On April 9, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning the scheduling of competition for a subvarsity team. Specifically, the staff determined that “in sports other than bowl subdivision football (except for national service academies), an institution’s subvarsity team may compete against a high school team in conjunction with an institution’s collegiate athletics event.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 220.127.116.11 (competition against prospective student-athletes — sports other than football), 18.104.22.168 (competition against prospective student-athletes — bowl subdivision football), 22.214.171.124.1 (exception — national service academy subvarsity team), 126.96.36.199 (competition against prospective student-athletes — championship subdivision football) and staff interpretation (10/3/90, Item No. b) which has been archived.
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.