NCAA RECRUITING INFORMATION
As you may know, the NCAA has extensive rules regarding how and when coaches may recruit prospective student-athletes. There are also a number of criteria that a prospective student-athlete must meet in order to be eligible to participate in college athletics. The NCAA provides some resources that summarize these rules and criteria that may prove helpful to you.
BASIC RECRUITING DO'S AND DON'TS
TELEPHONE CALLS TO PROSPECTS: RULES TO REMEMBER
Telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before June 15 immediately preceding the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.
Exceptions to the Telephone Rule:
What is an Official Visit?
An Official Visit is when an institution invites you to visit campus at their expense. These visits may not last more than 48 hours. You may not make more than one (1) official visit to any one institution and may not make more than (5) official visits in total. You may not make an official visit until the opening day of classes of your senior year in high school.
Information that a Prospective Student-Athlete must provide us before they can make an Official Visit:
An Unofficial Visit occurs when a prospective student-athlete visits the institution at their own expense. A prospective student-athlete may visit a member institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospective student-athlete may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school.
If known, inform the Compliance Office of an unofficial visit 48 hours prior to the visit. If the visit was unanticipated, notify the Compliance Office at the first reasonable opportunity not to exceed 24 hours.
During an official or unofficial visit the institution may provide a prospective student-athlete a maximum of five (5) complimentary admissions to a home athletics event.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I know if I am considered a prospective student-athlete?
A: In general, if you are between 9th and 12th grades of high school, you are considered a prospective student-athlete. This is generally true even if you don't plan to play college sports. In addition, if you have not yet started 8th grade, but an institution has provided you with benefits that it does not provide to all prospective students, that institution must treat you as a prospective student-athlete.
Q: I want to contact a coach to let them know that I would like to attend PNW. Can I do that?
A: Yes, you may contact a coach at your own expense and on your own initiative at any time, but please be aware that they may be prohibited from contacting you. So if you leave a telephone message or send a letter, they may be prohibited by NCAA rules from calling you back or writing to you. If you do contact a coach, be sure to tell them your age and grade levels so that they can determine when or if it would be permissible for them to contact you.
Q: What is a Dead Period?
A: Under NCAA rules, each calendar year is divided into different recruiting periods. These periods are Contact Periods, Evaluation Periods, Quiet Periods and Dead Periods. Each of these periods have different limitations on the recruiting activities a coach can participate in, as follows:
During a Contact Period authorized athletics department staff members may make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
During an Evaluation Period authorized athletics department staff members may be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
During a quiet period it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
During a dead period it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospective student-athletes during a dead period.
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