Gym Rat is a prospect that signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play basketball at Ocean State University (OSU) next year. Although Gym is not enrolling until the summer, she is anxious to learn OSU’s plays and how she can improve her skills to earn a spot in the playing rotation next year. She contacts one of the coaches to request some time to review film and the playbook that was sent to Gym.
Since Gym has signed an NLI, is it permissible for the coaches to conduct a film review session or review the playbook with her?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that a coaching staff member shall not engage in any practice activities (e.g., review of playbook, chalk talk, film review) with a prospective student-athlete. A prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent or a written offer of admission or financial aid, or has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission shall not observe an institution’s off-field or off-court practice session (e.g., meeting, film review) that is closed to the general public. A prospective student-athlete may observe an institution’s on-field or on-court practice session (including a session that is closed to the general public), regardless of whether he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or a written offer of admission or financial aid, or has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission. (Adopted: 12/12/06, Revised: 3/3/11)