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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.

Financial Aid Limitations in Football or Basketball Recruited Student-Athlete Participation in Varsity Competition - Approved December 18, 2020

The NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit Division I institutions to exempt nonathletically related institutional aid from the determination of counter status if a recruited student-athlete competes in basketball or football varsity competition.  The waiver applies to currently enrolled student-athletes during the 2020-21 academic year only. 

In granting the request, the academic and membership affairs staff noted: 

  1. Receipt of nonathletically related financial aid should not prevent a student-athlete from competition during a season in which the NCAA Division I Council has granted institutions the flexibility to self-apply season of competition waivers for any student-athlete who competes while eligible; 
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in extraordinary impacts on the financial need of student-athletes, regardless of their sport of participation; 
  3. Permitting currently enrolled student-athletes receiving institutional aid unrelated to athletics to compete during the 2020-21 academic year will not result in a recruiting or competitive advantage; and 
  4. The waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Oversight Committees and the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

See Case Nos. 1115555 and 1117373 in Requests/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.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.5.1.1 (football or basketball, varsity competition); 15.5.5.1 (men's basketball); 15.5.5.2 (women's basketball); 15.5.6.1 (bowl subdivision football); and 15.5.6.2 championship subdivision football)]

Outside Competition in Sports Other than Basketball and Football - Approved December 18, 2020

The NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit, in sports other than basketball and football, a student-athlete to participate in noncollegiate, amateur competition on an outside team during the 2020-21 academic year if his or her institution will not engage in competition during the term. Regulations that apply to permissible outside competition (e.g., limit on number of student-athletes from any one institution) continue to apply under the application of the waiver.  An institution or conference may not provide expenses for such competition and the student-athlete must be in good academic standing.  A student-athlete who remains enrolled at the institution may not miss class to participate in outside competition.  All competition should adhere to federal, state, local and other applicable guidelines related to COVID-19.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Academics action allow the missed term exception to apply to any term in which outside competition occurs under circumstances consistent with the blanket waiver.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. The blanket waiver extends the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee and Committee on Academics action from August 5, 2020, for all sports other than basketball and football;
  2. The extension of the blanket waiver provides flexibility and support of student-athlete well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic; 
  3. The NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee requested and supported an extension to of the Council action for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year; and
  4. The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee supported the waiver request.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

See Case No. 1117123 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 14.4.3.6 (exceptions to progress-toward-degree rule) and 17.33.1 (outside competition – sports other than basketball)]

Participation in Required Virtual Nonphysical Countable Athletically Related Activities – Approved December 16, 2020

The NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit student-athletes to participate in up to eight hours of required virtual nonphysical countable athletically related activities (e.g., film review, chalk talk, team meetings) per week beginning upon the student-athlete’s return to campus for safety protocols (e.g., mandated testing activities, required  quarantine period) or the opening day of classes of the institution’s winter/spring 2021 term, whichever is earlier.  The waiver applies until one week before the start of the final examination period of the institution’s spring 2021 term.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. The blanket waiver extends the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee action from April 20, 2020, that was previously extended on May 15, May 22, June 17 and July 22, 2020, for all sports;
  2. The blanket waiver permits all sports to require up to eight hours per week of virtual nonphysical countable activities (e.g., film review, chalk talk, team meetings) and, for each sport, requires an institution to provide student-athletes at least one day off per week (rather than the legislated two days outside the season);
  3. Allowing the July 22, 2020, Council Coordination Committee action to expire at the conclusion of the institution’s fall 2020 term allows student-athletes a break from participation in countable athletically related activities between terms;
  4. Student-athletes do not need to be enrolled full-time during the during winter/spring 2021 terms in order to apply this waiver.  This would include student-athletes who are not enrolled in any credits during the term;
  5. The waiver was requested and supported by the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee; and
  6. The Collegiate Commissioners Association Compliance Administrators and NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee supported the waiver request.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, because the nature of the request may decrease the amount of student-athlete discretionary time allocated by legislation, institutional medical staff should be properly consulted as to the impact on overall student-athlete well-being and have ultimate discretion as to the appropriateness of any supplemental required activities.

See Case No. 1117142 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 14.2.1 (requirement for practice), 17.1.1.1 (playing season -- athletically related activities), 17.1.7.1 (daily and weekly hour limitations -- playing season) and 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations -- outside the playing season]

Transfer Year of Residence - Approved December 16, 2020

During its December 16 meeting, the NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver request providing relief for four-year college transfer student-athletes currently serving a transfer year of residence during the 2020-21 academic year, provided the following criteria are met:

  1. The student-athlete must have transferred from a Division I institution to the current Division I institution by the start of the 2020 fall term;
  2. The student-athlete must have left the previous four-year institution academically eligible, in good standing and under no disciplinary suspension;
  3. The student-athlete must have no previous four-year college transfer history (i.e., the blanket waiver is applicable to first-time 4-4 transfers only); and
  4. The current institution’s head coach and the student-athlete certify that no direct or indirect communication or contact occurred before the student-athlete’s name was entered into the NCAA Transfer Portal (per NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.1.1.3).  Note: A sample template may be accessed here.

Four-year college transfer student-athletes who qualify for the blanket waiver of Bylaw 14.5.5.1 must additionally be certified as academically eligible to compete, consistent with applicable progress-toward-degree requirements. 

For more information, please contact Brandy Hataway (bhataway@ncaa.org), Emily Capehart (ecapehart@ncaa.org), or Jerry Vaughn (jvaughn@ncaa.org).

