The men’s basketball coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) have been contacted by several prospective student-athletes interested in making unofficial visits during the month of July. These prospects have not yet signed a National Letter of Intent with any institution.
Is it permissible for a prospective student-athlete in the sport of men’s basketball to make an unofficial visit during the month of July?
No. NCAA Bylaws 22.214.171.124 states that in men’s basketball, a prospective student-athlete may not make an unofficial visit during the month of July; however, a prospective student-athlete is permitted to make an unofficial visit during July beginning the calendar day after he has signed a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission or financial aid, or the institution has received a financial deposit from the prospective student-athlete in response to an offer of admission. (Adopted: 11/1/01 effective 4/1/02, Revised: 4/12/11 effective 8/1/11)
In women’s basketball, unofficial visits are impermissible in July during the evaluation periods.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199- In women’s basketball, a prospective student-athlete may not make unofficial visits during the July evaluation periods (see Bylaw 188.8.131.52.2). (Adopted: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, Revised: 6/28/06)