The Student-Athlete's Role in Recruiting
Oct. 8, 2002
NCAA Bylaw 13.02.5
As a current student-athlete, you can play an important role in recruiting by providing valuable information for prospective student-athletes about your campus and the athletics and academic experience at your institution. That said, the NCAA carefully defines the conditions under which prospective student-athletes may be recruited by enrolled student-athletes. If you are asked by your coach, or any other member of the athletics department staff, to host a prospective student-athlete it is imperative that you follow the recruiting rules. Following are basic recruiting rules that you should review if you are asked to be a student host or to assist in the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete.
What is a "Prospective Student-Athlete"?
A "prospect" is a student in the ninth grade or above, including students in junior colleges and individuals who have officially withdrawn from four-year schools. A student becomes a prospective student-athlete when any of the following occurs:
Enrolled Student-Athletes As RecruitersOff-campus, in person contacts between enrolled student-athletes and a prospect are permissible as long as such contacts are incidental and do not occur at the direction of a coaching staff member. An institution may not provide an enrolled student-athlete with transportation or expenses to recruit a prospect except for those permitted when the student-athlete serves as the student host. A current student-athlete may write letters or send e-mails to prospects after September 1 of the prospect's junior year, provided that it is not done at the direction or expense of the institution. Student-athletes cannot make telephone calls to prospects if the calls are made at the direction of a coaching staff member or financed by the institution or its boosters.
An official visit by a prospect to the campus is a visit financed by the university. Please note the following rules:
Student HostsA student host may be provided a maximum of $30 for each day of a prospect's official visit to cover the actual costs of entertaining the prospect. The entertainment money shall not be used to purchase souvenirs (i.e., t-shirts, hats, etc.) A student host may be provided with an additional $15 per day for each additional prospect s/he entertains. A student host may be provided a complimentary admission to accompany a prospect to a campus athletic event. Several students may host a prospect, but the institution may only provide one student entertainment money. The other student hosts shall pay for their own entertainment and meals. The institution, coach, or any booster may not provide a car for use by a prospect or student host. One meal may be held for a prospect on an official visit at the home of an institutional staff member. Entertainment on an official visit is limited to the prospect, the prospect's parents (or legal guardians), or the prospects spouse.
A prospect, the prospect's parents and his or her spouse may be entertained at a scale comparable to that of a normal student life only on campus or within a 30-mile radius of campus on an official visit. It is not permissible to entertain other relatives or friends of the prospect at any site.
An unofficial visit to a member institution's campus is made at the prospect's expense. The provision of any expenses beyond complimentary admissions to a campus athletic event would require the visit to become an official visit.