Three basketball recruits signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Ocean State University (OSU) back in November. All three signees will be participating in a big AAU tournament next weekend, and the OSU coaches would like to go watch them play.
Per NCAA legislation, this is not an event that coaches are permitted to attend. Are they still prohibited from going if the sole purpose is just to watch their signees and say hello after the game?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/17/17- Contact and Evaluation of Committed Prospective Student-Athletes (I)– states that a coaching staff member may not attend an event that involves prospective student-athletes if it occurs during a time period when it is not permissible to engage in recruiting activities (e.g., quiet or dead period, men’s basketball nonscholastic event during academic year recruiting period). This restriction applies even if the purpose of attending the event is to contact or evaluate 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 for whom the institution has received a financial deposit in response to its offer of admission.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.4 (contact), 13.02.5.4 (quiet period), 13.02.5.5 (dead period), 13.02.5.5.2 (exception — after commitment), 13.02.7 (evaluation), 13.02.13.1 (exception — after commitment), 126.96.36.199 (practice or competition site), 188.8.131.52.1 (additional restrictions — basketball), 184.108.40.206.1 (academic year recruiting periods), and 220.127.116.11.1 (academic year evaluation period)]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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