What is recruitment in collegiate sports?

Recruitment is the solicitation of a prospective student-athlete to attend a particular institution. There are strict rules and guidelines surrounding recruitment and each governing body and Division has different allowances for what is allowed.

How Do Colleges Recruit Athletes?

College coaches generally follow specific steps through their collegiate athletic recruiting process. Knowing these steps will help potential recruits understand where they are in the recruiting process and what still needs to occur going forward. These steps include:

  1. Gather a list of prospective athletes
  2. Send out recruiting letters, questionnaires, and camp invites
  3. Conduct evaluations
  4. Extend verbal offers and scholarships
  5. Sign athletes

How do you get recruited for college sports?

Start the recruiting process early. Many recruiting firms encourage students to start the process sooner rather than later. Reach out to coaches first. Be all in if you want to be all in. Keep your grades up and be a team leader. Don’t get discouraged.

What GPA do you need to play college sports?

Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses. Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible.

How early can colleges recruit athletes?

Coaches can’t contact recruits until June 15 after their sophomore year. However, student-athletes can initiate contact with coaches at any time.

What is a verbal commitment?

A verbal commitment happens when a college-bound student-athlete verbally agrees to play sports for a college before he or she signs or is eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent. The commitment is not binding on the student-athlete or the school and can be made at any time.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

When a student-athlete officially commits to attend a Division I or II college, he or she signs a National Letter of Intent, agreeing to attend that school for one academic year.

What is a Division III Celebratory Signing Form?

Division III institutions are permitted to use a standard, NCAA provided, non-binding celebratory signing form. A college-bound student-athlete is permitted to sign the celebratory signing form at any point, including high school signing events, after the student-athlete has been accepted to the institution. Institutions should keep in mind, however, that they are not permitted to publicize a student-athlete’s commitment to the institution until the student-athlete has submitted a financial deposit (Bylaw 13.10.7).

What is the recruiting calendar?

NCAA member schools limit recruiting to certain periods during the year. Recruiting calendars promote the well-being of college-bound student-athletes and ensure fairness among schools by defining certain periods during the year in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport. During a contact period, a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. During an evaluation period, a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period. During a quiet period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time. During a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What are recruiting campus visits?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by student-athletes or their parents are considered unofficial visits. During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the student-athlete, lodging and three meals per day for the student-athlete and his or her parents or guardians, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event. The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

 


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What does RARA stand for?

RARA is an acronym created by the NCAA that stands for Required Athletically Related Activities. Within the NCAA’s Division I autonomy structure, Required Athletically Related Activities are ones that include any activities, including those that are countable in the daily and weekly limitations, that are required of a student-athlete.

Examples of Required Athletically Related Activities include, but are not limited to, compliance meetings, organized team promotional activities, recruiting activities, including student host duties, media activities, fundraising events, community service events, team-building activities and travel to and from away from home competitions.

Per NCAA rules, Required Athletically Related Activities may not occur during a student-athlete’s designated “off day”, and are prohibited during a continuous eight-hour period between the hours of 9pm and 6am. RARA activities are also prohibited during the seven-day period beginning the day after a student-athlete’s or team’s last contest or date of competition of the championship segment, or the day after the declared championship segment of the playing season concludes.