As a recruiter, I run across a lot of players and parents that aren’t aware of the recruiting rules coaches have to follow based on the NCAA rules. That’s really no surprise because the manual that coaches have to follow looks like a phone book! Some of the rules that I’m referring to are things like: when can a coach call you on the phone; when can a coach email you; can a coach text message you; why didn’t that coach speak to you at the tournament last weekend when you walked right by him? These are just a few situations that come up quite often, but there are plenty of others that you might have questions about too.
If you really want to learn the rules you should go right to the source, the NCAA DI Coaches Manual. There is a lot more info in there than you will probably need, but it’s a good resource to have if you have any questions. In particular, chapter 13 (Recruiting), is where you will need to look for most of the issues that deal with PSAs (Prospective Student Athletes).
The best part is that it’s free to download! I think it’s a good idea for players, parents, and summer ball/HS coaches to be familiar with the rules. I would recommend downloading it and saving it for a later date because you may not have any questions now, but they will more than likely arise as you get deeper into the recruiting process.
I hope you find this useful and that it helps you better understand the rules that coaches must follow throughout the recruiting process!
Follow this link to the NCAA DI Coaches Manual 2016-2017.