The football coaches at Ocean State University are conducting a coaches’ clinic this weekend. They would like to use a few local high school students to serve as demonstrators. Is this permissible?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 7/1/13- Prospective Student-Athletes used as Demonstrators at Coaches Clinics (I)- states that a prospective student-athlete is not permitted to serve as a demonstrator at a member institution’s coaches clinic. Further, a member institution’s coach who is presenting (e.g., lecturing, instructing, demonstrating) at a noninstitutional coaches clinic is not permitted to use prospective student-athletes as demonstrators. A member institution’s coach who observes a prospective student-athlete used as a demonstrator at a coach’s clinic must count the observation as an evaluation, and such observation is subject to all legislation governing observation of nonscholastic live athletics activities.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.1.7 (limitations on number of evaluations), 22.214.171.124 (limitations on number of evaluations — sports other than football and basketball), 126.96.36.199 (limitations on number of evaluations — football), 188.8.131.52 (limitations on number of evaluations — men’s basketball), 184.108.40.206 (limitations on number of evaluations — women’s basketball), 220.127.116.11.3 (coaches’ attendance at basketball events), 18.104.22.168.4 (scholastic and nonscholastic activities – bowl subdivision football), 13.11 (tryouts) and 13.11.1 (prohibited activities) and a staff interpretation (10/20/10, Item No. a), which has been archived]