Educational Column: Counting ITA Tournaments Against Institutional and Individual Dates of Competition

Educational Column

Counting ITA Tournaments Against Institutional and Individual Dates of Competition (III)

Date Issued: November 5, 2009
Date Published: November 5, 2009
Item Ref: 2

Educational Column:

Institutional Dates of Competition.

NCAA Division III member institutions should note that pursuant to NCAA Division III Bylaw 17.23.5.3 in tennis, Intercollegiate TennisAssociation tournaments are not exempted from the maximum dates of competition limitation and, therefore, must count towards the institution's maximum dates of competition limitation when at least six student-athletes represent the institution in an ITA tournament on any particular date. Pursuant to Bylaw 17.23.5.1.2, when three or more student-athletes represent the institution in an individual singles or doubles tournament, including an ITA tournament, that does not include team scoring or recognize a team champion, the tournament counts as one institutional date of competition, regardless of the total number of days competition occurs.

Individual Dates of Competition.

Unless otherwise noted in Bylaw 17.23.5.2.1, if a student-athlete represents his or her institution in an ITA tournament, then the student-athlete's participation must be included in the student-athlete's maximum dates of competition limitation for each date in which the student-athlete competes in the tournament. Also pursuant to Bylaw 17.23.5.2.1, if a student-athlete represents his or her institution in an individual singles or doubles tournament, including an ITA tournament, that does not include team scoring or recognize a team champion, the student-athlete's participation, in up to four such tournaments, counts as one date of competition per tournament regardless of the number of days competition occurs.

It is only permissible for a student-athlete to participate in an ITA tournament and not be charged with a date of competition if the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not participate in the tournament as a member of, or receive expenses from, the institution's team. Further, pursuant to Bylaw 14.7.1, a student-athlete may not participate in an ITA tournament as part of an outside team during the playing season, but may do so outside the playing season.

Finally, any practice held at the direction of, or supervised by, any member of the institution's coaching staff in preparation for, or in conjunction with, a student-athlete's participation in an ITA tournament must be considered part of the institution's declared 19-week playing season.

[References: Division III Bylaws 14.7.1 (outside competition), 14.7.2.5 (competition as individual/not representing institution), 17.23.5.1 (maximum limitations -- institutional,) 17.23.5.1.2 (individual singles or doubles tournament limitations- institutional), 17.23.5.2 (maximum limitations -- student-athlete), 17.23.5.2.1 (individual singles or doubles tournament limitations -- student-athlete), and 17.23.5.3 (annual exemptions)]

Notice about Educational Columns and Hot Topics: Educational columns and hot topics are not official or staff interpretations. They are intended to assist the membership by providing examples, scenarios and reminders related to legislation and interpretations at the time of publication. Member institutions are reminded to review the referenced bylaws and interpretations to ensure correct application of current rules and regulations.

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