College is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional
control in operating its athletics programs in accordance with NCAA,
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and College rules and
The SPC Compliance Office works to help educate its
student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, staff and
boosters about the basic requirements and guidelines that must be
followed in order to make the College compliant. The Compliance
Office strives to be proactive with education, and acts as the
communication center to address questions, concerns and the
interpretation of NCAA rules for its constituents.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding NCAA
guidelines, please feel free to contact Ms. Lydia Harsley directly at (434)
Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes NCAA
Amateurism Clearinghouse Process
Freshman Eligibility Quick Reference4 Sheet
International Student-Athletes Information
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Academic Eligibility Standards - Practice and
To be eligible to practice and compete, you must be enrolled in a
minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or
equivalent degree as defined by the regulations at the Saint Paul's College.
The Saint Paul's
has determined a minimum full-time program as being enrolled in 12
credits during a semester.
Countable Athletically Related Activities - 20/8 Hour Rule
The NCAA regulates the daily and weekly hour limitations that
student-athletes are permitted to participate in required activities
related to their sport. The following information pertains to the
guidelines for "countable athletically related activities."
Student-athletes may not participate in required countable
athletically related activities for more than:
Out-of-Season (During the Academic Year)
4 hours per day
20 hours per week
8 hours per week
The daily and weekly hour limitations DO NOT apply to
the following time periods:
• During preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the
first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier.
• During an institution's term-time official vacation period (e.g.,
Thanksgiving, spring break), as listed in the institution's official
calendar, and during the academic year between terms when classes
are not in session.
Are student-athletes required to have a day off from
countable athletically related activities?
During the academic year, student-athletes shall not engage in any
countable athletically related activities on one day per week during
the playing season and two days per week outside the playing season.
The required day(s) off may occur on any day of the week and may
change from week to week. A "week" is defined as any seven
consecutive days, determined at the institution's discretion.
Below are partial lists of common activities that count and
do not count against daily and weekly time limits:
Countable* Athletically Related Activities
Noncountable Athletically Related Activities
Practices (not more than 4 hours per day).
Athletics meetings with a coach initiated or required by a
coach (e.g., end of season individual meetings).
Meetings with a coach initiated by the student-athlete (as
long as no countable activities occur).
Competition (and associated activities, regardless of their
length, count as 3 hours).
NOTE: No countable athletically related activities may occur
after the competition.
Drug/alcohol educational meetings or CHAMPS/Life Skills
Field, floor or on-court activity.
Study hall, tutoring or academic meetings.
Setting up offensive and defensive alignment.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings.
On-court or on-field activities called by any member of the
team and confined primarily to members of that team that are
considered as requisite for participation on the team (e.g.,
Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff
Required weight training and conditioning activities.
Voluntary sport related activities (e.g., initiated by
student-athlete, no attendance taken, no coach present).
Required participation in camps/clinics.
Traveling to/from the site of competition (as long as no
countable activities occur).
Visiting the competition site in the sports of cross
country , golf and skiing
Training room activities (e.g., treatment, taping),
rehabilitation activities and medical examinations.
Participation outside the regular season in individual
skill-related instructional activities with a member of the
Recruiting activities (e.g., student host).
Discussion or review of game films.
Training table meals.
Participation in a physical activity class for
student-athletes only and taught by a member of the
athletics staff (e.g., coach).
Attending banquets (e.g., awards or post-season banquets).
Fundraising activities or public relations/promotional
activities and community service projects.
*There may be additional rules applicable only to certain sports.
Also, conferences and institutions may adopt more restrictive rules.
Contact the compliance office for answers to questions or for
What is the difference between in-season and out-of-season?
In-season (20 Hours per week)
• Time between the team's first officially recognized practice
session and the last practice session or competition, whichever
• Sports other than football and basketball may have their seasons
separated into two distinct segments: championship segment and
• During the in-season period (i.e., championship and
nonchampionship segments), a student-athlete may participate in a
maximum of 20 hours per week of countable athletically related
Out-of-season (Eight (8) Hours per week)
• The remaining days during the academic year not included in the
• A student-athlete may participate in a maximum of eight (8) hours
per week of countable athletically related activities and may not
participate in any countable athletically related activities on two
days per week during the out-of-season period.
• In sports other than football and women's basketball,
participation in up to two (2) hours of required or voluntary
individual skill instruction is permissible. In women's basketball
not more than four (4) hours per week may be spent on individual
skill workouts. In football, skill instruction activities are
limited to the review of game film.
Outside the playing season (during the academic year),
student-athletes are limited to not more than eight (8) hours per
week of certain countable athletically related activities. Those
activities are shown below:
NOTE: Student-athletes may be involved in any noncountable
athletically related activity during the off-season period (e.g.,
workouts using the safety exception, voluntary workouts, other
noncountable activities permitted during the in-season period).
