Prospective Student-Athlete

A prospective student-athlete (prospect) is any student, domestic or international, who has started classes for the ninth grade. The NCAA, however, does not have a minimum age limit. As a result, a student of any age who is contacted for recruitment purposes becomes a prospect.

Recruiting Contact

A recruiting contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect, or a prospect's parent or legal guardian, and a University staff member or Representative of Athletics Interests during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting.

Rules to Remember:

1. Only coaches and University staff members can be involved in the recruiting process. All boosters, alumni, friends and other Representatives of Athletics Interests, who are not employed by the University, are prohibited from making contact in person, by phone, by fax, or by letter) with a prospective student-athlete or his or her family for the purpose of encouraging participation in the Missouri State athletics program. An alum may be called by a prospect to discuss the University generally, but not to talk about the athletics department.

2. An impermissible contact, even if unintentional, could subject Missouri State to penalties imposed by the NCAA. Prospects could lose eligibility for competition at Missouri State because of a recruiting violation by a booster.

3. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he or she signed a National Letter of Intent or financial aid tender to attend Missouri State University. The prospect does not lose this prospect status until the start of classes at the University or until the beginning of official team practice prior to the start of class.

Offers and Inducements

Representatives of athletics interest are not allowed to be directly or indirectly involved with making arrangements for giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athletes relatives or friends. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits, and arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Arranging employment for a prospective student-athlete's relatives
  • Giving a gift of clothing or equipment
  • Cosigning of loans
  • Providing loans to a prospective student-athlete's relatives or friends
  • Giving cash or like items
  • Giving any tangible items, including merchandise
  • Providing free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type
  • Providing free or reduced-cost housing
  • Providing use of an institution's equipment (e.g., for a high school all-star game)
  • Sponsoring or arranging for an awards banquet for high school, preparatory school, or two-year college athletes by an institution, representatives of its athletics interests, of its alumni groups, or of its fundraising organizations

***For more information on this topic, please visit the Office of Athletics Compliance website at or contact Shamika Kentish, Assistant AD for Compliance, at (417) 836-4377.