So you want to play for UMass? The University of Massachusetts appreciates your interest in our athletics programs. On this page you will find important links to information on what you need to do in order to join the UMass tradition. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need further guidance. We wish you luck in your quest to pursue a career in college athletics!
NCAA RECRUITING INFORMATION
As you may know, the NCAA has extensive rules regarding how and when coaches may recruit prospective student-athletes. There are also a number of criteria that a prospective student-athlete must meet in order to be eligible to participate in college athletics. The NCAA provides some resources that summarize these rules and criteria that may prove helpful to you. These include:
NEW! FROM THE NCAA:
BASIC RECRUITING DO'S AND DON'TS
- Prospective student-athletes being recruited by The University of Massachusetts (or anyone else) should not receive cash or any other items of value from anyone associated with UMass.
- Prospects should not receive promises of any of the above.
- Prospects should not receive correspondence or phone calls from anyone other than the Massachusetts’ staff or faculty about UMass.
- Prospect's families should not be promised or given any items of value or received job promotions or new jobs based upon a prospect's decision to attend The University of Massachusetts.
- Neither a prospect nor their family should receive "free" tickets to any events other than complimentary tickets for athletics events held on campus.
If any of these has occurred, or if you are unsure about whether something that has happened during your recruitment is permissible, you should contact the Compliance Office immediately at (413) 545-1823.
TELEPHONE CALLS TO PROSPECTS: RULES TO REMEMBER
In all sports other than Basketball,
Cross-Country/Track and Field, Football, and Swimming and Diving, telephone
calls (including text messages)to an individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be
made before September
1 at the beginning of his or her junior year in high school. If an individual attends an educational institution
that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., Southern Hemisphere),
telephone calls to the individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians)
may not be made before the opening day of classes of his or her junior year in
high school. Thereafter,
an institution may make telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete at
Exception – Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, and Football.
– 1 telephone call per month to a prospect on or after June 15th at the conclusion of
the individual’s sophomore year in high school through August 31.
After the opening day of classes for the prospect’s junior year, unlimited
Football – 1 telephone call
from April 15 – May 31 of the prospect’s junior year. After that, no calls
until September 1 of the prospect’s senior year (unlimited calls during a
contact period only).
Men’s Basketball – Calls can
begin on June 15th at the end of the sophomore year. Unlimited calls
at that point.
Women’s Basketball – Calls can
begin on September 1 at the beginning of the junior year. After that, unlimited
Exception -- Swimming and Diving / Cross Country and Track.
Exceptions to the Telephone Rule:
swimming and diving, cross country and track, telephone calls to an
individual (or his or her relatives or legal guardians) may not be made
before July 1 following the completion
of his or her junior year in high school or the opening day of classes of
his or her senior year in high school (as designated by the high school),
whichever is earlier. Thereafter, an
institution may not make telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete
more than once per week.
- Collect and Toll-Free Telephone Calls: Institutional coaching staff members may accept collect and toll-free telephone calls placed by prospective student-athletes and prospective student-athletes' parents and legal guardians, provided the calls are placed not earlier than:
- (men's basketball) the conclusion of the prospect's sophomore year in high school;
- (women's basketball) the date on which an institution may begin placing telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete;
- (all other sports) July 1 following completion of the prospective student-athlete's junior year in high school.
- Official-Visit Exception: The institution may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect during the five days immediately preceding the prospect's official visit to campus.
- Letter-of-Intent Signing-Date Exception: The institution may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect on the initial date for the signing of the National Letter of Intent and during the two days immediately following the initial signing date. In football, institutional coaching staff members may make unlimited telephone calls to prospective student-athletes during the period 48 hours before and 48 hours after 7 a.m. on the initial signing date for the National Letter of Intent.
- Off-Campus Contact Exception: The institution may make unlimited telephone calls to a prospect on the day a permissible, in-person, off-campus contact occurs.
What is an Official Visit?
