In order to understand the recruiting process, you must understand when a student becomes a prospect and the rules regarding telephone calls.
Many parents think that there child must be actively recruited by a lot of schools in order to be considered a prospect. That is not true. The only thing you have to do to become a prospective student athlete is to start classes for the ninth grade.
If a student hasn’t started ninth grade yet but has received any type of financial assistance or any benefit of value from any individual associated with the university that student also becomes a prospect. Once a student becomes a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs [whichever is earlier]
- Your student officially registers and enrolls full-time and attends classes in any term at a four-year collegiate institution’s regular academic year (excluding summer);
- Your student participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any academic term;
- Your student officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during a university’s summer term prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the university; or
- Your student reports to a university’s orientation session that is open to all incoming students within 14 calendar days prior to the opening day of classes of a regular academic year term.
NOTE: Until one of the four things listed above occurs all of the NCAA recruiting rules still apply to you and your family.
Any solicitation of a prospective student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete’s relatives (or legal guardians) by a university staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospects enrollment and ultimate participation in the university’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Actions by staff members or athletics representatives that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a recruited prospect at that university are:
- Providing your prospect with an official visit;
- Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the prospect or the prospect’s parents, relatives or legal guardians;
- Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with the prospect, the prospect’s relatives or legal guardians on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment; or
- Issuing a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of athletically related financial aid to the prospect. Issuing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospect to attend a summer session prior to full-time enrollment does not cause the prospect to become recruited.
There are some rules you need to understand regarding the recruiting process in order to for it to be less stressful.
RECRUITED PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE:
The different in a prospect and a recruited prospect is the latter when a staff member or athletics representative does any of the following:
- Provides the prospect with an official visit;
- Arranges an in-person, off-campus encounter with the prospect or the prospect’s parents, relatives or legal guardians;
- Initiates or arranges telephone contact with the prospect, the prospect’s relatives or legal guardians on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment; or
- Issues a NLI or the university’s written offer of athletically related financial aid to the prospective. Issuing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospect to attend a summer session prior to full-time enrollment does not cause the prospective student-athlete to become recruited.
All electronically transmitted human voice exchange shall be considered a telephone call. Therefore, videoconferences and video phone calls, ex. Facetime, Tango, Skype, shall be considered telephone calls.
You may call a coach or university staff member to request information at any time. However, coaches are only allowed to return phone call based on your year in school and your sport. So if you call and leave a message for a coach and the coach does not call you back, if you don’t receive a return call it’s not because the coach is not interested but the coach may not be allowed to call you back.
General Telephone Call Rule: Telephone calls to a prospect, or his or her relatives or legal guardians, may not be made before July 1 following the completion of the prospect’s junior year in high school, or the opening day of classes for his or her senior year in high school, whichever is earlier. After that time, university staff members may not make telephone calls to the prospect more than once a week.
Exceptions to the General Telephone Call Rule:
Baseball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Sand Volleyball, Softball and Women’s Volleyball
Telephone calls by coaches to prospects may not be made before July 1 following the completion of the junior year in high school, or the opening day of classes of the senior year in high school, whichever is earlier. Thereafter unlimited telephone calls are allowed to the prospect once per week outside a contact period, but may be unlimited during a contact period.
Football FBS and FCS
One telephone call may be made after April 15 through May 31 of the junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls may not be made before September 1 of the beginning of the senior year in high school. Thereafter, telephone calls are limited to one a week outside a contact period, but unlimited telephone calls may be made during a contact period.
Telephone calls may not be made before June15 at the conclusion of the sophomore year in high school. Additional telephone calls may not be made before September 1 at the beginning of the senior year in high school. Thereafter, telephone contacts are limited to once per week outside a contact period, but may be unlimited during a contact period.
Telephone calls may not be made before September 1 at the beginning of the junior year in high school. Unlimited calls are allowed after that date.
Men’s Ice Hockey
Telephone calls are permitted to make one telephone call per month on or after June 15 at the conclusion of the sophomore year in high school through July 31 after the junior year in high school. One telephone call is permitted per week beginning August 1 following the completion of the junior year in high school.
Athletic department members may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect or those individuals accompanying the prospect during the transportation to and during the official visit itself.
National Letter of Intent
Unlimited calls may be made to prospects on the initial date for the signing of the NLI and during the two days immediately following the initial signing date. In the sport of football, coaching staff members may make unlimited telephone calls during the period 48 hours before and 48 hours after 7 am on the initial signing date of the NLI.
The following people MAY NOT make telephone calls to prospects.
- Representatives of Athletics Interest
Often referred to as “boosters,” they are individuals, independent agencies, or corporate entities [e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturers] or other organizations known to:
- Have participated in or to have been a member of an agency or organization that promotes the university’s athletic program;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletic booster organization of the university;
- Be assisting or to have been requested by the athletics department staff to assist in the recruitment of the prospect;
- Be assisting or have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the university’s athletics program.
NOTE: Once identified as a “booster” that identify remains indefinitely.
- Currently Enrolled Student-Athletes
Currently student-athletes enrolled at a university are not allowed to make telephone calls to prospects at the request of and at the expense of the university athletic department. The only time currently enrolled students may call prospects is if they had a pre-existing relationship with the prospects. Pre-existing relationships are defined as relationships that pre-date the ninth grade, the date a student becomes a prospect.
The next blog post will explain the difference in recruiting periods, including contact, evaluation, quiet and dead periods, and contact restrictions. If you can’t wait for the next blog post, you may purchase The Athletic $cholarship Eligibility Coach: A How-To Guide for the Eligibility Certification Game today at Amazon.com.