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College Sports, Division II

New Division II Interpretation: Application of the First Permissible Date for Contacts, Telephone Calls, Printed Recruiting Materials, Electronic Media and Electronic Transmissions to an Individual Who Attends an Educational Institution that Uses a Nontraditional Academic Calendar

On May 24, 2012, the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation concerning the application of permissible contact dates for institutions using a nontraditional academic calendar.Specifically, the staff determined that “an institution may have unlimited in-person off-campus contacts, may make unlimited telephone calls and may send printed recruiting materials, electronic media and electronic transmissions on an unlimited basis to an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) who attends an educational institution that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., southern hemisphere) beginning the day after the conclusion of the prospective student-athlete’s sophomore year in high school.”

This interpretation referenced  NCAA Division II Bylaws 13.1.6 (contacts), 13.1.3.1 (time period for telephone calls – general rule) and 13.4.1 (printed recruiting materials), 13.4.2 (electronic media and 13.4.5 (electronic transmissions); and Proposal Nos. 2012-11, 2012-12 and 2012-13.

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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