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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.

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).

Summer Access Expenses Blanket Waiver:  Updated May 5, 2017.

On March 16, 2017, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative relief approved a blanket waiver to allow basketball and football prospective student-athletes to receive actual and necessary expenses (i.e., housing and meals) in conjunction with participation in required summer athletics activities during the 2017 summer term.  On April 27, 2017, the committee updated the blanket waiver after receiving clarification of the intent of the original request.  [See Case No. 968274 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab]

On May 5, 2017, the committee approved a blanket waiver to allow nonscholarship student-athletes to participate in summer athletic activities during the 2017 summer without being enrolled in summer school, provided at the conclusion of the 2017 spring term, the student-athlete is academically eligible for competition for the 2017 fall term.  [See Case No. 973171 in RSRO via the search tab]

The committee noted the blanket waivers apply as such:

 

Prospective Student-Athletes

Current Scholarship Student-Athletes Enrolled in Summer School

Current Nonscholarship Student-Athletes Enrolled in Summer School

Current Student-Athletes Not Enrolled in Summer School

Able to participate in summer athletic activities?

Yes.

(See NCAA Bylaw 13.11.3)

Yes.

(See Case No. 968274)

Yes.

(See Case No. 973171)

Yes.

(See Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1.5)

Able to receive expenses associated with summer athletic activities?

Yes.

Case No. 968274

Yes.

See Bylaw 15.2.8

Yes.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes.

Student Assistance Fund

See below for more information.

Prospective student-athletes.

The blanket waivers allow institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses to prospective student-athletes who have not yet triggered student-athlete status but are eligible to participate in summer athletic activities pursuant to Bylaws 13.11.3.9 (required summer athletic activities - basketball) and 13.11.3.10 (required summer athletic activities - football).

  • A prospective student-athlete triggers student-athlete status by registering, enrolling and attending classes during an institution's summer term.
  • After triggering student-athlete status, expenses may be provided as described below.

Current scholarship student-athletes enrolled in summer school. 

The blanket waivers allow institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses to current student-athletes, who are eligible to participate in summer athletic activities pursuant to Bylaws 17.1.7.2.1.5.1 (basketball) and 17.1.7.2.1.5.2 (football). 

  • The blanket waivers only allow institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses during periods of time when a student-athlete is able to participate in required summer athletic activities but is not enrolled in summer school (i.e., gaps in enrollment).
  • The blanket waivers do not allow institutions to provide expenses when a student-athlete is enrolled in summer school.  When a student-athlete is enrolled in summer school, room and board expenses may only be provided in accordance with Bylaw 15.2.8.

Current nonscholarship student-athletes not enrolled in summer school.

The blanket waivers allow nonscholarship student-athletes to participate in summer athletic activities during the 2017 summer without being enrolled in classes, provided the student-athlete is academically eligible for competition the 2017 fall term.

  • The blanket waivers do not allow institutions to provide expenses to nonscholarship student-athletes who are participating in summer athletic activities while not enrolled.
  • Institutions may use the Student Assistance Fund to provide meals and lodging to student-athletes who are participating in required summer athletic activities, but are not enrolled in summer school, provided institutional and conference policies allow such uses.

Current student-athletes not enrolled in summer school.

The blanket waivers do not allow institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses to student-athletes, including graduate transfers, who may participate in required summer athletics activities without being enrolled in summer school (i.e., satisfies a prong of NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1.5.3).

  • Institutions may use the Student Assistance Fund to provide meals and lodging to student-athletes who are participating in required summer athletic activities, but are not enrolled in summer school, provided institutional and conference policies allow such uses.

See Case Nos. 968274 and 973171 in RSRO via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.  [References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.2.8 (summer financial aid) and 16.5.2 (permissible)]

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)]