Daily Compliance Item- 5.15.17- 17.02.18- Voluntary Activities

Bo Gee is a golf student-athlete at Ocean State University. Bo had a bit of a rough season with his putts and wants to make sure he is doing the right things over the summer to improve his technique. Bo asks the coach if he can set up a meeting with him one day this summer to discuss ways he can get better.

Is this permissible? Yes with conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 11/7/91- Individual consultation with a coach initiated voluntarily by a student-athlete- states that individual consultation with a coaching staff member initiated voluntarily by a student-athlete is not a countable athletically related activity, provided any discussion between the coach and the student-athlete is limited to general counseling activities and does not involve activities set forth in (e.g., chalk talk; use of equipment relating to the sport; field, floor or on-court activity). [References: (non-countable athletically related activities); (activities considered as practice)]

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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