The recruiting process is an exciting one for student-athletes across the country, but can also be a very confusing process. Some of the most asked questions are listed below to help make the process clearer for recruits.
First, the process starts by filling out a quick form to help the Rebel coaching staff and compliance office know a little bit more about you as the recruiting process begins. Prospective student-athletes can fill out that form here.
1. Who is a prospective student-athlete (PSA)?
A PSA is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. An individual remains a PSA until they register and enroll in a minimum full-time program of studies and attend classes in a regular academic term (not summer) at a four-year institution, participate in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year institution or register, enroll and attend classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment and receive athletics financial aid (scholarship).
2. What is an unofficial visit?
An unofficial visit is a campus visit by a prospective student-athlete at the PSA’s expense. Unofficial visits can occur any time in high school except during a recruiting dead period (usually around National Letter of Intent signing dates).
3. When can coaches send recruiting letters and emails?
Written correspondence, including email and text messages, can be sent to prospective student-athletes beginning September 1st of the PSA’s junior year in high school. However, institutions can send camp brochures and questionnaires at any time.
4. When can coaches make phone calls?
Coaches may begin making phone calls to prospective student-athletes beginning September 1st of the PSA’s junior year in high school. However, coaches may accept incoming calls from PSAs at any time.
5. What is a contact period?
The NCAA publishes recruiting calendars, which vary by sport, which govern the type of contact coaches can have with prospective student-athletes. A contact period is the most permissive allowing for on- and off-campus contacts. Off-campus contact with PSAs is permissible beginning July 1st after the PSA’s junior year of high school. Conversely, a dead period is the most restrictive and prohibits both on- and off-campus contacts between coaches and PSAs. However, during a dead period coaches may still call and correspond with PSAs.
6. What is an official visit?
An official visit is a visit by a prospective student-athlete to a University at the expense of the University. The University may pay for the PSA’s transportation, lodging and meals for the PSA and her parents and provide limited entertainment.
7. How many official visits may a prospective student-athlete take?
A prospective student-athlete may take five (5) total official visits and not more than one (1) per institution. Official visits may be taken beginning with the opening day of classes of the PSA’s senior year. In order to take an official visit, a PSA needs to be registered with the Eligibility Center, provide a transcript and an ACT, SAT or PLAN score to the institution.
8. What is the Eligibility Center?
The Eligibility Center is the organization within the NCAA that determines the academic eligibility and amateur status for all NCAA Division I and Division II athletes.
9. When should a prospective student-athlete register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Students should register with the Eligibility Center at the beginning of their junior year in high school. At the end of the student’s junior year, a transcript, including six semesters of grades, should be sent to the Eligibility Center from the high school. Additionally, students should have their SAT or ACT scores forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center (by using code “9999″) whenever they take the exam.
10. What academic criteria are required to be eligible at a Division I University?
Prospective student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their initial year of enrollment need to meet the following requirements:
1. Graduate from high school.
2. Complete a minimum of 16 core courses.
3. Earn a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in core classes.
4. Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT based on the NCAA sliding scale
5. Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.
For Division I prospects who are looking to enroll on or after August 1, 2016, the requirements to compete in the first year of college will change. In addition to the above standards, prospects must:
1. Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.
2. Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of the seventh semester in high school.
3. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and natural/physical science.