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ATHLETICS COMPLIANCE EDUCATION July 2010
AGENDA Introduction to the NCAA Governance Structure Enforcement and AMA Newly Adopted Legislation New Recruiting Forms and Procedures
The NCAA is: A voluntary Association of about 1,300 colleges, universities and athletics conferences devoted to the sound administration of intercollegiate athletics. Divided into three main divisions (Divisions I, II and III). Each NCAA division has a separate governing structure.
The NCAA is: The membership or members – the colleges, universities and athletics conferences that make up the NCAA. Appoint volunteer representatives that serve on committees. Introduce and vote on legislation. Establish programs to govern, promote and further the purposes and goals of intercollegiate athletics.
The NCAA is: The national office – 400 staff members. Draft, interpret, teach and implement the rules and programs established by the membership. Administer 88 championships in 23 sports. More than 45,000 student-athletes annually compete for national titles. Headquarters – Indianapolis, Indiana.
The NCAA is: The Association. The entire organization comprised of members and staff. Many believe the national office staff makes the rules. Actually it is the membership that proposes and adopts the rules.
It is the responsibility of each member institution, through the president or chancellor, to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association. – NCAA Constitution NCAA legislation. Constitution 2.1. Principle of institutional control and responsibility. Constitution Principle of rules compliance – responsibility of the institution (monitoring). Constitution Institutional control.
Institutional Control Analysis Determination of whether an institution is exercising proper institutional control involves an extremely fact-sensitive analysis. No mathematical formula or checklist. Situations evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Institutional Control Analysis Four pillars of institutional control. Compliance systems. Do we have the right checks in place? Do they work? Monitoring/enforcement. Phone logs, contacts/evaluation sheets, etc. Our track record of self-reporting SECONDARY VIOLATIONS ARE NORMAL!! Rules education. Thats why youre here now, and why I take roll. Commitment to compliance. Repeat offender status
Compliance Systems Implement systems in areas of key NCAA legislation. Financial aid. Eligibility certification. Recruiting. Amateurism. Sports wagering. Investigating and self-reporting. Student-athlete employment. Awards and benefits. Playing seasons. Booster activities. Camps and clinics. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Institutional Control Analysis Continuum of relevant facts: No system Detailed system No monitoring Strict monitoring No education Extensive education No commitment High commitment
Mercer Compliance Committee Jim Cole- AD Sybil Blalock- SWA Jeff Hugdahl- FAR Karen Donaldson- Asst. AD- Compliance Myra Cameron, Athletics Coordinator Nancy Robinson, Registrar Maria Hammet, Financial Aid
Enforcement and AMA
THE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS Bottom Line: Every violation needs to be reported. The enforcement staff decides whether a violation is major or secondary, although final authority lies with the Committee on Infractions. Groups Involved: Major Enforcement Secondary Enforcement Agents, Gambling and Amateurism (AGA) Basketball Focus Group (Division I Mens Basketball) Committee on Infractions Student-Athlete Reinstatement (Academic and Membership Affairs- AMA)
Secondary Violations A secondary violation is a violation that is isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit. Multiple secondary violations may collectively be viewed as a major violation, particularly where there is intent, a pattern, or a lack of institutional control. Institutions and conferences impose appropriate penalties, although the enforcement staff has the last word. Secondary violations often have prescribed penalties. Penalties may be appealed to the Committee on Infractions, although success is exceedingly rare.
Levels of Secondary Violations Refers ONLY to the method of processing- not the severity. Level I Secondary Violations: Reported to the national office as they are discovered; formally processed by the enforcement staff; May involve student-athlete eligibility; Includes all intentional violations and any violation not isolated in nature. Level II Secondary Violations: Processed by institutions (and our conference) as they are discovered; Reported to the national office quarterly by the conference; Reviewed by the Enforcement staff; Never involves student-athlete eligibility. If an institution believes a prescribed penalty should not be imposed on a Level II violation, the institution may submit the case to staff with an argument why the penalty should not apply.
