The softball coaches at Ocean State University are working on their camp itineraries for this summer. There is still a little bit of free time on the first day, so the coaches would like to conduct campus wide tours. Is this permissible?
No. The coaches can only arrange for or provide a tour of the facilities that are utilized during the camp. NCAA Official Interpretation- 6/25/15- Campus Tours During Camps or Clinics (I)– states that it is not permissible for an institution’s athletics department to conduct a campus tour during an institutional sports camp or clinic. A prospective student-athlete may participate in a campus tour that is generally available to all prospective students, provided the athletics department is not involved in conducting or arranging the tour. In addition, the institution may conduct a tour of facilities that are utilized during the camp or clinic (e.g., residential hall, cafeteria, training room).
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 22.214.171.124 (recruiting calendar exceptions) and an official interpretation (3/13/15, Item No. 1), which has been archived]
Jennifer M. Condaras
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.