Cavalier Corner

December 2016

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Like us on Facebook Now that the "Early" National Letter of Intent (NLI) sign- ing period has concluded, the Compliance Office would like to provide you with insight as to what it means when a prospective student-athlete (PSA) signs an NLI for your favorite UVA sports team. For all sports except football and soccer, the first signing period occurred Nov. 9-16, 2016. The signing period for football and soccer does not begin until Feb. 1, 2017. The NLI is a binding agreement between a PSA and UVA. For the NLI to be binding, it must be accompanied by an athletics aid agreement. A PSA not receiving athletics aid is not permitted to sign an NLI. The athletics aid agreement is subject to NCAA rules (either a one-year athletic scholarship or a multi-year athletic scholarship). When a PSA signs with UVA, he or she agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year (two semesters). Conversely, UVA agrees to provide athletics financial aid for at least one academic year (two semesters). Once the Compliance Office receives the PSA's signed NLI, UVA may announce their signing and publicize their attendance to the University. However, that is not the case for all new signees. New NCAA legislation for the 2016-17 academic year specifies that high school seniors who graduate early from high school, sign an athletic scholarship after August 1 of their senior year, plan to enroll in January of the same academic year (at UVA or another Division I school) that UVA may not announce their signing until after their enrollment begins. Stay tuned after classes begin in January 2017 for any new mid-year additions to your favorite UVA team. Finally, once the PSA signs with UVA, other institutions must respect the PSA's NLI signing by ceasing all recruitment. This recruiting ban remains in effect until the PSA enrolls at UVA. Once enrolled, the student-athlete is governed by NCAA recruiting regulations. If the PSA does not enroll at UVA, the recruiting ban will be lifted after the institution's academic year has elapsed (e.g., PSA signs during 2016-17, recruiting ban applies through the end of the 2017-18 academic year). Eric Baumgartner Associate Athletics Director for Compliance COMPLIANCE CORNER AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE NEW UVA SIGNING CLASS OF 2021

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