DRR – April 5, 2017 – Blanket Waiver Approved – SWM & DIV – Preparation for National & World Championships

The NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief recently approved a blanket waiver applicable to swimming and diving student-athletes that will continue to allow them to work with coaches during the off-season if they have qualified for, or are very close to qualifying for, the 2017 national championships or world championships. In essence, if a student-athlete has met these qualifying times or standards, or are very close to doing so, they will have the opportunity to initiate voluntary workouts where a coach is able to conduct said workouts; currently swimming & diving coaches are able to be present at voluntary workouts but unable to conduct said workouts. With this waiver, student-athletes will be able to adequately train for these important competitions with additional assistance from their coaching staffs.

 

Division I Committee for Legislative Relief Approves Swimming/Diving Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches In Preparation for 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships (I) 

Swimming and Diving Student-Athlete Involvement with College Coaches in Preparation for 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships.  Approved April 4, 2017.

The NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver in the sport of swimming and diving to permit the following:

  • Women’s swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2017 National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 18, 2017, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the June 27-July 1, 2017, Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials or the July 31-August 13, 2017, USA Diving National Championships;
  • Men’s swimming and diving student-athletes who achieve a 2017 National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time or qualifying score by March 25, 2017, to continue to be coached by their collegiate coach through the 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials or the 2017 USA Diving National Championships;
  • Women’s swimming student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time by March 18, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 30, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter;
  • Women’s diving student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 USA Diving National Championships qualifying score by March 18, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 21, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2017 USA Diving National Championships;
  • Men’s swimming student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 Swimming National Championships and World Championships Trials qualifying time by March 25, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending April 30, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a time within one percent for events that are 200 meters/yards or longer and two percent for events that are 100 meters/yards and shorter; and
  • Men’s diving student-athletes who have not achieved a 2017 USA Diving National Championships qualifying score by March 25, 2017, to be coached by their collegiate coach through events ending May 21, 2017, provided the student-athlete achieves a score within three percent of the minimum qualifying score in the relevant individual or synchronized diving event for the 2017 USA Diving National Championships.

In granting this request, the Committee for Legislative Relief noted the elite and unique circumstances surrounding student-athletes’ potential participation in the 2017 World University, World Championships and USA Diving National Championships.

See Case No. 968992 in Requests/Self-Reports Online via the search tab.  Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References:  NCAA Division I Bylaws 17.02.18 (voluntary athletically related activities), 17.1.7.1 (daily and weekly hour limitations — playing season), 17.1.7.2 (weekly hour limitations – outside the playing season) and 17.21.7 (safety exception)