Frequently Asked Questions - Division I Recruiting

Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of commonly asked questions that addresses many if the critical areas of compliance. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the athletic department offices at (717) 291-3819.

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 Franklin & Marshall 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 drawn from a four-year school, are considered prospects. Special Note: A prospect remains a prospect even after he has  accepted an offer of admission or financial aid to attend Franklin & Marshall. A prospect becomes a current student-athlete only when he/she reports for preseason practice or the first day of fall classes, which ever occurs first.

Q: What is recruiting?

A: Recruiting is the solicitation of a prospect or the prospects parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by a Franklin & Marshall staff member for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment at the Franklin & Marshall and/or participation in F&M'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 or College's staff member or booster during which any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. 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 conversation (including a greeting) that occurs.

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 at any site.

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 Franklin & Marshall.

  • An official visit may not exceed 48 hours in duration.
  • Franklin & Marshall 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.
  • Franklin & Marshall may also 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 is at a scale comparable to that of normal student life.
  • As a reminder, 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 by a prospect is a visit made to Franklin & Marshall at the prospect's own expense. If any expenses are paid by Franklin & Marshall or a 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.