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									NCAA Division III Playing
  and Practice Seasons

                  Shana Levine
     Associate Director of Membership Services
Presentation Overview

   This session will include:
       Athletically related activities.
       Length of playing and practice seasons.
       First contest or date of competition.
       Maximum contest limitations.
       Out-of-season activities.
       The counting formula for preseason practice.
       Football regulations.
       Case studies.
Principle Governing Regulations

   Playing and practice seasons are regulated
    to minimize interference with opportunities for
    acquiring a quality education.
Vocabulary
   Traditional segment - ends with the
    championship.

   Nontraditional segment - does not end with
    the championship.

   Exempt contest - does not count towards
    maximum contest limitations.
   Exhibition contest - does not count towards a
    team’s won-loss record.
Athletically Related Activities
NCAA Bylaw 17.02.1.1
Athletically Related Activities
   (a) Practice, which is defined as any meeting,
    activity or instruction involving sports-related
    information and having an athletics purpose…..
    including:
       Field, floor or on-court activity;
       Setting up offensive or defensive alignment;
       Chalk talk;
       Lecture on or discussion of strategy related to the sport;
       Activities using equipment related to the sport;
       Discussions or review of game films, etc; or
       Any other athletically related activity.
Bylaw 17.02.1.1
Athletically Related Activities

   (j) Involvement of an institution's strength and
    conditioning staff with enrolled student-athletes
    in required conditioning programs; and

   (k) Observation by an institution's coaching
    staff member of enrolled student-athletes in
    nonorganized sport-specific activities (e.g.,
    "pick-up games").
Bylaw 17.02.1.1.1
Athletically Related Activities - Exceptions
   The following activities shall not be considered
    athletically related:
      Administrative and academic activities that are

       nonathletics in nature (e.g., academic meetings and
       compliance meetings)
      Fund-raising and community service activities not
       involving the use of athletics ability by student-
       athletes to obtain funds;
Bylaw 17.02.1.1.1
Athletically Related Activities - Exceptions
   The following activities shall not be considered
    athletically related:
     Observation of enrolled student-athletes in organized

      competition (e.g., summer league), provided
      institutional athletics personnel do not direct or
      supervise the organized activity; and
     Voluntary individual workouts monitored for safety

      purposes by strength and conditioning personnel.
Bylaw 17.02.13
Voluntary Athletically Related Activities
   In order for any athletically related activity to be
    considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions
    must be met:

       The student-athlete must not be required to report back to
        a coach or other athletics department staff member;
            In addition, no athletics department staff member who
             observes the activity may report back to the student-athlete's
             coach any information related to the activity.

       The activity must be initiated solely by the student-athlete;
Bylaw 17.02.13
Voluntary Athletically Related Activities
   In order for any athletically related activity to be
    considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions
    must be met:

       The student-athlete's attendance and participation in the
        activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the
        purposes of reporting; and

       The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he
        or she does not participate in the activity… nor incentives
        offered.
Length of Playing and
Practice Seasons
Playing Season

   Period of time from an institution’s first
    practice and the institution’s last practice or
    date of competition, whichever is later.

   The only time when an institution is permitted
    to conduct athletically related activities.
General Regulations

   Bylaw 17.1.4 – Sports Subject to Segment
    Limitations.

       Division III institutions are subject to all
        Division III playing and practice seasons
        legislation, regardless of the championship
        opportunities (e.g., National Collegiate
        Championships, national governing body)
        available in those sports.
General Regulations
Mandatory Medical Examination
   Effective August 1, 2007.
   Prior to athletics participation of any kind,
    student-athletes shall receive a medical
    examination or evaluation administered or
    supervised by a physician (e.g., family
    physician, team physician).
     The examination or evaluation must be
      administered within six months prior to
      athletics participation.
General Regulations
Mandatory Medical Examination
   In following years, an updated history of
    the student-athlete's medical condition
    shall be administered by an institutional
    medical staff member.
        The updated history must be administered
         within six months prior to the student-
         athlete's athletics participation.
General Regulations
Mandatory Medical Examination
   Required for male practice players as well.
   Individuals that may conduct the exam:
       MD or DO credential should supervise or conduct the
        medical exam.
   Transfer student-athletes:
       No prior participation - the transfer student-athlete will need
        to undergo a medical exam.
       Prior participation - the transfer student-athlete will need to
        undergo a medical history and the certifying institution will
        need to verify that the transfer student-athlete received the
        requisite medical exam and medical history updates for
        previous academic years.
General Regulations

   One day off per week required.
       Exception: prior to first day of classes, between
        terms and during participation in NCAA
        championships.

