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Everything You Need to Know About Official Visits

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Going on official visits is one of the most exciting parts of the recruiting process. Not only do you have the opportunity to see a college campus in person but being invited also signifies that the coach is very interested in you as a recruit. This is your opportunity to get to know the campus, the culture, the team and the dorms and then decide if you would feel comfortable living there for the next four years.

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What is an official visit.

So, what makes a visit official? Any visit to a college campus in which any part is financed by the school is considered an official visit. Coaches usually save invitations for their top recruits and getting asked is a huge step on your recruiting journey. It’s important to prepare in advance for this crucial part of the recruiting process. We’ve put together everything you need to know to ace your next official visit.

NCAA official visit rules

Each division level has its own set of rules surrounding official college visits. Division I has the strictest regulations. The following are the rules you need to know:

  • The NCAA allows recruits an unlimited number of official visits to Division I schools. Recruits are limited to one per school, unless there is a head coaching change after their visit, in which they are permitted a second visit. Visits to Division II and Division III schools are unlimited.
  • The school can pay for the following for you and your parents/guardians: transportation to and from the campus, lodging throughout your visit, three meals per day and three tickets to a home sports event.
  • Schools may pay for a recruit’s transportation to and from campus. However, they can only provide transportation for parent/guardians if they travel in the same car as the recruit. Flights and separate bus or train tickets may not be purchased for parents.
  • At all levels, recruits can take only one official visit per school.
  • Each official visit may be up to 48 hours long, or the span of one weekend.
  • D1 men’s ice hockey recruits can begin taking official visits as early as August 1 of their junior year in high school.
  • D1 football recruits can begin taking official visits starting April 1 of their junior year of high school.
  • D1 women’s basketball recruits may begin taking official visits in April of their junior year of high school, beginning the Thursday following the Women’s Final Four tournament.
  • D1 lacrosse, softball and baseball recruits may begin taking official visits September 1 of their junior year of high school.
  • For all other DI sports, recruits can begin taking official visits starting August 1 before the athlete’s junior year of high school.
  • Official visits are not allowed to occur during recruiting dead periods.

Within these official rules, each school will have a slightly different way in which they conduct visits. Some schools will be able to finance your whole trip, paying for transportation, meals, lodging and tickets to a home game. But this is the maximum of what colleges can provide for their recruits. Some programs simply may not have the money to pay for your entire visit, opting to finance just a small portion of your visit. An official visit can also include having an on-campus lunch or dinner that is purchased by the coach. It doesn’t have to last the full 48 hours—again, that’s the maximum amount but not a requirement.

Generally speaking, the more money a coach spends on your official visit, the higher up on their list you are as a recruit. However, that’s not a reason to discount a program that’s trying to recruit on a budget. If you’re interested in a school, official visits can be the last piece of the puzzle to help you understand if it’s your best college fit.

What are the new recruiting rules around official visits?

Effective on April 13, 2023, the NCAA Division I Council announced that they will no longer limit the number of official visits recruits can make to NCAA member schools. Starting July 1, 2023, recruits are permitted an unlimited number of official visits to Division I schools, unless there is a head coaching change post-visit, in which case recruit is allowed to complete a second official visit to the same school. For men’s basketball, prospects still will be able to complete a second official visit to the same school, as long as it do not occur in the same academic year.

Effective May 1, 2019, the NCAA created a series of updated recruiting rules to slow down the recruiting process and cut back on the number of recruits getting verbal offers as eighth graders, freshmen and sophomores in high school. Athletes will now have more time to research colleges and focus on developing athletically and academically. Then, as juniors and seniors in high school, they will be better equipped to decide which college or university is right for them.

According to the new rules, DI recruits in most sports can now start taking official and unofficial visits starting August 1 before their junior year of high school. In the past, official visits weren’t permitted until the athlete’s senior year of high school and there were no restrictions on unofficial visits. While this is exciting news for recruits eager to visit campuses, these rule changes will also likely put more emphasis on athletes and families needing to be proactive early in the recruiting process. With top prospects being offered official visits their junior year, this means even more schools can lock down their recruiting classes early. As a recruit, you need to start the recruiting process as early as possible so you’re ready for official visit invites August 1 before junior year.

How does an official visit work?

Depending on the sport and division level, athletes can begin taking official visits junior year. A coach may extend an official visit offer to recruits during a phone call, email, text or direct message. Once a coach invites you, grab your family schedule and work out a weekend to take the trip.

While receiving an invite does indicate you are at the top of a coach’s recruiting list, it doesn’t mean you’ve locked in your spot just yet. This means the coach will be evaluating you during your entire official visit. Most importantly, visits are a great way for coaches to get a better understanding of your personality and character. They want to see if you are a recruit who will be a positive asset to their team and the school.

To learn more, check out our video on  how to schedule your visits , where NCSA recruiting experts share what you can expect. This includes what travel expenses might be covered by the program, activities that coaches use to introduce you to the team and campus, and what coaches expect from recruits during a visit. 

Insider Tip : Coaches will look at how you interact with your parents—are you respectful, courteous and kind? Or, do you brush them off and behave rudely? Do you answer the coaches’ questions thoughtfully or do you give one-word responses? While it may be intimidating to visit a college campus and get evaluated by the coaches throughout, it’s important to make an effort to put your best foot forward.

How to prepare for your official visit

Because official visits are more formal than unofficial visits, there’s a bit more prep work required from athletes before the visit takes place. Follow this checklist to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:

  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center . Before your visit, the coach needs to know that you are eligible to actually compete at their school. If you’re visiting Division I and Division II schools, you need to get a Certification Account . Make sure that your parent/guardian is with you as you sign up, because there is a fee involved. This is a good step to take your sophomore year of high school, so you’re ready to start taking official visits your junior year. If you’re visiting a Division III school, sign up for an NCAA Profile page, which is the free version of the Certification Account. You only need a Certification Account if you’re actively getting recruited by Division I and/or Division II colleges. When you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center , you will receive your NCAA ID number. Many coaches will ask for your NCAA ID number before your official visit.
  • Have the coach add you to the Institutional Request List. This is another formality to ensure that you are eligible to compete at an NCAA school. Request that the coach add you to the IRL list, which will put your Eligibility Center application on a fast track to get cleared. Because the NCAA receives so many requests through its Eligibility Center, the Institutional Request List serves to make sure athletes who need to be cleared quickly will be.
  • Send the admissions office your transcript and a standardized test score. If you’ve already registered with the Eligibility Center, the school should be able to access your transcript and test scores. However, this step helps the admissions office ensure that your academic criteria are up to the standards of that school, while the NCAA Eligibility Center ensures that you’ve met the academic requirements mandated by the NCAA to compete in college sports.
  • Know how you will respond if you receive an offer. As mentioned earlier, offers are not guaranteed during official visits, but they do happen. To avoid freezing on the spot, go into your official visit with a game plan for how you will respond. If this is your top school and you’ve visited the other colleges you’re interested in, it might make sense to say yes as soon as possible. However, if you have other schools on your list, you can ask the coach when the offer will expire.

  • Put together your list of questions for the coach. During your official visit, you will have a chance to get all your questions answered, so take advantage of this opportunity. Sit down with your parents before the visit and brainstorm all your questions. Write down your questions for the coach and bring the list with you. This way, you don’t forget an important topic and you can impress the coach with your preparedness.

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Do parents go on official visits?

Parents are invited to go on official visits. The school can pay for three meals per day and tickets to a home sports match. However, the school is only allowed to pay for their transportation to and from campus if the parents are traveling in the same car as the recruit. Flights and separate bus or train tickets may not be purchased for parents. Parents have a very specific role throughout the official visit: Let the athlete be the focus of the experience.

For some parents, it might be hard to let go and allow their student-athlete to take center stage during this visit. However, parents should let their athlete ask questions and take control of the conversation. Give them an opportunity to hold a candid, uninterrupted conversation with the coach. Allow them to make their own opinions about the school before injecting your point of view. When the conversation turns to finances, scholarships and paying for college, this is where coaches typically expect parents to jump in .

For more on the topic, check out the video below featuring former sports broadcaster David Kmiecik and D1 and D3 swim coach Danny Koenig.

Read more:   Recruiting Tips for Parents

What happens on an official visit?

While every official visit will be slightly different, recruits can expect that the trip will include a campus tour. This is your chance to familiarize yourself with the campus and ask yourself if you would enjoy living there for four years. As you tour the campus, take notes. When you’re trying to remember what you liked—and didn’t like—about each of the schools you visited, you can refer back to your notes to help jog your memory about the trip. Use the following checklist to make sure you hit all the key spots on campus:

  • Check out the library and sit in on a class.
  • Visit the different housing options, both on and off campus.
  • Meet your future training staff.
  • Eat in the school cafeteria or food court.
  • Set up a meeting with an academic adviser.
  • Hang out on the campus grounds.
  • Stay off your phone and experience the campus.

Coaches typically will want you to meet a few members of the team—or the whole team—to see how your chemistry checks out. You may also be invited to participate in a workout or another team activity. According to NCAA rules, however, any kind of workout you attend on an official visit cannot be organized by the coach or coaching staff. Typically, the workout will be led by the team’s captains. Take this opportunity to see if you connect with your potential teammates.

Questions to expect from the coach on your official visit

You will also likely get some one-on-one time with the coach. This is a chance for you to ask any final questions that you have. Before your visit, write down some questions and keep adding to the list so you have something to go off of when you sit down with the coach. The coach will also probably have some questions for you, too. Here are just a few examples of questions to expect from a coach during your visit:

  • “What other schools are recruiting you?” Be honest here and tell the coach other schools you’re actively talking to. If it’s true, list schools that are rivals with or comparable to the school you’re visiting. This will make the coach want you on their team even more.
  • “What other colleges are you visiting?” Again, it’s important to be honest. If you have—or haven’t—visited any other schools yet, let them know.
  • “When can you commit?” While getting invited on an official visit doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get an offer, it certainly does happen. If this is your number one school and you have a good feeling about it, this might be the right time to lock down a commitment. If you have any other schools to visit before you make your decision, that’s OK, too. Simply make an educated guess when you think you will know. Ask the coach how long the offer stands and when they would like to know your answer.

Some coaches will arrange for you and your parents to attend a home sporting event. They might also have a teammate take you to dinner or walk you around campus again. Plus, you’ll get some free time to explore the area and learn more about the school.

What to bring on an official visit

A lot of recruits ask us what to wear on an official visit, and our best piece of advice is to err on the side of overdressing, rather than underdressing. You want to look neat and clean throughout your entire trip. For men, bring a collared shirt with nice jeans or khakis. For women, a skirt, dress, nice slacks or jeans are acceptable. Avoid wearing sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, flip flops and ripped jeans. Bring athletic clothes and shoes in case you get invited to work out with the team.

As mentioned before, it’s a great idea to come with some questions for the coach. When the moment comes to ask your questions, it’s easy to freeze up and forget them all. Having them written down will ensure you get the answers you need, plus it will show the coach that you are organized and responsible. Make sure you do your homework and read up on the school, too.

Your follow-up after the visit

Have you ever heard that the follow-up is the most important part? After each visit, make sure you follow up with the coach. Send them a “thank you” note, thanking them for their time and telling them some of your favorite parts of the visit. You can also let the coach know where you’ll be competing next if they’d like to watch you in person. The follow-up shows the coach you’re a thoughtful, courteous athlete, and it also keeps you top-of-mind as they assemble their roster.

Overall, enjoy your visit! This is your chance to get the “red carpet” treatment and get a taste of what life at that college will be like.

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Official vs. Unofficial Visits: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re an aspiring college athlete or not, one of the most effective parts of the college application process is visiting a campus. It’s the best way to find out if you like or don’t like a campus and why.

Every college admissions office puts together a laundry list of visit opportunities for prospective students on a yearly basis, but there is an extra wrinkle for prospective student-athletes. That comes in the form of official and unofficial visits. While everyone understands that one is official and the other isn’t, what are the differences and how do they apply to those impacted?

Official Visit vs. Unofficial Visit

Official visits are any trips to college campuses by a prospective student-athlete that’s paid for by the college they’re visiting.

Unofficial visits are completely paid for by the prospective student-athlete or their family.

The benefit of official visits is that they allow a college to really “wine and dine” a recruit. When hosting someone for an official visit, college programs can pay for the transportation needed by the recruit to get to and from campus, their housing and three meals per day for both the athlete and a parent. Colleges can also include tickets to a home sports event.

There is no flexibility for college athletic programs to pay for anything when it comes to an unofficial visit, but they’re still able to reserve tickets for the recruit and their family to a home sports event.

As one can imagine, the NCAA enforces some regulations on official visits. At the Division I and II level, student-athletes are allowed just one official visit per school, and five total. So if you find yourself being asked to go on several official visits, you need to be thoughtful of how you spend them.

There is no limit at Division III or NAIA schools with regard to total official visits made by a recruit, but they can only make one visit per school. If you’re taking unofficial visits, though, recruits and/or their families can visit as many colleges as many times as they want.

What Doesn’t Change

The big, overarching concept that’s the same between both official and unofficial visits is how one evaluates the school itself. Don’t forget, it’s important to like more things about a school than solely the athletics program. Asking yourself the same questions regardless of what type of visit you’re on is crucial to making an informed decision when the time comes.

  • How are the dorms?
  • Is the food any good? Hey, this is important! You have to eat least three times a day for four years, ya know.
  • What are the academic buildings like? Are you a fan of the campus layout? What about the surrounding area? Would you be excited to attend this school even if sports weren’t a factor?
  • Don’t forget about academics. What majors, advising programs, and internship opportunities are available? What resources are available to help you succeed?

