Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect’s relative by an institutional staff member or representative of athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s athletics program (Bylaw 13.02.12) A student-athlete becomes a prospect when they start classes for the ninth grade, are provided an official visit, have an arranged in-person, off-campus encounter with an institutional staff member or received a phone call on more than one occasion from an institutional staff member. The NCAA requires that all coaches that will participate in off-campus recruiting must count toward the coaching staff limits and have been certified by passing the NCAA Recruiting Certification Exam. The number of permissible recruiters per sport are provided in NCAA Bylaw 11.7.4. The NCAA Certification Exam for recruitment off-campus must be passed on an annual basis by all permissible recruiters. The NCAA provides an outline and practice test to prepare for the exam. The current year exam certifies a coach through July 31 of that testing year regardless at what point throughout the academic year the coach was certified. Off-campus is also governed by sport specific recruiting calendars designed by the NCAA. The NCAA Recruiting Calendars are located at: http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/membership_svcs/recruiting_calendars/index.html
Recruiting Definitions: NCAA Bylaw 13.02.3: Contact A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect and/or the prospect’s parents or relatives and an institutional staff member or representatives of athletics interest during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange in greetings. Off-campus contacts shall not occur prior to July 1 following the prospect’s Junior year in high school with the exception for all sports (except in football) that one in-person off-campus contact may occur during April of the prospects Junior year and must occur on the high school campus. *Lehigh University Faculty and Staff may make contact with Prospects, but they must remain on-campus. NCAA Bylaw 13.02.6: Evaluation An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect, including any visit to a prospect’s high school during which no contact occurs, or the observation of a prospect participating in any practice or
competition at any site. It is necessary to receive prior approval from the high school executive officer before making an academic evaluation (not athletics). The following sports are limited to a specific number of evaluation days within a timeframe determined by the NCAA recruiting calendars: Football – 42 evaluation days, Men’s Basketball – 130 evaluation days, Women’s Basketball – 85 evaluation days, Softball – 50 evaluation days, Volleyball – 80 evaluation days.
Contact and evaluation limits: Football: May have six in-person, off-campus contacts per prospect at any site. Basketball: May have five opportunities for contacts or evaluations and no more than three of them can be contacts with not more than one occurring during the April contact period of the prospect’s Junior year. All Other Sports: May have seven recruiting opportunities for contacts and evaluations per prospect at any site and no more than three of these may be contacts.
Counting Evaluations: Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities. Outside of the academic year, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities. Contacts that occur with a prospect count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of the time period (e.g., academic year or outside the academic year). All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions. a) Tournament play – all contests observed count as one evaluation for all prospects participating (regardless of how often a recruiter observes a prospect play that day) b) Multi-Day Tournament play – for consecutive day tournaments, it counts as one evaluation unless the tournament is spread over several weekends c) Game play (team sports) – all prospects on the field are charged with an evaluation d) Game day (Individual Sports) – evaluations count for all prospects that are observed by a recruiter in practice or competition e) After signing of NLI or written letter of admissions/financial aid – there are unlimited evaluations f) Football evaluations during contact periods – evaluation counts as a contact g) Basketball multi-day tournaments – tournament counts as one evaluation but all days are counted towards total number of evaluation days allowed
h) Sports other than football – evaluations made at a contest or practice shall count only as one evaluation for all prospects involved even if contact is made that same day
Phone Calls: A phone call is considered as any direct human voice exchange that is electronically transferred. Any communication that does not involve voice interaction is considered general correspondence. Only Lehigh staff may make telephone calls to prospects. Volunteer and part-time staff may not make phone calls to prospects. Boosters or other representatives of athletics interest may not make phone calls to a prospect. If a prospect contacts the booster or representative of athletics interest, he/she may discuss Lehigh but not athletics. Any athletics discussion/questions must be directed to athletics department staff.
Telephone calls are also defined by the NCAA and mandated as follows: Football: May make one telephone call during the month of May of the prospect’s junior year. Telephone calls can be made once per week after September 1st (the beginning of the prospect’s senior year) outside of a contact period. During a contact period, the institution may make telephone calls at their own discretion. Basketball: May make one telephone call per month to a prospective studentathlete 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 two telephone calls per week to a prospective studentathlete beginning August 1 prior to the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school. An institution is permitted to make one telephone call per week to a two-year or four-year college prospective student-athlete. All other sports: May make phone calls once per week beginning July 1st after their Junior year.
Exceptions to the defined telephone rules are: a) Unlimited phone calls are allowed five days prior to an official visit on your campus b) Unlimited phone calls are allowed on the initial National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing date and two days after that date
c) Unlimited phone calls are allowed once a prospect signs an NLI or institution’s written offer of admissions and financial aid. d) Unlimited phone calls on the day of an in-person, off-campus contact e) In football only, unlimited phone calls 48 hours prior to the NLI signing and 48 hours after that date