NCAA and NAIA Recruiting Rules

NCAA and NAIA Recruiting Rules

Apr 28, 2015 / By : / Category : Recruiting Rules

Recruiting Rules

I freely admit this is not an exciting post, reading a list of rules is never exciting. However, these are the rules set by the NCAA or NAIA. . College coaches must follow these rules; but, as a prospective college athlete, you are expected to follow them as well. If you do not, you could be putting your eligibility in jeopardy. To follow them, you need to know them. This will also help you understand your interactions with college coaches. Are you a sophomore who has called a coach three times, yet they have never called you back? Understand the rules and you will know why.

Take time to understand the rules of all Divisions. Don’t assume you will be a Division I player. You have a lot of good options.

Following is a simplified chart of what the NCAA recruiting rules and regulations are. For the full chart you will need to download the current year ‘Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.’

*If you are reading this past April 26, 2016 it is always good to double check with coaches about the rules because their are changes made every year in all divisions.

NCAA Division 1 Recruiting Rules

  • Freshmen and Sophomore Year
    • Recruiting Materials: You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires.
    • Telephone Calls: Coach cannot call you. You may call the coach anytime.
    • Off-Campus Contact: Not allowed.
    • Official Visit: Not allowed.
    • Unofficial Visit: You may make unlimited unofficial visits.
  • Junior Year
    • Recruiting Materials: You may receive recruiting materials.
    • Telephone Calls: Allowed beginning July 1 after your junior year. You may call the coach anytime. Football, basketball and ice hockey have different rules. Check the NCAA website if you are in these sports.
    • Unlimited text beginning July 1 after your junior year. (Rule goes into effect August 1, 2016)
    • Off-Campus Contact: Allowed beginning July 1 after your junior year. Football, basketball and ice hockey have different rules. Check the NCAA website if you are in these sports.
    • Official Visit: Not allowed. Basketball has different rules. Check the NCAA website if you are in these sports.
    • Unofficial Visit: You may make unlimited unofficial visits except during a dead period
  • Senior Year
    • Recruiting Materials: Allowed.
    • Telephone Calls: Allowed once per week. Unlimited after you sign a National Letter of Intent. You may call the coach anytime. Football and basketball have different rules. Check the NCAA website if you are in these sports.
    • Off-Campus Contact: Allowed. Not more than three times during your senior year (seven times for football and basketball). Football has slightly different rules. Check NCAA website if you are in these sports.
    • Official Visit: Allowed beginning the opening day of classes your senior year.
    • Unofficial Visit: You may make unlimited unofficial visits except during a dead period.

NCAA Division 2 Recruiting Rules

  • Recruiting Materials: You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires. You may receive recruiting materials June 15 before your junior year.
  • Telephone Calls: Unlimited beginning June 15 before your junior year.
  • Unlimited text beginning July 1 after your junior year. (Rule goes into effect August 1, 2016)
  • Off-Campus Contact: Unlimited beginning June 15 before your junior year.
  • Official Visit: Allowed beginning June 15 before your junior year.
  • Unofficial Visit: You may make unlimited unofficial visits except during a dead period.

NCAA Division 3 Recruiting Rules

  • Recruiting Materials: Unlimited at any time.
  • Telephone Calls: Unlimited at any time.
  • Off-Campus Contact: Unlimited after your junior year
  • Official Visit: Allowed beginning the opening day of classes your senior year.
  • Unofficial Visit: You may make unlimited unofficial visits except during a dead period.

NAIA Recruiting Rules

The NAIA recruiting rules are quite simple. There are no rules concerning the recruiting of prospective student athletes who are in high school or below. There are no recruiting calendars, dead periods, or contact restrictions. So if you are in a showcase and a coach comes up to speak with you about your performance or their college, ask if they are an NAIA school. If so, feel free to speak with them all you want. If they are part of the NCAA, say hello and ask them to call you later. NCAA coaches can only have a full conversation with you after your last game of the weekend.

Next Step:

If you feel like you have been stumbling along or have not even started the recruiting process, it is time to take action. There are a lot of other articles and interviews here at therecruitingcode.com to help you.

When you are ready to push forward and finally get college coaches to take notice of you: What is your specific plan? What action will you take first?

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