On September 21, 2012, the Interpretations Subcommittee of the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation concerning awards based on place finish in events outside of NCAA competition. Specifically, the committee confirmed that “an individual may receive an award, as opposed to cash or items redeemable for cash, based on place finish (e.g., trophy, medal, saddle) in outside competition, subject to the applicable pre- and post-enrollment awards limits.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA Division II Bylaws 22.214.171.124.5 (payment based on performance), 126.96.36.199 (before enrollment) and 188.8.131.52 (student-athlete not regularly enrolled); official interpretation (6/6/91, Item No. 1.
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 athletics staff members and coaches.