5/12/08 - Tip of the Week - PSA Voluntary Summer Strength and Conditioning

Welcome to the Latest and Greatest - this is the last Tip of the Week for the 2007-2008 academic year. This latest Tip is brought to you by....

CONGRATULATIONS to Megan, Missy, Bree and the entire softball team on this past weekend's accomplishment - 2008 America East Conference Champions. Well done ladies!!!! Good Luck in the NCAA Tournament.

This weeks Tip is a reminder on the regulations regarding voluntary workouts during the summer for prospective student-athletes that have signed a NLI or financial aid agreement. In sports other than basketball and football, only those prospects that have signed a NLI or financial aid agreement may work out in our weight room in the presence of our strength and conditioning staff, as long as the work out is not conducted by the S & C staff, per the below interp.

In basketball and football, a prospect who has signed a NLI or a financial aid agreement or is enrolled in summer school prior to initial full time enrollment may engage in voluntary summer workouts conducted by our S & C staff. Before a prospect can engage in such activities, a first time participant must be cleared through a medical examination administered or supervised by a physician.

A list of all NLI and other scholarship signees is on S:Drive in the Eligibility Rosters folder.

Please review the information below and let me know of any question or concerns.

I hope everyone has a nice summer - August will be here before you know it.

Heath

Prospective Student-Athlete Participating in Weight Lifting or Conditioning Activities (other than Participation in Football and Basketball Voluntary Summer Conditioning Programs) on an Institution's Campus (I)


Date Issued: May 18, 2005
Type: Official
Item Ref: 1
Interpretation:

The committee reviewed situations related to a prospective student-athlete's participation in weight lifting and conditioning activities (other than participation in voluntary summer conditioning programs in football and basketball) on an institution's campus and confirmed the following:

  • A prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) (or a four-year college-transfer prospect who has signed a written offer of financial aid and/or admission) may participate in voluntary weight lifting or conditioning activities (e.g., conditioning on the track) on the institution's campus in the presence of the institution's strength and conditioning coach, provided such activities are not prearranged, the strength and conditioning coach is performing normal duties and responsibilities in the supervision of the weight room or facility in use (e.g., track) and he or she does not work directly with the prospective student-athlete. Involvement by the strength and conditioning coach (other than in a supervisory capacity) or the involvement of any coaching staff member in any capacity would constitute a tryout.
  • A prospective student-athlete who officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment and receives institutional athletics financial aid may engage in voluntary weight lifting or conditioning activities on the institution's campus in the presence of the institution's strength and conditioning coach, provided such activities are not prearranged, the strength and conditioning coach is performing normal duties and responsibilities in the supervision of the weight room or facility in use and he or she does not work directly with the prospective student-athlete. Involvement by the strength and conditioning coach (other than in a supervisory capacity) or the involvement of any coaching staff member in any capacity would constitute a tryout.
  • A prospective student-athlete who does not meet either of the criteria above or who participates at an institution that does not use the NLI program may not participate in voluntary weight lifting or conditioning activities on the institution's campus, unless such facilities are open to the general public.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 13.12.1 (prohibited activities), 13.12.2.2 (recreational activities) and 13.12.3.9 (voluntary summer conditioning); staff interpretations (reference: 11/12/03, item 1a), (reference: 5/27/88, item e) and (reference: 8/4/04, items 1a, 1b and 1c); and official interpretations (reference: 7/14/93, Item a), (reference: 4/2/87, Item No. 7-b), (reference: 4/2/87, Item No. 1) and (reference: 10/15/03, Item No. 1), which have been archived]

13.11.3.8.2 Voluntary Summer Conditioning -- Championship Subdivision Football. FCS

In championship subdivision football, a prospective student-athlete may engage in voluntary summer workouts conducted by an institution's certified strength and conditioning coach, including a countable coach, and may receive workout apparel (on an issuance and retrieval basis), provided he: (Adopted: 4/24/03 effective 5/1/03; Revised: 4/29/04, 5/31/06, 12/15/06, 1/14/08)

(a) Has signed a National Letter of Intent or, for those institutions not using the National Letter of Intent or in the case of a four-year college prospective student-athlete, the prospective student-athlete has signed the institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid; or

(b) Is enrolled in the institution's summer term prior to the student's initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution (see Bylaws 13.2.8.2 and 17.11.6).

13.11.3.8.3 Mandatory Medical Examination.

Prior to participation in any weight-training or conditioning workouts conducted by an institution's certified strength and conditioning coach, a prospective student-athlete who will be a first-time participant shall be required to undergo a medical examination or evaluation administered or supervised by a physician (e.g., family physician, team physician). The examination or evaluation must have been administered within six months prior to participation in any weight-training or conditioning activity. (Adopted: 1/8/07 effective 5/1/07)

13.11.3.9 Voluntary Summer Conditioning -- Basketball.

In basketball, a prospective student-athlete may engage in voluntary summer workouts conducted by an institution's strength and conditioning coach with department-wide duties and may receive workout apparel (on an issuance and retrieval basis), provided he or she: (Adopted: 4/29/04, 7/20/04, Revised: 1/14/08)

(a) Has signed a National Letter of Intent; or

(b) Is enrolled in the institution's summer term prior to the student's initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution (see Bylaw 13.2.8).

13.11.3.9.1 Mandatory Medical Examination.

Prior to participation in any weight-training or conditioning workouts conducted by an institution's certified strength and conditioning coach, a prospective student-athlete who will be a first-time participant shall be required to undergo a medical examination or evaluation administered or supervised by a physician (e.g., family physician, team physician). The examination or evaluation must have been administered within six months prior to participation in any weight-training or conditioning activity. (Adopted: 1/8/07 effective 5/1/07)