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Outside Competition/Summer Leagues


Athletics competition against any other athletics team (including an alumni team) that does not represent the intercollegiate athletics program of the same institution is considered outside competition. A student-athlete in any sport other than basketball who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition unless eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. A student-athlete is permitted to practice on such a team.

Exception-Sports other than Wrestling

In sports other than wrestling, a student-athlete may compete outside of the institution's declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period published in the institution's catalog. There are limits on the number of student-athletes from any one institution that may compete on the same team.

Exception-Soccer, Women's Volleyball

In soccer and women's volleyball, a student-athlete may compete outside of the institution's declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition, provided:

(a) Such participation occurs not earlier than May 1;

(b) In soccer and women's volleyball, the number of student-athletes from any one institution does not exceed the applicable limits of five for soccer and two for women's volleyball.

(c) The competition is approved by the institution's director of athletics;

(d) No class time is missed for practice activities or for competition; and

(e) In women's volleyball, all practice and competition is confined to doubles tournaments in outdoor volleyball, either on sand or grass.

Competition as Individual/Not Representing Institution

It is permissible for a student-athlete to participate in outside competition as an individual during the academic year in the student-athlete's sport, as long as the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not engage in such competition as a member of or receive expenses from an outside team.

Exempt Teams

In individual sports, such units as "pro-am" golf teams, doubles tennis teams and relay teams in track and field are not considered to be outside teams for purposes of this legislation.

Outside Team Representation Info Sheet

Outside Competition-Basketball

A student-athlete who participates in any organized basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition in accordance with the permissible playing season specified in Bylaw 17.3 becomes ineligible for any further intercollegiate competition in basketball.

Organized Basketball Competition

Outside basketball competition, including competition involving teams with fewer than five players, shall be considered "organized" if any one of the following conditions exists:

(a) Teams are regularly formed or team rosters are predetermined;

(b) Competition is scheduled and publicized in advance;

(c) Official score is kept;

(d) Individual or team standings are maintained;

(e) Official timer or game officials are used;

(f) Team uniforms are used;

(g) Admission is charged;

(h) A team is privately or commercially sponsored; or

(i) Competition is either directly or indirectly sponsored, promoted or administered by an individual, an organization or any other agency.

Basketball Outside Team Representation

Individual Subject to Outside-Competition Regulations

Once a student-athlete becomes a candidate for the institution's basketball team (has reported for the squad), or if the student was recruited by a member institution in part for basketball ability and subsequently enrolls in the institution, this prohibition against outside organized basketball competition remains applicable until the student-athlete's intercollegiate basketball eligibility has been exhausted. This includes time while the student is officially withdrawn from college, fulfilling a residence requirement after transfer to another college, awaiting transfer or enrolled in a nonmember collegiate institution.

Exceptions-All Sports

The following exceptions to the outside-competition regulations are permitted:

(a) High School Alumni Game. A student-athlete may compete in one game a year involving participants from the student-athlete's former high school and its alumni team. In sports other than basketball, this game must take place during an official vacation period of the institution's academic year.

(b) Olympic Games. A student-athlete may participate in the official Olympic Games, in final tryouts that directly qualify competitors for the Olympic Games, and in officially recognized competition directly qualifying participants for final Olympic Games tryouts.

(c) Official Pan American Games Tryouts and Competition. A student-athlete may participate in official Pan American Games tryouts and competition.

(d) U.S. National Teams. A student-athlete may participate in official tryouts and competition involving national teams and junior national teams sponsored by the appropriate national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic Committee (or, for the student-athletes representing another nation, the equivalent organization of that nation or, for student-athletes competing in a non-Olympic sport, the equivalent organization of that sport).

(e) Official World Championships, World University Games, World University Championships and World Cup Tryouts and Competition. A student-athlete may participate in official World Championships, World University Games, World University Championships and World Cup tryouts and competition.

(f) Multisport Events. A student-athlete may participate in officially recognized state and national multisport events.

Summer Leagues

With PRIOR approval from the Compliance Office, student-athletes may participate in summer leagues. The following sport-specific summer league guidelines must be followed.

Summer Competition Procedures

Basketball

Competition on an outside team may only occur between June 15th and August 31st and only in NCAA approved summer leagues. A team shall include no more than 2 players with collegiate basketball eligibility remaining from North Texas and must limit their competition to one team in one league. The summer league must be within 100 air miles of the University of North Texas or within 100 air miles of the student-athlete's official residence at the end of the academic year. Each student-athlete must have prior written approval of the athletic director prior to participating in any summer league. A student-athlete who participates in any organized competition, except while representing the institution or in an NCAA approved summer league, will be ineligible for any further collegiate competition in the sport of basketball.

Summer Basketball League Permission Form

Soccer

No more than 5 players from North Texas soccer team may play on the same outside soccer team. Competition on an outside amateur soccer team may occur no earlier than May 1 and continuing through the summer or during vacation periods which are outside the North Texas declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

Summer Soccer League Permission Form

Softball

No more than 4 players from North Texas softball team may play on the same outside softball team. Competition on an outside amateur softball team may only occur during the summer months or during vacation periods which are outside the North Texas declared playing or practice season. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render the student-athlete ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

Summer Softball League Permission Form

Volleyball

No more than 2 players from North Texas volleyball team may play on the same outside volleyball team. Competition on an outside amateur volleyball team may occur no earlier than May 1 and continuing through the summer or during vacation periods which are outside the North Texas declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

Summer Volleyball League Permission Form

All Other Sports

Limitations on the number of student-athletes only apply to representing an outside team during the academic year vacation periods that are outside the declared playing and practice season. Competition on an outside team may only occur during the summer months or during vacation periods that are outside the North Texas declared playing and practice season for your sport. Competition on an outside team during any other part of the academic year will render you ineligible for the remainder of that academic year and the following academic year.

Outside Competition Form-All Other Sports