SUBJECT: Medical Hardship Requests
Amend Article V, Section M, Item 2b as follows:

2. All hardship requests must meet the following criteria:

       a. They must involve an injury or illness which is beyond the control of the student or coach and which incapacitates the student from competing further during the sport season in question as verified by the attending physician (i.e. M.D. or D.O.) who must have examined the student during the sport season in question.
       b. The student involved shall not have participated in more contests or dates, excluding scrimmages, in the affected sport during the sports season than those listed for the sport:


8 contests


3 dates


5 contests

Swimming and diving*

2 meets

Competitive cheer and dance

2 dates


3 dates/tournaments

Cross country*

2 meets

Indoor track and field*

1 meet


2 contests

Outdoor track and field*

2 meets


2 contests


4 dates


3 contests


3 dates

* Scrimmages are not allowed in these sports.

Hardships cannot be requested for students who are incapacitated in the last regular-season contest or postseason competition.
     c. All applicable information must appear on the completed certificate. This certificate, along with a current transcript, is to be sent to the National Office for processing.
     d. Participation by a student after being examined by a physician for the incapacitating injury or illness and before receiving written medical clearance shall nullify hardship considerations.

Intent: To establish two contests as the maximum number of contests in which a competitive cheer and dance student-athlete may participate and still qualify for a medical hardship.
Effective date: August 1, 2015
Submitted by: National Administrative Council