Bentley University Prospective Student Athlete Tryout Policy

Coaches may conduct a tryout of a prospective student-athlete only on our campus or at a site where we normally conduct practice or competition and only under the following conditions

(a) Not more than one tryout per prospective student-athlete per institution per sport shall be permitted;

(b) The tryout may be conducted only for high school seniors who are enrolled in a term other than the term(s) in which the prospective student-athlete's high school's traditional season in the sport occurs or who have completed high school eligibility in the sport; for a two-year college student, after the conclusion of the sport season or anytime, provided the student has exhausted his or her two-year college eligibility in the sport; and for a four-year college student, after the conclusion of the sport season, provided written permission to contact the prospective student-athlete has been obtained;

 (c) Prior to participation in a tryout, a prospective student-athlete is required to undergo a medical examination or evaluation administered or supervised by a physician (e.g., family physician, team physician). The examination or evaluation must be administered within six months prior to participation in the tryout. The medical examination or evaluation may be conducted by an institution's regular team physician or other designated physician as a part of the tryout;

(d) The tryout may include tests to evaluate the prospective student-athlete's strength, speed, agility and sport skills. Except in the sports of football, ice hockey, lacrosse and wrestling, the tryout may include competition. In the sport of football, the prospective student-athletes shall not wear helmets or pads;

 (e) Competition against the member institution's team is permissible, provided such competition occurs during the academic year and is considered a countable athletically related activity per

 (f ) The time of the tryout activities (other than the physical examination) shall be limited to the length of the institution's normal practice period in the sport but in no event shall it be longer than two hours; and

(g) The institution may provide equipment and clothing on an issuance-and-retrieval basis to a prospective student-athlete during the period of the tryout.

All prospective student athletes invited to the Bentley Campus for a tryout are required to turn in the Bentley University Medical History and Orthopedic Physical Exam Form as well as The Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation form. These forms are found on the Bentley University Athletics web page by clicking on the “Inside Athletics” tab and then clicking on the “Sports Medicine” tab.  The prospect should print these forms and fill them out completely.   If they are under 18 they must have their parent/guardian sign them. 

The prospect is also required to provide a copy of a physical exam from their primary care physician that must be within (6) months of their try-out.  Coaches must provide all this documentation to their respective sport trainer before conducting the tryout.  The athletic trainer will give the approval for the tryout to occur.