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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.

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Women's Volleyball Dead Period Waiver Approved November 13, 2018

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver permitting Division I women's volleyball coaches to attend and evaluate prospective student-athletes competing November 15, 2018, at the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I and II Women's Volleyball Championship.  The competition November 15 occurs during the recruiting dead period in the sport of women's volleyball.

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

  1. The NJCAA determines the dates of its women’s volleyball championship.
  2. The American Volleyball Coaches Association supports the waiver request.
  3. Due to the way the calendar falls in 2018, the recruiting dead period surrounding the initial date for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent in the sport of women's volleyball occurs during the same week as the NJCAA Division I and II Women's Volleyball Championship.  This situation will not occur again until 2029.
  4. Division I women's volleyball coaches may not have in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes participating in the event.
  5. This waiver is a one-time waiver request for the 2018 NJCAA Divisions I and II Women's Volleyball Championship event only.

See Case No. 1036474 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 13.02.5.5 (dead period) and 13.17.11 (recruiting periods – women's volleyball)]

NCAA Divisions I and II Committees for Legislative Relief Approve Blanket Waiver Divisions I and II Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coaches Attendance at the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship – Approved October 2018

The NCAA Divisions I and II Committees for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver permitting Divisions I and II men’s and women’s soccer coaches to attend and evaluate prospective student-athletes competing in the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship during the recruiting dead periods occurring November 12-15, 2018, (for Division I) and November 12 (7 a.m.) - November 14 (7 a.m.), 2018, (for Division II).

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

  1. The NJCAA determines the dates of its soccer championship;
  2. Recent changes to the National Letter of Intent signing date in the sport of soccer makes this the first year soccer has a dead period surrounding the signing of the NLI in the fall;
  3. United Soccer Coaches supports the waiver request;
  4. Divisions I and II men’s and women’s soccer coaches may not have in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes participating in the event; and
  5. This waiver is a one-time waiver request for the 2018 NJCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship event only.

See Case No. 1030682 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 13.02.5.5 (dead period), 13.17.13 (recruiting periods – other sports), 13.17.13.1.1 (national letter of intent signing date), and NCAA Division II Bylaws 13.02.4.4 (dead period) and 13.17.4.1 (national letter of intent signing date)].

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief 2018 Baseball Official Visit Limit Waiver Approved October 24, 2018

NCAA Division I baseball teams may provide up to 40 official visits during the 2018-19 academic year.

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

  1. This one-time blanket waiver is applicable through July 31, 2019, (the conclusion of the 2018-19 official visit cycle);
  2. The adoption of NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-111 permits sports other than basketball and football to provide a prospective student-athlete an official visit beginning September 1 of his or her junior year in high school.
  3. Baseball is the only sport impacted by Proposal No. 2017-111 that limits the number of official visits an institution may provide;
  4. A one-time increase in the institutional limit from 25 to 40 provides schools flexibility to manage the transition to the new rule, including the institution's approach to allocating official visits between junior and senior prospective student-athletes; and
  5. The NCAA Division I Student Athlete Experience Committee supports the waiver request.

See Case No. 1031314 in NCAA 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 13.6.2.3.2 (baseball official visits)]

Football Official Visit Legislation Blanket Waiver Approved August 28, 2018

The Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision institutions may provide official visits to football prospective student-athletes in conjunction with the institution's first home football contest (i.e., the contest occurs at some point during the 48 hours of the visit) immediately preceding the start of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school.

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

  1. This is a one-time blanket waiver for the 2018-19 academic year;
  2. The unique atmosphere surrounding an institution's first home football game of the season;
  3. The ongoing legislative review surrounding early recruiting and official visits;
  4. Applicant institution plans to work with its conference to submit legislation to address this issue in future years;
  5. The chair and vice chair of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee supports the waiver request; and
  6. Multiple institutions and one conference provided written support for the waiver request.

See Committee for Legislative Relief Requests/Self-Reports Online Case No. 1021716 in RSRO via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.6.2.1.4 (first opportunity to visit -- football)]

General and Electronic Correspondence Preceding Official Visit Blanket Waiver Approved August 24, 2018

Institutional staff members may send general and electronic correspondence during the five days immediately preceding a prospective student-athlete's scheduled official visit to the institution.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-111 was sponsored and adopted without consideration of an electronic correspondence exception;
  2. General and electronic correspondence is the most efficient method of communication to send prospective student-athletes information related to the official visit (e.g., flight information, lodging arrangements and official visit logistics);
  3. The blanket waiver request applies to prospective student-athletes who have already scheduled their official visit to occur on or after September 1, 2018, thus no recruiting advantage will occur; andThe blanket waiver is only applicable for the 2018-19 academic year (e.g., visits scheduled September 1-5, 2018).

