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NCAA Division III Secondary Case Review: Traditional Tryout Involving a PSA

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: Traditional Tryout

It is impermissible for an athletics department coaching staff member to observe or conduct physical workouts or other recreational activities designed to test the athletics abilities of a prospective student-athlete.

The bylaws were cited in Secondary Case Number 47565 (July 11, 2011), which involves Division III women’s lacrosse. The case is summarized below:

Facts: On October 7, 2010, an assistant women’s lacrosse coach saw the PSA warming up a student athlete at a women’s lacrosse practice. Specifically, the women’s lacrosse goalkeeper was waiting for the head coach, who was busy with other players.  The PSA offered to warm up the goalkeeper. The assistant coach noticed this and mentioned it to the head coach, who stopped the PSA from warming up the goalkeeper.

Institution Action: Director of athletics or associate director of athletics will meet with the lacrosse coaches weekly to incorporate a mentorship program; this will help the coaches with all the rules and procedures.

Enforcement Action: No further action.

Eligibility Action: STAFF: N/A

Rationale: STAFF: N/A


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

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


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