10/23/08 - PRACTICE LOGS

 

Greetings Seawolves:

With most of the eligibility issues out of the way, I am turning my attention to other compliance issues, one of which is practice logs.

Here is a quick overview of the procedure which will remain very similar as in the past:

1. Input your sport and the dates you are submitting on the form.

2. Fill your hours of practice in the General Schedule table using decimals (i.e. .25 Hours, .5 Hours, .75 Hours, 1.0 Hours, etc). Make sure your record the correct types of practice, and include all activity (competition, practice, weights/conditioning, film/video, meetings, individual skill instruction). For your mandatory off day(s), or if you did not have any activity on a particular day, put an X in the "Off Day(s)" row.

3. If you had any student-athletes or groups of student-athletes whose schedule differed from the rest of the team for any reason, you must record their hours in the table at the bottom (Actual Schedule). These student-athletes must also review/confirm this schedule and sign the right column of the table.

4. Once you have fully completed the Practice/Competition Time Log for a particular week, sign/date the bottom. Lastly, you must have your Team Captain review/confirm the schedule and sign/date the bottom.

5. To help you keep track of any missed practice logs, I will distribute folders with your annual schedule listed on the inside cover. Please put your logs in the folder and return them to my mailbox in the Admin. Office. I will cross off the corresponding dates and return the folders to you.

We have some catching up to do on these, so please set aside some time in the next week or so to complete your logs from the beginning of your practices/countable athletic activity for the 2008-09 year and turn them into me as soon as possible. I will be distributing your folders to you via your mailboxes today.

As you know, NCAA limits on Athletically Related Activities can be very intricate. Make sure you are familiar with all applicable legislation (found in Chapter 17). I have pasted the applicable legislation below if you would like to briefly review. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Best,

Matt


17.1.6.1 Time Limits for Athletically Related Activities.
In all sports, the following time limitations shall apply: (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.1 Daily and Weekly Hour Limitations--Playing Season. A student-athlete's participation in countable athletically related activities (see Bylaw 17.02.1) shall be limited to a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.1.1 Exception--Golf Practice Round. A practice round of golf may exceed the four-hoursper- day limitation, but the weekly limit of 20 hours shall remain in effect. A practice round played on the day prior to the start of a intercollegiate golf tournament at the tournament site shall count as three hours, regardless of the actual duration of the round. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/16/93)

17.1.6.2 Weekly Hour Limitations--Outside the Playing Season. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95, 1/14/97, 11/1/00, 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03, 3/10/04)
(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; 9/22/0)
(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)

17.1.6.2.1 Institutional Vacation Period and Summer.

17.1.6.2.1.1 Sports Other than Championship Subdivision Football. In sports other than championship subdivision football, a student-athlete may not participate in any countable athletically related activities outside the playing season during any institutional vacation period and/or summer. Strength and conditioning coaches who are not countable coaches and who perform such duties on a department-wide basis may design and conduct specific workout programs for student-athletes, provided such workouts are voluntary and conducted at the request of the student-athlete. (Adopted: 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03, Revised: 4/28/05, 12/15/06)

17.1.6.2.1.1.1 Exception--September 15 to First Day of Classes--Sports other than Football. In sports other than football, required weight-training, conditioning and skill-related instruction is permitted, pursuant to Bylaws 17.1.6.2, 17.1.6.2.2 and 17.1.6.2.3, during an institution's summer vacation period from September 15 to the first day of classes of the academic year. (Adopted: 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06)

17.1.6.2.1.1.2 Exception--January 15 to First Day of Classes of Second Term--Baseball. In baseball, required weight training, conditioning and skill-related instruction are permitted, pursuant to Bylaws 17.1.6.2 and 17.1.6.2.3, during an institution's vacation period from January 15 to the first day of classes of the institution's second academic term. (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

17.1.6.2.1.2 Championship Subdivision Football. [FCS] In championship subdivision football, a student-athlete may not participate in any countable athletically related activities outside the playing season during any institutional vacation period and/or summer. Certified strength and conditioning coaches, including countable coaches, may design and conduct specific workout programs for student-athletes, provided such workouts are voluntary and conducted at the request of the studentathlete. (Adopted: 4/29/04, Revised: 12/15/06)

17.1.6.2.2 Skill Instruction--Sports other than Baseball and Football. Participation by studentathletes 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)

17.1.6.2.3 Skill Instruction--Baseball. In baseball, participation by student-athletes in skill-related instruction 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 final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw 17.1.6.2-(a)]. More than four student-athletes may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from September 15 to one week prior to the final examination period for the fall term and from January 15 through April 15. No more than four student-athletes may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility prior to September 15, from the opening day of classes of the institution's second academic term to January 15 (for those institutions that begin classes prior to January 15) and after April 15. (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

17.1.6.2.4 Conditioning Activities. Conditioning drills per Bylaw 17.1.6.2 that may simulate game activities are permissible, provided no offensive or defensive alignments are set up and no equipment related to the sport is used. In ice hockey, a student-athlete may be involved in on-ice conditioning activities, provided no equipment other than skates is used. In swimming and diving, a student-athlete may be involved in in-pool conditioning activities and swim-specific equipment (e.g., starting blocks, kickboards, pull buoys) may be used. (Revised: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05)

17.1.6.3 Computation and Recording of Hour Limitations.

17.1.6.3.1 Definition of Day. A "day" shall be defined as a calendar day (12 a.m. through 11:59 p.m.). (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.3.2 Competition Day. All competition and any associated athletically related activities on the day of competition shall count as three hours regardless of the actual duration of these activities.