Major Enforcement Investigation by enforcement staff and institution Allegation/response phase Summary Disposition OR Hearing before Committee on Infractions Committee on Infractions decision Infractions Appeals Committee decision
DI Mens Basketball Focus Group The purpose of BFG is to strengthen the enforcement staffs ability to monitor and enforce rules compliance in mens basketball through: Expanded outreach efforts; Increased knowledge of the specific issues impacting the mens basketball recruiting environment; and An enhanced enforcement presence. BFG is involved in most infractions cases (secondary and major) involving mens basketball. Result? Much needed changes to MBB recruiting rules.
Enforcement and Eligibility When a rules violation affects a student-athletes eligibility, he or she must go through a separate student-athlete reinstatement (SAR) process. The violation is reported. The enforcement staff investigates the violation, if necessary. Cases involve prospective student-athletes eligibility (or academic fraud) are handled by the Eligibility Center. The enforcement staff handles institutional penalties. SAR handles student-athlete penalties. Penalties range from sitting out games/practices and restitution of improper benefits to permanent loss of eligibility.
Student-Athlete Reinstatement SAR also processes: Hardship waivers When student-athletes play only a small percentage of their season and experience a very serious injury Season of Activity Waiver Student-athlete has a compelling reason he/she should be granted a year back on his or her five-year clock. Athletics Activity Waiver When elite athletes miss long periods of time due to training for events like the Olympics, World Cup, etc.
Association-Wide Committees Executive Committee Eight FBS members from Division I Board of Directors Two IFCS members from Division I Board of Directors Two Division I members from Division I Board of Directors Two members from Division II Presidents Council Two members from Division III Presidents Council Ex officio non-voting members: NCAA President, Chair of Divisions I Leadership Council, and the Chairs of Division II and Division III Management Council. Division I Board of Directors (Presidents and Chancellors) Division II Presidents Council (Presidents and Chancellors) Division III Presidents Council (Presidents and Chancellors) Division I Leadership Council (Athletics Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives) Division II Management Council (Athletics Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives) Division III Management Council (Presidents/Chancellors, Athletics Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Student-Athletes) Division I Committees and Cabinets Division II Committees Division III Committees Sport and Rules Committees Division I Legislative Council (Athletics Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives)
DIVISION I GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
NCAA Proposal No ADOPTED- FINAL INVOLVEMENT WITH PROFESSIONAL TEAMS PRIOR TO FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT DELAYED ENROLLMENT SPORTS OTHER THAN MEN'S ICE HOCKEY AND SKIING Bylaws , ,
NCAA Proposal No Prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, permits contract to compete on a professional team and competition on a professional team, provided: Contract does not promise and individual does not receive more than actual and necessary expenses to participate on the team. Effective for SAs enrolling
NCAA Proposal No Establishes delayed-enrollment provisions. Same as current rule for tennis and women's volleyball. Reduces grace period for tennis to six months. WVB: Effective for SAs enrolling MTE, WTE: Effective for SAs enrolling In sports other than tennis and womens volleyball, a SA who does not initially enroll full-time in a collegiate institution within one year (six months for tennis), or the next opportunity to enroll following his or her high school graduation, whichever occurs earlier, AND participates in organized events in that sport, shall be charged with a season of eligibility for each year of participation and shall fulfill an academic year in residence.
Effect: Cost savings in amateurism certification process. Burden is on MERCER, not the EC, to prove amateur status. Focus is on whether the SA is a professional, not whether their teammates were ever professionals. Possible Concerns: May widen the gap between the haves and have nots in college athletics PSAs who compete with true professionals are likely to only go to top programs. To balance this in tennis and womens volleyball, delayed enrollment piece was added. Many PSAs who triggered ACP problems played with professionals on low levels The American system does NOT match up with the rest of the world. NCAA Proposal No
EXCEPTIONS TO AMATEURISM RULE BENEFITS, GIFTS AND SERVICES INSURANCE AGAINST DISABLING- INJURY OR ILLNESS President Underwood may designate institutional staff member(s) to assist elite student-athletes with arrangements to secure loans against future earnings potential for the purpose of purchasing disability insurance AND to assist with the arrangements for securing such insurance. Under old legislation, Mercer could not assist elite student- athletes obtain disability insurance. Under this rule, we can. We have a Professional Sports Counseling Panel. Come talk to me if you have a SA looking at a professional career in sports. Effective date: Now. NCAA Proposal No
Proposal No. M Prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may tryout with a professional athletics team and participate in practice sessions (without competition )conducted by a professional team. May not receive more than actual and necessary expenses. Applicable to student-athletes who initially enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2010.