Required Athletically Related Activities Permitted During Basketball Three-Day Winter Break, Approved November 19, 2020 - Updated December 14, 2020, For Men’s Basketball Only

Upon further review of COVID-specific scheduling challenges and related circumstances impacting Division I autonomy men's basketball and its ability to accommodate the traditional three-day winter break period in basketball during the 2020-21 playing season, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee reviewed and updated the November 19 blanket waiver on December 14 to provide an additional option for relief of the three-day winter break period legislation in men’s basketball. 

NCAA Division I autonomy men’s basketball programs (and those Division I institutions opting into the legislation) may use one of the following options:

  1. May participate in required athletically related activities during the three consecutive days off during the institution’s official vacation period after the first term of the academic year (e.g., winter break) as approved on November 19; OR
  2. May provide three nonconsecutive days off from any required athletically related activities or countable athletically related activities during the institution’s official vacation period after the first term of the academic year (e.g., winter break).
  • Consistent with the regular application of the three-day break legislation, institutions that choose Option B are required to provide the same total number of days off from CARA and RARA during the winter break as had been scheduled prior to the waiver approval (i.e., an additional one, two or three days off beyond the required one day off per week based on an institution’s designation of week and when the three consecutive day break was scheduled to occur).

On November 19, at the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees, the NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit Division I men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes to engage in RARA only during the three-day winter break.

In granting the November 19 original request for RARA to occur during the consecutive three-day winter break period (Option A), the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and that many basketball student-athletes will remain on campus during the 2020-21 winter break.  Permitting basketball student-athletes to engage in RARA during the three consecutive days off allows institutions to schedule activities that will discourage the potential for isolating behavior and encourage players to spend time with teammates while also providing them with an opportunity to physically rest and recover from countable athletically related activities during the season.

If an institution chooses to utilize the consecutive three-day winter break period (Option A), examples of permissible activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Team meal.
  • Team entertainment.
  • Voluntary shoot around (without the presence of a coaching staff member or a sport-specific staff member).
  • Athletic training/injury prevention and treatment.
  • Academic advising and study table.
  • Team building activities.
  • Promotional activities.
  • Community service.

Use of Option A does not permit basketball student-athletes to engage in CARA during the three-day winter break period.  CARA includes any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by, one or more of an institution’s coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches), including, but not limited to the following types of activities: practice, film review, walk-through, and shoot around.

On December 14, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee reviewed the November 19 action and supported an additional option for relief in men’s basketball to include three nonconsecutive days off to provide flexibility due to conference scheduling models.

In granting the December 14 request for days off from CARA and RARA to occur on nonconsecutive days during the winter break period (Option B), the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the compression of conference scheduling framework that exists only because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The intent of Option B is to permit schools to accommodate scheduling challenges while still requiring three nonconsecutive days off from RARA and CARA, providing a consistent amount of aggregate number of days off from CARA and RARA during the winter break as has been traditionally legislatively required.

Finally, because the nature of the request may decrease the amount of aggregate or consecutive student-athlete discretionary time allocated by legislation, institutional medical staff should be properly consulted as to the impact on overall student-athlete well-being and have ultimate discretion as to the appropriateness of the implementation of either waiver option.

The blanket waiver originally released on November 19, 2020, (Option A) remains applicable for women’s basketball.  While the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee considered the request for three nonconsecutive days off for CARA and RARA (Option B), it identified that similar scheduling challenges have not been reported to date in the women's game and it declined to take action at this time.  The oversight committee will revisit this in the future, if appropriate.

See Case No. 1116268 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 17.02.1 (countable athletically related activities), 17.02.14 (required athletically related activities) and 17.1.7.10 (three-day period – basketball)]

National Women’s Soccer League Blanket Waiver Approved, December 15, 2020

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division I women’s soccer student-athletes to enter the National Women’s Soccer League’s draft (and potentially be drafted), while maintaining collegiate eligibility to compete during the 2021 spring championship segment.

In granting this request, the committee noted:

  1. This is a one-time request for the 2020-21 academic year only;
  2. The blanket waiver does not permit a student-athlete to sign with an agent or an agreement to join a team, if drafted;
  3. Any use of a student-athletes name, image or likeness by the professional league must be informational in nature;
  4. The unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on the 2020-21 soccer playing season; and
  5. The NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee supported the waiver request.

See Case No. 1115007 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Division I Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 12.1.2 (amateur status) and 12.2.4.2 (draft list)]

Permit Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Student-Athletes Who Have a Realistic Chance at Competing for an Olympic Team Spot to Continue to Train with Their Collegiate Coaches Once the Championship Season Concludes - Approved December 10, 2020

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

  • The request was granted based on student-athlete well-being and the elite and unique circumstances surrounding potential participation in the Olympic Games.

Specifically, the blanket waiver permits the following:

  1. Women's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 21, 2021, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the 2021 US Olympic Trials;
  2. Men's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 28, 2021, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the 2021 US Olympic Trials;
  3. Women's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 21, 2021, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 16, 2021, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2019 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 21, 2020, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 4, 2021, 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 2021 Olympic Trials;
  5. Men's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 28, 2021, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 16, 2021, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2019 Senior National Championships) for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter; and
  6. Men's diving student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying score by March 28, 2021, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 4, 2021, 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 2021 Olympic Trials.

See Case No. 1080316 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 17.02.19 (voluntary athletically related activities), 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season) and 17.22.7 (safety exception)]

Baseball Blanket Waiver Approved, June 9, 2020; Updated December 4, 2020

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief granted a blanket waiver in baseball for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years only, to allow schools to:

  • Eliminate the varsity squad size limitation (i.e., 35-man roster) for the 2020-21 academic year and to increase the varsity size limitation from 35 to 40 for the 2021-22 academic year;
  • Increase the annual counter limit from 27 to 32; and
  • Renegotiate athletics aid agreements to provide less than 25 percent.

