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Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waivers

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief (CLR) may issue a blanket waiver in order to temporarily provide relief from NCAA legislation for specific extenuating circumstances that have a reasonably demonstrated widespread impact.  Please note that the following summary of waivers is for a specific division (Division I), a specific time period and for a specific set of circumstances.  If the waiver circumstances and the time period of the waiver apply, submission of a separate waiver application is not necessary.  If an institution, conference or committee's circumstances do not meet the requirements of, or are dissimilar to, the blanket waiver, a Legislative Relief waiver application will need to be filed with the NCAA staff.

Participation in PGA Minority Collegiate Championship Blanket Waiver Approved, April 13, 2018.

Men's and women's golf student-athletes competing in the 2018 PGA Minority Collegiate Championship may participate in the event scheduled May 10-13, 2018, without counting it towards the institutional or individual competition limits.

In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • Due to the timing of participant selection for the event, institutions are not able to revise declared playing season to include the event in institutional and individual competition limits;
  • This is a unique opportunity for institutions and student-athletes to assist with growing the sport among ethnic minority communities and to embrace a prestigious event that supports the NCAA's mission of inclusion and diversity in sport;
  • The event does not affect NCAA championship selections; therefore, no competitive advantage will be gained by allowing institutions and student-athletes to participate in the event; and
  • The NCAA Division I Legislative Committee supported the blanket waiver for the 2017-18 academic year.

See Case No. 1006179 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.1.9 (general regulations for computing playing seasons applicable to all sports), 17.11.1 (length of playing season), and 17.11.5 (number of dates of competition).

Women’s Gymnastics Junior Olympic Regional Championships Blanket Waiver Approved April 6, 2018

NCAA Division I women's gymnastics programs may attend the Junior Olympic Regional Championships on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which is the last day of the dead period surrounding the spring National Letter of Intent signing date. 

In granting this request, the committee noted:

  1. USA Gymnastics determined the dates of the regional championships;
  2. This is the first time the regional championships are scheduled to start on the last day of the dead period surrounding the spring National Letter of Intent signing date;
  3. NCAA Division I women's gymnastics coaches may not have in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes attending the event;
  4. National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women supports the waiver request; and
  5. This waiver is a one-time waiver request.

See Case No. 1005419 in Request/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.5.5 (dead period) and 13.17.12.1.1 (national letter of intent signing date).

Basketball On-Court Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver Approved March 14, 2018

NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball programs may begin on-court preseason basketball practice September 25, 2018, which is 42 days prior to the new first permissible contest date of Tuesday, November 6.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. NCAA Proposal No. 2017-73 was adopted in January 2018 with an immediate effective date;
  2. At the time Proposal No. 2017-73 was adopted, many NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball teams had their schedules already set for the 2018-19 basketball season and are unable to move their first contest to occur prior to the former first permissible contest date (Friday, November 9, 2018) due to contractual obligations;
  3. Allowing all Division I basketball programs to commence on-court basketball practice on September 25, 2018, eliminates any potential competitive advantage gained by those institutions who are able to schedule their first contest prior to November 9, 2018;
  4. NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball teams shall not engage in more than 30 days of countable athletically related activities before the institution’s first regular-season contest;
  5. National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association support the waiver request; and
  6. This waiver is only for the 2018-19 basketball season.

See Committee for Legislative Relief Request/Self-Reports Online via the search tab Case No. 1003372 in RSRO via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.3.2.1 (men’s basketball) and 17.3.2.2 (women’s basketball) and NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-73 PLAYING AND PRACTICE SEASONS -- BASKETBALL -- FIRST CONTEST -- TUESDAY BEFORE SECOND FRIDAY OF NOVEMBER.

NCAA Division I/Division II Committees for Legislative Relief Approve Blanket Waiver: Staff Member Attendance at the Next Generation Showcase – Approved January 2018.

Four international NBA Academy teams from China, Africa, Latin America (Mexico) and Global (Australia) will attend the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as part of Next Generation Sunday. The event is designed to give the high school participants the opportunity to experience the NCAA Final Four, receive educational programming and scrimmage in the Next Generation Showcase.

The NCAA Division I and Division II Committees for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver permitting Division I and Division II men’s basketball coaches and basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase during the recruiting dead period on April 1.

Further, as part of the blanket waiver, Division I institutions should note that attendance at the Next Generation Showcase does not count toward the institution’s 130 recruiting person days. All other Division I and Division II recruiting legislation (e.g., contact with a prospective student-athlete) applies.

In granting this request, the Division I and Division II Committees for Legislative Relief noted:

  • The celebratory nature of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and Next Generation Sunday will provide educational programming daily to its participants.
  • Approval of the blanket waiver allows the NCAA Division I and Division II governance structures time to assess the basketball recruiting dead period legislation and events held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.
  • The blanket waiver was supported by the National Association for Basketball Coaches.
  • The blanket waiver was reviewed and supported by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.

See Case Nos. 996150 (Division I) and 997350 (Division II) in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.9 (recruiting person days), 13.1.2.3 (general restrictions – staff members and governing board), 13.1.2.5 (off campus contacts or evaluations), 13.1.7.5 (evaluations – men’s basketball), 13.1.7.5.1 (academic year recruiting periods), 13.17.2 (men’s basketball), and NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.17.1 (men’s basketball)]

Football Recruiting Dead Period Blanket Waiver Approved July 31, 2017.

