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Division III Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Blanket Waivers

The NCAA Division III Management Council 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 III), 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.

Varsity Coach Involvement with Institutional Club Teams Blanket Waiver Approved, April 1, 2016.

Varsity coaching staff members may coach student-athletes from the coaching staff member’s sport on an institutional club team in any sport, even if that participation occurs outside of the playing and practice season.

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

  • The blanket waiver is applicable through the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year;
  • The confusion regarding the application of the playing and practice season legislation to institutional club teams;
  • The staffing models at many Division III member institutions include varsity coaches serving as club sport coaches;
  • A blanket waiver will allow institutions time to make alternative arrangements in order to comply with the legislation beginning with the 2016 fall term without impacting current staffing models or participation opportunities for student-athletes; and
  • Student-athlete well-being.

See Case No. 893197 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

[References: NCAA Division III Bylaws 17.1.5 (out-of-season athletically related activities), 17.1.5.2.1 (involvement of coaching staff).]

NCAA Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 17.1.4.1 (required day off, all sports).  March 3, 2016.

NCAA Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow NCAA Division III institutions to apply the required day off legislation to individual track and field student-athletes, as opposed to applying the legislation to the team as a whole, through the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Convention.

In granting this waiver, the NCAA Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief noted:

  • Division III indoor and outdoor track and field teams have increased difficulty in accommodating the number of different disciplines within the sport and different training regimens; 
  • Division III institutions and conferences intend to sponsor legislation at the 2017 NCAA Convention to provide an exception to allow indoor and outdoor track and field teams to apply the required day off individually.

See Case No. 872381 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.

The NCAA Division III Management Council Approves Blanket Waiver of NCAA Bylaw 16.02.3 for Championships Pilot Program.  July 21, 2015. 

The NCAA Division III Management Council approved a pilot program for team sports during the 2015-16 academic year that would allow institutions to sell unused seats on NCAA charter flights to/from NCAA championships for a fixed cost of $350 per one-way ticket.  (Note:  Although institutions are permitted to determine who has the opportunity to purchase unused seats, institutions are not permitted to pay any travel costs that would not otherwise be permitted under existing NCAA Division III legislation).  The intent of this pilot program was to allow institutions discretion in determining who would be granted the opportunity to purchase these unused seats.  As such, Management Council granted this blanket waiver of the extra benefits legislation in order to ensure that institutions maintain appropriate discretion in selling the unused seats on championships charter flights.  This waiver remains effective only for the duration of the pilot program.  See Case No. 836868 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab.