Recruiting Rules

The NCAA requires Division I and Division II coaches to take a recruiting certification test every year in order to recruit off campus.  The NCAA Recruiting manual is over 400 pages.  It is essential that college coaches understand the rules and know how to interpret them.  As a prospective student-athlete you are not required to know all of the rules the coaches need to know but it is important that are aware of some of the rules that will directly effect your recruiting process.

Recruiting Terms

Prospective Student-Athlete  – you become a prospective student-athlete when

  • You start 9th grade
  • Before your 9th grade year, a college gives you, your relatives or your friends any financial assistance or other benefits that the college does not normally provide to students generally. 

Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete – a PSA becomes a recruited PSA when any one of the following occur:

  • A coach provides you with an official visit
  • A coach places more than one phone call to you or your family members
  • A coach visits you anywhere other than the institutions campus

Recruiting Periods –  Each sport has their own recruiting calendar.  Throughout the calendar there are different periods that either permit or prohibit contact with any prospects. 

  • Contact Period – This is the time when the NCAA allows personal off-campus contact, on-campus visits, and phone calls between a coach and PSA.
  • Quiet Period – Coaches cannot recruit off campus but they can communicate via phone calls, emails, and text messages.
  • Dead Period – NCAA does not permit any in-person or over the phone contact between a coach and a PSA.