NLI Signing Dates

Dates for prospective student-athletes signing a National Letter of Intent in 2015-16 and enrolling in 2016-17.

Sport Initial Signing Date Final Signing Date
Basketball (Early Period) November 11, 2015 November 18, 2015
Basketball (Regular Period) April 13, 2016 May 18, 2016
Football (Midyear JC Transfer) December 16, 2015 January 15, 2016
Football (Regular Period) February 3, 2016 April 1, 2016
Soccer February 3, 2016 August 1, 2016
All others (Early Period) November 11, 2015 November 18, 2015
All others (Regular Period) April 13, 2016 August 1, 2016

Definition of Countable Athletically Related Activities

The information below comes from the Compliance Office's beginning of year presentation.

If you have any questions about any of the items below or whether a specific activity is countable or non-countable, please contact the Compliance Office at 865-974-3871.

Countable Activity Non-Countable Activity
Practices (not more than 4 hours per day) Compliance meetings
Athletic meeting initiated/required by coach (e.g. end of season individual meetings) Meetings with coach(es) initiated by student-athlete (as long as no activities occur)
Field, floor, or on-court activity Drug/alcohol educational meetings, CHAMPS meetings, Life Skills meetings
Setting up offensive and defensive alignment Study hall, tutoring or academic meetings
On-court or on-field activities called by any member of the team and confined primarily to members of that team Student-athlete advisory meetings/Captain's Counsel meetings
Required weight-training and conditioning activities Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff member
Required participation in camps/clinics Voluntary sport-related activities (e.g. initiated by student-athlete, no attendance taken, no coach present)
For cross country, golf and skiing, visiting the competition site Travelling to and from the competition site (as long as no countable athletically related activities occur)
Participating outside the regular season in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff Training room activities (e.g., treatment and taping), rehabilitation activities, and medical examinations
Recruiting activities (e.g., student host)

Academic Progress Rate

The NCAA holds Division I institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through the Academic Progress Rate, a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term.

Beginning with 2012-13 championships, teams must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

» More info on APR at

» Download the NCAA's Academic Performance Program Manual

» APR Data Collection Instructions

NCAA Division I Recruiting Calendars

Click to view, save or print recruiting calendars for the following sports (in PDF format):

» Baseball
» Football
» Men's Basketball
» Women's Basketball
» Softball
» Track / Cross Country
» Volleyball

Last Updated: 07.24.14

For a general overview of recruiting guidelines for all sports, view the following document:

» General Overview

NCAA Division I Off-Campus Recruiting Guides

Click to view, save or print recruiting guides for the following sports (in PDF format):

» Football
» Men's Basketball
» Women's Basketball
» All Other Sports

Last Updated: 07.24.14

Please download the Roster Declaration Form below and submit it to the Compliance Office.

» Download Roster Declaration Form (PDF)