Proposal No A Permits student-athletes to serve as undergraduate student-assistant coaches at the institution where student-athlete most recently participated in intercollegiate athletics, provided: The SA is currently enrolled at institution as full-time undergraduate student who has exhausted eligibility in the sport or has become injured to the point that he or she is unable to practice or compete ever again. Fill out approval form with compliance. Limit of undergraduate student-assistant coaches in each sport shall be the same as limit of countable coaches permitted in the sport.
Proposal No A DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATIONS MANAGER FORFEITURE OF ELIGIBILITY IN BASEBALL An individual who serves as a manager at Mercer shall forfeit any remaining eligibility in baseball at Mercer. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No B DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATIONS MANAGER A manager is an individual who performs traditional managerial duties and: Is a full-time student, except in final semester or quarter of a degree program; May participate in limited on-court or on-field activities during practice or competition involving student-athletes on a regular basis; Shall not provide instruction to student-athletes; and Shall not participate in countable athletically related activities (e.g., practice player), except limited activities as noted above. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBER AND DUTIES OF COACHES NONCOACHING ACTIVITIES NONCOACHING ATHLETICS STAFF MEMBER WITH SPORT-SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Permits noncoaching staff with sport-specific responsibilities to participate in organized activities involving only coaching staff or administrative duties. Attend meetings involving coaching activities. Analyze video. Track statistics during practice or competition.
Proposal No TELEPHONE CALLS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OFFICIAL VISIT Permits athletics staff (including noncoaching staff members and noncountable coaches) to initiate and receive unlimited telephone calls from prospective student-athletes during official visit transportation and official visit. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No DEAD PERIOD EXCEPTION UNOFFICIAL VISIT AFTER NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNING OR OTHER WRITTEN COMMITMENT PSAs who have signed an NLI are permitted to make unofficial visit during dead period. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No PERMISSION TO CONTACT AND TRANSFER RELEASE RESPONSE TO REQUEST AND HEARING OPPORTUNITY Request for permission to contact or release for one-time transfer exception must be granted or denied within seven business days of receipt of written request. If request is denied, institution shall conduct hearing and provide written results within 15 business days of receipt of student- athlete's written request and opportunity to appear in- person or via telephone for hearing. If institution fails to respond to student-athlete's written request or fails to conduct hearing or provide written results within specified time period, permission to contact or the transfer release shall be granted by default and institution shall provide written permission or release to student-athlete. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No A Under old legislation, noncoaching staff members with basketball specific duties could attend events with PSAs participating if the competition was in Macon. A concern arose in the basketball community that institutions in major metropolitan areas had a recruiting advantage because they were able to attend major events with high-profile PSAs wearing institutional apparel. Further, many coaches pointed out that the old legislation was very difficult to enforce.
Proposal No A CURRENT LEGISLATION : In basketball, noncoaching staff members with basketball-specific responsibilities shall not attend an on- or off-campus athletics event involving prospective student-athletes unless the staff member is an immediate family member or legal guardian of one of the participants in the activity; attendance is NOT for evaluation purposes (the staff member shall not provide information related to the performance of a prospective student-athlete back to the institution's coaching staff); and the staff member does NOT have direct contact with a prospective student-athlete or a prospective student- athlete's parent (or legal guardian) or coach (other than the immediate family member) participating in the activity.
Proposal No B Noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities (except staff member who only performs clerical duties) shall not attend on- or off-campus athletics event in staff member's sport that involves PSAs, unless: the staff member is an immediate family member or legal guardian of one of the participants in the activity; attendance is NOT for evaluation purposes (the staff member shall not provide information related to the performance of a prospective student-athlete back to the institution's coaching staff); and the staff member does NOT have direct contact with a prospective student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete's parent (or legal guardian) or coach (other than the immediate family member) participating in the activity.
Wait…. Didnt I just read that? A applied to basketball several months earlier than A applied towards ALL sports. Remember… noncoaching staff members with sport-specific duties (Director of Operations, etc.) cannot attend athletic events involving PSAs unless their immediate family member is participating. Best practice: Clear it with compliance FIRST.
