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Recruits Participating in practices

royal73royal73 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
edited August 2009 in Athletic Recruits
I've seen some mentions of recruits participating in practices on official visits. Are there rules re this and do they vary from DI to DIII? If it is done, is this what a recruit should expect or will a coach let the recruit know ahead of time?
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Replies to: Recruits Participating in practices

  • scualumscualum Registered User Posts: 2,883 Senior Member
    Strictly forbidden at the D1 and D3 levels... only somewhat permitted at D2.
  • ModadunnModadunn Registered User Posts: 6,263 Senior Member
    I have never seen or heard of such a thing. The only exception would be a summer training camp or something similar where prospective students attend. But then it's usually the case that the older students are "coaches" in a limited way.
  • csdadcsdad Registered User Posts: 2,289 Senior Member
    Happens with offseason "pick up games" in some sports...not really a practice but invaluable for someone to see the prospect actually play with current players. Good for the recruit also, they get an idea of the level of play.
  • Runners2Runners2 Registered User Posts: 308 Junior Member
    S participated in an informal way at both DI and DIII schools. Maybe they shouldn't have done that, but there was no evaluative component on the coach's part.
  • ChargerFansChargerFans Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    My son has lined up four visits so far, two official and two unofficial. One of the official visits, a D2 school, has asked that he bring his things to participate in a practice. A D3 school who has offered an unofficial has said in their letter that he cannot participate in any practice. The D1 schools haven't mentioned anything at this point.
  • WiggleWiggle Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    On kind of a related topic, my son is in HS and plays on a summer elite team. A local D1 university's coach has two high school-aged summer teams in this sport (JV and Varsity.) During the course of the tournament, both of the D1 coach's teams TROUNCED S's team. Totally unexpected. Know why? Coach brought all of his incoming college freshmen and placed them on the rosters of his two high school-aged teams. I have no idea if it was legal or not (NCAA-wise), but it sure was unfair!
  • ImCrazyImCrazy Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    If your talking about basketball and a YBOA/AAU sort of tournament, then it's leagal. As long as he's not coaching them, or something like that. Idk about other schools.
  • cantwaitfor2010cantwaitfor2010 Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    For swimming, on the official visits, they do practices led by the captains. The coaches arent allowed to watch.
  • 3xboys3xboys Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    My rower watched practices from the coach's launch but did not get in a boat himself...
  • springisintheairspringisintheair Registered User Posts: 451 Member
    D1 recruit cannot participate in official practice...however, the coaches can and certainly do WATCH how the recruit acts, observes, answers questions, and participates on a social and interest level...and the coaches certainly do ask the hosts on official visits if they think the recruit will be a good fit...so there is alot of info the coach and players take in and evaluate on a potential teammate, without ever seeing them practice officially on the day of the visit....
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    and if the coach invites the recruit to observe an "optional" early Sunday morning practice, please advise your child to get up and go. It's not optional, it's a test.
  • Sammy the dogSammy the dog Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    d2's can have players "try-out" but strictly forbidden in D1 and D3.
  • csdadcsdad Registered User Posts: 2,289 Senior Member
    D III's often tell recruits "some of our players are playing pick up games why don't you come over". This is done in Spring & Summer in basketball.
  • scualumscualum Registered User Posts: 2,883 Senior Member
    Good advice on the optional - there is no such thing as optional on a recruiting trip - do everything and participate to the fullest. Also good advice on the behavior during the trip - assume that everything you do will get back to the head coach and be a part of his decision.
  • NorthMinnesotaNorthMinnesota Registered User Posts: 6,666 Senior Member
    D2 was asked to "observe" early morning practices on Saturday mornings at D1 schools when she visited. We made sure she attended. Not really an optional thing!
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