Playing and Practice season information

Countable Athletically Related Activities (CARA) (defined in Bylaw 17.02.1). Any meeting, activity or instruction involving sports-related information and having an athletics purpose, held for one or more student-athletes at the direction of, or supervised by, any member or members of an institution's coaching staff.
17.1.6.3.3 Definition of Week. A "week" shall be defined as any seven consecutive days to be determined at the institution's discretion. Once the institution determined the seven-day period that shall constitute its week, it shall not change the designation for the remainder of the segment.
17.1.6.3.2 Competition Day. All competition and any associated athletically-related activities on the day of competition shall count as three hours regardless of the actual duration of these activities.
17.1.6.3.6 Vacation Periods and Between Terms. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically-related activities occurring during an institution's official vacation period and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in sessions. If such vacation periods occur during any part of a week in which classes are in session, the institution is subject to the daily and weekly hour limitations during the portion of the week when classes are in session.
17.1.6.4 Required Day Off. During the playing & practice season, all countable athletically-related activities shall be prohibited during one calendar day per week, except during participation in conference and postseason championships. A travel day related to athletics participation may be considered as a day off, provided no countable athletically-related activities occur during the day.
17.1.6.3.5 and 17.1.6.4.3 Preseason Practice. Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically-related activities that occur during preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier. Also, an institution is not required to provide student-athletes with one day off per week during this time period.
17.1.6.3.2.1 Practice Prohibited after Competition. Practice may not be conducted at any time (including vacation periods) following competition, except between contests, rounds or events during a multi-day or multi-event competition (e.g., double-headers in softball or baseball, rounds of golf in a multi-day tournament).
17.1.6.2.2 Skill Instruction - Sports Other Than Baseball and Football. Participation by student-athletes in individual skill-related instruction in sports other than baseball and football is permitted outside the institution's declared playing season, from the institution's first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution's final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw 17.1.6.2-(a)]. More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from September 15 through April 15. Prior to September 15 and after April 15, no more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill related instruction with their coach(es) at any one time in any facility. Skill-related instruction shall not be publicized and shall not be conducted in view of a general public audience.
17.1.6.2.3 Skill Instruction - Baseball. In baseball, participation by student-athletes in skill-related instruction is permitted outside the institution's declared playing season, from the institution's first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw 17.1.6.2-(a)]. More than four student-athletes may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from September 15 to one week prior to the final examination period for the fall term and from January 15 through April 15. No more than four student-athletes may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility prior to September 15, from the opening day of classes of the institution's second academic term to January 15 (for those institutions that begin classes prior to January 15) and after April 15. Skill-related instruction shall not be publicized and shall not be conducted in view of a general public audience.
17.02.13 Voluntary Athletically-Related Activities. In order for any athletically related activity to be considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions must be met:
                (a) The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member (e.g., strength coach, trainer, manager) any information related to the activity. In addition, no athletics department staff member who observes the activity (e.g., strength coach, trainer, manager) may report back to the student-athlete's coach any information related to the activity;
                (b) The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete. Neither the institution nor any athletics department staff member may require the student-athlete to participate in the activity at any time. However, it is permissible for an athletics department staff member to provide information to student-athletes related to available opportunities for participating in voluntary activities (e.g., times when the strength and conditioning coach will be on duty in the weight room or on the track). In addition, for students who have initiated a request to engage in voluntary activities, the institution or an athletics department staff member may assign specific times for student-athletes to use institutional facilities for such purposes and inform the student-athletes of the time in advance;
                (c) The student-athlete's attendance and participation in the activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purposes of reporting such information to coaching staff members or other student-athletes; and
                (d) The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity. In addition, neither the institution nor any athletics department staff member may provide recognition or incentives (e.g., awards) to a student-athlete based on his or her attendance or performance in the activity.
(Note: Coaching staff members may be present during permissible skill-related instruction pursuant to Bylaw 17.1.6.2.2).
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