Proposal No A&B ASK THE AUDIENCE Do cousins count? Godparents? Aunts? Uncles? Family friends? What if my daughter is a cheerleader, or my child is in the band?
Proposal No LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBER OF OFF CAMPUS RECRUITERS ONCAMPUS EVENTS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Coaching staff member who attends athletics event on institution's campus involving women's basketball prospective student-athletes is considered an off-campus recruiter. Counts toward the number of coaches who may recruit off campus "at any one time." Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No SUMMER EVALUATION PERIOD NONINSTITUTIONAL NONORGANIZED EVENTS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Evaluations at noninstitutional nonorganized events (e.g., pick-up games, open gyms) during the summer evaluation period are prohibited.
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Proposal No B TELEPHONE CALLS UNLIMITED DURING CONTACT PERIOD SPORTS WITH DEFINED RECRUITING CALENDARS In sports with defined recruiting calendars, telephone calls may be made at the institution's discretion during contact period. Effective date: August 1, 2010
Proposal No TELEPHONE CALLS EXCEPTION UNLIMITED AFTER RECEIPT OF FINANCIAL DEPOSIT On or after May 1 of a PSA's senior year, there is no limit on the number of telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete, provided institution has received a financial deposit in response to offer of admission. Includes all staff- not just countable coaches.
Proposal No ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSIONS EXCEPTION AFTER RECEIPT OF FINANCIAL DEPOSIT On or after May 1 of prospective student-athlete's senior year, there is no limit on forms of electronically transmitted correspondence, provided the institution has received a financial deposit in response to offer of admission. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No Additional provisions for general correspondence sent to PSAs, parents or legal guardians, coaches or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a PSA is involved: Single sheet of letterhead (no bigger than 8 ½ by 11), blank on the other side. No restrictions on design or content of one side. Additional pages limited to plain white paper. Same for attachments. Limits on envelopes. Name and logo on outside, blank on inside. No bigger than 9 x 12. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No ATHLETICS PUBLICATIONS NO PRINTED PUBLICATIONS TO PSAs Institution shall not provide printed media guide or any other printed athletics publication not listed in NCAA Bylaw to prospective student- athlete, parents or legal guardians, prospective student-athlete's educational institution or any individual involved in the coaching of a prospective student-athlete. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
What Does Still Permit? (a) General Correspondence. (b) Business Cards. (c) Camp or Clinic Brochures. (d) Questionnaires. (e) Nonathletics Institutional Publications. (e.g., official academic, admissions). (f) NCAA Educational Material Published by the NCAA (g) Game Programs. (Provided during official and unofficial recruiting visits) (h) Pre-enrollment Information. (NLI signees or officially admitted students) (i) Institutional Note Cards. (j) Postcards.
Should I make a media guide? You can… although few institutions do, and you cant… make the publication available by leaving it out make printed portfolios of information But you can…. Provide media guides digitally via or media storage devices Print media guides, as long as… 8 ½ by 11. Under 208 pages. Supplemental info posted to Web site and printed in black and white and provided to media.
Proposal No VIDEO/AUDIO MATERIALS AND COMPUTER GENERATED RECRUITING PRESENTATIONS Institution may produce video/audio or computer generated materials to show to, play for or provide to PSAs, provided they include only general information related to institution or athletics and not created for recruiting purposes. Timing is governed by the general rule for providing recruiting materials. (Audio/video that is available to all students may be provided to PSAs.)
Proposal No B WRITTEN OFFER OF AID BEFORE SIGNING DATE Prior to August 1 of a PSAs senior year, institution shall not provide a written offer of athletically related financial aid or indicate in writing to the prospective student-athlete that an athletically related grant-in-aid will be offered by institution. Effective date: August 1, 2010
Proposal No PSA Scouting Service Criteria: Identifies rates (available at same rate to all); Disseminates information at least four times per year; Identifies geographical scope (broad-based coverage); Provides analysis beyond demographics; Provides access to samples or previews; and If applicable, video is restricted to regularly scheduled regular season contests. Individual PSA analysis beyond demographics and rankings When in doubt whether you can subscribe, come see me!
