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Compliance Corner January 2013

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Recruiting Definitions

Contact
A contact occurs any time a coach has any face-to-face contact with you, your parents, relatives or your legal guardians off the college’s campus, even at your high school or any location where you are competing or practicing, and says more than hello.

Evaluation
An evaluation is an activity by a coach to evaluate your academic or athletics ability. This would include visiting your high school or watching you practice or compete.

Contact Period
During this time, a college coach may have in person contact with you and/or your parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch you play or visit your high school. You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write and telephone you during this period.

Evaluation Period
A college coach may watch you play or visit your high school, but cannot have any in-person conversations with you or your parents off the college’s campus. You and your parents can visit a college campus during this period. A coach may write and telephone you or your parents during this time.

Quiet Period
A college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may write or telephone you or your parents during this time.

Recruiting Period: Men’s Basketball Only
In men’s basketball, a college coach may have any in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations with you and/or your parents.

Dead Period
A college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents at any time in the dead period. The coach may write and telephone you or your parents during this time.

Official Visit
Any visit to a college campus by you or your parents that is paid for by the college.  The college may pay the following expenses:

• Your transportation to and from the college;
• Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college; and
• Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.

Before a college may invite you on an official visit, you will have to provide the college with a copy of your high school transcript (Division I only) and SAT, ACT or PLAN score and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial Visit
Any visit by you and your parents to a college campus paid for by you or your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest. You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and may take those visits at any time. The only time you cannot talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.

Prospective Student-Athlete
You become a “prospective student-athlete” when:

• You start ninth-grade classes; or
• Before your ninth-grade year, a college gives you, your relatives or your friends any financial or other benefits that the college does not provide to students generally.

Verbal Commitment
This phrase is used to describe a college-bound student-athlete’s commitment to a school before he or she signs (or is able to sign) a National Letter of Intent. A college-bound student-athlete can announce a verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become very popular for both college-bound student-athletes and coaches, this “commitment” is NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the school. Only the signing of the National Letter of Intent accompanied by a financial aid agreement is binding on both parties.

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