Collegiate Sports: Convention Meetings Involve Legislative Action and Planning

January 7, 2010

At meetings held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention, 41 proposals from the 2009-10 legislative cycle were adopted by the Division I Legislative Council. The Board of Directors took no further action on those items, adopted one additional legislative amendment and received reports from various Division I governance bodies. The Legislative Council also agreed to forward an additional 37 proposals to the Division I membership for further comment.

Convention Override Votes

In separate votes at the Division I Business Session during the NCAA Convention, the membership defeated efforts to override two legislative actions taken during 2009. In the first vote, without substantive discussion, the membership allowed Proposal No. 2008-46, which specifies the dates for the start of practice and the first permissible game in baseball, to remain effective as originally adopted. The second vote concerned the addition of sand volleyball to the list of emerging sports for women (Proposal No. 2008-59). That addition was the subject of debate during the business session and, although there was a majority vote in favor of the override, the necessary five-eighths majority was not achieved. Accordingly, sand volleyball remains an emerging sport for women. In its meeting after the Convention vote, the Board used its emergency legislative authority to adopt an amendment to Proposal No. 2008-59 to delay the effective date by one year to August 1, 2011.

Governance Structure Diversity

The Leadership Council is developing methods to enhance the breadth of gender, ethnic and positional representation among the individuals serving on the various bodies of the Division I governance structure. The Board endorsed the concepts being discussed by the council. The council will present its final recommendations to the Board in April. Those recommendations will include legislation to implement the policies, and the Board may choose to use its emergency legislative authority to adopt them immediately in April.

It is anticipated that the recommendations will include a requirement that the Board be presented each April with a slate of nominees from the football bowl subdivision conferences for vacancies on the eight Division I councils and cabinets (three 31-person and five 21-person bodies). The slate would be expected to include sufficient diversity to apply the current gender (35 percent) and ethnic minority (20 percent) minimum representation expectations to each council and cabinet, rather than to several of the bodies combined as currently required. Further, a possible new minimum standard would require that each of the eight bodies include at least 20 percent individuals who are athletics directors and at least 20 percent persons who serve as faculty athletics representatives.

In regard to the football championship subdivision conferences and other Division I conferences, the Leadership Council intends to recommend that for those conferences collectively the same standards applicable to the football bowl subdivision (as set forth above) be applied to representation on each council or cabinet. To facilitate this, the council will recommend that the terms of those representing such conferences on councils and cabinets all expire during the same year in order to enable the conferences to work together in submitting nominations that would meet the diversity requirements. It is anticipated that such a change could begin with those council and cabinet terms that expire in April and June 2012.

Academic Performance Program

The Committee on Academic Performance reported to the Board concerning the committee's agenda for 2010. It was indicated that the committee will evaluate the results of a study of the academic support services provided by Division I institutions to their student-athletes. Reviews of the current Division I initial-eligibility requirements and of the regulations concerning transfer students from two-year institutions are also parts of the committee's upcoming plans. In addition, the committee intends to conduct a comprehensive examination of the Academic Performance Program to determine whether the original goals of the program are being achieved.

Legislative Actions

Adopted by Board

The Board at its January 16, 2010, meeting adopted one proposal using its "emergency" legislative authority and accepted the Legislative Council's adoption of 41 other proposals, as follows:

Amateurism

No. 2009-22 (as amended) -- Amateurism and Eligibility -- Involvement With Professional Teams -- Exception -- Prior to Initial Full-Time Collegiate Enrollment -- Delayed Enrollment -- Seasons of Competition -- Sports Other Than Men's Ice Hockey and Skiing

Specifies in sports other than men's ice hockey and skiing, that prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment an individual may enter into an agreement to compete on a professional team and compete on a professional team, provided the agreement does not guarantee or promise payment (at any time) in excess of actual and necessary expenses to participate on the team; further, specifies in sports other than men's ice hockey, skiing, tennis, swimming and diving, and women's volleyball, that a student-athlete who does not initially enroll full-time in a collegiate institution within one year (six months for tennis) or the next opportunity to enroll following the high school graduation date of the prospective student-athlete's class and participates in organized events after the specified time period shall be charged with a season of intercollegiate competition for each year of participation and shall fulfill an academic year in residence (one year for each year of competition in tennis) on matriculation at the certifying institution before being eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.

Effective Date: For all provisions other than section E, as it relates to tennis: August 1, 2010, applicable to student-athletes who initially enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2010. For section E as it applies to tennis: August 1, 2011, applicable to student-athletes who initially enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2011.

