BYLAW, ARTICLE 12
Amateurism and Athletics
12.01 General Principles.
184.108.40.206 Competition Against Professionals. An individual may participate singly or as a member of an amateur team against professional athletes or professional teams. (Revised:8/24/07)
220.127.116.11 Competition With Professionals. An individual shall not be eligible for intercollegiate athletics in a sport if the individual ever competed on a professional team (per Bylaw 12.02.12) in that sport. However, an individual may compete on a tennis, golf, two-person beach volleyball or two-person synchronized diving team with persons who are competing for cash or a comparable prize, provided the individual does not receive payment or prize money that exceeds his or her actual and necessary expenses, which may only be provided by the sponsor of the event. (Revised: 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, 1/14/97, 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 4/28/14, 7/31/15)
BYLAW, ARTICLE 16
Awards,Benefits and expenses for enrolled student-Athletes
16.01 general Principles. [A]
16.01.1 eligibility effect of violation. [A] A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports.
BYLAW, ARTICLE 17
Regulations for computing the soccer playing season are set forth in Bylaw 17.1. (See Figure 17-1 and Figure 17-2.)
17.19.1 Length of Playing Season.The length of an institution’s playing season in soccer shall be limitedto a 132-day season, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which mayexclude only required off days per Bylaw 18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124 and official vacation, holiday and final-examinationperiods during which no practice or competition shall occur. (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, 1/14/97 effective8/1/97)
17.19.2 Preseason Practice.An institution shall not commence practice sessions before the date that permitsa maximum of 21 units (see Bylaw 17.02.13) before the first scheduled regular-season intercollegiate contest(not a scrimmage, exhibition game or alumni contest that may occur before the first scheduled regular-seasoncontest). (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, 4/14/03, 6/17/15)
17.19.3 First Contest or Date of Competition.(Adopted: 4/20/99 effective 8/1/99, Revised: 12/14/07,1/14/08 effective 8/1/08, 4/30/09 effective 8/1/09, 4/28/11 effective 8/1/11, 6/17/15, 4/25/18 effective 8/1/18)
(a) Men. An institution shall not play its first regular-season contest or engage in its first date of competition(game) with outside competition before the Friday before the 12th weekend before the start of the NCAADivision I Men’s Soccer Championship (see Figure 17-2), except that an alumni contest may be played theprevious weekend.
(b) Women. An institution shall not play its first regular-season contest or engage in its first date of competition(game) with outside competition before the Thursday before the 12th weekend before the start of the NCAADivision I Women’s Soccer Championship (see Figure 17-2), except that an alumni contest may be played theprevious weekend.
126.96.36.199 Exception—Scrimmages/Exhibition Games. An institution may play up to three soccerscrimmages or exhibition games (which shall not count toward the institution’s won-lost record) prior to thefirst scheduled regular-season contest during a particular academic year, provided such scrimmages or exhibitiongames are conducted during the institution’s declared playing season per Bylaw 17.19.1 and are counted againstthe maximum number of contests (see Bylaw 188.8.131.52). Contests that would otherwise be exempted from themaximum number of contests per Bylaw 184.108.40.206 shall count against the maximum if they are played during the preseason practice period prior to the date specified for the first permissible regular-season contest. (Adopted:12/14/07, Revised: 6/17/15)
17.19.4 End of Regular Playing Season.A member institution shall conclude all practice and competition(games and scrimmages) in soccer by the last date of final exams for the regular academic year at the institution.(Revised: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)
