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College Sports, Division II

New NCAA Division II Interpretation: No Missed Class Time for Practice Activities

The NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation on August 8, 2011, concerning student-athletes missing class time for practice activities. The committee determined that “a student-athlete may not miss class time during the academic year or in summer school for practice activities, except when a team is traveling to an away-from-home contest and the practice is in conjunction with the contest.” The staff referenced NCAA Division II Bylaw 17.1.6.6.1 (no class time missed for practice activities) in the interpretation.

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices: a) review policies and procedures regarding practice scheduling policies and procedures; b) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff; and c) monitor institutional practice times and locations throughout the calendar year.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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