No. 2009-23 -- Amateurism and Awards, Benefits and Expenses -- Exceptions to Amateurism Rule -- Benefits, Gifts and Services -- Insurance Against Disabling Injury or Illness

Specifies that an institution's president or chancellor may designate an institutional staff member (or staff members) to assist a student-athlete with arrangements for securing a loan against future earnings potential for the purpose of purchasing insurance against a disabling injury or illness and to assist with arrangements for securing such insurance.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-24 -- Amateurism -- Involvement With Professional Teams -- Tryouts -- Men's Ice Hockey

Specifies in men's ice hockey that a prospective or enrolled student-athlete may accept actual and necessary expenses from the National Hockey League (NHL) to attend the NHL scouting combine, regardless of the duration of the combine.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

Athletics Certification

No. 2009-86 -- Athletics Certification -- Mandatory Self-Study and External Peer Review -- Academic Integrity -- Academic Standards -- Retention

Eliminates the requirement that the retention rate of student-athletes, as a whole, be compared to other comparable student-body groups and provides that the retention rate of any student-athlete subgroup will be compared to the rate for all student-athletes.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

Awards, Benefits and Expenses

No. 2009-72 -- Awards, Benefits and Expenses -- Expenses for Student-Athlete's Relatives -- Reasonable Refreshments

Specifies that an institution may provide the family (e.g., parents or legal guardians, relatives) of a student-athlete with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drink, snacks) in conjunction with educational meetings or celebratory events (e.g., senior night) and on an occasional basis for other reasons.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

Eligibility

No. 2009-60 -- Eligibility -- Academic Waivers -- Authority of Initial-Eligibility Waivers Committee and Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee

Specifies that the NCAA Division I Initial-Eligibility Waivers Committee shall be the final appellate body for initial-eligibility waiver requests and that the NCAA Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee shall be the final appellate body for progress-toward-degree waiver requests.

Effective Date: May 1, 2010

No. 2009-63 -- Eligibility -- Seasons of Competition -- Criteria for Determining Season of Competition -- Alumni Game, Fundraising Activity or Celebrity Sports Activity

Specifies that a student-athlete may engage in outside competition in either one alumni game, one fundraising activity or one celebrity sports activity during a season without counting such competition as a season of competition, provided the event is exempted from the institution's maximum number of contests or dates of competition as permitted in the particular sport per NCAA Bylaw 17.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-64 -- Eligibility -- Freshman Academic Requirements -- Core-Curriculum Requirements -- Nontraditional Courses

Specifies that for purposes of using a nontraditional course to satisfy NCAA core-course requirements, the course must be one in which the instructor and the student have ongoing access to and regular interaction with one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course; the student's work (e.g., exams, papers, assignments) is available for review and validation; and a defined time period for completion of the course is included.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010, for student-athletes initially enrolling full time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2010

No. 2009-66 -- Eligibility -- Transfer Regulations -- Four-Year College Transfers -- Competition or Receipt of Athletically Related Financial Aid in Year of Transfer -- Tennis

Specifies in tennis that a transfer student from a four-year institution who enrolls at the certifying institution as a full-time student after the conclusion of the first term of the academic year and qualifies for an exception to the one-year residence requirement shall not be eligible for competition until the following academic year if he or she has competed during the same academic year or received athletically related financial aid during the same academic year from the previous four-year institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-96 -- Eligibility -- Two-Year College Transfers -- Physical Education Activity Courses -- Men's Basketball

Specifies in men's basketball that not more than two credit hours of physical education activity courses may be used to fulfill the two-year college transfer requirements; further, specifies that a student-athlete enrolling in a physical education degree program or a degree program in education that requires physical education activity courses may use up to the minimum number of credits of physical education activity courses that are required for the specific degree program to fulfill the two-year college transfer requirements.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010; applicable to two-year college transfer student-athletes who enroll full-time as transfer students at a Division I institution on or after August 1, 2010.

Ethical Conduct

No. 2009-9 -- Ethical Conduct -- Unethical Conduct -- Knowingly Influencing Others to Furnish False or Misleading Information

Specifies that knowingly influencing others to furnish the NCAA or an individual's institution with false or misleading information concerning an individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation constitutes unethical conduct.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

Financial Aid

No. 2009-68 -- Financial Aid -- Midyear Replacement -- Graduation During Previous Year -- Women's Volleyball

Specifies in women's volleyball that the financial aid of a counter who graduates at midyear or who graduates during the previous academic year (including summer) and competes in the following fall may be provided to another student-athlete for the remainder of the academic year without making the second student-athlete a counter for that academic year.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-69 -- Financial Aid -- Maximum Institutional Grant-in-Aid Limitations by Sport -- Equivalency Computations -- Exceptions -- Academic Honor Awards -- Transfer Students

Specifies that institutional academic honor awards that are part of an institution's normal arrangements for academic scholarships, either based solely on the recipient's cumulative academic record from all collegiate institutions previously attended or based on the recipient's high school record and cumulative academic record from all collegiate institutions previously attended, awarded independently of athletics interests and in amounts consistent with the pattern of all such awards made by the institution, may be exempted from a team's equivalency computation, provided the recipient achieved a cumulative transferable grade-point average of at least 3.300 (based on a maximum of 4.000).

