Date of Publication


Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Dr. Emily Dane-Staples


The implementation of NCAA Bylaw 2.14 otherwise known as the “20 hour rule” in 1991 was supposed to have universities’ student-athletes to have more time to focus on their academic pursuits. However, recent studies have shown that this Bylaw has had no significant impact in studies that were conducted on Division I student-athletes. This study examined the time conflicts and obligations that are faced by student-athletes from a Division III perspective. Data for this study was collected through the use of a cross sectional survey with a sample of 137 student-athletes at a private Division III college. The results of this study have shown that there is significant evidence that athletes at the Division III level are spending more than 20 hours in a week for their respective sport.