The Legends Junior Tour is committed to establishing a professional, competitive environment where the country’s best junior players can develop and demonstrate their skills. Along with this, we want to provide innovative resources and services to junior golfers in search of college scholarships. Junior golfers should be aware of the NCAA’s strict rules, so the following information is intended to help assist players and parents in this process.
RULES OF RECRUITING
The following tips about the Division I recruiting process can be found on the NCAA’s Web site, www.ncaa.org.
When you start ninth-grade classes, you become a “prospective student-athlete.”
You become a “recruited prospective student-athlete” at a particular college if any coach or representative of the college’s athletics interests (booster or representative) contacts you (or any member of your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college. Activities by coaches or boosters that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:
- Providing you with an official visit;
- Placing more than one telephone call to you or any other member of your family; or
- Visiting you or any other member of your family anywhere other than the college campus.
No alumni, boosters or representatives of a college’s athletics interests can be involved in your recruiting.
You (or your family) may not receive any benefit, inducement or arrangement such as cash, clothing, cars, improper expenses, transportation, gifts or loans to encourage you to sign a National Letter of Intent or attend an NCAA college.
Letters from coaches, faculty members and students are not allowed until June 15 of their sophomore year of high school (summer between sophomore and junior years).
- Phone calls from faculty members and coaches are not permitted until June 15 of your sophomore year (summer between sophomore and junior years). After this, a college coach or faculty member may call, text or email you (or your parents/legal guardians) as often as they would like.
- Phone calls between you (or your parents) and a coach may begin after June 15 of your sophomore year (summer between sophomore and junior years).
- A college coach may contact you in person, off the college campus, no more than three times on or after August 1 of your junior year (summer between sophomore and junior years). Any face-to-face meeting between a college coach and you or your parents, during which any of you say more than “hello” is a contact. Also, any face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or that occurs at your high school, competition or practice site is a contact, regardless of the conversation.
- Coaches may not contact you off the college campus more than three times. A college coach may visit your high school (with the approval of your high school principal) only once a week during a contact period.
- An evaluation is any off-campus activity used to assess your academic qualifications or athletics ability, including a visit to your high school (during which no contact occurs) or watching you practice or compete at any site.
- Institutions have seven permissible recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations) during the academic year, and not more than three of the seven opportunities may be in-person, off-campus contacts.
- Once you sign a National Letter of Intent, you may be evaluated an unlimited number of times by the college with which you have signed.
- Programs are limited to 45 days per school year for evaluations, and DI programs are restricted from off campus evaluations from Thanksgiving to New Year.
- Starting September 1 of your junior year, you can have one expense-paid (official) visit per college. You may receive no more than five such visits. There are no limits to number of unofficial visits you may take.
- You cannot have an official visit unless you have provided the college your high school academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, an SAT, a PACT or an ACT taken on a national test date under national testing conditions.
NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
- At the beginning of your sophomore year, you should sign up for the NCAA Eligibility Center, which ensures that the minimum requirements to participate in NCAA athletics are met. This is required for all athletes wanting to play at NCAA institutions. For registration materials, contact your high school guidance counselor or call the NCAA at (319) 337-1492.
- For questions or more information on NCAA Rules and Recruiting Information, please call (317) 917-6222.
- To receive NCAA Eligibility Center registration materials from NCAA, please call (319) 337-1492 or visit https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/register/CERTIFICATION
NCAA Eligibility Center Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207C
NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT
A National Letter of Intent is an agreement signed by the prospective student-athlete, parent or legal guardian and the athletic director. The agreement states that the institution agrees to provide the prospective student-athlete, who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules, athletic aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospects agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. Also, other institutions agree not to recruit a prospective student-athlete once he/she signs a NLI. The prospective student-athlete will no longer receive recruiting calls and is ensured an athletic scholarship for one academic year once the NLI is signed.
For more information on National Letters of Intent, please contact:
National Letter of Intent
P.O. Box 7132
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7132