Definitions Of Commonly Used Terms

Contact: Any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parents, relatives or legal guardians(s) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospects or the prospect's high-school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team is also considered a contact, regardless of whether any conversation occurs.

Countable Athletically Related Activity: Any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes and at the direction of, or supervised by one or more of an institution's coaching staff (including strength and conditioning coaches).

Enrolled Student-Athlete: A student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or a representative of athletics interests with a view toward the student's ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program of the institution. Any other student becomes a student-athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the intercollegiate athletics department.

Evaluation: 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 at any site.

Extra-Benefit: Any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interests (booster) to provide the student-athlete, his family or friends with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by a student-athlete or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

Full Grant-In-Aid: Financial aid that consists of tuition and fees, room and board and required course-related textbooks. A full grant-in-aid is the maximum amount of scholarship that can be provided by an athletics department to a student-athlete.

Institutional Control: The responsibility of each institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA. The institution's chief executive officer is responsible for administration of all aspects of the athletics program including approval of budget and audit of all expenditures. The scope of responsibility of this control includes the actions of staff members and the actions of any other individual or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletics interests of the institution.

NonQualifier: A student, who has not graduated from high school or who, at the time of initial full-time enrollment, presented neither the core-curriculum grade-point average nor SAT/ACT score required to be certified as a qualifier. A nonqualifer that is an entering freshman with no previous college attendance is not eligible for practice, competition and athletics aid during his or her first year of enrollment at an NCAA Division I member institution.

Official Visit: A visit to an institution by a prospective student-athlete that is financed in whole or in part by the institution.

Permissible Recruiter: An authorized staff member (coaching staff member) that has been certified on an annual basis as to knowledge of applicable recruiting rules and designated by the program's head coach as one that will participate in off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations during a specific academic year or recruiting period.

Prospective Student-Athlete: An individual who has started classes for the ninth grade. A student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. A prospect remains at this status until he or she enrolls on a full-time basis at a four-year college and attends classes during a regular academic year or participates in regular squad practice or competition for a four-year collegiate institution even if such participation occurs prior to the individual enrolling in or attending classes.

Qualifier: A high school graduate that presents the academic requirements necessary to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements (core-course minimums, core-course grade point average and corresponding SAT/ACT score) and has been certified to have met these requirements by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Only a qualifier may practice, compete or receive athletics aid during his or her initial year of collegiate enrollment when the initial year of enrollment takes place at an NCAA Division I institution.

Regular Academic Year: The time beginning with the opening of the fall term and concluding with the spring commencement exercise.

Representative of an Institution's Athletics Interests: A representative of the institution's athletics interests or booster as an individual or agency that has done any of the following (once defined as a booster, an individual or agency remains a booster indefinitely):

  • Participated in or is a member of any agency or organization that promotes or assists the institution's athletics program or its student-athletes

  • Has made financial contributions to the athletics program or any of its booster groups

  • Has assisted or has been requested to assist in the recruitment of prospects

  • Assisted or is assisting in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families

  • Has been involved in the promoting the institution's athletics programs
  • Additional actions that prompt someone to be considered a booster may include, but is not limited to, being a season-ticket holder, attending or graduating from the institution, previously being employed by the institution, or participating in athletics at the institution.

    Unofficial Visit: A visit made to an institution by a prospective student-athlete at the prospect's own expense. The provision of any expenses or entertainment (except for those specifically permitted by NCAA rules) by the institution or representatives of its athletics interests cause the visit to become an official visit.



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