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Membership

No. 2008-59 (as amended) -- Division Membership -- Definitions and Applications -- Emerging Sports for Women -- Sand Volleyball

Delays the effective date of the addition of sand volleyball as an emerging sport for women to August 1, 2011.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010) [Adopted by the Board as emergency legislation]

Personnel

No. 2009-11 -- Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Graduate-Assistant Coach -- Bowl Subdivision Football and Women's Rowing -- Less Than 50 Percent of Full-Time Enrollment During Final Term

Specifies in bowl subdivision football and women's rowing that a graduate-assistant coach may be enrolled in less than 50 percent of the institution's minimum regular graduate program of studies during his or her final semester or quarter of the degree program, provided he or she is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-14-B -- Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Manager

Establishes a definition of a manager and establishes criteria such an individual must meet.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-15 -- Personnel -- Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches -- Noncoaching Activities -- Noncoaching Athletics Staff Member With Sport-Specific Responsibilities

Permits noncoaching staff members with sport-specific responsibilities to participate in organized activities involving only the coaching staff or administrative duties (e.g., attend meetings involving coaching activities, analyze video of the institution's or an opponent's team, track statistics during practice or competition).

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-16-B (FBS and FCS only) -- Personnel -- Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches -- Contact and Evaluation of Prospective Student-Athletes -- Fall Evaluation Period -- Exception -- Football -- One Seven-Day Period

Permits in football 10 coaches to evaluate prospective student-athletes at any one time during one week (any seven consecutive days) of the fall evaluation period in which no regular season competition is scheduled; further, specifies that, prior to its first regular season contest, the institution shall declare, in writing, the week in which it will use this exception.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-18 -- Personnel and Recruiting -- Recruiting Coordination Functions -- Exception -- Noncoaching Staff Members and Noncountable Coaches -- Telephone Calls in Conjunction With Official Visit

Permits a noncoaching staff member or a noncountable coach to initiate telephone calls to and receive telephone calls from a prospective student-athlete or those individuals accompanying the prospective student-athlete during the prospective student-athlete's official visit transportation and during his or her official visit; further, specifies that athletics department staff members may make unlimited telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete or those individuals accompanying the prospective student-athlete during the prospective student-athlete's official visit transportation and during his or her official visit.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-20 -- Personnel -- Limitations on the Number of Off-Campus Recruiters -- On-Campus Events -- Women's Basketball

Specifies in women's basketball that a coaching staff member who attends an athletics event on the institution's campus that involves women's basketball prospective student-athletes is considered an off-campus recruiter while attending that event.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-99 -- Personnel and Recruiting -- Employment of High School, Preparatory School or Two-Year College Coaches or Other Individuals Associated With Prospective Student-Athletes -- Noncoaching Staff Member -- Men's Basketball

Specifies in men's basketball that during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete's anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete's actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010); a contract signed before October 29, 2009, may be honored.

Playing and Practice Seasons

No. 2009-76 -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Time Limits for Athletically Related Activities -- Additional Restrictions -- Countable Athletically Related Activities Between Midnight and 5 a.m.

Specifies that countable athletically related activities shall not occur between midnight and 5 a.m., except for during participation in: a conference championship or an NCAA championship; any competition that begins prior to midnight and concludes after midnight; or a promotional practice activity (e.g., first practice of the season).

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-81 (FBS and FCS only) -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Football -- Out-of-Season Athletically Related Activities -- Summer Conditioning Period

Permits in football an institution to designate nine consecutive weeks between the conclusion of the academic year and the institution's reporting date for preseason practice as its summer conditioning period.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-82 -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Limit on Number of Student-Athletes on an Outside Team -- Vacation Period Exception and Outside Team Tours -- Women's Rowing

Specifies in women's rowing that the number of student-athletes from any one institution who may compete outside of the institution's declared playing and practice season as members of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official academic year vacation period published in the institution's catalog and who may participate in international competition as members of an outside team on a foreign tour shall not exceed four.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-85 -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Softball -- Preseason Practice and First Contest Date -- Nonchampionship Segment

Specifies in softball that an institution that has not begun classes by September 15 may commence preseason practice sessions on or after that date and may play its first contest (game or scrimmage) against outside competition on or after that date.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Recruiting

No. 2009-26 -- Recruiting -- Definitions and Applications -- Dead Period -- Exception -- Unofficial Visit After National Letter of Intent Signing or Other Written Commitment

Specifies that a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) is permitted to make an unofficial visit during a dead period to the institution with which he or she has signed the NLI; further, specifies that for an institution not using the NLI in a particular sport, or for a prospective student-athlete who is not eligible to sign the NLI (e.g., four-year college transfer), a prospective student-athlete is permitted to make an unofficial visit during a dead period, provided he or she has signed the institution's written offer of admission or financial aid, or the institution has received a financial deposit from the prospective student-athlete in response to an offer of admission.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-27 (FBS and FCS only) -- Recruiting -- Definitions and Applications -- Evaluation Days -- Spring Evaluation Period -- 168 Days -- Football

