NCAA Rule 13.02.12 Prospective Student Athlete
A prospective student athlete (also known as “prospect” or “PSA”) is any student, regardless of athletic ability, who is in the 9th – 12th grade. Men’s basketball also includes 7th and 8th graders. These individuals will remain a prospect until one of the following occurs (whichever occurs earlier):
- The student registers and enrolls full-time at a four-year institution
- The student practices or competes at a four-year institution prior to enrolling for their first semester term
- The student registers and enrolls and attends summer classes prior to their initial enrollment
Tutor Interaction with Prospects
You are allowed to tutor prospects; however, you should not initiate the contact with a prospect being recruited by our institution at the request of one of our coaches or staff members. CU Athletics staff should never ask you to tutor a prospect under any circumstances.
You should charge prospects the standard rate for your services. Prospects, especially those being recruited by CU, should not receive any discounts or special deals.
The same restrictions on extra benefits for current student-athletes also applies to prospects. Do not provide prospects with extra benefits – this may include cash, meals, gifts, transportation, etc.
In your conversations with prospects, you are not allowed to talk about CU Athletics, it’s coaches or staff members in a recruiting manner. Likewise, you are not to serve as a conduit for delivering recruiting materials back-and-forth between coach and prospect (i.e. game film, correspondence, exchange of contact information).
When marketing your tutoring services to prospects in the private market:
- You should not use the CU Athletics logo in your materials
- You should not make any specific reference to CU Athletics
- You not use direct quotes from prospects or current student-athletes for testimonials (it is OK to use student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility)
- You are obligated to report any issues, concerns or violations to your supervisor or the compliance office (see How to Report a Violation)
- You cannot participate in sports gambling / wagering. This includes any sport sponsored by the NCAA at any level (amateur, collegiate, professional)
- You cannot provide extra benefits to student athletes
- You may not arrange for fraudulent academic credit or complete schoolwork for any student-athlete
- You are not allowed to recruit prospective student-athletes to participate in CU Athletics
- Coordinate and monitor the use of campus-wide resources that would best allow each individual student-athlete to succeed academically
- Provide personal support and refer student-athletes to counseling and personal assistance resources if necessary
- Collaborate with Academic Advisors for course selection
- Help facilitate the student-athlete’s academic transition to college
- Recommend and provide subject tutoring for any class
- Monitor NCAA, Pac-12, and CU academic eligibility standards
- Track eligibility benchmarks and progress towards degree completion
- Motivate students to fully engage in their academic life
- Teach students about academic integrity and academic fraud
- Communicate with faculty as needed and assist in communication with professors regarding missed class due to competitions
- Communicate regularly with coaches and report academic progress including grades, tutoring appointments, academic meetings, and study hall hours
NCAA rules define a prospect as:
• A student in grades 9-12.
• Any student who is provided benefits from CU, even if he/she is not in the 9th grade or older (Note: This is a violation for CU).
• Any transfer eligible college student, including Junior College student-athletes. The NCAA does not distinguish between students involved in athletics and those who are not.
• ALL students who are in grades 9-12 are considered prospects according to the NCAA.
• The same recruiting rules that apply to the senior quarterback apply to the drama club star or debate team captain.
Even if CU has signed a prospect to a National Letter of Intent, which is a binding agreement stating they will come to CU, that person has not discarded the label of “prospect” for that of “enrolled student-athlete.” A student-athlete is a prospect until one of the following occurs:
• He/she enrolls and begins classes at CU
• Begins practice for that CU and is enrolled and ready to begin classes once they are in session (e.g. pre-season practice in August before classes start).
Post submitted by Mindy Sclaro