I even received a copy of that letter from Mr. Leeland Zeller, the Associate Director of Academic and Membership Affairs of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association regarding Noli Eala's clarification on the NCAA Eligibility Rules:
Here's part of said letter:
Also Marshall University thru Derek Gwinn their Associate Athletic Director for Compliance verified with the NCAA when I was asking permission for Chris Lutz. And here's what he got:NCAA rules permit student-athletes who attend member institutions to participate in national team tryouts and to receive expenses for competition from an outside team or nonprofessional sponsor of the competition. NCAA Division I Bylaw 14.7.3 sets forth exceptions to the general rule that restricts the participation of student-athletes in competition other than for their intercollegiate teams. One such exception [Bylaw 18.104.22.168-(d)] allows student-athletes to participate in official tryouts and competition involving national teams and junior national teams sponsored by the appropriate national governing bodies or Olympic committee (or the equivalent organization).
NCAA Division I Bylaw 22.214.171.124.4.5 allows student-athletes to receive actual and necessary expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, meals) to participate in competition from the nonprofessional sponsor of the competition. Therefore, if tryouts you have described below will included competition and the Philippine Basketball Federation is the sponsor of the competition, it would be permissible for the federation to provide actual and necessary expenses to student-athletes at NCAA member institutions to participate in the tryouts.
Please note that I’ve provided specific legislative citations for NCAA Division I rules. NCAA Divisions II and III have similar rules, but the citations may not be exactly the same.
In regards to expenses, they cannot be excessive. Only the cost for actual and necessary expenses may be provided. I would say no to first class flights and as for meals, $30-$45 per day should be plenty.
126.96.36.199 Prohibited Forms of Pay.
"Pay," as used in Bylaw 12.1.2 above, includes, but is not limited to, the following:
188.8.131.52.4.3 Expenses from Outside Team or Organization.
Expenses received from an outside amateur sports team or organization in excess of actual and necessary travel, room and board expenses, and apparel and equipment (for individual and team use only from teams or organizations not affiliated with member institutions, including local sports clubs as set forth in Bylaw 184.108.40.206) for competition and practice held in preparation for such competition. Practice must be conducted in a continuous time period preceding the competition except for practice sessions conducted by a national team, which occasionally may be interrupted for specific periods of time preceding the competition. (Revised: 1/10/90, 1/10/92)
In regards to participation with or against professionals, there are no issues here as long as he does not receive payment for play that is above and beyond the actual and necessary expenses.
220.127.116.11 Competition against Professionals.
An individual may participate singly or as a member of an amateur team against professional athletes or professional teams.
18.104.22.168.4 Exception -- Olympic/National Teams.
It is permissible for an individual (prospective student-athlete or student-athletes) to participate on Olympic or national teams that are competing for prize money or are being compensated by the governing body to participate in a specific event, provided the student-athlete does not accept prize money or any other compensation (other than actual and necessary expenses).
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