An Official Visit is when an institution invites you to visit campus at their expense. These visits may not last more than 48 hours. You may not make more than one (1) official visit to any one institution and may not make more than (5) official visits in total. You may not make an official visit until the opening day of classes of your senior year in high school.
Information that a Prospective Student-Athlete must provide us before they can make an Official Visit:
1. A high school or college academic transcript
2. A PSAT, SAT, PLAN or ACT score taken on a national testing date under national testing conditions, except that a state-administered ACT may be used to meet the requirement. The score must be presented through a testing agency document, on a high school or preparatory school academic transcript (official or unofficial) or through the use of the applicable testing agency's automated-voice system.
3. An NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly known as the NCAA Clearinghouse) ID number so that we can verify that the prospective student-athlete is registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
An Unofficial Visit occurs when a prospective student-athlete visits the institution at their own expense. A prospective student-athlete may visit a member institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospective student-athlete may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school.
If known, inform the Compliance Office of an unofficial visit 24 hours prior to the visit. If the visit was unanticipated, notify the Compliance Office at the first reasonable opportunity not to exceed 24 hours.
During an official or unofficial visit the institution may provide a prospective student-athlete a maximum of three (3) complimentary admissions to a home athletics event at any facility within a 30-mile radius of the institution's main campus in which the institution's intercollegiate team practices or competes
- These complimentary admissions may only be used by the prospect and those persons accompanying the prospect on the visit
- The complimentary admissions must be issued through a pass list on an individual game basis.
- The complimentary admissions may provide seating only in the general seating area of the facility utilized for conducting the event.
- An institution may reserve tickets, only for the use of immediate family members accompanying a prospect during an official visit and for seat locations adjacent to the complimentary seats being provided to the prospect. These tickets must be purchased at face value.
- Providing seating during the conduct of the event (including intermission) for the prospect or those persons accompanying the prospect in the facility's press box, special seating or bench area is specifically prohibited.
- A member institution may not provide complimentary admissions to a prospect for a postseason conference tournament. The prospect may purchase tickets only in the same manner as any other member of the general public.
- The provision of complimentary or reduced-cost admissions to prospects for an NCAA championship (all rounds) or other postseason contests (e.g., bowl game, NAIA or NIT championship) constitutes excessive entertainment and is prohibited. The prospect may purchase these tickets only in the same manner as any other member of the general public.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I know if I am considered a prospective student-athlete?
A: In general, if you are between 9th and 12th grades of high school, you are considered a prospective student-athlete. This is generally true even if you don't plan to play college sports. In addition, if you have not yet started 8th grade, but an institution has provided you with benefits that it does not provide to all prospective students, that institution must treat you as a prospective student-athlete.
Q: I want to contact a coach to let them know that I would like to play for UMass. Can I do that?
A: Yes, you may contact a coach at your own expense and on your own initiative at any time, but please be aware that they may be prohibited from contacting you. So if you leave a telephone message or send a letter, they may be prohibited by NCAA rules from calling you back or writing to you. If you do contact a coach, be sure to tell them your age so that they can determine when or if it would be permissible for them to contact you.
Q: What is a Dead Period?
A: Under NCAA rules, each calendar year is divided into different recruiting periods. These periods are Contact Periods, Evaluation Periods, Quiet Periods and Dead Periods. Each of these periods have different limitations on the recruiting activities a coach can participate in, as follows:
During a Contact Period authorized athletics department staff members may make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
During an Evaluation Period authorized athletics department staff members may be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
During a quiet period it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
During a dead period it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospective student-athletes during a dead period.
Recruiting Materials and Electronic Correspondence -- General
Rule. An institution shall not provide recruiting materials, including general correspondence related to athletics, or send electronic correspondence to an individual (or his or her parents or legal guardians) until September 1 at the beginning of his or her junior year in high school. If an individual attends an educational institution that uses a nontraditional academic calendar (e.g., Southern Hemisphere) an institution shall not provide recruiting materials, including general correspondence related to athletics, or send electronic correspondence to the individual (or his parents or legal guardians) until the opening day of classes of his or her junior year in high school.