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Prospective Student-Athletes

NCAA Recruiting Information

The NCAA has extensive rules regarding how and when coaches may recruit prospective student-athletes. There are also a number of criteria that a prospective student-athlete must meet in order to be eligible to participate in college athletics. The NCAA provides some resources that summarize these rules and criteria that may prove helpful to you.

Basic Recruiting Do’s and Don’ts

  • Prospective student-athletes being recruited by Armstrong (or anyone else) should not receive cash or any other items of value from anyone associated with Armstrong.

  • Prospects should not receive promises of any of the above.

  • Prospects should not receive correspondence or phone calls from anyone other than the Armstrong staff or faculty about the University.

  • Prospect's families should not be promised or given any items of value or received job promotions or new jobs based upon a prospect's decision to attend Armstrong.

  • Neither a prospect nor their family should receive "free" tickets to any events other than complimentary tickets for athletics events held on campus. 

Telephone Calls to Prospects: Rules to Remember

Telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before June 15 immediately preceding the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school.

Official Visits

An official visit is when an institution invites you to visit campus at their expense.  These visits may not last more than 48 hours.  You may not make more than one (1) official visit to any one institution. You may not make an official visit until the opening day of classes of your senior year in high school.

Information that a prospective student-athlete must provide us before they can make an official visit:

  • A high school or college academic transcript

  • A PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT score taken on a national testing date under national testing conditions, except that a state-administered ACT may be used to meet the requirement. The score must be presented through a testing agency document, on a high school or preparatory school academic transcript (official or unofficial) or through the use of the applicable testing agency's automated-voice system.

  • Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and is placed on the institutions Institutional Request List (IRL). 

Unofficial Visits

An unofficial visit occurs when a prospective student-athlete visits the institution at their own expense. A prospective student-athlete may visit a member institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospective student-athlete may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school.

Complimentary Admissions

During an official or unofficial visit the institution may provide a prospective student-athlete a maximum of three (3) complimentary admissions to a home athletics event in which the institution's intercollegiate team practices or competes

  • These complimentary admissions may only be used by the prospect and those persons accompanying the prospect on the visit

  • The complimentary admissions must be issued through a pass list on an individual game basis.

  • The complimentary admissions may provide seating only in the general seating area of the facility utilized for conducting the event.

  • Providing seating during the conduct of the event (including intermission) for the prospect or those persons accompanying the prospect in the facility's press box, special seating box(es) or bench area is specifically prohibited.

  • A member institution may not provide complimentary admissions to a prospect for a postseason conference tournament. The prospect may purchase tickets only in the same manner as any other member of the general public.

  • The provision of complimentary or reduced-cost admissions to prospects for an NCAA championship (all rounds) or other postseason contests (e.g., bowl game, NAIA or NIT championship) constitutes excessive entertainment and is prohibited. The prospect may purchase these tickets only in the same manner as any other member of the general public.

Contact Period
During a Contact Period authorized athletics department staff members may make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Evaluation Period
During an Evaluation Period authorized athletics department staff members may be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.

Quiet Period
During a quiet period 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.

Dead Period
During a dead period 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 prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospective student-athletes during a dead period.