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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.

International Ice Hockey Pilot Blanket Waiver Approved January 17, 2018.

International ice hockey student-athletes will receive relief from the general amateurism and eligibility form for international and select student-athletes.

For the 2018-19 academic year, international ice hockey student-athletes will require the completion of a participation history through the NCAA Eligibility Center. Additionally, student-athletes that are part of the pilot may practice, but not compete pending receipt of the participation review.

In granting this request, the NCAA Division III Presidents Council noted:

  • Funding has been approved for a one-year pilot in which the NCAA Eligibility Center will review the participation history of all Division III international first-year ice hockey student-athletes;
  • The participation review conducted by the NCAA Eligibility Center replaces the general amateurism and eligibility form;
  • Institutions are still required to certify the eligibility of international ice hockey student-athletes participating in the pilot; and
  • The request was granted based on student-athlete well-being and institutional difficulty in certifying international student-athletes due to language barriers and unfamiliar educational systems.

See Case No. 999185 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Legislative Relief Waivers homepage.

[References: NCAA Division III Bylaws 14.1.5 (International Student-Athlete Form) and 14.1.5.1 (Eligibility Form)].