Athletic Camp and Clinic - Questions and Answers

Non-School Leagues, Camps and Clinics:

Q.   What involvement can I have as a member of the high school coaching staff in non-school leagues, camps and/or clinics during the school year?  During the summer?
A. 
During the school year prior to and following the high school sport season:

May Do:

May Not Do:

During the summer:

May Do:

May Not Do:

FUNDING ISSUES:

Q. Can the booster clubs pay for students to attend a camp or clinic?
A.
  No, the camp fee must be paid by the student or the studentís parents.

Options:

Q. Can students raise money through fundraisers for camps or clinics?
A.
  Students may not set up fundraisers for camp or clinic fees.

Q.  Can coaches use booster club money to pay for camps or clinics or establish camp scholarships?
A.
  No, coaches may not use booster club money to establish camp scholarships or pay camp fees.

Q. May high school students work at a camp as a coach and receive pay or work off the camp fee?
A. 
Yes, athletes may work at a camp as a coach, counselor, or official and receive pay. They may work only if: the camp sponsor has a job description for their responsibilities, they identify the dates and times they will be working, they identify all players who will be instructing, and an accounting of the hours worked and the pay are provided to the high school athletic director.

EQUIPMENT ISSUES:

Q. May schools issue their uniforms or equipment for use by non-school programs, leagues, camps or clinics?
A. 
No, schools may not issue their uniforms or personal equipment outside of the high school season.  Schools may, however, lease their equipment other than uniforms to non-school camps, clinics/teams.

Q. What equipment can the school issue out of season to high school athletes without charging a lease or rental fee?
A. 
Schools may only issue balls and goalie equipment.

ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES:

Q. May I run my summer camp through the school?
A.
  No, you may not run your summer camp through the school in the same manner in which your school administers its high school athletic program, or as an extension of the athletic department.  Schools are prohibited from sponsoring a sport outside of the prescribed MSHSL season. Programs conducted by coaches under the summer waiver are non-school programs. You are an independent contractor conducting a non-school camp, clinic, league or instructional program for members of your high school team.  You may, however, conduct your summer camp through your schoolís community education programming, or you may lease your school facility at the same rate charged for rental from anyone who wishes to rent that space.  Reminder, only coaches who have been approved for a summer waiver may have contact with their high school athletes.

Q. Does MSHSL catastrophic insurance cover summer coaching?
A.
  No, MSHSL catastrophic insurance does not cover summer coaching, camps, clinics/leagues these programs are not school sponsored programs.  Summer programs conducted under the schoolís community education program may be covered under the schoolís insurance coverage.  Coaches should discuss this issue with the schoolís administration for clarification.

Q. Does MSHSL insurance cover summer camps, clinics or leagues?
A.  
No.  MSHSL insurance covers only school-sponsored activities conducted under the sponsorship of the MSHSL and during the prescribed MSHSL season.  In as much as schools may not sponsor non-school programming, you would be responsible for your own insurance.

Q.  I am planning to run a camp for the elementary and jr high school students during the school year just before our high school season begins. May I use some of our high school players as coaches and demonstrators to assist me in this camp? Can they be paid for working?
A.
Yes, you may use some of your high school players to work your camp provided that: they are not attending your camp as campers/players to receive instruction. They may serve as instructors/demonstrators only if: you have a job description for their responsibilities, you identify the dates and times they will be instructing, you identify all players who will be instructing, and finally you sign a statement that you know and understand that you may not provide coaching and training to the high school athletes and that you will follow the rule.

4/16/2012