17.19.5 Number of Contests and Dates of Competition.
220.127.116.11 Maximum Limitations—Institutional. A member institution shall limit its total playing schedulewith outside competition in soccer during the institution’s soccer playing season in any one year to 20 contestsduring the segment in which the NCAA championship is conducted and five dates of competition duringanother segment, except for those contests and/or dates of competition excluded under Bylaws 18.104.22.168 and22.214.171.124. Travel to competition in the nonchampionship segment shall be restricted to ground transportation,unless there are no Division I institutions that sponsor the sport located within 400 miles of the institution.(Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10)
126.96.36.199.1 Exception—Isolated Institution. If there are fewer than five other Division I institutionsthat sponsor soccer (for the applicable gender) located within 400 miles of the institution, the institutionmay use any form of transportation to travel to the number of nonchampionship segment competitions thatrepresents the difference between the number of other institutions and five. (Adopted: 4/25/18)
188.8.131.52.2 Hawaii or Alaska Exception—Nonchampionship Segment Travel. Once every fouryears, an institution may use any form of transportation for travel to Hawaii or Alaska for nonchampionshipsegment competition against an active member institution located in Hawaii or Alaska. (Adopted: 4/28/11effective 8/1/11)
184.108.40.206.3 In-Season Foreign Competition. A member institution may play one or more of itscountable contests in soccer in one or more foreign countries on one trip during the prescribed playingseason. However, except for contests played in Canada and Mexico or on a certified foreign tour (see Bylaw17.29), the institution may not engage in such in-season foreign competition more than once every fouryears.
220.127.116.11 Maximum Limitations—Student-Athlete. An individual student-athlete may participate ineach academic year in not more than 20 soccer contests during the segment in which the NCAA championshipis conducted and five dates of competition in soccer during another segment. This limitation includes those contestsin which the student represents the institution in accordance with Bylaw 17.02.8, including competitionas a member of the varsity, junior varsity or freshman team of the institution. (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)
18.104.22.168 Annual Exemptions. The maximum number of soccer contests and dates of competition shallexclude the following (unless such contests are played pursuant to Bylaw 22.214.171.124): (Revised: 1/9/96 effective8/1/96, 9/6/00, 2/24/03, 12/14/07)
(a) Conference Championship. Competition in one conference championship tournament in soccer (orthe tournament used to determine the conference’s automatic entry in an NCAA soccer championship);
(b) Conference Playoff. Competition involving member institutions that tie for a conference soccer championship.Such teams may participate in a single-elimination playoff to determine the conference’s automaticentry in an NCAA soccer championship without the game(s) being counted as a regular-seasoncontest or postseason tournament;
(c) Season-Ending Tournaments.
(1) NCAA Championship. Competition in the NCAA Division I Soccer Championship;
(2) NAIA Championship. Competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)soccer championship;
(d) NCAA Championship Play-In Competition. Competition in play-in contests conducted before theNCAA championship;
(e) Alumni Game. One soccer contest or date of competition each year against an alumni team of the institution;
(f )Foreign Team in the United States. One soccer contest or date of competition each year with a foreignopponent in the United States;
(g) Hawaii or Alaska. Any soccer games played in Hawaii or Alaska, respectively, against an active DivisionI member institution located in Hawaii or Alaska, by a member located outside the area in question;
(h) Fundraising Activity. Any soccer activities in which student-athletes from more than one of the institution’sathletics teams participate with and against alumni and friends of the institution, the purpose ofwhich is to raise funds for the benefit of an institution’s athletics or other programs, provided the studentathletesdo not miss classes as a result of their participation (see Bylaw 126.96.36.199);
(i) Celebrity Sports Activity. Competition involving a limit of two student-athletes from a member institution’ssoccer team who participate in local celebrity soccer activities conducted for the purpose ofraising funds for charitable organizations, provided:
(1) The student-athletes do not miss classes as a result of the participation;
(2) The involvement of the student-athletes has the approval of the institution’s athletics director; and
(3) The activity takes place within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s main campus.
(j) U.S. National Team. One contest or date of competition played against the U.S. national team as selectedand designated by the appropriate national governing body for soccer (e.g., “Under-21” U.S. nationalteam).