This is just the start. Head over to the bookstore, ask current students (both athletes and non-athletes) as many questions as you can, and try to research any unanswered questions after you get home.

A Secret Tip: Act Natural

Here’s the thing—you’ll probably feel like a high school student during these visits. That’s OK because, well, you are a high school student. But I have a secret to tell you: as long as you’re not walking around with your parents or a bunch of other recruits and aren’t on an official tour of the campus, you’ll look just like just all the other college students there. It’s true. Nobody will know the difference.

This is an awesome opportunity to wander around campus by yourself and get a sense of what your experience as a student could be like.

You might be thinking, “But that’s weird! I don’t want to do that!” I get it—I would’ve thought the same thing as a high school junior or senior. However, you’re going to have to do this for real (like meet other students and speak to campus administration) sooner than you think, so there’s no better time than now to give it a try.

When you go on official visits or do admissions-sponsored tours/programs, you’re going to see the best and most wonderful things about that school. That’s literally their job. There are plenty of awesome colleges out there, but no place is all sunshine and rainbows. Exploring the campus by yourself is an opportunity to get a sense of what potential downfalls there are, and it’ll give you a chance to decide whether any of them are deal-breakers or not.

See if people hold doors open for you. Are students walking around campus with a smile on their face? If you get something to eat in the cafeteria, can you sit down with a random person to eat without feeling like an outcast? Is it easy to set up a meeting with the dean of students? Whether your experiences are positive or negative, it’s a decent indicator of what your experience at that college/university could be like.

Visits are an integral part of the college admissions process, regardless of whether you’re a recruited athlete or not. When you get the opportunity to visit a campus you’re potentially interested in, take full advantage of the time you have there.

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Official vs Unofficial Visits: Official Visits Explained

Taking a college visit is an important part of the recruiting process. Understanding the differences between official and unofficial visits can help you plan your recruitment efficiently. An official visit is an opportunity for a college to pay for a recruit’s transportation, food, and accommodations, while an unofficial visit requires the recruit to pay for those expenses. Both visits allow the school to purchase tickets to a home sporting event for the recruit. In this article, we will explain the details of an official visit.

WHAT IS AN OFFICIAL VISIT?

A college campus visit that has any part financed by the school is considered an official visit. College coaches typically save official visit invitations for their top recruits, and players they believe could deserve a scholarship offer. To be invited on an official visit is a great opportunity for your recruiting process.

Official college visit rules vary, depending on the level a school is regulated. NCAA Division I has the most strict regulations, listed below are the rules you will need to follow:

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Only 5 visits to Division I schools. There is no limit of official visits to Division II & Division III schools, but all NCAA official visits are limited to one per school.

Schools can pay expenses for you and your family. The school can pay for transportation to and from the campus, accommodation during your visit, three meals per day, and three tickets to a home sporting event for you and two of your family members (most schools require parents or guardians specifically).

Schools can only provide transportation to and from the campus for family members if they travel in the same car as the recruit. Flights, or separate bus/train tickets can’t be purchased for family members.

Official visits can last up to 48 hours, or the duration of one weekend.

Official visits for Division I sports are allowed on August 1, before a recruit’s junior year of high school. This rule excludes Division I Men’s & Women’s Basketball.

Men’s Division I basketball recruits can begin taking official visits January 1 of their junior year of high school.

Women’s Division I basketball recruits can begin taking official visits in April of their junior year of high school, the Thursday after the Women’s Final Four tournament.

Official visits are not allowed during recruiting dead periods .

WHAT ARE NCAA DIVISIONS?

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NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

NAIA rules are not as specific as the NCAA. You will need to communicate with your coach about the details involving the costs and activities of your visit.

There is no limit to the number of NAIA schools a recruit can visit, but they are limited to one per school.

Expenses covered or reimbursed for recruits is at the discretion of the school. Expenses can include transportation, accommodation, and/or meals.

School funded attendance at ID camps or individual evaluation sessions are considered official visits.

NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)

Junior College rules vary, depending on the regions and institutions. Here are a some of the most common rules to follow:

There is no limit to the number of NJCAA schools a recruit can visit, but they are limited to one per school.

Expenses covered or reimbursed for recruits is at the discretion of the school. Expenses can include transportation, accommodation, and meals.

Schools are NOT ALLOWED to pay expenses for a recruit’s parents/guardians or family members that join them on their visit.

A recruit must have completed their junior year of high school to be eligible for an official visit to a NJCAA school.

WHY TAKE A VISIT?

If a coach invites you on an official visit, you should consider it a good sign that the program is serious about your recruitment.An official visit is an additional opportunity for coaches to evaluate recruits. Throughout the visit coaches will be trying to get a better understanding of your personality & character. They will try to determine if you are a good fit for their team and school.

Additional Evaluation

Coaches will pay close attention to how a recruit interacts with their parents/guardians, to help better determine an athlete’s general demeanor. Does the recruit act respectfully, courteously, and kindly to their parents & family? Or does the recruit respond rudely?

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Coaches will also use the recruit’s answers to questions to gather a better understanding of a player. Does the recruit give thoughtful answers, or quick one word responses? Does the recruit ask questions in response, or just expect to only give answers during conversations?

BE PREPARED

Official visits require prep work from recruits before the visit takes place. Here are a few tasks to be completed when taking an official visit.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

To take an official visit, the coach needs to know that you are eligible to compete at their school. To visit Division I and Division II schools, a Certification Accoun t is needed. The NCAA Eligibility Center will issue you a NCAA ID number upon registration. Coaches will ask you for the NCAA ID number before your official visit.

Be added to the Institutional Request List

Ask the coach to add you to the Institutional Request List , which wil l fast track your NCAA Eligibility Center application process. Because of the large number of requests received by the NCAA Eligibility Center , the IRL makes sure that athletes can be cleared quickly due to time constraints.

Send the admissions office your transcript

The school should be able to access your transcript and test scores through the NCAA Eligibility Center , but you should send your transcript and scores to the admissions office to ensure that you meet the academic criteria of that school. The NCAA Eligibility Center only ensures that athletes meet the academic requirements needed to compete in college sports.

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Be ready to respond to an offer

An official invite does not guarantee an offer, but you should definitely be prepared for the best case scenario. If you have additional visits scheduled, it might make sense to ask the coach when the offer will expire and if it's possible to take some time to think about your answer. If you have no more visits scheduled and are offered by your top choice, saying yes as soon as possible could be the right choice. No matter the decision made, you should be prepared for that conversation on your visit.

Have questions for the coach

At some point during an official visit, you will be able to ask questions of the coaches. This is one of the major advantages of taking an official visit, and the opportunity should not be wasted. You should create a detailed list of questions to ask the coach, and bring the list with you on the visit. The list will ensure all your questions are answered, as well as impress the coach with your high level of preparedness.

PARENTS’ ROLE

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Parents & family members have an important role during an official visit - Ensure the recruit is the focus of the experience. Family members should allow the athlete to ask questions and direct the conversations. The recruit should be able to hold open & honest conversations with the coach throughout the visit. Family members can allow the athlete to make their own opinions about the school, before adding perspective. Once the conversation makes its way to finances, school costs, and scholarship opportunities, the family members are expected to jump in and contribute to the conversations.

WHAT HAPPENS ON A VISIT?

Every official visit will be different, but there are some similarities that can be counted on.

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Campus Tour

Sit in on a class

Visit the housing options (on & off campus)

Meet the training staff

Eat in the school dining hall, food court, or cafeteria

Meet with an athletic-specific academic advisor

Meet team members (sometimes the entire team)

EXPECTED COACHES QUESTIONS

You will have an opportunity to speak with coaches one-on-one at some point during the visit. As previously stated, having questions ready for the coach is helpful, but you will also need to be ready for the type of questions coaches will ask. Here are a few examples that can be expected from a coach during a visit.

What other schools are recruiting you?

What other colleges are you visiting?

When can you commit?

What is the most important aspect of your decision?

What do you enjoy most about our program?

Why do you think you would be a good fit at our school?

Will you accept our offer for an athletic scholarship?

THE FOLLOW UP

After each visit, be sure to follow up with coaches. Send them a “thank you” note, or message, thanking them for their time & effort, as well as explaining what were your favorite parts of the visit. The follow up shows coaches that you are a thoughtful person & keeps you in their mind during the recruiting process.

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Athletic Campus Visits: Understanding OFFICIAL Visits (Part 2/2)

by Renee Lopez | Campus Visits , Recruiting tips

Athletic Campus Visits: Understanding OFFICIAL Visits (Part 2/2) | Coach Renee Lopez | College Athletic Recruiting Expert

Many high school student-athletes want an opportunity to play at the next level and be offered a college athletic scholarship. While the percentages are in the range of 3-10% (depending on the sport) of high school student-athletes that get an opportunity to play at the next level, not all of them are offered a scholarship based off of their sports talent as many are only offered a walk-on position. Even fewer are offered an opportunity to visit a campus on the school’s ‘dime’ with an official visit to campus.

In part one of our Campus Visits series, we discussed the prevalence of unofficial visits to see a college campus . Most college coaches, admissions staff, and faculty concur that a visit to a college campus can be extremely valuable. Having been a college coach for 14 years, I would highly encourage you to visit numerous campuses early on in your high school career. I would encourage you to visit campuses that are much different from each other- big and small, city vs suburbia, and various levels of sports competition so you can start to figure out what is the right fit for you.

Looking for a Full Ride? by: Coach Renee Lopez

One NCAA Division 1 Head Coach (who asked to remain anonymous so he could speak bluntly) said, “One of my biggest pet peeves in the college recruiting process is that so many high school student-athletes, and especially their parents, have the impression that colleges have an unending amount of money in their recruiting budgets to fly kids in from all across the country on a whim that they may or may not be interested in our college.”

He continued, “I appreciate the anonymity in this as I say this as kindly, yet bluntly as I can…Our recruiting budgets are not like the SEC or ACC, even though we are D1. Here’s the scenario families need to understand. If I can fly myself and my assistant to a college showcase or tournament and see 500-1000 kids play in one weekend for the same costs of flying one athlete in to see our campus and entertain them, who may or may not commit to us…What would you do to be a good steward of the limited recruiting budget for our team? Some recruits, not all, think that just because they are a talented athlete, that they ‘deserve’ an official visit.”

“Please let your readers know that they should see being offered an official visit as a privilege, not a right. Do not ask for an official visit or athletic scholarship in your initial email!  You would never believe the number of kids who do this. It’s just demonstrates your attitude of entitlement, which coaches do not want on their teams. The majority of student-athletes should focus on unofficial visits and be gracious if they are offered an official visit.”

This past week, I interviewed another Athletic Director of a major D1 program who echoed these thoughts. He was also speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to protect their school’s image and his self-proclaimed cynicism, “Student-athletes who are offered official visits should really be serious about the school being in their top 3-5 choices. Please do not use these official visits as a fun getaway for a weekend and also act inappropriately while visiting the college. It will get around to other athletic programs as the sports industry is a very tight-knit industry. Do not simply waste a college coach’s time and the school’s finances on taking official visits of schools you have zero intention of attending. Some people think that this will drive their ‘stock’ up in terms of scholarship offers. It’s simply not the way the system works.”

As a recruiting educator who consults with many families and conducts seminars on the process in various high school and sports organizations, I would reiterate these perspectives as being a major problem in the recruiting process. There are a lot of regulations regarding official visits, so this blog is an attempt to simplify some of the information.

If you are granted an opportunity to visit a college on an official visit, below you will find some answers to some frequently asked questions. I will primarily focus on NCAA rules for these visits at the DI and DII levels. (Please note that NCAA D3, NAIA, NCCAA, and NJCAA all have different rules when it comes to campus visits, so it is best to check with the governing body of the prospective college).

Who Pays for an Official Visit?

This is taken directly from the NCAA website: ‘An “official visit” is any visit to a college or university campus by you and your parents that is paid for by the college. The college or university may pay all or some of the following expenses:

  • Your transportation to and from the college (for DI basketball and FBS football, this may include coach-class airfare for up to two people).
  • Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college/university.
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including up to six complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest for Division I, or up to five complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest for Division II.’

What Steps Must I Take Prior To The Official Visit?

A prospective student-athlete cannot do an official visit until he or she:

  • Presents the institution with a current high school or college-preparatory school transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Registers with the NCAA Eligibility Center; and
  • Is placed on the institution’s institutional request list (IRL) with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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How Do I Set-Up An Official Visit?

You need to be offered an official visit by the college coach. As mentioned above, this is not something you just call and ask the coaching staff to do for you. Do not have the expectation that college coaches will do this, especially with large roster programs. 

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How many official visits can i do to a specific campus.

A member institution may finance only one visit to its campus for a prospective student-athlete (even if they are exploring playing multiple sports). Some sports allow these visits to take place during the junior year of high school while others only allow it at the senior year.

It is important to note that you cannot do an official visit during any dead periods which vary in timing by sport. I would suggest checking the NCAA website for recruiting calendars that describe the specifics for each sport here.

What Should I Bring With Me On An Official Visit?

Since the school will already have much of your paperwork already, I would recommend asking the college coach if there is anything specific they would like for you to bring with you. You should also have a list of questions with you to ask admissions, current students, faculty, and athletic staff. I have prepared a set of 13 questions for you to ask a coach in our recent blog here .

What Should I Wear On An Official Campus Visit?

I would recommend your first priority is comfortable walking shoes, as you will typically do a lot of walking. I would encourage you to wear something a bit nicer than just athletic clothes or jeans. You should be wanting to make a good first impression, but you do not have to be in a business suit.

I would think “business casual”. I would recommend a nice button-down shirt (tucked-in) and dress pants for men. For women, I would recommend a casual skirt or dress pants and nice blouse or sweater. I would also encourage you to dress in layers, as many campus buildings have the air conditioning on high when it is summer and vice versa, during the winter months.

