity team.

Question No. 18: If a student-athlete is a counter, must he be included in the 35-person varsity-squad limit?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 19: A student-athlete enrolls in the fall and receives athletically related financial aid. In December, the student-athlete decides to transfer. Must this student-athlete count toward the varsity-squad size limit?

Answer: Yes. A student-athlete who is counter must be included in the varsity-squad limit. In addition, a student-athlete who becomes a counter at any point in the academic year remains a counter for the entire academic year, even if he transfers or withdraws from the institution.

Question No. 20: A student-athlete enrolls in the fall, participates in baseball and receives athletically related financial aid. In January, the student-athlete is injured to an extent that he will not participate for the remainder of the year. Must this student-athlete count toward the varsity-squad size limit?

Answer: Yes. A student-athlete who is counter must be included in the varsity-squad limit. In addition, a student-athlete who becomes a counter at any point in the academic year remains a counter for the entire academic year, even if he will not participate in the spring season.

Question No. 21: May an institution declare fewer than 35 student-athletes toward the varsity-squad size limitation as of the day prior to its first scheduled contest in the championship segment of the playing and practice season and add additional student-athletes later?

Answer: Yes. Note, however, that any student-athlete who is a counter for financial aid purposes must count toward the varsity-squad size limit. In addition, any student-athlete who participates in countable athletically activities with a subvarsity team after the initial declaration may not be added to the varsity squad for that academic year.

Question No. 22: If a student-athlete is not included in the 35-person varsity-squad size limit, must he be listed as “cut” on the baseball squad-list form?

Answer: No. The varsity-squad size limit is separate from the squad-list form. A student-athlete who is not part of the 35-person varsity-squad size limit may continue to be listed on the squad-list form as a current student-athlete. This will be the case for institutions that have subvarsity squads.

[References: Bylaws 14.4.3.1 (credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.1.3.1 (regaining eligibility exception — baseball), 14.4.3.1.4.1 (application of 18/27 hour requirement to midyear enrollee), 14.4.3.1.4.2 (additional application — baseball), 14.4.3.1.5 (additional application of six-hour and transfer rules — baseball), 14.4.3.2.3.1 (percentage of degree timing of certification exception — baseball), 14.4.3.3.2.1 (grade-point average timing of certification exception — baseball), 14.5.4.1.1 (qualifier two-year transfer baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee), 14.5.4.2.5 (not a qualifier two-year transfer baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee), 14.5.5.2.10 (one-time transfer exception), 14.5.5.2.10.2 (nonrecruited student), 14.5.5.5 (four year transfer baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee), 14.5.6 (4-2-4 college transfers), 14.5.6.4 (4-2-4 transfer baseball and basketball midyear enrollee), 14.5.6.5 (calendar-year time lapse), 15.5.4 (baseball limitations), 15.5.4.1 (minimum equivalency value), 15.5.4.1.1 (exception — need based athletics aid only) and 15.5.4.1.2 (exception — final year of eligibility and not previously aided)]

 

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Daily Compliance Item- 11/27/12- 14.2.3.1.2- Nonchampionship Segment

Off Side is a soccer student-athlete that transferred to Ocean State University (OSU) in January 2012.  Off was not granted the one-time transfer exception and therefore has to serve a year of residence.  Off will complete the year of residence at the conclusion of the fall 2012 semester, will meet all NCAA academic requirements and be in good standing at the institution.  Is it permissible for Off to compete during the spring 2013 semester in the non-championship segment?

Yes.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 2/12/03 Competing in Nonchampionship Segment after Satisfying Academic Year of Residence (I)– states that a transfer student-athlete who completes an academic year of residence following the fall semester may compete during the nonchampionship segment in those sports referenced in NCAA Bylaw 14.2.3.1.2, provided the student-athlete was in good academic standing at the certifying institution during the fall semester.

 

This interpretation is applicable to Division I.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/26/12- 14.4.3.1.2- Transfer Credit Hours

Poke Check is a lacrosse student-athlete at Bay State College.  Poke will be transferring to Ocean State University in January, making him a 4-4 transfer.  He attended Bay State College for a total of 2 full-time semesters.  How many hours will Poke need to have completed when he 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 2NCAA 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- 11/19/12- 14.4.3.1.6- Football Eligibility Requirement

Blown Coverage is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University. What is the minimum number of credit hours Blown must successfully complete during this fall term in order to be eligible for competition at the start of the 2013 season?

A.  6 hours

B.  9 hours

C.  18 hours

D.  No credit hour requirements

 

The answer is BNCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6 state that in football, a student-athlete who is a member of the institution’s football team and who does not successfully complete at least nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term and earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point for the fall term shall not be eligible to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season.  (Adopted:  4/28/11 effective 8/1/11)

 

This is Division I Legislation.

Daily Compliance Item- 10/23/12- 14.1.10- Male Practice Players

The women’s basketball coaches at Ocean State University would like to have a few male students practice with the team this year on a regular basis.  Do these male students have to meet NCAA eligibility requirements for practice?

