-    NLI Signing Days

o   All Sports except MBB/WBB/FB- Nov. 14th -July 31st

o   MBB/WBB – Nov. 14th -Nov. 21st

o   FB- Dec. 19th


-    !Reminder! Check Dead Periods


o   Volunteer Coaches cannot recruit


-   All Contacts and Evaluations must be logged in ARMS by the 7th of each month. If a team does not log any contacts or evaluations for the year, your team may be audited.

o  Head Coaches remember you are responsible if your assistant coaches do not accurately log recruiting contacts/evals/unofficial/official visits.

o  Football: Remember to log phone calls by the 7th of each month


-  Unofficial visits

o   Must be logged in ARMS within 5 business days after the visit occurred.


-   Official visits

o   Must be submitted at least 7 business days before the visit and must be approved by compliance before the PSA may come to campus. Please remember the PSA and the Student Host must both sign acknowledgments.



The University of South Carolina was penalized by the Committee on Infractions for impermissible contacts and tryouts in football. The violations were a result of two assistant football coaches taking advantage of longstanding personal relationships they had with high school coaches. During the spring evaluation period, the assistant coaches went to an in-state high school to observe permissible football activities during physical education classes. The assistant coaches, however, asked the high school coach and his strength coach to pull certain prospects aside so they could participate in certain drills in which the rest of the class did not perform. The assistant coaches also briefly talked to the prospects (junior year) during the drills.


1. Recruiting legislation applies to any relationship a coach or staff member has with an external individual, and according to the COI, “NCAA legislation does not ‘bend’ for personal relationships.”

2. Coaches and staff are reminded to consult with the Compliance Office regarding any personal relationships with prospect coaches and relatives of prospects. The Compliance Office can help coaches and staff develop a plan to contemporaneously document communications and interactions with prospects and those associated with them.

3. This is another example of limited recruiting violations (only two impermissible tryouts and contacts over the course of a week) causing an institution to experience the COI process culminating in a Level II violation against the institution.

A student-athlete who is a 4-4 transfer and was academically ineligible when he or she left his last institution cannot receive athletics aid during the first year of enrollment at the next institution. Further, if the student takes a gap year or continues on at the previous institution, he or she still will not be permitted to receive athletics aid during the first year of enrollment at the next institution. Eligibility for Institutional Athletically Related Financial Aid. A transfer student from a four-year institution may receive institutional athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution only if he or she would have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term had the student-athlete remained at the previous institution. A student-athlete who transfers from a four-year institution to a two-year institution and then to the certifying institution shall complete at least one regular academic term of enrollment at the two-year institution to be eligible for institutional athletically related financial aid at the certifying institution. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/07, Revised: 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07


Use of a Scoreboard/Video Board to Display Audio/Video Materials to a Prospective Student-Athlete (I)

Division: I 
Date Published: October 22, 2018 
Item Ref: a 


The academic and membership affairs staff confirmed that an institution is permitted to use a scoreboard or video board to show a video to a prospective student-athlete visiting the institution, provided the video is not personalized to the prospective student-athlete (e.g., edited or unedited highlight video), is not created by an entity outside the institution and does not celebritize the prospective student-athlete's visit to campus.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (exception – after commitment), (video/audio materials), (material not created for recruiting purposes), (miscellaneous promotions), (activities during official visit), 13.7.4 (activities during unofficial visit), 13.10 (publicity), (prospective student-athlete's visit), staff interpretations (2/16/11, Item No. a, which has been archived) and (2/27/15, Item No. a)]

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