4/16/08 - Tip of the Week

Good Morning Seawovles,

This weeks Tip is a general reminder regarding a relatively new playing and practice season rule. If you are outside of your playing season - in other words you are limited to 8 hours a week - your skill instruction sessions must be limited to no more than 4 student-athletes at any one time in any facility. After April 15, the legislation reverts back to the old rule that had been in place for numerous years.

Also, this Tip is a reminder that for those sports that will be ending their seasons over the next couple of weeks, in all sports except for football, all athletically related activities are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final exam period through the conclusion of each student-athletes final exams. This semester, if you are "out of season", you must stop all required workouts starting on May 7 and continuing until the end of finals. The sport of football has separate legislation of which I have also included below. Voluntary activities are permissible during this time period, but they must be in line with all volunteer activities, as outlined in 17.02.13.

Please review this information and let me know if you have any questions.

Heath


17.1.6.2.2 Skill Instruction -- Sports other than Baseball and Football.

Participation by student-athletes in individual skill-related instruction in sports other than baseball and football is permitted outside the institution's declared playing season, from the institution's first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution's final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw 17.1.6.2-(a)]. More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from September 15 through April 15. Prior to September 15 and after April 15, no more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coach(es) at any one time in any facility. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95; Revised: 1/9/96, 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, 10/27/98, 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03, 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, 4/28/05, 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06, 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

(a) Sports other than Football. Outside of the playing season, from the institution's first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution's final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year, only a student-athlete's participation in required weight-training, conditioning and skill-related instruction shall be permitted. A student-athlete's participation in such activities per Bylaw 17.02.1 shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related workouts. All athletically related activities outside the playing season are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period for the applicable academic term through the conclusion of each student-athlete's final exams. (Revised: 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06; 9/22/06)

(c) Championship Subdivision Football. [FCS] Activities between the institution's last contest and the start of summer conditioning are limited to required weight-training, conditioning and the review of game film. A student-athlete's participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, of which no more than two hours per week may be spent on the viewing of film. All activities beginning with the start of summer conditioning and outside the playing season shall be conducted pursuant to Bylaw 17.11.6-(a)-(2) and 17.11.6-(b). (Revised: 12/15/06)

17.02.13 Voluntary Athletically Related Activities.

In order for any athletically related activity to be considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions must be met: (Adopted: 4/18/01)

(a) The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member (e.g., strength coach, trainer, manager) any information related to the activity. In addition, no athletics department staff member who observes the activity (e.g., strength coach, trainer, manager) may report back to the student-athlete's coach any information related to the activity;

(b) The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete. Neither the institution nor any athletics department staff member may require the student-athlete to participate in the activity at any time. However, it is permissible for an athletics department staff member to provide information to student-athletes related to available opportunities for participating in voluntary activities (e.g., times when the strength and conditioning coach will be on duty in the weight room or on the track). In addition, for students who have initiated a request to engage in voluntary activities, the institution or an athletics department staff member may assign specific times for student-athletes to use institutional facilities for such purposes and inform the student-athletes of the time in advance;

(c) The student-athlete's attendance and participation in the activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purposes of reporting such information to coaching staff members or other student-athletes; and

(d) The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity. In addition, neither the institution nor any athletics department staff member may provide recognition or incentives (e.g., awards) to a student-athlete based on his or her attendance or performance in the activity.

[Note: Coaching staff members may be present during permissible skill-related instruction pursuant to Bylaw 17.1.6.2.2] (Revised: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04)