   No daily or weekly hour limitations.
   No missed class time for practice activities.
       Exception: team is traveling to an away-from-home
        contest and the practice is in conjunction with the
        contest.
Length of Playing Season
Bylaw 17.1.8 – Computing Seasons

   All practice and competition in the traditional and
    nontraditional segments combined may not exceed
    18 weeks for fall sports and 19 weeks for winter and
    spring sports.
      Indoor and outdoor track combined: 24 weeks.
Length of Playing Season
Bylaw 17.1.8 – Computing Seasons

   Practice or competition during any part of a week is
    counted as a full week, including vacation periods.

   Weeks must be consecutive, except any full week
    that includes a vacation, final-examination period or
    holiday period in which no practice or competition
    occurs.
Pop Quiz – Question

   What if the vacation period is only two days?

   Can the team take a full week off and exclude
    it from the 18- or 19-week season?
Pop Quiz – Answer

   Yes.

   The vacation, final examination or holiday
    period must simply be a portion of a seven-
    consecutive day period.
Length of Playing Season
Bylaw 17.1.7 – General regulations for computing playing
  seasons:
 Neither practice nor competition in any NCAA championship
  is considered part of the institution’s declared playing
  season.
 Institutions under consideration for NCAA championship
  selection may continue practicing beyond their last regular-
  season contests until selections are made.
 An institution not selected for the NCAA championship may
  continue to practice or compete until the end of the
  championship only if it has time remaining in its season.
Pop Quiz – Question

   Does the conference championship have to
    count in the 18- or 19-week playing season?

   Do season-ending tournaments have to count
    in the 18- or 19-week playing season?
Pop Quiz – Answer

   Yes.

   It depends.
Length of Playing Season Case Study

   Basketball:
       Last date of conference tournament: March 3.
            NCAA tournament starts March 6-8.
       First permissible date for practice: October 15.


   Is this permissible?
Length of Playing Season Case Study
        October 2007                   November 2007

    1    2   3   4     5   6                    1   2   3

7   8    9 10 11 12 13         4   5    6   7   8   9 10

14 15 16 17 18 19 20           11 12 13 14 15 16 17

21 22 23 24 25 26 27           18 19 20 21 22 23 24

28 29 30 31                    25 26 27 28 29 30
Length of Playing Season Case Study
        December 2007                   January 2008

                            1            1   2   3     4   5

2   3     4   5   6     7   8   6   7    8   9 10 11 12

9 10 11 12 13 14 15             13 14 15 16 17 18 19

16 17 18 19 20 21 22            20 21 22 23 24 25 26
23/ 24/
30 31     25 26 27 28 29        27 28 29 30 31
Length of Playing Season Case Study
        February 2008                   March 2008

                        1   2                        1   2

3   4    5   6   7      8   9   3   4   5   6   7    8   9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16            10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23            17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28                  24 25 26 27 28 29 30
2007-08 Men’s Basketball Season

   No, if the conference tournament is the
    weekend prior to NCAA tournament.
   In 2007-08 there are 20 weeks between the
    permissible start of practice and conference
    tournaments
   Solution: Institutions may either take a week
    off or start practice a week later in October.
Length of Playing Season

Bylaw 17.1.9.1 – Combining segments:
   Sports with different contest limitations in the
    two segments can conduct a single 18-week
    (fall sports) or 19-week (spring sports)
    segment, but are limited to the contest or date
    of competition limit for the traditional segment.
Length of Playing Season

Dividing segments:
 Nontraditional segment in the fall (e.g., baseball,
  softball):
       Segment may begin September 7 or first day of class,
        which ever is earlier.
       Segment must end by October 30.

