NCAA Compliance

USA Volleyball High Performance National Team Programs were reviewed by the NCAA in October of 2015 to determine permissibility for the involvement of NCAA institution coaches and staff members.  Below are the conclusions as determined by Alex Smith and Eric Mayes of the NCAA.

USA Volleyball is the only National Governing Body in volleyball as determined by the United States Olympic Committee and is considered by the NCAA as such.  These interpretations are specific to USA Volleyball High Performance National Team Programs only.  As always, NCAA coaches should consult with their respective compliance department to determine permissibility, however, this information should assist coaches, staff, and compliance officers alike.

NCAA Dead Period

April 9 - 12, 2018

Tryouts Impacted: Kansas City, Mo 2

USA Volleyball High Performance National Team Tryouts

NCAA institution coaches may attend and assist at all High Performance Tryouts that do not fall during a dead or quiet period. NCAA coaches may serve in any capacity at HP Tryouts, inclusive of Court Coach, Evaluator, Lead Coach, Lead Evaluator, or Administrator.  Serving as an Evaluator at a USA Volleyball High Performance Tryout DOES NOT need to be counted against team limits for recruiting contract and evaluation.

NCAA legislation considers High Performance Tryouts to be “non-institutional camps or clinics” and HP Tryouts meet the provisions of Division I camps/clinics legislation 13.12.2.3.5. 

That legislation states that “In women’s volleyball, an institution’s coach or non-coaching staff member with responsibilities specific to women’s volleyball may serve in any capacity in a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic, provided the camp or clinic is operated in accordance with restrictions applicable to an institutional camp or clinic (e.g., open to any and all entrants, no free or reduced admission to or employment of athletics award winners).  However it is not permissible for a women’s volleyball coach or non-coaching staff member with responsibilities specific to women’s volleyball to be employed (either on salaried or a volunteer basis) in an institutional camp or clinic or a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic that is conducted off the institution’s campus during a quiet period.” [D] (Adopted: 1/16/10 effective 8/1/10)

If a coach is working a USA Volleyball High Performance National Team Tryout, “recruiting contact and evaluation do not need to be counted against team limits.  This response is predicated on the coach acting in the capacity of a national team designee and not actively recruiting prospective student-athletes on behalf of his or her member institution.”

USA Volleyball High Performance National Team Programs:
All HP Training Programs, HP National Team 2nd Tryout, HP National Teams, HP Holiday Training Programs

NCAA institution coaches may attend and work at all other High Performance Programs, as listed above, regardless of recruiting calendar. It is permissible for NCAA coaches to work the above listed programs during a quiet or dead period.  The only restriction on this participation is that a member institution’s coaching staff member may not participate only in non-coaching activities, so must serve as an active coach at these programs.

NCAA legislation considers HP Training Programs, 2nd Tryouts, National Teams, and Holiday Training Programs to be “State Regional, National, or International Training Programs” and meet the provisions of bylaw 13.11.3.3. 

“Under this bylaw, USA Volleyball may organize and administer a national team training/development event, practice, or competition and have Division I institution coaches serve as coaches or evaluators.  In order for Division I institutional coaches to participate under the provisions of bylaw 13.11.3.3, USA Volleyball must select or official invite the coach to participate.  If coaches are participating in the event under 13.11.3.3 and acting in the capacity of his/her USA Volleyball designation, the provisions of the recruiting calendar (e.g., quiet period or dead period) would not apply.”

This legislation states that “Participation by an institution’s athletics department staff member in recognized state, regional, national, or international training programs or competition organized and administered by the applicable governing body shall not be considered tryouts, provided the athletics department staff is selected by the applicable governing body and the participants are selected by an authority or a committee of the applicable governing body that is not limited to athletics department staff members affiliated with one institution.  A member institution’s coaching staff member may not participate only in non-coaching activities (e.g., consultant, on-site coordinator, participant selection), except as provided in bylaws 13.11.3.3.1, 13.11.3.3.2, and 13.11.3.3.3.” [D] (Revised: 1/9/96, 11/10/97, 4/28/11 effective 8/1/11)