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.
DII Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaws 188.8.131.52.2.1-(e) (sports other than football) and 17.21.7 (out-of-season athletically related activities). January 8, 2016. The NCAA Division II Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow Division II men's and women's swimming student-athletes who have achieved a 2016 United States (U.S.) Olympic Team Trials qualifying time to continue to receive coaching instruction from their collegiate coaches through the U.S. Olympic Trials, beginning June 26, 2016. For student-athletes who have not achieved an Olympic Trials qualifying time by March 13, 2016, (the day following the conclusion of the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships), the waiver permits Division II swimming coaches to continue providing coaching instruction from March 13, 2016, through events ending May 1, 2016. To qualify for this portion of the waiver, a student-athlete must achieve a time within one percent for events 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events 100 meters/yards or shorter of either the long-course meters or short-course yards time standards for the 2015 Senior National Championships. This portion also allows an institution to provide a qualifying student-athlete with expenses to participate in a meet until May 1, 2016. In order for student-athletes to continue to be coached by his or her collegiate coach beyond May 1 during the academic year, student-athletes must achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time no later than May 1.
In issuing this waiver, the committee noted the elite and unique nature of the U.S. Olympic Trials. See Case No. 856248 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.