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Telephone Calls
If the call is initiated by you it may occur at any time and an unlimited amount of calls can be made. If the call is initiated by the college, it is restricted to no calls before July 1 following the completion of a prospects junior year of high school and 1 call per week thereafter. In addition, no calls can be made during competition.

Official Visits
An official visit is a visit to a college that is financed in whole or in part by the college. A maximum of visits is 5, with one visit to a particular college. Prior to an official visit the prospect must provide the college with their academic information and be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial Visits
An unofficial visit is a visit made at the prospects expense. Unofficial visits are unlimited and may be taken before January 1st of their junior year of high school. Three complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event may be provided to the prospect by the college during the visit.

Initial Eligibility
Prospects entering college must have the NCAA mandated 16 core classes completed. This includes:

  • 4 years English
  • 3 years Math
  • 2 years Science
  • 1 year English/Math/Science
  • 2 years Social Science
  • 4 years Additional Core Courses

Prospects must also meet the minimum GPA/SAT/ACT scores determined by index. Lastly the Prospect must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

"The Clock"
For NCAA Division I, a student-athlete must complete all seasons of competition within five calendar years of initial full-time enrollment. So, in a sense the student-athlete has five years to complete four seasons of competition.

Financial Aid
Athletic Scholarships are awarded on a year-to-year basis. A college cannot award a four-year scholarship. A student-athletes scholarship may be renewed each year by the financial aid office. A scholarship may also be reduced or cancelled after the one-year award period for any reason. Any reduction or cancellation of a scholarship may be appealed by the student-athlete.

National letter of Intent
This is a contract between the prospect and a particular college. It requires you to initially enroll in a particular college for one academic year. If the prospect changes their mind after signing the penalty is 1year/1 season of eligibility.

Agents/Professional Athletics
If a student-athlete loses amateur status they become ineligible for NCAA intercollegiate participation. To maintain this status it is best to not have oral or written contracts or agreements with "anyone". No marketing of student-athletes based on athletic talent, do not compete on a professional team, and no gifts or benefits can be accepted by the student-athlete including their friends and family members. Prospects and NCAA student-athletes may enter the draft one time without losing eligibility only if they are not drafted or within 30 days of the draft it is declared in writing that they intend to return to college play.

Gambling
It is not permissible to participate in wagering on sports, this includes all levels through professional sports. No pools can be entered and not internet/bookie involvement. It is also not permissible to share information about your team, teammates, or yourself.

Important Links:

NCAA Eligibility Center

Information for College-Bound Student-Athletes and Parents

National Letter of Intent

Sports Wagering