A few of the Ocean State University men’s basketball NLI signees live a few miles from campus. They would like to get a jump start on preparations for next year. Which of the following is permissible?
A. These signees can review the playbook with coaches.
B. These signees can sit in on film review sessions with the team and coaches.
C. These signees can attend off-court team meetings.
D. None of the above.
The answer is D. They can, however, attend on-court practices (including those that are closed to the general public). NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1 states that a prospective student-athlete shall not engage in any practice activities (e.g., review of playbook, chalk talk, film review) with a coaching staff member prior to his or her enrollment. A prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, or has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission shall not observe an institution’s off-field or off-court practice session (e.g., meeting, film review) that is closed to the general public. A prospective student-athlete may observe an institution’s on-field or on-court practice session (including a session that is closed to the general public), regardless of whether he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, or has submitted a financial deposit to the institution in response to the institution’s offer of admission. (Adopted: 5/30/13)
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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