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College Sports, Division III, Education

New NCAA Division III Interpretation: Demonstrators at Coaches’ Clinics and Institutional Camps and Clinics

The NCAA Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee issued an interpretation on July 27, 2011, determining that “a prospective student-athlete may serve as a demonstrator during a coach’s clinic or session conducted by an institutional staff member or during an institutional camp or clinic without such participation constituting an impermissible tryout.” The committee also noted “an enrolled student-athlete may serve as a demonstrator at an institutional camp or clinic with staff members from any institution.” Further, the committee stated an “enrolled student-athlete may serve as a demonstrator at a coaches clinic; however, if the coaches clinic is conducted outside the playing season, the student-athlete may serve as a demonstrator only if he or she participates with coaching staff members from institutions other than his or her own.” The committee referenced NCAA Division III Bylaws 13.11.2 (prohibited physical activities involving prospective student-athletes), 13.11.3 (permissible physical activities involving prospective student-athletes), 13.12.2.1 (prospective student-athletes), 17.1.1.1 (playing season — athletically related activities), and a staff interpretation (2/14/90, Item Ref. a) in the interpretation.

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices: a) review policies and procedures regarding institutional camps and clinics in addition to coach’s clinics to ensure compliance with the interpretation; b) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff; and c) monitor institutional camps and clinics as well as coach’s clinics 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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