The NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation on August 8, 2011, concerning tryout dates for enrolled student-athletes. The committee determined that “enrolled students are not permitted to participate in tryout activities prior to the first permissible date for countable athletically related activities (e.g., September 7 or the institution’s fourth day of classes for the fall term, whichever is earlier).” The staff referenced NCAA Division II Bylaw 17.02.1 (countable athletically related activities) and 17.02.14 (tryouts — enrolled student-athlete) 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 Division II tryout legislation; b) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff; and c) monitor institutional tryouts. Monitoring should include but is not limited to a participant list (which should include participant information, enrollment status, etc.) time, location and sport involved.