Lay Up is a senior in high school and has been recruited by Ocean State University (OSU) to play basketball next year. Lay lives in the locale of the campus and would like to attend a few of OSU’s practices in two weeks as they begin preparations for its upcoming holiday tournament. Lay is eager to learn OSU’s offensive system, so he contacted one of the coaches and asked if he could review film with him after one of the practices.
Is it permissible for the coach to review film with Lay?
No. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1.1 states that a prospective student-athlete shall not engage in any practice activities (e.g., review of playbook, chalk talk, film review) with a coaching staff member prior to his or her enrollment. A prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/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 the institution’s written offer of admission and/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, 5/30/13)