   Nontraditional segment in the spring (e.g., women’s
    volleyball, soccer):
       Segment may not begin until February 1.
       Segment must conclude by first day of final exams.
Length of Playing Season

Segment length.
 Sports of baseball, field hockey,
  lacrosse, soccer, softball and women’s
  volleyball:
     Nontraditional segment limited to a
      maximum of five weeks.
Nontraditional Segment Limitations

   Baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer,
    softball and women’s volleyball:
       Nontraditional segment = 16 days, including one
        date of competition, within a maximum of five
        weeks.

       No more than four days in any one week.

       No class time may be missed for practice or
        competition.
Nontraditional Segment Limitations

Nontraditional date of competition regulations.
 A maximum of eight hours of athletically
  related activity may occur on the one date of
  competition.
Nontraditional Segment Limitations

Nontraditional date of competition regulations.
 Sport-specific limits (eight-hour limit trumps).
     Baseball -- two regulation baseball games or 18 innings.
     Field hockey -- two regulation field hockey contests or 140
      minutes of competition activity.
     Lacrosse -- two regulation lacrosse contests or 120
      minutes of competition activity.
     Soccer -- two regulation soccer contests or 180 minutes of
      competition activity.
     Softball -- three regulation softball games or 21 innings.
     Volleyball -- 15 regulation volleyball games.
Nontraditional Segment Limitations

Nontraditional date of competition regulations.
     Any athletically related activities count against the
      eight-hour limit.
         Including on-field practice and competition activities, film
          review, chalk talk, conditioning activities and required
          weightlifting, etc.
     The eight-hour limit and the competition-specific
      limit is an institutional limit in that sport.
     Eight hours of athletically related activities do not
      need to be consecutive.
Nontraditional Segment Limitations

   Baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer,
    softball and women’s volleyball:
       No contest exemptions may be applied in the
        nontraditional segment, except for the alumni
        contest exemption. (Effective 8/1/05)
Nontraditional Segment Limitation
Examples
Traditional weeks     19   18   17   16   15   14
Nontraditional
                      0    1    2    3    4    5
  weeks
Nontraditional
dates of
competition           0    1    1    1    1    1
(counts as practice
day)
Nontraditional
practice days
                      0    4    8    12   16   16
(including one date
of competition)
Nontraditional Segment Limitation
Example
   Women’s volleyball.
       First permissible date for practice: February 1.
       Sixteen practice days within a maximum of five
        weeks.
       One date of competition (within 16 days).
       Used 13 weeks and three days in the traditional
        segment.
Pop Quiz – Question

   How many weeks can be used for the spring
    nontraditional segment in this case?
Pop Quiz – Answer

   Four weeks in nontraditional.
First Contest or
Date of Competition
First Contest or Date of Competition

   Cross country, field hockey, soccer and
    women’s volleyball.
       September 1 or the preceding Friday if
        September 1 falls on a Saturday, Sunday or
        Monday.

       An unlimited number of exhibition scrimmages
        may be conducted on one date during the
        preseason practice period, which shall count as
        one contest or date of competition in the
        institution’s maximum limitation.
First Contest or Date of Competition
Football

   The Friday or Saturday 11 weeks before
    the first round of the NCAA Division III
    Football Championship.
       Labor Day weekend exception: an institution
        may play its first football contest on the Thursday
        prior to Labor Day in years when the first
        permissible contest date falls during the Labor
        Day weekend.
       August 30, 2007.
First Contest or Date of Competition
Basketball
   Friday immediately before Thanksgiving.
   A maximum of two informal practice
    scrimmages with outside competition may be
    exempted.
       Conducted without publicity or official scoring.
       May be conducted between the first permissible
        date for on-court preseason practice and the
        conclusion of the basketball season.
Pop Quiz – Question

   True or False: An exhibition contest played
    against an NCAA Division I or II opponent
    does not have to count against the 25 contest
    limit in basketball.
Pop Quiz - Answer

   True.
   Bylaw 17.5.5.3, effective August 1, 2007,
    permits one of the following to be exempted:
       Two informal practice scrimmages with outside
        competition; or
       One informal practice scrimmage with outside
        competition and one exhibition contest against a
        Division I or II institution conducted on or after
        October 31 and before the first permissible
        contest date.
First Contest or Date of Competition
Golf and Tennis
   Fall traditional segment: September 1 or the
    preceding Friday if September 1 falls on a
    Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

   Spring traditional segment: September 7 or the
    first day of classes, whichever is earlier.
Maximum Contest
Limitations
Maximum Contest Limitations

   Each sport maximum stated in sport section
    of Bylaw 17.

