NCAA LSDBi

Division I Proposal - 2017-80-FBS

PLAYING AND PRACTICE SEASONS -- FOOTBALL -- OUT-OF-SEASON ATHLETICALLY RELATED ACTIVITIES -- PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT OR WORKOUT ACTIVITY -- FBS

Status: Adopted Final

Intent: In bowl subdivision football, to specify that an institution may conduct one postseason practice session prior to the end of the institution's academic year for the purpose of conducting a professional tryout or workout activity and that employees of a professional sports organization may participate in such a session without counting against the institution's coaching limits, provided: (a) The student-athlete does not miss class to participate in such activity; (b) The session shall be conducted on the institution's campus or in facilities primarily used by the institution for practice or competition; (c) The session shall not involve contact and student-athletes shall not wear protective equipment (e.g. helmet, shoulder pads, spider pads, padded undergarments); and (d) The amount of time that a student-athlete is involved in such countable athletically related activities is limited to a maximum of four hours.

A.    Bylaws: Amend 11.7.1.1, as follows:

[Federated provision, FBS only]

11.7.1.1 Countable Coach. An institutional staff member or any other individual outside the institution (e.g., consultant, professional instructor) with whom the institution has made arrangements must count against coaching limits in the applicable sport as soon as the individual participates (in any manner) in any of the following:

[11.7.1.1-(a) through 11.7.1.1-(c) unchanged.]

11.7.1.1.1 Exception -- Postseason Practice Session -- Bowl Subdivision Football. In bowl subdivision football, an employee of a professional sports organization or team who conducts a postseason practice session per Bylaw 17.10.6.4 is not considered a countable coach.

[11.7.1.1.1 through 11.7.1.1.2 renumbered as 11.7.1.1.2 through 11.7.1.1.3, unchanged.]

B.    Bylaws: Amend 12.2, as follows:

[Federated provision, FBS only]

12.2 Involvement With Professional Teams.

12.2.1 Tryouts.

[12.2.1.1 through 12.2.1.2 unchanged.]

12.2.1.3 Tryout After Enrollment. After initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual who has eligibility remaining may try out with a professional athletics team (or participate in a combine including that team) at any time, provided the individual does not miss class. The individual may receive actual and necessary expenses in conjunction with one 48-hour tryout per professional team (or a combine including that team). The 48-hour tryout period shall begin at the time the individual arrives at the tryout location. At the completion of the 48-hour period, the individual must depart the location of the tryout immediately in order to receive return transportation expenses. A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the individual self-finances additional expenses, including return transportation. A self-financed tryout may be for any length of time, provided the individual does not miss class.

[12.2.1.3.1 through 12.2.1.3.3 unchanged.]

12.2.1.3.4 Exception -- Postseason Practice Session -- Bowl Subdivision Football. In bowl subdivision football, a student-athlete may participate in a postseason practice per Bylaw 17.10.6.4 without such activity being considered a tryout with a professional team.

[12.2.1.3.4 renumbered as 12.2.1.3.5, unchanged.]

[12.2.2 through 12.2.5 unchanged.]

C.    Bylaws: Amend 17.10, as follows:

[Federated provision, FBS only]

17.10 Football. Regulations for computing the football playing season are set forth in Bylaw 17.1. (See Figure 17-1 and Figure 17-2.)

[17.10.1 through 17.10.5 unchanged.]

17.10.6 Out-of-Season Athletically Related Activities. Student-athletes and members of the coaching staff shall not engage in countable athletically related activities outside the playing season, except as set forth in this bylaw (see Bylaw 17.1.7.2):

[17.10.6.1 through 17.10.6.3 unchanged.]

17.10.6.4 Postseason Practice Session. An institution may conduct one postseason practice session before the end of the institution’s academic year for the purpose of conducting a professional tryout or workout activity, subject to the following conditions:

(a) A student-athlete may not miss class to participate;

(b) The session shall be conducted on the institution’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the institution for practice or competition;

(c) The session shall not involve contact and student-athletes shall not wear protective equipment (e.g. helmet, shoulder pads, spider pads, padded undergarments); and

(d) The amount of time that a student-athlete is involved in such countable athletically related activities shall be limited to a maximum of four hours.

[17.10.6.4 through 17.10.6.5 renumbered as 17.10.6.5 through 17.10.6.6, unchanged.]

[17.10.7 through 17.10.8 unchanged.]

Source: Southeastern Conference

Effective Date:August 1, 2018

Proposal Category: Amendment

Topical Area: Playing and Practice Seasons

Rationale: The American Football Coaches Association and the National Football League recently agreed to allow each institution to designate a maximum of five student-athletes with eligibility remaining to receive "special eligibility" status to participate in an on-campus pro-day during the 2017 spring term. While student-athletes with eligibility remaining are permitted to participate in such a pro-day as a professional team tryout, limitations on countable athletically related activities continue to apply. As a result, under current legislation, an institution is forced to decide to whether to (1) allow institutional coaching staff members to conduct the activity as one of its 15 spring practice sessions, in which case employees of a professional organization (e.g. scouts, coaches) may not be involved in conducting the activity, or (2) allow employees of a professional organization to conduct the activity, in which case institutional coaching staff members may not conduct or observe the activity. This proposal would provide an additional practice opportunity to allow coaching staff members and/or employees of a professional organization to engage in such activities with student-athletes with eligibility remaining.

Estimated Budget Impact: None.

Impact on Student-Athlete's Time (Academic and/or Athletics): Student-athletes may not miss class for participation in such activity, and participation must be counted as countable athletically related activity.

Position Statement(s):

Legislative Committee Supports

History

Aug 28, 2017: Submitted to National Office
Sep 29, 2017: In Progress
Feb 8, 2018: Ready for Vote
Apr 18, 2018: Adopted by Council
Apr 25, 2018: Adopted Final
Apr 25, 2018: No Board Action

Legislative References

Division Number Title
I 11.7.1.1 Countable Coach.
I 11.7.1.1.1 Exception -- Postseason Practice Session -- Football.
I 12.2 Involvement With Professional Teams.
I 12.2.1 Tryouts.
I 12.2.1.3 Tryout After Enrollment.
I 12.2.1.3.4 Exception -- Postseason Practice Session -- Football.
I 17.10 Football.
I 17.10.6 Out-of-Season Athletically Related Activities.
I 17.10.6.4 Postseason Practice Session.
References