NCAA Recruiting Definitions

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This list was compiled from the 2014-15 NCAA Division 1 Manual under section 13.1 (Recruiting).

Business Day- A business day is any weekday that is not recognized as a national holiday, including
any weekday during which an institution is closed for other reasons (e.g., holiday break).

Diversified Sports Camp- A diversified sports camp is a camp that offers a balanced camping
experience, including participation in seasonal summer sports and recreational activities, without emphasis on
instruction, practice or competition in any particular sport.

Specialized Sports Camp- A specialized sports camp is a camp that places special emphasis on a
particular sport or sports and provides specialized instruction.

Competition Site- The “competition site” is the facility in which athletics competition is actually
conducted, including any dressing room or meeting facility used in conjunction with the competition.

Contact- A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective
student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative
during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter
that is prearranged (e.g., staff member positions himself or herself in a location where contact is possible) or that
takes place on the grounds of the prospective student-athlete’s educational institution or at the site of organized
competition or practice involving the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s high school,
preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of whether any
conversation occurs. However, an institutional staff member or athletics representative who is approached by a
prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardians at any location
shall not use a contact, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the staff member or athletics representative does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.
Evaluation Activities During Contact Period—Football. [FBS/FCS] In football, a visit to a
prospective student-athlete’s high school, preparatory school or two-year college, or an evaluation at any site that
occurs during a contact period shall constitute a contact (for all prospective student-athletes in that sport at the
educational institution) for that particular week even if no contact is made with a prospective student-athlete.

Contact Period- A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics
department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
Evaluation Period- An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized
athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall
be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
Recruiting Period—Men’s Basketball. In men’s basketball, a recruiting period is a period of
time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus
recruiting contacts and evaluations.
Quiet Period- A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting
contacts only on the institution’s campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may
be made during the quiet period.
Dead Period- A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting
contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective
student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective
student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 13.7.2.5 for a prospective
student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may
not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance,
except as provided in Bylaw 13.1.8.1, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution.
It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student athlete during a dead period.
Exception—Women’s Volleyball. In women’s volleyball, an institutional coaching staff
member may have incidental contact with a two-year college prospective student-athlete who is attending
and being honored at the annual American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awards banquet, provided
no recruiting conversation occurs.

Exception—Official or Unofficial Visit During Dead Period After Commitment. A
prospective student-athlete is permitted to make an official or unofficial visit during a dead period after one
of the following events occurs:
(a) The prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written
offer of admission and/or financial aid; or
(b) The institution receives a financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.

Enrolled Student-Athlete. An enrolled student-athlete is an individual whose enrollment was
solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of athletics interests with a view toward the
student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics
department.
Evaluation- Evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or
athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete’s educational
institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in
any practice or competition at any site.

Exception—Football. In football, any evaluation that occurs during a contact period by a coaching
staff member is a countable contact per Bylaw 13.02.4.1 rather than a countable evaluation.
Evaluation Days—(Football, Softball, Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Sand Volleyball).
An evaluation day is defined as one coach engaged in the evaluation of any prospective student-athlete
on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight). Two coaches making evaluations on the same day shall use two evaluation
days. See Bylaws 13.1.7.9.3, 13.1.7.11, 13.1.7.12 and 13.1.7.13.
Recruiting -Person Days—(Men’s Basketball). In men’s basketball, a recruiting-person day is
defined as one coach engaged in an off-campus recruiting activity of a men’s basketball prospective student-athlete,
including a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (or the institution’s written offer
of admission and/or financial aid), on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight); two coaches engaged in recruiting
activities on the same day shall use two recruiting-person days. Men’s basketball staff members shall not exceed
130 recruiting-person days during the academic year.
Tournament Application. Each day of a tournament or tier of a tournament in which a coach
engages in off-campus evaluation activity shall count as a separate recruiting-person day. (Adopted: 12/12/06)

Recruiting-Person Days—(Women’s Basketball). In women’s basketball, a recruiting-person
day is defined as one coach engaged in an off-campus recruiting activity of a women’s basketball prospective
student-athlete, including a prospective student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent (or the institution’swritten offer of admission and/or financial aid), on one day (12:01 a.m. to midnight); two coaches engagedin recruiting activities on the same day shall use two recruiting-person days. Women’s basketball staff members shall not exceed 112 recruiting-person days during the academic year.
Tournament Application. Each day of a tournament or tier of a tournament in which a coach
engages in off-campus evaluation activity shall count as a separate recruiting person day.