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

  • The extenuating and extraordinary circumstances surrounding and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The significant reduction in the number of student-athletes and incoming signees selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft;
  • The combination of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances resulting in a significant number of student-athletes returning to Division I baseball, a sport which carries a rigid roster and financial aid limits; and
  • The American Baseball Coaches Association, NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee, NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee and NCAA Gender Equity Task Force supported the blanket waiver for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Staff approved an extension to the blanket waiver requested by NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee for the 2020-21 academic year, noting an increase in the varisty squad limitation from 35 to 40 for the 2021-22 academic year.

Additionally, the Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • The blanket waiver only applies to the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
  • For the 2020-21 academic year:
    • For student-athletes with multiyear financial aid agreements: Schools may provide less than a 25 percent equivalency during the 2020-21 academic year; however, the school must ensure that the total amount of aid provided over the period of the new amended agreement is equal to or greater than the total provided in the student-athlete’s original aid agreement.
    • For student-athlete with one-year financial aid agreements: Schools may provide less than a 25 percent equivalency during the 2020-21 academic year; however, the school must renew the student-athlete’s agreement for the 2021-22 academic year and provide at least a 25 percent equivalency or the average of the aid received during 2020-21 and the amount that would have been received by the student-athlete under the original aid agreement, whichever is greater.
  • For the 2021-22 academic year:
    • The varsity squad size limitation is increased from 35 to 40;
    • For student-athletes with multiyear financial aid agreements: Schools may provide less than a 25-percent equivalency during the 2021-22 academic year; however, the school must ensure that the total amount of aid provided over the period of the new amended agreement is equal to or greater than the total provided in the student-athlete’s original aid agreement. 
    • For student-athletes with one-year financial aid agreements: Schools may provide less than a 25-percent equivalency during the 2021-22 academic year; however, the school must renew the student-athlete’s agreement for the 2022-23 academic year and provide at least a 25-percent equivalency or the average of the aid received during 2021-22 and the amount that would have been received by the student-athlete under the original aid agreement, whichever is greater.

Frequently Asked Questions document.

See Case No. 1103146 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

 [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.5.4 (baseball limitations); 15.5.4.1 (minimum equivalency value) and 17.2.8.3 (varsity squad size limitation – championship segment).

Final Date for Football Bowl Subdivision Regular Season and Conference Championship Contests for 2020-21 Season Only - Approved November 25, 2020

NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision programs may participate in regular season contests, including a conference championship game, as late as Saturday, December 19, 2020. 

At the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, the NCAA staff approved the blanket waiver with the following condition:  

  • An institution shall limit its total regular season playing schedule to not more than 12 contests (games or scrimmages) unless a legislated exception is met. 

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

See Case No. 1116877 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 17.1.9 (general regulations for computing playing seasons applicable to all sports); 17.11.4 (end of playing season); 17.11.5.1 (maximum limitations - institutional) and 17.11.5.2.1 (bowl subdivision)]

Blanket Waiver Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Maximum Contest Limitations - Approved November 25, 2020

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver for Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey teams to participate in one exhibition contest against any NCAA Division I, Division II or Division III institution during the 2020-21 academic year that does not count against the team or individual maximum contest limitations.

In granting this request, the committee noted:

  1. The waiver is approved for the 2020-21 academic year only; 
  2. Competition opportunities for institutions have diminished as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and 
  3. The Hockey Commissioner’s Association supported the waiver request. 

See case no. 1103955 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Division I Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.14.5.1 maximum limitations – institutional and 17.14.5.2 maximum limitations – student-athlete]

Virtual Recruiting Activities -- Permissible Callers, Approved December 2, 2020

The NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit all coaches, including volunteer coaches, full-time institutional staff members and current students to initiate recruiting calls (e.g., telephone calls, video calls) involving prospective student-athletes who an institution is permitted to call.  The flexibility applies for the remainder of the temporary COVID-19 recruiting dead period. 

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver to expand the list of permissible callers for the sport of football on November 18, 2020; 
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic, specifically noting official and unofficial visits are not permissible during the temporary COVID-19 recruiting dead period.  The blanket waiver is intended to provide institutions additional opportunities for engaging with prospective student-athletes to share as much information as possible to help the prospective student-athletes make informed decisions;
  3. On November 18, 2020, the temporary COVID-19 recruiting dead period was extended by the Council through at least April 15, 2021; 
  4. The Collegiate Commissioners Association Compliance Administrators, the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees supported the waiver request; and 
  5. The waiver was requested and supported by the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee.

See Case No. 1116752 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 11.7.2 (b) (recruiting coordinator functions – telephone calls to prospective student-athletes) and 13.1.3.5.2 (nonpermissible callers – enrolled student-athletes)]

Men’s Basketball Qualifying Regular-Season Multiple-Team Events 2020-21 Season Only, Updated November 25, 2020

Upon further review of specific urgent circumstances impacting multiple-team events during the 2020-21 playing season, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee reviewed and updated the previous blanket waiver on November 25 to provide additional relief of the qualifying regular-season multiple-team event legislation in the sport of men's basketball.  The additional relief is noted below in bold text.

NCAA Division I men's basketball programs may participate in a multiple-team event that does not meet the legislated MTE requirements during the 2020-21 playing season provided:

  1. The institution's original multiple-team event participation was impacted by an unforeseen circumstance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., cancelled, rescheduled, an institution withdrew from the event due to state/local health and safety guidelines, institution is required to quarantine);
  2. The circumstances were outside of the institution's control; and  
  3. One or more of the conditions outlined below is satisfied.

