Learn More: NCAA Division I Rules & Regulations

October 9th 2019

With the Addition of Ileana Moschos to TTi Soccer staff as our College Process Manager www.ttisoccer.com/news we will have A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

In the meantime are you interested in knowing how to play Division I Soccer? Below are some of the new rules for NCAA I as well a question and answer!

To assist prospective student-athletes, families, and college soccer coaches in making informed and timely decisions on college selection, the NCAA adopted the following recruiting rules. Also, following the rule outline is a listing of Frequently Asked Questions and Responses that is an excellent resource for use in the recruiting process. 

 Recruiting Materials and Electronic Correspondence – A school may provide recruiting materials June 15 after a prospect’s sophomore year. 

 Telephone Calls To Division I Soccer Coaches From A Prospective Student-Athlete—Coaches or school representatives may receive phone calls from prospects beginning June 15 after the sophomore year.

 Telephone Calls To A Prospective Student-Athlete From Division I College Soccer Coaches—Coaches or school representatives may place phone calls to prospects beginning June 15 after the sophomore year. 

 Time Period for Off-Campus Contacts -- Coaches may make off-campus recruiting contacts with prospectsbeginning August 1 prior to thejunior year.

 Official/Expense Paid Campus Visits - A prospect may be provided an expense-paid campus visit beginning August 1 prior to the junior year. 

 Unofficial Campus Visits - An unofficial visit with athletics department involvement may occur beginning August 1 prior to the junior year.

 Oral Offer of Aid -- Athletics department staff members may, directly or indirectly, provide oral offers of athletically related financial aid, other institutional financial aid, admission to the institution or as a member of an intercollegiate team beginning June 15 prior to the junior year.

 Camps and Clinics Recruiting Conversations -- Recruiting conversations with prospects during an institutional camp or clinic are permitted beginning August 1 prior to the junior year.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers Pertaining To Recruiting Rules:

Question No. 1: What can a coach say if a prospect initiates a call or contact prior to June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: The coach may not have recruiting conversations, but can confirm the prospects age, explain the recruiting rules and then must end the communication.

Question No. 2: During a camp or clinic, may a coach have recruiting conversations with a prospect prior to June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: No.

Question No. 3: During a camp or clinic, may a coach provide a campus tour to a prospect prior to June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: Yes. A campus tour would be permissible; however, no recruiting conversations may occur. 

Question No. 4: During a camp or clinic, may a coach provide prospects with information about the recruiting process and the student-athlete experience prior to June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: Yes. A general information presentation is permissible with no specifics about the institution or recruiting conversations. 

Question No. 5: May a coach send recruiting messages through a prospect’s high school or club coach or another third party?

Answer: No. Coaches can’t send direct or indirect messages through third parties when they are not allowed to communicate with prospects. 

Question No. 6: May a coach have evaluation conversations (e.g., regarding athletics ability)

with a prospect’s high school and or club coach before June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: Yes. But the conversations should not be used to indirectly send recruiting messages (e.g.,

verbal offer of aid) to a prospect.

Examples of permissible evaluation conversation topics with a high school and or club coach:

• High school and or club coach's evaluation of the prospect's academics, athletic skills, speed, agility, personality, character, work ethic, coachability, etc.

• Institution's coach expression of general interest in the prospect (e.g., we areinterested in [name]).

Examples of impermissible evaluation conversation topics with a high school and or club coach:

• Confirming if the prospect is on institution's recruiting list, including their ranking on that list (e.g., "prospect is on our A-list/B-List", "prospec is a top [#] prospect for us", "prospect is our top goalie prospect", etc.).

• Institution's coach providing an evaluation of the prospect to the high school and or club coach.

• Requesting the high school and or club coach tell the prospect to:

o  Send transcripts, report cards and or scores to the college coach and/or staff;

o  Attend a camp where their college coach and/or staff will be present.

• Asking if the prospect is interested in the school, including the level of interest.

• Any discussion with high school and or club coach of potential financial aid or athletic scholarship


• Setting up future phone calls or visits for the prospect.

Question No. 7: May a college coach have an evaluation conversation with a high school and or club coach

with the prospect listening to the conversation?

Answer: No. This would be circumvention of the recruiting rule prohibiting contact with a prospect or others prior to June 15 after the sophomore year.

Question No. 8: May a coach ask a high school and or club coach to inform their team of recruiting legislation?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 9: Are coaches permitted to make calls related to camps and clinics logistics

before June 15 after the sophomore year?

Answer: Yes. The calls must be limited to camp logistics and may not include recruiting content.

Question No. 10: May a younger sibling (a prospect) accompany an older sibling on an unofficial or official visit?

Answer: Yes, provided no recruiting conversation occurs with the younger sibling.



Lee Cullip