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What is a prospective student athlete?
A prospective student athlete, or PSA, is any high school athlete that is getting recruited by college coaches. The NCAA officially gives this term to athletes when they enter ninth grade. It also is used when a college gives any financial aid or other benefits to an athlete before a student’s ninth-grade year. Coaches who […]
What is grey shirting?
Grey shirting is a recruiting term that is not as commonly used as the term redshirting. A grey shirt is an incoming college freshman who postpones his enrollment in classes until the second term of his freshman year. This means they don’t take classes until the winter term. The NCAA allows college athletes five years […]
What is a Redshirt?
A redshirt is when an athlete chooses to sit out of a year of competition during one of their 5 eligible years of play. The NCAA dictates that you can only compete for 4 of the years to allow for a redshirt year. Many athletes will choose to redshirt to nurse injuries, focus on […]
What is a quiet period?
A quiet period occurs when a coach at an NCAA institution cannot have any in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete or their parents outside of the colleges campus. Coaches can’t go to see any of the athlete’s sporting events or their practices. Athletes are allowed to visit college campuses and meet with a coach. Coaches […]
What is an evaluation period?
During an evaluation period coaches are allowed to attend student-athletes’ sporting events and visit their high schools, however they cannot have any in-person conversations or contact with an athlete. Likewise, athletes and their parents are allowed to visit college campuses but they cannot talk to coaches in person. Coaches and athletes are still allowed to […]
What is a dead period?
A dead period is a time span during the recruiting period when a college coach can’t have face-to-face contact with any prospective student athletes or their parents. Coaches are not allowed to watch an athlete compete or visit their high school. However, college coaches are allowed to write or call an athlete or their parents […]
What is a contact period?
A contact period is a defined segment of time in recruiting where college coaches are permitted to have face-to-face or in person contact (in addition to phone calls and emails) with prospective student athletes or their parents. This includes meetings, watching the athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or call the athletes […]
What is an unofficial visit?
Unofficial visits are visits that prospects finance themselves. An unofficial visit might be very official in that it might have a set itinerary, be for multiple days, or be a very important part of a prospect’s recruitment. Prospects make take an unofficial visit at any age or grade level. There is no requirement that prospects […]
What is an Official Visit?
According to the NCAA, an official visit is when a prospective student-athlete visits a college campus paid for by the school. This includes travel/transportation to and from the school, room, meals, and entertainment expenses (three admissions to a home game). However, the school is not allowed to pay for your parents’ visit too. All expenses […]