Proposal No WHY?! There has been a proliferation in scouting services that use subscriptions to their services as leverage to make money in exchange for access to high profile PSAs. Some scouting services requiring a subscription for admission into an event, and providing inaccurate, incomplete, or otherwise easily obtained information at high cost. Rather than ban scouting services, this legislation aims to return to the intent of the original legislation. Perk: Cost savings by eliminating bogus subscriptions!
Camps and Clinics
Proposal No B INSTITUTION'S SPORTS CAMPS AND CLINICS LOCATION RESTRICTION BASKETBALL Institution's camp or clinic must be conducted on the institution's campus or within a 100-mile radius of the institution's campus. Downtown Atlanta is 85 miles away = permissible. Effective date: April 29, 2010 (unless you have a previously executed contract)
Proposal No CAMPS AND CLINICS EMPLOYMENT DURING QUIET PERIODS WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Impermissible for a coach or noncoaching staff member with responsibilities specific to volleyball to be employed (or volunteer) at an institutional camp or clinic or a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic that is conducted off the institution's campus during a quiet period. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No &99 Who is a recruited PSA in Mens Basketball? For the purposes of camps and clinics: PSA attendance has been solicited by the institution or a booster Institution has provided recruiting materials to the PSA Coaches have had recruiting contact with the PSA PSA has a verbal offer, or has verbally committed If a PSA is recruited, in a two-year period before and two-year period after his actual enrollment, the institution cannot employ (or enter into a contract for employment with) ANY person associated with that PSA. Basketball Focus Group Legislation- enacted by emergency.
Proposal No (as amended by ) Mens basketball coaches can engage in recruiting conversations with PSAs during institutional camps/clinics. However, other aspects of recruiting (e.g., campus tours for recruiting purposes, meetings with faculty members, complimentary admissions, extending written offers or aid) are not permitted. WHY JUST MENS BASKETBALL?!? Allowing meaningful exchanges of information between PSAs and DI MBB coaches combats the importance of third parties (AAU coaches, handlers) in the recruiting process. Plus, it makes the lives of compliance staffs much easier.
Proposal No &62 In individual sports, a former student-athlete, who has graduated and has no remaining eligibility, may participate in organized practice activities at an institution other than the one he or she previously attended, if the USOC or another national governing body in the sport recommends it. This practice participation is limited to the number of years that allows the individual to prepare for two consecutive Olympic Games following exhaustion of eligibility/completion of degree. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No Good News for Fundraising and Alumni Events Student-athletes may engage in outside competition in either one alumni game, one fundraising activity or one celebrity sports activity during a season without counting competition as season of competition. Event must be exempted from institution's maximum number of contests or dates of competition as permitted in the particular sport per Bylaw 17. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No NON-TRADITIONAL COURSES In order to use a nontraditional course to satisfy core-course requirements, course must be one in which (in addition to current requirements): Instructor and student-athlete must have ongoing access to one another and regular interaction with one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course; Student-athlete's work (e.g., exams, papers, assignments) is available for review and validation; and A defined time period for completion of the course is included. Effective for PSAs enrolling this school year.
Proposal No TRANSFERS TENNIS If 4-4 midyear transfer qualifies for exception to one-year residence requirement, student-athlete is not eligible for competition until following academic year if student-athlete competed during same academic year or received athletically related financial aid during same academic year from previous four-year institution. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No TWO-YEAR COLLEGE TRANSFERS PHYS ED MBB Not more than two credit hours of physical education activity courses may be used to fulfill transfer requirements for MBB SAs. EXCEPTION: Student-athletes in physical education degree programs or education degree programs that require physical education activity courses may use up to the minimum number of credits of physical education activity courses required for specific degree program to fulfill the transfer requirements. Not more than 2 hours of PE courses may be used to fulfill the two- year and transferable degree credit and grade-point average requirements. Applicable to JUCO transfers initially enrolling on or after August 1, 2010.
