Compliance

Recruiting Visits

What is an Official Visit?

An official visit is any visit to a college campus by a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her parents that is financed partially or in whole by the institution.

During an official visit, the institution may pay for reasonable transportation, lodging, and meals for the prospective student-athlete, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses, including complimentary admissions to a home athletics event. Some additional rules to keep in mind:

  • Prospects may take five official visits total.
  • Prospects may only take one official visit per institution.
  • Prospects may begin taking official visits:
    • Sports Other Than Basketball: Opening day of classes of senior year of high school.
    • Men's Basketball: January 1 of junior year in high school.
    • Women's Basketball: Thursday following the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship game of junior year in high school.
  • The following requirements must be met before a prospect takes an official visit:
    • PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT score;
    • High school (or college) transcript; and
    • Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and on institution's institutional request list (IRL).

What is an Unofficial Visit?

An unofficial visit is any visit to a college campus by a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her parents that is not financed by the institution. The only expenses that prospects may receive during an unofficial visit are three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event. Prospects may take an unlimited number of unofficial visits and can do so at any age.

What May Occur During a Visit to Campus?

During a prospective student-athlete's official or unofficial visit to campus:

  • The prospect may participate in physical workouts or other recreational activities, provided they are not: (1) organized or observed by coaching staff; and (2) are not designed to test the athletics abilities of the prospect.
    • Exception: On-campus evaluations in basketball.
  • Institutions may not arrange personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys) or permit prospects to engage in game day simulations (e.g., running onto field with team).
  • Institutions may not publicize a visit to campus and the prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect's visit to campus (e.g., celebratory walks to or around stadium/arena).
  • A team physician may conduct a medical examination provided the exam does not include any test or procedure designed to test or measure the athletics agility or skill of the prospect. No coaches or staff, other than an athletic trainer, may be present during the medical examination.
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