3/24/08 - Tip of the Week

Good Day Stony Brookers --

As a result of Dave Van Dyke giving the last Tip of the Week video two thumbs up, I thought I'd look high and low for another video Tip this week. As a result, I was not able to find another video that I thought would be constructive at this time of the year. However, if you are looking for a video/DVD to watch, I recommend watching the movie Memento (Carrie Ann Moss, Guy Pierce) - a little different, but well worth your time. Let me know what you think - I know Dave will like it.

Speaking of entertainment, college coaches are not permitted to entertain or provide material benefits to a high school, prep school, or two year college coach, or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing prospective student-athletes (i.e. club coach, AAU coach, etc.).

The only entertainment that an institution can provide a coach is two complimentary admissions through a pass list to a home intercollegiate contest. Please review the information below and let me know of any questions or concerns.

Heath


13.8.1 Entertainment Restrictions.

Entertainment of 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 shall be limited to providing a maximum of two complimentary admissions (issued only through a pass list) to home intercollegiate athletics events at any facility within a 30-mile radius of the institution's main campus, which must be issued on an individual-game basis. Such entertainment shall not include food and refreshments, room expenses, or the cost of transportation to and from the campus or the athletics event. It is not permissible to provide complimentary admissions to any postseason competition (e.g., NCAA championship, conference tournament, bowl game). An institutional coaching staff member is expressly prohibited from spending funds to entertain the prospective student-athlete's coach on or off the member institution's campus. For violations in which the value of the benefit is $100 or less, the eligibility of the prospective student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned on the prospective student-athlete (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved) repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. However, the prospective student-athlete shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of receipt of the impermissible benefit until the prospective student-athlete (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved) repays the benefit. Violations of this bylaw remain institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1, and documentation of the prospective student-athlete's (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved) repayment shall be forwarded to the enforcement staff.

(Revised: 4/3/02, 8/5/04, 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05)


13.8.1.1 Transportation Reimbursement.

An institution shall not reimburse a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach for expenses incurred in transporting a prospective student-athlete to visit the campus.


13.8.1.2 Transportation to Off-Campus Contest.

If a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach transports members of his or her athletics squad to an off-campus site to watch NCAA member institutions compete, an institution may not reimburse the coach for the transportation costs or provide complimentary tickets for the coach or any of the team members.


13.8.1.3 Purchase of Game Tickets.

An institution may not reserve tickets (in addition to the permissible complimentary admissions) to be purchased by high school, preparatory or two-year college coaches (or individuals accompanying them) to attend an institution's athletics contest. Tickets may be purchased only in the same manner as any other member of the general public. (Adopted: 1/10/92)


13.8.1.4 Noncoaching-Related Organization.

If a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach is a member of a noncoaching-related organization (e.g., state high school principals association, college fraternity alumni organization, institution's alumni association), an institution may entertain the group, provided there is no direct involvement by the institution's athletics department.


13.8.2 Material Benefits.

Arrangements by an institution that involve a material benefit for a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach, or for any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved, (e.g., the provision of a gift such as a tangible item bearing the institution's insignia, the offer to pay a portion of the coach's or other individual's personal expenses, compensation based on the number of campers sent to an institution's camp, or an arrangement to provide transportation for the coach or other individual) are prohibited. For violations in which the value of the benefit is $100 or less, the eligibility of the prospective student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned on the prospective student-athlete (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospect is involved) repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. However, the prospective student-athlete shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of receipt of the impermissible benefit until the prospective student-athlete (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved) repays the benefit. Violations of this bylaw remain institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1, and documentation of the prospective student-athlete's (or the high school, college-preparatory school or two-year coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved) repayment shall be forwarded to the enforcement staff. (Revised: 8/5/04)

High-School Coach on Sidelines of Institutional Contest


Date Issued: Nov 30, 1994
Type: Staff Interpretation
Item Ref: d
Interpretation:

d. High-School Coach on Sidelines of Institutional Contest: The legislative services staff determined that it is not permissible for an institution to allow a high-school coach to observe the institution's contest from the actual playing field or arena (e.g., sidelines, bench), inasmuch as such areas are not open to the general public. [References: 13.2.1 (general regulations) and 13.9.2 (material benefits)]


13.8.2.1 Gifts at Coaches' Clinic.

An institution may not provide gifts to high school, preparatory school or two-year college coaches in conjunction with its coaches' clinic or other events. This specifically prohibits the provision of a door prize to the coach, even if the cost of the prize is included in the cumulative admission fee (the admission fee charged to each person, when combined, would cover the cost of the prize). Materials (e.g., clipboards, file folders) may be provided to each person attending the clinic, provided the items are included in the registration or admission fee. (Revised: 1/16/93, 1/11/94)