NCAA Division III college coaches have no restrictions on their communications to prospective student-athletes with regards to the number or timing of placement of those communications. Basically, an NCAA Division III college coach can call, email or fax prospective student-athletes at any time. The exception to that is when they are competing in an event.
These three forms of communication fall under NCAA Bylaws 13.02.9.1 and 13.02.10.1 specifically related to communication with prospective student athletes. What that means is D3 soccer coaches CAN call you, email you or fax you no matter whether you are a senior, junior, sophomore, or freshman. Keep in mind that the rules are different for D3 and D1/D2.
This is one of the few advantages that D3 has over their larger D1 and D2 counterparts. We can start communications with prospective student athletes via phone, email and fax as early as their freshmen year in high school. D1 and D2 schools are more restricted in the timing of their communications with prospects. If you are trying to build a solid, trusting relationship with a student athlete, the earlier the process starts, the better it is for the coach, so this gives D3 coaches a slight advantage.
The other popular form of communication amongst the high school aged population is of course—- texting. For better or worse, texting has become a standard method of communication among the younger generation. Previously, D3 college coaches were NOT permitted to text prospective student-athletes. However, that changed at the 2012 NCAA Convention. See “Text messaging adopted in Division III”.
The bottom line is this—-D3 coaches can call, email, fax and text prospective student athletes with few restrictions. So if you call and leave a message, you can expect a call back even if you are not yet a senior.
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