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Compliance Corner July 2012
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Summer Activities for Current Student-Athletes
- Summer Conditioning: What is a “voluntary” activity? (NCAA Bylaw 17.02.13)
- The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member any information related to the activity;
- The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete. Neither the institution nor any athletics department staff member may require the student-athlete to participate in the activity at any time. However, it is permissible for an athletics department staff member to provide information to student-athletes related to available opportunities for participating in voluntary activities;
- The student-athlete’s attendance and participation in the activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for purposes of reporting such information to coaching staff members or other student-athletes; and
- The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity.
In order for any athletically related activity to be considered “voluntary,” all of the following conditions must be met:
Coaches and Summer Workout Sessions
Coaches of team sports other than Men’s Basketball: may not participate in or require summer workout sessions.
Coaches of individual sports: may participate in individual workout sessions with student-athletes from the coach’s team during the summer, provided the request for such assistance is initiated by the student-athlete.
Sports with Safety Exceptions: A coach may be present during voluntary individual workouts in the institution’s regular practice facility (without the workouts being considered as countable athletically related activities) for sports with safety exceptions. The coach may provide safety or skill instruction, but cannot conduct the individual’s workout.
**Contact compliance to verify if your sport uses the safety exception.
Non-collegiate, Amateur Competition
A student-athlete may compete outside of the institution’s declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during the summer vacation period. The number of student-athletes on a team from the same institution may be limited by sport.