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New NCAA Division II Interpretation: Tryouts for Enrolled Students Prior to the First Permissible Date for Countable Athletically Related Activities

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.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

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


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