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Use the following information to learn more about UCLA Athletics, the recruiting process, ensuring your eligibility for collegiate athletics, and the best methods of communication to connect with UCLA’s coaches. We hope you find the information helpful, and encourage you to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.
The Recruiting Process: Important Things to Remember
A “prospective student-athlete,” or PSA, is a student who is in the 9th grade or above. You are also defined as a prospect if you have initiated communications with a collegiate coach to discuss the recruiting process. Coaches can begin corresponding with prospects September 1 of their junior year of high school. It is important to note that coaches are not permitted to return your phone calls or emails until after September 1st of your junior year of high school. The few exceptions to this are as follows:
Men’s Basketball: Coaches can begin corresponding with prospects beginning June 15th following their sophomore year of high school. This includes phone calls and emails.
Football: Coaches can make 1 phone call to a prospect between April 15 and May 31 of a prospect’s junior year in high school. Otherwise, the coach cannot call a prospect until September 1 of their senior year in high school.
Swimming and Diving: Coaches cannot call a prospect until July 1 following their junior year in high school.
Track and Field/Cross Country: Coaches cannot call a prospect until July 1 following their junior year in high school.
You can call or email coaches any time you wish, just keep in mind they cannot respond until the date allowed by the NCAA for your sport.
For more information, visit: NCAA Division I Recruiting
Initiating the Recruiting Process
The best way to initiate recruitment by a university is by contacting a coach via telephone or email, and/or submitting a recruiting questionnaire. You may also have your club or high school coach contact an institution’s coaches on your behalf. It is very important to always include your full name and high school graduation year whenever you are communicating with a college coach.
After contact has been made with a UCLA coach, you may make an unofficial visit to campus. An unofficial visit is made at the prospect’s expense, and there are no limits to the amount of unofficial visits a prospect can make to any institution. While visiting campus, you may be provided 3 complimentary tickets (you plus 2 guests) to a home UCLA athletics event. Please discuss this with UCLA’s coach prior to your visit. When you visit UCLA, you may be asked to complete and sign UCLA’s Unofficial Visit Form, depending on where you are traveling from. If you’d like, you can print the form and fill out as much as you can prior to your visit. Please note: no lodging, meals, or transportation to Los Angeles or UCLA’s campus can be provided by UCLA or any representative of athletics interests, including boosters, etc.
Coaches may evaluate prospects off-campus at any time during a prospect’s career, as allowed by the NCAA and stipulated in each sport’s specific recruiting calendar. A recruiting evaluation is defined as any off-campus activity designed to assess a prospect’s academic qualification or athletic ability (such as review of academic transcripts or watching practice/contests). In most sports, coaches are limited to 7 recruiting opportunities per prospect per year.
Recruiting & Eligibility
Checklist: Make Sure You’re Eligible (Printable PDF)
Contacting the Coaches
The best way to contact a coach is via email or athletics questionnaire. Click here to find the appropriate coach’s email address in the UCLA Athletics directory. When sending an email to a coach, remember to always include your full name and the year you will graduate high school.
Click here to complete a questionnaire for your sport.
Please keep in mind that if you have not yet reached September 1st of your junior year in high school, UCLA cannot respond to any emails or questionnaires sent, even to confirm receipt.
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