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Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Recruitment Practices

Recruitment Guiding Principles

The athletics department neither promotes nor condones illegal alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) activities.  All ATOD messages - verbal and written, formal and informal - and all contacts with prospective student-athletes are consistent with school and departmental policies.  The athletics department recognizes that the behavior of the recruit will be a responsibility of the student host and that the athletics department bears the legal responsibility for the recruit’s ATOD use.   The athletics department should have a uniform, written policy to guide all members of the department and recruits through the recruiting process.

Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Recruitment

CollegeAIM was created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to help schools select evidence-based programs for substance misuse prevention. Interventions listed below are rated by higher, moderate or lower effectiveness.  The NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking Report provides additional guidance on “promising strategies that need additional research.”  As you develop your action plan, first consider the items below. 

Moderate effectiveness:

Promising strategy that needs additional research:

  • Informing new students and their parents about alcohol policies and penalties before arrival and during orientation periods.

Programs developed by past APPLE attendees:

Division I

Be a Good Host - Iowa State University

  • This brochure includes Dos and Don'ts of hosting as well as appropriate suggestions for entertaining recruits on campus and is to student-athletes when they pick up their per diem in preparation for hosting a recruit. 
Conversations for the Ride Home - Loyola University Maryland
  • The guide provides an overview of Loyola University's student expectations and provides disucssion starters for parents of prospective student-athletes.

Recruiting Right - Cleveland State University

  • The guide provides hosts with important guidelines, including recommended activities for recruits and where they are/aren't allowed to spend their hosting funds. The primary emphasis is reminding student hosts that they are representing CSU and are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.

Student Host Form - North Carolina State University

  • The student host form provides specific guidance on host responsibilities and list specific activities that are not permitted during a prospect visit.

Student Host Instructions - University of North Texas

  • The document outlines permitted and non-permitted activities during a recruiting visit. The form requires signatures from the coach, host and recruit.

Division II

Recruiting and Official Visit Policy - University of Findlay

  • Provides guidelines for official and unofficial campus visits as well as a list of acceptable and unacceptable activities.

Student Athlete Recruiting Policy - Georgian Court University

  • The policy provides detailed guidelines for student hosts.

Division III

Student Host Form - Cabrini College

  • The document outlines the host's responsibilities during a prospect visit.

Student-Athlete Handbook (p. 14-15) - Springfield College

  • The policy outlines the student-host's responsibilities.

Athletic Recruiting Form - Salisbury University

  • The form includes information and a customized contact card for the recruit, student host and coach.