|Corner Blitz is a junior football prospect that is interested in enrolling at Ocean State University (OSU) for the fall 2015 term. Corner has not yet had an opportunity to visit campus and has only had limited conversations with the coaching staff. Corner is going to attend one of OSU’s football camps this summer and would really like to spend some time during the camp speaking with the coaching staff and getting a tour of the whole campus. Is this permissible?
No. NCAA Official Interpretation- 12/5/13- Contact Restrictions Prior to Camps or Clinics (I) – states that for purposes of contact restrictions on the day or days of a prospective student-athlete’s competition, a noninstitutional, private camp or clinic is considered an athletics competition or athletics event and an institutional camp or clinic is not considered an athletics competition or event. Therefore, in sports other than basketball, a coaching staff member may make recruiting contacts during a permissible contact period with a prospective student-athlete participating in a noninstitutional, private camp or clinic only after the completion of activities on the final day of the camp or clinic. Conversely, official or unofficial visits may occur on an institution’s campus on the day of an institutional camp or clinic before the camp or clinic begins.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 220.127.116.11 (practice or competition site) and 18.104.22.168.1 (additional restrictions- basketball); official interpretation (4/19/13, Item No. 1); and staff interpretation (03/25/13, Item No. a), which have been archived]