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Playing and Practice Seasons
The NCAA limits the length of playing and practice seasons and the amount and type of activities that may be conducted during these seasons. The following are permissible activities for enrolled student-athletes:
During the Playing Season
Individualized skill instruction may not account for more than two hours of the permissible eight weekly hours outside the playing season during the academic year. Skill related instruction may not be publicized and cannot be conducted in view of a general public audience. There is no longer a limitation on the number of student-athletes that may be present in any one location at any one time for individualized skill instruction sessions. It is now permissible to have the entire team present in one place at one time for individualized skill instruction throughout the entire academic year.
Outside the Playing Season-During the Academic Year
In sports other than football:
Student-athletes may be required to participate in up to eight hours of required strength and conditioning activities and individualized skill instruction per week.
Individualized skill instruction may not account for more than two hours of the permissible eight weekly hours outside the playing season during the academic year. Prior to September 15th and after April 15th, skill related instruction is limited to four student-athletes from the same team in any facility with their coaches present. From September 15th through April 15th, more than four student-athletes may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches. Skill related instruction may not be publicized and cannot be conducted in view of a general public audience.
Student-athletes must be given at least two days off from required activities per week.
Between January 1st and the institution’s reporting date for preseason practice, student-athletes must be given eight designated weeks of discretionary time in which there are no required/recommended athletics activities. Outside the eight weeks of discretionary time, student-athletes may be required to participate in up to eight hours per week of required strength and conditioning activities and film review.
No skill instruction is permitted outside of the playing season in football. However, review of game film may be required for up to two of the eight permissible hours per week.
Spring practice shall remain permissible outside the eight weeks of discretionary time.
Student-athletes must be given two days off from required athletics activities per week, even during spring practice.
Outside the Playing Season - Vacation Periods
Sports Other than Football and Basketball-Voluntary Athletically Related Activities
In sports other than football and basketball, student-athlete participation in summer athletically related activities, prior to the report date for fall practice, must be voluntary.
In order to be considered voluntary, all of the following conditions must be met:
• The student-athlete must not be required to report back to the coach or any athletics department staff member and no athletics department staff member may report information related to the activity back to the coach;
• The activity must be initiated solely by the student-athlete;
• Attendance may not be recorded; and
• The student-athlete may not be subjected to any penalty for failure to participate.
Outside the playing season, a student-athlete may not participate in countable athletically related activities during an institutional vacation period and/or summer. However, student-athletes may engage in voluntary workouts at Athletic Department facilities. The University's strength and conditioning coaches (not any countable coaches) may design and conduct specific workout programs for returning student-athletes, provided those workouts are entirely voluntary and are conducted at the request of the student-athlete.
In individual sports (cross country, track, golf, swimming/diving, and tennis), student-athletes may also engage in voluntary one-on-one workouts conducted and supervised by an institution's coach. If the workouts take place at a facility that charges a fee, the student-athlete must pay the fee in the same manner as any member of the general public.
In sports with a safety exception (swimming/diving, and field events and the jumping portion of the steeplechase for track & field), countable coaches may be present and provide safety and skill instruction when a student-athlete uses equipment related to the sport. More than one student-athlete may be present for this instruction. However, the coaches may not conduct the student-athlete's workouts.
During eight designated weeks of voluntary summer conditioning activities, strength coaches may conduct strength and conditioning workouts for student-athletes. No countable coaches may be present and strength coaches may not report back to countable coaches. In addition, student-athletes may work out at their discretion outside the eight hours per week. No countable or strength coaches can be involved with these workouts, except that strength coaches may monitor the facility for health and safety purposes.
Required Summer Workouts
Summer Access-Football and Basketball Only
In FBS football and basketball, a student-athlete who is enrolled in summer school may engage in required weight training, conditioning, and review of practice and game film (football), skill instruction (basketball only) for up to eight weeks (not required to be consecutive weeks.) Participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two of those hours per week spent on film review (football) and skill instruction (basketball). An individual who is not eligible to use the exception to summer school enrollment (NCAA Bylaw (188.8.131.52.1.5.3) may participate only during the period of the institution’s summer term or terms (opening day of classes through the last day of final exams) in which the student-athlete is enrolled.