Knowing the NCAA rules and regulations will not only help you navigate the process better but it will also show a coach that you are serious and prepared. Keep in mind, a student-athlete can always make phone calls and send emails to coaches. A student-athlete can tour the campus at any point but coaches or athletic staff aren’t allowed to meet with prospective student-athletes until the designated time. Coaches can make verbal offers at any point but NLI’s are not signed until designated periods of a recruit’s senior year
Similar to the Rules of Golf there are many different variations and interpretations of the rules. If you aren’t sure of the rules you can contact the NCAA, Eligibility Center or me if you have any questions.
Dates to Know:
September 1st of Junior Year:
DI coaches may send recruiting emails, make phone calls, send texts and use any other electronic communication to contact a prospective student-athlete (June 15th after sophomore year for DII coaches).
Also (new policy put into effect April 2018) recruits may begin to take official visits on Sept 1 of junior year (max of 5 official visits allowed). However, prior to Sept 1 of junior year, recruits are not allowed to meet with coaches or athletic staff when on campus for tours or visits.
July 1 after Junior Year:
Coaches may make off-campus contact with recruits and their parents but they are limited to 3 total contacts during senior year. (June 15th after sophomore year for DII)
Regular Signing Period for 2017-2018 Academic Year:
April 11-August 1, 2018
Early Signing Period for 2018-2019 Academic Year:
November 14-21, 2018
April 9-12, 2018 and November 12-15, 2018
Terms to Know:
Contact – Anytime a coach has face to face contact and says more than hello to you or your parents off the college’s campus. This includes at tournaments, competitions, practice and your high school. A coach is only allowed 3 contacts after July 1 of junior year. No contact is allowed off campus before July 1.
Dead Period – A college coach may not have face-to-face contact with recruits or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools (evaluate). Coaches may write and call recruits or their parents during a dead period.
Evaluation – A coach evaluating a prospective student athlete’s athletic or academic abilities off campus. This includes visiting the student athlete’s school or watching them participate in practice or competition. A coach is allowed 7 total recruiting opportunities during the academic year, no more than 3 can be a contact.
NCAA Eligibility Center – www.eligibilitycenter.org, site where you register to determine your NCAA eligibility to play collegiate athletics, you should register by your junior year in order to ensure you are on the right track to complete your requirements
NLI (National Letter of Intent) – An agreement signed by the student-athlete, parent or guardian and the institution that states the student athlete’s commitment to attend the institution for one full academic year in return the institution agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one full academic year.
Official visit – A visit to campus that is paid for by the institution. Starting Sept 1 of junior year, student-athletes are allowed 5 total official visits, only one per institution. You must provide your high school transcript and either a SAT, ACT, PSAT or ACT and be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Verbal commitment – A student athlete’s commitment to a coach before an NLI is signed. You may make a verbal commitment at any time. It is not legally binding on either end but is extremely frowned upon when the commitment is broken.
For any questions contact Recruit PKB College Recruiting Consultant Brandi Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.