Daily Compliance Item- 9.22.16-, Materials Created for Recruiting Purposes

The men’s basketball coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) are putting together some materials to send to those recruits who will be visiting campus the next few weeks. One of the items they want to send is a video that was produced by the OSU admissions office that includes a virtual tour of the campus. The coaches, however, would like to add text to the background of the video to include the recruit’s name and the dorm he would likely be staying in as a student-athlete at OSU.

Is it permissible for the coaches to edit the video to include information specific to the recruit?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/21/16- Text, Images or Video Layered for Recruiting Purposes With Otherwise Permissible Video (I)- states that if text, images or video are layered (e.g., superimposed in the background or foreground) for recruiting purposes with an otherwise permissible video, the resultant material is impermissible to show to, play for or provide to a prospective student-athlete because it constitutes video that has been created for recruiting purposes.

[References: NCAA Bylaws (printed recruiting materials) (electronic correspondence) (video/audio materials)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. 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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