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College Sports, Division I

New NCAA Division I Interpretation: Teams of Prospective Student-Athletes not Organized Under the Auspices of a Scholastic Governing Body

On September 20, 2012, the NCAA Division I Legislative Review and Interpretations Committee issued an interpretation concerning the definition of a scholastic team. Specifically, the committee confirmed that “a team made up of prospective student-athletes (e.g., home school or academy team) that is not organized or administered under the auspices of a scholastic governing body is considered a nonscholastic team.”

This interpretation referenced  NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.1.7.8 (basketball evaluations), 13.1.7.8.1 (men’s basketball), 13.1.7.8.2 (women’s basketball), 13.1.7.8.3 (coaches’ attendance at basketball events) and 13.1.7.9.4 (scholastic and nonscholastic activities — bowl subdivision football).

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 athletics staff members 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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