NCAA DII Tryout Rules Updated

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 | No Comments

Last week, we wrote about about the new NCAA DII rule changes that went into effect yesterday (June 15th) regarding official and unofficial visits.  There is also another area of the DII rule book that was updated.  This is an area that will impact a lot of student-athletes that compete at the Division II level.  Tryouts.  A lot of DII schools will have some kind of tryout to fill remaining roster spots.  Here are those changes:

-Beginning June 15 after junior year, a school can have a prospective athlete tryout on its campus or at their normal practice/game facility under the following conditions:

-Only 1 tryout per athlete, per school and per sport is permitted

-UPDATED:  The tryout can be conducted for:

  • A high school/prep school prospective athlete outside their school’s traditional season in the sport (starts with first official team practice and sends with team’s final competition)
  • A two-year college student after the end of the sport season or anytime (provided the athlete has exhausted their two-year college eligibility in the sport)
  • A four-year college student after the conclusion of the sport season (provided written permission to contact the athlete has been obtained)

-Before the tryout, the athlete is required to undergo a medical exam by a family/team physician. The exam will include a sickle cell solubility test unless prior results are provided to the school or the athlete declines and signs a written release. The exam must occur within 6 months before the tryout or an exam taken prior to practice, competition or off-season conditioning during junior or senior year that was accepted by the athlete’s school for their participation in athletics may be used to satisfy this requirement if taken during the academic year when the tryout is conducted.

-The tryout may include tests to evaluate strength, speed, agility and sport skills. The tryout may include competition except in football, ice hockey, lacrosse and wrestling. In football, the athletes will not wear helmets/pads.

-Competition against the school’s team is allowed provided it occurs during the school year and is considered a countable athletically related activity.

Because there are more student-athletes that will compete in DII or DIII than in DI, it’s important to understand the rules that may impact you.  Remember, when it comes to recruiting, Go Big or go home!

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