Playing Season

Practice is defined as any meeting, activity or instruction involving sports related information and having an athletic purpose.  It can consist of field, floor, or court activity that may or may not involve setting up offensive or defensive alignments, chalk talk, lectures on strategies, activities using equipment related to sport, or review of film, which could include game film.  If a student-athlete is required to participate in any or all of the mentioned categories including camps, clinics and contest, the student-athlete will beginning counting the allowed seasons of participation.


Under NCAA rules a student-athlete is allowed 4 seasons of participation within 5 years of full-time enrollment.  A student-athlete must count a season of participation when he or she practices or competes during or after the first contest following the student-athlete's initial enrollment at that school.  As a transfer student-athlete you will become eligible once an academic tracer is received from the transferring institution and you would have remained eligible to participate or have graduated.  


If you are a transfer student-athlete and have used a season(s) of participation according to the regulations , at another institution you might be obligated to fulfill an academic year in residence prior to being eligible to represent your school in intercollegiate competition, unless you would have been academically and athletically eligible if you would have remained at that institution.


Activities Constituting Use of a Season

1.    A student-athlete must count a season of participation when he or she practices or competes during or after the first contest following the student-athlete's initial participation at that school.  [Bylaw 14.2.4.1]

2.    A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete participates in a preseason scrimmage or preseason exhibition conducted prior to the first contest scheduled.

3.    A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete practices in the nontraditional sports segment.  [Bylaw 14.2.4.1]