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Student-Athlete Roster Declaration

The Compliance Office is responsible for continually monitoring the rosters of each team to confirm that all student-athletes meet the NCAA eligibility requirements for practice, competition, and financial aid. It is important that you notify the Compliance Office of any changes (additions or removals) to your roster as soon as they happen. The Compliance Office will utilize the Student-Athlete Roster Declaration Form to generate a Squad List and Eligibility Checklist for each sport prior to the beginning of each academic year.

Student-Athlete Roster Declaration Procedures

Student-Athlete Roster Declaration Form

Change of Roster Procedures

Addition to Roster Form

Removal from Roster Form

Playing and Practice Season Declaration

The Compliance Office is responsible for confirming that each team stays within the practice and competition limits for each segment of its playing season. Please notify the Compliance Office of any changes to your schedule as soon as they are made. The information you submit on the Playing and Practice Season Declaration Form will also be used to configure your CARA logs on ACS.

Playing and Practice Season Procedures

Playing and Practice Season Declaration Form-Football

Playing and Practice Season Declaration Form-Sports Other than Football

Student-Athlete Participation

The Compliance Office is responsible for determining when a student-athlete has used a season of eligibility. Each Head Coach must keep a detailed record of which student-athletes compete in each scheduled contest. At the end of each season, the Head Coach will need to submit the Student-Athlete Participation Report to the Compliance Office. The Compliance Office will use the information submitted to determine how much eligibility each student-athletes has remaining and to identify which student-athletes have exhausted their eligibility.

Student-Athlete Participation Procedures

Countable Athletically Related Activities

Countable athletically related activities include any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by, one or more of an institution's coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches) and must be counted within the weekly and daily limitations under Bylaws and Administrative activities (e.g., academic meetings, compliance meetings) shall not be considered as countable athletically related activities.

NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7 details the time limits for athletically related activities. There are daily and weekly limits that vary depending on whether or not you are within your playing season. The limits also change during an institutional vacation period and over summer break. The limits vary depending on which sport you participate in, so be sure to check the NCAA manual and consult with the Compliance Office before scheduling a required athletics activity for your team.

Practice logs are submitted weekly by each team's Head Coach or a designee utilizing the ACS CARA feature. Once the Compliance Office receives your Student-Athlete Roster Declaration Form and your Playing and Practice Season Declaration Form, we can set up your CARA logs in ACS so you can begin logging hours for the academic year.

If you have any questions or need assistance configuring your practice groups in ACS you can contact the Compliance Office or our ACS rep, Michelle Carrigan. Michelle can be reached at: (800) 343-6220 ext.2 or

Athletically Related Activities Procedures

Voluntary Athletically Related Activities

In order for any athletically related activity to be considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions must be met:

(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 Bylaws and]