Applicable Rule:18.104.22.168Rule Breakdown:
A player may attend ONE expenses-paid Major Junior training camp if:
- the training camp does not exceed 48 hours, and
- any compensation paid to the player in connection to the training camp is not more than actual and necessary expenses.
A player may attend ONE expenses-paid major training camp for longer than 48 hours if:
- any compensation paid to the player in connection to the training camp is not more than actual and necessary expenses, and
- the player pays for additional expenses beyond the 48-hour period.
- Players are often invited to a rookie camp that lasts 48 hours AND a training camp that lasts longer than 48 hours. If the players goes to both, although they may be months apart, the hours of each camp are combined for eligibility purposes.
- A player who wishes to retain NCAA eligibility may NOT play in a training-camp related exhibition game against another major junior team.
- The NCAA and its schools’ compliance departments track this through several streams of information: CHL team news releases on training camp rosters, CHL team social media posts, and player social media posts.
- A recent penalized violation of the rule was in 2011: http://yhoo.it/144wj10
- The NCAA Clearinghouse/Eligibility Center application specifically asks hockey players about major junior training camps. PLAYERS SHOULD NOT LIE ABOUT HOW LONG THEY WERE AT A CAMP. If the NCAA finds out later that the player lied on his Eligibility Center application, the player will be suspended for a number of games.
The Language of the Rule:
22.214.171.124 Tryout Before Enrollment-Men’s Ice Hockey and Skiing.
In men’s ice hockey and skiing, a student-athlete remains eligible in a sport even though, prior to enrollment in a collegiate institution, the student-athlete may have tried out with a professional athletics team in a sport or received not more than one expense-paid visit from each professional team (or a combine including that team), provided such a visit did not exceed 48 hours and any payment or compensation in connection with the visit was not in excess of actual and necessary expenses. The 48-hour tryout period begins at the time the individual arrives at the tryout location. At the completion of the 48-hour period, the individual must depart the location of the tryout immediately in order to receive return transportation expenses. A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the individual self finances additional expenses, including return transportation. A self-financed tryout may be for any length of time.
– Rich Evans
Points West Sports and Entertainment Inc.