   Limits apply to teams and individuals.

   Limits expressed as contests or dates of
    competition.
Contest versus Date of Competition

   Contest                Date of Competition
       Baseball;              Archery, badminton,
       Basketball;             bowling, cross country,
       Field hockey;           fencing, golf, gymnastics,
                                lacrosse, rifle, rowing,
       Football;               skiing, squash,
       Ice hockey;             swimming, synchronized
       Soccer; and             swimming, team
       Softball.               handball, tennis, track
                                and field, volleyball,
                                water polo and wrestling.
Countable Contests

   Institutional.
       Any contest against outside team, unless
        exempted.


   Student-athlete.
       Any contest where the student-athlete competes
        on varsity, subvarsity or freshman team, unless
        exempted.
Countable Date of Competition

   Institutional.

       A single date on which the team engages in
        competition against an outside team, unless
        exempted.

       For individual sports, must have minimum
        number of participants per Bylaw 20.11.3.3.
            Golf and tennis use a team date if one or more student-
             athletes participate on behalf of the institution.
Countable Date of Competition

   Student-Athlete.

       Any date on which a student-athlete competes
        while representing institution individually or as a
        member of varsity, subvarsity or freshman team,
        unless exempted.
Count as a Single Date of Competition

   Badminton, squash and team handball –
    three tournaments.
   Bowling – 10 tournaments.
   Tennis – four singles and/or doubles
    tournaments.
   Track and field – four multi-day meets, first
    two days.
   Wrestling – two two-day meets.
Contest Exemptions

   Annual exemptions do not count towards the
    maximum number of permissible contests.

   Exempted contests must occur on or after
    first permissible contest date unless noted
    specifically in bylaw.

   Exempted contest list varies by sport: see
    Bylaw 17._.5.3 (annual exemptions).
Maximum Contest Limitations

   Remember Bylaws 17 and 20 are separate!
       Bylaw 17 governs the maximum an institution can
        do with its playing season.
       Bylaw 20 outlines minimum contest and
        participant requirements for sports sponsorship.
   The number of contests declared for Bylaw
    17 is usually not the same for Bylaw 20.
   Reminder: contest minimums are going up in
    some sports for the 2007-08 academic year.
Out-of-Season Activities
Out-of-Season Activities

   Outside of the declared playing season,
    coaching staff members and student-
    athletes may not engage in any athletically
    related activities.
       Not considered athletically related activity:
            Administrative meeting prior to season.
            Athletics award banquet.
            Season-ending "wrap-up" meeting.
Out-of-Season Activities
   Bylaw 17.02.1.1-(j): Strength and conditioning
    personnel may monitor voluntary individual
    workouts for safety purposes.

   If the institution's strength and conditioning staff
    member is also a sport coach, in order to monitor
    workouts for safety purposes, he or she must
    perform the strength and conditioning duties on a
    department-wide basis.
Out-of-Season Activities

   A strength and conditioning coach may
    communicate with a student-athlete regarding
    techniques/mechanics of weight lifting for safety.
   However, a strength and conditioning coach may
    not instruct a student-athlete to complete a specified
    number of repetitions or sets to ensure the student-
    athlete maximizes his or her workout.
       This type of instruction would be considered athletically
        related activity and may occur only during the declared
        playing season.
Summary

   Athletically related activities.
   Length of playing and practice season.
   First contest or date of competition.
   Maximum contest limitations.
   Out-of-season activities.
Preseason Practice Formula


    1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2
Preseason Practice
Start Dates
   Fall sports (other than football): 16 practice
    opportunities prior to first contest or
    September 1, whichever is later.
   Winter and spring sports: September 7 or the
    first day of classes (whichever is earlier).
   Football – 25 practice opportunities prior to
    first contest.
   Basketball – October 15.
 Application of Practice Opportunities – Fall
 Sports other than Football

   Formula to determine first day of preseason
                         practice.
1. Start with the first contest or date of
   competition OR September 1 (whichever is
   later) and count back.
2. Count ONE for each day from the first contest
   or date of competition through the first day of
   classes.
Application of Practice Opportunities – Fall
Sports other than Football

