Front Court is a basketball prospect student-athlete being recruited by Ocean State University (OSU). Front lives close to OSU’s campus and goes to a lot of the home games. This weekend Front’s family is not able to go to the game with him, so he would like to take his high school coach. Is it permissible for the high school coach to use one of Front’s complimentary admissions to attend OSU’s game?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/2/17- Complimentary Admissions for Home Contests to Coaches or Others Involved with Prospective Student-Athletes (I)- states that a prospective student-athlete may provide one of his or her complimentary admissions to a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved as long as the admission is not provided at the direction of an institutional staff member and the issuing institution is designated as the home team.
[Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaws 126.96.36.199 (complimentary admissions), 188.8.131.52 (general restrictions), and 13.8.1 (entertainment restrictions), and staff interpretations (10/10/13, Item No. d) and (12/1/16, Item No. a.)]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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