Prospective student-athlete (or prospect or PSA)

Prospective student-athlete” (or “prospect” or PSA) is someone who has started classes in Grade 9 or has received a benefit not provided to general students. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges, or those who have officially withdrawn from a four-year school, are considered prospects.

A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or accepting an offer of admission or financial aid to attend SFU. Both SFU Athletics and the recruit continue to be governed by NCAA recruiting legislation until:

  • the PSA reports for regular squad practice;
  • the Registrar or Director of Admissions certifies that a PSA is officially enrolled at SFU on the first day of classes; or
  • the PSA attends a class in any regular term (Fall or Spring);
  • a PSA who signs an NLI, attends the summer term prior to Fall enrollment and the institution pays the summer term tuition.

A prospect becomes a current student-athlete only when they report for preseason practice or the first day of fall classes, whichever occurs first.


“Student-athlete” is a student who has reported for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the college/university athletic department.


Recruiting is the solicitation of a prospect or the prospect's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by an SFU staff member for the purpose of encouraging the prospect's enrollment at SFU and/or participation in SFU’s athletics program. Recruiting activities include correspondence, email or other contact over the internet, faxes, telephone conversations, in-person contacts (on and off campus), and evaluations.

Boosters are prohibited from becoming involved in recruiting activities.


A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and a college/university staff member or "representative of athletics interest" or booster during which any dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. Any encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's school or at the site of organized competition or practice is considered a contact regardless of the conversation (including a greeting) that occurs.


Boosters (referred to by the NCAA as "representatives of athletics interests") are individuals who:

  • participate in, or have been members of, any other booster group that supports athletics;
  • have made financial contributions to SFU Athletics in general or specific programs;
  • have assisted in the recruitment of student-athletes;
  • provide. or have helped arrange. benefits for enrolled student-athletes or their families;
  • participated as a student-athlete at SFU; or
  • have been involved in promoting SFU in any other way.

If you fit into any of these groups, you are a booster. According to the NCAA, once an individual has been identified as an SFU booster, that person is a booster of SFU for life.


An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletic ability of a prospect. This includes any visit to a prospect's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospect participating in any practice or competition at any location.

Official visit

An official visit by a prospect is a visit to campus that is financed in whole or in part by Simon Fraser University. Such a visit cannot take place until the first day of class of the PSA's senior (Grade 12) year of high school.

Before being eligible for an official visit, the PSA must have completed either an SAT or ACT test with proof of results and be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

  • An official visit may not exceed 48 hours in duration.
  • Simon Fraser University may pay the prospect's transportation costs for his or her official visit, provided a direct route between the prospect's home and the institution is used.
  • Simon Fraser University may also entertain a prospect and his or her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) during an official visit, provided the entertainment takes place on the institution's campus or within a 30-mile/50-kilometre radius, and is on a scale comparable to that of normal student life.
  • As a reminder, boosters are not permitted to have contact with a prospect during his or her official visit.
  • Each student-athlete is permitted a maximum of five (5) official visits to different institutions and no more than once to any one school.

Unofficial visit

An unofficial visit by a prospect is a visit made to SFU at the prospect's own expense. If any expenses are paid by SFU or any booster, the visit will become an official visit.

A prospect can take an unlimited number of unofficial visits and unlike an official visit, can take the unofficial visit before the grade 12 year.


A student-athlete who enrolls in a Division II institution as an entering freshman (ie, directly from high school) must be identified as a qualifier by the NCAA eligibility center in order to be eligible to compete. When fully eligible, the student-athlete is identified as a “Qualifier”. However, were a student-athlete deficient in one of the NCAA requirements, they could be identified as a “Partial-Qualifier”.

Qualifier: Eligible to train, compete and receive financial aid

Partial-Qualifier: Eligible to train and receive financial aid but NOT eligible to compete

Non-Qualifier: NOT eligible to train, compete or receive financial aid

Division II

The student-athlete experience in Division II is a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. The Division II approach provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in a high-level athletics competition, and development of positive societal attitudes in service to the community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning opportunity provide Division II student-athletes a path to graduation, while cultivating a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.

Sports agent/runner

A sports agent is someone who may want to represent a student-athlete in contract negotiations or for commercial endorsements if he or she shows the potential to be a professional athlete in a particular sport.

Many times, these individuals will not present themselves as agents, but as individuals interested in a student-athlete's overall welfare and athletics career.