Can I Stay Overnight in the Residence Halls On An Official Campus Visit?

The prospective student-athlete may stay in an enrolled student-athlete’s residence hall. You will typically have a student-host who will be in charge of you while on campus. Insider Tip: Remember that the college coach will ask for a report from that student host about how you behaved socially during your visit. Make sure that you represent yourself with maturity the entire time you are on the campus and not on your phone the entire time!

What Will I Be Able to Do While An Official Campus Visit?

On most colleges, you may take a campus tour, meet with the admissions and financial aid staff, tour residence halls, eat in the dining facilities, and meet with faculty in your desired academic major(s). It varies on every college campus and depending on if you are there on a weekday or weekend. The college coach will typically arrange all of the details of your official visit, including attending a home competition, and make sure you spend time with people you need to within the athletic department. Often times this includes the current team, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic training staff, NCAA Compliance Directors, and academic advisers.

The NCAA also states, “An institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized audio/video scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g., running onto the field with the team during pregame introductions) during an official visit. Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g., hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture.”

Can I Do A Try-Out or Play With The Team While I Am On Campus?

Try-outs are not allowed at the NCAA Division I level. However, some sports are allowed to do Identification (ID) Camps which would allow you to pay to participate for a camp held on the campus at various times during the year. However, it is not permissible for an institution to pay any leg of a prospective student athlete’s transportation costs if he or she participates in an institutional camp or clinic in conjunction with an official visit.

NCAA Division II programs may do a try-out while you are there, or may not. There are also stipulations for doing try-outs in terms of timelines (when is your official high school season, etc). To do a try-out, the NCAA also requires you to have a copy of a recent sports physical, including a sickle-cell test. I would not assume you are or are not going to do a try-out when you are visiting a D2 campus. Instead, I would ask the coaches if they are looking to do this prior to your traveling.

There are pages and pages of rules and restrictions in the NCAA Compliance handbooks regarding campus visits (literally these books have hundreds of pages of rules). There are many differences between sports and various levels. This blog is meant to be a resource and is definitely not inclusive. It is recommended if you are invited for an official campus visit, you follow the direction of the athletic staff as to what is permissible and what is not during your visit. Also, if you have not already, I would highly recommend you read our 3 Part blog series on committing to a college. ( Part 1: Prior to Committing , Part 2: During Signing , and Part 3: Steps to Take After Signing ).

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The Difference Between Official and Unofficial Visits

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As the recruiting process becomes more serious and both the recruit and college coach share a vested interest, it is time to take a visit. Here are the general differences between official and unofficial visits and what to expect.

Unofficial Visits

Unofficial visits are visits to colleges that are completely funded by the visiting recruit and family. With the new NCAA legislation, unofficial visits cannot occur before September 1 st of junior year of high school. However, they can be taken as often as the athlete desires as there is no limit to unofficial visits. A freshman or sophomore may schedule an academic visit to an institution, but they are not allowed to engage in conversation with the coaching staff while on campus. Unofficial visits are being de-emphasized in today’s recruiting world, but generally, you can expect to see coaches lay out itineraries for the day and show you everything they can about their program and campus.

A college coach will invite you to pay a visit to campus where you will be able to evaluate the college and see if it is a right fit for you. On unofficial visits, you will meet the coaching staff, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, players, and other faculty. You will tour athletic facilities, classes, dorms, library, cafeteria, and other campus amenities. You may also meet with a faculty member of your intended area of study where you will be given general guidelines of the coursework required for your potential major.

Prepare for these visits by coming on campus with questions for the coaching staff and players regarding the volleyball program, academics, and college lifestyle. Another factor to be prepared for is honesty by the coaching staff as they will be up-front about where they see you fitting into their program. Whether they offer you a full-ride scholarship or walk-on offer, do not feel pressured to commit while on campus. Take a few days to weigh your options before giving the program your decision.

Official Visits

Official visits are different from unofficial visits as the university pays for all visit expenses (i.e. travel, meals, hotel). Unlike unofficial visits, official visits are restricted to 5 official visits to NCAA DI and DII schools combined per athlete, with only 1 visit per school. NCAA DIII and NAIA schools are allotted unlimited official visits, but still sanctioned to 1 per school. Official visits can be taken after September 1 st of junior year of high school.

Official visits are reserved for top recruits or commitments. With the new proposals by NCAA, more emphasis is being placed on official visits in an attempt to end early recruiting ages and commitments. In regards to what to expect on official visits, the information is going to be the same as your unofficial visit as the two visits do not differ much in content.

Overall, visits are the time to relax and enjoy the recruiting process! This will be your chance to get the “red carpet” treatment and a taste of what college life and volleyball will be like at the next level. Take notes while on and immediately following your visit to specify your likes and dislikes so you can refer back and refresh your memory while making your final college decision.

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For many student-athletes, setting foot on campus is the moment everything clicks. They take in the culture, meet with college-athletes in person, walk through the dorms, and then they just know—this is where I want to go to school.

That’s why official and unofficial visits play such an important part in the recruiting process. It helps families picture the next four years, and gives them a sense of clarity—good or bad—on whether they want to pursue that college. Plus, it’s an opportunity to get some one-on-one time with the coach and team and tour the athletic facilities.

Read more: How official and unofficial visits work

That being said, the coach is also evaluating your athlete— and even you —by essentially bringing your family onto their turf. Recruiting is a two-way street, and they want to make sure that your athlete is a fit for them just as much as the school is for your child.

And now, with the NCAA rules that went into effect this year , D1 college coaches can invite student-athletes on official visits starting Sept. 1 of their junior year. Previously, recruits had to wait until their senior year to go on official visits.

So as you prepare for visits this fall, here’s what college coaches look for—and how your family can make a great impression.

Does your child have real interest in the program?

It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth pointing out that coaches can spot pretty quickly when the student-athlete has no interest in the school, especially smaller schools or D3 programs. In most of these scenarios, the parents thought it was a great opportunity, helped set up the visit and pressured the athlete to attend. So, begrudgingly their child obliges, but doesn’t put any effort forward once there.

Make a great impression : Before you visit any school, make sure your whole family is on the same page, and help your child do their research on the program. The best way to show coaches they have genuine interest is by asking good questions. For example, what are the most common majors on the team, and what is the team’s average GPA? What do the offseason and holiday commitments look like? What does a typical week of practice look like?

You want to fully understand what your child’s experience would be like if they attended that school, and the coach will respond positively to these questions as they show your athlete did their research and has real interest in the program.

Read more: Questions to ask college coaches

How are you behaving?

Don’t forget: coaches are actually observing you, too. They know this is a family decision, which means not only are they bringing your athlete onto the team, but you’re also a part of the deal. So, they like to see how you blend into their culture as well. Plus, they want to see how independent recruits are around their parents. For example, if you’re answering every question for your athlete, it signals to coaches your child may need some hand-holding once they’re on their own.

Read more: How college coaches recommend parents help with recruiting

Make a great impression : Let your child lead. When you think of an official or unofficial visit, think of it this way—the coach is walking side-by-side with the athlete, talking to them about the program and the school, and the parents are just behind them, supporting and adding to the experience. You never want to answer the questions for your child and be the only one asking them. Instead, think of this as an opportunity for your athlete to show the college coach that when they leave the comfort of home and go off to school for the first time, they are mature enough and independent enough to handle the transition.

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What does your child’s body language say?

There are far too many stories about coaches really looking forward to a prospect visiting and then being completely turned off by the athlete’s attitude and body language. Whether they’re on their phone the entire time, looking down or not answering questions, they’re signaling to coaches that they’re uncomfortable or don’t want to be there.

Make a great impression : College coaches realize that high schoolers may be shy around authority figures. They don’t expect every recruit to be super outgoing, but they do want to get to know your child on this visit, and they can’t really do that when your athlete is displaying negative body language. This is a chance for your student-athlete to show the coach they are independent and have leadership qualities. So, to help your athlete prepare for this visit, remind them to answer questions directly and confidently, shake the coach’s hand, and keep their phones in their pocket at all times.

Does your child bond with the team?

Whether it’s a team dinner or an overnight visit, if the coach has serious interest in your athlete, they will make sure they meet with the team. After all, most of your child’s time will be spent with these players. They’ll travel with them, train with them, take classes with them, and even live with them. So it’s really important for the college coach to analyze a recruit’s personality and see how they vibe with other players.

Make a great impression : Relax! Remind your child that a visit isn’t an interview—it’s an opportunity to picture what life would be like on campus and being a college-athlete. If it isn’t meant to be, it isn’t meant to be. That’s why you go on them—to discover your best fit and find the right program for your family. Bonding with the team and talking with the coach can seem overwhelming, but if you’re prepared, have done your research, and know what factors matter to you when selecting a college, you’ll surely have that “aha” moment.

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Why Go On An Official Visit Before Committing?

Why Go On An Official Visit Before Committing?

Receiving an invitation to visit a university is a milestone in your recruiting process and a truly great opportunity to meet the coaching staff and experience the atmosphere on campus. An opportunity of getting a step closer to decide for yourself whether that could be the right place for your time as a student athlete. It is an excellent opportunity, yes, but you should understand that it is primarily a strong signal sent by the coach(es), who seem to have you listed very high up on their recruiting list. This edition of our Friday Scholarship Guide will be all about your potential official or unofficial visit.

Technology has definitely changed the way recruiting is being done quite a bit throughout the last decades. You are able to research schools, look up their social media channels, or check out some of their truly awesome videos that they have on their Youtube channels. You are able to talk to coaches on the phone, but even more so, you have the chance to connect with them through video calls, such as Skype or Facetime. That certainly gets coaches and you very far, but does it make a meeting in person redundant? Most certainly not. Meeting somebody in person, who is going to be pretty central in your life and to your athletic development for four years, offers invaluable insights. Whatever program you may commit to in the end, going on a visit to meet coaches and see the campus make your decision a better decision .

Let's have a look at why you should go on a visit if offered the chance:

  • Signal Accepting an invitation to pay the campus a visit is your signal that you take the coaches' interest (and perhaps offer) seriously. They invest time and resources in convincing you that their college program is the most attractive one and it's up to you to show that you are willing to invest your time also.
  • Collect insights on coach/team Say, you've been communicating with assistant and head coaches at a school; messaging back and forth, talking on the phone, but without any physical meeting yet. You certainly have collected a lot of information about the school, the athletic department, the team or its opponents - all facts, which matter a huge deal. Now, you can definitely make a very good decision based on all that. But at the end of the day your relationship with coaches, you getting along with their coaching style and personality matters to the same extent - to those who have their eyes set on a pro career, it matters the most! Visiting your top schools allows you to get a sense of what feels right: putting all of the school's characteristics and the chemistry with the coaching staff together.
  • Know what to expect After a visit you also know what to expect: Simple things, such as the dorm rooms? What's the food like? Where am I going to be lifting weights and could I see myself pulling all-nighters in the library before midterms? Perhaps you don't like the atmosphere at one school, but you love the neighbourhood at another one ...

Official Visit vs. Unofficial Visit

The NCAA regulates the definition of a visit as well as the number of visits you are allowed to go on. The really important difference here is whether it is an official or unofficial visit. If a school invites you on an official visit, they may cover costs in relation with your trip:

  • Transportation (flights)
  • Accommodation
  • Tickets to sports events on campus

You are allowed to go on a maximum of 5 official visits on the Division I and Division II level, but you are able to plan an unlimited number of unofficial visits. The schools' compliance departments and coaching staff will typically prepare your visit, which aims at giving you the best possible impression of the school! While the schools' staff take care of the paperwork, you can be instrumental and helpful in providing certain things upfront or having them ready. More about that in a little bit.

Worried About Recruiting Rules?

It's definitely good for you to be aware that there are rules set by the collegiate sports governing bodies. The recruiting coaches, as well as the schools' compliance departments will do everything they are required to, in order to obey the rules. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • One really important rule is the timing of such an official visit. You may not go on an official visit before August 1 (NCAA D-I), June 15 (NCAA D-II) or January 1 (NCAA D-III) of your junior year . (Check out an older blog article about when to start your recruiting process here )
  • Your official visit may not last longer than 48 hours .
  • One school - one official visit .
  • A maximum of 5 official visits on NCAA D-I and D-II level .
  • Unlimited number of official visits in NCAA D-III.
  • Unlimited number of unofficial visits .

Now the kind of documentation the schools would require prior to your arrival are essentially the following:

  • A copy of your academic test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Your grade transcripts
  • Your NCAA Eligibility ID

Being aware of the academic test score requirement is especially important, as the low number of test dates throughout the year may put you in a position where your planned visit may have to be defined as an unofficial visit, with the total cost of the trip definitely being incurred by you.

What Will I Be Doing On A Visit?

48 hours (on official visits) is not a whole lot of time, but generally long enough to get a comprehensive impression of the campus, campus life, dorms, class rooms, staff and athletic department. There's certainly a difference with regards to that in terms of size of the school, but the coaching staff will usually help you make the most out of it no matter the size of the school. Now depending on the timing of the visit and the kind of things the coaches want to emphasize, your visit could look very different from your visit at another school. Here are a few things that are typically part of any visit:

  • Meeting with the coach(es) If not, you haven't planned/coordinated when to visit well!
  • Meeting the team
  • Seeing the dorm rooms
  • Eating in the cafeteria
  • Meeting a school counselor
  • Joining to a class

The timing is important to experience two things: you definitely want to meet the coaches in person (at least in most cases) and you definitely want to make sure students are "on campus". Any day between Monday to Friday is typically a good day, as everyone is heading to classes. On the other hand, try to avoid to only be on campus Saturday or Sunday mornings when many of the students try to catch up with some sleep! Another question we often receive from athletes is: travelling alone or with mum and dad? There are advantages and disadvantages with both. If you go alone, you will definitely be more out of your comfort zone, speaking up for yourself and showing your true personality. If you go with your parent, it's a bit easier to hide and let them do the talking; especially if you're more the introverted type. No matter what you decide for, coaches will observe you and try to get a better grasp of you as a person. Do you really fit into the team, the culture they are maintaining or trying to build? Can you contribute to the success of the team?