Home. In general, a prospective student-athlete’s “home” is the prospective student-athlete’s legal
residence, or the community of the educational institution in which the prospective student-athlete is enrolled
while residing there.
National Letter of Intent. The National Letter of Intent referred to in this bylaw is the official
document administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association and used by subscribing member institutions
to establish the commitment of a prospective student-athlete to attend a particular institution.
Prospective Student-Athlete. A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes
for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective
student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial
assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual
remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):
(a) The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes
in any term of a four-year collegiate institution’s regular academic year (excluding summer);
(b) The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that
occurs before the beginning of any term;
(c) The individual officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during the certifying institution’s summer term
prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution; or
(d) The individual reports to an institutional orientation session that is open to all incoming students within 14
calendar days prior to the opening day of classes of a regular academic year term.
Exception—After Commitment. After an individual has signed a National Letter of Intent
or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or after the institution has received his or her
financial deposit in response to its offer of admission, the individual shall no longer be subject to the restrictions
of Bylaw 13.1. The individual remains a prospective student-athlete for purposes of applying the remaining provisionsof Bylaw 13 and other bylaws.

Recruiting- Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospective student-athlete or a prospective studentathlete’s
relatives (or legal guardians) by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s
athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospective student-athlete’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete- Actions by staff members or athletics representatives
that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a recruited prospective student-athlete at that institution
are:
(a) Providing the prospective student-athlete with an official visit;
(b) Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the prospective student-athlete or the prospective
student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardians;
(c) Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with the prospective student-athlete, the prospective student athlete’srelatives or legal guardians on more than one occasion for the purpose of recruitment; or
(d) Issuing a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of athletically related financial aid to
the prospective student-athlete. Issuing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospective
student-athlete to attend a summer session prior to full-time enrollment does not cause the prospective
student-athlete to become recruited.
Representative of Athletics Interests. A “representative of the institution’s athletics interests”
is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution’s executive or athletics
administration to:
(a) Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution’s intercollegiate
athletics program;

(b) Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that
institution;
(c) Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
(d) Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
(e) Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.
Duration of Status- Once an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization
is identified as such a representative, the person, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization
retains that identity indefinitely.
Telephone Calls- All electronically transmitted human voice exchange (including videoconferencing
and videophones) shall be considered telephone calls.
Official Visit- An official visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete is a visit
financed in whole or in part by the member institution.
Unofficial Visit- An unofficial visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete is
a visit made at the prospective student-athlete’s own expense. The provision of any expenses or entertainment
valued at more than $100 by the institution or representatives of its athletics interests shall require the visit to
become an official visit, except as permitted in Bylaws 13.5 and 13.7.

Individual Associated with a Prospective Student-Athlete— (Men’s Basketball). In
men’s basketball, an individual associated with a prospective student-athlete is any person who maintains (or
directs others to maintain) contact with the prospective student-athlete, the prospective student-athlete’s relatives
or legal guardians, or coaches at any point during the prospective student-athlete’s participation in basketball, and
whose contact is directly or indirectly related to either the prospective student-athlete’s athletic skills and abilities
or the prospective student-athlete’s recruitment by or enrollment in an NCAA institution. This definition includes,
but is not limited to, parents, legal guardians, handlers, personal trainers and coaches. An individual who
meets this definition retains such status during the enrollment of the prospective student-athlete at the institution.

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AK Ikwuakor (“Coach AK”) is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Performance Specialist, and NCAA Certified College Recruiting Coach, and former 4x All-American Division 1 Collegiate Athlete that uses his talents to inspire others domestically and internationally through speaking engagements, philanthropy, clinics, consulting and athletic performance training. Coach AK has worked with over 1000 athletes all over the world and is the founder of Empower 2 Play.

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