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September 4, 2013: Educational Column-- Enrolled Student tryouts (I) Educational Column: NCAA Division I institutions should note that a tryout of an enrolled.

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1 September 4, 2013: Educational Column-- Enrolled Student tryouts (I) Educational Column: NCAA Division I institutions should note that a tryout of an enrolled student may occur, provided the student is eligible for practice and the tryout involves activities that are permissible at the time they occur. The following questions and answers are intended to assist the membership as it relates to the specific parameters for enrolled student tryouts during and outside the playing and practice season. In addition, other opportunities to observe enrolled students are noted. Question No. 1: Does a student need to be certified as eligible for practice to engage in a tryout? Answer: The student must be registered as a full-time degree-seeking student, or meet a legislated exception, and be otherwise eligible to engage in countable athletically related activities. However, to the extent that eligibility has not been determined (e.g., the student has not registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center, a final Eligibility Center initial-eligibility determination has not been rendered, the student is a two-year college transfer) the student may still engage in countable athletically related activities for a 45-day period while certification is pending. This 45-day period would not be applicable for a student who is clearly ineligible (e.g., a freshman student who has never taken the SAT or ACT) and only one temporary certification period is available per student. Question No. 2: Does a student need to fill out the Drug-Testing Consent Form and be added to the squad list to engage in a tryout? Legislative Updates (September)

2 September 4, 2013: Educational Column-- Enrolled Student tryouts (Continued) Answer: A student who is trying out for a team is not required to fill out the Drug-Testing Consent Form and the institution is not required to add such a student to the squad list form for 14 days from the first date the student engages in countable athletically related activities or until the institution's first competition, whichever occurs earlier. Question No. 3: What types of activities may a student engage in as part of the tryout? Answer: The student may engage in any activities in which it would be permissible for student-athletes to engage, subject to the same in-season or out-of-season weekly and daily hour limitations applicable to student-athletes. For purposes of skill-related instruction restrictions, each student involved in the activity must be included in the limit of four participants, if applicable. Question No. 4: May a tryout be advertised? May it be viewed by the general public? Answer: A tryout may be advertised unless it occurs outside of the playing and practice season and will include skill- related instruction in addition to conditioning activities. Skill-related instruction outside of the playing and practice season may not be publicized or conducted in view of the general public. Question No. 5: Are there other observation opportunities or restrictions for the coaching staff? Answer: NCAA playing and practice session legislation does not preclude a coach from attending or observing organized competition involving enrolled students and/or student-athletes, provided the coach does not direct or supervise the organized activity. However, a coach is not permitted to observe enrolled students or student-athletes in non-organized sport-specific competition (e.g., "pick-up" basketball games) outside the playing season [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (temporary certification), (exception day grace period), (participation prior to certification), (participation prior to certification), (countable athletically related activities), (tryouts -- enrolled students), and (time limits for athletically related activities); and staff interpretations (02/04/04, Item No. 1 and 04/26/13, Item No. c)]

3 September 4, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Transportation on Initial Arrival for Summer Employment (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed it is not permissible for an institution to transport a prospective student-athlete to campus from the nearest bus or train station or airport when the student arrives to begin a summer job prior to attending classes even if the individual will remain in the locale of the institution to begin classes. [Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaws (after completion of senior year), (transportation to summer job) and (transportation to enroll or to attend required orientation); and an official interpretation (04/14/1986, Item No. 4), which has been archived] September 5, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Training Expenses Authorized by the National Governing Body (NGB) and Governmental Entities (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff determined that an individual is permitted to receive training expenses through a country's athlete-assistance program, provided the NGB or a governmental entity identifies the recipients and the use of such a program is one of the normal processes for distributing funds to cover training expenses. [References: NCAA Bylaw (exception for training expenses); and staff interpretation (06/21/91, Item No. f), which has been archived] September 5, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Member Institutions Providing Expenses for National Championship Events (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff determined there is no limit on the number of national championship events for which an institution may provide actual and necessary expenses to a student-athlete, provided the events are recognized as national championship events by the appropriate national governing body. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaw (other competition), Proposal No. RWG-16-8 and staff interpretation (09/13/91, Item No. f) which has been archived]

