Football Recruiting Guide

KEY DEFINITIONS

13.02.2 Competition Site. The "competition site" is the facility in which athletics competition is actually conducted, including any dressing room or meeting facility utilized in conjunction with the competition.

13.02.3 Contact. A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent or legal guardian and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospect or the prospect's high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of the conversation that occurs.

13.02.3.1 Evaluation Activities During Contact Period-Division I-AA Football. In Division I-AA football, a visit to a prospect's high school, preparatory school or two-year college, or an evaluation at any site that occurs during a contact period shall constitute a contact (for all prospects in that sport at the educational institution) for that particular week even if no contact is made with a prospect.

Contact and Evaluation Periods

13.02.4.1 Contact Period. A contact period is that period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

13.02.4.2 Evaluation Period. An evaluation period is that period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospects. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospect during an evaluation period.

13.02.4.3 Quiet Period. A quiet period is that period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.

13.02.4.4 Dead Period. A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospects to the institution's campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospect during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in 13.8.2.5 for a prospect who visits an institution as part of a group. During such a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospects are in attendance, except as provided in 13.1.11, and may not visit the prospects' educational institutions. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospects during such a dead period.

PERMISSIBLE RECRUITERS

PROCEDURE
At the beginning of each year the Athletic Compliance Office will complete the Permissible Recruiting Form based on the coaches certification test results. If changes are made prior to or during the academic year, the changes should be noted on the form by the head coach and reported to the Compliance Office. The Compliance Office will maintain the Permissible Recruiters Form and copy appropriate coaches and administrative personnel.

The Football Office must designate, in writing to the Director of Compliance, the seven (7) permissible off-campus recruiters on a weekly basis during off-campus recruiting periods. If the head coach is to replace one of the seven permissible recruiters, this must also be designated in writing.

The Basketball and Softball staffs must designate, in writing to the Director of Compliance, the various recruiting days they will use in the limited sections where staff members are limited to a set number of days. Changes to these days are permitted and must be documented in writing.

LEGISLATION

13.1.2.1 Division I-All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional staff members. Such contact, as well as correspondence and telephone calls, by representatives of an institution's athletics interests is prohibited except as otherwise permitted in this section.

13.1.2.1.1 Off-Campus Recruiters. In Division I, an institutional staff member is not permitted to recruit off campus until he or she has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable recruiting rules per 11.5.1.1.

Football
11.7.2.2 Contact and Evaluation of Prospects Limited to Full-Time Coaches. There is a limit of seven coaches (including the head coach) who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus during any one calendar week (defined for purposes of this legislation as Sunday through Saturday). The institution shall certify those individuals who fall within these number limitations and are thereby permitted to contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus.

11.7.2.2.1 Exception - Head Football Coach. The head coach shall be permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activities at any time during a calendar week during a permissible contact or evaluation period, provided one of the other designated coaches engaged in off-campus recruiting has returned to campus.

TELEPHONE CALLS

PROCEDURES
All phone calls to prospects and other family members, constituting your one call per week, must be recorded on a phone log.

Any calls made away from campus (i.e., cellular phone, hotel, home or credit card) must also be entered on a phone log.

If a prospect is not home, a message to a parent or other family member, where no recruiting takes place, does not constitute your one call per week. But you will need to place these calls on your phone log with "NO CONTACT" listed. This indicates that, even though a call will be listed on the computer phone log, no recruiting took place.

A message on a prospect's answering machine, where no recruiting takes place, does not constitute your one call per week. But you will need to place these calls on your phone log with "NO CONTACT" listed. This indicates that, even though a call will be listed on the computer phone log, no recruiting took place.

MAINTAIN PHONE LOGS WITHIN YOUR RECRUITING NOTEBOOK.

LEGISLATION

Telephone Calls to Prospects

13.1.3.1.2 Exception-Divisions I-AA Football. In the sport of Divisions I-AA football, one telephone call to a prospect [or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may be made during the month of May of the prospect's junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls to a prospect [or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made prior to September 1 of the beginning of the prospect's senior year in high school; thereafter, such telephone contact is limited to once per week outside of a contact period. During a contact period, such telephone contact may be made at the institution's discretion.

