Contacts and Evaluations
A contact is a face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or their parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange or greeting.
Any face-to-face encounter that is prearranged is considered contact. For example, a staff member positioning themselves at the site of a prospect's competition and then having a face-to-face encounter is considered a contact.
Coaches may not make off-campus contact with a prospect until July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school (July 15 in women's gymnastics). Men's basketball coaches may make contact with a prospect during the prospect's junior year, as long as the contact takes place at the prospect's high school (except during April recruiting period).
Number of contacts:
|Sports Other Than
Football and Basketball
|7 recruiting opportunities (Contacts and Evaluations combined). Not more than 3 being off-campus contacts
||6 off-campus contacts
||7 recruiting opportunities (Contacts and Evaluations Combined).
||7 recruiting opportunities (Contacts and Evaluations combined). Not more than 3 being off-campus contacts
An evaluation is defined to include multiple different scenarios, including:
- Watching a prospect practice, compete or lift weights at any site
- Meeting with a prospect's high school counselor to review transcripts
- Talking to a prospect's high school/junior college coach or instructors at the prospect's education institution.
Many sports are limited in the number of evaluation or recruiting person days they may use per year, all subject to the recruiting calendar restrictions.
Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities. Outside the academic year, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities. Contacts with a prospect count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of whether they take place during or outside the academic year. All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions.