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Educational Column

Archived Educational Column
January 23, 2013
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Due to 6/27/14 educational column, Item No. 1 to consolidate men's and women's columns and maintain date with football column

Editor's Note: This column was updated May 17, 2013, to add an additional membership generated question not previously included. Previous publication date was kept to maintain date link with additional education columns associated with the men's basketball recruiting model.

This following questions and answers are intended to assist the membership in applying NCAA Division I legislation as it relates to summer athletic activities in men's basketball.

Question No. 1: Is there a limit on the number of student-athletes who may participate in skill-related instruction as part of the required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No.

Question No. 2: May an institution declare a new definition of its "week," or is it required to use the week it used during the academic year?

Answer: The institution may declare a new definition of its "week" for the summer.

Question No. 3: May the eight weeks of required summer athletic activities be determined on an individual basis?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 4: Is it permissible to conduct required summer athletic activities during the week before finals and the final exam period of the summer term(s)?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 5: May coaches be present during and/or conduct weight training and conditioning activities that are part of the eight hours per week of required summer athletic activities?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 6: If an institution has multiple summer sessions, do the eight weeks of required summer athletic activities have to be continuous?

Answer: No. The eight weeks do not have to be consecutive or continuous. However, unless a student-athlete meets the exception to the summer-school requirement, workouts are only permissible during the time period (term or terms) in which the student-athlete is enrolled, which includes only the time from the opening day of classes through the last day of final exams for each applicable term.

Question No. 7: Are there exceptions for the service academies for situations when their student-athletes are assigned to summer work at a location (e.g., military base) that is separate from the service academy? May the coaching staff conduct workouts with those student-athletes assigned to another area of the country?

Answer: If a student-athlete is enrolled in a summer-school session, or meeting an exception to the enrollment requirement, it is permissible for the coaching staff to conduct workouts at the assigned location.

Question No. 8: When may an institution begin to conduct summer athletic activities with its men's basketball student-athletes? When must summer athletic activities end?

Answer: Summer athletic activities may begin the day following the institution's spring commencement exercises. Summer athletic activities must end by the day before the first day of classes for the fall term. Note that unless a student-athlete meets the exception to the summer-school requirement, workouts are only permissible during the time period (term or terms) in which the student-athlete is enrolled, which includes only the time from the opening day of classes through the last day of final exams for each applicable term.

Question No. 9: Must incoming student-athletes (freshmen and transfers) sign the drug-testing consent form before participating in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No. Summer drug testing is part of the previous academic year testing.

Question No. 10: Must an incoming student-athlete be certified as eligible to practice in order to participate in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No.

Question No. 11: Are institutions required to provide student-athletes any days off during the eight weeks in which they are participating in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No. There is no requirement to provide a day (or days) off during the eight weeks of required activities. However, student-athletes are limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related instruction.

Question No. 12: May an institution conduct required summer athletic activities on a vacation day during the summer?

Answer: Yes. However, the activities must count toward the eight hours per week limitation and any skill instruction must also count toward the week's permissible two hours of skill instruction.

Question No. 13: May student-athletes participate in unlimited hours of countable activities with their coaches during an institutional vacation period (e.g., Memorial Day, Independence Day) while engaging in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No, a student-athlete engaging in required summer athletic activities is limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related instruction

Question No. 14: May an institution publicize its skill-related instruction sessions or conduct them in view of a general public audience?

Answer: No. The general prohibition on publicizing and conducting skill-related instruction in view of a general public audience applies to the skill-related instruction that is conducted as part of summer athletic activities.

Question No. 15: May an institution conduct a skill-related instruction session during an institutional camp or clinic with the campers as an audience?

Answer: No. The campers would constitute a general public audience.

Question No. 16: May a student-athlete who has been certified as a nonqualifier participate in required summer athletic activities during the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution?

Answer: Yes, provided he is enrolled in summer school and the activities are conducted during the time period (term or terms) in which the student-athlete is enrolled, which includes only the time from the opening day of classes through the last day of final exams for each applicable term.

Question No. 17: If a student-athlete was certified as a nonqualifier during the academic year, when may he begin to engage in required summer athletic activities after the year in residence?

Answer: Such a student-athlete may begin to participate in required summer athletic activities the day following the institution's spring commencement exercises, provided the student-athlete is enrolled in summer school or meets the exception to summer school enrollment.

Question No. 18: Does a student-athlete's temporary certification period begin when he starts participating in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No.

Question No. 19: May a student-athlete who is enrolled in consecutive summer school sessions during the same summer (e.g., the first and second summer school sessions) engage in required summer athletic activities during the time in between sessions?

Answer: Only student-athletes who met the exception to summer-school enrollment at the end of the preceding regular academic term (e.g., spring semester, spring quarter) may engage in required summer athletic activities between terms.

Question No. 20: How does the required summer athletic activities legislation apply to an institution that offers only one summer session, and the session lasts less than eight weeks?

Answer: Prospective student-athletes (freshmen or transfers) are only permitted to participate in required athletic activities during the time period (term) in which the student-athlete is enrolled, which includes only the time from the opening day of classes through the last day of final exams for the term. Continuing student-athletes would be subject to the same application as prospective student-athletes unless they meet the appropriate provisions of the exception to summer-school enrollment. A continuing student who meets the exception may continue to engage in any remaining portion of the eight weeks of required summer activities until the day before the first day of classes for the fall term.

