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College Sports, Division I

NCAA Division I Educational Column: Counting Exempt Competitions for Basketball Scheduling Requirements

On March 7, 2012, the NCAA released an educational column discussing the counting of exempt competitions for basketball scheduling requirements. Specifically, the column noted “per divisional membership requirements, an institution may not schedule and play more than four basketball contests in an academic year against non-NCAA Division I four-year collegiate institutions. Any contest with outside competition must be counted toward the four-game limit, regardless of whether it is countable toward the maximum contest limitation in NCAA Bylaw 17. Therefore, exhibitions against non-NCAA Division I four-year collegiate institutions, practice scrimmages and other exempt contests must count toward the four-game limit.”

This educational column referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.3.3.1 (exceptions), 17.3.5.3 (annual exemptions) and 20.9.6.1 (four-game limit); and an official interpretation (1/31/85, Item No. 1)].

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance: a) include this educational column in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches; and b) include this educational column in the next scheduled-rules education session for the basketball coaching staffs.

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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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