Specifies in football that the spring evaluation period shall consist of 168 (216 for U.S. service academies) evaluation days (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) from April 15 through May 31, selected at the discretion of the institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-30-A -- Recruiting -- Permissible Recruiters -- Noncoaching Staff Members With Sport-Specific Responsibilities -- Basketball

Specifies in basketball that a noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities shall not attend an off-campus athletics event involving prospective student-athletes (e.g., high school contest, sports camp) unless the staff member is an immediate family member or legal guardian of one of the participants in the activity; further, establishes the conditions by which such a staff member (who is an immediate family member or legal guardian of a participant) may attend such an event.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-31 (FBS only) -- Recruiting -- Contacts and Evaluations -- Head Coach Restrictions -- Assistant Coach Publicly Designated as Next Head Coach -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Specifies in bowl subdivision football that an institution's assistant coach who has been publicly designated by the institution to become the next head coach shall be subject to the recruiting restrictions applicable to the institution's head coach.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-33 -- Recruiting -- Telephone Calls -- Exception -- Unlimited After Receipt of Financial Deposit

Specifies that on or after May 1 of a prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school, there shall be no limit on the number of telephone calls by an institution to the prospective student-athlete, provided the institution has received a financial deposit in response to the institution's offer of admission.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-37 -- Recruiting -- Evaluations -- Summer Evaluation Period -- Noninstitutional Nonorganized Events -- Women's Basketball

Prohibits in women's basketball evaluations at noninstitutional nonorganized events (e.g., pick-up games, open gyms) during the summer evaluation period.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-38 (FCS only) -- Recruiting -- Evaluations -- Scholastic and Nonscholastic Activities -- Championship Subdivision Football

Specifies in championship subdivision football that live athletics evaluations may be conducted at scholastic or nonscholastic athletics activities, provided there is no institutional involvement in arranging or directing such activities.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-43 -- Recruiting -- Recruiting Materials -- Electronic Transmissions -- Exception -- After Receipt of Financial Deposit

Specifies that on or after May 1 of a prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school, there shall be no limit on the forms of electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent by an institution to the prospective student-athlete provided the institution has received a financial deposit in response to the institution's offer of admission.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-44 -- Recruiting -- Recruiting Materials -- Video/Audio Materials and Computer Generated Recruiting Presentations

Specifies that an institution may produce video or audio material to show to, play for or provide to a prospective student-athlete, provided such material includes only general information related to an institution or its athletics programs and is not created for recruiting purposes; further, specifies that a computer generated recruiting presentation may include general informational video/audio material that relates to an institution or its athletics programs and is not created for recruiting purposes.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-48 (FBS only) -- Recruiting and Financial Aid -- Letter-of-Intent Programs, Financial Aid Agreements -- Letter-of-Intent Restriction -- Limitation on Number of Signings -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Specifies in bowl subdivision football that there shall be an annual limit of 28 on the number of prospective student-athlete who may sign a National Letter of Intent or an institutional offer of financial aid from the initial signing date of the regular signing period of the National Letter of Intent through May 31.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-49 (FBS only) -- Recruiting -- Tryouts -- Competition Against Prospective Student-Athletes -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Prohibits in bowl subdivision football an institution's varsity and subvarsity intercollegiate teams from competing against any team that includes prospective student-athletes.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-51-B -- Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Institution's Sports Camps and Clinics -- Location Restriction -- Sports Other Than Football

Specifies in sports other than football (which already has in place limitations on camp/clinic locations) that an institution's camp or clinic shall be conducted on the institution's campus or within a 100-mile radius of the institution's campus.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 1, 2010); a contract signed before September 17, 2008, for men's basketball camps may be honored; a contract signed before September 16, 2009, for women's basketball camps may be honored; a contract signed before October 20, 2009, for all other sports may be honored

No. 2009-52 (FCS only) -- Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Conducted During June, July and August -- Employment in Noninstitutional, Privately Owned Camps and Clinics at Any Location -- Championship Subdivision Football

Specifies in championship subdivision football that an institution's camp or clinic may be conducted only during the months of June, July and August or any calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that includes days of those months (e.g., May 28-June 3); further, specifies that an institution's coach or noncoaching staff member with responsibilities specific to football may be employed in any capacity in a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic at any location and only during the months of June, July and August or any calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) that includes days of those months (e.g., May 28-June 3).

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-54-A (FBS only) -- Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Employment in Noninstitutional, Privately Owned Camps or Clinics at Any Location -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Specifies in bowl subdivision football that an institution's coach or noncoaching staff member with responsibilities specific to football may be employed (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) in a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic at any location during the two periods of 15 consecutive days in the months of June and July as declared by the institution.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-55 -- Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Employment During Quiet Periods -- Women's Volleyball

Specifies in women's volleyball that it is not permissible for a coach or a noncoaching staff member with responsibilities specific to volleyball to be employed (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) at an institutional camp or clinic or a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic that is conducted off the institution's campus during a quiet period.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-56 -- Recruiting -- Use of Recruiting Funds -- Recruiting or Scouting Services -- Criteria for Subscription

Establishes additional substantive criteria that must be satisfied in order for an institution to subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

No. 2009-57 (FBS and FCS only) -- Administrative Regulations -- Recruiting Calendars -- Football -- Quiet Period in January

Revises in football the recruiting calendar to expand the contact period in January, as specified.