Only an amateur student-athlete, as defined by NCAA regulations, is
eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport. An
individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for
intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:
1. Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay
in any form in that sport;
2. Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received
following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
3. Signs a contract or verbally gives a commitment of any kind to
play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability
of any consideration received;
4. Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of
expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a
professional sports organization based upon athletics skill or
participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
5. Competes on any professional athletics team and knows (or had
reason to know) that the team is a professional athletics team, even
if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received; or
6. Enters into a professional draft or an agreement (either written
or oral) with an agent or other entity to negotiate a professional
A student-athlete will be considered ineligible for participation
in an intercollegiate sport if he or she has ever agreed (orally or
in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of
marketing his or her athletic ability or reputation in that sport.
Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a
sport or particular sports would be deemed applicable to all sports,
and the individual would be considered ineligible to participate in
A student-athlete is not permitted to sign an agreement with an
attorney or financial advisor for the purpose of representation
during the screening process of inquiries and offers from agents.
The student-athlete (and his or her relatives and friends) is not
permitted to accept any tangible benefits (e.g., gifts, money, etc.)
from an agent and/or the representative of an agent, nor are they
permitted to enter into a written or verbal agreement for future
representation by an agent after the student-athlete's eligibility
has been expired.
In addition, student-athletes who have any questions about
professional sports agents, accepting prize money for athletics
contests, receiving payment of expenses or gifts of any kind,
endorsing or advertising products or activities, owning their own
businesses, or working as a model or performer should consult with
the Office of Compliance immediately. Violations of the amateur
status regulations are possible in all of these areas.
An extra benefit is considered to be any special arrangement
or preferential treatment given to prospective student-athletes or
enrolled student-athletes, their families/relatives, and/or their
friends that is not expressly authorized by NCAA regulations.
Receipt by a student-athlete of an impermissible award, benefit or
expense allowance can render the individual ineligible. Some
examples of extra benefits that are not allowed are:
Entertainment (such as tickets to sporting events, concerts, movies,
meals at a restaurant, etc.) paid for by Panther Club donors,
alumni, fans or others not related to you
• Money, loans or transportation services not available to all other
Saint Paul's College students
• Discounts on tickets, services, products or rent not available to
all other Pitt students
• Use of an automobile (except owned by you or your family)
• Meals at a restaurant provided by athletic boosters, alumni, fans,
or others not related to you
• Free or discounted typing services
• Use of telephone or telephone credit card at no charge
• Use of copy/fax machine at no charge or reduced rate
• Co-signing of loans (except by family members)
Sports Wagering Activities
In NCAA Bylaw 10.02.1, Sports Wagering is defined as
placing, accepting or soliciting a wager (on a staff member's or
student-athlete's own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type
with any individual or organization on any intercollegiate, amateur
or professional team or contest. Examples of prohibited sports
wagering activities include (but are not limited to):
of a bookmaker or parlay card;
2. Internet sports wagering;
3. Auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or
4. Pools (e.g., "March Madness" bracket sheets) or fantasy leagues
in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win
As per NCAA Bylaw 10.3, student-athletes should not knowingly:
Provide information to individuals involved in or associated with
any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate,
amateur or professional athletics competition;
2. Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
3. Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
4. Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for
any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner); or
5. Participate in any gambling activity that involves
intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a
bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized
In addition, the following interpretations apply:
Soliciting or accepting a wager for a material item:
The provisions of NCAA bylaw 10.3 do not permit a student-athlete
from soliciting or accepting a wager for a non-monetary material
item (e.g., shirt, jersey, meal) that has tangible value in exchange
for the possibility of gaining another item of value. It should be
noted, however, that institutions that compete against each other
may agree to participate for a tangible item (e.g., governors cup),
provided no student-athletes receive any tangible item.
Wagering on professional sports contests:
The prohibition against student-athletes from participating in
gambling activities associated with professional sports events is
applicable only to those sports in which the Association conducts
championship competition, bowl subdivision football and emerging
As a student-athlete, you are responsible for the following
as it relates to sports wagering activities:
1. Reporting any offers of gifts, money or favors in exchange for
supplying team information or for attempting to alter the outcome of
any contest to the appropriate staff member (i.e., Coach,
2. Maintaining a clear understanding of what constitutes sports
wagering, gambling and bribery activities and reporting any
3. Contacting a coach or other Departmental personnel (i.e., Media
Relations Staff) when questions concerning appropriate release of
team information occur; and
4. Increasing your awareness that participation in sports wagering
or bribery activities can result in disciplinary actions by the
College and the NCAA, as well as local, state and/or federal
prosecution of the involved individuals.
Competition and practice on outside teams during the academic year
and in the summer are restricted in different ways for different
sports. You can jeopardize your eligibility by participating on an
outside team in some cases and NCAA rules are specific pertaining to
the number of teammates from each institution that can be on the
same team. Please note that prior to involvement in any type of
organized competition or practice with a non-Saint Paul’s College
amateur team, you must receive approval from your head coach, the
Office of Compliance, and the Director of Athletics.
