As an attorney and agent, I see time and time again, detrimental and potentially detrimental mistakes that are made at the collegiate hockey level. The mistakes are made by uninformed, so called "agents" and "family advisors", as well as players, who are not aware of specific NCAA Rules.
In this article, and in the next few articles to follow, I would like to outline to the readers of Junior Hockey News some very important NCAA Rules, that if violated, could dramatically effect a players NCAA eligibility.
12.2 INVOLVEMENT WITH PROFESSIONAL TEAMS
18.104.22.168 Tryout Before Enrollment-Men's Ice Hockey. In men's ice hockey, a student-athlete remains eligible in a sport even though, prior to enrollment in a collegiate institution, the student-athlete may have tried out with a professional athletics team in a sport or received not more than one expense-paid visit from each professional team (or a combine including that team), provided such a visit did not exceed 48 hours and any payment or compensation in connection with the visit was not in excess of actual and necessary expenses. The 48-hour tryout period begins at the time the individual arrives at the tryout location. At the completion of the 48-hour period, the individual must depart the location of the tryout immediately in order to receive return transportation expenses. A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the individual self finances additional expenses, including return transportation. A self-financed tryout may be for any length of time. (Revised: 12/22/08, 4/13/10 effective 8/1/10; applicable to student-athletes who initially enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/10).
However, there is an exception to Rule 22.214.171.124 as outlined above, which is:
126.96.36.199.1 Exception for National Hockey League Scouting Combine-Men's Ice Hockey. In men's ice hockey, prior to full-time enrollment in a collegiate institution, a prospective student-athlete may accept actual and necessary expenses from the National Hockey League (NHL) to attend the NHL scouting combine, regardless of the duration of the combine. (Adopted: 1/16/10).
It is certainly not necessary that a player or a players parents memorize a NCAA Division I Manual. However, they must be aware of certain NCAA Rules and Regulations, that if violated, could have serious consequences.
Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. represents professional hockey players, and such services include contract negotiations, endorsements, licensing, media relations, marketing and branding opportunities. For questions or comments regarding this article please call (770) 554-1400 or visit www.obermanlaw.com