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Compliance Corner January 2012

OUTSIDE COMPETITION DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR

Please be reminded about NCAA and America East Conference guidelines regarding student-athlete participation in outside competition during the academic year.  In sports other than basketball, a student-athlete who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition unless eligibility is restored (NCAA Bylaw 14.7.1). It is permissible for a student-athlete to practice on such a team.  However, in sports other than wrestling, a student-athlete may compete outside of the institution’s declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period published in Binghamton University’s catalog. (NCAA Bylaw 14.7.1.1)

Exception for Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Men’s Water Polo

In these sports, a student-athlete may compete outside of the institution’s declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition, provided (NCAA Bylaw 14.7.1.3):
• Such participation occurs no earlier than May 1;
• In soccer, women’s volleyball and field hockey, the number of student-athletes from any one institution does not exceed the applicable limits set forth in Bylaw 17.28.2;
• The competition is approved by the institution’s director of athletics;
• No class time is missed for practice activities or for competition; and
• In women’s volleyball, all practice and competition is confined to doubles tournaments in outdoor volleyball, either on sand or grass.

Additional exceptions permit competition on an outside team during the academic year for high school alumni games, Olympic Games, official Pan American Games, U.S. National Teams, and official World Championships. Please check with the Compliance Office first to confirm any questions you have regarding these exceptions. (See NCAA Bylaw 14.7.3)

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