• Certified Basketball Events & Summer Leagues (2009 is TBA)
• Complimentary Admissions
• Practice Hour Limitations
• Forms & Resources
• Recruiting 2012-13
• Special Assistance Fund (SAF)
• Telephone Calls to Prospects
During an official or unofficial visit the institution may provide a prospective
student-athlete a maximum of 3 complimentary admissions to a home athletics
event at any facility within a 30-mile radius of the institution's main campus
in which the institutions intercollegiate team practices or competes. For prospective
student-athletes with an untraditional family (i.e. step-parents) up to 2 additional
complimentary admissions may be provided.
• 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.
• Complimentary admissions may not be provided to a prospect for a postseason conference tournament or NCAA championship. The prospect may purchase tickets only in the same manner as any other member of the general public.
Student-athletes may not participate in countable athletically-related activities for more than:
In-Season: 4 hours per day; 20 hours per week
Out-of-Season (during the academic year): 8 hours per week
The daily and weekly hour limitations DO NOT apply to the following:
• Preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier;
• Official vacation periods on the institution’s academic calendar (e.g., Thanksgiving, spring break); or
• Between terms during the academic year when classes are not in session.
During the academic year, student-athletes may not engage in any countable athletically-related activities on one day per week during the playing season (which can be a travel day) and two days per week outside the playing season. The required day(s) off may occur on any day of the week and may change from week to week.
In-Season (20 hours per week/4 hours per day)
• “In-Season” time is the period between the team’s first officially recognized practice session and the last practice session or competition, whichever occurs later.
o Sports other than football and basketball may have their seasons separated into two distinct segments: championship and non-championship.
• Multi-sports athletes are bound by the daily and weekly limitations.
Out-of-Season (8 hours per week)
• “Out-of-season” time includes the remainder of the academic year not included in the in-season period.
• Sports other than football: Outside the playing season, from the institution’s first day of classes until one week prior to the beginning of the final exam period, only a student-athlete’s participation in required weight-training, conditioning, and individual skill instruction is permitted.
o This participation is limited to eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on individual skill workouts.
o All athletically-related activities outside the playing season are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period through the conclusion of each student-athlete’s final exams.
o More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill instruction with their coaches from September 15 through April 15. Prior to September 15 and after April 15, no more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility.
• Championship Subdivision Football: Activities between the institution’s last contest and the start of summer conditioning are limited to required weight-training, conditioning, and review of game film.
o A football student-athlete’s participation in these activities is limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on viewing film.
Time spent outside of practice limitations specified above must be voluntary activity. To be considered voluntary, the following conditions must be met:
• The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member;
• The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete;
• The student-athlete’s attendance and participation in the activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purpose of reporting to coaching staff members or other student-athletes; and
• The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity.
Athletically Related Activities Form (PDF)
Recruiting Call Logs (PDF)
Contacts & Evaluations (PDF)
Travel Assistance Request Form (PDF)
Countable Hours (PDF)
Defining Countable Athletically Related Activities (PDF)
Men's Basketball (PDF)
Women's Basketball (PDF)
Women's Volleyball (PDF)
Men's Lacrosse (PDF)
Women's Lacrosse (PDF)
Cross Country/Track and Field
Other Sports (PDF)
Recruiting Overview Chart (PDF)
Coaches Recruiting Guides
FOOTBALL Coaches Recruiting Guides
NCAA Division I Practice Exam
The NCAA awards money to member institutions to help meet student-athletes’ needs of an emergency or essential nature for which financial assistance is otherwise not available. Money from the Special Assistance Fund may be awarded to Division I student-athletes who are eligible for Pell Grants or who have demonstrated financial need. Student-athletes who may otherwise be unable to afford necessities such as clothing, basic supplies for classes, a trip home for a family emergency, or medical care not provided by an insurance program may receive help from the Division I Special Assistance Fund.
Since international students are not eligible for Pell Grants, they must be certified as having a financial need by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students, an official international student-athlete advisory entity that is outside the athletics department.
For more information about the Special Assistance Fund, contact Marsha Haskew, Senior Woman’s Administrator (Athletics Annex; 256-7406).
• Sports other than football and basketball:
• Before July 1 following the prospect's completion of the junior year in high school no recruiting calls may be made to a prospective student-athlete.
• After July 1 following the prospect's completion of the junior year in high school the institution may call a prospective student-athlete no more than once per week.
• One telephone call to a prospective student-athlete (or a prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians) may be made from April 15 through May 31 of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
• Beginning September 1 of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school the institution may call a prospective student-athlete or their relatives of legal guardians no more than once per week
• EXCEPTION: During a contact period, telephone calls may be made at the institution's discretion.
• Men's Basketball:
• An institution is permitted to make 1 telephone call per month to a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians) on or after June 15 of the prospective student-athlete's sophomore year in high school through July 31 of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school
• An institution is permitted to make 2 telephone calls per week to a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians) beginning August 1 prior to the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school.
• Women's Basketball:
• One telephone call during the month of April of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school on or after the Thursday after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four.
• One telephone call during the month of May of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
• One telephone call on or after June 1 through June 20 of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
• One telephone call on or after June 21 through June 30 of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
• Three telephone calls during the month of July following the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school, with no more than 1 telephone call per week.
• Thereafter, 1 telephone call per week.
• Exceptions to the Telephone Rule:
• Collect and Toll-Free Telephone Calls: Institutional coaching staff members may accept collect and toll-free telephone calls placed by prospective student-athletes and prospective student-athletes' parents and legal guardians, provided the calls are placed not earlier than:
(men’s basketball) the conclusion of the prospect's sophomore year in high school;
(women’s basketball) the date on which an institution may begin placing telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete;
(all other sports) July 1 following completion of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
• Official-Visit Exception: The institution may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect during the five days immediately preceding the prospect's official visit to campus.
• Letter-of-Intent Signing-Date Exception: The institution may make unlimited
telephone calls to a prospect on the initial date for the signing of the National
Letter of Intent and during the two days immediately following the initial signing
In football, institutional coaching staff members may make unlimited telephone calls to prospective student-athletes during the period 48 hours before and 48 hours after 7 a.m. on the initial signing date for the National Letter of Intent.
• Off-Campus Contact Exception: The institution may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect on the day a permissible, in-person, off-campus contact occurs.