Compliance: Prospective Student-Athletes

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A prospective student-athlete (“prospect”) is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. For men’s basketball, a prospective student-athlete is an individual who has started classes for the seventh grade.

Initial Eligibility

Prospective student-athletes interested in competing in intercollegiate athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center as early as possible. Prospects may not visit Holy Cross on an official visit until they have registered. Please visit www.EligibilityCenter.org.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses. Ten of these core courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the prospective student-athlete’s seventh semester in high school.
  • Present the required core course grade point average in the NCAA sliding scale.  This requires a minimum grade point average of 2.3.
  • Present the required SAT/ACT score in the NCAA sliding scale.
  • Prospective student-athletes must complete the amateurism questionnaire through the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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Recruiting

Recruiting Period Definitions

Contact Period - A period when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
Evaluation Period - A period when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to 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 PSA during an evaluation period.
Quiet Period - A period when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
Dead Period - A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the 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 a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

Recruiting Materials

  • Recruiting material that may be provided to prospective student-athletes is limited to general correspondence (with no restrictions on the design or content, except for size restrictions), educational materials provided by the NCAA, non-athletics institutional publications, questionnaires and camp or clinic information.
  • There are no content restrictions on attachments to electronic correspondence, except that video and audio materials may not be created for recruiting purposes and may not be personalized to include a prospective student-athlete’s name, picture or likeness.

Printed Recruiting Materials

There are no longer restrictions on the design or content of printed recruiting materials.  However, size restrictions are still in effect.  The size of a printed document may not exceed 81/2 by 11 inches.  The size of an envelope may not exceed 9 by 12 inches.  Permissible printed recruiting materials are as follows:

  • General Correspondence – No restrictions on the design or content, except for size.
    • This includes items, such as business cards and note cards that fit within the size restrictions.
  • Camp or Clinic Brochures – may be sent at any time.
  • Questionnaires – may be sent at any time.
  • Non-athletics Institutional Publications.
  • NCAA Educational Material Published by the NCAA.
  • Express mail services remain prohibited.
  • Media Guides: An institution shall not provide a printed media guide to a prospective student-athlete. However, a media guide may be provided only via an electronic mail attachment or hyperlink.

Electronic Materials

Electronic correspondence must sent directly to a prospective student-athlete or his or her parents or legal guardians.  There are no content restrictions on attachments to electronic correspondence, except that video and audio materials may not be created for recruiting purposes and may not be personalized to include a prospective student-athlete’s name, picture or likeness.

Recruiting Telephone Calls

  • A phone call is any and all electronically transmitted human voice exchanges (including video conferencing and videophones).  Skype, Google Hangout, Face Time, iChat Video are social media platforms considered telephone calls by the NCAA. Therefore, utilizing any of these tools to contact a prospect counts as a telephone call and is subject to NCAA restrictions regarding phone calls.
  • Telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete (or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) may not be made during the conduct of any of the institution’s intercollegiate athletics contests in that sport until the competition has been concluded and the team has been dismissed by the coach.

Permissible Callers

  • All telephone calls to prospective student-athletes must be made by the head coach or one or more of the assistant coaches who count toward the NCAA regulated numerical limitations in each sport.

Impermissible Callers

  • A representative of an institution’s athletic interests (e.g., alumni or boosters) are prohibited from making telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardians. Current student-athletes may not make recruiting telephone calls.

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