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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.

NCAA DII Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaws 17.1.6.3.1-(e) (sports other than football) and 17.22.7 (out-of-season athletically related activities) - Approved December 9, 2020

The NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division II men's and women's swimming and diving student-athletes who have achieved a 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifying time (or for Paralympic or international student-athletes the international equivalent), to continue to receive coaching instruction from their collegiate coaches through the U.S. Olympic Trials, which begin June 13, 2021, (or for Paralympic or international student-athletes through the date of the qualifying trials for their respective country).

In addition, for swimming student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trials qualifying time by the end of their institution's declared season, the waiver permits Division II swimming coaches to continue providing coaching instruction from that date, through events ending by the entry deadline for the Olympic Trials. To qualify for this portion of the waiver, a student-athlete must achieve a time within 1% for events 200 meters/yards or longer and 2% for events 100 meters/yards or shorter of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2019 Senior National Championships. This portion also allows an institution to provide a qualifying student-athlete with expenses to participate in a meet until the entry deadline for the Olympic Trials. In order for student-athletes to continue to be coached by his or her collegiate coach beyond the entry deadline, during the academic year, student-athletes must achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time not later than that date.

For diving student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trials qualifying score by the end of their institution's declared season, the waiver permits Division II diving coaches to continue providing coaching instruction from that date, through events ending by the entry date, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within 3% of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2021 Olympic Trials. This portion also allows an institution to provide a qualifying student-athlete with expenses to participate in a meet until the entry deadline for the Olympic Trials. In order for student-athletes to continue to be coached by his or her collegiate coach beyond the entry deadline during the academic year, student-athletes must achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time not later than that date.

Finally, for swimming and diving student-athletes representing another nation who have not achieved an Olympic Trials qualifying time by the equivalent organization of that nation, the waiver permits Division II swimming coaches to continue providing coaching instruction. 

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

  1. The elite and unique circumstances surrounding student-athletes' potential participation in the 2021 Olympic Games; and 
  2. The waiver was supported by the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Committee.

See Case No. 1070985 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 II Bylaws 17.1.6.3.1 (sports other than football) and 17.22.7 (out-of-season athletically related activities)]

NCAA Division II Presidents Council and Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approve Blanket Waiver: NCAA College Basketball Academy – Approved October 2019

The NCAA Division II Presidents Council and Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a five-year blanket waiver (i.e., July 2020 – July 2024) permitting Divisions II and III men's basketball coaches employed at institutions, located in the surrounding area of an institution selected to host an NCAA College Basketball Academy (“academy”), to coach participants of the academy.

In granting this request, the Division II Presidents Council and the Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief noted:

  1. The Commission on College Basketball recommended the NCAA establish youth development camps to disassociate its members from the objectionable aspects of nonscholastic basketball;
  2. The academy will increase the scholastic influence and minimize the involvement of outside third parties in the recruiting process;
  3. The academy will create new resources and programming for youth basketball participants; 
  4. The academy will provide professional development opportunities for Divisions II and III men's basketball coaches; and
  5. Divisions II and III coaches may not engage in recruiting conversations with participants or their families during the academy.

See Case Nos. 1081952 (Division II) and 1088259 (Division III) 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 II Bylaw 13.12.2.5.2 (other noninstitutional privately owned camps/clinics); NCAA Division III Bylaw 13.11.3.2 (sports camps and clinics and other athletics events]

Four Sites Selected for NCAA College Basketball Academy

NCAA Division I Staff/Division II Presidents Council Approve Blanket Waiver:  Women's Basketball Staff Member Attendance at the Next Generation Showcase – Approved October 2019

International NBA Academy teams from Africa, China, Europe, Global (Australia) and Latin America (Mexico) and India will attend the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship as part of Next Generation Saturday programming.  The weekend is designed to give the high school aged participants the opportunity to experience the NCAA Women's Final Four, receive educational programming, and scrimmage in the Next Generation Showcase.

