NCAA Recruitment Rules

The NCAA has established strict rules which limit when and how often a college coach may make contact with an athlete or their guardians. This includes phone calls, emails written letters and even electronic social media sites. It is important to understand these rules do not apply to other associations.  Likewise, they differ from sport to sport, grade to grade as well as within each division of the NCAA.

NCAA Division I  
Sophomore Year  
Recruitment Material: Coaches may send brochures for camps/clinics & surveys at any time without restriction.
Phone Calls: College coaches cannot call athletes.  However, athletes & guardians may contact them.
Off Campus Contact: No contact off campus is allowed.
Official Visits: No officials are allowed.
Unofficial Visits: Unlimited unofficial visits may be made except during "dead periods".
Junior Year  
Recruitment Material: Coaches may begin to send letters and emails beginning September 1st of Junior year.
Phone Calls: Coaches may contact you only once per week starting July 1st after Junior year.
Off Campus Contact: Allowed starting July 1st after your Junior year.
Official Visits: No officials are allowed.
Unofficial Visits: Unlimited unofficial visits may be made except during "dead periods".
Senior Year  
Recruitment Material: There are no restrictions on this.
Phone Calls: A coach may contact you no more than one time per week starting July 1st after your Junior year.
Off Campus Contact: Coaches may now visit you but are restricted to 3 times.
Official Visits: Allowed beginning 1st day of class senior year.  1 visit per college & no more than 5 DI visits in all.
Unofficial Visits: There are no restrictions on this.
Note: Coaches may conduct evaluations & contacts up to seven times.
   
NCAA Division II  
Recruitment Material: No restrictions on brochures.  Coaches may begin sending email & letters June 15th before Junior year.
Phone Calls: No restrictions on calls beginning June 15th before Junior year.
Off Campus Contact: This is allowed beginning June 15th before Junior year. Only 1 visit per college, no limit on # of schools.
Official Visits: Allowed starting 1st day senior year.
Unofficial Visits: Unlimited unofficial visits may be made except during "dead periods".
   
NCAA Division III  
Off Campus Visits: This is allowed after you have completed your junior year.
Official Visits: Allowed starting 1st day senior year.
Note: No restrictions on recruitment material, phone calls or unofficial visits.

NAIA Recruitment Rules

Unlike the NCAA, the NAIA is less restrictive; in fact they are very straight forward and don't differentiate based on division or high school grade.   They do not have recruiting calendars at this time nor have other recruiting restrictions for high school students. Coaches are free to contact prospective students up until the point where the athlete draws equipment and engages in organized pre-school practice at another institution.

A prospective student is defined as any individual who has never identified or whose previous collegiate identification was with another collegiate institution.  An individual remains classified as a "prospective" student until the time in which they practice with the team during the 24 week season or they are identified with an institution.  An individual's status is not impacted by age, grade level, college acceptance or signed commitment.

Coaches are permitted to contact high school students as early as they would like and as often without restriction.   Once the student has enrolled at another institution or has drawn equipment and participated in pre-season practices at another institution, coaches can no longer initiate contact with the student. From that point forward the student is off limits to the coach unless the student contacts them. In the case of junior college students, coaches can initiate contact with a two-year college prospect once that student has completed the academic year in which he or she is charged with their first season of competition by the junior college.


 

 

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