Outside Competition

NCAA Bylaw 14.7 discusses outside competition and the effects this competition can have on student-athletes eligibility. The rules in this bylaw were designed to provide a reasonable balance between the amount of time a student-athlete spends on athletically related activities and the time necessary to concentrate on academics to reap the normal benefit of student life.

In summary, student-athletes cannot participate in outside competition during the academic year.  If they do, they will render themselves ineligible for intercollegiate competition. This includes seemingly insignificant competition such as organized city league games.

During official vacation periods (including the summer), it may be permissible for a student-athlete to participate in outside competition (i.e., summer leagues). However, all outside competition must be approved by the Compliance Office prior to participation. Student-athletes risk losing eligibility if they do not have it approved beforehand.

*Outside competition is not permissible with the sport of basketball year round except through a certified summer league approved by the Compliance Office prior to participation.

In order to avoid any unnecessary consequences, please contact the Compliance Office before you compete in any non-BYU competition.

Components Permissible for Basketball-anytime* Permissible for Other Sports
Teams are regularly formed NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Competition is scheduled in advance NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Official score is kept NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Individual or team standings are maintained NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Official timer or game officials are used NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Team uniforms are used NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Admission is charged NO Only during summer and official vacation periods
Commercial sponsor is involved NO Only during summer and official vacation periods

For all sports, the following exceptions exist:

  • A high school alumni game;
  • Olympic Games;
  • Official Pan American Games tryouts and competition;
  • U.S. National teams;
  • Official World championships, World University Games and World Cup tryouts and competition; and
  • Multi-sport events.