June 17, 2014 - by

NCAA Information

The following information is provided by the
Florida State Office of Compliance for prospective student athletes.
It is intended as a guideline to introduce some of the rules governing
NCAA involvement

Only Florida State coaches who have successfully completed the NCAA
Recruiting Rules Examination on an annual basis may be involved in the
recruitment process. Representatives of our athletics interests may
not make any recruiting contacts. This includes letters, telephone calls
or face-to-face contact on or off campus with a prospect or the prospect’s

You become a prospective student-athlete if you have started classes
for the ninth grade. Before the ninth grade, you become a prospective
student-athlete if the college provides you (or your relatives or friends)
any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not provide
to prospective students generally.

A contact is any face-to-face encounter between
a prospect or the prospect’s legal guardian and an institutional staff
member or athletic representative during which any dialogue occurs in
excess of an exchange of greeting. NOTE: At the Division I level, athletic
representatives (boosters) may not contact you for the purpose of recruiting.
A college coach may contact you in person off the college campus beginning
July 1 after completion of your junior year in high school.

An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed
to access your academic qualifications or athletic ability, including
any visit to your high school (during which no contact occurs) or the
observation of any practice or competition in which you participate.
During your senior year, you can have one expense-paid official visit
to a particular campus. You may receive no more than five visits. During
your official visit, which may not exceed 48 hours, you may receive
round-trip transportation between your home and the campus, and you
(and your parents) may receive meals, lodging and complimentary admission
to campus athletics events.

Phone calls from faculty members and coaches (but not boosters) are
permitted beginning July 1 after completion of your junior year. A college
coach or faculty member is limited to one telephone call per week except
when it is:

  • During the five days immediately before your
    official visit to the university

  • On the day of a coach’s off-campus contact
    with you

  • During the time beginning with the initial
    National Letter of Intent signing date in your sport through the two
    days after signing date

Letters from coaches and faculty members (but not
boosters) are not permitted until September 1 at the beginning of your
junior year in high school. A Division I university may provide you with
the following printed materials:

  • General correspondence, including letters,
    U.S. Postal Service postcards and institutional note cards.

  • Game programs which may not include posters
    and one Student Athlete Handbook can be provided only during official
    or unofficial visits to the university’s campus.

  • NCAA educational information
  • Pre-enrollment information subsequent to signing
    a National Letter of Intent with the university.

  • One athletic publication which may include
    only one color of printing inside the covers

  • Official academic, admissions and student
    services publications published or videotapes produced by the institution
    and available to all students

  • Schedule cards
  • Questionnaires which may be provided prior
    to your junior year

  • Summer camp brochures which may be provided
    prior to your junior year.

You may forward information about prospective student-athletes to the
appropriate coaches.

You may have contact with a prospect regarding
permissible pre-enrollment activities such as summer employment, provided
the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent and the
Compliance Office is aware that you are making these contacts in regard
to employment.

You may have a telephone conversation with a
prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not
be prearranged by an institutional staff member and you are not permitted
to have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility.
You must refer any questions about our athletics programs to an athletics
department staff member/coach. You may view a prospect’s contest at
your own initiative provided you do not contact the prospect or his/her
parents. In addition, you may not contact a prospect’s coach, principal,
or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.

You may continue established family relationships
with friends and neighbors. Contacts with sons and daughters of these
families are permitted as long as they are not made for recruiting purposes
or encouraged by Florida State University coaches.

You may not become involved in making arrangements
to receive money or financial aid of any kind for a prospect or the
prospect’s family and friends. You may not make contact with a prospective
student-athlete and his/her parents when the prospect is on campus for
an official or unofficial recruiting visit. You may not transport, pay
or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect, and his/her
relatives or friends to visit campus (or elsewhere). You may not pay
or arrange for payment of summer camp registration fees for a prospect.

You may not provide anything to a prospect,
the prospect’s family or friends without prior approval from the athletics’
Compliance Office.

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