The NCAA Division I staff and Division II Presidents Council approved a blanket waiver permitting Divisions I and II women's basketball coaches and women's basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase during the recruiting dead period on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 3 to 7 p.m. Central time at the Capital One Center Court  inside the 2020 NCAA Women's Final Four Tourney Town (Fan Festival) within New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  The blanket waiver approval only permits attendance at Next Generation Showcase events occurring in the NCAA Women's Final Four Tourney Town on April 4, 2020, and does not permit Divisions I or II women's basketball coaches or women's basketball specific staff members to attend any other events involving prospective student-athletes during the dead period.  Further, specifically in Division II, this blanket waiver will be applicable for the next five years (i.e., April 2020 through April 2024).

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 112 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 NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief and Division II Presidents Council noted:

  • The celebratory nature of the NCAA Women's Final Four Tourney Town, including the Next Generation Showcase, will provide daily educational programming and opportunities for the participants to participate in community engagement around the Women's Final Four festivities.
  • Approval of the blanket waiver allows the NCAA Divisions I and II governance structures time to assess the basketball recruiting dead period legislation and events held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championships.
  • The blanket waiver was supported by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
  • 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.

Finally, the staff noted that recruiting legislation permits NCAA Division III women's basketball coaches and basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase events.

See Case Nos. 1086219 (Division I) and 1082303 (Division II) 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.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.10 (recruiting person days – women's basketball), 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), 13.1.7.5.1 (academic year recruiting periods), 13.17.3 (women's basketball), NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.17.2 (women's basketball), and NCAA Division III Bylaw 13.1.5 (evaluations)]

NCAA Division I Staff/Division II Presidents Council Approve Blanket Waiver:  Men's Basketball Staff Member Attendance at the Next Generation Showcase – Approved October 2019

Four international NBA Academy teams from Africa, China, Global (Australia) and Latin America (Mexico) will attend the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship as part of Next Generation Sunday programming.  The weekend 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 Presidents Council approved a blanket waiver permitting Divisions I and II men's basketball coaches and basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase during the recruiting dead period on Sunday, April 5, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time at Buick Arena inside the Final Four Fan Fest.  The blanket waiver approval only permits attendance at Next Generation Showcase events occurring in the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest on April 5, 2020, and does not permit Divisions I or 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 Team.  Further, specifically in Division II, this blanket waiver will be applicable for the next five years (i.e., April 2020 through April 2024).

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 NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief and Division II Presidents Council noted:

  • The celebratory nature of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and Next Generation Sunday, including the Next Generation Showcase, will provide daily educational programming to its participants.
  • Approval of the blanket waiver allows the NCAA Divisions I and 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.

Finally, the staff noted that recruiting legislation permits NCAA Division III men's basketball coaches and basketball specific staff members to attend the Next Generation Showcase events.

See Case Nos. 1081921 (Division I) and 1082201 (Division II) in NCAA Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab for more information about the Next Generation Showcase event blanket waivers.  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), NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.17.1 (men's basketball), and NCAA Division III Bylaw 13.1.5 (evaluations)]

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 II Committee for Legislative Relief: NCAA Youth Development Camps Blanket Waiver - Approved December 5, 2018

The NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver permitting Division II men's basketball coaches employed at institutions, located in the surrounding area of an institution selected to host an NCAA youth development camp, to coach participants of the camps in July 2019. 

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

  1. The Commission on College Basketball recommended the NCAA establish youth development camps to disassociate its members from the objectionable aspects of nonscholastic basketball;
  2. The youth development camps will increase the scholastic influence and minimize the involvement of outside third parties in the recruiting process;
  3. The youth development camps will create new resources and programming for youth basketball participants;  
  4. The youth development camps will provide professional development opportunities for Divisions II men's basketball coaches; and
  5. Divisions II coaches may not engage in recruiting conversations with participants during the youth development camps.

See Case No. 1040549 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 II Bylaw 13.12.2.5.2 (other noninstitutional privately owned camps/clinics)]

NCAA Division I Staff and NCAA 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)]