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Division II Committee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waiver

The NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief (CLR, 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 II), a specific time period and for a specific set of circumstances.  If the waiver circumstances and the time period of the waiver apply, submission of a separate waiver application is not necessary.  If an institution, conference or committee's circumstances do not meet the requirements of, or are dissimilar to, the blanket waiver, a Legislative Relief waiver application will need to be filed with the NCAA staff.

Football Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver Approved June 21, 2017.

During the 2017 preseason, after the five-day acclimatization period, NCAA Division II football teams are permitted to participate in film review and meetings during the three-hour recovery period.

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

  • Allowing student-athletes to participate in meetings and film review during the three-hour recovery period will permit student-athletes to complete their football-related obligations during a more reasonable timeframe that will result in shorter days and more rest time for student-athletes overall;
  • This change would provide more flexibility for developing preseason schedules that adequately prepare student-athletes for competition;
  • The Division II Football Committee supports the waiver request; and
  • The Division II governance structure will assess necessary legislative changes for the 2018 season.

See Case No. 976829 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 II Bylaw 17.10.2.3 (preseason activities after five-day acclimatization period)

Division II Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Football Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver. Approved May 3, 2017.

NCAA Division II football teams are permitted to begin preseason practice for the 2017 football season August 7, 2017, or 10 days before the institution’s first day of classes, whichever is earlier. Additionally, after the five-day acclimatization period, footballs may be used during walk-throughs.

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

  • The Interassociation Consensus Year-Round Football Practice Contact for College Student-Athletes Recommendations ("Recommendations") include a recommendation to discontinue two-a-day practices;
  • The Division II Presidents Council adopted emergency legislation in April 2017 to eliminate multiple on-field practices on the same day;
  • Allowing institutions to start three days earlier will make it possible for institutions to adhere to the emergency legislation without losing instructional and preparation time;
  • Permitting use of a football during walk-throughs after the five-day acclimatization period is not contrary to the Recommendations;
  • The NCAA Division II Football Committee supported the original blanket waiver request;
  • The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports supports the updated blanket waiver request; and
  • The Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports and the Division II governance structure will assess necessary legislative changes for the 2018 season and beyond.

See Case No. 973458 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 II Bylaws 17.10.2.1 (first practice date -- championship segment) and 17.10.2.3 (preseason activities after five-day acclimatization period).