Several Ocean State University men’s basketball student-athletes will participate in out of season skill instruction over the next few weeks with the coaches. The sports information director always receives questions regarding workout schedules, so he decided to send a press release to local media regarding dates of individual skill instruction and media interview opportunities.
Is this a violation?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.2 states that participation by student-athletes in skill-related instruction in sports other than baseball and football is permitted outside the institution’s declared playing season, from the institution’s first day of classes of the academic year or September 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution’s final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw 188.8.131.52-(a)]. More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from September 15 through April 15. Prior to September 15 and after April 15, not more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility. Skill-related instruction shall not be publicized and shall not be conducted in view of a general public audience.
This is an actual fact pattern of a secondary rules violation posted on LSDBi. The institution provided the sports information department further education on applicable NCAA legislation and a letter of admonishment was issued to involved staff member.