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College Sports, Division III, Education

New NCAA Division III Interpretation: Contact at Prospective Student-Athlete’s Practice or Competition Site

The NCAA Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee issued an interpretation on July 13, 2011, confirming that “it is permissible for an institution’s coach to contact a prospective student-athlete at the prospective student-athlete’s away-from-home practice or competition site provided the competition has been completed, the prospect has departed the meeting and dressing facility and the prospective student-athlete’s coach has released the prospective student-athlete.” The committee also noted that “a prospective student-athlete may be “released” for purposes of allowing contact even if the prospective student-athlete will be traveling back home with the team.” The committee referenced NCAA Division III Bylaw 13.1.4.2 (practice or competition site) in the interpretation.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices: a) review policies and procedures concerning off-campus recruiting to ensure compliance with the interpretation; b) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff; and c) review off-campus recruiting activities to ensure compliance with the interpretation.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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