TRICK OR TREAT!
Ocean State University women’s basketball team has 3 prospects visiting campus this weekend on official visits. The assistant coaches want to place Halloween decorations and candy all over the prospects’ hotel room.
The Director of Compliance said this would be ok as long as the coaches do not include the prospects’ names in any of the decorations.
Is this a trick or treat?
IT’S A TRICK! Bylaw 188.8.131.52 (or 13.7.3 for unofficial visits) states that an institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized audio/video scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g., running onto the field with the team during pregame introductions) during an official visit. Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g., hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture. (Adopted: 8/5/04, Revised: 5/14/05)
There are several secondary violations posted on LSDBi regarding personalized recruiting aids.