Dear Parents and Athletes,
Effective August 1, 2018 are some changes of which our student-athletes should be aware. The changes apply to Division I and Division II programs and effect prospective recruits contacting
coaches before Sept 1st of their Junior year in addition to guidelines regarding unofficial and
Unofficial Visits: An unofficial visit for a prospective student athlete (PSA) may NOT take place until September 1
at the beginning of the PSA's junior year in high school. No contact with
athletic department staff members. No athletic department arrangement of
visit. No athletics-specific tours. No complimentary
admission to on-campus events.
· In the past coaches were allowed to have face
to face contact with the PSA before September 1st of their Junior
year as long as the contact occurred on the coaches campus. THIS IS NO
LONGER ALLOWED. There cannot be any face to face contact on a coaches campus until
after September 1st and off campus contact after July 1st before the PSA's Senior Year.
· Beginning September 1 of a PSA's junior year
coaches may email, text and call a prospect and/or his/her parent/guardian. Before that date the only
communication that can occur is if the PSA called the coach and the coached
answered the call. Coaches cannot return calls.
Official Visits: May be provided starting September 1 of a PSA's junior year in high school. This is
different but keep in the mind the following information:
· The PSA is only allowed FIVE (5) TOTAL official visits and you can only make ONE (1) official visit per
· In order for a visit to be Official the PSA
must have an NCAA Eligibility Center Number and a copy of his / her transcripts. Some
schools may also require an official test score sheet (PSAT, SAT, or ACT), however, this is no longer required by the NCAA for an official visit.
· An Official Visit is where the Institution
provides any financial assistance for travel, meals, or housing.
I believe it is
important to educate our student-athletes on this process. Violations not
only effect the coach/institution but can also effect the PSA. Encourage
your athletes to e-mail coaches, fill out online questionnaires, attend camps, etc. While the coaches may not be able to reply until Sept 1st, it
puts your PSA in the system and gets him / her on the radar.