Ocean State University men’s basketball coaches wants to provide an expense paid campus visit to a highly recruited prospect that has not yet signed a National Letter of Intent. This prospect wants to take the visit during the first couple of days in April, which is a quiet period.
Is it permissible for the prospect to take an official visit during a quiet period? Can the coaches have off-campus contact with the prospect during this visit?
Yes and yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/19/15- Contact and Ground Transportation to/from Bus or Train Station or Airport during Official Visit Outside a Contact Period (I)- states that at any time other than a dead period and, in women’s basketball, during the July evaluation periods, institutional staff members may have contact with a prospective student-athlete within 30-miles of the institution’s campus during the prospective student-athlete’s official visit.
Further, ground transportation provided by any member of the institution’s athletics department staff for a prospective student-athlete, his or her parents, relatives or legal guardians for an official visit between the campus and any bus or train station or airport outside of the 30-mile radius of the institution’s campus is not considered a contact.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.02.4 (contact), 13.02.5.2 (evaluation period), 13.02.5.4 (quiet period), 13.02.5.5 (dead period), 184.108.40.206 (general restrictions — staff members and governing board), 13.1.5 (contacts), 220.127.116.11 (sports other than football and basketball), 18.104.22.168 (football), 22.214.171.124 (men’s basketball), 126.96.36.199 (women’s basketball), 188.8.131.52.2 (additional restrictions – July evaluation periods), 184.108.40.206 (from airport or bus or train station) 13.6 (official visit), 220.127.116.11.2 (July evaluation periods – women’s basketball) and 18.104.22.168 (meals on official visit)]