NCAA Guide for a College-Bound Student-Athlete

 

 

2015-16 Guide for a College-Bound Student-Athlete

NCAA Eligibility Center 

 

Terms and Definitions

Contact: A contact occurs any time a coach has any face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or any location where you are competing or practicing.

Contact Period: During this time, a college coach may have in person contact with you and/or your parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch you play or visit your high school. You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write and telephone you during this period.

Dead Period: A college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents on or off campus at any time during a dead period. The coach may write and telephone you or your parents during this time.

National Letter of Intent: The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a voluntary program administered by the NCAA Eligibility Center. By signing an NLI, the college-bound student-athlete agrees to attend the college or university for one academic year. In exchange, that college or university must provide athletics financial aid for one academic year. Restrictions are contained in the NLI itself. Read them carefully. These restrictions may affect your eligibility.

Official Visit: Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay all or some of the following expenses:

·         Your transportation to and from the college

·         Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college

·         Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.

 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 home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and may take those visits at any time. The only time you cannot talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.

Verbal Commitment: This phrase is used to describe a college bound student-athlete’s commitment to a school before he or she signs (or is able to sign) a National Letter of Intent. A college bound student-athlete can announce a verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become very popular for both college-bound student-athletes and coaches, this “commitment” is NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the college or university. Only the signing of the National Letter of Intent accompanied by a financial aid agreement is binding on both parties.

 

 

Recruiting Rules for College Coaches and High School Athletes as they relate to NCAA Golf

 

SOPHMORE YEAR

Recruiting Materials

·         You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires.

Telephone Calls

·         You may make calls to the coach at your expense only.

·         College coach cannot call you.

Off-Campus Contact

·         None allowed

Official Visit

·         None Allowed

Unofficial Visit

·         You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits, except during a dead period. 

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Recruiting Materials

·         You may begin receiving materials September 1 of your Junior year. 

Telephone Calls

·         You may make calls to the coach at your expense. 

College Coaches May Call You

·         Once per week starting July 1 after your Junior year.

 Off-Campus Contact

·         Allowed starting July 1 after your Junior year.

Official Visit

·         None Allowed

Unofficial Visit

·         You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits, except during a dead period. 

 

SENIOR YEAR

Recruiting Materials

·         Allowed

Telephone Calls

·         You may make calls to the coach at your expense.

College Coaches May Call You

·         Once per week beginning July 1st.

·         Unlimited calls the day after your sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI), written offer of admission and/or financial aid; OR the day after the college receives a financial deposit from you.

Official Visit

·         Allowed beginning opening day of classes your Senior year.

·         You may make only ONE official visit per college and up to a maximum of FIVE official visits to Division 1 colleges. There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

Unofficial Visit

·         You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits, except during a dead period.

Evaluation and Contacts

·         Up to seven times during your Senior year.

·         Unlimited number of contacts and evaluation the day after you sign an National Letter of Intent, written offer of admission and/or financial aid; OR the day after the college receives a financial deposit from you. 

 

DIVISION II

Recruiting Materials

·         You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires at any time.

·         A coach may begin sending you printed recruiting materials June 15th before your Junior year in High School.

Telephone Calls

·         No limit on number of calls by college coach beginning on June 15th before your Junior year.

·         You may make calls to the coach at your expense.

Off-Campus Contact

·         A college coach can have contact with you or your parents/legal guardians off the college’s campus beginning June 15th before your Junior year.

·         No limit on number of contacts off campus.

Unofficial Visits

·         You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visit any time, excepts during a dead period.

Official Visits

·         You may make official visits starting the opening day of your classes Senior year.

·         You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits to Division I colleges. There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

 

DIVISION III

Recruiting Materials

·         You may receive printed materials any time

Telephone Calls

·         No limit on number of calls or when they can be made by the college coach.

·         You may make calls to the coach at your expense.

 Off-Campus Contact

·         A college coach may begin to have contact with you and your parents/legal guardians off the college’s campus after your junior year.

Unofficial Visits

·         You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits any time.

Official Visits

·         You may make official visits starting the opening day of classes your Senior year.

·         You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits to Division I colleges. There is no limit to official visits to Division III colleges.

 

 

 NCAA Amateur Status

If you want to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, you must also be certified as an amateur student-athlete. The NCAA Eligibility Center will determine the amateurism eligibility of all freshman and transfer student-athletes for initial participation at an NCAA Division I or II college or university. In Division III, certification of an individual’s amateurism status is completed by each college or university, not the NCAA Eligibility Center. When you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, you will be asked questions about your athletics participation. The information you will provide, and along with any additional information requested by the NCAA Eligibility Center staff outside of the registration process, will be reviewed and a determination will be made as to whether your amateurism status should be certified or if a penalty should be assessed before certification. If a penalty is assessed, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision on your behalf.

The following pre-NCAA enrollment activities may be reviewed:

1.      Contracts with a professional team.

2.      Salary for participating in athletics.

3.      Prize money.

4.      Play with professionals.

5.      Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team.

6.      Benefits from an agent or prospective agent.

7.      Agreement to be represented by an agent.

8.      Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition.

9.      Any financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation

 

For the complete 2015-16 NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete publication please HERE.

For additional NCAA information for future college student-athletes, please visit the NCAA Resources page HERE.

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