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College Sports, Division I, Division II, Education

New NCAA Interpretation: Contact with a Prospective Student-Athlete Who Repeats Junior Year (Divisions I and II)

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its summary of new and existing interpretations of NCAA legislation. [Note: Yes, it is amazing that although the NCAA Division I Manual is 434 pages (including index), the NCAA still must issue interpretations of the rules.]

On June 3, 2011, the NCAA academics and membership affairs staff issued the following interpretations in Divisions I and II concerning contact with a prospective student-athlete who repeats his or her junior year:

Division I

“The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that an institution may make off-campus, in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete beginning July 1 following completion of his or her junior year even if the prospect will repeat the junior year; however, once the prospect begins classes as a junior for the following academic year, no further contact may occur until July 1 following the academic year or the first day of classes of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year, whichever is earlier.” The interpretation referenced NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.1.1.1 (time period for off-campus contacts — general rule).

Division II

“The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that an institution may make off-campus, in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete beginning June 15 immediately preceding the prospect’s senior year in high school even if the prospect will repeat the junior year; however, once the prospect begins classes as a junior for the following academic year, no further contact may occur until June 15 immediately preceding the next academic year.” The interpretation referenced NCAA Division II Bylaw 13.1.1.1 (contactable prospective student-athletes — high school prospective student-athletes).

Rules-Compliance Recommendations

NCAA Division I and II institutions should address the interpretation in the next rules-education workshop, as well as upcoming education materials.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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