Dear Eligibility Coach:
My nephew is being recruited by several basketball programs. I took him on several unofficial visits last year. He wants to sign a National Letter of Intent [NLI] during the upcoming early period in November, but his mother is deceased and his father is incarcerated.
His high school coach told him that he will not be able to sign an NLI without his parents signature. Is there a way that I can sign for him?
You need to request to be a cosigner for your nephew. There is a provision within the legislation that allows another individual to sign the NLI with the prospect when his parents are unavailable. However, you must be approved in advance by the NLI Office.
In order to gain approval to serve as a cosigner for your nephew, the following information must be submitted to the NLI office for review:
- The prospect’s name;
- Explanation of why a parent of legal guardian is unable to sign; and;
- Name and relationship of the individual who has agreed to sign with the prospect.
Please note that coaches and athletic administrators are not allowed to serve as cosigners on the NLI.
The NLI Office may be reached at 317-223-0706 [phone], or 317-968-5105 [fax] for more detailed instructions.