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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.
  • 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

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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?
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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