Recruiting Materials

Beginning your freshman year of high school coaches are permitted to send you the following:

  • Camp brochures
  • NCAA Educational Information
  • Non-sports Related University Publications
  • Questionnaires

​An institution shall not provide recruiting materials, including general correspondence related to athletics, or send electronic correspondence to an individual (or his/her parents/legal guardians) until Sept. 1 at the beginning of his/her junior year in high school.

An institution may provide the following printed materials beginning Sept.1 of your junior year in high school:

  • Correspondence
  • Business Cards
  • Quistionnaires
  • Non-athletics institutional publications
  • Game programs: may be provided to prospective student-athletes only during official & unofficial recruiting visits & may not be mailed.
  • Pre-enrollment information regarding orientation, conditioning, academics, and practice activities may be provided to a prospective student-athlete provided he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent or institutional financial aid agreement or has been officially accepted for enrollment.

 

Recruiting Rules

 Topic Division I Rules Division II Rules Division III Rules
Recruiting Materials A coach may begin sending printed recruiting materials beginning Sept. 1 of your junior year. ​A coach may begin sending printed recruiting materials beginning Sept. 1 of your junior year. ​You may receive printed material at any time.
Telephone Calls ​You may make calls to coaches at your expense.  Beginning Sept. 1 of your junior year you may receive telephone calls & text messages.  Institution may make telephone calls & text messages to the prospective student-athlete at its discretion. ​You may make calls to coaches at your expense.  Beginning June 15 after your junior year a coach may call you once per week. ​You may make calls at your expense & there is no limit to the number of calls a coach can make or when they can happen.
Off-Campus Contact ​A coach may contact you or your parents/legal guardians off-campus beginning July 1 prior to senior year or the opening day of classes of senior year in high school, whichever is earlier, subject to recruiting calendars. ​A coach may contact you or your parents/legal guardians off-campus beginning June 15 after your junior year.  A coach is limuted to 3 in-person, off-campus visits. ​A coach may contact you or your parents/legal guardians beginning after your junior year.
Unofficial Visits ​Umlimited number of unofficial visits at any time. ​Umlimited number of unofficial visits at any time. ​Unlimited number of unofficial visits at any time.
Official Visits ​You may begin making official visits once classes start your senior year.  Five (5) official visits total and allowed only one (1) official visit per college. ​You may begin making official visits once classes start your senior year.  Five (5) official visits toal and allowed only one (1) official visit per college. ​You may make official visits once the first day of classes begin your seniors year.  One (1) official visit per college.

 

 

Unofficial/Official Visits

 

​An Unofficial Visit is a visit to a college campus at a prospect's expense.  Colleges may only provide free tickets to an on-campus athletics event.  No lodging, meals, or transportation to campus may be provided.

  • Allowed unlimited unofficial visits
  • You can mae up to five (5) Official, expense-paid visits to college campuses.
    • Visits to the campus cannot be longer than 48 hours in duration.
    • Not allowed to have an official visit until after your first day of classes of your senior year.
  • Permissable for you to receive three (3) tickets to a college sporting event.


Unofficial Visit Checklist:

  1. Establish what the academic & athletic requirements are for admission to the school.
  2. Find out what academic support the athletic department provides
  3. Find out about the history of the program, how well the program is doing in competition & the coaches recruiting philosophy & plan.
  4. ​Find out what is the expected commitment during the offseason.
  5. Explore the living arrangement & learn about the housing situation for the current members of the team.
  6. Find an opportunity to meet the current athletes.
  7. Tour the training facilities (practice field, game field, weight room, training room, etc.)
  8. Tour the campus.


Official Visit:

​​On an Official Visit the NCAA allows a school to pay for lodging, transporation, meals, & entertainment.  That includes airfare, rental car, & three (3) meals per day.

To take an official visit in Division I or Division II a prospect needs to do the following:

  • ​Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Be added to the school's institutional request list at the NCAA Eliginility Center
  • Provide the school with an academic transcript, and
  • Provide the school with a standardized test score

Official Visit To Do List

  1. Eat at the cafeteria on campus
  2. See the on & off campus housing
  3. Visit the library
  4. Learn about the team Study Hall rules & regulations
  5. Meet the training staff
  6. Schedule time to meet with an academic advisor
  7. Hang out on campus
  8. Talk with student-athletes from other teams
  9. Spend time with the team members
  10. Watch the team play if during season.  If in the off-season, attend another sporting event on campus

Phone Calls/Text Messages

  • Prospective student-athletes can receive telephones calls & text messages beginning Sept. 1 of their junior year.
  • A coach can accept phone calls from you as long as they are at your expense but remember that if you leave a message on an answering service, the coach is NOT ALLOWED TO CALL YOU BACK.
  • Institution may make telephone calls & text messages to the prospective student-athlete at its discretion.

Off-Campus Contact

  • Off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with an individual (or his/her relatives or legal guardians) before July 1 following the completion of his/her junior year in high school.
  • College coach cannot speak with you at a tournament/showcase until your coach has released you on the last day of the event.

Larae Breaux - University of Alabama-Huntsville

Kelli Murphy - Louisiana State University