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Athletics Compliance Office > Prospects > Recruiting Periods & Contact

A contact is a face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or their parents, legal guardians or relatives 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 (staff member positions himself/herself at a location where contact is possible) is considered contact. This includes any face-to-face encounter that takes place on the grounds of a PSA's educational institution, or at a site of competition or practice involving the PSA or the PSA's educational institution or all-star team.

Contact Period. A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Evaluation Period. An evaluation period is a period of time 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 PSAs. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the PSA during an evaluation period.

Quiet Period. A quiet period is a period of time 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 a 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 PSAs to the institution's campus. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker or attend a banquet at which PSAs will be in attendance (with minor exceptions), and may not visit a PSA's institution. Written or telephone correspondence to a contactable PSA is permissible during a dead period.

Telephone Calls

Telephone calls to a PSA, his or her relatives or legal guardians may not be made before July 1 following the completion of his/her junior year in high school in all sports other than football, hockey, women's basketball and men's basketball. In the sports of hockey and men's basketball, telephone calls to a PSA, his relatives or legal guardians may not be made before June 15 at the conclusion of the individual's sophomore year in high school. Thereafter, staff members are limited in the number of telephone calls made. Should you call a coach prior to those initial contact dates outlined above, it is not permissible for that coach to return your call.

In football, one telephone call to a PSA, his relatives or legal guardians may be made from April 15 through May 31 of the individual's junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls may not be made before September 1 at the beginning of the individual's senior year. Thereafter, institutions are limited to once per week outside a contact period, but may be made at the institution's discretion during a contact period.

In women's basketball, a telephone call to a PSA, her relatives or legal guardians may be made during April of her junior year in high school, 1 during May of her junior year, 1 between June 1 - June 20, 1 call between June 21 - June 30, and 3 calls during July at a rate of once per week (all following junior year). Thereafter, institutions are limited to 1 call per week outside a contact period and unlimited during a contact period.

Should you call a coach prior to those initial contact dates outlined above, it is not permissible for that coach to return your call.

Recruiting Materials; Mail & Email

In sports other than men's basketball and hockey, an institution shall not provide recruiting materials, including general correspondence related to athletics, to a PSA (or his/her parents or legal guardians) until September 1 at the beginning of their junior year in high school. In men's basketball and hockey, an institution shall not provide recruiting materials until June 15 at the conclusion of the PSA's sophomore year in high school.

An institution may provide the following items at any time: Camp or Clinic Brochures, Questionnaires, Nonathletic Institutional Publications (academic, admission publications) and NCAA Educational Materials.

Texting & Direct Social Media Messaging

With the exception of men's basketball, coaches may not text a PSA (or his/her parents or legal guardians) until the PSA signs an NLI with the institution. In men's basketball, coaches may text/IM PSAs beginning June 15 at the conclusion of the individual's sophomore year in high school provided the message is sent directly to the PSA (or his parents or legal guardians) and is private between only the sender and recipient (e.g., no use of chat rooms, message boards, posting to walls).


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University of Notre Dame

Department of Athletics

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

 
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