Why We Need Them: NCAA Rules

The Spectrum does weekly pickems’ that come every Thursday issue and recently I’ve been notified that I’m unable to participate in the activity.

Shortly after the edition two weeks ago was published, I was notified and directed that student-athletes are not permitted to participate in picking games, betting or brackets, due to NCAA regulations.

In lieu of this, here are a few NCAA rules you might not know are real.

1. Student-athletes are not allowed to pick games or fill out brackets, such as March Madness. They are especially not allowed to bet money on games.

Why we need it: NCAA referees are held to the same standards and I definitely would not want my teammates throwing a game because they bet money on it and same goes for the men and women in the zebra stripes.

2. Athletes in season are allowed 20 hours of required team activities.

This might seem like it is broken frequently, but there are team activities that do not count. For example, travel days count as zero hours (even though a flight the soccer team was on to California took most of the day).

Why we need it: Coaches have to get their hours signed off by student-athletes and turn them in to the compliance directors weekly. This prevents coaches from running athletes’ lives and aims to keeping college sports a part-time job in season.

3. Off-season athletes are allowed eight required hours of team activities. This includes practices and weight-lifting. Some coaches like to exercise the phrase “voluntary” and these do not count toward the eight allotted hours. This is similar to summer practices — these are classified as “captain’s practices.”

Why we need it: Similar to number two on the list, this prevents coaches from taking over athletes’ lives. The off-season is meant for rest and the NCAA enforces these rules as such.

4. Posting about enjoying a restaurant on Facebook or Twitter could be categorized as “promoting” by the student-athlete.

Why we need it: While most student-athletes are not famous, companies could benefit greatly from their social media account that often times reaches millions of fans. This would prevent companies from benefiting directly from athletes’ lives, the purpose of this rule.

As you can see, there is much more to NCAA rules than one may think. They are made with good intentions and overall the NCAA does a good job creating and enforcing these edicts.

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