See Case No.1027380 in NCAA Request/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 13.4.1 (recruiting materials and electronic correspondence – general rule)]

Men’s Golf Evaluation Days Blanket Waiver Approved August 7, 2018

NCAA Division I men's golf coaches may attend the 2018 United States Amateur Championship, held August 11-19, 2018, without counting attendance at the event toward the institution’s 45 evaluation day limit in the sport of men’s golf.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. The recent adoption of NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-43 established a recruiting calendar and 45 evaluation day limit per calendar year (measured August 1 – July 31);
  2. NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-43 was sponsored and adopted without consideration of coaches working with student-athletes at elite national championship events (e.g., U.S. Amateur Championship) and the unintended consequences of evaluation day limits;
  3. All other recruiting rules continue to apply; and
  4. The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) supports the blanket waiver.

See Case No.1022655 in NCAA Request/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 13.1.7.12 (evaluation days – men's golf)]

Men’s Ice Hockey Recruiting Legislation Blanket Waiver Approved May 31, 2018

NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey prospective student-athletes may engage in recruiting conversations at institutional camps and clinics and participate in unofficial visits beginning January 1 of their sophomore year in high school until September 1, 2018.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. The recent adoption of NCAA Division I Proposal Nos. 2017-112 and 2017-113 established September 1 of a prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school as the first permissible date for an unofficial visit and recruiting conversations to occur at institutional camps and clinics;
  2. The unique professional opportunities men's ice hockey prospective student-athletes encounter as early as the sophomore year of high school;
  3. Approval of the blanket waiver allows the Council governance structure time to further access early recruiting and the application to the sport of men's ice hockey;
  4. The blanket waiver is supported by the hockey commissioners association; and
  5. The blanket waiver was reviewed and supported by the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee. The Student-Athlete Experience Committee will continue to evaluate early recruiting and consider future legislative solutions that relate to the sport of men's ice hockey.

See Committee for Legislative Relief Request/Self-Reports Online via the search tab Case No. 1017308 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 13.7.1 (first opportunity to visit – sports other than basketball and football) and 13.11.1.5.1 (exception – recruiting conversations – sports other than basketball and football).

2018 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship Blanket Waiver, Approved April 27, 2018

NCAA Division I women's beach volleyball coaching staff members may evaluate prospective student-athletes at one event held in conjunction with the 2018 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship.

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

  1. The blanket waiver is applicable through the conclusion of the 2018 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship;
  2. Evaluations may only occur at one event, May 5-6 on the adjacent beach to the championship site;
  3. The NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Committee and the American Volleyball Coaches Association support the waiver; and
  4. This is a one-time waiver request.

See Case No. 1009226 in NCAA Request/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 13.02.5.5 (dead period) and 13.17.4 (women's beach volleyball)]

Summer Access Expenses Blanket Waiver, Approved April 27, 2018

Basketball and football prospective and current student-athletes may receive actual and necessary expenses (e.g., housing, meals, medical services, other reasonable expenses) in conjunction with participation in required summer athletics activities during the 2018 summer term(s).

Summer Access Expense Examples

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

  • The financial hardship that would be incurred by prospective and current student-athletes;
  • The confusion surrounding the proper process for legislative changes of the impacted legislation;
  • Multiple Division I institutions and conferences supported the waiver request; and
  • Division I conferences named in Constitution 5.3.2.1.1 are committed to reviewing the impacted legislation during the 2018-19 legislative cycle.

Further, the committee noted:

  • This blanket waiver allows 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 athletics activities pursuant to NCAA Bylaws 13.11.3.9 (required summer athletic activities - basketball) or 13.11.3.10 (required summer athletics activities - football);
  • This blanket waiver allows institutions to provide actual and necessary expenses to current, enrolled student-athletes during periods of time when the student-athlete is eligible to participate in summer athletics activities pursuant to Bylaws 17.1.7.2.1.5.1 (basketball) or 17.1.7.2.1.5.2 (football), but is not enrolled in summer school (i.e., gaps in enrollment);
  • This blanket waiver allows institutions to provide 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 Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1.5); and
  • This blanket waiver allows institutions that do not offer summer school courses to provide actual and necessary expenses, for up to eight weeks, to prospective and current student-athletes that are eligible to participate in required summer athletics activities pursuant to NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2017-62.

See Case No. 1009145 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.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.2.8 (summer financial aid) and 16.5.2 (permissible)]

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)]