Visiting schools helps you reduce the likelihood of experiencing game-changing surprises once you start out with your freshman year in college. And that's something that can really put your mind at ease going into senior year.

Work towards getting invitations to go on visits and make sure to enjoy your visit. It's a memorable experience no matter which school you decide for in the end.

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What is an Official Visit?

According to the NCAA, an official visit is when a prospective student-athlete visits a college campus paid for by the school. This includes travel/transportation to and from the school, room, meals, and entertainment expenses (three admissions to a home game). However, the school is not allowed to pay for your parents’ visit too. All expenses are for the student-athlete. Prospective student-athletes are only allowed to take five official visits total to different colleges.

Official visits occur during a student-athlete’s senior year. If a coach hasn’t offered you an official visit, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested, but you should always discuss this with the coach before you take a trip on your own there. Some schools don’t have large enough recruiting budgets to host many prospective athletes.

If you can afford it on your own (an unofficial visit), making a visit to the school is an important part of choosing what college you want to attend. As long as you have open communication with the college coach , you should know whether making a visit to the school will be beneficial to you and to the coach.

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Official College Visit Tips for Student-Athletes

If you end up one of the chosen athletes to attend an official college visit, make sure to prepare so you and the coach both get as much out of it as possible.

by Megan Gibbs Director of CollegeXpress

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Originally Posted: Nov 27, 2012

For student-athletes in their senior year of high school, the official campus visit is one of the more exciting recruitment tactics used by college coaches to find the right athletes for their schools. Official college visits are not offered to just anyone; only the best of the best are invited personally by interested coaches. If you end up being one of the chosen athletes to be whisked away on an official visit, make sure you’re prepared and know the right questions to ask so you and the coach both get as much out of it as possible. Here’s what to know and what to expect before going off on your college visit journey and meeting with the coach of your preferred sport.

What is an "official visit"?

According to the NCAA, when you are invited on an official visit, "the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for you, lodging and meals...for you and your parents or guardians, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses, including three tickets to a home sports event." Before you can be invited, you need to submit a copy of your high school transcript (as well as standardized test scores for Division I schools) to the college, in addition to registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center . Per NCAA guidelines for most sports, you can only visit a college on an official visit once  and have only five total visits to all Division I schools; however, an unlimited number of official visits may be made to Division II schools. Unofficial visits—where travel, lodging, and meal expenses are paid for by you and your family—are also unlimited. 

What to expect

Colleges vary when it comes to hosting prospective athletes. Some may have you stay with one student who is on the team and it will be their job to show you around, while some will have you share your time with multiple people. With most visits, you will be on the campus for about (but no more than) 48 hours, and you will experience every aspect of college life , from checking out a practice, watching a game, and touring the campus to eating at the cafeteria , going to class, and joining in on the social atmosphere. It will be a jam-packed day or two where you will get to meet up with the coach and discuss your future at the college and on the team. Maybe you'll even get a scholarship offer while you're there! The school can also set up meetings with an academic counselor or professor in your desired major so you can get a better feel for the academics. All in all, it's an intense but potentially very enlightening experience.

Related:  Why You Shouldn't Expect a Full Ride for College Sports

Questions you should ask on the visit

Having questions prepared shows a huge level of interest in the college's athletic program and the coach. Here are a few to get you started:

  • What is the team's travel schedule like? How does that factor into academics/school?
  • How does the coach see you as a fit for the team? Would you be a starter? Walk on? Are there already many athletes in your position, i.e., four offensive wings so you would be the fifth—and would that be worth it?
  • How many athletes are being recruited for the team?
  • What is the practice schedule like/how many hours per week?
  • Is there practice in the off season?

Write these and any other questions you may have down and bring them with you, along with extra paper and a pen.

How you should represent yourself

Grab your Sunday best, because you need to dress to impress. It shows you put time and thought into your trip and that you appreciate the coach extending him or herself to you. Dressing nicely is just the tip of the iceberg, though. In an interview with former  UMass Amherst  softball player Bridget Lemire and former Worcester State University  field hockey coach Susie Whelan, both expressed how important it is to represent yourself as best as possible off the field. "Most coaches will look at how you treat your parents, how you talk to other people, and how you talk to your teammates," said Lemire. "It may seem small, but it's a very important thing." Whelan added that it is crucially important to be polite. Finally, when your trip is over and you're back home, the first thing you need to do is write a thank-you note to the coach and your host player(s) to express your gratitude for their help and for sharing their time to make you feel at home.

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And why you need to behave

Let's face the facts here: you are a senior in high school who has been invited to a college campus for a night or two. Depending on who your lovely host is, it is very possible that you will be asked to join your new friends for some parties and fun. There is nothing wrong with following them out, but beware of doing everything they do. If a coach finds out that you were drinking or were out past curfew, your future at the college will be over. No exceptions. You know that scholarship you were given? You can kiss that goodbye as well. While it might seem like the "cool" thing to do because you want to fit in, it's not worth your athletic dreams and college future. And if you're still not convinced, check out this official visit horror story  that I'm sure will change your mind.

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An official college visit as a student is a heightened experience to the campus visits other students go on. As a student-athlete, you’ll get all the experience of visiting a college plus the added bonus of meeting and getting to know the coach of your desired college sport. Because of this, you want to make sure you’re truly prepare to reap the benefits of every second of your visit. While this may seem intimidating, in the long run, being prepared will mean you’ll enjoy it more. So have fun and make a good first impression—especially if it’s your dream school!

For more advice on making the most of college tours, check out our Campus Visits section, or for more tips on becoming a college athlete, check out our College Athletics section.

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How to Ace Your College Visit – Mastering the Official and Unofficial Visit

Updated on Aug 8, 2023

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For prospective college athletes, choosing a college can be similar to buying a car… you first begin with a list of options, do research to narrow down the list, and visit in person to find the best fit. 

For student-athletes looking to play college sports at an NCAA school, completing virtual campus tours and visiting campuses close to home can help narrow down the list of colleges before deciding on which campuses to put on your visit list.

The NCAA allows high school student-athletes to meet with the coaches and teams on campus, but there are limitations. In some cases, college coaches will pay for your transportation to the campus, as well as accommodations for an overnight stay (known as an official recruiting visit), while other times your family pays (unofficial visit). 

The timing of allowable unofficial and official visits varies based on the sport played, your year in high school, whether the school is NCAA Division I (DI) or Division II (DII), and the specific time period for your sport’s recruiting calendar. The recruiting calendar generally allows unofficial visits to occur earlier than official visits. 

Failure to follow the rules could result in a violation of the coach (and you!) receiving penalties, and it is important for recruits to familiarize themselves with the NCAA’s sport and division-specific recruiting calendars .

Whether you are a high school female basketball player (who is eligible to take an unofficial visit the moment you enter the 9th grade) or a high school male baseball player (who must wait until September of your junior year to visit a college campus) — you want to be ready. 

Let’s plan ahead and get you ready for your visit long before you pack your bags and jump in the car. Buckle up!

The first thing we need to do is set expectations. Most college programs have small recruiting budgets and may not be able to pay for official visits, cutting-edge athletic facilities, or expensive recruit photo shoots. You must look past the superficial expectations and consider the most important factors when choosing a college: academic fit, campus fit, and athletic fit . 

What is the Difference Between Official and Unofficial Visits?

What is an official visit.

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or their parents that is paid for by the school. Before taking an official visit, a recruit must provide the college with their high school transcript and complete registration for a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center .

Beginning July 1st, 2023, student-athletes looking to compete at an NCAA Division I school are now allowed to take an unlimited number of official visits to NCAA institutions. It’s important to note that each school allows only one official visit per student-athlete, unless there’s a change in head coach after their first visit, allowing them to go on a second official visit. However, in the case of men’s basketball, a second visit is only permissible if it falls in a different academic year.

Additionally, all prospective DI and DII recruits must be placed on each school’s Institutional Request List (IRL) in order to take their official campus visit, receive an athletic scholarship, or sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) .

What is an Unofficial Visit?

College campus visit paid for by student-athletes or their parents is considered an unofficial visit and an unlimited number of unofficial visits are allowed regardless of division level or sport.

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Let’s dive deeper into the visit details…

Unofficial visits can be initiated by a prospective student-athlete, as well as the college coaching staff who can suggest dates and times to visit the campus – taking into account the NCAA rules regarding quiet and dead periods . Taking an unofficial visit is best when a college coach is able to meet with you on campus and high school student-athletes are allowed to take as many unofficial visits as they wish.

Official visits are typically more structured and coaches may have a list of dates reserved for official recruit visits. Scheduling and expenses (including travel, meals, and lodging) for official visits are always arranged by the college coaches. During your visit, you will either stay with your family at a hotel or in a dorm with a student-athlete host while your family stays in a hotel.

Official visits may not last longer than a two-night stay.

Honest Insight : If allowed, choose visit dates that overlap weekdays with weekends. Weekday visits typically allow you to attend a class and give you the chance to see how student-athletes balance their weekday routine of class, practice, study hall, and strength workouts – while also allowing you to experience the campus on a weekend.

Regardless of the visit type you choose to take, it is important to plan ahead and give yourself (and the college coach) ample time to create the best college visit. Take into consideration that the team may be traveling during your (unofficial) visit, or the coach may only have a small window of time to meet with you. Having an organized plan for visits and communicating clearly will help in the recruiting process. 

Now that you understand the difference between official and unofficial visits, let’s start planning your trip!

What to Know Before Your College Visit

As you narrow down the list of potential schools, you should research each school using free online resources, such as virtual campus tours and online tuition calculators. You don’t want to waste invaluable time during your visit seeking answers that you can find online. Make sure to research the following questions in advance of your visit:

  • Research the athletic department – what conference do they compete in? Are their other sports programs successful?
  • Research the team – do they compete nationally or regionally? Where are the players from? What are the team members majoring in? How long has the coach been there and do they have a contract with an expiration date?
  • Research the school – have they cut sports recently? Are they adding sports? 

Your campus visit should serve to strengthen your interest in the school and provide you with a sense of campus life. It will also give an insight into the team atmosphere and what it is like to be a student-athlete at that school.

Before your visit, you should think through the conversations you might have at the school to how to prepare for your visits and show your best self when talking with a school’s coaching staff.

You should also prioritize and plan out your visits by listening to each response from a coach during your pre-visit conversations. Do they have a recruiting timeline in mind? Are they hoping you will commit during your visit or shortly after? How many scholarships are available? Do they only have one scholarship, but are having multiple recruits visit the campus? All of these are things that you should pay attention to. Waiting too long to schedule a visit or delaying your final decision after you’ve visited the campus can result in missed opportunities.

Whether you’re traveling to campus during an unofficial or official visit, you should request an itinerary and ask if you’d like something to be added. If you want to do undergraduate research while in college, ask to see a lab. If you are curious about the surrounding community, ask for meal options off-campus. If you have specific physical, learning, or social/emotional needs, ask to meet with professionals on campus while you are there. These are all items that are difficult to schedule once you’re on campus, but if you request them ahead of time, a school should be able to accommodate your needs.

Some sports have recruiting cultures where students will verbally commit after an unofficial visit, long before they are able to schedule an official visit or sign a National Letter of Intent .

Honest Insight : Make sure you are 100% confident in your school choice! The more research you’ve done before your visit, the more prepared you’ll be to decide.

What to Pack for Your College Visit

With an itinerary in hand, you’ll be able to plan what you will need to pack for your recruiting visit. Comfortable walking shoes are key as you will likely be walking the campus for hours and you want to be comfortable. Are you joining the coaches at a nice restaurant? Pack restaurant-appropriate clothes. Are you meeting with the Athletic Director or Dean of Admissions? Make sure to pack business casual clothes for a professional impression. Will you be invited to train with the team? Add athletic training clothes and shoes to your bag.

What to Expect During Your College Visit

You’re on campus! Now is the time to open your eyes and ears to take it all in! Remember, you are recruiting the coaches and college just as much as they are recruiting you. Can you see yourself on campus? Are you ready for the climate? Is it close enough to home or a nearby airport or train station? While you are checking all of these things out, the Athletic Department and coaching staff will also be evaluating if you will provide value to their campus/program. Conduct yourself in a way that would make your family and high school coaches proud.

Your official visit should ALWAYS include one-on-one time with the coaching staff where the coaches should be honest about their commitment to you. Are you expected to make a decision by a certain date? Is an athletic scholarship offer on the table? Would a scholarship be a dollar amount or will it be a percentage of your total bill?

During your visit, make sure to speak about your academic needs and make sure you meet with an Academic Advisor to further understand the expectations for the student-athletes at the school.

Academic preparedness carries a lot of weight in the recruiting process – the academic advisor’s professional opinion of your academic ability could weigh heavily in a coach’s recruiting decision. Even if you only have a short time with the academic advisor, make it count! It’s important for the academic advisor to see how you answer questions and speak about your own academic needs and goals. 

Honest Insight : The best recruiting visit, from an academic advisor’s perspective, is one in which the parent or coach allows the student and advisor to get to know each other. This time is crucial in two ways – first, the academic advisor must learn how to best support the student-athlete, and second, this is a crucial time for the student-athlete to learn about the academic expectations of that school. Is study hall mandatory? Do they check attendance at class and what are the repercussions for missing class? Will tutoring be required or is it optional, or even offered at all?

