Daily Rules Revelation – 2/6/2017 – Lodging and Meals for Siblings on OVs

Due to the relatively infancy of the new lodging/meals for four family members on official visits legislation, the NCAA decided to clarify a number of questions that it received via chart form. The following chart will help institutions navigate the official visit labyrinth when it involves a family member who is also being recruited by the institution.

Accommodations on Official Visit — Meals, Lodging, and/or Entertainment of Prospect-Aged Siblings (I)

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 February 02, 2017
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Bylaws 13.6.6.1, 13.6.7.1, and 13.6.7.7 [A] permit institutions to provide meals, lodging, and/or entertainment for up to four family members accompanying a prospective student-athlete on an official visit.

If a prospect-aged sibling (or a prospect-aged individual whose close association with the prospective student-athlete is the practical equivalent of a family relationship) accompanies the prospective student-athlete on the official visit, then the prospect-aged sibling may receive meals lodging, and/or entertainment without triggering an official visit, provided no recruitment of the prospect-aged sibling occurs during the visit and he or she is designated as one of the four family members to receive meals, lodging, and/or entertainment, or if not one of the four family members, pays the appropriate costs.

The chart below outlines the official visit accommodations for recruited and non-recruited prospect-aged siblings.  Please note the differing application of official visit lodging for prospect-aged siblings who are being recruited by the institution.

Prospect-Aged Sibling Recruitment Status Official Visit Meals Official Visit Lodging Official Visit Entertainment
Is or is not being recruited by the institution and is one of the four family members designated to receive meals, lodging and/or entertainment. May attend and receive meals May receive lodging. May attend and receive entertainment.
Is being recruited by the institution and is not one of the four family members designated to receive meals, lodging and/or entertainment. May attend, but prospect-aged sibling must pay the costs of meals. May not stay in the same room as the four family members designated to receive lodging as an additional occupant and prospect-aged sibling must pay costs for separate room. Failure to pay for a separate room would trigger an official visit for the prospect-aged sibling. May attend, but prospect-aged sibling must pay the costs of entertainment.
Is not being recruited by the institution and is not one of the four family members designated to receive meals, lodging and/or entertainment. May attend, but prospect-aged sibling must pay the costs of meals. May stay in the same room as the four family members designated to receive lodging and prospect-aged sibling must pay additional occupant costs. Failure to pay for additional occupant costs would trigger an official visit for the prospect-aged sibling. May attend, but prospect-aged sibling must pay the costs of entertainment.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 13.02.8 (family member), 13.02.14.1 (recruited prospective student-athlete), 13.6.6.1 (lodging for additional persons), 13.6.7.1 (entertainment on official visit), and 13.6.7.7 (meals on official visit), and a staff interpretation (1/5/2017, Item No. a)]