CONTACTS AND EVALUATIONS

PROCEDURES
Prior to contacting or evaluating a prospect on the prospect's educational campus, you must have the permission from the institution's chief executive officer or his/her designated representative per Bylaw 13.1.5.1.1 and 13.1.5.2.

Every off-campus contact or evaluation (except evaluations during the prospect's summer vacation) must be entered on your "Off-Campus Recruiting Form" or the "Individual Recruiting Form" and maintained within your recruiting notebook.

The location and person making the contact or evaluation must be included for each contact or evaluation that takes place.

LEGISLATION

Contactable Prospects

13.1.1.1 High-School Prospects. In Divisions I and II, in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall not be made with a prospect or the prospect's relatives or guardian(s) prior to July 1 following the prospect's completion of the junior year in high school. Telephone calls shall not be made with a prospect [or the prospect's parents or legal guardian(s)] prior to July 1 (September 1 in Division I-A, I-AA and Division II football) following the prospect's completion of the junior year in high school.

13.1.1.1.1 Exception - Division I-AA Football. In Division I-AA football, one phone call may be made during the month of May of the prospect's junior year in high school.

13.1.1.2 Two-Year College Prospects. A prospect who was not a qualifier as defined in 14.02.9.1 and who is enrolled in the first year of a two-year college may not be contacted in person on or off an institution's campus for recruiting purposes by a Division I member institution.

13.1.1.3 Four-Year College Prospects. An athletics staff member or other representative of the institution's athletics interests shall not make contact with the student-athlete of another four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution's athletics director (or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact. If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer and in Divisions I and II, shall not provide financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the second institution for one academic year. If permission is granted to contact the student-athlete, all applicable NCAA recruiting rules apply.

CONTACTS

13.02.3 Contact. A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent or legal guardian and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospect or the prospect's high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of the conversation that occurs.

13.1.7 Permissible Number of Contacts. In Divisions I-A and I-AA football, each institution shall be limited to seven in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts per prospect at any site (which shall include contacts made with the prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s), but shall not include contacts made during an official visit per 13.7).

13.1.7.1 On Same Day. Any number of contacts made during the same day (defined as 12:01 a.m. to midnight) shall count as one contact.

13.1.7.2 Letter-of-Intent Signing. Any in-person, off-campus contact made with a prospect for the purpose of signing a letter of intent or other commitment to attend the institution or attendance at activities related to the signing of a letter of intent or other commitment to attend the institution shall be prohibited.

13.1.7.2.1 Delivery of Letter-of-Intent. In-person, off-campus delivery of a letter of intent by an institutional staff member shall be prohibited. The letter may be delivered by express mail, courier service, regular mail or facsimile machine.

Contact Restrictions at Specified Sites

13.1.8.1 Prospect's Educational Institution. Any staff member (and, in Division III, any representative of athletics interests) desiring to contact a prospect at the prospect's high school, college preparatory school or two-year college first shall obtain permission for such contact from that institution's executive officer (or the executive officer's authorized representative). Contact may be made only when such permission is granted. Member institutions also are bound by this provision when recruiting foreign athletes.

13.1.8.2 Practice or Competition Site. Recruiting contact may not be made with a prospect prior to any athletics competition in which the prospect is a participant during the day or days of competition, even if the prospect is on an official or unofficial visit. In Divisions I and II, such contact includes the passing of notes to a prospect by a third party on behalf of an institutional staff member. In all divisions, such contact shall be governed by the following:

(a) Contact shall not be made with the prospect at any site prior to the contest on the day or days of competition;
(b) Contact shall not be made with a prospect from the time the prospect reports on call (at the direction of the prospect's coach or comparable authority) and becomes involved in competition-related activity (e.g., traveling to an away-from-home game) to the end of the competition even if such competition-related activities are initiated prior to the day or days of competition;
(c) Contact shall not be made after the competition until the prospect is released by the appropriate institutional authority and departs the dressing and meeting facility, and
(d) Contact shall not be made with a prospect involved in competition that requires more than one day of participation (e.g., a basketball tournament) until after the prospect's final contest is completed and he or she is released by the appropriate institutional authority and leaves the dressing and meeting facility.

