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    Prospective Student-Athlete - A student who has started classes for the 9th grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the 9th grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefit that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.

    Contact - Any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting.

    Contact Period - A period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

    Dead Period - A period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. Complimentary admissions to prospective student-athletes during a dead period are prohibited. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

    Evaluation - Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in any practice or competition at any site.

    Extra Benefit - Any special arrangement by an institutional staff member or a representative of the institution's athletics interest provided to a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend that is not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. The receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation if the same benefit is generally available to the general public (e.g., institution's student body) on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

    Official Visit - A visit paid for in whole or in part by the institution.

    Quiet Period - A period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.

    Recruitment - Any solicitation of a prospective student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete's relatives (or legal guardians) by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution's athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospective student-athlete's enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution's intercollegiate athletics program.

    Representative of Athletics Interest (commonly referred to as a booster) - An individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:

    • Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
    • Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
    • Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
    • Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
    • Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.

    Unofficial Visit - A visit made at the prospective student-athlete's own expense. The institution may provide only limited benefits to the prospect during his or her visit. These benefits include complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes and transportation to view off-campus practice or competition sites within a 30-mile radius of the institution's campus when accompanied by a staff member. The provision of any other expenses or entertainment shall require the visit to become an official visit.