The mission and goals of the San Diego County Junior Golf Association are not necessarily predicated on producing Division I college golfers. This association prides itself in developing young players into model citizens with core values in respect and integrity. However, we do understand the desire of many of our members to play college golf. This is a summary of the basic rules of recruiting for NCAA athletes.
We must clarify that the SDJGA is in no way associated with the NCAA. If you have any recruiting questions please call the NCAA directly at (317) 917-6222 or visit their website at ncaa.org and request a copy of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete free of charge.
Rules for Recruiting
When you start ninth-grade classes, you become a “prospective student-athlete.” You become a “recruited prospective student-athlete” at a particular college if any coach or representative of the college’s athletics interests (booster or representative) contacts you (or your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college. Activities by coaches or boosters that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:
- Providing you with an official visit
- Making more than one phone call to you or your family
- Visiting you or a member of your family anywhere other than the college campus
No alumni, boosters or representatives of a college’s athletics interests can be involved in your recruiting. You (or your family) may not receive any benefits such as cash, clothing, cars, improper expenses, transportation, gifts or loans to encourage you to sign a National Letter of Intent or attend an NCAA college. Letters from coaches, faculty members and students are not allowed until September 1 at the beginning of your junior year of high school.
At the beginning of your junior year, you should sign up for the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse, which are minimum requirements to participate in Division I and II athletics. For registration materials, contact your high school guidance counselor or call the NCAA at (319) 337-1492.
Phone calls from faculty members and coaches are not permitted until July 1 after the completion of your junior year. After this, a college coach or faculty member may call you (or your parents/legal guardians) once a week. You (or your parents) may call a coach at your expense at any time. Coaches may also accept collect calls from you and may use a toll-free number to receive telephone calls from you on or after July 1 after completion of your junior year.
A college coach may contact you in person off the college campus no more than three times on or after July 1 of your junior year. Any face-to-face meeting between a college coach and you or your parents, during which any of you say more than “hello” is a contact. Also, any face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or that occurs at your high school, competition or practice site is a contact, regardless of the conversation. Coaches may not contact you off the college campus more than three times. A college coach may visit your high school (with the approval of your high school principal) only once a week during a contact period.
An evaluation is any off-campus activity used to assess your academic qualifications or athletics ability, including a visit to your high school (during which no contact occurs) or watching you practice or compete at any site. Institutions have seven permissible recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations) during the academic year, and not more than three of the seven opportunities may be in-person, off-campus contacts. Once you sign a National Letter of Intent, you may be evaluated an unlimited number of times by the college with which you have signed.
During your senior year, you can have one expense-paid (official) visit per college. You may receive no more than five such visits. You cannot have an official visit unless you have provided the college your high school academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, an SAT, a PACT or an ACT taken on a national test date under national testing conditions.
National Letter of Intent
A National Letter of Intent is an agreement signed by the prospective student-athlete, parent or legal guardian and the athletic director. The agreement states that the institution agrees to provide the prospective student-athlete, who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules, athletic aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospect’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. Also, other institutions agree not to recruit a prospective student-athlete once he/she signs a NLI. The prospective student-athlete will no longer receive recruiting calls and is ensured an athletic scholarship for one academic year once the NLI is signed.