13.1.7.3 Contacts Subsequent to National Letter of Intent Signing or Other Written Commitment. Subsequent to the calendar day on which a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent, there shall be no limit on the number of contacts by the institution with which the prospect has signed. For an institution not utilizing the National Letter of Intent in a particular sport, there shall be no limit on the number of contacts with the prospect, the prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s) by that institution subsequent to the calendar day of the prospect's signed acceptance of the institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid. However, the following conditions continue to apply:

(a) Any contact at the prospect's educational institution in Division I football and basketball shall be confined to the permissible contact period and shall not exceed one visit per week;
(b) No in-person, on- or off-campus contact may be made during a "dead period";
(c) No in-person, on- or off-campus contact may be made with a nonqualifier enrolled in the first year of two-year college by a Division I member;
(d) No on- or off-campus contact (including correspondence and telephone calls) may be made by a representative of the institution's athletics interests in Division I except those involving permissible preenrollment activities (e.g., a discussion of summer employment arrangements);
(e) No in-person, off-campus contact may be made by a representative of the institution's athletics interests in Division II except those involving permissible preenrollment activities (e.g., a discussion of summer employment arrangements), and
(f) Contact at the site of a prospect's competition shall continue to be governed by the provisions of 13.1.8.2, except that contact with the prospect's relatives or legal guardians at the site of the prospect's competition shall be permitted.

Visits to Prospects Educational Institution-Division I

13.02.3.1 Evaluation Activities During Contact Period-Divisions I-A and I-AA Football. In Divisions I-A and I-AA football, a visit to a prospect's high school, preparatory school or two-year college, or an evaluation at any site that occurs during a contact period shall constitute a contact (for all prospects in that sport at the educational institution) for that particular week even if no contact is made with a prospect.

13.1.5.1 Football and Basketball. In the sports of football and basketball, institutional staff members may visit a prospect's educational institution on not more than one occasion during a particular week within a contact period, regardless of the number of prospects enrolled in the institution or whether any prospect is contacted on that occasion.

13.1.5.1.1 Approval by Executive Officer. All such visits that will occur during that portion of the day when classes are being conducted for all students must receive the approval of the executive officer (or the executive officer's designated representative) of the prospect's educational institution.

13.1.5.1.2 Visits During Contact Period-Divisions I-A and I-AA Football. In Divisions I-A and I-AA football, one contact per prospect is permitted during each week of the contact period as specified in Bylaw 30.11.5 either at the prospect's educational institution or any other location (e.g., prospect's home). A visit to the prospect's educational institution and any other location (e.g., prospect's home) during the same calendar day shall be considered one contact. In addition, institutional staff members may visit a prospect's educational institution on not more then one occasion during a particular week, regardless of the total number of prospects enrolled in the institution.

13.1.5.1.4 Multiple Sport Athlete. If a prospect is a multisport athlete being recruited by the same institution for more than one sport, one of which is football or basketball, all staff members from the same institution are permitted only one visit per week to the prospect's educational institution and all visits must take place on the same day of the week.

13.1.9.10 Evaluations/Contact at Prospect's Educational Institution. In Division I football, any evaluation activity that occurs during a permissible contact period shall count only as a contact per 13.02.3.1 and 13.02.6.1.1.

EVALUATIONS

13.02.6.1 Evaluation - Division I. In Division I, evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect, including any visit to a prospect's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospect participating in any practice or competition at any site.

13.02.6.1.1 Exception-Division I Football. In Division I football, any evaluation that occurs during a contact period by a coaching staff member is a countable contact per 13.02.3.1 rather than a countable evaluation.

