NCAA Information

The following information is provided by the Florida State Office of Compliance for prospective student athletes. It is intended as a guideline to introduce some of the rules governing NCAA involvement

Only Florida State coaches who have successfully completed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Examination on an annual basis may be involved in the recruitment process. Representatives of our athletics interests may not make any recruiting contacts. This includes letters, telephone calls or face-to-face contact on or off campus with a prospect or the prospect's parents.

You become a prospective student-athlete if you have started classes for the ninth grade. Before the ninth grade, you become a prospective student-athlete if the college provides you (or your relatives or friends) any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide to prospective students generally.

A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's legal guardian and an institutional staff member or athletic representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of greeting. NOTE: At the Division I level, athletic representatives (boosters) may not contact you for the purpose of recruiting. A college coach may contact you in person off the college campus beginning July 1 after completion of your junior year in high school.

An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to access your academic qualifications or athletic ability, including any visit to your high school (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of any practice or competition in which you participate. During your senior year, you can have one expense-paid official visit to a particular campus. You may receive no more than five visits. During your official visit, which may not exceed 48 hours, you may receive round-trip transportation between your home and the campus, and you (and your parents) may receive meals, lodging and complimentary admission to campus athletics events.

Phone calls from faculty members and coaches (but not boosters) are permitted beginning July 1 after completion of your junior year. A college coach or faculty member is limited to one telephone call per week except when it is:

  • During the five days immediately before your official visit to the university
  • On the day of a coach's off-campus contact with you
  • During the time beginning with the initial National Letter of Intent signing date in your sport through the two days after signing date
Letters from coaches and faculty members (but not boosters) are not permitted until September 1 at the beginning of your junior year in high school. A Division I university may provide you with the following printed materials:
  • General correspondence, including letters, U.S. Postal Service postcards and institutional note cards.
  • Game programs which may not include posters and one Student Athlete Handbook can be provided only during official or unofficial visits to the university's campus.
  • NCAA educational information
  • Pre-enrollment information subsequent to signing a National Letter of Intent with the university.
  • One athletic publication which may include only one color of printing inside the covers
  • Official academic, admissions and student services publications published or videotapes produced by the institution and available to all students
  • Schedule cards
  • Questionnaires which may be provided prior to your junior year
  • Summer camp brochures which may be provided prior to your junior year.

You may forward information about prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coaches.

You may have contact with a prospect regarding permissible pre-enrollment activities such as summer employment, provided the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent and the Compliance Office is aware that you are making these contacts in regard to employment.

You may have a telephone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be prearranged by an institutional staff member and you are not permitted to have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility. You must refer any questions about our athletics programs to an athletics department staff member/coach. You may view a prospect's contest at your own initiative provided you do not contact the prospect or his/her parents. In addition, you may not contact a prospect's coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.

You may continue established family relationships with friends and neighbors. Contacts with sons and daughters of these families are permitted as long as they are not made for recruiting purposes or encouraged by Florida State University coaches.

You may not become involved in making arrangements to receive money or financial aid of any kind for a prospect or the prospect's family and friends. You may not make contact with a prospective student-athlete and his/her parents when the prospect is on campus for an official or unofficial recruiting visit. You may not transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect, and his/her relatives or friends to visit campus (or elsewhere). You may not pay or arrange for payment of summer camp registration fees for a prospect.

You may not provide anything to a prospect, the prospect's family or friends without prior approval from the athletics' Compliance Office.


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