Effective Date: Immediately (January 16, 2010)

Forwarded to Membership for Review and Comment

The following 37 items of legislation have been forwarded to the membership for review and comment in advance of final action on the proposals at the April 2010 meetings of the Legislative Council and the Board:

Administrative Regulations

No. 2009-88 -- Administrative Regulations -- Foreign Tours and Competition -- Eligibility of Student-Athletes -- Incoming Student Participation -- Basketball

Would permit in basketball an incoming student-athlete (freshman or transfer) to represent the institution on a foreign tour that occurs during the summer prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution and participate in practice prior to departure for the foreign tour, provided: (a) he or she has earned at least three hours of acceptable degree credit during the summer term at the certifying institution; and (b) he or she is eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition during the academic year immediately following the tour; further; would specify that a basketball student-athlete shall not participate in more than one foreign tour for a particular institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-94 (as amended) -- Administrative Regulations -- Basketball Event Certification -- Women's Basketball Geographic Requirement

Would specify in women's basketball that in order for a basketball event to be certified, participants on a nonscholastic team in the event must be legal residents of the state in which the team is located or a geographically adjoining state and not more than a total of three prospective student-athletes from adjoining states may participate on any one nonscholastic team.

Effective Date: September 1, 2010

No. 2009-103 (FBS only) -- Administrative Regulations -- Postseason Bowl Licensing -- Contest Status -- Deserving Team

Would specify in bowl subdivision football that for the purpose of postseason bowl eligibility, a "deserving team" shall be eligible to participate in an NCAA licensed bowl and is defined as one that has won a number of games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents that is equal to or greater than the number of its overall losses.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Awards/Benefits/Expenses

No. 2009-74 -- Awards, Benefits and Expenses -- Benefits, Gifts and Services -- Occasional Meals -- Location of Meal Provided by Representative of Athletics Interests

Would permit a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide an occasional meal to a student-athlete or the entire team in a sport on campus or in a facility that is regularly used for home competition.

Effective Date: Immediate

Eligibility

No. 2009-61 -- Eligibility -- Full-Time Enrollment -- Requirement for Practice -- Waiver -- U.S. Olympic Committee/National Governing Body -- Former Student-Athlete at Another Institution -- Individual Sports and Women's Rowing

Would permit in individual sports and women's rowing, in a case in which the U.S. Olympic Committee or national governing body in the sport has recommended the individual's participation, a former student-athlete who has graduated and has no eligibility remaining to participate in organized practice sessions at an institution other than the one he or she previously attended.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-62 -- Eligibility -- Full-Time Enrollment -- Requirement for Practice -- Waiver -- U.S. Olympic Committee/National Governing Body -- Former Student-Athlete -- Duration of Waiver -- Individual Sports and Women's Rowing

Would specify in individual sports and women's rowing, in a case in which the U.S. Olympic Committee or national governing body in the sport has recommended the individual's participation, that a former student-athlete's participation in organized practice sessions shall be limited to the number of years that allows the individual to practice with the institution's team in preparation for two consecutive Olympic Games following exhaustion of eligibility or completion of degree, whichever is earlier.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Financial Aid

No. 2009-70 -- Financial Aid -- Maximum Institutional Grant-in-Aid Limitations by Sport -- Women's Sand Volleyball

Would establish in sand volleyball the maximum financial aid equivalency and counter limitations, as specified.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-97 -- Financial Aid -- Counters -- Aid After Departure of Head Coach -- Noncounter -- Men's Basketball

Would specify in men's basketball that a student-athlete who receives athletically related institutional financial aid in academic years following the departure of a head coach from the institution is not a counter during the years after the coach's departure, provided: (a) the student-athlete participated in basketball and received athletically related institutional financial aid during the coach's tenure at the institution; and (b) the student-athlete does not participate in basketball during the later academic years at the institution; further, would specify that if the student-athlete later participates in basketball at the institution, the student-athlete shall become a counter for all years during which athletically related institutional aid was received.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Personnel

No. 2009-10 (FBS only) -- Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Graduate-Assistant Coach -- Employment Within Seven Years of Graduation or Exhausting Eligibility -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Would specify in bowl subdivision football that a graduate-assistant coach is any coach who has received a baccalaureate degree and has either received his or her first baccalaureate degree or has exhausted athletics eligibility (whichever occurs later) within the previous seven years and qualifies for appointment as a graduate assistant under the policies of the institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010; for new appointments of graduate-assistant coaches on or after August 1, 2010

No. 2009-12-A -- Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Undergraduate Student-Assistant Coach

