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Athletics Activities During a Split Week

With winter break coming to a close and spring semester classes starting on Mon., Jan. 14, the Compliance Office would like to provide clarification on a somewhat confusing area of NCAA legislation.

While it is well-known that daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable activities that occur during an official vacation period (i.e., winter break), many coaches often ask how weekly hour limitations apply when a vacation period occurs in the same week in which classes are in session. For example, how does this Sun., Jan. 13 - the last day of winter break - affect hour limitations for the remainder of the week?

The answer - found in NCAA Bylaw - varies depending on whether a team is in-season or out-of-season, and how it designates its week (in the beginning-of-the-year Playing & Practice Season Declaration).

In-season teams that designate their week as Sunday to Saturday (listed below) may practice an unlimited length of time on Sun., Jan. 13 and still conduct up to 20 hours of activities over the remaining six days of the week (with a day off required in that timespan). Teams also possess the option to use Sun., Jan. 13 to satisfy the off-day requirement and then practice up to 20 hours over the next six days (without another day off required).

  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis 

In-season teams that designate their week as Monday to Sunday (listed below) may also practice an unlimited length of time on Sun., Jan. 13, but may not use that day to satisfy the off-day requirement for the first week of classes.

  • Track & Field

In accordance with NCAA Bylaw, only in-season teams may conduct countable activities during a vacation period. Therefore, the teams listed below may not begin countable activities until Mon., Jan. 14, at which time they are limited to 8 hours per week until the start of their playing season (as declared in the team's Playing & Practice Season Declaration). With the exception of Men's Golf, each of teams listed below designates its week as Sunday to Saturday and may therefore use Sun., Jan. 13 as one of its two required off days for the first week of classes.

  • Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball