I coach at a DII college and I was wondering if anyone could help me with something that has been vexing me for a few months.
We recently had our men's program axed for financial reasons. I wanted to keep helping the guys that stuck around our school. Those guys formed a club team which allows for men and women to join. I was told by our compliance guy that I was not allowed to help with the club team because if women attended practice it would be considered a tryout for them. He said it would be an NCAA violation because you are only allowed to try someone out once.
Now I let my compliance guy know that we have a no cut policy on our women's team and that anyone that wants to walk on can, if they follow the rules. In my opinion I can't imagine I would violate any rules or the spirit of any rules by helping the club team. He didn't agree and said he checked it out.
I don't believe him but I can't seem to find anything about this in the NCAA handbook. I know our volleyball coach also coaches a club team on the HS level as do all of our soccer coaches. Those situations seem to be a lot more controversial then what I want to do yet I was told no and they are allowed to continue to do what they do.
Can anyone help me with any insight into this?
The men's indoor track & field program practices and competes alongside Duquesne's varsity women's indoor track & field program during the winter months and is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America.