On May 7, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning regular season competition after a conference tournament. Specifically, the staff determined that “a member institution may engage in regular season competition between the conference tournament and championship selection, provided the institution has time remaining in its declared playing season and the institution has not participated in the maximum number of contests or dates of competition.”
This interpretation reference NCAA II Bylaw 17.1.7 (general regulations for computing playing seasons applicable to all sports ); and a staff interpretation (8/28/91, Item No. c).
In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches.