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    Compliance Corner: NCAA Coaches Certification Exam

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    June 19, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Each year by August 1, all head and assistant coaches across all NCAA Divisions must pass the NCAA Coaches Certification Test for the upcoming year. Successfully passing the test permits those head and assistant coaches to recruit off-campus between August 1 and July 31 of the applicable academic year. 

    The "Recruiting Test," as it is more commonly known, is designed to test a coach's knowledge of NCAA rules in all areas of the NCAA Manual, not just recruiting. While many of the questions on the test draw from Bylaw 13 (Recruiting), coaches may also see a few questions from Bylaw 11 (Personnel), 12 (Amateurism), 13 (Recruiting), 14 (Eligibility), 15 (Financial Aid) and 17 (Practice and Playing Seasons).

    After a head or assistant coach has passed the 30 question Recruiting Test with a score of 80% or better (24/30), they are then certified by Indiana University and the Big Ten Conference to participate in off-campus recruiting activities. NCAA rules state that a coach MUST be certified to engage in any off-campus face to face contact with prospective student-athletes, their relatives, or other individuals associated with the prospective student-athlete (i.e. high school or club coaches). Additionally, only certified coaches may participate in the evaluation of prospective student-athletes during practices and contests.

    At Indiana University, the Recruiting Test is also used as an education tool for staff members who by NCAA rules are not permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting efforts but are involved with a specific sport or assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. Individuals such as Directors of Operations, Video Coordinators, Volunteer Coaches, Graduate Assistants and Administrative Assistants are encouraged to take the test each year to ensure they are up to date with all NCAA legislation. 

    As one would imagine, athletics department staff members are highly competitive individuals! Achieving a perfect score on the Recruiting Test is a source of pride for many and provides "bragging rights" for year! This is just one example IU's commitment to excellence in the classroom, in competition, and with NCAA Rules.     



    Should you have any compliance questions, please feel free to contact the Indiana University Compliance Office at, or visit the compliance website. Thank you for your continued support in helping Indiana University play by the rules!

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