Would permit a student-athlete to serve as an undergraduate student-assistant coach at the institution at which the student-athlete most recently participated in intercollegiate athletics, provided the student-athlete is currently enrolled at the institution as a full-time undergraduate student who has exhausted his or her eligibility in the sport or has become injured to the point that he or she is unable to practice or compete ever again; further, would specify that the limit of undergraduate student-assistant coaches in each sport shall be the same as the limit of countable coaches permitted in the sport.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-14-A -- Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Manager -- Forfeiture of Eligibility -- Baseball

Would specify in baseball that an individual who serves as a manager shall forfeit any remaining eligibility in the sport at the institution at which the individual serves as a manager.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-19-A -- Personnel -- Limitations on Number of Coaches and Off-Campus Recruiters -- Women's Sand Volleyball and Women's Volleyball

Would specify that an institution that sponsors women's sand volleyball but not women's volleyball shall have a limit of two coaches who may be employed and a limit of two coaches who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off-campus at any one time; further, would specify that an institution that sponsors women's sand volleyball and women's volleyball shall have a limit of four coaches who may be employed and a limit of two coaches who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off-campus at any one time.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-19-B -- Personnel -- Limitations on Number of Coaches and Off-Campus Recruiters -- Women's Sand Volleyball

Would specify in women's sand volleyball that the limit on the number of coaches who may be employed is two and the limit on the number of coaches who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus at any one time is two.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

Playing and Practice Seasons

No. 2009-75-B -- Playing and Practice Seasons and Recruiting -- Mandatory Medical Examination -- Sickle Cell Solubility Test -- Documented Results of Prior Test

Would specify that the required medical examination or evaluation that student-athletes who are beginning their initial season of eligibility and students who are trying out for a team must undergo prior to participation in voluntary summer conditioning or voluntary individual workouts pursuant to the safety exception, practice, competition or out-of-season conditioning activities shall include a sickle cell solubility test (SST), unless documented results of a prior test are provided to the institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-77 -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Women's Basketball -- Preseason Practice -- On-Court Practice -- 30 Days of Countable Activities Within 40 Days Prior to First Contest

Would specify in women's basketball that an institution shall not commence on-court preseason basketball practice sessions prior to 5 p.m. on the date that is 40 days prior to the date of the institution's first regular-season contest; further, would specify that an institution shall not engage in more than 30 days of countable athletically related activities prior to its first regular-season contest.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-78 (as amended) -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Women's Basketball -- Number of Contests -- Maximum Limitations

Would specify in women's basketball that an institution shall limit its total regular-season playing schedule with outside competition to 26 contests and one qualifying regular-season multiple team event or 28 contests during a playing season in which the institution does not participate in a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event.

Effective Date: August 1, 2011

No. 2009-79-A -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Nonchampionship Segment -- Travel Restrictions -- Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Women's Volleyball

Would specify in the sports of cross country (for institutions that do not sponsor indoor or outdoor track and field), field hockey, soccer, softball and women's volleyball that team travel to competition in the nonchampionship segment shall be restricted to ground transportation.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-79-B -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Nonchampionship Segment -- Travel Restrictions -- Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Women's Volleyball -- Exception -- 400-Mile Radius

Would specify in the sports of cross country (for institutions that do not sponsor indoor or outdoor track and field), field hockey, soccer, softball and women's volleyball, that team travel to competition in the nonchampionship segment shall be restricted to ground transportation, unless there are no other Division I institutions located within 400 miles of the institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-79-C -- Playing and Practice Seasons -- Nonchampionship Segment -- Travel Restrictions -- Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Women's Volleyball -- Hawaii Exception

Would specify in the sports of cross country (for institutions that do not sponsor indoor or outdoor track and field), field hockey, soccer, softball and women's volleyball, that an institution located in Hawaii may travel by air for nonchampionship segment competition; further, would specify that an institution located outside Hawaii may travel by air for nonchampionship segment competition in Hawaii against a Division I institution located in Hawaii.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-83 -- Playing and Practice Seasons and Division Membership -- Regulations for Playing Season and Minimum Contest Requirements for Sports Sponsorship -- Women's Sand Volleyball

Would establish in women's sand volleyball the playing and practice season and the minimum number of contests necessary for sports sponsorship purposes, as specified.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-98 (as amended) -- Playing and Practice Season -- Preseason Practice Model -- Missed Class Time Policies -- Men's Basketball

Would in men's basketball require institutional approval of the participation schedule (including anticipated amount of missed class time), reduce the permissible amount of time a team may remain at the site of a game following the conclusion of the competition, and establish a modified preseason practice model, as specified.

Effective Date: For all provisions other than section C as it relates to the maximum number of contests: August 1, 2010. For section C as it relates to the maximum number of contests: August 1, 2011. (Contracts signed before August 6, 2009, that cause noncompliance with the maximum-contests limitation may be honored.)

