Boise State University Coaches & Staff
Camps & Clinics
Institutional Camps or Clinics are those owned and operated by Boise State University or an employee of Boise State University’s Athletics Department, either on or off of Boise State University’s campus, which are attended by prospects. The NCAA has certain requirements for Institutional Camps or Clinics
- Institutional sports camps or clinics must be open to any and all entrants. The only permissible limitations may be by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.
Although interaction during sports camps or clinics between prospects and those coaches employed by the camp or clinic is not subject to the recruiting calendar restrictions, staff members employed at the camp or clinic are prohibited from recruiting any prospects during the time period that a camp or clinic is conducted. This includes extending verbal or written offers of financial aid during attendance at a camp or clinic.
- Coaches who are not employed by an institutional camp or clinic, but who wish to observe prospects at the institutional camp or clinic, must adhere to appropriate recruiting contact and evaluation periods.
- Institutional camps or clinics may not be conducted during a dead period.
Non-Institutional Camps are sports camps or clinics that are owned or operated by an individual or organization not affiliated with Boise State University’s Athletics Department. In sports other than basketball and football, an employee of Boise State University’s Athletics Department is permitted to be involved with a non-institutional camp or clinic so long as:
- The non-institutional camps or clinics are operated in accordance with restrictions applicable to institutional camps.
- The camps or clinics are not sponsored or conducted by an individual or organization that provides recruiting or scouting services concerning prospects.
- Employment is reported to the Boise State University Compliance Office
In basketball, a Boise State University coach or non-coaching staff member may be employed only at Institutional basketball camps or clinics and only during the months of June, July, and August.
In football, participation by Boise State University coaches or non-coaching staff members in non-institutional, privately owned camps and clinics involving prospective student-athletes is limited to two designated periods of 15 consecutive days in the months of June and July.
In volleyball, a coach or non-coaching staff member may be employed at a non-institutional camp or clinic provided it is operated in accordance with restrictions applicable to institutional camps. However, it is not permissible for a Boise State University volleyball coach or non-coaching staff member with sport specific responsibilities to be employed at a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic that is conducted off the institution’s campus during a quiet period.
Boise State University non-coaching staff members with department-wide responsibilities may present an education session at a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic provided they do not make a recruiting presentation.
Fundamental Skills Camps–Boise State University Athletics department personnel may be employed in any capacity in a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic conducted under the following conditions:
- The camp or clinic is designed to develop fundamental skills in a sport.
- The camp or clinic is open to the general public.
- The camp or clinic is conducted primarily for educational purposes and does not include material benefits for the participants.
- Participants do not receive a recruiting presentation.
- All participants reside in the state in which the camp or clinic is located or within 100 miles of the camp or clinic.
Extra Benefits & Awards
Extra Benefits– Student-athletes at Boise State University may not receive any tangible benefits not available to the general student-body. Because receipt of an extra benefit will jeopardize the eligibility of a student-athlete, whether the benefit has actually been received, or whether a student-athlete simply believes he or she may have received an extra benefit, a report should be made to the Boise State University Athletics Compliance Office. In turn, our office will do everything possible to keep the eligibility of the student-athlete in tact.
Some common examples of extra benefits include the following:
- Special discounts & credits
- Free or reduced cost(s) for services
- Use of credit cards or telephones for personal reasons without charge
- Entertainment services, such as free tickets to a sporting event
Occasional Meals–NCAA bylaws allow coaches and boosters to provide student-athletes with an occasional meal. The rules related to occasional meals vary depending on whether a booster is providing the meal or a Boise State University staff member is providing the meal. Boise State University’s Athletics Compliance Office defines occasional as being one meal per month. If you wish to provide an occasional meal to a Boise State University student-athlete please contact the Boise State University Athletics Compliance Office to complete the appropriate paperwork and to ensure the meal is in accordance with NCAA rules and regulations.
- If a Boise State University staff member is providing the meal, the meal must occur within the locale of Boise State University and the staff member may arrange for reasonable transportation to the meal.
- If a booster is providing the meal, the meal must occur in the booster’s home or at a campus facility that is regularly used for home competitions. Boosters may also provide reasonable local transportation to attend an occasional meal, but only if the meal occurs at the booster’s home. It is permissible for a booster to have a meal catered.
Awards–NCAA Bylaw 16 allows awards to be provided to student-athletes in order to recognize them for outstanding academic or athletic achievement, however, such awards are limited by type and by value. Coaches who intend to give any awards to student-athletes should visit the Boise State University Athletics Compliance Office and complete the appropriate forms in order to ensure such awards meet NCAA guidelines. A student-athletes eligibility may be adversely impacted if he or she receives an award that does not meet NCAA guidelines.
Arrangements for Prospective Student-Athletes
NCAA bylaws allow certain arrangements to be made for prospective student-athletes, however, these arrangements are limited. Generally, an arrangement made for a prospective student-athlete is not a violation of NCAA bylaws as long as the arrangement is one made available to all students at Boise State University. Some common permissible arrangements are listed below. If you have any questions regarding arrangements you would like made for a prospective-student athlete please visit or call the Boise State University Athletics Compliance Office.
Loans to Prospective Student-Athletes–Arrangement of educational loans by an institution for a prospective student-athlete is permitted. However, such loans may not be made prior to completion of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school and the loans must be from a regular lending agency and based on a regular repayment schedule.
