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Can I Recruit?

DON’T RECRUIT! The only persons who can permissibly contact a prospective student-athlete are BYU coaches and athletic department staff members.  Boosters may NOT make any recruiting contact with prospects or their relatives.  This precludes phone calls, letters, emails, and social media communication, as well as any face-to-face contact either on- or off-campus.

Who is a “Prospective Student-Athlete”?

A “prospect” is a student that has started classes for the ninth grade.  A student that has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospect if the student receives any benefits that the institution does not provide to all prospective students in general.  A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent.  He/she does not lose prospect status until the start of BYU classes or the first day of practice.

If you know of a prospect that you feel would make a positive addition to one of BYU’s athletic teams, please contact the coach of the respective sport and let them know! 

A booster may:

  • Continue to maintain contact with a prospect and their family as long as the booster is an established friend or neighbor and there is no attempt to recruit the student-athlete.
  • Have incidental contact – not prearranged by the athletic department – with a prospect.
  • Talk to a prospect via telephone only if the prospect initiates the conversation and the call is not for recruiting purposes.
  • Watch a prospect's athletic contest, but may not have contact with that prospect.
  • Contact a BYU coach or Athletic Dept. staff member to inform them about a prospect.

A booster may not:

  • Have face-to-face contact with a prospect or their parents, legal guardian(s), or relatives to encourage them to enroll at BYU or have any face-to-face contact in excess of the exchange of a greeting.
  • Telephone or write to prospects or their parents, encouraging them to enroll at BYU.
  • Mail anything to prospects, including newspapers, clippings, posters, programs, etc.
  • Have recruiting contacts with a prospect via social media, chat rooms, message boards, etc.  Please refrain from interacting with prospects online.
  • Pick up videotapes or transcripts relating to a prospect at his/her high school or junior college.
  • Contact a prospect's counselor, principal, or coach in an attempt to evaluate the academic or athletic abilities that recruit.
  • Transport a prospect for his/her official or unofficial visit(s) to BYU.
  • Pay for the recruits admission to a BYU sports camp.
  • Provide a prospective/enrolled student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement.  Examples of "benefits" include but are not limited to: special discount payment arrangements; a loan of money in any amount; the use of a car; the purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments; selling or giving a student-athlete tickets to athletic, institution, or community events; the use of personal property; and providing holiday or birthday gifts.

Generally speaking, boosters are prohibited from any contact with a recruit, unless a recruit contacts the booster, and even then, the booster is not allowed to discuss recruiting.  NCAA rules do not allow comments about possible recruits on an institution’s social media page or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution.  In addition, these pages cannot feature photos of prospects and messages cannot be sent to recruits using these social media technologies other than through their email function.