At the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, the NCAA staff approved the blanket waiver on October 25 to permit the following: 

  • Two teams from the same conference may participate in the same MTE. provided the teams do not play each other in the MTE, unless the contest occurs during the final round of a bracketed event;
  • A team may participate in the same MTE twice in a four-year period provided the team participates in the event during the 2020-21 season and the original location of the event was moved due to the pandemic;
  • An event in which each institution participates in three contests may conclude not later than 24 14 days after the first contest of the event;
  • An event in which each institution participates in two contests may conclude not later than 19 nine days after the first contest of the event;
  • One non-Division I team (that is not serving as the host of the MTE) may participate in an MTE provided the team is located within 450 400 miles of the sponsoring institution or conference;
  • Teams may participate in a different number of games in an MTE provided all teams were originally scheduled to participate in the same number of games in the event;
  • Teams in the same event may use different maximum contest limitations provided all teams were originally scheduled to use the same maximum contest limit; and
  • A team may participate in two MTEs during the 2020-21 season provided the team does not exceed the maximum contest limitation of 27 games;
  • An event may only include one contest and still be considered an MTE; and
  • Two teams may compete against each other twice in the event and still be considered an MTE.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

See Case No. 1113619 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 17.4.5.1.1. (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event – men's basketball]

If an institution or event operator has questions about the blanket waiver, please reach out to Abbie Markey, associate director of NCAA academic and membership affairs, at amarkey@ncaa.org or 317-917-6562 or PJ Hubert, assistant director of NCAA academic and membership affairs, at phubert@ncaa.org or 317-917-6312.

Countable Athletically Related Activities Following Competition in Sports Other Than Football, Approved November 24, 2020

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to permit NCAA Division I sports other than football to participate in up to one hour of film review and/or team meetings following competition when the team is competing on the following day during the 2020-21 playing season provided:

  1. Teams do not participate in any physical countable athletically related activities (e.g., practice, strength/conditioning workouts, walk-through, shootaround) following competition; and
  2. Time spent in film review and/or team meetings following competition be included in the daily (four) and weekly (20) hour limitations. 

Finally, because the waiver creates the potential for increased required activity while potentially decreasing time that would be otherwise allocated at the discretion of student-athletes, an institution's medical staff should be properly consulted as to the impact on overall student-athlete well-being, and have ultimate discretion consistent with independent medical care legislation, with respect to any required post-competition activities that occur on the same calendar day.

In granting this request, the committee noted:

  1. The unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on scheduling and competition during the 2020-21 playing season;
  2. The Collegiate Commissioners Association Compliance Administrators (CCACA) supports the waiver request; and
  3. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee and NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee support the waiver request.  

See Case No. 1114415 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 17.1.7.3.2.1 (countable athletically related activities prohibited after competition)]

Required Athletically Related Activities Permitted During Basketball Three-Day Winter Break, Approved November 19, 2020

NCAA Division I autonomy men’s and women’s basketball programs (and those Division I institutions opting into the legislation) may participate in required athletically related activities during the three consecutive days off during the institution’s official vacation period after the first term of the academic year (e.g., winter break).

At the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees, the NCAA staff approved a blanket waiver to permit Division I basketball student-athletes to engage in RARA only during the three-day winter break.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and that many basketball student-athletes will remain on campus during the 2020-21 winter break.  Permitting basketball student-athletes to engage in RARA allows institutions to schedule activities that will discourage the potential for isolating behavior and encourage players to spend time with teammates while also providing them with an opportunity to physically rest and recover from countable athletically related activities during the season. 

During the three-day winter break period, examples of permissible activities may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Team meal.
  • Team entertainment.
  • Voluntary shoot around (without the presence of a coaching staff member or a sport-specific staff member).
  • Athletic training/injury prevention and treatment.
  • Academic advising and study table. 
  • Team building activities.
  • Promotional activities.
  • Community service.

The blanket waiver does not permit men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes to engage in CARA during the three-day winter break period.  CARA includes any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by, one or more of an institution’s coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches), including, but not limited to the following types of activities: practice, film review, walk-through, and shoot around.

Finally, because the nature of the request may decrease the amount of student-athlete discretionary time allocated by legislation, institutional medical staff should be properly consulted as to the impact on overall student-athlete well-being and have ultimate discretion as to the appropriateness of any supplemental required activities.

See Case No. 1116268 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 17.02.1 (countable athletically related activities), 17.02.14 (required athletically related activities) and 17.1.7.10 (three-day period – basketball)]

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver Women's Basketball Qualifying Regular-Season Multiple-Team Events 2020-21 Season Only, Approved November 4, 2020 

NCAA Division I women's basketball programs may participate in a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event that does not meet the legislated multiple-team event requirements during the 2020-21 playing season provided: 

  1. The institution's original multiple-team event participation was impacted by an unforeseen circumstance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., cancelled, rescheduled, an institution withdrew from the event due to state/local health and safety guidelines, institution is required to quarantine);
  2. The circumstances were outside of the institution's control; and
  3. One or more of the conditions outlined below is satisfied.

At the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee, NCAA staff approved the blanket waiver to permit the following: 

  1. Two teams from the same conference may participate in the same multiple-team event provided the teams do not play each other in the multiple-team event, unless the contest occurs during the final round of a bracketed event;
  2. A team may participate in the same multiple-team event twice in a four-year period provided the team participates in the event during the 2020-21 season and the original location of the event was moved due to the pandemic;
  3. An event may conclude not later than 21 days after the first contest of the event;
  4. Teams may participate in a different number of games in a multiple-team event provided all teams were originally scheduled to participate in the same number of games in the event;
  5. Teams in the same event may use different maximum contest limitations provided all teams were originally scheduled to use the same maximum contest limit; and
  6. A team may participate in two multiple-team events during the 2020-21 season provided the team does not exceed the maximum contest limitation of 27 games (23 and up to four contests within an multiple-team event(s) or 25 contests with no multiple-team event(s).

