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Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waivers

The NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief (SLR, formerly ARS) may issue a blanket waiver in order to temporarily provide relief from NCAA legislation for specific extenuating circumstances that have a reasonably demonstrated widespread impact.  Please note that the following summary of waivers is for a specific division (Division I), a specific time period and for a specific set of circumstances.  If the waiver circumstances and the time period of the waiver apply, submission of a separate waiver application is not necessary.  If an institution, conference or committee's circumstances do not meet the requirements of, or are dissimilar to, the blanket waiver, a Legislative Relief waiver application will need to be filed with the NCAA staff.

NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 11.7.6.1 (water polo). December 19, 2014.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division I men's and women's water polo programs to operate as a combined sports program through the 2014-15 academic year.  Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, men's and women's water polo programs may not operate as a combined sports program.  In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted that many institutions that sponsor men's and women's water polo have operated as a combined sports program and allowing men's and women's water polo programs to operate as a combined sports program through the 2014-15 academic year allows institutions sufficient time to reallocate staff responsibilities.  Finally, the subcommittee noted that applicant institution must work proactively to propose legislation for the 2015-16 legislative cycle.  See Case No. 741244 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 14.6.4 (exception -- basketball).  May 22, 2014.  The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow incoming student-athletes whom, per NCAA Bylaw 13.02.12, are no longer considered prospective student-athletes as a result of attending classes during the summer term to participate in a high school or two-year college all-star contest.  In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted the celebratory nature of all-star contests as a culmination of a high school or two-year college athletics career. Additionally, the subcommittee noted the minimal competitive advantage gained as a result of participation in a high school or two-year college all-star contest.  Given the timing of these all-star events, incoming student-athletes would potentially be otherwise required to forego the opportunity to participate in an all-star contest or delay summer school enrollment in order to participate in the event.  See Case No. 675651 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

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