One of the new women’s soccer assistant coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) is participating in a coaching program to obtain her international coaching license. Part of the program includes instruction to the members of the club. If any of the members receiving instruction are prospect age, is that a violation?
No as long as the OSU coach did not select the participants. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 5/11/16- Tryout Exception — Coaching Licensure Programs (I)- states that it is permissible for a coaching staff member who is participating in a coaching licensure program to provide instruction to prospective student-athletes as part of the program, provided the coach is not involved with the selection of the prospective student-athletes and no recruiting activities occur. However, it is not permissible for a coaching staff member to provide instruction to current student-athletes from his or her own institution except as permitted by the playing and practice season legislation. [References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.11.1 (prohibited activities), Bylaw 22.214.171.124 (state, regional, national or international training programs) 17.02.1 (countable athletically related activities), 17.02.18 (voluntary athletically related activities), and staff interpretations (7/1/13, Item No. b), (2/25/15, Item No. b) and (2/14/90, Item No. a) which has been archived]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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