4 September 9, 2013:Staff Interpretation--On-Campus, In-Person Scouting of Opponents (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that the prohibition against off- campus, in-person scouting of opponents is not applicable to an institution's coaching staff in a situation in which a competition involving a future opponent occurs on the coaching staff's campus. [References: NCAA Bylaw (off-campus, in-person scouting prohibition; staff interpretation (09/15/10), which is archived; and official interpretation (12/12/94, Item No. 18), which is archived] September 9, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Use of Service or Software that Converts Electronic Mail into a Text Message -- Sports Other Than Basketball (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that, in sports other than basketball, it is not permissible for institutional staff members to use a service or software that converts electronic mail (e.g., ) sent by an institutional staff member into a text message when received by the prospective student-athlete. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (electronic transmissions) and (exception -- basketball); and an official interpretation (7/11/07, Item No. 2) which has been archived] September 13, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Member Institution Arranging for Media Interviews with Prospective Student-Athletes Participating in Voluntary Summer Workouts Conducted by Strength and Conditioning Coach -- Basketball and Football (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff determined that, in basketball and football, it is permissible for an institution to arrange for media outlets to conduct interviews with a prospective student-athlete during the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment, provided the prospective student-athlete is on campus and is permitted to participate in voluntary summer workouts conducted by an institution's strength and conditioning coach

5 September 13, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Fourth Season of Competition for a Non-qualifier Who Receives an Initial-Eligibility Waiver (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff determined that a non-qualifier who receives a fully approved initial-eligibility waiver (e.g., obvious waiver, automatic waiver, waiver approved by staff) to permit athletically related financial aid, practice and competition in the initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment is not subject to the fourth season of competition legislation. Further, the academic and membership affairs staff determined that, effective August 1, 2016, a non-qualifier who receives partial (aid and practice) relief through the initial-eligibility waiver process is not subject to the fourth season of competition legislation. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (initial-eligibility waivers) and (fourth season of competition – non-qualifier)] September 13, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Recognition of Accomplishments in a Particular Contest or Event (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff determined that an institution may provide a memento of nominal value (e.g., game ball, t-shirt, hat, etc.), which may not include cash or cash equivalents, to a student-athlete in recognition of an accomplishment in a particular contest or event as a benefit incidental to participation. [References: (types of awards, awarding agencies, maximum value and numbers of awards) and a staff interpretation (11/27/96, item a), which has been archived] September 16, 2013: Educational Column--NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Recruiting Model (I) Educational Column: This following questions and answers are intended to assist the membership in applying NCAA Division I legislation as it relates to the men's basketball recruiting model.

6 September 16, 2013: Educational Column--NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Recruiting Model (I) (Continued) Question No. 1: Do evaluation activities during the April evaluation periods count toward the 130 recruiting-person days restriction and the limit of seven recruiting opportunities per prospective student-athlete? Answer: Yes. Evaluations during April must be included in the 130 recruiting-person days and count toward the limit of seven recruiting opportunities per prospective student-athlete. Note that if an event is conducted on consecutive days in a tournament format, an institution would only be charged with a single recruiting opportunity per prospective student-athlete. Question No. 2: During recruiting periods, is it permissible for an institution's coach to sit with a prospective student-athlete's parents during the prospective student-athlete's contest or to have in-person contact with the prospective student-athlete after the contest once he has been released? Answer: No. It is not permissible to have in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians during the day of the prospective student-athlete's competition, including time before and after the competition. Question No. 3: Is it permissible for an institution to make a telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who has reported on call for competition or competition-related activities? Answer: No. It is not permissible to make a telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who has reported on call for competition or competition-related activities until he has been released by the appropriate institutional authority in accordance with the parameters of NCAA Bylaw Question No. 4: Is it permissible for an institution to send an or other form of electronic correspondence (e.g., text message) to a prospective student-athlete who has reported on call for competition or competition-related activities? Answer: It is not permissible to send electronic correspondence to a prospective student-athlete while he is on call for competition at the competition site (e.g., arena, stadium). However, it is permissible to send general correspondence (including electronic correspondence) to a prospective student-athlete while he is on call and not at the competition site, or while he is at any location, once released by the appropriate authority. Question No. 5: Is it permissible for an institution to make a telephone call, send an , or send another form of electronic correspondence (e.g., text message) to a prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians while the prospective student-athlete is on call for competition or competition-related activities? What if the prospective student-athlete is participating in a certified event?

7 September 16, 2013: Educational Column--NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Recruiting Model (I) (Continued) Answer: It is permissible to make a telephone call, send an , or send another form of electronic correspondence (e.g., text message) to a prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians while the prospective student-athlete is on call for competition or competition-related activities. Such communication may also occur with a prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians while the prospective student- athlete is participating in a certified event. However, all communication with a prospective student-athlete's coach or any individual associated with the prospective student-athlete as a result of the prospective student- athlete's participation in basketball, directly or indirectly, is prohibited during the time period in which the prospective student-athlete is participating in a certified event. Question No. 6: During the April evaluation periods, is it permissible for coaches to attend events other than certified events (e.g., non-institutional organized events that are approved, sponsored or conducted by an applicable state, national or international governing body and are not organized and conducted primarily for a recruiting purpose)? Is it permissible for a coach to visit a high school to talk to a high school coach or pick up a transcript? Answer: No. Evaluations of live athletics activities during the April evaluation periods are specifically limited to events that are certified pursuant to Bylaw No other off-campus evaluation activities may occur during the April evaluation periods. Question No. 7: During the academic year recruiting period, is it permissible for coaches to evaluate at an "open gym"? Answer: It would be permissible for coaches to evaluate if the "open gym" (or pick-up game or similar activity) has been approved by the appropriate authority at the scholastic institution as a regular scholastic activity; it involves only students enrolled at the institution where the activity is occurring; and it is not organized for the purpose of permitting institutional coaches to observe the prospective student-athletes participating in the activity. Question No. 8: During the July dead periods, may an institution conduct institutional camps and clinics?