Question No. 21: May coursework from an early summer school session (e.g., first four-week session) from that same summer be considered when determining whether a student-athlete is meeting the exception to the summer-school requirement for the remaining weeks of the required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No. In order to meet the exception to summer-school enrollment, the student-athlete must have successfully completed the applicable academic requirements by the end of the preceding regular academic term (e.g., spring semester, spring quarter).

Question No. 22: May remedial, tutorial or noncredit courses be used to satisfy the requirements of the exception to summer-school enrollment?

Answer: Yes, provided such courses meet the requirements of NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.4.4.

Question No. 23: Must a student-athlete who has just completed four semesters or six quarters have declared a degree program (and have completed 50 percent of the program) in order to meet the exception to summer-school enrollment?

Answer: No. Pursuant to Bylaw 14.4.3.1.7, a student-athlete must designate a degree program prior to participation in competition that occurs during or immediately before the third year of enrollment. Further, pursuant to Bylaw 14.4.3.1.7, during the first two years of enrollment, a student-athlete may use credits acceptable toward any of the institution's degree programs. Therefore, a student-athlete may fulfill the 50 percent requirement based on credits acceptable toward any of the institution's degree programs.

Question No. 24: May an institution provide room and board to returning student-athletes to participate in required summer athletic activities if the individuals are not enrolled in summer school?

Answer: No. It is not permissible to provide room and board to student-athletes who are not enrolled in summer school. Room and board may be provided, pursuant to Bylaw 15.2.8, to student-athletes who are enrolled in summer school.

Question No. 25: May an institution provide training table meals to student-athletes who are participating in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No.

Question No. 26: Is it permissible to provide entertainment to student-athletes who are participating in required summer athletic activities?

Answer: No. Bylaw 16.7.1 does not apply to summer athletic activities.

Question No. 27: Is it permissible for a student-athlete to engage, either concurrently or separately, in both required summer activities in basketball and permissible practices for a foreign tour?

Answer: Yes, provided the student-athlete is eligible to participate in both activities. However, if a student-athlete is only eligible for either the foreign tour or the required summer activities in basketball, he may only engage in the activity for which he is eligible.

[References: Bylaws 13.11.3.9 (required summer athletic activities -- men's basketball), 13.11.3.9.1 (exception -- national service academies -- incoming freshmen -- men's basketball), 14.02.13.1 (academic year of residence), 14.1.4.1 (content and purpose), 14.3.4 (residence requirement -- nonqualifier), 14.3.5.1.1 (temporary certification, recruited student-athlete), 14.3.5.1.2 (temporary certification, nonrecruited student-athlete), 14.4.3.1.7 (designation of degree), 14.4.3.4.4 (remedial, tutorial and noncredit courses), 15.2.8 (summer financial aid), 16.5.2 (permissible housing and meals), 16.7.1 (away from home contests and vacation periods), 17.1.6.2.1.1.4 (summer athletic activities -- men's basketball), 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1 (exception to summer school enrollment -- academic requirements -- men's basketball), 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1.1 (application to transfer student-athletes), 17.1.6.2.2 (skill instruction -- sports other than baseball and football) 17.1.6.3.3 (definition of week), 17.6.1.6.3.6 (vacation periods and between terms)), 17.28.1.4 (foreign tour - eligibility of student-athletes), 17.28.1.4.1.1 (incoming-student exception -- basketball), 17.28.1.4.1.1.1 (exception for practice prior to departure -- basketball)
and 17.28.1.5 (practice limitation)]

Notice about Educational Columns: Educational columns and hot topics are intended to assist the membership with the correct application of legislation and/or interpretations by providing clarifications, reminders and examples. They are based on legislation and official and staff interpretations applicable at the time of publication. Therefore, educational columns and hot topics are binding to the extent that the legislation and interpretations on which they are based remain applicable. Educational columns are posted on a regular basis to address a variety of issues and hot topics are posted as necessary in order to address timely issues.  


References
 
Legislative References
Div. Number Title
I 15.2.8 Summer Financial Aid.
I 17.1.7.3.3 Definition of Week.
I 17.1.7.3.6 Vacation Periods and Between Terms.
I 17.29.1.4 Eligibility of Student-Athletes.
I 17.29.1.5 Practice Limitation.
I 14.4.3.5.4 Remedial, Tutorial or Noncredit Courses.
I 17.1.7.2.2 Skill Instruction -- Sports Other Than Baseball and Football.
I 12.7.3.1 Content and Purpose.
I 14.02.11.1 Academic Year of Residence.
I 17.29.1.4.1.1 Exception -- Basketball.
I 17.29.1.4.1.1.1 Exception for Practice Prior to Departure -- Basketball.
I 14.3.4 Residence Requirement -- Academic Redshirts and Nonqualifiers.
I 13.11.3.9 Required Summer Athletic Activities -- National Service Academies -- Incoming Freshmen -- Basketball.
I 17.1.7.2.1.5 Summer Athletic Activities.
I 17.1.7.2.1.5.3 Exception to Summer School Enrollment -- Academic Requirements -- Basketball and Football.
I 17.1.7.2.1.5.3.1 Application to Transfer Student-Athletes -- Basketball.
I 16.5.2 Permissible. [A]
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