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NCAA Recruiting Guidelines

Recruiting Activities in Chronological Order (NCAA Division I rules)

(Contact Oklahoma State Compliance Office with questions at 405-744-7862)

Freshman and Sophomore year of High School (and up until Sept. 1 of the prospect’s Junior year)

NCAA Division I Institutions May send:

1. Questionnaires

2. Sports camp brochures

3. NCAA Educational Information

Coaches may respond to written requests from prospects by providing an explanation of the NCAA rules or referring prospect to the admissions department.

Coaches may not send any other written recruiting materials, or initiate phone calls, to prospects.

Coaches may accept phone calls placed by prospects at their own expense, but may NOT initiate calls to prospects, accept collect calls from prospects or calls from prospects placed to a departmental 800 number. Chat rooms and instant messenger sessions are treated under the same rules as phone calls.

Coaches may evaluate prospects during specified time periods called evaluation periods, but may not have face to face contact with prospects except on the college campus.

Prospects may make unofficial visits to campus, may receive up to three complimentary admissions to a sporting event on campus, and may talk in person with college coaches only on the college campus (except during a dead period as defined by the NCAA recruiting calendar). Prospects may receive game programs or student handbooks only on visits to campus.

Junior Year

Institutions may send the materials listed above and, after Sept. 1, may send many other recruiting materials which may include personalized letters, photocopies of newspaper clippings, media guides, schedule cards, and official university academic and admissions publications. Recruiting or highlight videotapes may NOT be sent to prospects at any time.

After Sept. 1, coaches may send e-mail and fax transmissions, as these are considered by NCAA rules to be written correspondence rather than telephone calls.

Coaches may accept phone calls placed by prospects at their own expense, but may NOT initiate calls to prospects, accept collect calls from prospects or calls from prospects placed to a departmental 800 number. Chat rooms and instant messenger sessions are treated under the same rules as phone calls.

Coaches may evaluate prospects during specified time periods called evaluation periods, but may not have face to face contact with prospects except on the college campus.

Prospects may make unofficial visits to campus, may receive up to three complimentary admissions to a sporting event on campus, and may talk in person with college coaches only on the college campus (except during a dead period as defined by the NCAA recruiting calendar). Prospects may receive game programs or student handbooks only on visits to campus.

Prospects should register to take the ACT or SAT test, and near the end of the junior year they should register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

July 1 following junior year

Coaches may initiate phone calls to prospects (once per week with certain exceptions, see below) and may accept collect calls from prospects, or calls placed by prospects to departmental 800 numbers. Coaches may also continue to accept calls placed at prospects own expense.

a. Football exception – one call to a prospect is permitted during May of their junior year in high school. Then no phone calls are permitted until Sept. 1 of their senior year in high school, thereafter coaches are limited to one call per week. Except for the football contact periods in which unlimited calls are permitted.

b. Men’s Basketball exception – coaches are permitted to make one call per month to a prospect on or after June 15 of their sophomore year through July 31 of their junior year. Beginning August 1 prior to the prospect’s senior year, coaches are permitted to make two calls per week.

c. Women’s Basketball exception – one phone call is permitted during each month of April and May of the prospects junior year in high school. One call may be made on or after June 1 through June 20 and one call may be made on or after June 21 through June 30 of the prospect’s junior year in high school. Only three calls to a prospect are permitted during the month of July following the prospects junior year with no more than one call per week. Thereafter coaches shall not make more than one call per week to a prospect.

Coaches may send written correspondence to prospects as listed under junior year.

Coaches may evaluate prospects during specified time periods called evaluation periods, and may talk to prospects at home or at their high school during designated contact periods. If they want to talk to prospects on the day of a contest, which falls during a recruiting contact period, they must wait until the contest is completed and the prospect is released by their high school coach.

Prospects may make unofficial visits to campus as listed under Junior Year.

Institutions may invite prospects to campus for an official visit, which can occur no earlier than the prospect’s first day of classes for their senior year. Prospects may only make one official visit to each institution, with a maximum of five official visits. This visit may last only 48 hours from the prospect’s arrival on campus to departure from campus. (If a college coach transports the prospect from home for the official visit, the 48-hour period begins when departing the home and the prospect must arrive back home before the 48-hour period ends.)

Institutions may not provide an official visit to a prospect until the prospect has provided a copy of his/her high school transcript and a copy of an ACT or SAT test score.

After a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent with an institution, the coaches are no longer limited to one phone call per week. The coaches are still limited, however, on their evaluations of prospects and their contacts with prospects. This is because they are still restricted on their visits to the prospect’s high school and their evaluations of all other prospects at the school.

General Reminders
  • Financial Aid will be awarded one year at a time, it may be full scholarship or partial scholarship, and other factors may be considered.
  • National Letter of Intent - the NLI commits you to that institution for one academic year, even if the coach resigns or is terminated.
  • Permissible recruiters - only coaches employed by each institution are allowed to recruit. Boosters are not allowed to have any contact with prospects.
  • Agents - DO NOT accept any benefits from agents, as it would violate NCAA rules and affect your eligibility.