Yes.  NCAA Bylaw 14.1.10 states that it is permissible for male students to engage in practice sessions with women’s teams under the following conditions:  (Revised: 5/12/05, 5/29/08)

(a)  Male students who practice with an institution’s women’s team on an occasional basis must be verified as eligible for practice in accordance with Bylaw 14.1.7.1 and must have eligibility remaining under the five-year rule (Bylaw 14.2.1);

(b)  Male students who practice with an institution’s women’s teams on a regular basis must be certified  as eligible for practice in accordance with all applicable NCAA eligibility regulations (e.g., must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies, must sign a drug-testing consent form, must be included on the institution’s squad list);

(c)  It is not permissible for an institution to provide male students financial assistance (room and board, tuition and fees, and books) in return for practicing with a women’s team.  A male student who is receiving financial aid or any compensation for serving in any position in the athletics department may not practice with a women’s team.  A male student-athlete who is a counter in a men’s sport may not engage in practice sessions with an institution’s women’s team in any sport;

(d)  It is not permissible for an institution to provide male students room and board to remain on campus during a vacation period to participate in practice sessions with a women’s team;

(e)  It is not permissible for a male student-athlete who is serving an academic year of residence as a nonqualifier to participate in practice sessions with a women’s team; and

(f)  It is permissible for an institution to provide practice apparel to male students for the purpose of practicing with a women’s team.

Daily Compliance Item- 10/4/12- 14.2.2.3- Joint College / HS Program

Nick L. Safety, a senior in HS, is interested in participating on the football team at Ocean State University next year.  During this academic year, Nick is enrolled in three courses at a college in his hometown.  He is taking these courses through an established program offered at his HS.  Nick will receive both HS graduation and college credit for these two courses.

By taking the college courses, does Nick start his five-year eligibility clock?

No, as long as he does not participate in intercollegiate athletics while enrolled in the joint program.  NCAA Bylaw 14.2.2.3 states that a student-athlete’s eligibility under the five-year rule does not begin while a student is enrolled in a collegiate institution in a joint high school/college academic program for high school students in which the courses count as both high school graduation credit and college credit, provided the student has not officially graduated from high school and does not participate in intercollegiate athletics while enrolled in the joint program. (Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)

Daily Compliance Item- 9/25/12- 14.1.8.1, 14.5.5.5- Graduate Transfer- Men’s Basketball and Baseball

Pick N. Roll is a basketball student-athlete at Bay State College (BSC).  Pick is going to graduate at the conclusion of the fall 2012 semester but will have eligibility remaining for the 2013-14 academic year.  BSC does not offer a graduate degree in Industrial Engineering, so Pick wants to transfer to Ocean State University (OSU) in January 2013 for graduate school.  For purposes of this example, Pick meets all the parameters within Bylaw 14.1.8.1 and therefore is eligible for the one-time transfer exception.

Since Pick will be a graduate student at OSU, will he be eligible to compete during the January 2013 semester?

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/21/12- Baseball or Basketball Midyear Graduate Transfer (I)- states that in baseball and basketball, a graduate student-athlete who qualifies for the one-time transfer exception but initially enrolls as a full-time student at the certifying institution after the first term of the academic year shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.8.1 (one-time transfer exception), 14.5.5.3 (competition in year of transfer) and 14.5.5.5 (baseball and basketball — midyear enrollee)]

Daily Compliance Item- 9/11/12- Graduation and Credit Hour Requirements

Dub L. Hit is a volleyball student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Dub graduated during the spring 2012 semester completing 5 degree applicable hours that term.  Since Dub did not fulfill the 6 hour requirement, is she eligible to compete during the fall 2012 semester?

 

For purposes of this scenario, Dub met all other progress toward degree requirements.

 

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/24/12-Graduation and Credit-Hour Requirements (I) Date Published: August 24, 2012– states that a student-athlete who receives a baccalaureate degree is not required to have met the credit-hour requirements in the preceding regular academic term or terms in order to be eligible for competition in the regular academic term immediately following the receipt of the degree.

 

[References: NCAA Bylaws 14.4.3.1 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.1.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 14.4.3.1.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), and 14.4.3.5 (exceptions to progress-toward-degree rule)]

Daily Compliance Item- 8/16/12- 14.2.3.1- Basketball Foreign Tour Participation Prior to Initial Enrollment

Back Court is an incoming freshman basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University.  The women’s basketball team will be participating in a foreign tour in France this week prior to the start of the 2012-13 academic year.  If Back participates in competitions on the foreign tour but does not compete in any games during the academic year, does she utilize a season of competition?

 

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 1/28/11- Use of a Season of Competition for Participation in Summer Foreign Tour Prior to Initial Enrollment — Basketball (I)– states that in basketball, an incoming student-athlete (freshman or transfer) who participates on a foreign tour that occurs during the summer prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution is not charged with a season of competition for such participation.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 14.2.3.1 (minimum amount of competition), 14.2.3.6 (foreign-tour competition) and 17.29.1.4.1.1 (exception — basketball)].