A prospect is anyone who has begun ninth grade OR who has received any sort of benefit from MIT or a booster.
Social Media Guidelines
The MIT Social Media Guidelines have been developed to help current and prospective student-athletes understand the best practices for using social media. This includes, but is not limited to, ways to positively use social media to promote you teams and accomplishments, along with understanding the NCAA rules that relate to social media.
With the ever-changing landscape of social media, the rules also adapt and change and staying updated on the latest regulations is very important as it may effect your athletic eligibility. For the latest MIT Athletics social media guidelines, please click here or on the graphic on the right.
You can also visit the DAPER of Communications, Promotions and Marketing, located in the Zesiger Athleic Center, if you have any questions or concerns about social media.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an official visit?
An official visit to MIT by a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a visit financed in whole or in part by MIT Athletics. MIT may finance only one visit to its campus for each prospect. A prospect may not be provided an official visit earlier than the opening day of classes of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.
What is an unofficial visit?
An unofficial visit to MIT by a prospect is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. A prospect may visit the MIT campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospect may make unofficial visits before his or her senior year in high school.
What is the “48 hour rule”?
An official visit to MIT may NOT exceed 48 hours. This 48-hour clock begins when you arrive on campus. At the completion of the 48-hour visit, a prospect must depart MIT immediately.
What is the MIT coach and college allowed to do for me on an official visit? Unofficial visit?
On an official visit, a prospect may be provided a meal in MIT's on-campus dining facility, MIT housing, access to recreational use of MIT athletics facilities and transportation.
On an unofficial visit, MIT may provide a prospect with one meal in MIT's on-campus dining facility.
How does communication between coaches and PSA's work?
Coaches may communicate with PSA's and/or their parents via email, phone and text. However coaches may not meet PSA's and/or their parents off the MIT campus until the completion of their junior year. Please note that contact between coaches and the PSA's may not occur during any competition by the PSA's.
What is the NCAA rule regarding social media platforms?
NCAA regulations prohibit coaches from friending/following PSA's. In addition, coaches may not publicly post/communicate with PSA's via social media platforms. All communication is limited to private messaging.
What do I do if I want to play a sport but have not been contacted by the coach?
Do I need to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse to be recruited by MIT?
No, you do not have to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse to be recruited and/or participate at MIT, or any other Division III school.
If I want to transfer to MIT, how do I do it?
If you are currently at a Division III institution, you can complete the NCAA self-release form (located at ncaa.org by searching "Permission to Contact"), then email or fax it to the compliance officer at MIT. This form will allow contact between you and the MIT coach for up to 30 days. After this 30-day window closes, a second self-release must be filled out and sent to MIT. Once the initial self-release form has been received, MIT is not allowed to contact your current institution. After the 30-day window, MIT may contact your current school if you decide to pursue a transfer. MIT may not contact the current school if a second release to contact is sent and must wait for the expiration of the self-release form. Though a coach is not allowed to contact your current coach during this 30 or 60-day window, you are highly encouraged to talk to your current coach about a possible transfer to MIT, or any school of your choice.
If you are currently attending a Division I or II institution, you must obtain a written release stating that your current school grants MIT permission to contact you. This permission can be obtained through the compliance officer at your current Division I or II institution. Your compliance officer will contact MIT directly. After this paperwork has been completed, your current compliance officer should let you know, you can contact the MIT coach.