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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.

Use of ACT Aspire Test for Official Visits Blanket Waiver Approved, December 9, 2015.  NCAA Division I member institutions may use the ACT Aspire test to satisfy the official visit exam requirements through August 1, 2017.  In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  1. Current official visit legislation specifies a prospective student-athlete must present the institution with a score from the PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT taken on a national testing date under national testing conditions;
  2. The ACT Aspire test replaced the ACT PLAN test, effective June 13, 2014; and
  3. The NCAA Division I Committee on Academics Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Academics and the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics reviewed the official visit legislation related to the ACT Aspire test and recommended that relief should be provided to allow the use of the ACT Aspire test for official visit purposes, expiring August 1, 2017.

See Case No. 853096 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.

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.6.3 (requirements for official visit)]

NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.02.6 (date of competition, countable, institutional), 17.02.8 (intercollegiate competition), 17.1.1.1 (playing season -- athletically related activities), 17.21.1 (length of playing season), 17.21.5.1 (maximum limitations – institutional), 17.21.5.2 (maximum limitations -- student-athlete) and 17.21.6 (out-of-season athletically related activities).  October 27, 2015.  The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief granted with conditions, a blanket waiver to permit men's and women's swimming student-athletes participating in the 2016 NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships to swim in the long-course events scheduled the day after the conclusion of the NCAA Championships [i.e., March 20, 2016, at Georgia Institute of Technology (site of the NCAA women's championship) and March 27, 2016, at Georgia Institute of Technology (site of the NCAA men's championship)].  The long-course events have been scheduled in conjunction with the NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming Championships to provide an opportunity for Olympic hopefuls in the sport of Division I men's and women's swimming to qualify for the June 2016 Olympic swimming trials.  In granting the blanket waiver, the committee noted case precedent where the committee granted relief under similar circumstances, providing a one-time waiver and requesting the issue to be addressed legislatively in the future.  Due to the Division I legislative moratorium, new legislation was not proposed.  The committee requested the applicant institution work with its conference office to submit legislation to address this issue in the next legislative cycle, as future waiver requests involving this circumstance may be denied.  The committee noted the request should be granted based on student-athlete well-being and the elite and unique circumstances surrounding participation in the Olympic Games.  The committee noted it is permissible to provide expenses to those student-athletes who are remaining at the site of the championship to participate in the long-course event scheduled for March 20 and 27, 2016.  Additionally, the committee notes NCAA Bylaw 17.21.6 is cited in the blanket waiver to permit collegiate coaches to provide coaching instruction to his or her student-athletes participating in the long-course events March 20 and 27, 2016.  See Case No. 845220 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver with Conditions for NCAA Bylaw 13.1.6.1 (basketball).  September 10, 2015.  The NCAA Division I Committee 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 2015-16 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 committee 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.  Further, the committee noted the previous legislative moratorium prevented member institutions from seeking a legislative resolution as requested in previous similar waivers.  Finally, the committee noted legislation has been proposed in the 2015-16 legislative cycle to address this situation in the future.  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. 808406 can be found in RSRO via the search tab.

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaws 16.8.1.2, 17.1.1.1 and 17.23.6. July 24, 2015.  The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to provide relief from the limitations on coaching student-athletes in international competitions to allow Division I coaches to be present and provide instruction during the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, the Pan-Am Games (junior and senior) and the North American Central America and Caribbean Championships. In issuing this waiver, the committee noted unique nature of the events in which student-athletes are competing and the minimal recruiting or competitive advantage gained for institutions in permitting their coaches to be involved and provide coaching to student-athletes during these events. Additionally the committee noted the recent legislative moratorium that prevented member institutions from seeking a legislative resolution as requested in previous similar waivers.  Finally, the committee did not set aside the provisions of Bylaw 13.1.7.17 related to coaches attendance at elite international events. Therefore, coaches who are in attendance at the noted events for the purpose of coaching their student-athletes may not engage in recruiting activities outside of contact or evaluation period. Please note, in the sport of track and field, August 1-8 is a quiet period. See Case No. 822117 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaws 13.11.3.7.1, 13.11.3.7.2 and 13.11.3.8 (basketball and football).  May 22, 2015.  The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division I prospective student-athletes who have signed an institution's written offer of admission and/or athletics aid or submitted a financial deposit in response to the institution's written offer of admission to participate in voluntary summer conditioning in basketball and football.  In issuing this waiver, the committee noted the prospective student-athlete must have signed the institution's written offer of admission and/or athletics aid or submitted a financial deposit in response to the institution's written offer of admission in order to participate in voluntary summer conditioning.  The committee also noted the application of NCAA Working Group on Collegiate Model - Rules Proposal No. RWG 13-1 and the redefined definition of a prospective student-athlete and his/her commitment to an intercollegiate institution.  Finally, the committee noted this is a one-time waiver and future similar requests may be denied and the applicant conference must work proactively to propose legislation for the 2015-16 legislative cycle.  See Case No. 828807 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 11.7.6.1 (water polo). December 19, 2014.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division I men's and women's water polo programs to operate as a combined sports program through the 2014-15 academic year.  Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, men's and women's water polo programs may not operate as a combined sports program.  In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted that many institutions that sponsor men's and women's water polo have operated as a combined sports program and allowing men's and women's water polo programs to operate as a combined sports program through the 2014-15 academic year allows institutions sufficient time to reallocate staff responsibilities.  Finally, the subcommittee noted that applicant institution must work proactively to propose legislation for the 2015-16 legislative cycle.  See Case No. 741244 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.