All Sports

13.1.9 Limitations on Number of Evaluations-All Sports. In Division I-A and I-AA football, institutional staff members shall be limited to two evaluations during the academic year in which the prospect competes or practices on any team. Not more than one evaluation may be used during the fall evaluation period and not more than one evaluation may be used during the May evaluation period per Bylaw 30.11.5.

13.1.9.1 Visit (Without Contact) to Prospect's Educational Institution. A visit (without contact) by a coaching staff member to a prospect's educational institution counts as an evaluation for all prospects in that sport at that educational institution.

13.1.9.1.1 Competition Not Involving Educational Institution Visited. A member institution does not utilize an evaluation for prospects at an educational institution if the coach observes competition at that institution between prospects who do not attend that institution.

13.1.9.2 Evaluations Are Sports Specific. The limitation in 13.1.9 is sports specific; therefore, a prospect being earnestly recruited [see 15.5.7.8.1-(d)] by an institution in more than one sport may be evaluated on the permissible number of occasions in each of those sports during the academic year. Evaluations are counted against the sport of the coach making the evaluation.

13.1.9.3 On Same Day. Any number of evaluations or observations made during the same calendar day (defined as 12:01 a.m. to midnight) shall count as one evaluation.

Football Evaluation Exceptions

13.1.9.5.1 Time Period for Counting Football Evaluations-Divisions I-A and I-AA. In the sport of football in Divisions I-A and I-AA, the time period during which the two permissible evaluations may take place shall be from May 1 through April 30 of the following academic year.

13.1.9.5.2 Limitations on the Number of May Evaluations-Football. In the sport of football, institutional staff members shall not visit a prospect's educational institution on more than one calendar day during the May evaluation period.

13.1.9.6 Evaluations in Team Sports. In team sports, an institution shall utilize an evaluation for each prospect participating in a contest observed by the institution's coach.

13.1.9.9 Observations. Observing a contest or practice during the academic year shall count as one of the permissible number of evaluations (set forth in 13.1.9) for each prospect in the contest or practice, even if a contact is made during the same day. In Division I football, such observation that occurs during a permissible contact period shall count only as a contact per 13.02.3.1.

13.1.9.10 Evaluations/Contact at Prospect's Educational Institution. In Division I football, any evaluation activity that occurs during a permissible contact period shall count only as a contact per 13.02.3.1 and 13.02.6.1.1.

13.1.10 Evaluations Outside Contact or Evaluation Periods. On- or off-campus evaluation activities are not permissible at the site of any athletics event outside the permissible contact or evaluation periods in Division I football and basketball except when the prospect is participating on the member institution's campus in a sport other than football or basketball.

Visits to Prospects Educational Institution-Division I

13.1.5.1 Football and Basketball. In the sports of football and basketball, institutional staff members may visit a prospect's educational institution on not more than one occasion during a particular week within a contact period, regardless of the number of prospects enrolled in the institution or whether any prospect is contacted on that occasion.

13.1.5.1.1 Approval by Executive Officer. All such visits that will occur during that portion of the day when classes are being conducted for all students must receive the approval of the executive officer (or the executive officer's designated representative) of the prospect's educational institution.

13.1.5.1.2 Visits During Contact Period-Divisions I-A and I-AA Football. In Divisions I-A and I-AA football, one contact per prospect is permitted during each week of the contact period as specified in Bylaw 30.11.5 either at the prospect's educational institution or any other location (e.g., prospect's home). A visit to the prospect's educational institution and any other location (e.g., prospect's home) during the same calendar day shall be considered one contact. In addition, institutional staff members may visit a prospect's educational institution on not more then one occasion during a particular week, regardless of the total number of prospects enrolled in the institution.

13.1.5.1.5 Competition Not Involving Educational Institution Visited. An institution does not utilize its one visit per week to an educational institution if the coach observes competition between prospects who do not attend that institution and the coach does not engage in recruitment activities with any prospect who attends the institution where the competition is being conducted.