Education and Screening
The NCAA has mandatory drug screening programs. You must agree in
writing to be tested by the NCAA and before you can become eligible
for practice and competition.
NCAA DRUG TESTING PROGRAM
Each year, student-athletes will sign a consent form demonstrating
their understanding and willingness to participate in the NCAA
drug-testing program. The NCAA requires this consent for any
student-athletes before they begin participation each year. Failure
to complete and sign the statement shall result in the
student-athlete being ineligible for all intercollegiate
By signing the NCAA Drug Consent Form, you agree to allow the NCAA
to test you in relation to any participation in an NCAA Championship
or post-season competition. The NCAA tests for any banned substances
listed in Bylaw 31.2.3 and can be found in your student-athlete
handbook. Your coach, Athletic Trainer or the Office of Compliance
can provide an updated list of banned drugs by the NCAA. For the
current list of 2008-09 banned drug classes please view the
Additionally, all student-athletes are now subject to year
round drug testing administered by the NCAA. By signing the Drug
Testing Consent Form, you also agree to be tested on a year round
basis (including the summer) for anabolic agents, diuretics and
urine manipulators. You must keep your coaches informed any time you
leave town. The NCAA generally gives only 24 hours notice for their
year round drug testing. Therefore, your coaches must know how to
If the NCAA tests you for the banned drugs listed in Bylaw 31.2.3
and you test positive (consistent with NCAA drug-testing protocol),
you will be ineligible to participate in regular-season and
postseason competition for one calendar year (i.e., 365 days) after
your positive drug test and you will be charged with the loss of a
minimum of one season of competition in all sports.
If you test positive in an NCAA drug test a second time for the use
of any drug, other than a "street drug" as defined in Bylaw 31.2.3,
you will lose all remaining regular season and postseason
eligibility in all sports. If you test positive for the use of a
"street drug" after being restored to eligibility, you will be
charged with the loss of one additional season of competition in all
sports and also remain ineligible for regular season and postseason
competition at least through the next calendar year.
Keep in mind, the penalty for missing a scheduled NCAA drug
test is the same penalty for testing positive for the use of a
banned drug. You will remain ineligible until you retest negative
and your eligibility has been restored by the NCAA Committee on
Student-Athlete Reinstatement, after loss of eligibility, as noted
nutritional/dietary supplements contain NCAA banned substances. Some
supplements may lead to a positive NCAA or Saint Paul's College
drug test. The use of supplements is at the student-athlete's own
risk. Student-athletes should contact their trainer or head coach
before taking any supplements.
The NCAA has strict guidelines regarding the use of a
student-athlete's name picture or likeness to promote any commercial
entity or product. A student-athlete's involvement in any
promotional event must be approved in advance by the Office of
Student Life and Compliance, even if the activity is conducted by an
institutional, educational, charitable or non-profit organization.
Student-Athletes at the
Saint Paul's College are
recognized as representatives of the
Saint Paul's College,
both on and off campus. During your athletic careers at Pitt, you
may be asked to participate in a variety of promotional activities
(if deemed permissible) on behalf of:
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If you are a student-athlete enrolled at another institution, or if
you have been enrolled at another
institution, NCAA rules and regulations strictly prohibit Saint Paul’s coaches (or
athletics staff members) from having any communication with you,
directly or indirectly, until your current/original institution
grants our institution permission to contact you. (Types of
communication include e-mail, phone or written correspondence.) You
may obtain this permission to contact from the athletics compliance
office or the director of athletics at your current or previous
Once you obtain this release information, you may fax it to the Saint Paul’s College
Athletics Compliance Office at (434) 848-9607. Once the release is
obtained from your current or previous institution, then Saint Paul’s coaches will be able to contact
Please talk to your coach and/or athletic director to request this
permission. We appreciate the fact that you are considering to
attend Saint Paul’s College, home
of the Tigers!
Permission to Speak/Contact
Potential transfer student-athlete obtains written permission (from
AD or designee), directly or indirectly, to speak with/contact
another institution regarding the possibility of transferring in
order to participate in intercollegiate athletics at that
institution. Contact is not permitted by an athletics staff member
at an institution without written permission.
The general rule for a student that transfers from any kind of
collegiate institution (e.g., two-year, four-year, foreign,
domestic) to a NCAA institution is the requirement to complete one
full academic year (i.e., full-time enrollment for two semesters or
three quarters) of residence at the new institution before being
eligible to compete.
A student-athlete who attends a four-year college (e.g., NCAA
Division I, II, III, NAIA, or international institution) and seeks
to transfer to another four-year college to participate in
A student-athlete who currently attends a two-year college (i.e.,
community college, junior college where students can earn an
associate degree) and seeks to transfer to a four-year institution
to participate in collegiate athletics.
A student-athlete who transfers from a four-year college, to a
two-year college, and then to another four-year institution to
participate in collegiate athletics.
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