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College Sports, Division II

NCAA Division II Secondary Case Review: Outside of Playing Season Permissible Activities

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its educational series on NCAA Division II legislation through a review of selected cases involving secondary rules-violations. Today’s post reviews a secondary case involving a violation of NCAA Division II Bylaw The rule provides:

In football, outside of the playing season during the academic year, only a student-athlete’s participation in weight training, conditioning and review of game film shall be permitted. A student-athlete’s participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, of which not more than two hours per week may be spent on review of game film. See Bylaw 17.9.5 for the first permissible date of activities outside of the playing season. 

The bylaw was cited in Secondary Case Number 48324 (April 5, 2011), which involved the institution’s football program. The case is summarized below:

Facts: The football team set up offensive and defensive alignments during early morning conditioning.

Institution Action:  The football team will enforce  a 2:1 penalty and will not have their final 2 days of conditioning.  The football coaching staff will also attend educational session to review permissible and impermissible conditioning activities.

Enforcement Action: No further action.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

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


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