The women’s lacrosse coaches at Ocean State University are finalizing their recruiting trips for the month of November. There is a high profile tournament being held in conjunction with the coaches’ convention on November 16-18. Here is the recruiting calendar breakdown:
16th- contact period (no evaluations permitted)
17th- evaluation period
18th- evaluation period
The coaches would like to evaluate all three days of the tournament. Is this permissible?
No. NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Calendar states that evaluations of prospects participating in lacrosse activities are limited to the three weekends (Saturday and Sunday) prior to Thanksgiving.
This is an actual fact pattern and the NCAA has approved a blanket SLR waiver to allow coaches to evaluate on Friday the 16th.–NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief Approves Blanket Waiver for NCAA Bylaw 13.17.6 (women’s lacrosse). November 2, 2012. The NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief approved a blanket waiver to permit Division I women’s lacrosse coaches to attend the November 16, 2012, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) President’s Cup tournament. The Division I recruiting period legislation specifies that evaluations of prospective student-athletes in women’s lacrosse activities are limited to the three weekends (Saturday and Sunday) prior to Thanksgiving. In issuing this waiver, the subcommittee noted the IWLCA supports the waiver and the President’s Cup tournament start date was changed to accommodate the unexpected high number of teams registered to participate. The subcommittee also noted the IWLCA annual meeting and President’s Cup tournament are held in conjunction to maximize efficiency for both women’s lacrosse coaches and prospective student-athletes. In addition, the subcommittee noted Division II and Division III women’s lacrosse coaches are permitted to evaluate at the tournament Friday, November 16. Finally, the subcommittee noted this as a one-time request and future similar requests may be denied. See Case No. 290866 in AMA Online via the search tab.
PLEASE NOTE: The women’s lacrosse recruiting calendar has been updated to reflect these contact periods. As a reminder, coaches are permitted to make unlimited phone calls during a contact period.
As noted in the waiver, Division II institutions were already permitted to evaluate on Friday the 16th.