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College Sports Tryouts: Rules for Every Division

College tryouts are an important but often overlooked opportunity in the recruiting process. They can be especially helpful to athletes who suffered an injury during the season or were not able to secure enough film.

 

Here are the rules broken down by division:

Division I:  ONLY men’s basketball is allowed to hold tryouts. Those tryouts are limited to prospective student-athletes who are 1) seniors in high school, 2) junior college transfers or 3) four-year transfers who have completed their basketball season. They also must be on an official or unofficial visit to the campus.

The on-campus evaluations are limited to two hours per week, whether during the collegiate season or out of it. The two hours must take place during the regular allowable practice time (20 hours during the season, eight hours out of it).

Division II schools are allowed to hold one practice or tryout for a college-bound student-athlete on its campus as long as the student-athlete is a high-school senior who is enrolled in a term other than the term in which the traditional season in the sport occurs. The school may conduct a medical examination of the student-athlete, and the tryout may include tests to evaluate the student-athlete’s strength, speed, agility and sport skills. The tryout may include competition except in football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling. The tryout is limited to the length of the school’s normal practice period in the sport, but in no event can it be longer than two hours. The school may loan equipment and clothing to the college-bound student-athlete during the tryout.

NAIA students are permitted a maximum of two days of tryouts throughout their entire career, and the tryout cannot interfere with school time. The tryout must occur on campus. If a school has a policy for reimbursing all students for such visits, the same can be applied to you as a prospective student-athlete.

Division III schools are not allowed to hold practice tryouts with college-bound student-athletes.

NJCAA schools are permitted to host tryouts as long as the State High School Activities Association in the student-athlete’s home state allows it.

 

If you want to play in college, talk to an NCSA College Scout by calling 866-495-7727 or clicking here. They can educate you about the recruiting process and help you build your recruiting game plan.