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Eligibility and Recruiting
This section provides information for student-athletes and coaches on recruiting rules and regulations. It includes links to convenient sport-specific calendars as well as definitions of key recruiting-related terminology. Also included is a guide for student-athletes interested in transferring to another college or university.
NCAA Eligiblity Center (formerly the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse)
All high school athletes wishing to compete in college at a Division I or Division II institution must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Information about the eligibility center can be found in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. The NCAA national office does not handle initial eligibility certifications. Please do not contact the NCAA national office with inquiries regarding an individual's initial eligibility status, including whether transcripts, student release forms, etc., were received or about when you will be cleared. The NCAA Eligibility Center maintains and processes all of the initial-eligibility certifications.
Frequently-Asked Questions on Recruiting Definitions
Contact period - permissible for authorized athletic department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
Dead period - not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on- or off-campus or permit official or unofficial visits.
Evaluation period - permissible for authorized athletics department staff to be involved in off-campus activities to assess academic qualifications and playing abililties. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect are permitted.
Quiet period - permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus.
Detailed information about recruiting is available in the online edition of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
The most-important NCAA publication designed to help high school athletes and their families understand the NCAA rules for becoming a student-athlete in college.