Summer Housing for Prospective Student-Athletes–Boise State University may rent dormitory space to a prospective student-athlete during the summer months at the regular institutional rate. Additionally, off-campus summer housing may be arranged for a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent and is enrolled in the institution’s summer term prior to full-time enrollment or is receiving athletically related financial aid to attend the institution’s summer term prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment.
Academic Support Services & Use of Training-Room Facilities–A prospective student-athlete who is enrolled in Boise State University’s summer term prior to his or her initial, full-time enrollment, may be provided academic support services and may use training-room facilities.
Playing & Practice Seasons
Sports Other than Football
The NCAA limits the length of playing and practice seasons, and the activities in which student-athletes may participate during various parts of the year. Generally, a year can be broken into three different time periods which include:
- The Playing Season–During the playing season student-athletes are limited in the amount of Countable Athletically Related Activities in which they may participate. The amount of time any student-athlete may participate in cannot exceed 4 hours in any given day, 20 hours in any given week, and every student-athlete must have at least 1 day off per week.
- Outside the Playing Season During the Academic Year–During periods that are outside of the playing season, but within the academic year, the number of Countable Athletically Related Activities that any student-athlete may participate in cannot exceed 8 hours per week. No more than 2 of these 8 hours can be dedicated to individual skill instruction and no more than 4 student-athletes may participate in any individual skill instruction session at one time. Finally, every student-athlete must have at least 2 days off per week.
- Outside the Playing Season During the Vacation Periods–During vacation periods outside of the playing season, student-athletes may use Boise State University facilities to engage in voluntary workouts. Boise State University’s strength and conditioning coaches may design and conduct specific workout programs for returning student-athletes. These workouts must be strictly voluntary and must be conducted only at the request of student-athletes. It is impermissible for countable coaches to require strength and conditioning coaches and/or student athletes to report the results of these voluntary workouts. Additionally, it is impermissible for countable coaches to observe these voluntary workouts. There are however several exceptions:
- In Individual Sports, which include; cross country, track & field, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, and wrestling, student-athletes may engage in voluntary one-on-one workouts conducted and supervised by an institution’s coach. Such workouts must be at the request of the student-athlete, and if conducted at a facility that charges a fee, the student-athlete is required to pay the fee.
- In sports with a Safety Exception, which include; gymnastics, swimming & diving, field events for track & field, and wrestling, countable coaches may be present and provide safety and skill instruction when a student-athlete uses equipment related to the sport. More than one student-athlete may be present for this type of instruction. Although countable coaches may be present, and may provide safety and skill instruction, they should not plan or conduct such workouts.
There are many NCAA rules and regulations involving playing and practice seasons relating specifically to football. Generally, these rules differ as they relate to permissible activities outside the playing season during the academic year and permissible activities outside the playing season during the vacation period.
- Outside the Playing Season during the Academic Year
- Student-athletes must be given nine designated weeks of discretionary time between January 1 and the beginning of voluntary summer conditioning in June. Discretionary time is time in which there are no required/recommended activities.
- Outside of the nine weeks of discretionary time, student-athletes may be required to participate in up to 8 hours per week of required strength and conditioning activities and film review.
- No skill instruction is permitted outside of the playing season in football. However, game film review may be required for up to 2 of the 8 permissible hours per week.
- Spring practice may occur for up to 4 hours per day on 15 designated practice dates.
- Student-athletes must be given two days off from required activities per week, even during spring practice.
- Outside the Playing Season during Vacation Periods
- During 8 designated weeks of voluntary summer conditioning activities, strength coaches may conduct strength and conditioning workouts for student-athletes. No countable coaches may be present and strength coaches may not report back to countable coaches. Additionally, student-athletes may work out at their discretion outside of the 8 hours per week. No countable or strength coaches can be involved with these workouts, except that strength coaches may monitor the facility for health and safety purposes.
- Outside the 8 designated weeks, student-athletes may work out at their discretion. No countable or strength coaches can be involved with discretionary workouts, except that strength coaches may monitor the facility for health and safety purposes.
Countable Athletically Related Activities
The NCAA defines countable athletically related activities to include any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by, one or more of an institution’s coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches). Administrative activities are not considered as countable athletically related activities. The following chart provides some examples of activities considered countable athletically related activities and some examples that are not considered countable athletically related activities.
Activities That Are Considered Countable Athletically Related Activities
Activities That Are Not Considered Countable Athletically Related Activities
|Athletics meetings with a coach that are initiated or required by a coach||Meetings with coaches that are initiated by student-athletes (as long as no countable activities occur during such meetings)|
|Competition and associated activities||Drug & alcohol educational meetings or CHAMPS & Life Skills meetings|
|Field, floor, or on-court activities||Study hall, tutoring, or academic meetings|
|Setting up offensive or defensive alignments||Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings|
|On-court or on-field activities called by any member of the team and confined primarily to members of that team that are considered as requisite for participation on the team||Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff member|
|Required weight training and conditioning activities||Voluntary sport related activities. These activities are those initiated by student-athletes in which attendance is not taken and no coach is present|
|Required participation in camps and/or clinics||Traveling to or from the site of competition, so long as no countable activities occur during the travel|
|Visiting the competition site in the sports of cross country and golf||Training room activities, rehabilitation, and/or medical examinations|
|Discussion or review of game film||Recruiting activities|
|Participation in physical activity classes that are offered for student-athletes only and are taught by members of the athletics staff||Training table meals|
|Fundraising activities, public relations and promotional activities, and/or community service projects|
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