The NCAA prohibits boosters from engaging in recruiting activities designed to secure a prospect's enrollment at Villanova University.
WHAT IS RECRUITING?
Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect's parents, by a Villanova staff member, to secure the prospect's enrollment and ultimate participation in Villanova University's athletics. Only coaches and authorized employees may be involved in the recruiting process.
WHO IS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE?
A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade, or started classes for the seventh grade if the student is a men's basketball recruit.
As a booster you may not:
- Contract or call a prospect or their parents (including social media)
- Contact, call, or entertain a prospect's coach, principal or counselor
- Reimburse a prospect's coach for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to campus
- Assist with evaluating prospect's talent at the direction of the coaching staff
- Promote Villanova in a way that encourages a prospect to attend Villanova University
As a booster you may not give or Provide prospects, their relatives or friends:
- Use of an automobile or transportation
- Admission to an event (e.g., movies, athletic events on or off campus, banquets, clubs, special events, parties, concerts, etc.)
- Cash or loans, including co-signing, in any amount
- Special discounts or payment arrangements on loans
- Gifts of any kind, including those on special occasions (e.g., birthdays, Christmas, finals week)
- Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type (e.g., meals, drinks, clothing, laundry, haircuts, legal fees, tattoos, golf, car repairs, etc.)
- Fee or reduced-cost housing for any length of time
- Payment for bills (e.g., cell phone, gas money, rent, etc.)
- Use of your telephone or credit card
- Academic assistance of any kind (e.g., tutoring, editing papers/projects, assistance in completing class work, use of computer, etc.)
Permissible booster activities:
- Continuing to have contact with an established family friend or neighbor who is a prospect
- Viewing/attending a prospect's game on your own initiative
- Receiving a call from a prospect ONLY if the prospect initiates the call and it is not used for recruiting purposes
- Notifying or sending information to the Villanova coaching staff regarding a prospect
THIINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
A prospect remains a prospect and is subject to these restrictions and others even after he or she has a signed a National Letter of Intent or a financial agreement to attend Villanova University. The prospect does not lose this status until he or she participates in a regular season practice or competition at Villanova University or enrolls or attends classes, whichever occurs first.