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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 Bowl Subdivision Football Coaches Attendance December 12 and 14, 2016, at the Touchdown Club of Houston Awards Banquets Honoring Prospective Student-Athletes.  Approved November 29, 2016.

Football Bowl Subdivision football coaches are permitted to attend the Touchdown Club of Houston awards banquets honoring prospective student-athletes occurring December 12 and December 14, 2016, even though the events occur during a dead period in the sport of FBS football provided the following conditions are met:

(1) Coaches may not make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with their appearance at the banquet;

(2) Coaches may not have any direct contact with prospective student-athletes or their parents or legal guardians in attendance at the event; and

(3) Coaches may not engage in any evaluation activities at the event.

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

  • The junior college National Letter of Intent signing date was moved January 29, 2016, from the third Wednesday in December (i.e., December 21, 2016) to the second Wednesday in December (i.e., December 14, 2016) and the legislated dead period in FBS football changed to coincide with the junior college NLI signing date;
  • The event operator signed a contract to conduct the banquet and the hotel cancelled the contract and was only able to accommodate the event during a dead period in the sport of FBS football;
  • The event operator scheduled the events to occur on the first Wednesday in December (i.e., December 7, 2016) and the second Monday in December (December 12, 2016) based on previous recruiting calendars and was not aware of the change in the dead period in FBS football for 2016;
  • The event has historically occurred during a permissible recruiting period in the sport of FBS football and has been attended by football coaches around the country; and
  • Applicant institution will work with the event operator to schedule the banquets during a permissible recruiting period in the future. 

See Case No. 951756 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 Bylaws 13.02.5.5 (dead period), 13.1.8.2 (banquets or meetings at locations other than a prospective student-athlete's educational institution) and 13.1.8.3 (attendance outside a contact or evaluation period)]

Acclimatization Period Blanket Waiver Approved August 24, 2016. [FBS/FCS]

Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision institutions are permitted to begin the five-day acclimatization period for additional student-athletes, above the legislated limit on the number of participants in preseason practice, five days prior to the institution's first scheduled contest. 

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

  • The impact of NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2015-78 on the application of the five-day acclimatization period to institutions that participate in their first scheduled contest prior to the start of classes;
  • Relief is being provided to any Division I institution (e.g., semester or quarter) that begins classes on or after its first scheduled contest in the sport of football;
  • The blanket waiver was granted on a one-time basis for the 2016-17 academic year and future similar requests may be denied; and
  • Institutions are encouraged to work with their appropriate conference offices to introduce legislation into the 2016-17 legislative cycle to address this issue in the future.

See Case No. 930050 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 Bylaws 17.10.2.1.2 (limit on number of participants – bowl subdivision) and 17.10.2.1.3 (limit on number of participants – championship subdivision)]

On-site evaluation of Prospective Student-Athletes participating in the 2016 Under 18 FIBA Americas Tournament USA Men’s Basketball U-18 National Team game in Chile July 19, 2016, Approved July 14, 2016.

NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches are permitted to attend the USA Men’s Basketball U-18 National Team game at 3:45 p.m. local time July 19, which occurs 75 minutes prior to the evaluation period commencing at 5 p.m. that same day.

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

  • This is a one-time waiver;
  • The timing of the USA Men’s Basketball U-18 National Team game, which begins 75 minutes prior to the start of a permissible evaluation period; and
  • The waiver is applicable until the conclusion of the game, at which point Division I coaching staff members may permissibly begin to evaluate prospective student-athletes at the event.

See Case No. 928276 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 13.02.5.5 (dead period); 13.1.7.5.3 (summer evaluation periods); 13.1.7.15 (coaches’ attendance at elite and junior level international events); and 13.17.2 (men’s basketball recruiting calendar).

On-site Contact with Prospective Student-Athletes Participating in the 2016 USA July Challenge Fencing Event Approved June 21, 2016.

NCAA Division I fencing coaches are permitted to have off-campus contact with rising senior prospective student-athletes prior to July 1 provided those prospective student-athletes have concluded participation in the 2016 USA July Challenge fencing event being held from June 29-July 9.

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

  • Three Division I conferences, representing nearly half of the institutions that sponsor fencing, support the waiver request;
  • The timing of the 2016 USA July Challenge fencing event, 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 on-site contact following the competition;
  • Applicant conference will sponsor legislation during the 2016-17 legislative cycle to address this situation in the future; and
  • The waiver is applicable until July 1 when Division I coaching staff members may begin having permissible off-campus contact with rising senior prospective student-athletes.

See Case No. 924004 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 13.1.1.1 (time period for off-campus contacts - general rule).

Summer Access Expenses Blanket Waiver Approved, June 3, 2016.

Basketball and football student-athletes may receive actual and necessary expenses (i.e., housing and meals) in conjunction with participation in required summer athletics activities during the 2016 summer term.

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

  • The financial hardship that would be incurred by student-athletes;
  • The confusion and unintended consequences associated with NCAA Division I Proposal Nos. 2015-73, 2015-74-FBS and 2015-74-FCS regarding the application of the summer financial aid legislation;
  • This is a one-time waiver request for the 2016 summer term and future similar request may be denied; and
  • Institutions are encouraged to work with appropriate conference offices to introduce legislation into the 2016-17 legislative cycle to amend the summer financial aid and/or vacation period expenses legislation.

