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NCAA Division III Secondary Case Review: Official Visits and First Opportunity to Visit

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its educational series on NCAA Division III legislation through a review of selected cases involving secondary rules-violations. Today’s post reviews a secondary case involving a violation of NCAA Division III Bylaw The rule provides: First Opportunity to Visit.

A prospective student-athlete may not be provided an official visit earlier than the opening day of classes of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.

The bylaws were cited in Secondary Case Number 46773 (March 7, 2011), which involves Division III women’s volleyball. The case is summarized below:

Facts: During 2010 fall semester, institution provided women’s volleyball prospective student-athlete (PSA) with official visit, including lodging and meals, valued at $41, prior to her senior year in high school.  Specifically, head women’s volleyball coach received a recruiting questionnaire from PSA September 14, 2010.  Head coach began recruiting PSA and provided PSA official visit October 19, 2010.  Institution stated head coach believed PSA was a senior in high school based on information SA provided on questionnaire.  However, SA informed head coach during official visit that she was only a junior in high school.  Head coach terminated official visit and reported violation to compliance coordinator.

Institution Action: Institution will require PSA to repay $41 to institution.

Enforcement Action: The institution’s women’s volleyball program should be precluded from providing an official visit to the PSA during her senior year of high school.

Eligibility Action: STAFF: Eligibility reinstated based on institution’s action requiring PSA to repay impermissible expenses ($41) to institution.

Rationale: STAFF: Based on case precedent.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

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


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