17.1.6.3.2.1 Practice Prohibited after Competition. Practice may not be conducted at any time (including vacation periods) following competition, except between contests, rounds or events during a multiday or multievent competition (e.g., double-headers in softball or baseball, rounds of golf in a multiday tournament). (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/10/92)

17.1.6.3.3 Definition of Week. A "week" shall be defined as any seven consecutive days to be determined at the institution's discretion. Once the institution determines the seven-day period that shall constitute its week, it shall not change that designation for the remainder of the segment. (Adopted: 1/11/94)

17.1.6.3.4 Hour-Limitation Record. Countable hours must be recorded on a daily basis for each student- athlete regardless of whether the student-athlete is participating in an individual or team sport. Any countable individual or group athletically related activity must count against the time limitation for each student-athlete who participates in the activity but does not count against time limitations for other team members who do not participate in the activity. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.3.5 Preseason Practice. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities occurring during preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.3.6 Vacation Periods and Between Terms. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities occurring during an institution's term-time official vacation period, as listed in the institution's official calendar, and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session. If such vacation periods occur during any part of a week in which classes are in session, the institution is subject to the daily and weekly hour limitations during the portion of the week when classes are in session and must provide the student-athletes with a day off (see Bylaw 17.1.6.4), which may be a vacation day. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/10/92)

17.1.6.3.7 Final-Examination Periods. Daily and weekly hour limitations apply to countable athletically related activities during final-examination periods and to all official preparatory periods leading to final-examination periods. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.3.8 Multisport Participant. A multisport student-athlete's participation in countable athletically related activities is limited to a maximum of four hours per day and a total of 20 hours per week. (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04)

17.1.6.4 Required Day Off--Playing Season. During the playing season, all countable athletically related activities (per Bylaw 17.02.1) shall be prohibited during one calendar day per week, except during participation in one conference and postseason championship and any postseason licensed bowl games or National Invitation Tournaments, and during participation in NCAA championships. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 1/11/94, 1/10/95, 1/9/96, 2/1/05)

17.1.6.4.1 Travel Day. A travel day related to athletics participation may be considered as a day off, provided no countable athletically related activities (see Bylaw 17.02.1) occur during that day. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.4.2 Canceled Competition. When an institution's competition is canceled prior to the start of competition or canceled prior to the competition being considered a completed event in accordance with the playing rules of that sport, an institution may use that day as its required day off, provided the institution does not engage in any further countable athletically related activities during that day. (Adopted: 1/16/93)

17.1.6.4.3 Preseason Practice. An institution is not required to provide student-athletes with one day off per week during preseason practice that occurs prior to the first day of classes, or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier. (Adopted: 1/10/92)

17.1.6.4.4 Vacation Period. It is permissible to use a vacation day to satisfy the day-off-per-week requirement. (Adopted: 1/10/92)

17.1.6.4.5 Non-NCAA Postseason Championship. The one-day-off-per-week requirement is applicable to a non-NCAA postseason championship (e.g., national governing body championship) unless the event is open only to intercollegiate teams or intercollegiate competitors. (Adopted: 1/9/96)

17.1.6.4.6 Multiple Conference Championships. An institution that participates in multiple conference championships is not subject to the one-day-off-per-week requirement in the one conference championship that it exempts from its maximum contest limitations. (Adopted: 1/9/96)

17.1.6.4.7 Exception--Basketball. If an institution's team participates in three contests in a week, an institution is not subject to the one-day-off-per-week requirement, provided the student-athletes do not engage in any countable athletically related activities for two days during either the preceding or the following week. (Adopted: 4/27/06 effective 8/1/06)

17.1.6.5 Required Days Off--Outside of the Playing Season. Outside the playing season during the academic year, all countable athletically related activities (per Bylaw 17.02.1) are prohibited during two calendar days per week. (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04)

17.1.6.6 Additional Restrictions. 17.1.6.6.1 No Class Time Missed for Practice Activities. No class time shall be missed for practice activities except when a team is traveling to an away-from-home contest and the practice is in conjunction with the contest. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)

17.1.6.6.1.1 Exception--Championship Practice. At any conference or NCAA championship, student-athletes from the team representing the host institution shall be permitted to miss class time to attend practice activities conducted the day before the competition. (Adopted: 4/27/00; Revised: 4/26/01)

17.1.6.6.2 Preseason Off-Campus Intrasquad Games and Practice Activities Prohibition. Preseason off-campus intrasquad games and preseason publicized off-campus practice activities conducted at a site not normally used by the institution for practice shall be prohibited in all sports. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 10/27/98 effective 8/1/99)

17.1.6.7 Exception--Eligibility Exhausted. A student-athlete who has exhausted his or her eligibility in a sport, but is eligible for practice under the five-year rule, is not subject to the time limits of Bylaw 17.1.6. (Adopted: 4/24/08 effective 8/1/08)