188.8.131.52 Once-in-Four-Years Exemption—Foreign Tour. An institution may exempt the contestsplayed on a foreign tour, provided the tour is conducted by the member institution in accordance with the proceduresset forth in Bylaw 17.29. (Adopted: 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, Revised: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)
17.19.6 Out-of-Season Athletically Related Activities.Student-athletes and members of the coachingstaff shall not engage in countable athletically related activities outside the institution’s declared playing seasonper Bylaw 17.19.1 except as permitted in Bylaw 184.108.40.206. (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91)
220.127.116.11 Summer Practice. Practice that is organized or financially supported by a member institutionshall be prohibited during the summer unless specifically authorized in the bylaws (e.g., foreign tour) or throughofficial interpretations. An institution may pay fees associated with the use of institutional practice and competitionfacilities by student-athletes engaged in voluntary athletically related activities in their sport. (Revised:4/28/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08)
17.19.7 Camps and Clinics.There are no limits on the number of student-athletes in soccer who may beemployed (e.g., as counselors) in camps or clinics (see Bylaw 13.12). Currently enrolled student-athletes may notparticipate as campers in their institution’s camps or clinics. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/11/94)
17.19.8 Other Restrictions.
18.104.22.168 Noncollegiate, Amateur Competition.
22.214.171.124.1 During Academic Year. A student-athlete in soccer who participates during the academicyear as a member of any outside soccer team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition (e.g., tournamentplay, exhibition games or other activity) except while representing the institution in intercollegiate soccercompetition shall be ineligible for intercollegiate soccer competition unless eligibility is restored by theCommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement (see Bylaw 17.31.3 for exceptions). (Revised: 1/10/91 effective8/1/91, 1/16/93, 10/3/05)
126.96.36.199.1.1 Vacation-Period Exception. A student-athlete may compete outside the institution’sdeclared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateurcompetition during any official vacation period published in the institution’s catalog. The numberof student-athletes from any one institution shall not exceed five. (Adopted: 1/11/94 effective 8/1/94,Revised: 10/31/02)
188.8.131.52.1.2 May 1 Exception. A student-athlete in soccer may compete outside an institution’sdeclared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate amateurcompetition, provided: (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, Revised: 10/31/02)
(a) Such participation occurs not earlier than May 1;
(b) The number of student-athletes from any one institution does not exceed five;
(c) The competition is approved by the institution’s director of athletics; and
(d) No class time is missed for practice activities or for competition.
184.108.40.206.2 Out of Season. A member institution may permit not more than five student-athletes witheligibility remaining in intercollegiate soccer to practice or compete out of season on an outside, amateursoccer team (competition on an outside team permitted only during the summer, except as provided inBylaws 220.127.116.11.1.1 and 18.104.22.168.1.2). (Revised: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91, 10/31/02)
22.214.171.124.2.1 Involvement of Coaching Staff. No member of the coaching staff of a member
institution may be involved in any capacity (e.g., coach, official, player or league/team administrator) atany time (during the academic year, vacation periods and summer) with an outside team that involvesany student-athlete with eligibility remaining from the institution’s soccer team except as providedunder Bylaws 126.96.36.199, 17.29 and 17.31.3. (Revised: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05)
188.8.131.52.2.2 Olympic and National Team Development Program. There are no limits on thenumber of student-athletes from the same institution who may participate in Olympic and nationalteam development programs. Such programs may also include a coach and student-athlete from thesame institution, provided: (Revised: 2/21/02, 4/28/11)
(a) The national governing body conducts and administers the developmental program;
(b) The national governing body selects coaches involved in the developmental program; and
(c) A committee or other authority of the national governing body, which is not limited to coachesaffiliated with one particular institution, selects the involved participants.
184.108.40.206 Equipment Issue, Squad Pictures. No limitations. (Revised: 1/11/89, 1/10/05)
17.31outside Competition, effects on eligibility.
220.127.116.11 Exception—Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Field Hockey and Men’s Water Polo. In soccer,women’s volleyball, field hockey and men’s water polo, a student-athlete may compete outside the institution’sdeclared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition,provided: (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, Revised: 4/22/98 effective 8/1/98, 1/12/99 effective 5/1/99)
(a) Such participation occurs not earlier than May 1;
(b) In soccer, women’s volleyball and field hockey, the number of student-athletes from any one institutiondoes not exceed the applicable limits set forth in Bylaw 17.29.2;
(c) The competition is approved by the institution’s director of athletics;
(d) No class time is missed for practice activities or for competition; and
(e) In women’s volleyball, all practice and competition is confined to doubles tournaments in outdoor volleyball,either on sand or grass.