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Another Mom:
I may be the only parent with a high school player starting the recruiting process . . . but in case I'm not, I thought a thread where we could ask questions,  share info etc might be helpful.

I have a question: on an unofficial visit to a d3 school, can my son participate in a team practice? (My son wrote to a coach, who replied that "at the very least" they would meet with him -- what more could they do??) (Yes, my son can/will clarify with the coach, but I'm impatient,  and want to have an idea of what to possibly expect.  Thanks!

nescacfan94:
There really is no ‘official’ or ‘unofficial’ visit to a D3 school. Generally that is D1 terminology referring to who pays for the visit. A coach asking a kid to visit campus is as official as it gets.

No he most likely cannot participate in a coach run practice. If it is an ‘unofficial’ captain run practice I suppose the answer is yes but without the coaches there the value is questionable. Of course coaches do get current player input on the quality of players that attend camps, etc. The best way to practice for real with much of a team is to go to a camp at that school. Usually there are many current players and/or incoming recruits at these camps.

truenorth:
Unless anything has changed significantly in the last 10 years, D3 coaches actively recruit high school players and invite players of interest to visit during the season.  Typically an invited recruit spends the night with a team member, meets with the coach, and observes a practice.  I believe it is against D3 rules for a recruit to participate in a coach-run practice.  As nescacfan94 indicates, the recruit pays his own way to and from the visit, but will typically receive a voucher to eat at the dining hall with the player(s) he's staying with.

Skipper:
there are official visits in D3 that involve the player spending about 24 hours with the team on campus. players can practice with the team in an environment where the coaches are not present, and have not directed the team to train.

OP should not be shy to ask these kinds of questions to the coaching staff, or better yet, have your son take the initiative to communicate and get that conversation going with the staff.

SlideTackle:

--- Quote from: Another Mom on August 10, 2019, 04:41:59 pm ---I may be the only parent with a high school player starting the recruiting process . . . but in case I'm not, I thought a thread where we could ask questions,  share info etc might be helpful.

I have a question: on an unofficial visit to a d3 school, can my son participate in a team practice? (My son wrote to a coach, who replied that "at the very least" they would meet with him -- what more could they do??) (Yes, my son can/will clarify with the coach, but I'm impatient,  and want to have an idea of what to possibly expect.  Thanks!

--- End quote ---

I can't point you to a specific rule, but I suspect a practice with the team during the trip would not be permitted.  Simple answer: liability.  If your son should get injured at an official team event the university will be on the hook, unless I guess you're asked to sign a waiver beforehand.  Without a waiver there is virtually 0 chance that he will be permitted to get on the field. 

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