3. Count ONE for each day classes are not in
   session in the week of the first scheduled
   regular contest (not scrimmage), defined as
   the six days, excluding Sunday, preceding
   the first contest or date of competition.
4. Count TWO for each other day in the
   preseason practice period.
5. Exclude Sundays.
     Application of Practice Opportunities
   Example: women’s soccer.
       Sixteen opportunities.
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed         Thu    Fri      Sat

                     1         2       3       4

5      6     7       8         9      10       11

12     13    14     15         16     17       18

19                  22
       20    21    First day   23     24       25
                   of class



26     27    29     29         30     31       1
                                      First
                                     contest
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed          Thu    Fri      Sat

                      1         2       3       4

5      6     7        8         9      10       11

12     13    14     15          16     17       18

19                  22
       20    21    First day    23     24       25
                   of class 1    1      1        1


26                                     31       1
       27    29     29          30     First
        1     1        1         1    contest
                                        1
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed          Thu    Fri      Sat

                      1         2       3       4

5      6     7        8         9      10       11

12     13    14     15          16     17       18
                                        2        2

19                  22
       20    21    First day    23     24       25
        2     2    of class 1    1      1        1


26                                     31       1
       27    29     29          30     First
        1     1        1         1    contest
                                        1
Football Regulations
 Application of Practice Opportunities –
 Football
   Formula to determine first day of preseason
                     practice.
1. Start with the first scheduled intercollegiate
   contest and count back.
2. Count ONE for each day from the first
   scheduled intercollegiate contest through the
   first day of classes.
Application of Practice Opportunities –
Football
3. Count ONE for each day classes are not in
   session in the week of the first scheduled
   regular contest (not scrimmage), defined as
   the six days, excluding or including Sunday,
   preceding the first contest or date of
   competition.
     Sundays prior to the institution’s opening day of classes are
      included in the counting. Sundays subsequent to the
      institution’s opening day of classes are excluded from the
      counting.
 Application of Practice Opportunities –
 Football
4. Count on an alternating basis in a TWO-ONE-
   TWO-ONE format (i.e., the first of the
   remaining days is counted as two, the next
   day is counted as one, the next as two, etc.)
   up to and including the 20th opportunity.
5. Count one practice opportunity for each of the
   five days prior to the day of the 20th
   opportunity.
Application of Practice Opportunities –
Football
   If an institution has an official policy that
    precludes any athletics or other extracurricular
    activities from occurring Sunday, the institution
    may exclude Sundays prior to the first day of
    class from counting in the preseason practice
    formula to determine the first permissible
    practice date.
                      [Reference: official interpretation (4/17/03)]
Application of Practice Opportunities

   Example: football.
     Twenty-five opportunities.
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed         Thu    Fri      Sat

                      1        2       3       4

5      6     7        8        9      10       11

12     13    14     15         16     17       18
                     22        23     24       25
19     20    21    First Day
                                1      1        1
                   of Class
                      1
26     27    28     29         30     31       1
                                      First
        1     1       1         1    Contest
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed         Thu    Fri      Sat

                      1        2       3       4

5      6     7        8        9      10       11
12     13    14     15         16     17       18
              1       2         1      2        1

19     20    21      22        23     24       25
                   First Day
 2      1     2    of Class     1      1        1
                      1
26     27    28     29         30     31       1
                                      First
        1     1       1         1    Contest
      August/September 2007
Sun    Mon   Tue   Wed         Thu    Fri      Sat

                      1        2       3       4

5      6     7        8        9      10       11
                      1         1      1        1
12     13    14     15         16     17       18
 1      1     1       2         1      2        1

19     20    21      22        23     24       25
                   First Day
 2      1     2    of Class     1      1        1
                      1
26     27    28     29         30     31       1
                                      First
        1     1       1         1    Contest
Football Acclimatization Period

   Preseason practice shall begin with a five-
    day acclimatization period for both first-time
    participants (e.g., freshman and transfers)
    and continuing student-athletes.
   All student-athletes, including those who
    arrive to preseason practice after the first day
    of practice, are required to undergo a five-day
    acclimatization period.
Football Acclimatization Period

   No more than one on-field practice per day,
    not to exceed three hours in length.

