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Division II Tryouts, Camps and Clinics. 2012 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar Natasha Oakes Stephanie Quigg Smith. Session Overview. The basics of tryouts and camps and clinics. Tryouts – sickle cell solubility testing. Tryouts – out-of-season activities of current student-athletes.

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Division ii tryouts camps and clinics

Division II Tryouts, Camps and Clinics

2012 NCAA Regional Rules Seminar

Natasha Oakes

Stephanie Quigg Smith

Session overview

Session Overview

  • The basics of tryouts and camps and clinics.

    • Tryouts – sickle cell solubility testing.

    • Tryouts – out-of-season activities of current student-athletes.

    • Camps and clinics – purpose; employment of prospects.

    • Case studies.

  • Open forum – concepts regarding amendments to tryouts and camps and clinics legislation.

Session outcomes

Session Outcomes

  • Understanding the basics of tryouts and camps and clinics.

    • Be able to explain when tryouts of prospects may occur on campus.

    • Gain a clearer understanding of what is permissible for institutional camps and clinics.

  • Ideas for possible amendments to tryouts and camps and clinics for ease of burden.

Learning objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Review general tryouts and camps and clinics regulations.

  • Demonstrate how general playing-season regulations effect activities associate with tryouts.

  • Address frequently asked questions staff received regarding camps and clinics.

  • Discuss new legislation relative to tryouts and camps and clinics.



  • May conduct a tryout of a prospect only on campus or site at which practice or competition is normally conducted.

  • Not more than one tryout per prospect per sport.

  • Limited in length to two hours.

  • Prospect must undergo medical exam prior to tryout (includes sickle cell solubility test).

    NCAA Bylaw 13.11.2

Tryouts sickle cell solubility test

Tryouts – Sickle Cell Solubility Test

  • Required medical exam prior to a prospect’s tryout must include a sickle cell solubility test (SCST).

  • SCST not required if:

    • Documented results of a prior test are provided to the institution; or

    • Prospect declines the test and signs a written release.

    • Effective for prospects participating in a tryout on or after August 1, 2012.

      NCAA Proposal No. 2012-14

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Tryouts – Sickle Cell Solubility Test

  • Institution may conduct the SCST as part of a medical exam during an official or unofficial visit.

  • Institution may pay for the SCST of a prospect trying out for one of its teams.

  • If prospect declines SCST and signs the written release, the signature of a parent or guardian is required if the prospect is a minor.

Case study no 1

Case Study No. 1

  • Holly Hitter is invited to participate in a tryout with the women’s volleyball team at Spike University in spring 2013.

  • Coach spoke with Holly’s parents, and was told that she tested negative for sickle cell trait at birth.

  • Holly performed great during the tryout.

Case study no 1 conclusion

Case Study No. 1 – Conclusion

  • Results of a sickle cell solubility test must be provided to an institution prior to a prospect’s participation in athletically related activities.

    • Failure to have results on file will constitute an institutional violation, but does not require reinstatement.

Case study no 1 other options

Case Study No. 1 – Other Options

  • If the SCST results were not available, Spike University had the following options to avoid a violation:

    • Cancel the tryout; or

    • Require that Holly sign a written release.

Case study no 1 written release

Case Study No. 1 – Written Release

  • Holly Hitter decides to enroll at Spike University and participate on the women’s volleyball team in fall 2013.

  • If Holly signed the written release prior to the tryout in spring 2013, what are the next steps before she participates in athletics activities in the fall?

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Case Study No. 1 – Written Release

  • Request that Holly provide the results of the SCST from birth.

  • Encourage Holly to undergo a SCST.

  • If Holly declines the SCST, she can sign the written release.

    • Written release is required every year prior to participation.

    • Recommend education on sickle cell trait.

Timing of tryouts

Timing of Tryouts



  • May include tests to evaluate strength, speed and agility.

  • May provide equipment and clothing on an issue and retrieval basis.

  • May videotape a permissible tryout.

    Bylaw and

    12/08/04 staff interpretation



  • May not conduct a tryout on a day the prospect has competition in any sport.

  • May include competition in certain sports.

  • May include competition against the institution’s team, provided it occurs during the academic year and is countable.

    Bylaws and

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Tryouts of Prospects and Bylaw

  • Bylaw regulates activities of student-athletes outside of the playing season during the academic year.

    • Weight training, conditioning, team activities and skill instruction.

  • Current student-athletes may not participate in a tryout of a prospect during the period of time when out-of-season activities are not permitted.

Case study no 2

Case Study No. 2

  • Slam Dunk University completed the men’s basketball regular season with a loss in the conference tournament February 26, 2012.

  • The institution scheduled a few tryouts with prospects over the next three weekends.

  • Current men’s basketball student-athletes participated in the tryouts by competing against the prospects.

  • The Division II championship was March 24.

