Key Results from a Recent NCAA Survey: Time Demands Placed on DI Student-Athletes

The NCAA recently released the results of a survey regarding time demands placed on Division I student-athletes.  Nearly 50,000 surveys were received, with the vast majority – over 44,000 or 89 percent – being from Division I athletes.  The rest of the surveys were completed by Division I coaches and athletic administrators.

A few of the key findings from the survey include:

  • Student-athletes and athletic administrators (but not necessarily coaches!) strongly favored a period of no activity for a limited period of time following the conclusion of a sports season (the length of time varied in the survey).
  • Requiring a minimum of eight hours overnight between athletically-related activities.  For example, if a late-night televised contest went into overtime or extra innings and concluded after midnight, athletes could not be required to attend an early morning strength training session the next day.
  • Student-athletes should be allowed to have a period of time outside of the playing season in their sport in which they can participate in educational or career development opportunities, such as a study abroad trip or an internship.  Most agreed that this opportunity should be limited to a two-to-four week period when it is proposed for a vote.

For more information about this survey, click on this link to the NCAA website:

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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