College Recruiting

College Recruiting Overview

Keep in mind NCAA bylaws are subject to change and at all times, student-athletes and their parents are encouraged to consult ncaa.org, eligibilitycenter.org and usga.org for all recruiting and amateurism rules questions.

Access the NCAA’s Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete for information related to navigating the initial-eligibility process.

Important Terms

  • Contact: A contact happens any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face meeting with you or your parents off the college’s campus.
  • Dead Period: A college coach may not have any face-to-face contact with you or your parents on or off the college campus at any time during a dead period. The coach may write and call you or your parents during this time.
  • Evaluation: An evaluation happens when a college coach observes you practicing or competing.
  • Official visit: During an official visit, the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for you, lodging and meals (Division I allows for up to three meals per day) for you and your parents or guardians, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a Division I home sports event or five tickets to a Division II home sports event. Before a college invites you on an official visit, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and although not required, they may ask for a copy of your high school transcript and SAT, ACT, PSAT or PreACT score. Official Visits to Division I campuses can occur as early as August 1 before a prospect’s junior year of high school.
  • Recruited: If a college coach calls you more than once, contacts you off campus, pays your expenses to visit the campus, or in Divisions I and II, issues you a National Letter of Intent or a written offer of financial aid, you are considered to be recruited.
  • Unofficial visit: Any visit by you and your parents to a college campus paid for by you or your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a Division I home athletics contest or five complimentary admissions to a Division II home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and may take those visits at any time. Beginning August 1 before your junior year of high school, you can talk/meet with a coach and athletic staff member during an unofficial visit anytime other than during a Dead Period.
  • Verbal commitment: A verbal commitment is a verbal agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a coach to play sports for a college prior to the PSA signing or being eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent. The commitment is not binding on you or the school. June 15 following a prospect's sophomore year is the first opportunity for any recruiting interaction.
  • Walk-on: Someone who is not typically recruited by a school to participate in sports and does not receive a scholarship from the school, but who becomes a member of one of the school’s athletics teams.

NCAA Division I Recruiting Calendars

Freshman & Sophomore Year

  • Recruiting materials: You may receive brochures for camps, questionnaires, NCAA materials and non-athletics recruiting publications.
  • Telephone calls and texts: A college coach cannot accept a call, call/text you or return a voicemail or text prior to June 15 following your sophomore year of high school.
  • Off-campus contact: None allowed.
  • Official visit: None allowed.
  • Unofficial visit: You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits but cannot speak with a Division I coach or athletics department staff member, take an athletics specific tour or receive complimentary admissions to home athletic contests during these visits until August 1 before your junior year.

Junior Year

  • Electronic correspondence (e.g., text messaging, instant messaging, email): All forms of electronic correspondence are permissible beginning June 15 following your sophomore year. Correspondence must be private until you provide a written commitment to the NCAA school.
  • Recruiting materials: You may begin receiving recruiting materials June 15 following your sophomore year.
  • Telephone calls: You may call a coach at your own expense and calls/voicemails may be accepted/returned beginning June 15 following your sophomore year.
  • College coaches may call you: Beginning June 15 following your sophomore year. Calls are unlimited.
  • Off-campus contact: Allowed beginning August 1 before your junior year.
  • Official visit: Official visits are allowable beginning August 1 before your junior year. You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits.
  • Unofficial visit: Except during Dead Periods, you may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits and can speak with a coach or athletics department staff member during these visits as well as receive three complimentary admissions to a Division I home athletic contest beginning August 1 before your junior year.

Senior Year

  • Electronic correspondence (e.g. text messaging, instant messaging, email): All forms of electronic correspondence permissible June 15 following your sophomore year. Correspondence must be private until you provide a written commitment to the NCAA school.
  • Recruiting materials: Allowed.
  • Telephone calls: You may call a coach at your expense and calls/voicemails may be returned.
  • College coaches may call you: Allowed.
  • Off-campus contact: Allowed.
  • Official visit: Except during Dead Periods, official visits are allowable. You may take a maximum of five total official visits with no more than one per college.
  • Unofficial visit: Except during Dead Periods, you may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits and can speak with a coach or athletics department staff member during these visits as well as receive three complimentary admissions to a Division I home athletic contests.
  • Limitation on off-campus contacts/evaluations: A college coach may have a face-to-face contact off their campus with you or your parents/legal guardians not more than three times. Unlimited number of contacts and evaluations are permissible after you sign a National Letter of Intent, written offer of admission and/or financial aid; OR after the college receives a financial deposit from you.
NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone
U.S. and Canada (except Quebec):
(877) 262-1492

General NCAA questions:
(317) 917-6222

International callers:
011-317-917-6222
Certification Processing
NCAA Eligibility Center
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P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
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