8 Answer: As specified in Bylaw , institutions may not conduct institutional camps and clinics (those that include prospective student-athletes) during dead periods. Question No. 9: If a prospective student-athlete making an official visit is a member of a nontraditional family (e.g., divorce, separation), is it permissible to provide travel expenses to more than two individuals? Answer: No. It is only permissible to provide travel expenses in conjunction with an official visit to two individuals who are the prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians. Question No. 10: May an institution pay the costs for a prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians to receive meals and lodging while in transit to an official visit without starting the 48-hour official visit period? Answer: Yes. Question No. 11: May a coaching staff member have in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians during a day of the prospective student-athlete's competition, provided the prospective student-athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or has submitted a financial deposit in response to the institution's offer of admission? Answer: If a prospective student-athlete has signed a NLI or the institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the institution has received the prospective student-athlete's financial deposit in response to the institution's offer of admission, the restrictions of Bylaw 13.1, including restrictions on in-person contact with the prospective student-athlete and/or his relatives or legal guardians on a day of competition, no longer apply. However, the restrictions of Bylaw 13.1 continue to apply as they relate to other prospective student-athletes. Therefore, even if a prospective student-athlete who has signed a NLI is participating, it remains impermissible for a coaching staff member to attend an event that occurs outside of a recruiting or evaluation period. In addition, it is impermissible for a coaching staff member, while having contact with a prospective student-athlete who has signed a NLI, to place himself or herself in a position in which contact is possible with other prospective student-athletes and/or relative or legal guardians. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (exception -- basketball -- July evaluation periods), (recruiting period -- men's basketball), (contacts -- men's basketball), (contact restrictions -- competition site), (additional restriction -- men's and women's basketball), (exceptions -- men's basketball), (basketball evaluations), (recruiting materials), (electronic transmission - - exception -- men's basketball), (exception -- transportation expenses for a prospective student-athletes parents or legal guardians -- men's basketball), (meals and lodging while in transit) and (recruiting calendar -- men's basketball)]

9 September 20, 2013: Official Interpretation--Subscription to Recruiting or Scouting Services that Provide Oral Reports Related to Prospective Student-Athletes (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that the prohibition against off- campus scouting of opponents does not preclude a coaching staff member from attending a contest that involves a future opponent if the coaching staff member is the parent or legal guardian, sibling or spouse, of a participant (e.g., player, coach) in the competition. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaw (off-campus, in-person scouting prohibition); and official interpretation (11/10/94, Item No. 4) which has been archived; and staff interpretation (8/22/97, Item No. c) which has been archived] September 27, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Expenses on Foreign Tour (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that, in men's basketball, any countable athletically related activities that occur within the 42-day period before an institution's first regular- season contest shall count against the 30 days of countable athletically related activities permitted before its first regular-season contest. [References: NCAA Bylaws (countable athletically related activities), (preseason practice -- on-court practice), (men's basketball), (permissible conditioning activities) and (prohibited activities); and an official interpretation (3/4/11, Item No. 6)] September 27, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Institution's Team Observing Opponent's Competition (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed it is not permissible for an institution to pay expenses for the institution's team to scout a future opponent as entertainment in conjunction with practice or competition. [References: NCAA Bylaws (off-campus, in-person scouting prohibition); 16.7 (entertainment in conjunction with practice or competition); and a staff interpretation (12/16/98, Item No. c, which has been archived)]

10 September 27, 2013: Staff Interpretation--Contact with a Prospective Student-Athlete who Repeats Junior Year (I) Interpretation: The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that, in sports other than basketball, off-campus, in-person contact may be made with a prospective student-athlete beginning July 1 (subject to recruiting calendar restrictions) following completion of his or her junior year (or the applicable date within the sport) even if he or she will repeat the junior year; however, once the prospective student-athlete begins classes as a junior for the following academic year, no further contact may occur until July 1 following the academic year (or the applicable date within the sport) or the first day of classes of his or her senior year, whichever is earlier. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaw (time period for off-campus contacts -- general rule; and staff interpretations (4/24/91, Item No. b and 6/3/2011, Item No. a), which have been archived]


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