What are the NCAA Recruitment Guidelines for Coaches?
Phone Calls: Colleges cannot make regular phone calls to prospects until July 1 following the prospect's junior year in high school. Following that date, schools can call you once per week. However, you or your parents can call our coaching staff at any time. If you do not reach a coach, please keep trying because we are not allowed to return phone calls.
Visits: You may visit any college at your own expense at any time during high school or afterwards. This is called an unofficial visit. Please call ahead to make sure the coaches will be available when you are in the area. There are no limitations on the number of unofficial visits you may take or the number of times you may visit one school.
An official visit is a recruit trip and the amount that the school pays for varies from full air fare to PSA paying for air fare but typically once on campus, the college will pay for meals and lodging. You can take five official visits beginning on the first day of classes your senior year in high school. Beginning October 15 after high school, you may take five more official visits.
Written Materials (Letters, Media Guides, Email): Until September 1 of your junior year in high school, the only written material that a college can provide you is a questionnaire, a follow-up questionnaire, camp brochures and academic information from our admissions office.
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
Purpose: The purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center is to certify prospective student-athletes’ athletics and amateurism eligibility for Divisions I and II.
Initial Eligibility vs. College Admission
NCAA initial eligibility is separate from college admissions. Each institution makes its own admissions decisions based on established admissions criteria. A prospective student-athlete may gain admission to an institution but not meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards or may meet initial-eligibility standards but not gain admission.
Who Should Register
High school students who intend to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman in college should register with the eligibility center. Transfer students who will be attending a Division I or II school for the first time must also register and receive amateurism certification.
When Should Students Register?
There is no deadline to register with the eligibility center; however, the center recommends that students register after their junior year in high school. Students can register with the eligibility center by completing the online registration form athttps://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/
Please note that students must be registered with and certified as eligible by the eligibility center to be eligible for an athletics scholarship, practice and intercollegiate competition their first year at a Division I or II institution.
Requirements for Initial-Eligibility Certification
Students must meet the following requirements in order to be certified by the clearinghouse:
• Graduate from high school;
• Successfully complete a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses (beginning August 2008); and
• Have a core-course grade-point average and combined score on the SAT verbal and math sections or a sum score on the ACT based on the initial-eligibility sliding scale.
To meet the core-course requirement, the course must be defined as a recognized academic course and qualify for high school graduation credit in one or a combination of the following areas: English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, computer science or nondoctrinal religion. The course must be considered college preparatory by the high school. In addition, the course must be taught by a qualified instructor and at or above the high school’s regular academic level (i.e., remedial, special education or compensatory courses shall not be considered core courses). A list of your high school’s approved core courses is available on-line at https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/.
In Divisions I and II, students must achieve the minimum required SAT or ACT score before their first full-time college enrollment. Test scores must be achieved under national testing conditions on a national testing date. All prospective student-athletes, including natives of foreign countries, must achieve the minimum required test score on a national testing date. Please note that the ACT sum score is used, not the composite score. To obtain the sum score, add the four subscores together (English, math, science and reading). The same applies for the SAT. To obtain the sum score, add the verbal and math sections together. If the eligibility center has more than one ACT or SAT score for a student, the highest scores from each subtest (ACT: English, math, science and reading, SAT: verbal and math) will be used. Test scores must be sent directly to the eligibility center from the Testing Agency.