New NCAA regulations regarding Unofficial Visits, updated April, 2018
An Unofficial Visit is any visit by a perspective student-athlete and their parents to a college campus
paid for by the perspective student-athlete and their parents.
It is permissible for a student-athlete to take an unofficial visit starting September 1st of the
prospect's junior year of high school.
It is impermissible to take an unofficial visit before September 1st of your Junior year.
It is impermissible to take an unofficial visit during a dead period. During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with prospective student-athlete or their parents on or off campus.
Coaches may still write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.
The ONLY thing a prospective student-athlete may receive from the college on your unofficial visit is
three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest to any sport.
A prospective student-athlete may make as many unofficial visits as they would like as long as it is after September 1st of their junior year of high school.
New regulations regarding Official Visits, updated August, 2018
An official visit is any visit by a prospective student-athlete to a college campus paid for by the
The first visit may not be earlier than September 1st of the prospect's junior year in high school.
A prospect may only visit an institution one time when paid for by the institution.
A student-athlete may take a maximum of 5 expense-paid visits to Division I institutions. If there is a head coaching change at the school where the student-athlete has signed, the prospect
may have 1 additional expense-paid visit to that school.
The visit may not last longer than 48 hours (the clock starts when they arrive or when the prospect receives a sit-down meal and the clock stops when they depart from campus).
While on an official visit:
The institution CAN pay for the prospect's round-trip transportation to campus from any location.
The institution CAN reimburse automobile expenses at the same mileage rate it allows its own personnel.
The institution coach CAN pick up and drop off the prospective by automobile (starts the 48 hour clock).
The institution CAN provide transportation (i.e. rental car) to and from the airport.
The institution CANNOT pay for the individual expenses of anyone accompanying the prospect.
A maximum of 3 complimentary admissions CAN be given for a home event (nontraditional families are provided an additional 2 tickets).
The institution CAN provide 3 meals and 1 snack for the prospect and the parents or legal guardians.
The prospect CAN ONLY meet with current student-athletes, institutional employees, alumni and spouses.
The prospect CANNOT engage in any workout activities or tryouts.