The Truth About Official and Unofficial Visits
As college coaches begin to pursue a particular prospect they may invite the athlete to come on either an official or unofficial visist. It is important to understand the guidelines and differences between each of these visits According to the NCAA, the difference between the two is stated as:
Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.
During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.
The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.
Knowing this information is important when you start your college recruiting process. There is no limit on how many unofficial visits a prospect can take. On the contrary, the NCAA only permits 5 total official visits between Division 1 and 2 schools. These official visits allow a prospect to stay up to 48 hours.