Frequently Asked Questions - Recruiting

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Below is a list of commonly asked questions that addresses many if the critical areas of compliance.

Q: Who is a prospective student-athlete?

A: A prospective student-athlete or a prospect is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. A student who has not yet started ninth grade may become a prospect if the University of Maryland or a booster provided the student, their relatives, or friends with financial assistance or benefit that is not generally provided to other students.
In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges, or those who have officially withdrawn from a four-year school, are considered prospects.

Special Note: A prospect remains a prospect even after he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepted an offer of admission or financial aid to attend the University of Maryland. A prospect becomes a current student-athlete only when he/she reports for preseason practice, or on the first day of fall classes, whichever occurs first.

Q: What is recruiting?

A: Recruiting is the solicitation of a prospect, or the prospect’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), by a University of Maryland staff member for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment at the University of Maryland and/or participation in Maryland's athletic program.
Recruiting activities include correspondence, email, faxes, telephone conversations, in person contacts (on and off campus), and evaluations.

Q: What is a Contact?

A: A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and a university staff member or booster, during which there is dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting.  Any encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's school, or at the site of organized competition or practice, is considered a contact (regardless of the nature of the conversation).

Q: What is an evaluation?

A: An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect, including any visit to a prospect's educational institution (during which no contact occurs), or the observation of a prospect participating in any practice or competition.

Q: What is an official visit?

A: An official visit by a prospect is a visit to campus that is financed in whole or in part by the University of Maryland.

  • An official visit may not exceed 48 hours in duration.
  • Maryland may pay the prospect's transportation costs for his or her official visit, provided a direct route between the prospect's home and the institution is used.
  • Maryland may entertain a prospect and his or her parents or legal guardians during an official visit, provided the entertainment takes place on the institution's campus or within a 30-mile radius and the entertainment is comparable to that of normal student life.
  • Boosters are not permitted to have contact with a prospect during his or her official visit.

Q: What is an unofficial visit?

A: An unofficial visit is a visit made to Maryland at the prospect's own expense. If any expenses are paid by the Maryland or booster, the visit will become an official visit.

Q: What is an extra benefit or inducement?
A: An extra benefit or recruiting inducement is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or booster to provide a current student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Examples of impermissible recruiting inducements and extra benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cash or loans in any amount, or signing or cosigning for a loan.
  • Gifts of any kind, including birthday and holiday gifts.
  • Free or reduced-cost services such as car repairs, haircuts, tutoring, etc.
  • The use of an automobile.
  • Free or reduced rent or housing.
  • Tickets to an athletic or community event.
  • Academic course supplies or assistance.
  • Arranging the employment of the relatives or friends of a prospect or student-athlete.
  • Entertaining a prospect or prospect's family or legal guardian on or off campus.