This sub-site is intended to highlight some
pertinent NCAA rules for you as a prospective student-athlete at UC San Diego. It is impossible to cover every NCAA
rule that impacts you as a Division II prospect. If you ever have any questions about NCAA rules and
regulations, please contact the Compliance Office staff.
Definition of a Prospect:
A prospective student-athlete is any student
who: has started classes for the 9th grade; is a student younger than the 9th
grade who has received a benefit from UC San Diego; is a student in a
preparatory school or 2-year college; OR is a student at a 4-year institution
who has been issued a release by his/her university.
You become a "recruited" prospective
student-athlete at UC San Diego if any coach or representative of the
University's athletics interests (i.e. "booster") does any of the following:
- Provides you with an official visit to UC San Diego
- Calls you or your family member on more than one occasion
- Meets with you or a family member anywhere off-campus
- Issues you a National Letter of Intent
Essential Information for Prospects:
NCAA Recruiting Rules
The NCAA strictly regulates when and how
coaches and athletic department staff members can contact prospective
student-athletes. Depending on the
circumstances, they may not always be able speak to you or get back to you via
phone or email. When contacting a
coach or administrator, ALWAYS leave a detailed message that includes your age,
grade level and school. This will
help the coach/administrator determine whether he/she is allowed to have
contact with you.
The NCAA has a helpful Division II Recruiting
Timeline with important definitions and a DII recruiting timeline to help you
understand some of these rules. Please
note, recruiting contact rules are different across Divisions I and II and III.
See Recruiting Rules FAQs section below for answers to some of the most frequently asked recruiting questions.
NCAA Initial Eligibility Standards
Incoming freshmen must meet certain academic standards
to be considered eligible at UC San Diego. These NCAA eligibility standards are separate from the
admissions standards you must meet to be considered for admission to UC San
Diego. Divisions I and II have
different eligibility standards so check in early to make sure you are on track
to meeting NCAA Initial Eligibility Standards.
Transfer Student Eligibility
Prospective student-athletes who wish to
transfer to UC San Diego are subject to Division II transfer eligibility
rules. The rules are different
depending on whether you are transferring from a 2-year junior college or a
4-year institution. For an overview of transfer eligibility rules, please
reference the NCAA's Transfer 101 guide. If you have questions
about transfer rules, please contact Katie McGann, Associate Athletic Director
at email@example.com or 858/534-8700.
Please note: if you
are a student currently at another 4-year NCAA or NAIA school, OR if you have
been enrolled at another 4-year institution in the last year, UC San Diego
coaches and administrators are not allowed to have any contact with you unless
you have a release (also known as permission to contact) from your 4-year
To obtain a release, you will need to contact
the athletics department at your current or former 4-year institution. Once you have your release, please
email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (858/534-8172) it to Katie McGann, Associate
Athletic Director, in the UC San Diego Compliance Office. Once we have the release, UC San Diego
coaches and administrators can have contact with you.
NCAA Eligibility Center
All incoming student-athletes are required to
register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
and submit certain information.
The Eligibility Center evaluates both the academic and amateur status of
all incoming student-athletes.
Register and complete your assigned tasks as early as possible to avoid
delays once you get to UC San Diego.
NCAA rules require us to provide information
to incoming student-athletes regarding our institution's federal Graduation
Rates and our Division II Academic Success Rate
Year-Round Drug Testing
randomly selects institutions and student-athletes for drug testing throughout
the academic year, including the summer. All student-athletes are subject to
drug testing before, during or after their competitive seasons. All student-athletes need to be aware
of the NCAA Banned Drugs list and should
check with the Athletic Trainers for any questions. Student-athletes who test
positive are subject to at least a one-year suspension and loss of eligibility.
nutritional/dietary supplements contain NCAA banned substances. In addition,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not strictly regulate the
supplement industry; therefore the purity and safety of nutritional/dietary
supplements cannot be guaranteed. Impure supplements may lead to a positive
drug test. The UC San Diego Athletics Department does not promote the use of
nutritional/dietary supplements and the use of such supplements is at the
student-athlete's own risk. Student-athletes should contact the Head Athletic
Trainer, Kevin Messey (email@example.com) or Director of
Strength and Conditioning, Rudy Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further
Additional information may also be found through the Center for Drug Free Sport, which
sponsors a confidential Resource Exchange Center (REC) for
student-athletes and athletics staff with questions about nutritional
supplements The REC may be contacted toll free at (877) 202-0769 or by clicking
the link above. When accessing the
REC via the Internet, the required password is ncaa2.
California Assembly Bill 2079
On September 30, 2010, AB 2079 was signed into California law by the Govenor. This law requires educational institutions that offer athletics scholarships, or that provide, by any delivery method, written mateiral regarding their athletic program to a student-athlete, to provide a direct link to the institution's Internet web page where the student-athlete shall be able to access all information regarding the institution's athletic scholarship program. By clicking here you will find information and links that provide a comprehensive review of all issues related to UC San Diego athletics scholarships, medical related expenses and the transfer release process.
Recruiting Rules FAQs:
What is an official visit?
Any visit to a college
campus where the institution pays for part or all of your expenses. You are only allowed to take one
official visit per institution.
But, for Division II, there is no limit on the total number of schools
you may visit for an official visit.
In Division I, you are limited to a total of 5 official visits. Both DI and DII schools count against
the 5 visit limit. You cannot go
on an official visit until opening day of classes of your senior year of high
What is an unofficial visit?
An unofficial visit is any
visit to a college that is not paid for by the institution. Unlike with official visits, you are
allowed to take as many unofficial visits to a school as you like AND you can
go on an unofficial visit at any age.
When is the first opportunity a UC San Diego coach may communicate with
There are different rules
for different means of communication.
The NCAA's Division II Recruiting
Timeline will give you a complete breakdown of
when and how UC San Diego coaches can have contact with you and your parents. Remember recruiting rules are different for Divisions I, II and III.
When can I start calling a UC San Diego coach? When can I start emailing them?
Prospective student-athletes and their parents may call a UC San Diego coach at any time. If the coach answers the call, he/she is free to talk to you. However, if you leave a message, NCAA rules may not allow the coach to return your call. Please reference the abovementioned Division II Recruiting
Timeline for the rules.
Similar to phone calls, you can always email a UC San Diego coach. However, unless you've reached September 1st of your junior year in high school, the coach is not allowed to email you back except to explain the NCAA contact rules.
Remember, if you are a student at another 4-year institution and are attempting to contact a UC San Diego coach or administrator, you must have been issued a release.
Division II Recruiting Timeline
National Letter of Intent (NLI)
NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Initial Eligibility Standards
UC San Diego Office of Admissions
UC San Diego Office of Financial Aid
Contacting the Compliance Office
this is not a complete list of NCAA rules. Please contact a compliance staff member if you have any questions or before taking action that may
be contrary to NCAA rules. Click here
to view the Compliance staff contact information.