Be sure to have your Honest Game CARE® (College Athletic Report on Eligibility) or a high school transcript on hand during your visit. Having a plan will show that you are aware of what you will need to complete in your final semesters of high school and that you take your academic eligibility seriously .

While you’re busy picturing yourself as a student-athlete on the team, remember you will also be a member of the campus community one day. What would it be like if you couldn’t play sports? Eat in the cafeteria, stay in the dorms (or at least visit the dorms if the official visit has you staying in a hotel near campus), and look for events happening on campus to get a good understanding of campus life. 

You also want to observe coach/player interactions. 

If you are lucky enough to stay longer than a morning or afternoon, you’ll get a good sense of how the team interacts with each other, and how they feel about their coaching staff. These moments with the “host” athletes will help solidify your awareness of the culture and can often be one of the most important factors when deciding on schools. It is important to consider how the team interacts with each other, their coaches and with professors.

Wondering what you should ask current players during your visit? To get you started, here are a few sample questions to ask your host or players on the team:

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • How do you manage balancing classes with practice?
  • How do professors react when you have to miss class due to traveling or games?
  • Do the athletes do workouts together during the offseason?
  • Are you close with other athletic teams? Are there opportunities to meet other athletes?
  • Do you live with teammates, with athletes in other sports, or is it randomly selected?
  • What is your favorite thing about the school?
  • If you could do it all over again, would you choose this university?
  • Any advice for me?

Coaches try to incorporate social activities into a recruiting visit, away from the athletic department and sports facilities, to give you a chance to get to know the team, and for them to get to know you. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and making good choices while on your recruiting visit is a wise decision. Follow the rules set forth by the NCAA   and hold yourself accountable to team and campus rules. One bad choice on a recruiting visit could cost you your collegiate athletic opportunities – not only at the school but at other schools. Coaches and players talk, and news can travel quickly. 

What to Do After Your College Visit

Once you leave campus and are able to sit back and reflect, make a pros and cons list while it’s fresh in your mind. Did you like the team? What if you couldn’t play sports anymore – would you want to stay at the school? Did the coaching staff talk about you using a redshirt year and how did that make you feel? 

What you need to remember is a visit is just that, a visit. It’s a moment in time when you get to experience all that the team and school want to show you. However, that may not be the case every day for the next four years. Think about life on campus outside of the recruiting dinner with coaches – that won’t be an everyday occurrence once you’re a member of the team. Maybe you visited on a warm summer day but winter in the region is typically snowy and very cold. Think about life on campus the other 363 days of the year.

Choosing a college may be a family decision for you. Have open and honest conversations with those in your support circle to help you make your college decision. If you are used to your family being at every game, will you be upset if you are going to a college far from home? Do you have the financial ability to fly home or take the train during breaks if your sport allows, or will you remain on campus? Are others on the team in the same situation? Do they go to teammates’ homes for holidays?

Honest Insight: One of the most important steps you can take after your visit is to thank the coaching staff with an email or a handwritten note, as they took time out of their schedule and possibly money out of their budget to host your visit. 

If you have decided to cross the school off your list of possibilities, make sure to tell the coaching staff as soon as possible. They most certainly have other recruits waiting on your decision and telling them your plans early is the right thing to do. 

Once you have committed to a school, you should email and/or call the programs that have scheduled future visits letting them know you’ve made your decision.

Do not have your family or high school coach do this for you. These are hard conversations but it’s always best to be upfront and open about your plan. You never want to burn bridges on the recruiting trail… one day you may decide to transfer to one of the schools you previously visited.

Have more questions about the recruiting visit process? Honest Game Counselors are available to provide one-on-one assistance to support student-athletes in navigating post-secondary opportunities athletically and academically. Schedule a time to meet virtually with our experts .

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“Noncompete clauses keep wages low, suppress new ideas, and rob the American economy of dynamism, including from the more than 8,500 new startups that would be created a year once noncompetes are banned,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “The FTC’s final rule to ban noncompetes will ensure Americans have the freedom to pursue a new job, start a new business, or bring a new idea to market.”

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Noncompetes are a widespread and often exploitative practice imposing contractual conditions that prevent workers from taking a new job or starting a new business. Noncompetes often force workers to either stay in a job they want to leave or bear other significant harms and costs, such as being forced to switch to a lower-paying field, being forced to relocate, being forced to leave the workforce altogether, or being forced to defend against expensive litigation. An estimated 30 million workers—nearly one in five Americans—are subject to a noncompete.

Under the FTC’s new rule, existing noncompetes for the vast majority of workers will no longer be enforceable after the rule’s effective date. Existing noncompetes for senior executives - who represent less than 0.75% of workers - can remain in force under the FTC’s final rule, but employers are banned from entering into or attempting to enforce any new noncompetes, even if they involve senior executives. Employers will be required to provide notice to workers other than senior executives who are bound by an existing noncompete that they will not be enforcing any noncompetes against them.

In January 2023, the FTC issued a  proposed rule which was subject to a 90-day public comment period. The FTC received more than 26,000 comments on the proposed rule, with over 25,000 comments in support of the FTC’s proposed ban on noncompetes. The comments informed the FTC’s final rulemaking process, with the FTC carefully reviewing each comment and making changes to the proposed rule in response to the public’s feedback.

In the final rule, the Commission has determined that it is an unfair method of competition, and therefore a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, for employers to enter into noncompetes with workers and to enforce certain noncompetes.

The Commission found that noncompetes tend to negatively affect competitive conditions in labor markets by inhibiting efficient matching between workers and employers. The Commission also found that noncompetes tend to negatively affect competitive conditions in product and service markets, inhibiting new business formation and innovation. There is also evidence that noncompetes lead to increased market concentration and higher prices for consumers.

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Middle East Crisis Hamas Resists Israel’s Latest Cease-Fire Offer

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Hamas says its position is ‘negative’ on Israel’s offer but signals willingness to keep talking.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Wednesday that Hamas leaders could save Palestinian lives by accepting a proposed deal under which they would free 33 hostages in exchange for a six-week cease-fire and the liberation of many Palestinian prisoners.

“We are determined to get a cease-fire that brings the hostages home and to get it now, and the only reason that that wouldn’t be achieved is because of Hamas,” Mr. Blinken said at the start of a meeting in Tel Aviv with Isaac Herzog, the president of Israel. “There is a proposal on the table, and as we’ve said, no delays, no excuses. The time is now, and the time is now long past due to bring the hostages home to their families.”

But on Wednesday night, a spokesman for Hamas, Osama Hamdan, said in an interview on Lebanese television, “Our position on the current negotiating paper is negative.”

The Hamas press office later clarified Mr. Hamdan’s comments, saying that while Hamas’s leaders would not accept the current Israeli proposals without changes, they were willing to keep negotiating. “The negative position does not mean negotiations have stopped,” the press office said. “There is a back and forth issue.”

Mr. Blinken’s comments were part of a concerted campaign by President Biden and his top aides to press Hamas leaders to accept the six-week halt in fighting and possibly lay the foundation for a longer-term cease-fire.

Mr. Blinken made similar comments to reporters the previous evening outside a humanitarian aid warehouse in Zarqa, Jordan. Earlier this week, Mr. Biden urged the leaders of Qatar and Egypt to push Hamas to accept the terms, after Israel agreed to lower the required number of hostages released in the initial round to 33 from 40.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has said he supports the latest proposed deal, but at the same time he has vowed to carry out a major ground offensive in the city of Rafah “with or without a deal.” Israeli officials say their objective is to eliminate four battalions of Hamas fighters in Rafah.

Mr. Hamdan, the Hamas spokesman, said in his comments on Al Manar television, “If the enemy carries out the Rafah operation, negotiations will stop.”

Biden administration officials are opposed to a major ground assault in Rafah, where more than one million Palestinians have sought refuge during the war.

Mr. Blinken discussed the hostage and cease-fire deal on the table in a nearly three-hour meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to a summary from the State Department. He also spoke about efforts to increase humanitarian aid in Gaza and the U.S. government’s “clear position” on Rafah, the summary said.

Israeli officials said a new crossing into northern Gaza, near the Erez kibbutz, had just opened to allow aid deliveries, and that 30 trucks with goods from Jordan had rolled through the crossing earlier on Wednesday. The opening was promised weeks ago, but the Israeli military said it had to build inspection facilities and pave roads on both sides of the border before the crossing could be used by aid trucks.

Hwaida Saad contributed reporting from Beirut, Lebanon.

— Edward Wong traveling in the Middle East with the U.S. secretary of state

Israel has softened some demands in cease-fire negotiations, officials say.

After a monthslong standoff, Israel is softening some of its demands in negotiations over a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages held there.

As part of its latest proposal, Israel would allow displaced Palestinian civilians to return to northern Gaza, according to two Israeli officials, which is a sharp reversal on an issue that has been a sticking point in the talks.

For weeks, Israel has demanded that it be allowed to impose significant restrictions on Palestinians going back to the north because of worries that Hamas could take advantage of a large-scale return to strengthen itself. Now, Israel has consented to Palestinian civilians’ going back en masse during the first phase of an agreement, according to the officials, whose account was confirmed by a non-Israeli official familiar with the talks.

One of the Israeli officials said those returning to the north would be subject to no inspections or limitations, while the second said there would be nearly no restrictions, without elaborating. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to share details of the proposal.

It was not clear whether Hamas would accept the most recent Israeli proposal, which is part of negotiations that the two sides are conducting indirectly through mediators from Egypt and Qatar. As of Wednesday afternoon, the group hadn’t officially issued a response.

The cease-fire talks were a focus of Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken as he visited Israel on Wednesday. “There is a proposal on the table, and as we’ve said, no delays, no excuses,” Mr. Blinken said before meeting with President Isaac Herzog. He later discussed the talks and other issues in a nearly three-hour meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hamas has long demanded that any deal include a permanent end to the war, which has forced most of Gaza’s more than two million people to flee their homes. The Israeli offer, according to one of the Israeli officials, doesn’t include language that refers explicitly to an end to the fighting.

Hanging over the negotiations is Israel’s threat to invade Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza where roughly a million civilians are sheltering, along with what Israel says are thousands of Hamas fighters. But even as it vows to carry out its plan for a ground invasion there, in defiance of pleas from world leaders and humanitarian groups, it is showing some willingness to make concessions in talks to stop the fighting and free hostages.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that, as part of its proposal, Israel had reduced the number of hostages Hamas would need to release in the initial phase of a deal. For months, it had been insisting on the release of 40 hostages, but in the new offer, the Israeli government said it would agree to 33.

That change was prompted in part by the fact that Israel now believes that some of the 40 have died in captivity , one of the officials said.

As details of Israel’s latest offer have emerged, Mr. Netanyahu has come under increasing pressure from his right-wing coalition partners to reject compromise. If they withdraw from the government over a deal, Israel could head to early elections, threatening Mr. Netanyahu’s political future.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a hard-line member of the coalition, has said that if Mr. Netanyahu gives up on invading Rafah immediately, a government under his leadership doesn’t have “the right to exist.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Netanyahu said an invasion of Rafah would take place, without saying when.

“The idea that we will halt the war before achieving all of its goals is out of the question,” he said in a meeting with the families of hostages, according to a statement from his office. “We will enter Rafah and we will eliminate the Hamas battalions there — with or without a deal — in order to achieve the total victory.”

If Israel and Hamas strike an agreement, it would be the first cease-fire since late November, when a short-lived pause in the fighting allowed for the release of more than 100 hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas and its allies captured roughly 240 Israelis and foreigners in their attack on Oct. 7, which prompted Israel to go to war in Gaza. More than 130 hostages are believed to still be held in Gaza, but some are thought to have died.

Aaron Boxerman contributed reporting.

— Adam Rasgon reporting from Jerusalem

Israeli settlers attacked aid trucks headed to Gaza, Jordan says.

Israeli settlers attacked several aid trucks on the way from Jordan to Gaza around dawn on Wednesday, including some that were headed for the newly opened border crossing on the north edge of the Gaza Strip, Jordan’s foreign ministry said.

The ministry said that the settlers dumped some of the aid onto the street . It condemned the Israeli government’s failure to protect the aid as a violation of its legal obligation to safeguard the flow of food and other humanitarian necessities to the devastated Palestinian enclave, and said the attack undermined Israel’s claim that it was working to allow more aid into Gaza.

Asked about the attack, the Israeli military said in a statement that overnight, Israeli civilians had “caused damage” to aid on several trucks from Jordan “secured” by Israeli forces.

Details about the attack, including where it happened and how much aid was dumped or damaged, were not immediately released by the Israeli military or the Jordanian foreign ministry, though both said the trucks ultimately managed to reach Gaza.

Honenu, a right-wing legal aid group that often represents Israeli extremists accused of violent crimes against Palestinians, said that four people had been arrested for blocking aid trucks near Ma’ale Adumim, one of the largest Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The trucks were part of two convoys, one of which was headed for the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. The other convoy was the first to enter northern Gaza through the Erez crossing, according to the Jordanian foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, who called the attack “despicable” on social media and called for global condemnation and international sanctions against Israel.

Israel agreed to open the Erez crossing on Wednesday, after some of its closest allies, including the United States, pressured it to allow more aid into Gaza in the aftermath of the Israeli military’s killing of seven World Central Kitchen workers in April. For months beforehand, United Nations officials and aid organizations had been pleading with Israel to open the crossing to allow aid to move directly into northern Gaza, in hopes of averting famine.

Honenu said on Wednesday that it had provided legal counsel to the four arrested individuals, and that they had been released after being issued a restraining order requiring them to stay away from aid convoys and not participate in illicit gatherings.

