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College Sports, Division I

New Division I Interpretation: Electronic Transmissions to a Nonscholastic Coach who is the Parent of a Women’s Basketball Prospective Student-Athlete

On March 15, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning electronic transmissions to a nonscholastic coach who is the parent of a women’s basketball prospective student-athlete. Specifically, the staff determined “it is not permissible for an institution to send an impermissible form of electronically transmitted correspondence (e.g., text message, instant message) to the parent or legal guardian of a women’s basketball prospective student-athlete who serves on the staff of his or her daughter’s nonscholastic team unless the individual also serves as a head coach of his or her daughter’s scholastic team and the electronic transmission is unrelated to recruitment of his or her daughter.”

This interpretation referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.1.3.1.4.1 (additional restrictions — additional communication with a parent or legal guardian who serves on staff of a nonscholastic team) and 13.4.1.2 (electronic transmissions).

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches.

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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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