NCAA Interp Rules Nonqualifiers Out of National Teams

A newly released NCAA interpretation prohibits nonqualifiers from not just practicing or competing with the college team, but with any outside team, including a national team:

The committee confirmed that a nonqualifier is not permitted to practice or compete on an outside team, including a national team, during the academic year of residence, which includes practice or competition during an institution’s term-time official vacation periods (e.g., mid-term break, Labor Day weekend) and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session (e.g., winter break).

This means that if a nonqualifier starts at a school, then receives a call-up to a national team, he or she would potentially be affecting their eligibility by accepting the call-up or even a tryout. It might be possible to get a waiver in the case of a national team call-up, but it would have to get by an interpretation that specifically mentions national teams.

The ban on outside teams generally is understandable, otherwise nonqualifiers could enroll at a four-year school and simply play on an outside team, which defeats the purpose of sitting out and might not even use a season of eligibility. But national team call-ups are so rare and in so many other places are considered special enough to rate an exception to normal NCAA policy, that another exception seems warranted here.

Posted on by John Infante
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