In granting this request, staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.   

If an institution or event operator has questions about the blanket waiver, please reach out to Abbie Markey, associate director of NCAA academic and membership affairs (amarkey@ncaa.org; 317-917-6562) or Jenn Samble, assistant director of academic and membership affairs (jsamble@ncaa.org; 317-917-6675).

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.4.5.2.1 (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event –women's basketball)] 

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver Winter Training Trip in Women's Rowing, Approved November 4, 2020

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to permit women's rowing teams to conduct a winter training trip on or off the institution's campus for a period of no more than two weeks during the 2020-21 academic year.

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

  1. The waiver allows the NCAA Division I governance structure and coaching association time to assess team training during the winter break period and the location of practice;
  2. A waiver of this legislation was granted for the 2020-21 academic year only;
  3. The conference was unable to sponsor legislation to address this issue during the 2020-21 legislative cycle due to the legislative moratorium that was enacted in response to COVID- 19. However, the conference is encouraged to sponsor legislation at the next availableopportunity; and
  4. Cost savings realized by institutions being able to conduct these training trips closer to and in the locale of the institution and greater ability to monitor/adhere to state, local and institutional COVID-19 safety protocols. 

See Case No. 1109452 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 17.17.1.1 (winter training trip)]

Men’s Basketball Qualifying Regular-Season Multiple-Team Events 2020-21 Season Only, Approved October 23, 2020

NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs may participate in a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event that does not meet the legislated multiple-team event requirements during the 2020-21 playing season provided:

  1. The institution’s original multiple-team event participation was impacted by an unforeseen circumstance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., cancelled, rescheduled, an institution withdrew from the event due to state/local health and safety guidelines, institution is required to quarantine);
  2. The circumstances were outside of the institution’s control; and  
  3. One or more of the conditions outlined below is satisfied.

At the recommendation of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, the NCAA staff approved the blanket waiver to permit the following: 

  • Two teams from the same conference may participate in the same multiple-team event provided the teams do not play each other in the multiple-team event, unless the contest occurs during the final round of a bracketed event;
  • A team may participate in the same multiple-team event twice in a four-year period provided the team participates in the event during the 2020-21 season and the original location of the event was moved due to the pandemic;
  • An event in which each institution participates in three contests may conclude not later than 14 days after the first contest of the event;
  • An event in which each institution participates in two contests may conclude not later than nine days after the first contest of the event;
  • One non-Division I team (that is not serving as the host of the multiple-team event) may participate in a multiple-team event provided the team is located within 400 miles of the sponsoring institution or conference;
  • Teams may participate in a different number of games in an multiple-team event provided all teams were originally scheduled to participate in the same number of games in the event;
  • Teams in the same event may use different maximum contest limitations provided all teams were originally scheduled to use the same maximum contest limit; and
  • A team may participate in two multiple-team events during the 2020-21 season provided the team does not exceed the maximum contest limitation of 27 games.

In granting this request, the staff noted the unique and extenuating circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

See Case No. 1113619 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

Finally, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee will consider whether to recommend a legislative relief blanket waiver of the women’s basketball qualifying regular-season multiple-team event requirements for the 2020-21 season during its upcoming meeting on November 4.

If an institution or event operator has questions about the blanket waiver, please reach out to Abbie Markey, associate director of NCAA academic and membership affairs, at amarkey@ncaa.org or 317-917-6562 or PJ Hubert, assistant director of NCAA academic and membership affairs, at phubert@ncaa.org or 317-917-6312.

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.4.5.1.1 (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event – men’s basketball]

Noncoaching Staff Members Participation in Managerial Duties for Sports Other than Basketball and Football during 2020-21 Playing Season, Approved September 9, 2020

NCAA Division I sport programs in sports other than basketball and football may permit up to two Division I sport specific noncoaching staff members to engage in managerial duties during on-court and on-field practice activities (e.g., throw batting practice, pass a ball, assist with drills) provided the noncoaching staff position existed as of September 7, 2020, and the institution has prohibited some or all student managers from attending practice or other countable athletically related activities due to the health and safety impact of COVID-19.  The noncoaching staff member(s) designated to perform such on-court or on-field managerial duties must be designated by the institution and kept on file in the athletics department.  The sport-specific noncoaching staff members in sports other than basketball and football are only permitted to perform these managerial duties until the conclusion of an institution’s 2020-21 playing season or when the institution permits all student managers to attend practice or other countable athletically related activities, whichever is earlier.

In granting this request, the NCAA academic and membership affairs staff noted:

  1. With the reduction of many managers due to the health and safety impact of COVID-19, this waiver provides flexibility for designated noncoaching staff members to participate in on-court or on-field practice activities while performing managerial duties.   
  2. This waiver does not permit a noncoaching staff member to engage in coaching activities;
  3. This waiver provides flexibility for institutions to conduct on-court or on-field countable athletically related activities and practice activities with the typical number of staff to assist in on-court or on-field activities;
  4. This waiver assists institutional efforts to limit the individuals in contact with teams to those essential to supporting the programs; and
  5. The waiver was requested and supported by the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee and aligns with the blanket wavier approved on September 8, 2020, for noncoaching staff in the sport of basketball (See Case No. 1109415).