Recruiting

No. 2009-29 -- Recruiting and Eligibility -- Four-Year Prospective Student-Athletes -- Permission to Contact and Transfer Release -- Response to Request and Hearing Opportunity

Would specify that if an institution receives a written request from a student-athlete to permit another institution to contact the student-athlete about transferring or a request for a release in conjunction with the application of the one-time transfer exception, the institution shall grant or deny a request within seven business days of receipt of the request; further, would specify that if the request is denied, the institution shall conduct a hearing and provide written results within 15 business days of receipt of the student-athlete's written request and that the student-athlete shall be provided the opportunity to appear in-person or via telephone and actively participate in the hearing; and would also specify that if the institution fails to respond to the student-athlete's written request or fails to conduct the hearing or provide written results within the specified time period, permission to contact or the transfer release shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide the written permission or release to the student-athlete.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-30-B -- Recruiting -- Permissible Recruiters -- Noncoaching Staff Members With Sport Specific Responsibilities

Would specify that a noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities shall not attend an off-campus athletics event involving prospective student-athletes (e.g., high school contest, sports camp) unless the staff member is an immediate family member or legal guardian of one of the participants in the activity; further, would establish conditions by which a staff member who is an immediate family member or legal guardian of a participant may attend such an event.

Effective Date: Immediate

No. 2009-32-B -- Recruiting -- Telephone Calls -- Time Period for Telephone Calls -- Exception -- Unlimited During Contact Period -- Sports With Defined Recruiting Calendars Other Than Football

Would specify in sports with defined recruiting calendars (currently, baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country/track and field, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and women's volleyball) other than football (which already has a similar regulation) that during a contact period telephone calls may be made at the institution's discretion.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-35 (FBS only) -- Recruiting -- Contacts and Evaluations -- Visit to Prospective Student-Athlete's Educational Institution -- Visits During Evaluation Period -- Bowl Subdivision Football

Would specify in bowl subdivision football that not more than two coaches per institution may visit a prospective student-athlete's educational institution on any one calendar day during an evaluation period.

Effective Date: Immediate

No. 2009-39 -- Recruiting -- Limitations on Number of Evaluations -- Evaluation Days -- Women's Sand Volleyball

Would specify that an institution that sponsors only women's sand volleyball or sponsors both women's volleyball and women's sand volleyball is limited to 100 evaluation days (measured August 1 through July 31); further, would specify that if an institution sponsors both women's volleyball and women's sand volleyball, a coach's involvement outside a volleyball contact or evaluation period with a local sports club (volleyball or sand volleyball) per Bylaw 13.11.2.3 shall count toward the limit.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-40 -- Recruiting -- Printed Recruiting Materials -- General Correspondence -- Institutional Letterhead

Would establish additional provisions governing general correspondence that an institution may send to prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians, their coaches or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-41 -- Recruiting -- Recruiting Materials -- Athletics Publications -- No Printed Media Guides or Recruiting Brochures

Would specify that an institution shall not produce (or arrange for or authorize a third party to produce) a media guide, recruiting brochure or any similar athletics publication printed in a hard copy format other than a game program; further, would specify that an institution may post a media guide or recruiting brochure on its web site, but may not print such items and provide them to a prospective student-athlete (or his or her parents or legal guardians).

Effective Date: Immediate

No. 2009-42 -- Recruiting -- Recruiting Materials -- Athletics Publications -- No Printed Publications to Prospective Student-Athletes

Would specify that an institution shall not provide a printed media guide or any other printed athletics publication not listed in Bylaw 13.4.1.1 to a prospective student-athlete, his or her parents or legal guardians, the prospective student-athlete's educational institution or any individual involved in the coaching of a prospective student-athlete.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-47-A (FCS only) -- Recruiting -- Letter of Intent Programs, Financial Aid Agreements -- Written Offer of Aid Before Signing Date -- Championship Subdivision Football

Would specify in championship subdivision football that prior to August 1 of a prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school, an institution shall not provide a written offer of athletically related financial aid or indicate in writing to the prospective student-athlete that an athletically related grant-in-aid will be offered by the institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-47-B -- Recruiting -- Letter of Intent Programs, Financial Aid Agreements -- Written Offer of Aid Before Signing Date

Would specify that prior to August 1 of a prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school, an institution shall not provide a written offer of athletically related financial aid or indicate in writing to the prospective student-athlete that an athletically related grant-in-aid will be offered by the institution.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-49 (FCS only) -- Recruiting -- Tryouts -- Competition Against Prospective Student-Athletes -- Championship Subdivison Football

Would prohibit in championship subdivision football an institution's varsity and subvarsity intercollegiate teams from competing against any team that includes prospective student-athletes.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-50 -- Recruiting and Administrative Regulations -- Local Sports Clubs -- Additional Restrictions -- Quiet Periods -- Women's Soccer

Would specify in women's soccer that during a dead or quiet period, an institutional coaching staff member may not coach a local sports club team at an off-campus competition where prospective student-athletes are present; further, would establish quiet periods in women's soccer.

Effective Date: Immediate

No. 2009-58 -- Administrative Regulations -- Recruiting Calendars -- Men's Soccer

Would establish in men's soccer a recruiting calendar.

