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Thank you for your interest in Babson Athletics. Below are some frequently asked questions about NCAA by prospective student-athletes (prospects):

What is an official visit?

An official visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a visit financed in whole or in part by the member institution. A member institution may finance only one visit to its campus for each prospect. A prospect may not be provided an official visit earlier January 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school.

What is an unofficial visit?

An unofficial visit to a member institution by a prospect is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. A prospect may visit a member institution’s campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospect may make unofficial visits at any time.

I am not yet a senior. What kind of contact can I have with the coach? What should I send to the coach?

In Division III, coaches can call, write or email you before your senior year. This is different than Division I and II. During the recruiting process, Division III coaches are allowed to make unlimited texts, calls and emails to you. You should fill out and return the questionnaire for your sport.

What should my parents know about the recruiting process?

Parents are active participants in the college search and recruiting process. Parents should be involved, but you, the prospective student-athlete, should be the primary contact for the coaches and admissions.

What is the NCAA rule regarding social network sites?

You may communicate privately with a Babson coach over social networking sites. Babson coaches are not permitted to communication with you in any way that can be seen by the public (tweet at you, like a photo).

When a coach visits a prospective student-athlete during a competition, what is he or she allowed to do during that visit?

First, a college coach is only allowed to speak to those prospective student-athletes who have completely his/her junior year. Second, a college coach may only meet with the prospect after the competition is over when the prospect is finished with the tournament, game or meet for the day. Contact shall not be made after the competition until the prospect is released by the appropriate coach and departs the dressing and meeting facility.

Do I need to go through the NCAA Eligibility Center to be recruited by Babson?

No, you do not have to go through the NCAA Eligibility Center to be recruited and/or participate at Babson College, or any other Division III school.

If I want to transfer to Babson, how do I do it?

If you are interested in transferring to Babson from your current NCAA Division I or II institution, Babson will need to receive written permission to contact you from your current institution before our coaches can contact you directly.

If you are interested in transferring to Babson from your current NCAA Division III institution, the NCAA grants NCAA Division III student-athletes the right to self-release for a limited period of time. You must fill out a Permission to Contact: Self Release Form and send it Babson before our coaches can contact you directly.

If you are interested in transferring from Babson to a NCAA Division I or II institution, you are required to contact your current coach and the compliance coordinator to grant permission to other institutions to contact you.

If you are interested in transferring from Babson to a NCAA Division III institution, you are highly encouraged to contact your current coach about transferring. You must also complete the NCAA's Permission to Contact: Self Release Form and send this to the potential institution. This release is good for a limited time period of 30 days. You must then contact Compliance Coordinator Kirsten Clark to continue contact with the potential institution.

The information contained in this list of frequently asked questions does not represent every possibility or situation. If you have any questions regarding prospects, student-athletes, or NCAA rules and regulations, please contact the compliance officer, Kirsten Clark (kclark@babson.edu).

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