Can you explain the difference between official and unofficial visits?

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    Can you explain the difference between official and unofficial visits?

    From email. My response...

    Official visits are limited - you can only take 5 in a lifetime. Schools pay for the student-athlete to visit (not parents), they stay for 48 hours max, and they can not occur prior to Sept 1 of the senior year in HS.

    Unofficial visits are unlimited - take as many as you want, anytime you want. You can call coaches even before they are allowed to contact you, and offer the visit the school. That's just fine.

    Official visits are few and far between, so HS student-athletes and their parents should set up as many unofficial visits as possible. Always call the coach and try to meet with him/her when you are visiting.

    I have had many a kid fall in love with a school just by visiting, when, prior to the visit, they had little idea that they would like it so much.
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    How many are you allowed your SR year from Sept 1st to May your SR year? Is it still 5?

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    Yes, you are allowed only 5 official visits total. And they have to start September 1 of the senior year or later.

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    NSR,

    I know some ppl who took a visit down to a college. They drove down and talked to the football coaches and admissions ppl then took a tour had one on one with the coaches as they discussed some things and the players didnt stay over night. would that be considered an official or unofficial visit.

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    Absolutely unofficial. They should take as many of those as they can schedule. You never know which college coach is going to fall in love with you.

    You'll know when it's an official visit...they should tell you, or should I say invite you.

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    Originally posted by National Scouting Report
    Absolutely unofficial. They should take as many of those as they can schedule. You never know which college coach is going to fall in love with you.

    You'll know when it's an official visit...they should tell you, or should I say invite you.
    thats good, cuz i know these guys have a few colleges wanting them to make them types of visits. Not sure bout the Official visits yet those might come later.

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    How many official visits can a coach make in a year?

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    Not sure about the question, also not sure I have an answer anyway.

    "Official" visits usually refer to when a student-athlete visits a campus. If that is the question, I would guess that a college coach can attend as many as he/she can afford to give.

    If you are talking about "in-home" visits that college coaches occasionally take, I don't know the answer to that. I would, however, NOT recommend that a student-athlete ever accept a scholarship based on an in-home visit. You may love the coach, but you haven't seen the campus, facilities, etc. Don't decide on a college without visiting the school, in my opinion.

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    Originally posted by National Scouting Report
    Not sure about the question, also not sure I have an answer anyway.

    "Official" visits usually refer to when a student-athlete visits a campus. If that is the question, I would guess that a college coach can attend as many as he/she can afford to give.

    If you are talking about "in-home" visits that college coaches occasionally take, I don't know the answer to that. I would, however, NOT recommend that a student-athlete ever accept a scholarship based on an in-home visit. You may love the coach, but you haven't seen the campus, facilities, etc. Don't decide on a college without visiting the school, in my opinion.
    I meant "in home"...thanks...and good advice.

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    A college is restricted to one school-initiated, official contact per week during the open recruiting period. That contact can be via telephone or an in-home visit. They are allowed unlimited contacts via mail or e-mail at this time however. Also, the player may initiate an unlimited number of phone or e-mail contacts or unofficial campus visits at his/her discretion.

    The NCAA has also extended their interpretation of an "official" campus visit to include any time a potential or current recruit receives a gift or compensation of any kind (meals, parking, t-shirt, etc.) as a result of a visit to the campus. This excludes participation by a student-athlete in camps or showcases for which the student-athlete paid a fee for services and/or items received as long as the cost of the goods or services is in line with the expense of the items or services received. Basically, as long as you are paying the tab and you initiate the contact, you're pretty much on your own.

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    Originally posted by bulldog77
    A college is restricted to one school-initiated, official contact per week during the open recruiting period. That contact can be via telephone or an in-home visit. They are allowed unlimited contacts via mail or e-mail at this time however. Also, the player may initiate an unlimited number of phone or e-mail contacts or unofficial campus visits at his/her discretion.

    The NCAA has also extended their interpretation of an "official" campus visit to include any time a potential or current recruit receives a gift or compensation of any kind (meals, parking, t-shirt, etc.) as a result of a visit to the campus. This excludes participation by a student-athlete in camps or showcases for which the student-athlete paid a fee for services and/or items received as long as the cost of the goods or services is in line with the expense of the items or services received. Basically, as long as you are paying the tab and you initiate the contact, you're pretty much on your own.
    Thanks Bulldog77!

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    Also if it's an official visit, a school is required to send a letter to the recruit stating that. We got one from Kentucky State when they recruited my nephew before he went on his official visit.

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