Effective Date: August 1, 2010

No. 2009-100 -- Recruiting -- Tryouts -- Nonscholastic Practice, Contest or Event -- Men's Basketball

Would specify in men's basketball that an institution shall not host, sponsor or conduct a nonscholastic basketball practice, contest or event in which men's basketball prospective student-athletes participate on its campus or at an off-campus facility regularly used by the institution for practice and/or competition by any of the institution's sport programs.

Effective Date: Immediate (A contract for such an event signed before October 29, 2009, may be honored.)

No. 2009-101 -- Recruiting -- Sports Camps and Clinics -- Recruiting During Institution's Camps and Clinics -- Exception -- Men's Basketball

Would specify in men's basketball that it is permissible for an institution's men's basketball coaches to recruit prospective student-athletes during the institution's basketball camps and clinics.

Effective Date: Immediate

No. 2009-102 (as amended) -- Recruiting -- Sports Camps and Clinics -- Employment at Institution's Camps and Clinics -- Enrolled Students and Institutional Staff Members Only -- Men's Basketball

Would specify in men's basketball that an institution shall only employ (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) enrolled students and/or institutional staff members in any capacity at its camps and clinics.

Effective Date: September 1, 2010

Proposals Not Approved

Defeated

The following 13 proposals were defeated by the Legislative Council during its January 2010 meeting:

 

Proposal No. Title
2009-12-B Personnel -- Definitions and Applications -- Student-Assistant Coach -- Elimination of Five-Year Eligibility Period
2009-13 Personnel and Recruiting -- Recruiting Coordination Functions -- Permissible Callers -- Exception -- Volunteer Coach -- Track and Field
2009-17 Personnel -- Certification to Recruit Off Campus -- Certification Administration -- Faculty Athletics Representative or Designee
2009-28-A Recruiting -- Contacts and Evaluations -- Telephone Calls -- Official and Unofficial Visits -- Offers of Financial Aid -- Tryouts -- Women's Soccer
2009-28-B Recruiting -- Contacts and Evaluations -- Telephone Calls -- Official and Unofficial Visits -- Offers of Financial Aid
2009-32-A Recruiting Telephone Calls -- Time Period For Telephone Calls -- Exception -- Unlimited During Contact Period -- Sports Other Than Football
2009-34 Recruiting -- Telephone Calls -- Exception -- Day of Unofficial Visit
2009-35 (FCS only) Recruiting -- Contacts and Evaluations -- to Prospective Student-Athlete's Educational Institution -- Visits During Evaluation Period -- Championship Subdivision Football
2009-45 (FBS and FCS only)� Recruiting -- Official Visit -- First Opportunity to Visit -- June Immediately Prior to Senior Year -- Football
2009-47-A (FBS only)

Recruiting -- Letter of Intent Programs, Financial Aid Agreements -- Written Offer of Aid Before Signing Date -- Bowl Subdivision Football

2009-75-A Playing and Practice Seasons and Recruiting -- Mandatory Medical Examination -- Sickle Cell Solubility Test
2009-80 (FBS only) Playing and Practice Seasons -- Bowl Subdivision Football -- First Contest -- 14 Weeks Prior to December 1
2009-84 Playing and Practice Seasons -- Preseason Practice -- Women's Soccer

Moot

The following four proposals were rendered moot by action on other proposals:

 

Proposal No. Title
2009-16-A (by adoption of 2009-16-B) Personnel -- Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches -- Contact and Evaluation of Prospective Student-Athletes -- Fall Evaluation Period -- Exception -- Football
2009-51-A (by adoption of 2009-51-B) Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Institution's Sports Camps and Clinics -- Location -- Basketball
2009-54-A (by adoption of 2009-52) (FCS only) Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Employment in Noninstitutional, Privately Owned Camps or Clinics at Any Location -- Championship Subdivision Football
2009-54-B (by adoption of 2009-54-A) (FBS only) Recruiting -- Camps and Clinics -- Employment in Noninstitutional, Privately Owned Camps or Clinics -- Bowl Subdivision Football -- Exception -- Countable Coach -- One Camp or Clinic Per Year Outside the Location Restriction

Not Moved

The following two proposals were not moved during the Legislative Council's January 2010 meeting and are considered defeated:

 

Proposal No. Title
2009-65 Eligibility -- Transfer Regulations -- Four-Year College Transfers -- One-Time Transfer Exception -- Women's Volleyball
2009-79-D

Playing and Practice Seasons -- No Outside Competition During the Nonchampionship Segment -- Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Women's Volleyball and Men's Water Polo

If you have any questions about this Newsletter, please contact any of the following members of our Collegiate Sports Practice Group:

In Overland Park, call 913-234-4400 or e-mail:

Stephen R. Morgan, Esq. smorgan@bsk.com
Michael S. Glazier, Esq. mglazier@bsk.com
Richard J. Evrard, Esq. revrard@bsk.com
Kyle R. Skillman, Esq. kskillman@bsk.com
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Compliance Consultant
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In Syracuse, call 315-218-8000 or e-mail:

Thomas S. Evans, Esq. tevans@bsk.com