During this academic year, D-I athletic programs may award athletic scholarships for more than one year. Up until then, athletic scholarships are valid for one year only.
What costs are covered on an official visit?
The school can cover the cost of transportation to and from the campus, plus room and board (three meals per day) during your visit. If you get a ride to campus from a family member, you can be reimbursed for mileage. If your coach drives you, he or she cannot be reimbursed.
The NCAA also allows schools to pay "reasonable entertainment expenses," including three passes to a game. "Reasonable snacks" are covered as well—and it’s literally written in the rule that hamburgers and pizza are approved.
I made a verbal commitment but changed my mind. Am I stuck?
Not at all. Despite misleading media coverage of verbal commitments, they remain non-binding. According to ncaa.org, you can announce one at any time, but you do not have to honor it if you change your mind.
Coach keeps texting me. Is that cool?
No, it’s not. The NCAA recently enacted a rule prohibiting college coaches from texting recruits. They’re allowed to email you, and they can send messages on Facebook or Twitter, but they cannot text.
Can I run on the field with the team during a visit?
Absolutely not. On an official visit, you can get complimentary admissions to home athletic events, but you can only sit in general seating. No special seating, press box or sitting on the bench. And you can’t attend playoff games.
Can a college coach watch me train?
Again, no. Any kind of workout organized by a college coach or trainer is prohibited. During the academic year, schools are not allowed to put on clinics, camps or workshops where recruits train or compete together.
Can I receive swag from a school when I visit?
Definitely not. You cannot accept clothing, equipment or cash (obviously) while you’re being recruited, unless such items are being offered to the entire student body.
What is allowed and not allowed during a quiet period?
Colleges may not talk to recruits or their parents in person away from campus. They also cannot watch a prospect play. But they can call you, and a recruit may visit a campus during the quiet period.
My dream school gave me a jersey with my name on it. Is that cool?
No, it’s not. You cannot accept "personalized recruiting aids" on visits. That goes for jerseys, scoreboard messages or signage—in the locker room, coach’s office or the team weight room.
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5 – Number of official visits each recruit may take