The amount of time SEC athletes put into their respective sports could soon be changing.
According to a Thursday release from the SEC, the conference has joined forces with the other four autonomy conferences to create a proposal for new NCAA rules on student-athlete time commitments.
“We believe we have found the right balance between helping students participate in sports while also providing them with more down time,” the commissioners of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC said in a joint statement. “Different sports have different demands and we think the concepts we’ve agreed to will help tens of thousands of students achieve more balance as they pursue their academic and athletic commitments.”
In a new approach they are terming “Flex 21,” the commissioners hope to provide student-athletes with an addition 21 days free of athletic requirements during the academic year.
This proposal will be formally submitted to the NCAA for voted approval at the annual convention in January of 2017. The proposal is subject to change.
Here’s a breakdown of the proposed changes that would help make this plan a reality:
|Segment||Current Rule||Proposed Changes|
|In Season|| |
No countable athletically related activities during one calendar day per week
Travel day related to athletics participation may be considered a day off
|Travel days may not count as days off|
|Academic Year||No countable athletically related activities during two calendar days per week outside the season.||14 Additional Days off. Can be used during or outside the season|
No countable athletically related activities between midnight and 5 a.m.
|8-hour block of free time, any time between 9:00pm to 6:00am.|
|Post Season||Varies by sport||7-day recovery time|
“We heard from our students that they would like more certainty in their schedules in order to engage in other activities,” the commissioners said. “We recognize there will need to be a level of flexibility and reasonableness in carrying out these changes, especially with regard to travel, but students deserve time off and we want athletic departments to work in a sensible and appropriate way to provide it. We want administrators to have some degree of flexibility in implementing these rules, but they must be mindful that rest is important to a student’s health, in addition to their athletic and academic performance.”