Further, the committee noted:

  • This blanket waiver allows institutions to provide expenses to prospective student-athletes who have not yet triggered student-athlete status but are eligible to participate in summer athletics activities pursuant to Proposal Nos. 2015-73, 2015-74-FBS and 2015-74-FCS; and
  • This blanket waiver does not allow institutions to provide expenses to current student-athletes 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).

See Case No. 920497 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 15.2.8 (summer financial aid) and 16.5.2 (permissible)]

Swimming and Diving Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches in Preparation for Olympic Trials Blanket Waiver Updated May 24, 2016.

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver in the sport of swimming and diving to permit the following:

  1. Women's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2016 United States Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 20, 2016, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 26 - July 3, 2016, Olympic Trials;
  2. Men's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 27, 2016, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 26 - July 3, 2016, Olympic Trials;
  3. Women's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 20, 2016, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 1, 2016, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2015 Senior National Championships) for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter;
  4. Women's diving student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying score by March 20, 2016, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 10, 2016, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2016 Olympic Trials;
  5. Men's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 27, 2016, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 1, 2016, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2015 Senior National Championships) for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter;
  6. Men's diving student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying score by March 27, 2016, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 10, 2016, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2016 Olympic Trials;
  7. Once student-athletes have achieved a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying time or score, institutions may provide actual and necessary expenses (e.g., housing, meals) for student-athletes to participate in training activities with their collegiate coach from the end of the 2016 spring term until the student-athletes depart for the Olympic Trials.

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

  • NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Committee supports the waiver request; and
  • The request was granted based on student-athlete well-being and the elite and unique circumstances surrounding potential participation in the Olympic Games.

See Case No. 823476 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 16.5.2 (permissible -- housing and meals), 16.8.1.2 (other competition),17.02.18 (voluntary athletically related activities), 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season), 17.21.7 (safety exception)]

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)]

Evaluations at the 2016 USAVolleyball Junior National Championship May 1, 2016, Blanket Waiver Approved April 13, 2016.

NCAA Division I women's volleyball coaches are permitted to evaluate prospective student-athletes at the 2016 USAVolleyball Junior National Championship May 1, 2016, provided the date is included in the institution's limit on evaluation days  in the sport of women's volleyball. 

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

  • The request was granted based on the elite nature of the event;
  • The waiver supports prospective student-athlete well-being as the event was moved from July to April/May by USAVolleyball based on feedback from prospective student-athletes and their families; and
  • A blanket waiver was granted in 2013 for a similar circumstance in cross country.

See Case No. 894201 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 Bylaws 13.02.5.4 (quiet period), 13.02.7 (evaluation), 13.1.7.10 (evaluation days – women's volleyball), 13.17.9 (women's volleyball and women's beach volleyball)]

Evaluation of Prospective Student-Athletes at an Event Held in Conjunction with the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships Blanket Waiver Updated April 8, 2016

Women's volleyball and beach volleyball coaching staff members may evaluate prospective student-athletes at one event held in conjunction with the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships.

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

  • The blanket waiver is applicable through the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship;
  • Evaluations may occur at one event, on one day, held within a 30-mile radius of the championship site;
  • Legislated exceptions exist for other sports to evaluate at events held in conjunction with NCAA championships;
  • Prospective student-athlete well-being; and
  • The NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Committee supports the waiver request. See Case No. 875457 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 13.17.9 (women's volleyball and women's beach volleyball)]

Coaching During Elite Events Blanket Waiver Updated February 23, 2016.

All NCAA Division I track and field coaches may be present and provide instruction to their student-athletes during the following 2016 elite events: IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Pan-Am Games (junior and senior), North American Central America and Caribbean Championships, NACAC U23 Championships, European Championships, IAAF World Junior Championships and Olympic Games.

The provisions of Bylaw 13.1.7.17 are still applicable and coaches in attendance for the purpose of coaching their student-athletes may not engage in recruiting activities outside of contact or evaluation period.

Note: August 1-8, 2016 is a quiet period.

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

  • The unique nature of the events in which student-athletes are competing;
  • The minimal recruiting or competitive advantage gained for institutions in permitting coaches to be involved and provide coaching to student-athletes during these events; and
  • The legislative moratorium that prevented member institutions from seeking a legislative resolution as requested in previous similar waivers. 

See Case No. 822117 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 16.8.1.2 (other competition), 17.1.1.1 (playing season - athletically related activities) and 17.23.6 (out-of-season athletically related activities)]

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)]

Participation in Long-Course Swimming Events Scheduled after the Conclusion of the NCAA Championships Approved October 27, 2015.

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved 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)]. 

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

  • 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 to qualify for the June 2016 Olympic swimming trials;
  • Student-athlete well-being and the elite and unique circumstances surrounding potential participation in the Olympic Games;
  • Institutions may provide expenses to those student-athletes who are remaining at the site of the championship to participate in the long-course events scheduled for March 20 and 27, 2016; and
  • Collegiate coaches may provide instruction to their student-athletes participating in the long-course events on March 20 and 27, 2016.

See Case No. 845220 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 17.02.6 (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)]

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 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.