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College Baseball Recruiting Rules: Level-by-Level (2018)

Rules, rules, rules. The recruiting rules for each level of college baseball can be hard to keep straight, especially when each year they seem to change. This leaves many recruits and baseball parents with lots of questions and confusion. If you’re wondering whether a college coach can email you back, if college coaches are allowed to be recruiting at your games, or when you can take a campus visit, you’ve come to the right place.

At KPB, we know that understanding the recruiting rules and regulations for the various levels of college baseball can be a daunting task. We also know how important it is for your recruitment that you become familiar with and know these recruiting rules well. We’ve put together the tables below to simplify these rules for you and allow you to see the different rules for each level of college baseball in one place. Use the tables to compare between the different levels and be sure to click on the links provided to get a full understanding of the rules and the most up-to-date information. Rules may change from year-to-year so make sure you check back often to make informed decisions about your recruitment.

NCAA (More Restrictions)

DI D2 D3
QuestionnairesCamp Info


Anytime Anytime Anytime








Off-CampusContact Beginning7/1 after junior year Beginning 6/15 before junior year Beginning at completion of sophomore year
ElectronicCorrespondence Beginning 9/1 of junior year Beginning 6/15 before junior year No Restrictions
Telephone Calls Beginning 9/1 of junior year Beginning 6/15 before junior year No Restrictions
Official Visits/Unofficial Visits (with coach present) Official: 9/1 of junior year (limit 5 total & 1 per Institution)Unofficial: 9/1 of junior year Official: Beginning 6/15 after junior yearUnofficial: Anytime, no restrictions Official: Beginning 1/1 junior yearOne per institution.

Unofficial: Anytime, no restrictions

Contact/Evaluation Limits 7 total contacts & evaluations. No more than 3 contacts. No Restrictions No limit on number of contactsNo limits on number or timing of evaluations.
Letter of Intent Yes Yes No
Recruiting Rules

Quick Guide Link

Tryouts/Workouts For Recruits? No No No

NJCAA & NAIA (Less Restrictions) 


QuestionnairesCamp Info


Anytime Anytime
RecruitingCalendar? No No
Off-CampusContact No Restrictions No Restrictions
ElectronicCorrespondence No Restrictions No Restrictions
Telephone Calls No Restrictions No Restrictions
Official Visits/Unofficial Visits Official: Yes (Limit 1 per institutions)Unofficial: No restrictions Official: YesUnofficial: No Restrictions
Contact/Evaluation Limits No Restrictions No Restrictions
Letter of Intent Yes.LOI is only binding between NJCAA institutions. Recruits may still opt to attend an NCAA or NAIA school. No
Tryouts/Workouts for Recruits? Yes Yes