Playing Season Regulations

In Division I athletics, the NCAA has limitations on the number of hours student-athletes can participate in countable athletically related activities with their coaches inside and outside of the playing season. 

In-Season Limitations:

  • Max of 4 hours/per day of required countable athletically related activities
  • Max of 20 hours/per week of required countable athletically related activities
  • At least 1 required day off per week
  •  Day of competition counts as 3 hours regardless of how long the competition actually takes

Out-of-Season Limitations:

  • Max of 4 hours/per day of required countable athletically related activities
  • Max of 8 hours/per week of required countable athletically related activities
  • Max of 2 hours/per week of the 8 hour limit may be devoted to skill-related instruction (film review in football)
  • At least 2 required days off per week

What is considered/not considered a countable athletically related activity?

Examples of Countable Athletically Related Activities

  • Practice
  • Competition
  • Team Meetings
  • Film Review
  • Strength Training
  • Conditioning
  • Skill Instruction

Examples of Non-Countable Athletically Related Activities

  • Compliance Meetings
  • Academics (Study Hall, Tutors)
  • Promotional Activities
  • Life Skills/Leadership 
  • Student Host Duties
  • Training Room/Medical Treatment
  • Voluntary Weight Training/Conditioning

To learn more about playing and practice seasons and what is a countable/non-countable athletically related activity, please click HERE.

Outside Competition

LSU student-athletes must receive approval from the Compliance Office prior to participating in competition as a member of an outside sports team or as an individual.

Pending Compliance Office approval, student-athletes in all sports (except football) may compete in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during select time periods (e.g., summer break, official LSU vacation periods when team is out-of-season).

The number of LSU student-athletes on any one outside team shall not exceed the following limitations:  

Baseball: Unlimited
Basketball: Unlimited
Cross Country: Unlimited
Golf: Unlimited
Gymnastics: Unlimited
Soccer: 5
Softball: 4
Swimming & Diving: Unlimited
Tennis: Unlimited
Track & Field: Unlimited
Volleyball: 2

To seek approval to compete in outside competition, golf and tennis student-athletes should complete and submit this form. Student-athletes in all other sports should complete and submit this form.