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Recruiting

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has a proud history of academic and athletic excellence. Triton teams have captured 30 National Championships, while 40 teams have finished National Runners-Up and 45 have achieved National Third Place honors. Individually, 139 Triton athletes have captured National Championships and a remarkable 929 athletes have been named to All-American teams. These Triton athletes have achieved excellence on the field, but have also excelled academically for they have earned 23 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships and 130 Academic All-American selections.

After establishing one of the top NCAA Division III programs in the country, UCSD stepped up to Division II in 2000 and made an immediate impact on the conference and national level, winning two National Championships and finishing in the top five of the Director's Cup Standings in three of the last four years, including a second place finish in 2004. Triton teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, widely considered to be the top Division II athletic conference in the nation.

Recruiting Information You Should Know:

You become a "prospective student-athlete" when you start ninth grade classes.

You become a "recruited prospective student-athlete" at a particular college if any coach approaches you (or any member of your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college. Activities by coaches that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:

  • Providing you with an official visit;
  • Placing more than one telephone call to you or any other member of your family; or
  • Visiting you or any other member of your family anywhere other than on the college campus.

No alumni or representative of a college's athletics interest (boosters or donors) can be involved in off-campus recruiting for athletics, only coaches certified to recruit off-campus may be involved.

You may receive letters, e-mails, brochures, articles and any other form of written correspondence or printed recruiting materials from coaches on or after September 1 at the start of your junior year in high school. However, a coach may provide you with a general questionnaire, camp brochure and educational information published by the NCAA at any time.

A coach may show you highlight film/videotape or game film, but may not send it to you or leave it with you or your coach.

In all sports, telephone calls from coaches and faculty members are permissible on or after June 15 before your senior year. After this, a college coach or faculty member is limited to one telephone call per week to you (or your parents or legal guardians), except that unlimited calls to you (or your parents or legal guardians) may be made under the following circumstances:

  • During the five days immediately before your official visit (by the college you'll be visiting);
  • On the day of the coach's off campus contact with you; and
  • On the initial date for signing the National Letter of intent in your sport through the two days after the initial signing date.

Coaches may accept calls from you (or your parents or legal guardians) at any time, regardless of your year in school. Coaches may not return calls to prospects who have not yet reached June 15 following completion of their junior year. Also, coaches may not return calls to prospects who they have already called once during that calendar week. You should be aware of these restrictions when leaving messages for coaches. Remember that you can call them at any time, but even if you leave a message asking them to call you back, they may be restricted from returning the call.

In all sports, coaches may contact you in-person off the college campus three times during your senior year.

In football and basketball only, there are specified periods when a coach may contact you off the college campus and/ or attend your practices and games to evaluate your athletic ability.

Four-Year College Transfers Only:

UCSD cannot respond via e-mail or phone to a four-year college transfer student without the student first obtaining a written release from his or her previous college. Fax the release to the UCSD Athletic Department at (858) 534-8172. Once the release is received from the first college, then the UCSD coach will be able to contact you, based on the NCAA rules applicable to all prospective students (discussed above).

Below is a list of the sports for UCSD's 23 sport athletic program. Select your sport, and complete the form that appears on the next page.

You can also send a letter to the head coach at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Intercollegiate Athletics, 0531, La Jolla, California 92093-0531. You should provide information such as height, weight, athletic background, academic information such as your GPA and SAT scores, and a schedule of upcoming events where a coach could see you compete if available.

Remember, coaches can respond to emails from prospective students-athletes after Sept. 1 at the start of their junior year. You can call the UCSD coach, but the coach can't return the call unless it is after June 15th following completion of your junior year in high school. If you have any questions about the NCAA regulations and recruiting, please contact Katie McGann, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at kmcgann@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-8700.


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