Israeli civilians have repeatedly blocked the passage of aid trucks — sometimes as Israeli security forces stand by — with many demanding that no aid reach Palestinians in Gaza until hostages held in the enclave are released.

The U.S. secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, who has been on another wartime tour of the Middle East, was in Jordan on Tuesday at the warehouse where medical and food aid was being loaded onto the convoy heading to the Erez crossing. He praised Israel’s opening of the crossing as “real and important progress,” adding that “more still needs to be done.” On Wednesday, during a visit to Israel, Mr. Blinken included the Kerem Shalom crossing among his stops.

— Anushka Patil and Johnatan Reiss

Blinken’s visit to the Kerem Shalom crossing puts aid for Gaza front and center.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited an inspection checkpoint at the Kerem Shalom border crossing in Israel on Wednesday, part of an effort to prioritize the issue of humanitarian aid for Gaza during his Middle East tour.

Under pressure from President Biden after an Israeli airstrike killed seven aid workers , Israel announced last month that it would open more avenues for aid to enter Gaza . Israel has since expedited the flow of aid into Gaza amid intense international scrutiny, though humanitarian organizations say more is urgently needed to alleviate the severe hunger that is gripping the enclave.

Here’s a look at where things stand .

Border Crossings

Israel imposes stringent checks on incoming aid to keep out anything that might help Hamas, which it has pledged to eliminate. Since the start of the war, most of the aid for Gaza has been transiting through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

Israel opened the crossing at Kerem Shalom in December after pressure from the United States to speed up the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. However, Israeli protesters have regularly gathered at the crossing, trying to block aid convoys from entering the enclave in the hopes of raising the pressure on Hamas to release the hostages.

The Rafah and Kerem Shalom checkpoints both touch southern Gaza. Aid officials pleaded with Israel for months to add additional entry points — especially in the north, where the risk of famine was deemed greatest by the United Nations.

Under pressure, Israel said last month that it would reopen the Erez border crossing into northern Gaza and that shipments bound for the enclave would be accepted at the Israeli port of Ashdod. On Wednesday, Israel said that the first aid trucks, 30 in total, had passed through the crossing after being inspected.

But the Erez crossing, which was primarily used for pedestrian traffic before the war, was badly damaged during the Hamas-led raid on Israel in October. As international officials and humanitarian agencies looked for signs that Israel was making good on its pledges, Israel said it would be opening another crossing into northern Gaza — not Erez.

Other Efforts

U.S. Army engineers also are working to construct a floating pier off the coast of Gaza. The pier — which Mr. Blinken said Tuesday would be operational in about one week — could help relief workers deliver as many as two million meals a day.

And the Jordanian military and government have in recent weeks increased the amount of aid arriving in overland convoys, which travel from Jordan through the West Bank and across part of Israel before reaching the southern Gaza border crossings. The Jordanian military carries out its own inspections. Government trucks are inspected by Israel.

Situation on the Ground

There are widespread food shortages in Gaza, and the United Nations has warned that a famine is looming . Aid groups and United Nations officials have accused Israel of systematically limiting aid delivery. Israel denies the assertion, blaming the shortages on logistical failures by aid groups, and has recently increased the number of trucks entering the strip.

In recent weeks, Israel’s efforts to increase the flow of aid have been acknowledged by the Biden administration and international aid officials. More aid trucks also appeared to be reaching Gaza, especially in the north.

On Wednesday, Mr. Blinken discussed how aid delivery has improved when he met with Mr. Netanyahu and “reiterated the importance of accelerating and sustaining that improvement,” according to the State Department.

— Cassandra Vinograd

‘Thank you, American universities’: Gazans express gratitude for campus protesters.

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Thousands of miles away from the campus protests that have divided Americans, some displaced Palestinians are expressing solidarity with the antiwar demonstrators and gratitude for their efforts.

Messages of support were written on some tents in the southern city of Rafah, where roughly a million displaced people have sought shelter from the Israeli bombardment and ground fighting that Gazan health officials say have killed more than 34,000 people.

“Thank you, American universities,” read one message captured on video by the Reuters news agency. “Thank you, students in solidarity with Gaza your message has reached” us, read another nearby.

Tensions have risen at campuses across the United States, with police in riot gear arresting dozens of people at Columbia University on Tuesday night and officers across the country clashing with pro-Palestinian demonstrators who had erected encampments and seized academic buildings at other institutions. The protesters have been calling for universities to divest from companies with ties to Israel, and some have vowed not to back down.

The protests have come at a particularly fearful time in Rafah, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowing to launch a ground invasion of the city to root out Hamas battalions there despite glimmers of hope for a temporary cease-fire.

Palestinians “are very happy that there are still people standing with us,” said Mohammed al-Baradei, a 24-year-old recent graduate from the dentistry program at Al-Azhar University who spoke by phone from Rafah.

“The special thing is that this is happening in America and that people there are still aware and the awareness is growing every day for the Palestinian cause,” he added.

Akram al-Satri, a 47-year-old freelance journalist sheltering in Rafah, said Gazans were “watching with hope and gratitude the student movement in the United States.”

“For us this is a glimmer of hope on a national level,” he added in a voice message on Wednesday.

Bisan Owda, a 25-year-old Palestinian who has been documenting the war on social media, said in a video posted to her more than 4.5 million Instagram followers that the campus protests had brought her a new sense of possibility.

“I’ve lived my whole life in Gaza Strip and I’ve never felt hope like now,” said Ms. Owda.

Nader Ibrahim contributed reporting and video production from London.

— Hiba Yazbek reporting from Jerusalem

Colombia’s president says the country will sever ties with Israel, calling its government ‘genocidal.’

Colombia will sever diplomatic ties with Israel over its prosecution of the war in Gaza, President Gustavo Petro announced in Bogotá on Wednesday, describing the Israeli government as “genocidal.”

His announcement came in a speech in Colombia’s capital city in front of cheering crowds that had gathered for International Workers’ Day.

“The times of genocide, of the extermination of an entire people cannot come before our eyes, before our passivity,” Mr. Petro said. “If Palestine dies, humanity dies.”

Colombia is the second South American nation to break off relations with Israel after Bolivia, which cut ties in November over its strikes in Gaza. On the day that Bolivia made its announcement, Colombia and Chile both said that they were recalling their ambassadors to Israel, and Honduras followed suit within days. Belize also cut diplomatic ties with Israel that month.

The Israeli government denounced Mr. Petro’s move on Wednesday.

“History will remember that Gustavo Petro chose to stand at the side of the most abominable monsters known to man, who burned babies, killed children, raped woman and abducted innocent civilians,” Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, wrote on X . “Israel and Colombia always enjoyed warm ties. Even an antisemitic and hateful president will not change that.’’

Mr. Petro, Colombia’s first leftist leader and a critic of U.S. drug policy toward his country, had threatened to cut ties with Israel in March if it did not comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. And he called on other countries to do the same. In response to that threat, Mr. Katz wrote on X that Mr. Petro’s “support for Hamas murderers” who carried out massacres and committed sex crimes against Israelis was shameful.

“Israel will continue to protect its citizens and will not yield to any pressure or threats,” he added.

In February Mr. Petro suspended Colombia’s purchase of Israeli weapons in February after Israeli forces opened fire while a crowd was gathered near a convoy of trucks carrying desperately needed aid to Gaza City, part of a chaotic scene in which scores of people were killed and injured, according to Gazan health officials and the Israeli military.

“Asking for food, more than 100 Palestinians were killed by Netanyahu,” Mr. Petro wrote on X at the time, comparing the events to the Holocaust “even if the world powers do not like to acknowledge it.”

“The world must block Netanyahu,” he added.

— Genevieve Glatsky reporting from Bogotá, Colombia

Netanyahu’s pledge to invade Rafah could undermine efforts to reach a cease-fire deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel once again pledged on Tuesday to launch a ground invasion into the southern Gazan city of Rafah, a move that could undermine efforts to negotiate a cease-fire agreement after seven months of war in the Palestinian enclave.

The United States, Qatar and several countries have been pushing to get a cease-fire deal, with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visiting the region and expectations rising that Hamas and Israel might be edging closer to an agreement.

But with Hamas arguing that any agreement should include an end to the war, and with right-wing politicians in Israel threatening to leave the government coalition if the long-planned incursion into Rafah is delayed, Mr. Netanyahu made clear that Israel would reserve the right to keep fighting.

“The idea that we will halt the war before achieving all of its goals is out of the question,” he said in a meeting with the families of hostages held in Gaza, according to a statement from his office. “We will enter Rafah and we will eliminate the Hamas battalions there — with or without a deal, in order to achieve the total victory.”

Israeli officials have said repeatedly that they plan to move into Rafah, but over the weekend, they made clear they were open to holding off if it meant they could secure the release of hostages taken when Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7. One official also suggested that Israel was using the threat of an imminent military maneuver to press the armed group into a hostage deal.

In anticipation of an offensive, some families in Rafah have been moving north into areas of Gaza that had already been attacked by Israeli forces, but on Tuesday, the scale of the evacuation remained unclear. As of last week, more than one million Gazans, many of them previously displaced from other parts of the territory by Israeli bombardment, were still sheltering in the city in makeshift tents.

American officials and other allies have been pressing Israel to either avoid an assault on Rafah or develop specific plans to adequately minimize civilian casualties.

On Tuesday, Mr. Blinken met with officials in Jordan to discuss the war between Israel and Hamas, and to press for peace and an increase in humanitarian aid. There was no immediate reaction from the State Department to Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain spoke to Mr. Netanyahu on Tuesday, his office said in a statement. The British leader “continued to push for an immediate humanitarian pause to allow more aid in and hostages out” and said that Britain’s focus was on de-escalation, it said.

For weeks, cease-fire talks had been at a standstill. But Israeli officials have said that negotiators have reduced the number of hostages they want Hamas to release during the first phase of a truce, opening up the possibility that the stalled negotiations could be revived.

A senior Hamas official said on social media on Monday that the group was studying a new Israeli proposal.

A Hamas delegation met with officials in Egypt’s intelligence service on Monday, according to a senior Hamas official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about sensitive discussions between Hamas and Egypt.

Adam Rasgon contributed reporting.

— Damien Cave

A father in Rafah whose family survived an airstrike asks, ‘What should we do?’

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As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel repeats his vow to launch a ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza and Israeli airstrikes continue to pummel the city, it is a particularly fearful time for displaced families sheltering there.

“What should we do? Where will we go?” said Mohammed Abu Youssef, who spoke on Wednesday in video shot by the Reuters news agency about how he and his children had narrowly survived an airstrike. “I am waiting for a tent so I can leave,” he added as he burst into tears.

Mr. Abu Youssef said his family had recently fled to Al-Shaboura neighborhood in Rafah, seeking safety. He suffered a head injury in the strike, he said, and his brother-in-law, who was sheltering with him, lost two children. Several other relatives were also wounded, he said.

Roughly a million displaced Palestinians have sought shelter in Rafah from the Israeli bombardment and ground fighting that health officials say have killed more than 34,000 people across Gaza. Israel has said that the purpose of the planned invasion is to root out Hamas fighters there.

Mr. Abu Youssef said he was now left grappling with the uncertainty of again trying to find a place where his family could be safe. Some displaced families in Rafah have already been moving north into areas of Gaza that were combat zones earlier in the war.

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Trump immunity case highlights: Ex-president's lawyers and DOJ argue before Supreme Court

Highlights from today's supreme court arguments.

  • The Supreme Court heard arguments on former President Donald Trump ’s claim of presidential immunity from prosecution in special counsel Jack Smith's election interference case against him.
  • Trump's lawyers argue that his efforts to overturn the 2020 election were “official acts” taken in office. His attorney D. John Sauer argued Trump's case before the court. Michael Dreeben responded for the U.S.
  • Arguments began at 10 a.m. ET and ran for just under three hours. Conservative justices raised concerns about going too far in restricting a president while liberals worried about what a president unrestricted by the fear of criminal prosecution might do.
  • The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, including three justices appointed by Trump, has come under criticism for the delay in considering the former president's appeal as the November presidential election approaches.

Follow live coverage of testimony in Trump's ongoing hush money criminal trial in New York.

Supreme Court signals further delay in Trump election interference case as it weighs immunity claims

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday indicated that any trial in former President Donald Trump’s election interference case is unlikely to take place anytime soon, with justices expressing concerns about whether certain presidential acts should be off-limits.

Although the court appears likely to reject Trump’s expansive claim of absolute immunity, it could remand the case for further proceedings, further delaying the chance of a trial taking place before the election.

The court is weighing the novel legal question of whether a former president can be prosecuted for what Trump’s attorneys say were “official acts” taken in office, though much of the focus remains on whether the justices will rule quickly so a trial can take place before the November election .

With most legal experts questioning Trump’s broad argument that the entire election interference indictment should be dismissed based on immunity, the court’s eventual ruling on the extent to which official acts are protected and how quickly it rules will be of equal importance.

While the court’s three liberal justices appeared most sympathetic to prosecutors, the court’s conservatives seems to have differing views on the scope of presidential immunity, making it unclear exactly how the court will rule.

Several justices raised concerns about the broad implications for future presidents, with most steering clear of discussing the specific allegations against Trump.

“If an incumbent who loses a very close, hotly contested election, knows that a real possibility after leaving office is not that the president is going to be able to go off into a peaceful retirement, but that the president may be criminally prosecuted by a bitter political opponent, will that not lead us into a cycle that destabilizes the functioning of our country as a democracy?” asked conservative Justice Samuel Alito.

Read the full story here .

Jack Smith was in court today

The special counsel was in the courtroom and present for arguments this morning.

Jackson expressed concerns about the prosecutions of future presidents

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At the close of arguments, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said there are real concerns about future presidents being prosecuted and asked Dreeben to comment on whether some of the caution from the Justice Department and prosecutors comes from an understanding that presidents will soon be former presidents as well.