See Case No. 1109691in NCAA Requests/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.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 11.01.7 (manager) and 11.7.3 (noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities)]

Midyear Replacement for the 2021 Spring Term Blanket Waiver, Approved September 8, 2020

In cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, track and field, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo, institutions may apply midyear replacement legislation to provide athletics aid to a new recipient without making the second student-athlete a counter for the remainder of the
2020-21 academic year, provided the replaced student-athlete would have graduated in 2020 fall term but is returning in the 2021 spring or fall term to exhaust eligibility directly resulting from the NCAA Division I Board of Directors' action allowing institutions to self-apply season of competition and extension of eligibility waivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In granting this request, academic and membership affairs staff noted:

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student-athlete’s decisions to return to exhaust eligibility;
  • The Board of Directors' August 21, 2020, actions regarding the NCAA Board of Governors' directives related to student-athlete well-being - financial aid limitations (exemptions); and
  • The blanket waiver only applies to the 2020-21 academic year.

See Case No. 1108714 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 15.5.2.4 (midyear replacement - women’s volleyball); 15.5.3.1.4 (midyear replacement - cross country, field hockey, soccer, track and field and men’s water polo); and 15.5.6.3.4 (midyear replacement)]

Blanket Waiver Basketball Noncoaching Staff Members Participation in Managerial Duties and Women's Basketball Practice Players for 2020-21 Season, Approved September 8, 2020

NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball programs may permit up to two Division I men's and women's basketball-specific noncoaching staff members to engage in managerial duties during on-court activities (e.g., rebound, pass, assist with drills) provided the noncoaching staff position existed as of September 7, 2020, and the institution has prohibited some or all student managers from attending practice or other countable athletically related activities due to the health and safety impact of COVID-19.  The noncoaching staff member(s) designated to perform such on-court managerial duties must be designated by the institution and kept on file in the athletics department.  The basketball-specific noncoaching staff members are only permitted to perform these managerial duties until the conclusion of an institution's 2020-21 playing season or when the institution permits all student managers to attend practice or other countable athletically related activities, whichever is earlier.

Additionally, in women's basketball, up to two basketball-specific noncoaching staff members permitted to engage in managerial duties during the 2020-21 playing season may also serve as practice players.  For institutions still utilizing student managers, those student managers may also serve as practice players during the 2020-21 playing season. In both instances, the practice player duties may be performed by basketball-specific noncoaching staff members and student managers until the conclusion of the institution's 2020-21 playing season or when the institution permits practice players to attend practice, whichever is earlier.

In granting this request, the NCAA academic and membership affairs staff noted:

  1. With the reduction of many managers due to the health and safety impact of COVID-19, this waiver provides flexibility for designated noncoaching staff members to participate in on-court practice activities while performing managerial duties.  Additionally, in women's basketball only, this waiver provides similar flexibility for designated noncoaching staff members and managers to serve as practice players;
  2. This waiver does not permit a noncoaching staff member and student managers performing practice player duties in women's basketball to engage in on-court coaching activities;
  3. This waiver provides flexibility for institutions to conduct on-court countable athletically related activities and practice activities with the typical number of staff to assist in on-court activities;
  4. This waiver assists institutional efforts to limit the individuals in contact with basketball teams to those essential to supporting the programs; and
  1. The waiver was requested and supported by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Oversight Committees.

See Case No. 1109415 in NCAA Requests/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.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 11.01.7 (manager), 11.7.3 (noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities) and 12.7.5 (eligibility requirements for male students to practice with women's teams)]

Critical Injury or Illness Insurance Blanket Waiver, Approved August 11, 2020.

Division I student-athletes may borrow against future earnings potential to secure a loan from an established, accredited commercial lending institution, for the purpose of purchasing critical injury or illness insurance (and other similar coverage).

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

  • Allowing student-athletes to secure a loan to pay for the premium for critical injury or illness insurance under the same circumstances that a student-athlete is permitted to obtain a loan to pay the premium for disabling injury or loss of value insurance is a logical extension of a current practice to a recently developed product and supports student-athlete well-being;
  • The intent of NCAA Proposal No. 2014-12 was to acknowledge that student-athletes should be able to borrow against earnings potential for purpose of buying career-related insurance products other than disability insurance to assist in the decision-making process when deciding to remain in college and achieve, or get closer to achieving, the ultimate goal of obtaining a college degree; and
  • The blanket waiver relief is effective through January 2022.

See Case No. 1106572 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 12.1.2.4.4 (exception for insurance against disabling injury or illness, or loss of value) and 16.11.1.4 (insurance against disabling-injury or illness or loss of value). 

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver:  Football (FBS/FCS) Relief of First Contest Legislation, Approved July 27, 2020

For the 2020 football season, NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) institutions may play their first contest beginning on the Saturday prior to the Thursday preceding Labor Day.  This allows an institution's first football contest to occur on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

In granting this request, the NCAA academic and membership affairs staff noted:

  1. Relief is provided on a one-time basis for the 2020 football season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically noting institutions should follow all applicable legislative, policy and institutional health and safety requirements;
  2. The maximum contest limitations for the 2020 football season (12 for FBS and 11 for FCS) remain in effect.  The FBS and FCS annual exemptions (NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.10.5.2) also remain in effect; and
  3. The blanket waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

See Case No. 1106333 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.

[Reference:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.10.3 (first contest [FBS/FCS])]

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver:  Football (FBS/FCS) Telephone Calls During COVID-19 Recruiting Dead Period, Approved May 08, 2020

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) institutions may initiate telephone calls at their discretion to any individual (or the individual’s family members) beginning April 15 of the individual’s junior year of high school through the conclusion of the COVID-19 recruiting dead period.