   No conditioning, speed, strength or agility
    tests prior to the start of the five-day
    acclimatization period.
    Football Acclimatization Period
   Administrative activities (e.g., team pictures,
    equipment issue, etc.) and nonfootball-related
    meetings (e.g., to sign compliance forms, to
    administer medical examinations) may occur on
    the day before the first permissible date of
    preseason practice.
   Expenses may be provided beginning with an
    evening meal and lodging on the day before the
    administrative/picture day.
Football Acclimatization Period


   First two days: helmets only.
   Third and fourth days: helmets and
    shoulder pads only.
   Fifth day and thereafter: full pads.
    After the Acclimatization Period

   No multiple on-field practice sessions (e.g., two-
    a-days or three-a-days) on consecutive days.

   No more than three hours of on-field practice
    activities on those days during which one practice
    is permitted.
    After the Acclimatization Period
   No more than five hours of on-field practice activities
    on those days during which more than one practice is
    permitted.
   On multiple practice session days, at least three
    continuous hours of recovery time between the end of
    the first practice and the start of the last practice that
    day is required.
        No meetings or other athletically related activities (e.g.,
         weight lifting) during recovery time.

        Medical treatment and meals may occur during recovery time.
    After the Acclimatization Period
   Walk-through sessions.
        During the preseason practice period only and
         subsequent to the five-day acclimatization period, on-
         field walk-through sessions are not considered an on-
         field activity, provided:
             Protective equipment (e.g., helmets, shoulder pads) is not
              worn;

             Equipment related to football (e.g., footballs, blocking sleds)
              is not used; and

             Conditioning activities do not occur.
    After the Acclimatization Period

   Walk-through sessions.
       Only on single-session practice days.

       Limited to one hour in length.

       At least three hours of continuous recovery time
        between the end of the on-field practice session
        and the start of the walk-through session required.
Permissible Spring Activities

   During this five-week period, the institution
    may conduct athletically related activities
    (skill instruction) on a maximum of 16 days,
    including no more than four days in any one
    week.

   Skill instruction during this period shall be
    limited to passing, catching and kicking
    related drills.
Permissible Spring Activities

   Except for footballs, the use of helmets, pads,
    blocking sleds or any other form of sport-
    related equipment is prohibited.

   No missed class time is permitted for these
    sessions.
Interpretive Issues

   Permissible skill instruction activities may
    include offensive and defensive alignments
    related to passing, catching and kicking
    related drills including drills that involve both
    offensive and defensive teams (e.g., seven-
    on-seven drills; kick-off coverage and return
    teams; etc.).
                     [Reference: official interpretation (10/20/04)]
Interpretive Issues

   No contact may occur in any component of
    skill instruction activities.

   The spring practice period in football is
    limited to a period up to five weeks and must
    be included in the 18-week playing and
    practice season.
Case Studies
Length of Playing Season
Question

   My school has a four-day Thanksgiving
    vacation period. If we take off seven days of
    practice around Thanksgiving, does that
    week have to count towards my 18- or 19-
    week limit?
Answer
   No.



   The vacation, final examination or holiday
    period may be a portion of a seven-
    consecutive day period where no practice or
    competition is conducted for that week to not
    count as part of playing season.
Question

   I know that I can practice beyond my 18 or 19
    weeks if I am under consideration for NCAA
    championships. What does it mean to be
    under consideration for NCAA championships
    selection?
Answer
   This depends on institutional discretion. The
    institution should examine the regional
    rankings and compare the team’s ranking to
    the size of the bracket.
Maximum Contests/Dates of
Competition
Question

   My regular conference does not have a
    championship for soccer and does not
    declare soccer as one of the conference
    sports. Can my soccer team compete
    against a team in this same situation and
    exempt it?
Answer

   Yes.
   Independents exemption: application of the
    independents championship exemption.
                [Reference: official interpretation (9/15/04)]
   An institution that is a member of a multi-sport
    conference that does not sponsor a particular
    sport and is not a member of any other
    conference for that sport may use the
    independents championship exemption in that
    sport.
Question

   Now that I can exempt the field hockey
    alumni contest in the nontraditional segment,
    can I also exempt it in the traditional
    segment?
Answer

   No.

