Compliance

NCAA coaches and student-athletes can sign up as ConnectLAX instructors and provide private, paid instruction as compensation is collected directly from the lesson recipient (or the recipient’s family). Follow the below guidelines. This statement is based on our research of the NCAA rules and direct conversations concerning eligibility with the NCAA compliance office, including Divisions I-III. Coaches and student-athletes are strongly encouraged to consult with their compliance office.

ConnectLAX keeps a record of your instruction history on file for reference under your Account Settings tab.

 

Student-Athletes

For Division I student-athletes, you must abide by the following rules in order to not violate the NCAA guidelines of Section 12.4.2.1.1 of the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Manual:

(a) Do not use institutional facilities 

(b) Playing lessons shall not be permitted* 

(c) Your institution must keep on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year

(d) You are paid by the lesson recipient (or the recipient’s family) and not another individual or entity

(e) Instruction to each individual is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson when the instruction involves more than one individual at a time

*Do not instruct or coach the player during a game for payment.

For Division II and III student-athletes, you must abide by the following rules in order to not violate the NCAA guidelines of Section 12.4.1 of the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I & II Manual:

(a) Only for work actually performed; and 

(b) At a rate that is close to the going rate of other lessons

(c) You do not allow a company to use your reputation to promote the sale of any product or services**

**Do not specifically reference the institution you are currently enrolled at or prospectively may enroll in.

 

Coaches

For Division I, II, and III coaches, according to Section 13.11.3.6 of the 2012-2013 NCAA Division I Manual, coaches are not permitted to provide private lessons to current and prospective student-athletes of their institution. However, with approval of their compliance office, Division I, II, and III coaches are permitted to provide private, paid lessons to student-athletes that are non-current and non-prospective student-athletes of the coaches institution.

A prospective student-athlete, as defined in bylaw 13.02.12, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier): 

(a) The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution's regular academic year (excluding summer); or 

(b) The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term; or

(c) The individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment

Please consult the below NCAA guidelines for your division to learn more. 

 

NCAA and other regulatory body compliance is the full responsibility of ConnectLAX members, review our Terms of Use and email us at support@connectlax.com with further questions.

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