Case study no 2 conclusion

Case Study No. 2 – Conclusion

  • It is not permissible for the current student-athletes to participate in competition during a tryout of a prospect when out-of-season activities are not permitted.

    • Out-of-season activities are not permitted between the conclusion of the Slam Dunk University’s men’s basketball season and the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship.


Case study no 3

Case Study No. 3

  • Slam Dunk University invited two women’s basketball prospects to a tryout in early April.

  • Tryout occurred during a voluntary open gym.

  • Prospects competed against student-athletes.

    • Student-athletes participated in two hours of skill instruction with a coach earlier in the week.

  • Women’s basketball coaches observed.

Case study no 3 conclusion

Case Study No. 3 – Conclusion

  • Competition against student-athletes is not permissible when it is considered a voluntary athletically related activity.

    • Tryout was held during the off season, during a voluntary activity (e.g., open gym).


Case study no 3 other issues

Case Study No. 3 – Other Issues

  • Student-athletes exceeded the two-hour limit of skill instruction during the academic year outside of the playing season.

    • Secondary violation results in a two-for-one penalty on countable athletically related activities outside of the season.

      • Student-athlete reinstatement not required.


Camps and clinics purpose

Camps and Clinics – Purpose

  • Special emphasis on a sport and provides specialized instruction, practice or competition;

  • Activities to improve overall skills and general knowledge; or

  • Offers a diversified experience without emphasis on a particular sport.


Camps and clinics

Camps and Clinics

  • An institution may conduct a camp that only includes practice or competition.

    • Camp does not require an educational component or specialized instruction.

  • May not conduct a tryout camp.

    Bylaws, and5/7/12 official interpretation

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Camps and Clinics

  • May provide an institutional camp brochure to a prospect at any time.

  • May provide an institutional camp brochure in an electronic format.

  • May provide a campus tour with a recruiting presentation.

    Bylaw and

    4/1/09 official interpretation

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Camps and Clinics

  • May employ a prospect that:

    • Has signed an NLI or written offer of admission or financial aid at the institution.

    • Has not signed an NLI or written offer of admission or financial aid at ANY institution.

  • Employment must meet certain conditions.


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Camps and Clinics

  • May not provide free or reduced admissions to prospects.

  • May offer discounted admissions based on objective criteria.

    • Example: registration prior to a specific date.

  • May have a policy for reduced camp admission for children of institutional staff members.

    Bylaw; 08/27/09 and

    05/24/11 staff interpretations

Case study no 4

Case Study No. 4

  • Coach Kicks, a men’s soccer coach, would like to email a camp brochure to Bill Stops, a talented goalie who will be a sophomore in high school in 2012-13.

  • The brochure is attached as a PDF document.

  • In the body of the email, Coach tells Bill that his institution would be a great fit for Bill and that they are looking for a new goalie in 2015-16.

Case study no 4 conclusion

Case Study No. 4 – Conclusion

  • It is permissible for Coach to email the PDF brochure to Bill.

  • It is not permissible for the institution to send Bill electronic transmissions related to recruitment until June 15 immediately preceding his junior year in high school.

Case study no 5

Case Study No. 5

  • Coach Rawlings wants to conduct a weekly baseball clinic every Wednesday night for eight consecutive weeks.

  • The clinic was scheduled and advertised in advance on the institution’s website and through the distribution of clinic brochures.

  • Coach is interested in working with a couple of local standouts and wants to make sure they attend his clinic, so he holds space for them during registration.

Case study no 5 conclusion

Case Study No. 5 – Conclusion

  • It would not be permissible for Coach to hold space for specific prospects to participate in the clinic.

  • The length of a camp or clinic is not regulated in the legislation.

    • Institutions must be comfortable they are offering a camp or clinic rather than private lessons.

Case study no 5 camp clinic versus private lessons

Case Study No. 5 – Camp/Clinic versus Private Lessons

  • Institutions should consider all details and logistics of events, including, but not limited to:

    • Timing of how activity was planned;

    • How widely it was advertised;

    • Whether it is open to the general public; and

    • How participants are selected.

Open forum

Open Forum

Concepts regarding Tryouts and Camps and Clinics



Ease of burden concepts tryouts

Ease of Burden Concepts – Tryouts

  • What are some of the compliance challenges associated with tryouts?

  • Should the timing of tryouts be amended to mirror the timing of other recruiting functions (e.g., June 15 immediately preceding the junior year in high school)?

  • Should it be permissible to conduct a tryout during a prospect’s sport season before he or she exhausts eligibility?

  • Should prospects be allowed to tryout more than one time with an institution?

Camps and clinics4

Camps and Clinics

Ease of burden concepts camps and clinics

Ease of Burden Concepts – Camps and Clinics

  • What are some of the compliance challenges associated with camps and clinics?

  • Should the employment of prospects at institutional camps or clinics be deregulated?

    3. Other ideas for changing the rule?



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