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision institutions may conduct on-campus football recruiting activities (i.e., official and unofficial visits) August 24-31, 2017.

In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • The adoption of NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2016-116 created a recruiting dead period in the month of August. Twenty FBS and FCS institutions' first contests are scheduled to occur between August 24 and August 31, 2017. Without the waiver, no on-campus recruiting activities would be permissible. This conflict was an unintended consequence of the newly adopted legislation;
  • Approval of the blanket waiver allows the NCAA Division I Council governance structure time to assess the new football recruiting dead period legislation;
  • The blanket waiver is supported by multiple Division I institutions representing FBS and FCS institutions; and
  • The blanket waiver was reviewed by the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee. The Football Oversight Committee will continue to evaluate the issue and consider whether to propose a legislative solution.

See Case No. 976358 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.02.5.5 (dead period) and 13.17.5 (football).

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver Approved May 4, 2017.

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision institutions may use footballs during walk-throughs that occur during preseason practice after the five-day acclimatization period.

At the request of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) and supported by the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief granted this request and noted:

  • The waiver applies to the 2017 football preseason only;
  • NCAA Proposal No. 2017-2 eliminated multiple practice sessions on the same day and the use of footballs during walk-throughs will help replace lost instructional time;
  • The use of footballs during walk-throughs may only occur after the five-day acclimatization period and during the preseason;
  • The Football Oversight Committee supports the waiver request; and
  • The Division I governance structure will assess potential legislative changes during the 2017-18 legislative cycle.

See Case No. 973452 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.02.19 (walk-through -- football) and 17.10.2.5.1 (exception -- "walk-throughs")]

Women's Ice Hockey Contest Against A Team That Has Qualified For The 2018 Winter Olympics. Approved May 3, 2017.

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver in the sport of women's ice hockey to permit teams to exempt one contest in the United States during the 2017-18 academic year against an international team that has qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics and is training in the U.S.

In granting this request, the Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • The intent of the legislation to allow an institution to exempt one contest against the U.S. Olympic team during that team's training for participation in the Winter Olympics from its annual ice hockey contest limitations, is to allow Team USA to compete against as many Division I institutions as possible.
  • The women's U.S. National Team is not competing against any collegiate institutions leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • Approving the blanket waiver request does not allow an institution to exempt an additional contest.
  • The unique competition opportunity for women's ice hockey student-athletes.

See Case No. 968867 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.   Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.13.5.3 (annual exemption)]

Participation of NCAA Division I Softball and Women's Volleyball Teams in National Invitational Championship Events Blanket Waiver.  Approved April 18, 2017.

NCAA Division I institutions that sponsor softball or women's volleyball may exclude participation in one postseason national invitational championship event from the maximum number of softball contests and women's volleyball dates of competition.  

In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • This is a one-time blanket waiver applicable through the conclusion of the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.  Future similar requests may be denied; 
  • Competing in a postseason national invitational championship event provides more student-athletes with a postseason participation experience;
  • An annual contest exemption previously existed for softball and women's volleyball but was removed from the legislation due to changes in playing and practice season rules surrounding external championship events and the inactivity of the National Invitational Championship in both sports;
  • Applicant conference must work with applicable bodies to sponsor legislation to address similar issues in future years;
  • The American Volleyball Coaches Association supports the waiver request; and
  • Due to the circumstances addressed in the request, (i.e., postseason championship competition), the staff received feedback from the NCAA Division I Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Division I Softball Committee.

See Case No. 966358 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.20.5.3 (annual exemptions) and 17.25.9 (annual exemptions)]

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver. Approved March 2, 2017.

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision institutions may begin preseason football practice up to seven days prior to the permissible first date of practice.

At the request of the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee and supported by the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief granted this request and noted:

  • The Year-Round Football Practice Contact for College Student-Athletes Recommendations include a recommendation to discontinue two-a-day practices;
  • Allowing institutions to start up to seven calendar days before the legislated first practice date will allow institutions to adhere to the recommendations and ensure their student-athletes are properly prepared for the season;
  • The Football Oversight Committee supports the waiver request. In its support, the Football Oversight Committee noted that any future legislative recommendations should fully account for the impact on student-athlete time demands; and
  • The Division I governance structure will assess potential legislative changes during the 2017-18 legislative cycle.

See Case No. 968507 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage. [Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.10.2.1 (first practice date)]

Participation in High School All-Star Contests in the Summer Prior to Initial Full-Time Enrollment – Basketball, Blanket Waiver Approved May 22, 2014. [Updated May 5, 2016] 

Incoming student-athletes whom, per NCAA Bylaw 13.02.12, are no longer considered prospective student-athletes as a result of attending classes during the summer term, may participate in high school or two-year college all-star contests in the summer prior to initial full time enrollment.

In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • The celebratory nature of all-star contests as a culmination of a high school or two-year college athletics career;
  • The minimal competitive advantage gained as a result of participation in a high school or two-year college all-star contest; and
  • Given the timing of these all-star events, incoming student-athletes would potentially be otherwise required to forego the opportunity to participate in an all-star contest or delay summer school enrollment in order to participate in the event. 

See Case No. 675651 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.12 (prospective student-athlete), 17.31.2 (outside competition – basketball), 17.31.2.2 (individual subject to outside-competition regulations), 17.31.4 (exceptions -- basketball), 17.31.4.1 (summer basketball leagues)]