Daily Compliance Item- 10.28.16- 13.4.1, Questionnaires

The men’s basketball coaches at Ocean State University are very interested in Dub L. Dribble, a prospective student-athlete that just began his sophomore year. Since Dub has not yet reached the permissible age to receive recruiting correspondence, is it permissible for the coaches to send him a questionnaire?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/27/16- Questionnaires for Prospective Student-Athletes Prior to the Permissible Date to Receive Recruiting Materials (I)- states that the content of questionnaires is left to institutional discretion. However, prior to the first permissible date to receive recruiting materials, questionnaires may not include any recruiting language intended to solicit a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment, including general information about the institution’s athletics programs. An institution, may however, include images of institutional or athletic facilities without any accompanying descriptions at any time. Lastly, there is no restriction on the size of questionnaires; however, at no time may questionnaires include a detachable portion (e.g., poster, postcard).

[References: Bylaws: 13.4.1 (recruiting materials and electronic correspondence — general rule), (exception — men’s basketball), (exception — men’s ice hockey), (printing recruiting materials); and 02/11/1987 staff interpretation (Item No. 2-5(2), 01/27/2016 official interpretation (Item No. 1)]

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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