Golden Grizzlies Compliance

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569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Sport-Specific Recruiting Calendars
Signing Dates for Prospective Student-Athletes Enrolling in 2015-16

Initial Signing DateFinal Signing Date
Basketball (Early Period)
November 12, 2014
November 19, 2014
Basketball (Regular Period)
April 15, 2015
May 20, 2015 (DI)
February 4, 2015
August 1, 2015
All Other Sports (Early Period)
November 12, 2014
November 19, 2014
All Other Sports (Regular Period)
April 15, 2015
August 1, 2015
& Rules
Sport-Specific Recruiting Guides
An institutional staff member is not permitted to recruit prospective student-athletes (PSA's) off-campus until he or she has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable NCAA recruiting rules per Bylaw Only those coaches permitted to recruit off-campus are allowed to do so.

Institutional staff members (e.g. faculty) may contact PSA's for recruiting purposes in all sports, on campus, or within 30 miles of campus during the PSA's official visit.

A noncoaching staff member with sport-specific responsibilities (except one who performs clerical duties) shall not attend an on- or off-campus athletics event in the staff member's sport that involves PSA's unless the staff member is an immediate family member or legal guardian of a participant in the activity. Such noncoaching staff members are subject to the following conditions:
  • Attendance shall not be for evaluation purposes (information about the event is not allowed to be provided to the coaching staff); and
  • The staff member is not allowed to have direct contact with a PSA or their parents/legal guardians or coach participating in the activity.

A contact is a face-to-face encounter between a PSA (or their parents, relatives or legal guardians) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative, during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange or greeting.

Any face-to-face encounter that is prearranged is considered contact. For example, a staff member positioning themselves at the site of a prospect's competition and then having a face-to-face encounter is considered a contact.

Coaches may not make off-campus contact with a prospect until July 1 following the completion of his or her junior year in high school. Men's basketball coaches may make contact with a prospect during the prospect's junior year, as long as the contact takes place at the prospect's high school (except during April recruiting period--during this time, a contact may also take place at the prospect's residence). Women's basketball coaches may make contact with a prospect beginning September 1 at the beginning of the prospect's junior year (which are limited to the prospect's educational institution or residence).

Coaches are limited each academic year in the number of recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) they are allowed to use.

A prospective student-athlete who is enrolled in the first year of a two-year college may not be contacted (on- or off-campus) if they were not a qualifer. A student-athlete at a four-year college may not be contacted without first obtaining written permission to contact that student-athlete from the first institution's athletic director to do so.

Number of Recruiting Opportunities
  • Men's Basketball: 7 recruiting opportunities.
  • Women's Basketball: 7 recruiting opportunities.
  • Other Sports: 7 recruiting opportunities. Not more than 3 off-campus contacts (senior year only).

An evaluation is defined to include multiple different scenarios, including:
  • Watching a prospect practice, compete or lift weights at any site;
  • Meeting with a prospect's high school counselor to review transcripts;
  • Talking to a prospect's high school/junior college coach or instructors at the prospect's education institution.
Many sports are limited in the number of evaluation or recruiting person days they may use per year, all subject to the recruiting calendar restrictions.

Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities. Outside the academic year, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities. Contacts with a prospect count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of whether they take place during or outside the academic year. All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions.

Recruiting Periods

Contact Period (Recruiting Period in Men’s Basketball) - A period when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations with prospective student-athletes.

Evaluation Period - A period when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with any prospective student-athletes during an evaluation period.

Quiet Period - A period when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on an institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during a quiet period.

Dead Period - A period when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off-campus or permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to an institution's campus. During a dead period, coaches may still place telephone calls to prospective student-athletes who are permitted to receive telephone calls.