Playing and Practice Seasons

In order to ensure that student-athletes are able to balance the demands of school, athletics and personal obligations, the NCAA and Ivy League have established limits on the number of required hours of "countable athletically related activities" for student-athletes.

These limits vary based on whether a given sport is in-season or out-of-season during the academic year or in the summer vacation period. Each sport has a limited number of days that they can be in-season and the beginning and end of these in-season periods are established by the coaches before each academic year. In many cases, the in-season period is divided into two parts: one in the fall semester, and one in the spring. All competition must take place during an in-season period. As a Brown student-athlete, you are required to review and verify the countable athletically-related activities logs submitted by your coaches when requested by the Compliance Office. You will be notified by email and should login here to review the logs.

See the following Resources for Student-Athletes for information about your participation in countable athletically related activities:

During the prescribed playing and practice season, a coach may require the following practice time from a student-athlete:

  • No more than four (4) hours per day of countable activities;
  • No more than 20 hours per week of countable activities; and
  • Must give one (1) day off per week during the 20 hour/week segments

Skill Instruction
NCAA and Ivy League rules place limits on the number of students who may participate in skill instruction at one time with a coach. From the time classes start through Sept. 14th, four students may paticipate in skill instruction at once. From September 15 through April 15, in sports that use a goalies, up to seven students may participate at one time ( provided one of the seven participants in a goaltender). Otherwise the limit is six participants. From April 16 through the final class day, a maximum of four students may take part in skill instruction. More than one group may work out in one facility at a time as long as there is no co-mingling of groups or coaches.

Remember, Ivy rules require that a student's participation in such activities shall be voluntary (NCAA rules allow for it to be required), and shall be limited to a maximum total of six hours per week (NCAA limit is eight hours per week) of which not more than two hours per week may be spent on individual skill workouts.

Countable Athletically Related Activities
The following are considered countable athletically related activities and must be counted in the weekly or daily time limitations specified under NCAA Bylaw for Division I:

  1. Practice as specified in 17.02.1
  2. Competition
  3. Required weight-training and conditioning activities held at the direction of or supervised by an institutional staff member
  4. Participation in a physical-fitness class conducted by a member of the athletics staff
  5. In Division I sports other than football, participation outside the institution's declared playing season in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff and that occur at the request of the student-athlete
  6. Film or videotape reviews of athletics practices or contests required, supervised or monitored by institutional staff members
  7. Required participation in camps, clinics or workshops
  8. Meetings initiated by coaches or other institutional staff members on athletically related matters
  9. Individual workouts required or supervised by a member of the coaching staff, except for those sports subject to the safety exception
  10. On-court or on-field activities called by any member or members of a team and confined primarily to members of that team that are considered as requisite for participation in that sport (e.g., captain's practices)
  11. Visiting the competition site in the sports of cross country or golf


Non-countable Athletically Related Activities
The following are considered noncountable athletically related activities and are not counted in the weekly or daily time limitations specified under for Division I:

  1. Training-table or competition-related meals
  2. Physical rehabilitation
  3. Dressing, showering or taping
  4. Athletics department academic study hall or tutoring sessions
  5. Meetings with coaches on nonathletics matters
  6. Travel to and from practice and competition
  7. Visiting the competition site in sports other than cross country or golf
  8. Medical examinations or treatments
  9. Fund-raising activities
  10. Recruiting activities (e.g., serving as a student host for prospective student-athletes during official visits)
  11. Public relations activities related to the student-athlete's sport (e.g., media days)
  12. Participation in regular physical education classes, with or without credit, that are listed in the institution's catalog and open to all students, except as noted in 17.02.1-(d)
  13. Voluntary individual workouts, provided these workouts are not required or supervised by coaching staff members, except that such activities may be assisted or monitored for safety purposes by the institution's strength and conditioning personnel. A coach may design a voluntary general individual workout program for a student-athlete (as opposed to a specific workout program for specific days)
  14. Individual consultation with a coaching staff member initiated voluntarily by a student-athlete, provided the coach and the student-athlete do not engage in athletically related activities
  15. The provision of videotapes to a student-athlete by an institution's coach that include a personalized message and athletically related information (e.g., discussion of plays, general workout programs, lectures on strategy related to the sport), provided the viewing of the videotape by the student-athlete is voluntary
  16. Use of an institution's athletics facilities (which may be reserved for student-athletes during the academic year but not during the summer except, in Divisions I and II, to participate in permissible individual workouts in individual sports per 17.02.1) by student-athletes, provided the activities are not supervised by or held at the direction of any member of an institution's coaching staff. In the event that use of an institution's facilities is requested by a team composed partly of enrolled student-athletes and partly of individuals not otherwise affiliated with the institution, use of the facilities shall be consistent with policies established for outside groups generally
  17. Involvement of an institution's strength and conditioning staff with enrolled student-athletes either in a supervisory capacity for the institution's weight-training facilities or assisting in conditioning programs. Such assistance may be provided only if the strength and conditioning staff member, even if a countable coach, performs the strength and conditioning duties on a department-wide basis
Physical rehabilitation