Daily Compliance Item- 1.12.16- 13.6.4, 13.6.4.1, 13.6.5- Official Visits in Conjunction with Institutional Camp

The men’s soccer coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) are hosting a winter clinic this week. One of the camp attendees will be taking an official visit to OSU immediately following the camp. Which of the following is true?

A. OSU may pay the expenses to travel to campus
B. OSU may pay the expenses to travel home
C. OSU may pay the costs to attend the camp
D. None of the above

The answer is B. NCAA Educational Column- 1/8/16- Prospective Student-Athletes Participating in an Institutional Camp or Clinic in Conjunction with an Official (Paid) Visit (I)– states that in general, it is permissible for a prospective student-athlete to participate in an institution’s camp or clinic in conjunction with an official visit. When analyzing a prospective student-athlete’s participation in the camp or clinic in conjunction with an official visit, the institution should evaluate the following:

1. Expenses (transportation and camp or clinic);

2. Length of the official visit; and

3. Recruiting activities during camp or clinic.

Scenario No. 1: Prospective student-athlete is participating in an institution’s camp or clinic before starting the 48-hour period of his or her official visit.

Expenses:
• The institution may not pay for transportation expenses to travel to campus but may pay for the cost of return transportation to the prospective
student-athlete’s home.
• The prospective student-athlete must pay for all camp or clinic related expenses.

Length of the official visit:
• The 48-hour period begins at the conclusion of all camp or clinic activities.

Recruiting activities during camp or clinic:
• The institution’s coaches may only engage in permissible recruiting conversations during the camp or clinic. All other recruiting activities are
prohibited from the time the prospective student-athlete reports to the camp or clinic until the conclusion of camp or clinic activities.

Scenario No. 2: Prospective student-athlete is participating in an institution’s camp or clinic during the 48-hour period of his or her official visit.

Expenses:
• The institution may pay for round-trip transportation expenses.
• The prospective student-athlete must pay for all camp or clinic related expenses, including lodging for an overnight camp or clinic and meals during
a camp or clinic.

Length of the official visit:
• The 48-hour period begins when the prospective student-athlete arrives on the institution’s campus unless the 48-hour time period is adjusted due to
meals or lodging while in transit to the official visit.
• The prospective student-athlete’s participation in camp or clinic activities must be included in the 48-hour limit.

Recruiting activities during camp or clinic:
• The institution’s coaches may only engage in permissible recruiting conversations during the camp or clinic. All other recruiting activities,
including official visit activities (e.g., entertainment, meals), are prohibited from the time the prospective student-athlete reports to the camp
or clinic until the conclusion of camp or clinic activities. Recruiting activities during the official visit essentially pause for the duration of
the camp or clinic.

Scenario No. 3: Prospective student-athlete is participating in an institution’s camp or clinic after the 48-hour period of his or her official visit.

Expenses:
• The institution may pay for transportation expenses to travel to campus but may not pay for the cost of return transportation to the prospective
student-athlete’s home.
• The prospective student-athlete must pay for all camp or clinic related expenses and any expenses after the 48-hour period.

Length of the official visit:
• At the completion of the 48-hour period, the official visit must end, but the prospective student-athlete may remain on campus to participate in the
camp or clinic.

Recruiting activities during camp or clinic:
• The institution’s coaches may only engage in permissible recruiting conversations during the camp or clinic. All other recruiting activities are
prohibited from the time the prospective student-athlete reports to the camp or clinic until the conclusion of camp or clinic activities.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.1.6.2.3 (athletics events outside contact period – football and basketball), 13.5.2.1 (general restrictions), 13.6.4 (length of official visit), 13.6.4.1 (48-hour period defined), 13.6.5 (transportation on official visit), 13.12.1.5 (recruiting calendar exceptions); official interpretation (10/19/12); and staff interpretation (12/19/14)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference, JumpForward, or the Collegiate Sports Group of Bond, Schoeneck, and King. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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