This waiver permits an institutional coaching staff member to make telephone calls to prospective student-athletes (e.g., high school, two-year and four-year transfer student-athletes) at their discretion from May 2020, through the conclusion of the COVID-19 recruiting dead period.

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

  1. This is a one-time waiver request, applicable during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period.
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic, specifically noting official and unofficial visits are not permissible during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period,
  3. An institution may not make telephone calls to an individual prior to April 15 of their junior year of high school; and
  4. The blanket waiver was reviewed and supported by the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

See Case No. 1098822 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.1.3.1.2 (exception- football [FBS/FCS]), 13.1.3.1 (time period for telephone calls-general rule) and 11.7.6 (limitations on number of coaches and off-campus recruiters)]

Financial Aid for Olympic Hopefuls Blanket Waiver, Approved March 27, 2020

Division I schools may honor athletics aid agreements and exempt the 2019-20 amount from financial aid limitations for student-athletes that took a leave of absence during the 2019-20 academic year to train for official national team tryouts and competition. 

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

  1. The extenuating and extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. The blanket waiver only applies to the 2020 spring term; and
  3. The blanket waiver only applies to student-athletes who were awarded athletically related financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year and who have not yet enrolled full time during the 2019-20 academic year due to participation in:
    1. Official Pan American, Parapan American, World Championships, World Cup, World University Games (Universiade), World University Championships, Olympic and Paralympic training, tryouts and competition;
    2. Officially recognized training and competition directly qualifying participants for final Olympic or Paralympic tryouts; or
    3. Official tryouts and competition involving national teams sponsored by the appropriate national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (or, for student-athletes representing another nation, the equivalent organization of that nation, or for student-athletes competing in a non-Olympic or non-Paralympic sport, the equivalent organization of that sport).

See Case No. 1097345 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.5.1 (counters), 15.5.2 (head-count sports other than basketball and football) and 15.5.3 (equivalency sports)]

NCAA Division I Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver:  Use of Outside Trainers, Approved January 30, 2020

The NCAA academic and membership affairs staff approved a legislative relief blanket waiver to permit men's basketball student-athletes who receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 NBA Draft Combine or the NBA G-League Elite Camp to use institutional facilities while engaging in workout activities with an outside trainer.

The blanket waiver also permits institutions to arrange the use of institutional facilities for such workouts and allows coaches to observe the workouts without counting toward required and countable athletically related activity limits.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. Relief is only provided after the men's basketball student-athlete receives an NBA Draft Combine invitation (including a conditional Combine invitation), or a G League Elite Camp invitation until the men's basketball student-athlete withdraws from the draft, or June 3, 2020, whichever is earlier.
  2. An institution's coaching staff may observe workout activities with an outside trainer; however, they may not conduct these workout activities unless the time is included in daily/weekly time limitations.
  3. The men's basketball student-athlete remains responsible for compensating the outside trainer at his or her normal rate.
  4. The blanket waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee.

See Case No. 1091117 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 11.7.1 (designation of coaching category); 11.7.1.1 (countable coach); 12.1.2.1.6 (preferential treatment, benefits or services); 12.2.4.2.1.1 (national basketball association); 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season); and 17.1.7.2.2 (institutional vacation period and summer)]

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approved a Blanket Waiver to Permit Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Student-Athletes Who Have a Realistic Chance at Competing for an Olympic Team Spot to Continue to Train with Their Collegiate Coaches Once the Championship Season Concludes Approved January 15, 2020

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

  • The request was granted based on student-athlete well-being and the elite and unique circumstances surround potential participation in the Olympic Games.

Specifically, the blanket waiver permits the following:

  1. Women's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 22, 2020, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 21-28, 2020, Olympic Trials;
  2. Men's swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 29, 2020, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 21-28, 2020, Olympic Trials;
  3. Women's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 22, 2020, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 9, 2020, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2019 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 22, 2020, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 26, 2020, 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 2020 Olympic Trials;
  5. Men's swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying time by March 29, 2020, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 9, 2020, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent (of either the long- course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2019 Senior National Championships) for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter; and
  6. Men's diving student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trial qualifying score by March 29, 2020, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 26, 2020, 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 2020 Olympic Trials.

See Case No. 1080316 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 17.02.19 (voluntary athletically related activities), 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season) and 17.21.7 (safety exception)]

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver Participation of NCAA Division I Softball and Women's Volleyball Teams in National Invitational Championship Events Blanket Waiver Approved July 22, 2019 

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:

  1. This is a one-time blanket waiver applicable through the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year;
  2. Competing in a postseason national invitational championship event provides more student-athletes with a postseason participation experience;
  3. The ongoing discussion within the Division I governance structure surrounding exempt contests;
  4. 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; and
  5. The American Volleyball Coaches Association supports the waiver request.

See Case No. 1052262 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)]

NCAA Division I Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver Involving Outside Competition for 4-2-4 Women's Basketball Prospective Student-Athletes, Approved April 25, 2019

The staff approved a legislative relief blanket waiver to permit a 4-2-4 women's basketball prospective student-athlete (currently enrolled at a two-year college) to engage in outside competition that occurs at a two-year college intercollegiate event during the weekends of June 21-23, 2019, and June 28-30, 2019, without jeopardizing her eligibility upon transfer to a new Division institution.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. Relief is only applicable to two-year college intercollegiate events that occur during the weekends of June 21-23, 2019, and June 28-30, 2019;
  2. With the creation of two-year college June intercollegiate events in men's basketball, two-year college governing bodies created identical events in women's basketball during the same two weekends in June;
  3. The waiver addresses an unforeseen consequence of 4-2-4 prospective student-athletes being subject to the outside competition legislation;
  4. The waiver provides women's basketball prospective student-athletes the same opportunity as men's basketball prospective student-athletes to compete in June intercollegiate events that are approved by two-year college governing bodies; and
  5. The blanket waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee.