Proposal No MIDYEAR REPLACEMENT WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Financial aid of counter who graduates at midyear or who graduates during the previous academic year (including summer) may be provided to another student-athlete without making the second student-athlete a counter for the remainder of that academic year. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No EQUIVALENCY COMPUTATIONS EXCEPTIONS ACADEMIC HONOR AWARDS TRANSFER STUDENTS Institutional academic honor awards may be exempted from a teams equivalency computation, provided the recipient achieved a cumulative transferable GPA of at least a 3.3. Based solely on recipient's cumulative academic record from all collegiate institutions previously attended; or Based on recipient's high school record and cumulative academic record from all collegiate institutions previously attended. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No COUNTERS -- AID AFTER DEPARTURE OF HEAD COACH -- NONCOUNTER -- MEN'S BASKETBALL Student-athlete who receives athletically related financial aid in academic years following the departure of a head coach from institution is not a counter, provided: Student-athlete participated in basketball and received athletically related aid during coach's tenure at institution; and Student-athlete does not participate in basketball during later academic years at institution. If student-athlete later participates in basketball at institution, student-athlete shall become a counter for all years during which athletically related aid was received. Effective date: August 1, 2010.
Proposal No Why? The Mens Basketball Academic Enhancement Group and the Division I Board of Directors felt that providing additional flexibility (and continuing to allow aid) to men's basketball student-athletes after their head coaches leaves, will increase the likelihood that a student-athlete will graduate.
Awards and Benefits
Proposal No EXPENSES FOR SA'S RELATIVES REASONABLE REFRESHMENTS Institution may provide the family of student- athlete with reasonable refreshments in conjunction with educational meetings or celebratory events and on an occasional basis for other reasons.
Proposal No OCCASIONAL MEALS LOCATION OF MEAL PROVIDED BY A BOOSTER Permits representative of institution's athletics interests to provide an occasional meal to student-athlete or entire team in a sport on campus or in a facility that is regularly used for home competition. Why? Flexibility when the squad size is large.
Proposal No B (as amended by B-1) SICKLE CELL SOLUBILITY TEST ALL SAs beginning initial season of eligibility (and students who are trying out for a team) must undergo a required medical examination or evaluation that shall include a sickle cell solubility test prior to any athletic activity. Exceptions: Documented results of a prior test are provided to institution. Individual declines the test and signs a written release. Questions? Ask Rob.
Proposal No COUNTABLE ATHLETICALLY RELATED ACTIVITIES BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5 A.M. Countable athletically related activities may not occur between midnight and 5 a.m., except for: During participation in conference championship or NCAA championship; In any competition that begins prior to midnight and concludes after midnight; or A promotional practice activity (e.g., first practice of the season).
Proposal No WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON PRACTICE ON-COURT PRACTICE 30 DAYS OF COUNTABLE ACTIVITIES WITHIN 40 DAYS PRIOR TO FIRST CONTEST Institution shall not commence on-court preseason basketball practice sessions prior to 5 p.m. on the date that is 40 days prior to date of institution's first regular- season contest. Further, the institution shall not engage in more than 30 days of countable athletically related activities prior to first regular-season contest.
Proposal No B TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS CROSS COUNTRY, SOCCER, SOFTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL Team travel to competition in the nonchampionship segment shall be restricted to ground transportation, unless there are no other Division I institutions located within 400 miles of the institution.
Proposal No FOREIGN TOURS AND COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY OF STUDENT-ATHLETES INCOMING-STUDENT PARTICIPATION BASKETBALL Participation permissible during summer prior to enrollment if: – Earned three hours of degree credit at institution. – Eligible to compete during following academic year. – May practice if enrolled in course that will fulfill credit requirement. – Student-athlete shall not participate in more than one foreign tour for a particular institution. Why? Institutions can only go on a foreign tour once every four years. Therefore, student athletes who graduate in four years very well may miss out. PSAs enrolled in summer school are no longer subject to contact restrictions, are eligible for financial aid, and can participate in voluntary summer work outs, so its only consistent that they can participate in a foreign tour.
Proposal No MISSED CLASS-TIME POLICIES MBB Athletics participation schedule shall be approved by the FAR prior to beginning of each regular academic term. Teams may depart for competition no earlier than 48 hours prior to start of actual competition and remain no more than 24 hours.
Proposal No UNETHICAL CONDUCT Knowingly influencing others to furnish" is now a violation of Bylaw 10.1-(d).
Proposal No EMERGING SPORTS SAND VOLLEYBALL EFFECTIVE DATE Amends the effective date of Proposal No (addition of sand volleyball to the list of emerging sports for women) from August 1, 2010 to August 1, Other schools adding sand volleyball include USC, FSU, Florida Gulf Coast, and UCF.