Medical Redshirt




1.8.1    A student athlete may have a year of collegiate competition reinstated for reasons of

medical hardship. Medical hardship is defined as an incapacity resulting from injury or

illness that has occurred under certain specific conditions. A FORM 4, Injury/Illness

Waiver Request, is filed with the conference commissioner of the conference in which

the injury or illness occurred. The conference commissioner may approve the waiver

based on the following criteria: (Adopted & effective 10/17/08)


A. There must have been an incapacitating injury or illness that caused the athlete to

become unable to complete the season. It is not necessary for the injury or illness to

be the direct result of the institution’s practice or game competition.


B. The incapacitating injury or illness must be specifically defined and validated by the

licensed physician who treated the athlete at the time of the injury or illness, and the

supporting documentation must be contemporaneous and completed at the time of

the diagnosis and/or treatment of the injury or illness. Statements written subsequent

to or not from the treating medical personnel will not be acceptable. (Adopted & effective



C. The injury or illness must have occurred prior to the beginning of the contest or date

of competition that begins the second half of the playing season in that sport as

measured by the number of completed contests or dates of competition in that sport,

excluding postconference competition. The institution’s sport schedule must

accompany the FORM 4. For each tournament on the schedule, the institution must

indicate how many contests were played. The institution must also indicate any

scheduled contests or dates of competition that did not occur. (Adopted & effective 11/2/12)


An athlete who is injured in the first half of the season, attempts to return in the

second half, and is unable to compete further as a result of aggravating the original

injury does not qualify for the injury/illness waiver.


D. The injury or illness must have occurred before the student participated in more than

30 percent (20% if it occurred before July 1, 2016) of the institution’s completed

contests in that sport, or competition dates, but it is not permissible to combine the

two (2) methods of calculation, excluding postconference competition. The sport

schedule that accompanies the FORM 4 must indicate the contests in which the

athlete competed. PC and/or bowl game contests shall not be counted in the injury/

illness number of contests. (Adopted & effective 11/2/12) (Revised 3/31/16 effective 7/1/16) (Revised & effective 6/28/16)


E. The following are to be used in determining the percent calculation under these

“medical hardship waiver” provisions:


1. Any computation of the percent limitation that results in a fractional portion of

an event shall be rounded to the next whole number (e.g., 30 percent of a 31-

game basketball schedule, 9.3 games, shall be considered 10 games) (e.g., 20

percent of a 31-game basketball schedule, 6.2 games, shall be considered 7

games). (Revised 3/31/16 effective 7/1/16) (Revised & effective 6/28/16)


2. The denominator shall be the institution’s completed contests in that sport, using

the counting method outlined in Bylaw 1.8.1.D. (Adopted and effective 6/19/14)


F. Participation in scrimmages shall not count as contests in the administration of the

“medical hardship waiver.”


G. Conference championship events shall be counted as one (1) contest in determining

the institution’s completed events in that sport, regardless of the number of days or

games involved.


H. Tournaments and multiple-team events—For the purposes of the injury/illness

waiver rule only, tournaments and multiple team versus team events will be counted

as follows:


1. Individual sports: Any competition involving participants from more than two

(2) institutions, conducted and organized as one (1) event at one (1) location on

one (1) calendar day; (e.g., triple-dual meet in wrestling, team invitation in track

or swim meet) shall count as one (1) contest, even though team scores against all

participating institutions are kept separately, or the athlete competes against

more than one (1) opponent.


2. In individual sports, each day of an individual’s competition in a tournament or

meet shall count as one (1) contest.


3. In team sports, an institution’s participation against another institution in each

contest in a tournament, doubleheader, or multiple-team engagement shall count

as one (1) contest; (e.g., a four (4)-game baseball tournament will count as four

(4) contests, and three (3) games in a double-elimination basketball tournament

will count as three (3) contests. (Adopted & effective 11/1/13)

 I.                   Reinstatement of season of sport:


1. The reinstatement of a season of sport shall be treated as if the partial season of

competition never existed for athletic purposes.


2. For academic purposes, if the reinstatement occurred in the first year of

competition, that period will not affect eligibility. If the reinstatement is in the

second year of competition, all rules of eligibility shall apply.




The criteria used when considering this type of appeal shall be those applied in Bylaw

1.8 (Injury/Illness). Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the



A. The student athlete failed to complete the entire season of competition at the

institution as a result of a life-threatening injury or illness suffered by a member of

the student athlete’s immediate family, that clearly is supported by contemporaneous

medical documentation;


B. The student athlete failed to complete the entire season of competition at the

institution as a result of extreme financial difficulties as a result of a specific event

(e.g., layoff, death in family) experienced by the student athlete or an individual

upon whom the student athlete is legally dependent and prohibited the student athlete

from participating in intercollegiate athletics. These circumstances must be clearly

supported by objective documentation (e.g., decree of bankruptcy, proof of

termination) and must be beyond the control of the student athlete or the individual

upon whom the student athlete is legally dependent. Review Authority: The extenuating circumstances waiver request shall follow the

appeals process as outlined in Article 7 of the Constitution and Bylaws utilizing the

above criteria. In cases where a student athlete does not meet the extenuating

circumstances listed, following and only after review by the conference, the CCCAA

Appeals Board shall have authority to review based on additional documented

extenuating circumstances. (Adopted & effective 10/17/08)