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equipment or supplies during bowl games, the participating institution, before accepting a bowl invitation, should make inquiry of the sponsoring agency concerning the latter’s potential conflicts with the institution’s use of such products, equipment or supplies in connection with the bowl, to prevent any misunderstanding and eliminate conflicts among the institution, the sponsoring agency and third parties.

Crowd Control

The subcommittee acknowledges that the responsibility for crowd control rests with the bowl game’s management. It is recommended, however, that management consider the suggestions below when it develops plans for crowd control.

Bowl management should provide adequate security and ushers, preferably in uniform, for effective crowd management. Attention should be given to seating arrangements that will alleviate crowd-control problems.

The bowl manager, or a designated representative, should be prepared to use the public- address system at the first sign of unsportsmanlike crowd behavior and request cooperation in maintaining proper playing conditions. Profanity, racial comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or other team representatives will not be tolerated. Management may elect to remove individuals making such remarks from the site of competition.

The directors of athletics of the competing institutions are expected to communicate with their students and other fans to encourage enthusiastic support within the confines of good sportsmanship.

Artificial noisemakers, air horns and electronic amplifiers may not be permitted, and management may elect to remove such instruments from the playing and spectator areas. The game manager is responsible for enforcing these provisions.

Entertainment/Official Function for Official Party/ Student-Athletes

A sponsoring agency should be sensitive to the number of social events that it schedules for the official parties and student-athletes representing the institutions participating in the bowl. Most institutions prefer a maximum of two social activities, although some areas have many attractions readily available that may be of interest to the teams. Student-athletes should not be expected to attend scheduled social events the night before the game. Bowl management shall not require that student-athletes or other members of the official party to attend official functions at a site that permits gambling. It is permissible for these individuals to attend a function at such a site on a voluntary basis. The final social schedule should be developed after consultation with the directors of athletics representing the teams.


Game management shall not accept any sponsorship(s) for any game-related activity (e.g., printed program, social activities) from any organization engaged in gambling activities.

It is requested that all bowl managements preclude in the telecasts of their games any personnel who would lead the public to the wrong conclusion about the integrity of intercollegiate athletics.

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party to attend official functions at a site that permits gambling. It is permissible for these individuals to attend a function at such a site on a voluntary basis.

Upon the request of the NCAA national office, the sponsoring agency of a bowl must permit a representative of the NCAA national office to make a presentation to the student- athletes of the participating institutions regarding gambling issues.

Game Film/Video

Each participating team shall provide the supervisor of officials from the conference that assigned the officiating crew to the game a copy of the game film/video it will use to evaluate student-athlete performance. The supervisor must provide the subcommittee with a written evaluation of the crew. The participating institutions also are encouraged to provide an evaluation of the officials to the subcommittee.

Game Titles/Title Sponsorship

The titles of licensed postseason football contests shall be approved by the subcommittee and conform to the NCAA’s policy of not advertising or appearing to promote products or activities that may be detrimental to the welfare of student-athletes or the image of higher education and intercollegiate athletics. Such titles shall not include reference to or contain names popularly associated with the following: alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products, muscle-building dietary supplements, professional sports organizations, and organizations promoting gambling or lotteries.


Halftime for each bowl game is limited to 30 minutes. The timing of the period for intermission begins when all participants, coaches and officials have left the field (outside the 12-foot limit line).


In order for an institution to be eligible to participate in a postseason football game, it shall have the following:

  • 1.

    Basic accidental-medical insurance for each participating student-athlete to the deductible amount of the NCAA catastrophic injury insurance program;

  • 2.

    Catastrophic-injury medical insurance for each participating student-athlete that provides lifetime medical, rehabilitation and disability benefits in excess of the basic coverage, equal to the NCAA-sponsored program or an alternate program approved by the subcommittee; and

  • 3.

    Coverages in (a) and (b) which shall be in effect while the participating student- athletes are traveling to and from the bowl-game site, and while they are in the host city.

Kickoff Times

A procedure shall be reviewed in the pregame meeting for changing a game’s starting time that has been approved by the NCAA Football Issues Subcommittee. A team shall receive at least 60 minutes notice before the scheduled start time if it will be changed by at least five minutes.


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