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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.

Football Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver Approved May 4, 2017 (III)

For the 2017 football season, the Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to allow, after the acclimatization period, the following: (1) the use of footballs during walk-through sessions; and (2) team meetings and film review to occur at any time except for the three-hour recovery period between the walk-through session and on-field practice session, regardless which is first.  

In granting the waiver, the Division III Subcommittee for Legislative Relief considered the following:

  • The Interassociation Consensus Recommendations on Year-Round Football Practice Contact for College Student-Athletes (“Recommendations”) include, among other things, a recommendation to discontinue two-a-day practices, and provide one day off per week, resulting in potential lost practice opportunities;
  • Pursuant to the Recommendations, the Division III Management Council adopted noncontroversial legislation in April 2017 to eliminate multiple on-field traditional contact practices on the same day;
  • Permitting use of a football during walk-throughs after the five-day acclimatization period is not contrary to the Recommendations;
  • The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) supports the blanket waiver request; and
  • CSMAS and the Division III governance structure will assess necessary legislative changes for the 2018 season.

See Case No. 973509 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

This document provides a summary of the changes for the 2017 football season and includes questions and answers intended to address the numerous issues raised by the implementation of the Interassociation Consensus Recommendations and the subsequent waivers.  

[Reference:  NCAA Division III Bylaws 17.10.2.3 (preseason activities after five-day acclimatization period) and 17.10.2.3.1 (exception—walk-through sessions).]

Football Preseason Practice Blanket Waiver Approved April 26, 2017. (III)

Current legislation permits institutions to issue equipment and take team pictures on the day before the first permissible practice date and allows institutions to provide expenses starting with a meal and lodging on the evening before this day.   Athletically related activity, however is prohibited on these two days and may not be conducted until the first permissible practice date.

For the 2017 football season, Presidents Council waives the prohibition of athletically related activity on these two days.  This waiver does not permit institutions to provide expenses to football student-athletes earlier than is already permitted. If institutions choose to engage in an on field activity then that activity would have to comply with the acclimatization requirements (Bylaw 17.10.2.2)   In granting the waiver, the Division III Management Council considered the following:

  • The Interassociation Consensus Recommendations on Year-Round Football Practice Contact for College Student-Athletes include, among other things, recommendations to discontinue two-a-day practices, and provide one day off per week, resulting in potential lost practice opportunities;
  • Allowing institutions to conduct athletically related activity on the first day institutions are permitted to provide preseason expenses provides institutions the opportunity to engage in up to two additional practices to accommodate, in part, for lost practices due to implementing the recommendations;
  • Since legislation currently allows institutions to provide expenses on these two days, the waiver provides additional practice opportunities while minimizing the financial impact on Division III institutions; 
  • This waiver is permissive and institutions would not be required to engage in athletically related activity earlier than what is currently permissible; and
  • The Division III governance structure will assess potential legislative changes for consideration at the 2018 NCAA Convention.

See Case No. 973720 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

This document provides a summary of the changes for the 2017 football season and includes questions and answers intended to address the numerous issues raised by the implementation of the Interassociation Consensus Recommendations and the subsequent waivers.  

[Reference:  NCAA Division III Bylaws 17.1.2 (general regulations for computing playing seasons) and 17.10.2.1 (first practice date)]

Swimming Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches in Preparation for the  2017 World University, World Championships and/or World Junior Swimming Championships.  Approved April 13, 2017.

The NCAA Division III Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver in the sport of swimming to permit the following:

  • Women's and men’s swimming student-athletes who achieve a 2017 National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 18, 2017, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 27-July 1, 2017, Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials.
  • Women’s and men’s swimming student-athletes who make the World Championships team to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the conclusion of the 2017 World Championships, World University Games and/or World Junior Swimming Championships.

In granting this request, the Subcommittee for Legislative Relief noted the elite and unique circumstances surrounding student-athletes' potential participation in the 2017 World University, World Championships and/or World Junior Championships.

See Case No. 971441 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 III Bylaws 17.1.5 (out-of-season athletically related activities) and 17.21.6 (out-of-season athletically related activities)]