Basketball Resources

Publish date: Dec 2, 2010

Official Start of Basketball Practice (Midnight Madness) Rule clarified

In October, 2008, the Division I Board of Directors enacted emergency legislation to prevent basketball coaches from using a rule that allows two hours of skill instruction outside of the playing season to conduct public events promoting the basketball program (Midnight Madness).

Several institutions did so at the start of the 2008-09 season, prompting both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and members of the NCAA Basketball Academic Enhancement Group to say using the skill instruction rule in that way is inappropriate since it gives those schools an advantage on publicity and recruiting.