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Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waivers

The NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief (SLR, formerly ARS) 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 Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.1 (fencing). June 12, 2014.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division I fencing coaches to have in-person, off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes who have concluded their competition in the 2014 USA Fencing July North American Cup prior to the first permissible date.  In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted that the 2014 USA Fencing July North American Cup is held in conjunction with the USA Fencing National Championships and is a primary gathering for the fencing community.  In previous years, the competition has concluded after July 1; however, during 2014, the competition will begin June 28 and some prospective student-athletes may conclude competition prior to July 1.  Such prospective student-athletes would be required to remain in the locale of the competition site to have off-campus contact with Division I coaches July 1.  The subcommittee also noted that three Division I conferences, representing nearly half of the institutions that sponsor fencing, support the request, the timing of USA Fencing July North American Cup, along with the attendance of Division I fencing coaches and top junior fencers, makes the event efficient for coaches and prospective student-athletes to have contact following the competition and when the event will be held during 2014 makes it unique, and the event dates for 2015 and 2016 will begin one week later, ensuring competition will conclude after July 1.  Finally, the subcommittee noted this is a one-time waiver and future similar requests may be denied.  See Case No. 687191 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 14.6.4 (exception -- basketball).  May 22, 2014.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow 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 to participate in a high school or two-year college all-star contest.  In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted the celebratory nature of all-star contests as a culmination of a high school or two-year college athletics career. Additionally, the subcommittee noted the minimal competitive advantage gained as a result of participation in a high school or two-year college all-star contest.  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.

The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver with Conditions for NCAA Bylaw 13.1.6.1 (basketball).  August 1, 2013.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved, with conditions, a blanket waiver to permit on-campus contact after 4 p.m. local time with basketball prospective student-athletes at two-year institutions that do not define an academic day, for basketball recruiting periods through the 2014-15 academic year, provided all of the prospective student-athletes' classes for the day have concluded prior to the contact occurring.  NCAA Division I Proposal Nos. 2011-99 and 2013-1 included the prohibition in basketball for making on-campus contact with prospective student-athletes during the time of the day when classes are in session.  For purposes of on-campus contacts with prospective student-athletes during the time of day when classes are in session, the high school or two–year institution defines the regular academic day (e.g., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  Once the regular academic day is over then it would be permissible to have on-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete.  If a prospective student-athlete at a two-year institution has night class it would not be permissible to have contact on-campus during that time as well.  The subcommittee based its decision on the unintended consequences of the application of the legislation on some two-year prospective student-athletes whose institutions do not define the regular academic day.  Finally, if an institution is seeking additional legislative relief beyond what is provided through the blanket waiver, the institution may submit a legislative relief waiver request to the NCAA staff through Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO).  Case No. 283725 can be found in RSRO via the search tab.