DIVISION III RECRUITING - QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
This document is designed to provide a quick reference of NCAA Division III recruiting rules. It is not to serve as a substitute for the legislation within the NCAA Division III Manual.
NCAA Division III recruiting rules apply to athletics based recruiting and are not meant to limit an institution's admissions office from the recruitment of prospective students generally.
Recruiting – Any solicitation of a prospect or prospect’s relatives [or guardian(s)] by an institutional staff member for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and his/her ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Prospect – A prospective student-athlete is a student that has started classes for the ninth grade.
Contact – Any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or a prospect’s relatives, guardian(s) and an institutional staff member during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a greeting.
Evaluation – Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect.
Contact with a coach: There are no restrictions on the number of off-campus contacts. Off-campus contacts are not permitted until the conclusion of the prospect’s junior year of high school. Please note there are specific contact restrictions at practice and competition sites.
Evaluations by a coach: There are no restrictions on the number or timing on the observation of a prospect participating in practice or competition.
Campus visits in which athletics recruitment is involved:
Official visits - Each institution is permitted to finance the expenses of one visit per prospect. There are restricted allowances on transportation, meals, lodging, and entertainment detailed within the legislation. Official visits can take place beginning with the opening day of classes for the prospect’s senior year in high school.
Unofficial visits - A prospect may visit a member institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times and there are no restrictions on the timing of these unofficial campus visits.
Recruiting materials and letters - There are no restrictions on the timing of providing recruiting materials or letters to prospects. Institutions are permitted to provide any official academic, admissions, athletics and student-services publications or videotapes published or produced by the institution and other information of a general nature that is available to all students.
Telephone calls, emails, and text messages - There are no restrictions on the frequency or timing of telephone calls, emails, and text messages to prospects.
Instant messenger/social networking sites - The use of instant messaging or social networking Web sites by, or on behalf of, member institution’s athletics department staff for the purpose of recruitment of prospects is permissible provided the communication is private between only the sender and the recipient (e.g. no use of public chat rooms, message boards, public communication through a social networking site). It is also permissible for athletics departments to use social networking sites for dissemination of general athletics information to a public group that may include prospective student-athletes provided the information sent is the same for all members of the group and the members are able to opt-out of the group or service at any time.
Four-year college prospects: Athletics recruitment of an NCAA or NAIA four-year college student-athlete is not permitted without first obtaining written permission from the student’s current institution to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact. A student-athlete transferring from a Division III institution to another Division III institution can sign the self-release form for proper permission.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to:
Director of Athletics