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Male Practice Players

14.1.11 Eligibility Requirements for Male Students to Practice with Women's Teams.

It is permissible for male students to engage in practice sessions with women's teams under the following conditions: (Revised: 5/12/05, 5/29/08)

(a) Male students who practice with an institution's women's team on an occasional basis must be verified as eligible for practice in accordance with Bylaw 14.1.8.1 and must have eligibility remaining under the five-year rule (Bylaw 14.2.1);

(b) Male students who practice with an institution's women's teams on a regular basis must be certified as eligible for practice in accordance with all applicable NCAA eligibility regulations (e.g., must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies, must sign a drug-testing consent form, must be included on the institution's squad list);

(c) It is not permissible for an institution to provide male students financial assistance (room and board, tuition and fees, and books) in return for practicing with a women's team. A male student who is receiving financial aid or any compensation for serving in any position in the athletics department may not practice with a women's team. A male student-athlete who is a counter in a men's sport may not engage in practice sessions with an institution's women's team in any sport;

(d) It is not permissible for an institution to provide male students room and board to remain on campus during a vacation period to participate in practice sessions with a women's team;

(e) It is not permissible for a male student-athlete who is serving an academic year of residence as a nonqualifier to participate in practice sessions with a women's team; and

(f) It is permissible for an institution to provide practice apparel to male students for the purpose of practicing with a women's team.

Permissible:
a. It is permissible for an institution to provide apparel to male student-athletes for the purpose of practicing with the institution's women's team.

b. If a male student-athlete is involved in skill-related instruction with a women's team, he must be included in the permissible number of student-athletes permitted to be involved in such instruction at any one time in any facility.

Not permissible:
a. It is not permissible for an institution to provide male student-athletes financial assistance (i.e., room and board, tuition and fees and books) in return for practicing with the women's team.

b. In Division I, it is not permissible for a male student-athlete who is a counter in a men's sport to engage in practice sessions with an institution's women's team in any sport.

c. In Division II, it is not permissible for a male student-athlete who is receiving athletically related aid in any sport to practice with the women's basketball, volleyball or field hockey team on a regular basis.

d. It is not permissible for an institution to provide male student-athletes with room and board to remain on campus during vacation periods to participate in practice sessions with the women's team.

e. It is not permissible for an institution to allow male student-athletes who are nonqualifiers to participate in practice sessions with a women's team.

f. It is not permissible for an institution to provide travel expenses to an away-from-home competition to a male student-athlete who is practicing with a women's team.

g. It is not permissible to place a male student-athlete in the position of a team manager for the purpose of receiving expenses to practice with the women's team on away-from-home competitions.

h. It is not permissible for a male student-athlete who is receiving financial aid or any compensation for serving in any position in the athletics department to practice with a women's team.

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