Official or un-official visit and other softball recruiting rules

Well I could just explain the difference but it is necessary to inform you about some other recruiting rules to put it all in perspective. The recruiting rules softball coaches and colleges have to follow differ from the NCAA, NAIA and the NJCAA. So we will briefly explain and provide links you should know about and check out.  Remember softball athletes and parents must talk about all these web pages to increase effectiveness.

NCAA recruiting rules

What is a contact?
A contact occurs any time a college softball coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus.

What is a contact period?
During a contact period a college softball coach may have face-to-face contact with you or your parents, watch you compete and visit your high school, and write or telephone you or your parents.

What is an evaluation period?
A time a college softball coach may watch you compete, visit your high school, and telephone or write you or your parents. However, a college softball coach may not have face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?
During a quiet period a college softball coach may not have face-to-face contact with you or your parents, and may not watch you compete or visit your high school. Coaches may write or telephone you or your parents during this time.

What is a dead period?
During a dead period a college softball coach may not have face-to-face contact with you or your parents, and may not watch you compete or visit your high school. Coaches may write and telephone you or your parents during a dead period.

Official visit - During high school
Any visit to a softball college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. You may take a maximum of five expense-paid visits, only one is permitted to any single college. The college may pay (ask each college) all or some of the following expenses:

  1. Your transportation to and from the college;
  2. Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college; and
  3. Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home game / event..

Official visit - After high school

After October 15 following the your completion of high school, you may receive an additional five official visits.

  1. If you are a non-qualifier enrolled at a two year college may not be provided an official visit until you has completed one academic year at the two-year softball college.
  2. You while attending a four-year college may not be provided an official visit until you have received permission to contact from your original college.

Un-Official visit - You may take an unlimited number of unofficial visits (except during dead periods)  to an softball institution. Any visit by you and your parents to a college campus is paid for by you or your parents. The only thing you can receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home game or event. Unofficial visits may be taken at any time.

The only time you can't talk with a softball coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period.

Student athlete NCAA Resources http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/resources

NAIA Recruiting Rules

NAIA recruiting rules differ from the NCAA and the NJCAA. Read the NAIA_GuidefortheCollegeBoundStudent.pdf  http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205327424

NCAA / NAIA / NJCAA eligibility requirements and registration

For NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA eligibility requirements and registration links click here. Rules change from time to time so it's best to verify for your self. A good idea as it will bring other topics to the forefront as well.

National Letter of Intent (NLI)

Signing an National Letter of Intent (NLI) for softball ends the recruiting process. NCAA Participating schools are prohibited from recruiting softball athletes who have already signed with other schools.

However, a athlete who signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school they signed with. Important Note: If you sign a National Letter of Intent with one school but attend a different school, you will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at your new school before you become eligible to compete.

When you talk to a coach

  1. Question a coach may ask.
  2. Question to ask coaches

Think like a softball college coach™ topic! What would you do?
If you were a college coach you have to follow recruiting rules and can't recruit anyone that doesn't follow the eligibility requirement and recruiting rules as well.
Athletes, cover all your bases, athletically and academically. Parents, you can be a big help now.

    Again, print, share and discuss between parents and athlete! Use the information to plan your recruiting strategy.


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