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Waynesboro Area High School

Waynesboro Athletics

Waynesboro Area High School


The steps for becoming a collegiate athlete may seem a difficult and confusing road at times.  Hopefully in this section we will be able to answer some questions and give you some guidance as to how to get yourself NCAA eligible and the steps you can take to find the best college fit for you both academically and athletically.  

1st step is registering with the NCAA clearinghouse.  Prior to taking any visits you must be registered with the NCAA clearinghouse.  Follow the link below to see the steps to get yourself eligible.  Remember the process is your responsibility to follow up with your guidance counselor to make sure transcripts were sent.

Here is a link to the eligibility center which will help once you have registered in the clearinghouse.  You can track your own personal file to make sure everything is up to date with the NCAA.


Recruiting is a great experience if you know what you are looking for before you start your journey.

Here are some basic operational definitions around recruiting.


Prospective Student Athlete:  A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Recruiting has occurred whenever a member of an athletics staff, or an athletics representative from a program encourages a prospect to enroll at a university and ultimately compete in an athletic program. 

Letters and Phone Calls 
A prospect may receive written correspondence (this includes e-mail) from university staff at the start of classes for their junior year in high school. Telephone calls from a member of the university staff may not start until July 1 after the completion of the prospect's junior year in high school (in sports other than football and basketball). 

In the sport of football, one telephone call to a prospect (or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s) may occur during the period between April 15th and May 31st of the prospect's junior year in high school. Additional telephone calls to the prospect or the prospect's relatives or legal guardians) may not be made prior to September 1 of the beginning of the prospect's senior year in high school; thereafter, such telephone contact is limited to once per week outside of a contact period. During a contact period, such telephone contact may be made at the institution's discretion. 

Men's Basketball 
In the sport of men's basketball, a coach may call a prospect once per month on or after June 15 following the prospect's sophomore year in high school through July 31 following the prospect's junior year in high school. Beginning August 1 prior to the prospect's senior year in high school, a coach may call a prospect twice per week. Two-year college prospects may be called once per week. During the month of July, a coach is prohibited from any type of communication with a prospective student-athlete if he is participating in a summer basketball event. The coach may communicate with the prospective student-athlete after he has returned home from the event. 

Contact Period 
During the contact period, university staff members may evaluate (observe) and have in-person, off-campus contact prospective student-athletes. This includes visiting prospects at their homes, schools or other off campus sites. In sports other than football, each university may contact a prospect no more than three times at any off campus site. In the sport of football, each university is limited to six in-person, off campus recruiting contacts with a prospect at any site. However, a member of the same university football staff may not contact a prospect more than once per week, and may not visit any one high school more than once per week. 

Evaluation Period 
During an evaluation period, each university coaching staff members may assess the academic qualifications and athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete away from their campus. In person, off campus recruiting contacts are not permitted during the evaluation period. The coach may speak with counselors and high school coaches, but may not speak with prospective student-athletes. In all sports other than Division I football and basketball, each university is limited to seven recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) during the academic year, with no more than three contacts with each prospect. All university football staff members are limited to two evaluations during the academic year; one in the fall, and one during the period between April 15th and May 31st. In women's basketball, each university has seven recruiting opportunities per prospect. 

Quiet Period 
During a quiet period, university staff members are permitted to make in-person contacts with prospective student-athletes only on the respective university's campus. Off campus contacts and evaluations are not permitted during a quiet period. 

Dead Period 
During a dead period, it is not permissible for anyone associated with any university to have in-person contact or evaluate prospects in-person on or off our campus. It remains permissible for a coach to write or call a prospect during a dead period. If you accidentally run into a coach during a dead period, please do not think he/she is rude when they can't say more than hello. They are merely following the NCAA rules that apply to dead periods. 

National Letter of Intent 
If the university is a member of the National Letter of Intent Program, which is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA). The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is an agreement among those schools that once a prospect accepts an offer of athletic/assistance/financial-aid to attend a NCAA school, other NCAA schools will recognize the offer and cease to recruit the prospect. 

Once a prospect has signed a NLI, the prospect has then committed him/herself to specific university as long as they are accepted for admission and meet NCAA requirements. Those university's also commits an athletic scholarship to the prospective student-athlete. 

The NLI is only an agreement of a scholarship from the university to the prospect for one year. It is not an offer of admission to that university. The sole decision maker concerning admission is that university's Office of Admissions. Prospects should become familiar with the procedures of the NLI before signing. 

For example, restrictions exist as to when you may sign a NLI. For further information regarding the NLI ask the university staff that is recruiting you.


What Steps Can I Take In The Recruiting Process

Making your decision for college is one of the most important decisions you can make.  It has to be a great fit for you academically, athletically and socially.  Since the student/athlete is the one attending college they are the ones who need to make the final decision.  Parents, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, relatives, pastors whomever they look up to are great resources and will help in the decision making process but the student athlete ultimately needs to be 100% confident in their choice.


What is important to you?  What do you want to study?  How far away from home do you want to be? How big of a campus do you want to be on?  Do I want to be a great player on a low level team?  Do I want to go to a place where I may never play, that's if I make the team?  How much money can I afford?  

Grade and evaluate each potential school on your list priorities.  If the school from Alaska is sending you material or calling but it may be just outside your 150 mile radius that you want to be from home.  Make pros and cons from each school as you are evaluating them.  Every school will have pros and every school will have cons.


I will keep updating this page throughout the summer...............More to come
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