Information for Prospective Student-Athletes and Parents

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who Is Considered A Prospective Student-Athlete?

You become a prospective student-athlete when:

  • You begin ninth-grade classes; or
  • Before your ninth-grade year, a college gives you, your parents or friends any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide generally.
  • In men’s basektball only:  a prospective student has started classes in the 7th grade.

2. What Is Considered an Official Visit?

Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay the following expenses:

  • Your transportation to and from the college;
  • Room and meals (three per day) while you visit the college; and
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions into a home athletics contest.
  • Before a college may invite you for an official visit, you must provide the college with a copy of your high-school transcript (Division I only) and SAT, ACT or PLAN scores.
  • Registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

3. What Is Considered an Unofficial Visit?

Any visit to a college not paid for by the college.

4. What Is Considered a Recruiting Contact?

A recruiting contact occurs any time a coach has face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or any location where you are competing or practicing.

5. What Is Considered a Recruiting Evaluation?

An evaluation is an activity by which a coach measures your academic or athletic ability. This would include visiting your high school or watching you practice or compete.

6. When is the first opportunity a UVA coach may communicate with a prospective student-athlete?

General Correspondence (including emails and instant messages)

In sports other than men’s basketball, a NCAA member institution may not provide recruiting materials to a prospective student-athlete (including general correspondence related to athletics) until September 1 at the beginning of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school. In men’s basketball, an institution may not provide recruiting materials to a prospective student-athlete (including general correspondence related to athletics) until June 15 at the conclusion of the prospective student-athlete’s sophomore year in high school.

Telephone Calls

In sports other than football and basketball, telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before July 1 following the completion of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school (subject to the exceptions below); thereafter, staff members shall not make such telephone calls more than once per week.  In baseball, cross country/track and field, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s sand volleyball, softball and women’s volleyball, telephone calls to an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school, or the opening day of classes of his or her senior year in high school (as designated by the high school), whichever is earlier. Thereafter, such telephone calls shall be limited to once per week outside a contact period, but may be made at the institution’s discretion during a contact period.

In Football, one telephone call to a prospect [or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may be made between April 15 and May 31 of the prospect’s junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls to a prospect [or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before September 1 of the beginning of the prospect’s senior year in high school; thereafter, such telephone contact is limited to once per week outside of a contact period. During a contact period, such telephone contact may be made at the institution’s discretion.

In men’s basketball, effective June 15, 2012,  telephone calls to an individual (or the individual’s relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before June 15 at the conclusion of the individual’s sophomore year in high school. If an individual attends an educational institution that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., Southern Hemisphere) telephone calls to the individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before the day after the conclusion of the individual’s sophomore year in high school. Thereafter, an institution may make telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete at its discretion.

 

In women’s basketball, telephone calls may be made to an individual (or the individual’s relatives or legal guardians) as follows:

(a) One telephone call during the month of April of the individual’s junior year in high school on or after the Thursday after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four.

(b) One telephone call during the month of May of the individual’s junior year in high school.

(c) One telephone call on or after June 1 through June 20 of the individual’s junior year in high school.

(d) One telephone call on or after June 21 through June 30 of the individual’s junior year in high school.

(e) Three telephone calls during the month of July following the individual’s junior year in high school, with not more than one telephone call per week [see Bylaw 13.1.6.2.2-(c)]. If an individual attends an educational institution that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., Southern Hemisphere), the institution may begin to place one telephone call per week to the individual beginning on the opening day of classes of the individual’s senior year in high school. )

(f) Thereafter, one telephone call per week outside a contact period and unlimited telephone calls during a contact period.

7. When may a prospective student-athlete or their parent call a UVA coach?

A prospective student-athlete or their parent may call and talk to UVA coach at any time. If a prospective student-athlete leaves a message with an UVA coach, the coach may not be able to return the call. Please note the telephone call restrictions in question #6.