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 or legal guardians) prior to: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • In football, track & field and swimming & diving, communicate with prospects (or the prospect's parents or legal guardians) in writing via text messaging, instant messaging (e.g., Gchat, Facebook chat) or through text messaging phone apps (e.g., SnapChat, Kik Messenger) prior to: 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: 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: 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.
  • Place phone calls and send text messages to prospects (or the prospect's parents or legal guardians) following: the prospect signing a NLI or our institution receiving a financial deposit in response to an offer of admission.
  • E-mail, send Twitter and Facebook direct messages and send recruiting materials to prospects (or the prospect's parents or legal guardians) beginning September 1 of prospect's junior year in high school (or in the sport of men's basketball beginning June 15 after prospect's sophomore year in high school or in ice hockey beginning January 1 of prospect's sophomore year).
  • In sports other than football, track & field and swimming & diving, communicate with prospects (or the prospect's parents or legal guardians) in writing via text messaging, instant messaging (e.g., Gchat, Facebook chat) or through text messaging phone apps (e.g., SnapChat, Kik Messenger) beginning September 1 of prospect's junior year in high school (or in the sport of men's basketball beginning June 15 after prospect's sophomore year in high school or in ice hockey beginning January 1 of prospect's sophomore year).
  • Become Facebook friends with prospects of any age.
  • 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.