University of Florida Compliance
Recruitment of Prospective Student-Athletes
A prospective student-athlete is defined by the NCAA as any person who has begun classes for the ninth grade.
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend the University of Florida.
The prospective student-athlete remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for regular term (fall or spring).
Contact with Prospective Student-Athletes
All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional coaches or staff members. A coach is not permitted to recruit off-campus until he or she has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable recruiting rules.
A contact is defined as any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) during which time any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. Boosters are prohibited from contacting a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) to encourage the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Florida.
Legislation specifically prohibits:
- Any contact with a prospect at any time whether in person, by mail or by telephone;
- Any contact with a prospect's coach, principal or counselor to gain information that would assist in evaluating the prospect either athletically or academically, including visiting the prospect's educational institution to pick up film or transcripts;
- Any involvement, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving any financial aid or other benefits to a prospect or his/her family, relatives or friends (such as gifts, awards, loans, employment, transportation, free or reduced rent or housing, etc.);
- Providing entertainment during the prospect’s official visit.
- Sending anything to a prospect including letters, cards, newspaper clippings, game programs, post cards, e-mails, etc. (the type of materials that may be sent and who may distribute such materials is strictly regulated by the NCAA);
- Any contact with enrolled student-athletes at other four-year colleges or universities for the purpose of exploring their interest in transferring to the University of Florida. If a student-athlete enrolled at another institution contacts you, do not discuss the possibility of transferring with the athlete. Immediately tell the athlete to contact a University of Florida Compliance Department staff member.
Limited contact is permissible, such as:
- Contacts made with a prospect who is an established family friend, relative or neighbor so long as the contact is not arranged by a University of Florida staff member and is not made for recruiting purposes;
- An unavoidable, incidental contact with a prospect provided recruiting does not take place, only normal civility is involved and the contact is not pre-arranged;
- Casual contacts at University of Florida athletic events, if incidental; Contacts about summer employment only after the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or, in the case of a junior college prospect, only after the prospect has graduated or officially left the junior college;
- Contact involved in a normal working relationship (i.e., booster who is a doctor or dentist who treats a prospect professionally) provided no recruiting is involved;
- Viewing a prospect's game at your own initiative (must not involve contact with the prospect).