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Athletics Activities During a Split Week

With winter break coming to a close and spring semester classes starting on Wed., 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  Sun., Jan. 11, Mon., Jan. 12 and Tues., Jan.13  - the remaining days of winter break - affect hour limitations for 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. 11, Mon., Jan. 12 and Tues., Jan. 13 and still conduct up to 20 hours of activities over the remaining four days of the week (with a day off required in that timespan). Teams also possess the option to use Sun., Jan. 11, Mon., Jan. 12 or Tues., Jan. 13  to satisfy the off-day requirement  for the week.      

  • 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. 11, Mon., Jan. 12 and Tues., Jan. 13, but may not use Sun., Jan. 11 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 Wed., 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).  Each of the teams listed below may use Mon., Jan.12 and Tues., Jan 13 to meet the required off day (s) for the first week of classes.

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