Volunteer Coaches

In sports other than football and basketball, it is permissible for a team to employ a volunteer coach.

Volunteer Coaches May NOT:

  • Receive complimentary admission to a UM contest in a sport other than their own (for example, to attend a football game during a prospect's visit).
  • Receive expenses for non-competition related travel, such as for conventions or professional development.
  • Receive training table meals.
  • Receive any on- or off-campus meals during unofficial visits. A head or assistant coach may not purchase an otherwise impermissible meal for a volunteer coach on- or off-campus.
  • Place phone calls to prospects (or the prospect's parents, legal guardians or coaches) prior to one calendar day following: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • Communicate with prospects in writing via text messaging, instant messaging (e.g., Gchat, Facebook chat) or through chat rooms prior to one calendar day following: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • "Like" or comment on a prospect's Facebook wall prior to one calendar day following: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • Retweet, use @Reply or mention a prospect's Twitter page prior to one calendar day following: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • Evaluate prospects on or off-campus or travel with a coach who is recruiting, even if the volunteer incurs the costs.
  • Evaluate/analyze videotape of prospects.
  • Have any off-campus contact or face-to-face interaction with prospects (or the prospect's parents, legal guardians or coaches).
  • Provide prospects or student-athletes any extra benefits, such as lodging, meals and/or transportation.
  • Provide lessons to prospects, unless under a permissible NCAA tryout exception.
  • Participate with or observe student-athletes in your sport who are engaged in voluntary athletically related activities (e.g., pick-up games).
  • Scout future opponent's off-campus, even if the volunteer coach pays the related costs.
  • Coach or be involved in the same sport at a high school.
  • Attend or speak at banquets and meetings designed primarily to recognize prospects.
  • Receive compensation or remuneration from the athletics department.
  • Receive cash bonuses, stipends or gifts related to their volunteer coaching position from the athletic department, the head coach or any outside groups, including booster clubs.

Volunteer Coaches May:

  • Engage in any on-court or on-field coaching activities.
  • Assist the coaching staff with administrative duties.
  • Be involved with community service activities with your team.
  • Coordinate pre or postgame meals.
  • Arrange team travel.
  • Evaluate/analyze film of your team or opponents.
  • Receive two (2) complimentary tickets to home athletics contests in the coach's sport.
  • Receive complimentary meals incidental to organized team activities (e.g., pre- or post-game meals, occasional meals, but not training table meals) or meals in conjunction with official visits.
  • Purchase additional game tickets in their sport at face value.
  • Receive apparel that is incidental to coaching (i.e., shoes, shirts and/or jackets).
  • Receive the same awards as student-athletes for participation in championship events.
  • Receive parking expenses associated with practice and / or competition.
  • Travel with the team and be reimbursed for necessary and actual expenses incurred while traveling with the team (i.e., meals, lodging).
  • Receive phone calls from prospects.
  • E-mail, send Twitter and Facebook direct messages and send recruiting materials to prospects, their parents and coaches beginning September 1 of prospect's junior year in high school (or in the sports of men's basketball and ice hockey, beginning June 15 after prospect's sophomore year in high school).
  • Become Facebook friends with prospects beginning September 1 of prospect's junior year in high school (or in the sports of men's basketball and ice hockey, beginning June 15 after prospect's sophomore year in high school).
  • Follow a prospect of any age on Twitter.
  • Use an institutional vehicle for transporting prospective student-athletes to/from the bus or train station or nearest major airport for an official visit and/or the prospect's initial arrival at the institution to attend classes or orientation.
  • Provide on-campus transportation to a prospect during a prospect's unofficial or official visit.
  • Assist the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting activities (i.e., touring facilities).
  • Receive camp compensation from both the athletics department and a source other than the athletics department, provided all outside camp employment is preapproved by the Compliance Services Office and the camp is operated in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.
  • Be employed and receive compensation for working outside of UM or with UM in a department outside athletics.
  • Be employed by a local sports club provided that all prospect-aged individuals reside within 50 miles of Michigan's campus.