09/18/07 - Tip of the Week - Outside Competition

Good Afternoon Brookers....

This weeks Tip is a general reminder of the impact that outside competition can have on a student-athletes eligibility. Except for a some exceptions student-athletes are not permitted to represent other teams during the academic year, including their club teams. Doing so could make those student-athletes ineligible for intercollegiate competition.

For example, Lucy Liu of the women's swim team is not permitted to represent any club team that she may be a member of during the academic year. However, as one of the exceptions explains, she could swim in a meet and compete as an individual, as long as she does not compete as a member of or receive expenses from her outside team, including transportation, meals, registration fee, meet fee etc.

So that there is not any confusion regarding this topic, I have created an approval process for any and all outside competition requests. I have included the process and have attached the approval form below. Also below are the pieces of legislation for your review - please be aware of what your student-athletes are doing outside of your practices and games and/or meets. Protecting the eligibility of our student-athletes is the main objective behind this review so that we can avoid any inadvertent violations.

Please review the info below and let me know of any questions or concerns.



Outside Competition/Not Representing Institution and Outside Exceptions Form 

1. Prior to any student-athlete competing in any outside competition, including outside competition during the academic year, including vacation periods, coach must have student-athlete complete the Outside Competition Unattached Form (attachment);
2. Once completed, including the coaches signature, coach or student-athlete must submit form to compliance office at least 1 Week prior to the proposed competition;
3. Compliance Office will notify coach and student-athlete whether approval has been given via e-mail, along with additional NCAA reminders regarding outside unattached competition;
4. Outside Competition Unattached Form will be filed in student-athletes file.

14.7.1 Outside Competition -- Sports Other Than Basketball.

A student-athlete in any sport other than basketball who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition unless eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. A student-athlete is permitted to practice on such a team. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/16/93, 1/11/94, 1/10/05) Exception.

A student-athlete may compete outside of the institution's declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period published in the institution's catalog. The number of student-athletes from any one institution shall not exceed the applicable limits set forth in Bylaw 17.32.2. (Adopted: 1/11/94 effective 8/1/94) Competition as Individual/Not Representing Institution.

It is permissible for a student-athlete to participate in outside competition as an individual during the academic year in the student-athlete's sport, as long as the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not engage in such competition as a member of or receive expenses from an outside team.

14.7.2 Outside Competition, Basketball.

A student-athlete who participates in any organized basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition in accordance with the permissible playing season specified in Bylaw 17.5 becomes ineligible for any further intercollegiate competition in basketball (see Bylaws 14.7.3 and 14.7.4 for exceptions and waivers). Organized Basketball Competition.

Outside basketball competition, including competition involving teams with fewer than five players, shall be considered "organized" if any one of the following conditions exists:

(a) Teams are regularly formed or team rosters are predetermined;

(b) Competition is scheduled and publicized in advance;

(c) Official score is kept;

(d) Individual or team standings are maintained;

(e) Official timer or game officials are used;

(f) Team uniforms are used;

(g) Admission is charged;

(h) A team is privately or commercially sponsored; or

(i) Competition is either directly or indirectly sponsored, promoted or administered by an individual, an organization or any other agency. In All Sports.

(a) High School Alumni Game. A student-athlete may compete in one game a year involving players from the student-athlete's former high school and its alumni team. In sports other than basketball, this game must take place during an official vacation period of the institution's academic year.

(b) Olympic Games. A student-athlete may participate in the official Olympic Games, in final tryouts that directly qualify competitors for the Olympic Games, and in officially recognized competition directly qualifying participants for final Olympic Games tryouts. (Revised: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)

(c) Official Pan American Games Tryouts and Competition. A student-athlete may participate in official Pan American Games tryouts and competition. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)

(d) U.S. National Teams. A student-athlete may participate in official tryouts and competition involving national teams and junior national teams sponsored by the appropriate national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic Committee (or, for the student-athletes representing another nation, the equivalent organization of that nation or, for student-athletes competing in a non-Olympic sport, the equivalent organization of that sport). (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)

(e) Official World Championships, World University Games and World Cup Tryouts and Competition. A student-athlete may participate in official World Championships, World University Games and World Cup tryouts and competition. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97; Revised: 8/9/01)

(f) Multisport Events. A student-athlete may participate in officially recognized state and national multisport events. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97) Additional Exceptions for Basketball Only.

(a) Summer League. A student-athlete may compete during the period between June 15 and August 31 or the institution's opening day of classes (see Bylaw, whichever comes earlier, on a team in a league approved by the Management Council per Bylaw 30.14, provided the student-athlete has received written permission from the institution's athletics director (or the director's official representative) prior to participation in the league. If the student-athlete is transferring and has been officially accepted for enrollment in a second institution, and if the previous institution certifies that the student has withdrawn and does not intend to return to that institution for the next term, this written permission is to be obtained from the member institution to which the student-athlete is transferring. Under such circumstances, the student-athlete does not count on the summer-league roster as a representative of either institution. (Revised: 1/11/94, 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, 10/28/99 effective 8/1/00, 2/24/03, 4/14/03)

(b) Puerto Rico Superior Basketball League. A student-athlete who is a resident of Puerto Rico may participate in the Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (see Bylaw 12.02.4).

(c) United States vs. U.S. National Teams. A student-athlete may participate in the United States against U.S. national teams. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)

(d) Outside-Team Tours. A student-athlete may participate in an outside team summer foreign basketball tour (see Bylaw 17.32.2).

(e) Predraft Basketball Camp. A student-athlete using the draft exception set forth in Bylaw may participate in a predraft camp sponsored by a professional sports organization (during the summer or academic year), provided the student-athlete has received written permission from the institution's director of athletics. (Adopted: 4/24/03)