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13.12

Sports camps

and clinics

13.12.1 Sports Camps and Clinics Definition

An institution’s sports camp or instructional clinic shall be any camp or clinic that is owned or operated by a member institution or an employee of the member institution’s athletics department, either on or off its campus, and in which prospective student-athletes participate. (Adopted: 1/11/89, Revised: 1/10/90, 4/26/01 effective 8/1/01)

13.12.1.1.4 Purposes of Camps or Clinics

An institution’s sports camp or clinic shall be one that: (Adopted: 1/11/89, Revised: 1/10/90, 5/9/06)

(a) Places special emphasis on a particular sport or sports and provides specialized instruction or practice and may include competition;

(b) Involves activities designed to improve overall skills and general knowledge in the sport; or

(c) Offers a diversified experience without emphasis on instruction, practice or competition in any particular sport.

13.12.1.3 Attendance Restriction

A member institution’s sports camp or clinic shall be open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender). (See Bylaw 13.4.3.2.2.) (Revised: 1/11/89, 1/10/91, 1/11/94, 12/12/06, 9/24/09)

13.12.1.5 Recruiting Calendar Exceptions

The interaction during sports camps and clinics between prospective student-athletes and those coaches employed by the camp or clinic is not subject to the recruiting calendar restrictions. However, an institutional staff member employed at any camp or clinic (e.g., counselor, director) is prohibited from recruiting any prospective student-athlete during the time period that the camp or clinic is conducted (from the time the prospective student-athlete reports to the camp or clinic until the conclusion of all camp activities). The prohibition against recruiting includes extending written offers of financial aid to any prospective student-athlete during his or her attendance at the camp or clinic (see Bylaw 13.9.3.2). Other coaches who attend the camp or clinic as observers must comply with appropriate recruiting contact and evaluation periods. In addition, institutional camps or clinics may not be conducted during a dead period or a recruiting shutdown. (Revised: 4/3/02, 4/26/12, 4/25/18)

13.12.1.5.1 Exception - Recruiting Conversations

In sports other than baseball, basketball, football, men’s ice hockey, lacrosse and softball, recruiting conversations during an institutional camp or clinic (including a camp or clinic that involves only individuals who are not yet prospective student-athletes) are not permitted between an institution’s coach and a participating individual before August 1 at the beginning of the individual’s junior year in high school. (Adopted: 6/9/17 effective 6/12/17, Revised: 4/25/18, 5/1/19)

12.12.1.5.7 Campus Tours during institutional camps or clinics

In sports other than women’s basketball, an institution’s coach may arrange and conduct a campus tour during the institution’s camp or clinic, provided the format of the tour has been approved by an institutional authority outside the athletics department (e.g., admissions office). (Adopted: 7/23/15, Revised: 4/26/17)

13.12.1.6 Advertisements

Restrictions relating to advertisements of an institution’s sports camps and clinics in recruiting publications are set forth in Bylaw 13.4.3.2. Such restrictions do not apply to sports camp and clinic advertisements in nonrecruiting publications (e.g., a member institution’s game program). [D] (Revised: 8/5/04)

13.12.2.1 Prohibited Compensation

A member institution may not compensate or reimburse a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach, or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved based on the number of campers the individual sends to the camp. [R] (Revised: 4/20/11)

13.12.2.3 Athletics staff members

A member institution’s athletics staff member may be involved in sports camps or clinics unless otherwise prohibited in this section (see Bylaw 11.3.2.6). [D] (Revised: 8/5/04)

13.12.2.3.1 Camp/Clinic Providing Recruiting or Scouting Service

No athletics department staff member may be employed (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) in any capacity by a camp or clinic established, sponsored or conducted by an individual or organization that provides recruiting or scouting services concerning prospective student-athletes. In addition, an athletics department staff member may not be employed (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) in any capacity by a coaches clinic established, sponsored or conducted by an individual or organization that provides recruiting or scouting services concerning prospective student-athletes, even if prospective student athletes are not involved in the coaches clinic. This provision does not prohibit an athletics department staff member from participating in an officiating camp where participants officiate for, but are not otherwise involved in, a scouting services camp. [D] (Adopted: 1/11/89, Revised: 1/10/90, 1/10/92, 8/5/04, 7/24/14)

13.12.2.3.8 Noninstitutional Privately Owned Camps/Clinics

In sports other than baseball, basketball, football, softball and women’s volleyball, an institution’s athletics department personnel may serve in any capacity (e.g., counselor, guest lecturer, consultant) in a noninstitutional, privately owned camp or clinic, provided the camp or clinic is operated in accordance with restrictions applicable to institutional camps (e.g., open to any and all entrants, no free or reduced admission to or employment of athletics award winners). [D] (Revised: 8/15/04, 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, 5/26/06, 1/16/10 effective 8/1/10, 4/28/16 effective 8/1/16, 4/26/17 effective 8/1/17)

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