It is time once again to review the rules in regards to Summer Camps, their timing, limitations and possible employees and benefits. According to NCAA Bylaw 13.13, an institution’s sports camp is any camp that is owned or operated by a member institution or an employee of the member institution’s athletics department, on or off it’s campus. For the sports of basketball and football, the camps may be conducted only in the months of June, July and August, unless such a camp can be considered a “developmental clinic”. The sports camp shall be open to any and all entrants limited only by number and age. Division I football camps are not allowed to have “senior prospects” enroll, participate or be employed at summer camps (unless they do not participate in physical activities). However, they may attend developmental clinics per Bylaw 126.96.36.199. Camps may not be held during “dead periods.” While the interaction between coaches employed at the camps and clinics and the prospects attending are not subject to the recruiting calendar restrictions, any coach attending strictly to observe must comply with appropriate recruiting contact and evaluation periods.
Institutions, staff and representatives of it’s athletics interests may not employ, or give free or reduced admission privileges to a high school (including ninth grade), prep school or two-year college athletics award winner. Additionally, a representative of athletic’s interests may not pay a prospect’s expenses to attend a member institution’s sports camp.
Neither a prospective student-athlete, nor an enrolled student-athlete may operate any type of concession at a sports camp using their own money. However, an enrolled student-athlete is permitted to work at a concession being run by the camp (for a reasonable rate).
Awards are allowed to be distributed with the understanding that the awards are part of the cost of admittance to the camp. Basketball camps must include an educational session detailing NCAA initial-eligibility standards to all camp participants.
Student-athletes with remaining eligibility are not allowed to conduct their own camp or clinic. And student-athletes may be paid travel expenses to work at a camp, as long as, all employees of the camp receive expenses.
In Division I football, a student-athlete with eligibility remaining may not be employed by his own institution’s football camp. He may be employed by another institution’s camp, as long as, he is the only one from his university employed there. Football student-athletes may work their own institution’s camps, if, the camps are diversified (all sports inclusive, not one in particular).
If you or your staff have any particular questions regarding summer camps and clinics and the rules involved, call or see the Compliance office for brochures regarding the exact rules and their exact interpretations, 644-4272.
The NCAA has issued a letter to the Indiana University’s Athletics Director informing him that the university was being cited for two secondary rules infractions. IU could lose a linebacker prospect and also faces limits on next year’s recruiting efforts due to two coaches calling on the prospect’s family following his father’s sudden death. The football program will lose two recruiting days plus the loss of two recruiters on two additional recruiting days. The player has also been ruled ineligible to play at IU. His eligibility could be restored at a later date.
The player’s father died on January 23, four days after he had met with both the IU head coach, and an assistant coach. Upon learning of the death, both coaches immediately drove the 20 miles to be with and comfort the family. The assistant coach also attended the funeral.
The NCAA has been under some fire recently for similar rulings, as many view them as overly restrictive and not in the spirit of all that the NCAA hopes to embody.
Just a reminder that all summer league (June 15 – August 31) participants in the sport of basketball must be in an approved league and receive permission from the institution’s athletics director. If the student-athlete is transferring, this permission must by obtained from the school to which the student-athlete is transferring. In such a situation the student-athlete would not count on the roster as a representative of either institution (since only one student-athlete from an institution is allowed on any one summer league team).
From the Interpretation File
Bylaw 3.2 – Offers and Inducements – General Regulations
An institution’s staff member or any representative of it’s athletics interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to the prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends, other than expressly permitted by NCAA regulations. Additionally, institutions, staff members and representatives are precluded from giving or loaning athletics equipment or apparel (e.g. shooting shirts or warm-ups) to a prospective student-athlete, even after a prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent. This remains the case for prospects participating in all-star games over the course of the summer. Violations will result in the prospect being declared ineligible to participate.
1) It is acceptable and legal to allow an eighth grade football player to attend an institution’s football camp at a reduced rate.
2) A basketball coach may lecture at a private basketball camp as long as the camp is for the opposite sex of what he/she coaches.
Please submit your answers to the Compliance Office by May 31st.
……In the News
The University of Washington is in the news again after a football recruit was discovered to have violated NCAA rules after he accepted money for throwing a football in a contest. The prospect gave the money back after being told it was a violation. He accepted $100 for throwing a football through a moving target at halftime of an Indoor Professional Football League game. The prospect had not notified Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel of the events yet. After considering it, the recruit thought it might be a violation and started inquiring about it on his own.
Georgia Tech football coach George O’Leary has been penalized for making a loan to a player. O’Leary was not allowed to participate in the final spring scrimmage, is not allowed to recruit off-campus during the month of May, and must coach from the press box at the season opening game on September 4th at Navy. Coach O’Leary acknowledged loaning the money ($200-$400) to the player in early 1996, so he could pay a school fine to enable him to re-enroll in school. The loan was repaid shortly afterwards. The case began to be investigated after the player’s father told the NCAA of the loan, after becoming frustrated in his efforts to re-enroll his son back at Georgia Tech, after he left early for the NFL draft and was undrafted. The father alleges that O’Leary hampered the player’s draft prospects.
Former Northwestern University running back Dennis Lundy was sentenced to one month in prison and two years of probation for lying to a federal grand jury, which was investigating gambling on the Northwestern University campus. Not only did Lundy admit that he had gambled, wagering on games in which he had participated more than once, but that in 1994, he deliberately fumbled the ball on the goal line to make sure that the Wildcats would not cover the spread in a game in which he had wagered $400. The Wildcats ended up losing by the score of 49 – 13. A teammate accused Lundy of fumbling to protect a bet, which an assistant coach happened to overhear, prompting the school to launch an investigation, which was turned over to federal authorities quickly. “I knew that I had a couple of hundred dollars on the game. Gambling itself – that overrode. I was not thinking logically at the time,” Lundy stated. Since pleading guilty Lundy has been busy speaking at schools under an NCAA program on the dangers of gambling by student athletes. Lundy is set surrender to authorities on September 1st to begin his sentence.
Notre Dame has hired the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King to represent it before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The university had not been too worried, because the trips and money a particular booster had bestowed on current and former student-athletes would be considered secondary violations. However, the school has been ordered to appear June 4th before the committee, which usually only handles major infractions. Spokesman Dennis Moore stated that, “We have to go in front of a hearing. If you have to participate in a hearing in any situation like this, it’s something to worry about.”
Just a reminder that all phone logs for the current academic year should have been turned in by now. The next phone logs will not be due in the Compliance office until the 5th of October. If you have questions, please call 644-4272.
May 1 – May 31…………..Quiet period
Twenty evaluation days (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) during May 1 through May 31, selected at the discretion of the insitution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics (an authorized recruiter may visit a particular educational institution only one time during evaluation period). Those days in May not designated as evaluation days:…………Quiet Period
May 1 – May 31…………..Quiet period
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