PRACTICE AND COMPETITION
NCAA rules and regulations limit the time that student-athletes may participate in athletic activities (e.g., practice activities, the length of its playing seasons and the number of its regular-season contests and/or dates of competition) on a daily, weekly and yearly basis.
In-Season Activities and Time Limits
During a particular sport's primary playing season, student-athletes may be involved in athletically-related activities up to 20 hours per week and four hours per day ("the 20/4 hour limits"). Examples of athletically-related activities include: required practice, conditioning, strength training, competition, discussion of game films, lectures regarding the sport, required participation in camps/clinics/workshops, and any other on-field, on-court, on-floor or on-water activity. Counting Competition: All activities on the day of competition count as three hours, regardless of actual length. For example, a baseball double-header that takes up six hours or a field hockey game that takes up two hours, still counts as three hours of athletic activity.
Out-of-Season Activities and Time Limits Outside of a sport's primary playing season, student-athletes may be involved up to eight hours of weight-training, conditioning and skill/game-related instruction. Skill/game-related may take up to two of the eight hours only and may occur in groups of no more than four student-athletes at a time, except as indicated below.
There is no limit on the number of student-athletes who may be involved in skill instruction at any one time. (But the limit of two hours of skill instruction of the eight hours still applies.)
Student-athletes may participate in up to four hours of skill-related instruction as part of the 8 hours, and there is no limit on the number of student-athletes who may be involved in skill instruction at any one time. Football: Skill/game-related instruction may not occur outside the season in football. However, football student-athletes may review game film for up to two of the eight hours per week outside the season.
In season: During the playing season, student-athletes must receive one day off from all athletic activities. This rule does not apply during Big East and NCAA Championships or during a vacation period in the academic year. A day when the team is traveling may count as the required day off provided no athletically-related activities also occur on that day.
Out of Season:
Outside the playing season, student-athletes must receive two days off from all athletic activities.
All other teams - No Limit [No other member of the University of Cincinnati Athletic Department (e.g., coach, official, player, etc.) can be involved with the team in any way.]
Student-athletes may compete on only one team in one approved summer league between June 15 and August 31.
Summer Competition Awards and Prizes