   The institution may play more than one alumni
    contest but only one may be exempted.
Question

   Can I have two dates of competition in the
    nontraditional segment if one of them is the
    alumni contest?
Answer

   Yes.
   Note that the field hockey nontraditional
    segment may consist of one date of
    competition and the exempted alumni contest
    may occur on another day. If the alumni
    contest is on another day, it shall be the only
    contest on that other day.
Question

   In track, how do I count a date of competition
    when I have student-athletes attending two
    different invitationals at the same time? One
    invitational is a day longer than the other.

   How do I apply the bylaw that allows me to
    count the first two days of a multi-day event
    as one day?
                                  Length Student- Countable Days
       Outdoor Meets             of Event Athletes
                                  (Days) in Event Institution Sally
Invitational                          3            10              0           2#
Dual                                  1            25              1            0
Invitational X* April 1,2             2             6                          1#
                                                                  2#
Invitational Y* April 1, 2, 3         3            15                           0
Dual                                  1            30              1            1
Invitational                          3            20             2#           2#
Conference Championship               2            20              0            0
Last Chance                           1             3              0            1
NCAA Championship                     3             1              0            0

  * Event occurs on overlapping days              #First two days counted as one
                  Sally the student-athlete participated in all days of the event.
Contest Limitations and
Season Length
Question

   I just saw that last-chance meets count
    against maximum contest limitations for
    student-athletes and for institutions, if there
    are at least 12 participants.
   Do I have to save weeks for last-chance
    meets?
Answer

   Yes.
   Competition subsequent to the last regular-season
    contest or conference tournament.
                          [Reference: staff interpretation (8/28/91)]
   Competition subsequent to the last regular-season
    competition or conference tournament that does not
    constitute a countable competition for the institution
    (i.e., less than the minimum number of participants)
    must count in the length of the institution's playing
    season if the student-athlete represents the
    institution in the contest.
Question

   Do contests in the ECAC Championship or
    the New England’s have to count towards the
    maximum contest limitation?
Answer

   Maybe. The event must count unless there is
    a contest exemption for the particular sport.

   Each sport has a different list, so check the
    exemption list for the sport in question.
Answer

   Field hockey could exempt either the New England’s
    or ECAC’s under the season-ending tournament.
    Also, if they did not already use the conference
    exemption, they could exempt ECAC’s under the
    conference exemption and New England’s under the
    season-ending exemption.

   Cross country could not exempt New England’s and
    could only exempt ECAC’s if they did not already
    exempt a conference championship.
Required Days Off
Question

   My baseball team is going to Florida for
    spring break. How many days in a row can
    the team practice without taking a day off?
Answer

   The team does not have to take a day off during the
    official spring-break period. There must be at least
    one day in the week prior and one day off in the
    week after spring break.

   Required day off not mandatory during vacation
    period. An institution is not required to provide
    student-athletes with one day off per week during a
    vacation period, provided classes are not in session
    during any portion of that week.
                        [Reference: staff interpretation (12/18/92)]
Out-of-Season Activities
Question

   I do not have a true strength and conditioning
    coach, but three of my coaches have
    volunteered to supervise the weight room on
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons
    respectively. Is it permissible for these sport
    coaches to monitor the weight room out of
    season?
Answer

   Yes, if those individuals perform that duty for
    all student-athletes.
   If the institution's strength and conditioning
    staff member is also a sport coach, in order
    to monitor workouts for safety purposes, he
    or she must perform the strength and
    conditioning duties on a department-wide
    basis.
Question

   Is it considered a voluntary workout if the
    strength coach turns in an attendance list
    (with no other information) to the sport
    coach?
Answer

   No.
Question

   May the head volleyball coach participate in
    intramural lacrosse if three of her student-
    athletes are also participating?
Answer

   It depends.

   The coach may participate in the same
    league; however, the coach may not
    participate on the same team as his or her
    student-athlete outside the playing season in
    ANY sport.
Question

   Six basketball players from one team play
    together in a summer league. The games
    are played at a YMCA near campus. Is it
    permissible for the coach to observe these
    games?
Answer

   Yes.
Question

   These same six players like to practice
    together outside the structured league
    environment and regularly engage in pick-up
    games together at the intuition's recreational
    facility. This facility is across the street from
    the coach's office. If the coach leaves her
    office for lunch and sees the six team
    members playing a pick-up game, what
    should she do?
Answer

   Continue to wherever she was going and not
    take extra time to watch the pick-up game.
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