Base Line is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University. Base had a bit of a rough season with his serve and wants to make sure he is doing the right things over the summer to improve his game. Base asks the coach if he can set up a meeting with him one day this summer to discuss ways he can get better.
Is this permissible?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 11/7/91- Individual consultation with a coach initiated voluntarily by a student-athlete – states that individual consultation with a coaching staff member initiated voluntarily by a student-athlete is not a countable athletically related activity, provided any discussion between the coach and the student-athlete is limited to general counseling activities and does not involve activities set forth in 17.02.12.1 (e.g., chalk talk; use of equipment relating to the sport; field, floor or on-court activity).
[References: 17.02.1.2-(j) (noncountable athletically related activities); 17.02.12.1 (activities considered as practice)]