Medical Hardship and Fifth (5th) Year Waivers
Student-athletes have eligibility for no more than four (4) seasons
of intercollegiate athletic competition in any one sport, which
ordinarily must be used within five (5) calendar years from their
first full-time matriculation at any collegiate institution.
However, under Ivy rules student-athletes are ordinarily expected
to use their eligibility during their first four years of
enrollment. The Ivy League does not allow “redshirts”.
There are exceptions to this rule; please consult the Compliance
Office for more information about Fifth (5th) Year Waivers.
NCAA rules pertaining to medical
hardships state that you may compete in a maximum of three (3)
contests or dates of competition, up to 30% of your team’s
contests, and still qualify for a waiver. If you have suffered a
season-ending injury or illness, you must let the Compliance Office
staff know as soon as possible, even if you are unsure if you will
pursue a waiver. This is because medical documentation and
participation information must be submitted by the Compliance
Office to the Ivy League office in the same calendar year as the
season you have missed. Note that medical documentation must
indicate dates and treatments prescribed, the date when you were
declared unable to compete as well as the date you were officially
cleared to resume competition. If you see a medical professional at
home or off campus, it is your responsibility to make the records
available to the Brown Athletic Trainers and compliance staff
– they will be needed for any waiver request.