Information for Prospective Student-Athletes & Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is Considered a Prospective Student-Athlete?

You become a prospective student-athlete when:

  • You begin ninth-grade classes; or
  • Before your ninth-grade year, a college gives you, your parents or friends any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide generally.
  • In mens basektball only: a prospective student has started classes in the 7th grade.
2. What is Considered an Official Visit?

An official visit is a visit to an institution financed in whole or in part by the institution. The institution may pay the following expenses:

  • Your transportation to and from the college;
  • Room and meals (three per day) while you visit the college; and
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions into a home athletics contest.
  • Before a college may invite you for an official visit, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and provide the college with a copy of your high-school transcript.
  • Registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
3. What is Considered an Unofficial Visit?

Any visit to a college not paid for by the college.

4. What is Considered a Recruiting Contact?

A recruiting contact occurs any time a coach has face-to-face contact with you or your parents (or legal guardians) off the college campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents (or legal guardians) at your high school or any location where you are competing or practicing

5. What is Considered a Recruiting Evaluation?

An evaluation is an activity by which a coach measures your academic or athletic ability. This would include visiting your high school or watching you practice or compete.

6. When is the First Opportunity a UVA Coach May Initiate Communication with a Prospective Student-Athlete?

Recruiting Materials & Electronic Correspondence (e.g., email, text messages, direct message, instant message, etc. )

In sports other than men's basketball, a NCAA member institution may not provide recruiting materials to a prospective student-athlete until September 1 at the beginning of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.

In men's basketball, an institution may not provide recruiting materials to a prospective student-athlete until June 15 at the conclusion of the prospective student-athlete's sophomore year in high school. Electronic correspondence must be private between only the sender and the recipient.

Telephone Calls:

In sports other than football, swimming/diving, and men's basketball, telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardian(s)] may not be made before September 1 of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.

In swimming and diving, telephone calls to an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school or the opening day of classes of his or her senior year in high school (as designated by the high school), whichever is earlier.

In football, one telephone call to an individual (or the individual's relatives or legal guardians) may be made from April 15 through May 31 of the individual's junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls to an individual (or the individual's relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before September 1 of the beginning of the individual's senior year in high school. Thereafter, such telephone contact is limited to once per week outside a contact period, but may be made at the institution's discretion during a contact period.

In men's basketball, telephone calls to an individual (or the individual's relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before June 15 at the conclusion of the individual's sophomore year in high school. If an individual attends an educational institution that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., Southern Hemisphere), telephone calls to the individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be made before the day after the conclusion of the individual's sophomore year in high school. Thereafter, an institution may make telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete at its discretion.

Additional restrictions for women's basketball - In women's basketball, during the July evaluation periods, all communication with a prospective student-athlete, the prospective student-athlete's relatives or legal guardians, the prospective student-athlete's coach or any individual associated with the prospective student-athlete as a result of the prospective student-athlete's participation in basketball, directly or indirectly, is prohibited.

7. When May a Prospective Student-Athlete or Their Parent Call a UVA Coach?

A prospective student-athlete or their parent may call and talk to UVA coach at any time. If a prospective student-athlete leaves a message with an UVA coach, the coach may not be able to return the call. Please note the telephone call restrictions in question #6.