See Case No. 1055587 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.31.2 (outside competition – basketball) and 17.31.2.2 (individual subject to outside-competition regulations).]

NCAA Division I Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver: Use of Outside Trainers, Approved April 24, 2019

The staff approved a legislative relief blanket waiver to permit men's basketball student-athletes who receive an invitation to participate in the NBA Draft Combine or the NBA G-League Elite Camp to use institutional facilities while engaging in workout activities with an outside trainer. 

The blanket waiver also permits institutions to arrange the use of institutional facilities for such workouts and allows coaches to observe the workouts without counting toward required and countable athletically related activity limits.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. Relief is only provided after the men's basketball student-athlete receives an NBA Draft Combine invitation (including a conditional Combine invitation), or a G League Elite Camp invitation until the men's basketball student-athlete withdraws from the draft, or May 29, 2019, whichever is earlier.
  2. An institution's coaching staff may observe workout activities with an outside trainer; however, they may not conduct these workout activities unless the time is included in daily/weekly time limitations.
  3. The men's basketball student-athlete remains responsible for compensating the outside trainer at his or her normal rate.
  4. The blanket waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee.

See Case No. 1055588 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaw 11.7.1 (designation of coaching category); Bylaw 11.7.1.1 (countable coach); Bylaw 12.1.2.1.6  (preferential treatment, benefits or services); 12.2.4.2.1.1 (national basketball association); Bylaw 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season); and Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1 (institutional vacation period and summer).]

NCAA Division I Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver Involving Outside Competition For 4-2-4 Men’s Basketball Prospective Student-Athletes, Approved March 1, 2019

The staff approved a legislative relief blanket waiver to permit a 4-2-4 prospective student-athlete (currently enrolled at a two-year college) to engage in outside competition associated with participation in a two-year college scholastic event during the weekends of June 21-23 and June 28-30, 2019, without jeopardizing his eligibility upon transfer to a new Division I institution.

In granting this request, the staff noted:

  1. Relief is only applicable to the weekends of June 21-23 and June 28-30, 2019;
  2. With the creation of two-year college June scholastic events, the waiver addresses an unforeseen consequence on 4-2-4 prospective student-athletes being subject to the outside competition legislation upon transfer to a new Division I institution; and
  3. The waiver provides a larger number of men’s basketball prospective student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in two-year college June scholastic events.

See Case No. 1050894 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 13.1.7.5.3 (June evaluation periods), NCAA Division I Bylaw 17.31.2.2 (individual subject to outside-competition regulations, NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2018-23 (recruiting -- men's basketball recruiting calendar) and NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2018-88 (recruiting -- evaluations -- men's basketball -- June evaluation periods -- two-year college scholastic events)]

NCAA Division I Staff and NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief Approve Blanket Waiver: Staff Member Attendance at the Next Generation Showcase – Approved February 2019

International NBA Academy representation will be from Africa, China, Europe, Global (Australia) and India.  The International NBA Academy representation will attend the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship as part of Next Generation Saturday.  The event is designed to give international 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 staff, and NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver permitting NCAA Division I and Division II women's basketball coaches and basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase during the recruiting dead period on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  The blanket waiver approval only permits attendance at Next Generation Showcase events occurring at the NCAA Final Four Tourney Town on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, at the Tampa Convention Center, and does not permit NCAA Division I or Division II women's basketball coaches or basketball specific staff members to attend any other events involving prospective student-athletes during the dead period, including any events involving the USA Basketball National 3 on 3 Team.

Further, as part of the blanket waiver, NCAA Division I institutions should note attendance at the Next Generation Showcase does not count toward the institution's 112 recruiting person days.  All other NCAA Division I and Division II recruiting legislation (e.g., contact with a prospective student-athlete) continues to apply.

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

  • The celebratory nature of the NCAA Final Four Tourney Town and Next Generation Saturday, including the Next Generation Showcase, will provide educational programming daily to its participants.
  • The blanket waiver was supported by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
  • The blanket waiver was requested by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee and supported by the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee.

See Case No. 1048959 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab. 

[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), 13.1.7.6 (evaluations – women's basketball), 13.1.7.6.1 (evaluation periods other than July) 13.17.3 (women's basketball), and NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.17.2 (women's basketball)]

NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Men’s Ice Hockey Recruiting Legislation Blanket Waiver Approved May 31, 2018, Updated November 30, 2018

The NCAA staff updated the May 31, 2018, NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief blanket waiver to extend the effective date from September 1, 2018, until May 1, 2019.  In extending the effective date of the waiver approval, the staff noted ongoing collaboration between the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee and the men's ice hockey coaching community, which resulted in the NCAA Division I Council introducing NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2018-94 into the 2018-19 legislative cycle.

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 May 1, 2019.

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.
  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 Requests/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.

[References:  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)]

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 Division I Staff/Division II Committee for Legislative Relief Approve Blanket Waiver: Staff Member Attendance at the Next Generation Showcase – Approved October 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 staff and Division II Committee 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
Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time inside the Minneapolis Convention Center in the Buick Arena.  The blanket waiver approval only permits attendance at Next Generation Showcase events occurring in the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest on April 7, 2019, and does not permit Division I or Division II men's basketball coaches or basketball specific staff members to attend any other events involving prospective student-athletes during the dead period, including any events involving the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team.

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) continues to apply.

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, including the Next Generation Showcase, 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 requested by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee and supported by the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee.

See Case Nos. 1030030 (Division I) and 1033123 (Division II) in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. 

[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)]

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)]