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 Sports: You must have written approval from the University of Cincinnati's Athletic Department to participate in any official state games or to participate in any official tryouts and/or any competitions involving National Teams, the Pan American Games, or the Olympic Games.
- Current student-athletes and recruited prospective student-athletes who are in the Cincinnati area during the summer cannot participate jointly in recreational activities at the direction of, organized by, or observed by a University of Cincinnati coaching staff member.
- No more than the following number of University of Cincinnati student-athletes with eligibility remaining may practice or compete out-of-season on the same outside amateur team during the summer:
- Baseball - 4
- Basketball - 2
- Football - 5
- Soccer - 5
- Volleyball - 2
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.]
- Basketball League Play:
Student-athletes may compete on only one team in one approved summer league between June 15 and August 31.
- You may play only in a league approved by the NCAA. Be sure to ask your coach about this before you participate in a summer league.
- You must have written permission from University of Cincinnati's Director of Athletics.
- You cannot play in an "All-Star" game of any type.
- No more than two players with eligibility remaining from any single 2- or 4- year college can play on the same league team.
- The league must be within 100 miles of your official residence or the University of Cincinnati's campus.
Summer Competition Awards and Prizes
- In order to maintain your amateur status and remain eligible for intercollegiate competition, you cannot receive any type of pay for play, either directly or indirectly.
- "Pay" includes any type of salary or compensation (including cash prizes). You may receive actual and necessary travel, room and board expenses, and apparel and equipment for practice and competition. These expenses may be received only from someone upon whom you are naturally or legally dependent, a non-University of Cincinnati team, or from an amateur organization or local sports club. Such expenses cannot be based upon the outcome of the competition.
- In the summer, the awards or prizes you may receive must conform to the regulations of the amateur governing body in your sport. At no time, under any circumstances, are you to receive cash. Any questions about permissible prizes should be directed to your coach in advance of the competition, so as not to jeopardize your eligibility.
- All awards or cash prizes that you are not allowed to receive under NCAA regulations cannot be given in your name to another individual or agency.