Dreeben replied, “absolutely,” adding that her point is a “structural argument that’s built into the Constitution itself.”

Jackson went on to say that she views that as an “equal” argument to concerns that presidents wouldn’t be burdened by the fear about criminal prosecutions for their actions.

Court is adjourned

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Oral arguments are complete and court has adjourned for the day.

Government would still raise private conduct to jury, Dreeben says

During her questioning, Barrett asked whether the special counsel lawyers would still pursue prosecution of Trump's private acts even they weren't allowed to prosecute him for his official acts as president.

"There's really an integrated conspiracy here that had different components, as alleged in the indictment, working with with private lawyers to achieve the goals of the fraud, and ... the petitioner reaching for his official powers to try to make the conspiracies more likely to succeed," Dreeben answered.

Dreeben added, "We would like to present that as an integrated picture to the jury so that it sees the sequence and the gravity of the conduct and why each step occurred," but if the court ruled that much of Trump's conduct was private, "we would take a jury instruction that would say, you may not impose criminal culpability for the actions that he took, however, you may consider it insofar as it bears on knowledge and intent."

Dreeben says government aims for a system that 'preserves the effective functioning of the presidency'

Dreeben acknowledged that "no perfect system" exists, but that the government is "trying to design a system that preserves the effective functioning of the presidency and the accountability of a former president under the rule of law."

"And the perfect system that calibrates all of those values probably has not been devised," he said. "I think that the system that we have works pretty well, maybe it needs some, a few ancillary rules. It is different from the radical proposal” of my friend who argues absolute immunity.

Barrett replied that she agrees with that sentiment.

Kavanaugh presses Dreeben on Obama drone strikes

In response to a question from Kavanaugh about why former President Barack Obama was never prosecuted for drone strikes, Dreeben answered, in part, "this is actually the way that the system should function."

"So, the Office of Legal Counsel looked at this very carefully and determined that number one, the federal murder statute does apply to the executive branch, [but] the president wasn’t personally carrying out the strike," Dreeben said. He added, "But the aiding and abetting laws are broad, and it’s determined that a public authority exception that’s built into statutes and that applied — particularly the murder statute, because it talks about unlawful killing, did not apply to the drone strike. So this is actually the way that the system should function."

Kavanaugh also expresses concerns over potential breadth of ruling

Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that, like Gorsuch, he’s “very concerned about the future,” as opposed to this particular case.

“That’s the concern going forward, is that the system will, when former presidents are subject to prosecution ... the history of Morrison v. Olson tells us it’s not going to stop,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s going to cycle back and be used against the current president or the next president and the next president after that.”

“I want you to try to allay that concern — why is this not Morrison v. Olson redux if we agree with you?” Kavanaugh asked Dreeben.

Referring to the case Kavanaugh cited, Dreeben responded that "the independent counsel regime did have many structural features that emphasized the independence at the expense of accountability. We don’t have that regime now."

Gorsuch seems worried about writing a decision too broadly

In his questioning, Gorsuch said, “I’m not concerned about this case, but I am concerned about future uses of the criminal law to target political opponents based on accusations about their motives, whether it’s re-election or who knows.”

Dreeben: Trump using his presidential powers 'makes the crime ... worse'

Dreeben clarified that the U.S. isn’t charging Trump for seeking to appoint favorable figures to his Cabinet, but for seeking to remove those who wouldn't help him overturn the election and for seeking to appoint those who would help him.

“For an incumbent president to then use his presidential powers to try to enhance the likelihood that it succeeds, makes the crime in our view worse," Dreeben said.

He added, "We’re not seeking to impose criminal liability on the president for exercising or talking about exercising the appointment and removal power. No, what we’re seeking to impose criminal liability for is a conspiracy to use fraud to subvert the election.”

Dreeben lists things Sauer said were official but government believes are private acts 

Dreeben listed out what Suaer said constitutes official acts but the government considers private.

“Organizing fraudulent slates of electors, creating false documentation that says, ‘I’m an elector, I was appointed properly,’” Dreeben said. “I’m going to send a vote off to Congress that reflects that petitioner won rather than the candidate that actually got the most votes and who was ascertained by the governor and whose electors were appointed to cast votes.”

“That is not an official conduct, that is campaign conduct,” Dreeben added.

Alito asks about what an incumbent who lost can do

Alito further pressed Dreeben with a question on the peaceful transfer of power between presidencies, asking, “If an incumbent who loses a very close, hotly contested election and knows that a real possibility after leaving office is not that the president is going to be able to go off into a peaceful retirement, but that the president may be criminally prosecuted by a bitter political opponent, will that not lead us into a cycle that destabilizes the functioning of our country as a democracy?”

“I think it’s exactly the opposite, Justice Alito,” Dreeben answered, saying, “There are lawful mechanisms to contest the results in an election.”

Alito and Dreeben go back and forth over self-pardoning

Alito brings up the issue of self-pardoning, which other justices had previously raised.

If the court agrees that presidents can pardon themselves, "won't the predictable result be that presidents in the last couple of days of office are going to pardon themselves from anything that they might have been conceivably charged with committing?" Alito asked.

"I really doubt that, Justice Alito," Dreeben answered, adding later: "That seems to contradict a bedrock principle of our law, that no person shall be the judge in their own case."

Dreeben argues a president is constitutionally protected when attorney general says an action is lawful

Alito asked Dreeben, "If the president gets advice from the attorney general, that something is lawful, is that an absolute defense?"

Dreeben replied, "Yes."

"Wouldn’t that give presidents an incentive to be sure to pick an attorney general who can, who will reliably tell the president that it is lawful to do whatever the president wants to do if there’s any possibly conceivable argument in favor of it?" Alito pressed Dreeben.

Dreeben contended that "the constitutional structure protects against that risk."

"The president nominates the attorney general, and the Senate provides advice and consent," Dreeben said.

Alito invokes internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

As he questioned Dreeben, Alito asked, "What about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese Americans during World War II, could [he] in fact have been charged under 18 U.S.C. 241 conspiracy against civil rights today?"

Dreeben agreed that, "Yes," he could have been charged if that happened today, "given this court’s decision in ... Trump v. Hawaii."

Alito: 'You don't think he's in a peculiarly precarious position?'

During his questioning, Alito seems skeptical of Dreeben's argument, asking him, "Did I understand you to say, 'Well, you know, if he makes a mistake, he makes a mistake. He's subject to the criminal laws just like anybody else.' You don't think he's in a peculiarly precarious position?"

In response, Dreeben told Alito, "He's under a constitutional obligation. ... He's supposed to be faithful to the laws of the United States and the Constitution of the United States."

He added, "And making a mistake is not what lands you in a criminal prosecution."

Dreeben notes the president lacks 'functions with respect to' certifying the winner of the presidential election

Dreeben circled back to a point the court discussed earlier regarding the "distinction between a public official acting to achieve public ends and a public official acting to achieve private ends" as applied to this case. 

"The president has no functions with respect to the certification of the winner of the presidential election," he said. "It seems likely that the framers designed the Constitution that way because at that time of the founding, presidents had no two-term limit, they could run again and again."

"So the potential for self-interest would explain why the state’s conduct, the elections, they send electors to certify who won those elections and to provide votes," he added. "And then Congress, in a joint extraordinary joint session, certifies the vote and the president doesn’t have an official role in that proceeding."

Gorsuch presses Dreeben on a president leading a peaceful protest

Gorsuch pressed Deeben about a potential scenario where a president leads a mostly peaceful protest or sit-in in front of Congress because he objects to a piece of legislation that’s going through, which leads to delays of proceedings in Congress.

Dreeben said he doesn’t think that would lead to prosecution.

“But without a clear statement that applies to the president ... it’s not core, the core kinds of activities that the court has acknowledged," Dreeben said. But things like the pardon power, the power to recognize foreign nations the power to veto legislation, the power to make appointments, these are things that the Constitution specifically allocates to the president.”

Sotomayor: President not mentioned in many federal laws

Sotomayor points out that the president is only explicitly mentioned in a few federal statutes, adding that, "Justice Barrett made the point that if we say a president can’t be included in a criminal law unless explicitly named, then that would bar the Senate from impeaching him for high crimes or misdemeanor because that means that he’s not subject to the law at all.”

Dreeben pushes back on 'taking away immunity' from Trump

Addressing Roberts, Dreeben said, "I would take issue, Mr. Chief Justice, with the idea of taking away immunity. There is no immunity that is in the Constitution unless this court creates it today."

"What is important is that no public official has ever had the kind of absolute criminal immunity that my friend speaks of," he added.

Jackson questions whether Trump thinks every law needs to say it applies to the president

During questioning of Sauer, Jackson asked whether he believed that Congress would have to write "and the president is included" in every law it passed.

"I thought that was the sort of background understanding that if they’re enacting a generally applicable criminal statute, it applies to the president just like everyone else," Jackson said. "So, what is the clear statement that would have to be made?”

Sauer said that he believes "Congress has to speak clearly before it interferes with the president’s powers."

Thomas asks why past presidents have not been prosecuted for overseas operations

Thomas said that in the not so distant past, presidents who have engaged in various activities such as coups have not faced prosecution, specifically mentioning Operation Mongoose, which aimed to remove the Castro regime from power in Cuba.

“If what you’re saying is right, it would seem that that would have been ripe for criminal prosecution,” Thomas asked Dreeben.

Dreeben replied, “The reason why there have not been prior criminal prosecutions is that there were not crimes.”

“And I want to explain why there are layers of safeguards that assure that former presidents do not have to lightly assume criminal liability for any of their official acts,” Dreeben said.

Trump's team is done. Now it's the U.S.'s turn.

Trump's attorneys are done with their arguments. Michael Dreeben has taken over with arguments for the U.S. now.

Jackson asks why 'the president would not be required to follow the law'

Amid her questioning, Jackson asks, "Why .... [would] the president ... not be required to follow the law when he is performing his official acts? Everyone else — there are lots of folks who have very high-powered jobs and they do so against the backdrop of potential criminal prosecution."

She further posited that perhaps presidents don't commit criminal acts because they're afraid of prosecution. That may not be case, she said, "once we say 'no criminal liability. Mr. President, you can do what you want.'"

In response, Sauer argued that presidents haven't been under credible threat of criminal prosecution since the founding of the U.S.

"The regime you've described is the one we've operated under for over 240 years," Sauer said.

Jackson tells Sauer that if a president weren't 'chilled,' then there would be no potential penalty for committing crimes

Jackson told Sauer that he seems to be "worried about the president being chilled."

She then argued that in reality, a "really significant opposite problem" would emerge.

"If the president wasn’t chilled, if someone with those kinds of powers, the most powerful person in the world with the greatest amount of authority, could go into office knowing that there would be no potential penalty for committing crimes, I’m trying to understand what the disincentive is from turning the Oval Office into, you know, the seat of criminal activity in this country,” she said.

Barrett presses Sauer on impeachment clause

“You’ve argued that the impeachment clause suggests or requires impeachment to be a gateway to criminal prosecution, right?” Barrett asked.

Sauer replied, “Yes, I think that’s the plain meaning of that second phrase in the clause.”

“OK, so there are many other people who are subject to impeachment, including the nine sitting on this bench, and I don’t think anyone has ever suggested that impeachment would have to be the gateway to criminal prosecution for any of the many other officers subject to impeachment,” Barrett pressed. “So why is the president different when the impeachment clause doesn’t say so?”

Sauer replied that then-U.S. Solicitor General Robert Bork in 1973 argued that “the sequence is mandatory only as to the president.”

Gorsuch asks if a president can pardon himself

Asked by Justice Neil Gorsuch whether a president can pardon himself, Sauer responded, "Perhaps if he feels he has to, he'll pardon himself every every four years from now on."

Kagan presses Sauer on whether a president ordering his generals to stage a coup would be an official act

Kagan repeated the hypothetical situation of a president "who ordered the military to stage a coup — he’s no longer president, he wasn’t impeached, he couldn’t be impeached, but ordered the military to stage a coup, and you’re saying that’s an official act?” Kagan asked.

Sauer replied that “would depend on the circumstances whether it was an official act.”

Sauer says Trump made two official acts

Under questioning by Justice Elena Kagan, Sauer said two actions taken by Trump while in office were official, and thus he was ineligible to be criminally prosecuted for them.

First, Kagan asked about the "defendant [calling] the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee" and asking her "to gather electors in targeted states."

Then, she said, "The defendant asked the Arizona House speaker to call the Legislature into session to hold a hearing based on their claims of election fraud."

On the second point, Sauer said it was "absolutely an official act for the president to communicate with state officials."

Alito clarifies with Sauer that they want all official acts removed from the indictment

"When you say that the official acts should be expunged from the indictment, that in itself would not achieve very much unless evidence of those official acts were precluded at trial. So is that what you’re saying?" Alito asked Sauer. "That the prosecution should not be permitted at trial to prove the official acts as part of the conspiracies that are alleged?"

Sauer confirmed that was the premise of his argument.

"Absolutely, and we think that’s just the clear implications of Brewster and Johnson and their discussion. It’s very, very analogous context," Sauer said.

What's Blassingame?

Oral arguments have repeatedly referred to Blassingame, a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that involved numerous lawsuits against Trump in his personal capacity. The decision , which came out in December , denied Trump's claims of presidential immunity for now.

“The sole issue before us is whether President Trump has demonstrated an entitlement to official-act immunity for his actions leading up to and on January 6 as alleged in the complaints. We answer no, at least at this stage of the proceedings,” a panel of judges ruled.

The case is named after James Blassingame, a Capitol Police officer who was injured in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot .

Barrett asks Sauer a list of 'hypothetical 'acts

Daniel Barnes is reporting from the federal courthouse.

During her questions, Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked Sauer to "agree or disagree with the characterization of these acts as private." He agreed that all were private acts:

  • Petitioner turned to a private attorney who was willing to spread knowingly false claims of election fraud to spearhead his challenges to the election results.
  • Petitioner conspired with another private attorney who caused the filing in court of a verification signed by petitioner that contain false allegations to support a challenge.
  • Three private actors — two attorneys, including those mentioned above, and a political consultant — helped implement a plan to submit fraudulent slates of presidential electors to obstruct the certification proceeding.

Sotomayor asks Sauer about false electors scheme

“What is plausible about the president insisting and creating a fraudulent slate of electoral candidates. ... Is that plausible that that would be within his right to do?” Sotomayor asked.

Sauer replied “absolutely,” saying there was historical precedent in President Ulysses S. Grant sending federal troops to Louisiana and Mississippi in 1876 to make sure that the Republican electors got certified.

“The notion that it’s completely implausible, it just can’t be supported based on the face of this indictment, or even knowing that the slate is fake ... that they weren’t actually elected, that they weren’t certified by the state.”

Sauer then disputed the characterization of the word “fraudulent” electors in the indictment.

“On the face of the indictment, it appears that there was no deceit about who had emerged from the relevant state conventions, and this was being done as an alternative basis,” he said.

Alito asks Sauer a hypothetical about 'plausible justification' as a standard for official acts

Justice Samuel Alito posed a question to Sauer: "Suppose the rule were that a former president cannot be prosecuted for official acts unless no plausible justification could be imagined for what the president did. ... Would that be sufficient or if it is insufficient?"

In response, Sauer said he believed that would be insufficient, adding "that might be a much better rule than what emerged in the lower courts."

Jackson presses Sauer on Nixon's pardon

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson posed the question to Sauer that if presidents can’t be prosecuted, why was former President Richard Nixon pardoned?

“What was up with the pardon for President Nixon? I think that if everybody thought that presidents couldn’t be prosecuted, then what was that about?” she said.

Sauer replied, “Well, he was under investigation for both private and public conduct at the time.”

Roberts' bribery hypothetical ties into Trump's first impeachment

Chief Justice John Roberts asked a hypothetical question about whether a president could be prosecuted for appointing someone ambassador after being paid a $1 million bribe.

One million dollars is exactly the amount of money that Gordon Sondland , who was at the center of Trump's first impeachment trial, gave to Trump's inauguration fund before he was named ambassador to the European Union.

Presidents of both parties have named donors to ambassadorships. The money that Sondland, a wealthy hotelier, donated went to Trump's inauguration fund, not Trump directly, so it wasn't a personal bribe.

“Do you know what a quid pro quo is?” Rep. Jim Jordan asked Sondland during a hearing in November 2019. "I do," Sondland responded.

NBC News’ Shaquille Brewster reports from outside the Supreme Court where protesters are demonstrating as the court is set to hear arguments over former President Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in the election interference case against him.

Sotomayor points out that founders had state constitutions that granted some criminal immunity to governors

Sotomayor pointed out that the founders had discussed whether to grant immunity to the president, adding that they had state constitutions that granted some criminal immunity to governors, but yet they didn’t take it up.

Instead, she said, they passed an impeachment clause that says you can’t remove the president from office except through a trial in the Senate and can impose criminal liability after.

Sotomayor seems skeptical of Sauer's argument

As she questioned Sauer, Sotomayor told him, "I am having a hard time thinking that creating false documents, that submitting false documents, that ordering the assassination of a rival, that accepting a bribe and countless other laws that could be broken for personal gain, that anyone would say that it would be reasonable for a president or any public official to do that.”

Sotomayor poses a hypothetical to Sauer about a president assasinating a rival

In a question to Sauer, Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a hypothetical: If the president ordered the military to assassinate a rival he views as corrupt, "is that within his official act for which he can get immunity?"

Sauer answered that, "it would depend," but "we can see that could well be an official act."

Sauer argues against a president being imprisoned for 'controversial decisions'

Sauer argues in his opening that if a president can be charged, put on trial and imprisoned for “controversial decisions” upon leaving office, “that looming threat will distort the president’s decision-making precisely when bold and fearless action is most needed.”

“Could President George W. Bush be sent to prison for obstructing an official proceeding or allegedly lying to Congress to induce war in Iraq?” he asked. “Could President Obama be charged with murder for killing U.S. citizens abroad by drone strike? Could President Biden someday be charged with unlawfully inducing immigrants to enter the country illegally for his border policies?”

Thomas asks the first question

Justice Clarence Thomas asks the first question, to Sauer. He asks Sauer to detail where presidential immunity is founded in law.

Oral arguments are underway

Oral arguments in front of the justices have begun.

Arguments come a day after Trump and allies face fallout from 'fake elector' scheme

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Megan Lebowitz

Today's arguments come after several Trump aides and allies were indicted yesterday as part of an Arizona investigation into alleged efforts to overturn Biden's 2020 win in the swing state.

The former president was also described as an "unindicted coconspirator" in the indictment from the Arizona state grand jury.

Trump was also labeled an uncharged co-conspirator in the 2020 "false electors" scheme in Michigan, according to a state investigator's testimony , which also occurred on Wednesday.

Trump again asserts presidential immunity ahead of arguments

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Jillian Frankel

In a series of posts to his Truth Social platform this morning, Trump again asserted that he has presidential immunity from criminal charges over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

“Without Presidential Immunity, the Presidency will lose its power and prestige, and under some Leaders, have no power at all. The Presidency will be consumed by the other Branches of Government,” he wrote . “That is not what our founders wanted!”

Trump’s lawyers argue that their client is being prosecuted for “official acts” during his time in office. In his post, Trump argues that if a president does not have total immunity, then the opposing party can “extort and blackmail ” the president during his or her term in office.

“If a President does not have Immunity, the Opposing Party, during his/her term in Office, can extort and blackmail the President by saying that, ‘if you don’t give us everything we want, we will Indict you for things you did while in Office,’ even if everything done was totally Legal and Appropriate,” he wrote. “That would be the end of the Presidency, and our Country, as we know it, and is just one of the many Traps there would be for a President without Presidential Immunity.”

Here's the central question in this case

The justices will directly address the following question when they issue their opinion in this case: “Whether and, if so, to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office?"

Former Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer will be arguing on behalf of Trump. He's argued in front of the Supreme Court once before, in a case he won 5-4.

On the opposing side, former deputy U.S. Solicitor General Michael Dreeben will argue for the U.S. He worked for special counsel Robert Mueller on the Russia probe and has argued in front of the Supreme Court over 100 times before.

Media is setting up outside the court amid a few protest banners

Media is gathered at the Supreme Court, preparing for arguments today. There are a few protest banners outside the fence, including a large sign in the style of Trump's campaign banners that reads: “LOSER."

Lead prosecutor is here

Thomas Windom, the lead prosecutor on Trump’s Washington election interference case, is attending arguments today. Stands to reason others from the special counsel’s office will be here as well.

Trump will be in N.Y. court as Supreme Court arguments play out

The former president will be in court in New York as today's arguments play out before the Supreme Court.

Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records tied to hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. He has pleaded not guilty.

David Pecker is expected to return to the Manhattan courthouse for witness testimony today, and Judge Juan Merchan is expected at some point to issue a decision on whether the former president willfully violated a gag order.

NBC News legal analyst Joyce Vance joins "Meet the Press NOW" to discuss what to expect as the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on former President Donald Trump’s presidential immunity claims.

How judges previously responded to Trump's immunity arguments

Trump's presidential immunity arguments have been winding through courts for months ahead of today's arguments — with discouraging results for the former president.

In December, Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed two of Trump's motions to toss out the D.C. election interference case against him, ruling that presidents do not have absolute immunity. Trump's lawyers had argued in an October filing to Chutkan that he should be shielded by presidential immunity.

Similarly, a federal appeals court ruled in February against Trump's assertion that he is immune from prosecution.

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant. But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution,” the appeals court said in the ruling .

Supreme Court tackles Trump’s broad claim of presidential immunity in election interference case

WASHINGTON — Tackling an unprecedented and politically fraught issue, the Supreme Court on Thursday considers former President  Donald Trump ’s assertion of total immunity from criminal charges over his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.

The court will take on the novel legal question of whether a former president can be prosecuted for what Trump’s attorneys say were “official acts” taken in office, though much of the focus remains on whether the justices will rule quickly so a trial could take place before  the November election .

The case puts considerable scrutiny on the court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority that includes three justices Trump appointed. The court already handed Trump an election-year boost when it ruled last month that Colorado  could not kick him off the ballot .

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What Does It Mean When You Get An Unofficial Visit?

As a prospect hoping to gain traction with college coaches, or the parent of such a prospect, I am sure you are wondering what it means when you go on an unofficial visit to a college’s campus.

In short, it is a very good sign! It means that the coach at the program has interest in you becoming a part of their program, and wants to meet you in person. However, receiving an unofficial visit does not guarantee you a scholarship or a place on the team. An unofficial visit is simply a step along the path to securing an offer from that program.

Recruits and their families often struggle to fully understand the meaning of unofficial visits, official visits, and other recruiting jargon. In order to ace the recruiting process, and give yourself the best possible chance of receiving scholarship offers, it is important that you understand the implications of unofficial and official visits. For this reason, we’ve given a more detailed explanation of what an unofficial visit means, what to expect, and how best to prepare below.

The Meaning Behind An Unofficial Visit

College coaches will use unofficial visits as an opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level - making it very important that you arrive with your best foot forward. While you are on campus, the coaching staff will be evaluating your fit with their program. Additionally, it is the perfect time for you to evaluate your own fit with their program.

It’s Most Important For You: While it is important that you leave the program’s coach with a good impression of you, the ultimate purpose of an unofficial visit is for you to learn more about schools of your choosing. Remember this on your visit, and place as much of an emphasis as you can on learning about the school and evaluating your fit into both their specific sports program and the broader institution.

It’s An Opportunity, Not A Test: For a lot of prospects, visiting a school unofficially is the first time they meet that program’s coach in person. This can be incredibly intimidating, and can cause prospects to be nervous. It is important that you do your best to relax and recognize the opportunity that is in front of you. There is no better way to determine your interest in a college than interacting with that college’s athletic and academic programs in person.

Don’t Just Focus On The Sports: Throughout the recruiting process, you will learn plenty about the specific sports program you are considering. On the other hand, information about the college as a whole may be harder to come by. An unofficial visit is a great way to gather this information. Learning about the college as a whole is one of the most valuable parts of an unofficial visit.

Unofficial visits, while not a guarantee of a scholarship or place on the team, are an important part of the recruiting process. They are one of the best ways to both learn about the college and evaluate your fit with the specific sports program you are interested in. It is important that you take advantage of the opportunity an unofficial visit presents!

What To Expect During An Unofficial Visit

An unofficial visit is a great way to get to know a school and their program before committing or taking an official visit, and there are no limits to the number of unofficial visits you can take.

Official Vs. Unofficial Visits: Unofficial visits are not the same thing as official visits. The main difference is financial. On official visits, colleges are allowed to pay for transportation, housing, and meals. However, on unofficial visits, colleges cannot pay for these expenses. The prospect and their family are responsible for the cost of an unofficial visit.

Home Sporting Event: During the unofficial visit, the college can reserve tickets for you at a home sporting event. This is often the most exciting part of the visit for prospects. Attending a game is a great way to see the environment that you would be playing in for the next four years if you chose to commit. You will also typically sit with other visiting prospects, so it is a great time to get to know your potential future teammates.

Athletic And Academic Tour: During the unofficial visit, one of the program’s coaches will take you on a comprehensive athletic tour. While this is obviously important, it is equally important that you go on an academic tour. These are often led by students and are a great way to learn more background information about the school.

An unofficial visit should be a fun experience! You get to go to a game, meet your potential future teammates and coaches, and learn more about the college you are considering attending. Remember to enjoy yourself throughout the process.

Acing Your Unofficial Visit

Preparing for your unofficial visit in the right way will make a big impact on how valuable your experience is. Additionally, an unofficial visit is an opportunity to enjoy yourself and learn about the school, the program’s coaches will also be evaluating you.

Impress The Coaches: Showing up prepared and ready to learn will leave a good impression and greatly improve the chances that the program’s coaches think you are a good fit with their team. The best ways to prepare are to do general background research on the school and the specific sports team you are interested in, and create a list of questions to ask the coaches.

Maximize Your Experience: During the visit, you should experience as much of the college as you can. Visit the school’s library or student union, eat lunch at a popular local restaurant, or even walk around campus by yourself. While doing these things, it is important that you visualize yourself at the college as an actual student. This is one of the best ways to evaluate your interest in the program, and is something you should do at every school you visit.

Following Up Is Key: After an unofficial visit, make sure you email the program’s coach to follow up with them. College coaches are incredibly busy people and will appreciate a thoughtful email thanking them for their time. It can be as simple as thanking them for the experience and wishing them the best of luck in their season.

Following the tips above will help you and your family have the best possible unofficial visit experience. Ultimately, remember that an unofficial visit is just an opportunity for you to learn more about a college and their sports program - not something to be nervous about.

Things To Keep In Mind

Visit A Dorm: At most colleges, athletes live in the on-campus dorms for at least two years. You can learn more about the environment you would be living in if you committed by visiting an athlete’s dorm during your visit.

Go To Class: Attending a class with an athlete is one of the best ways of learning more about the academic side of the college. If this is not possible, ask the admissions office if there is a class you can attend.

Develop Personal Relationships: It is easiest to build a personal relationship with someone if you are face-to-face. Take the time during your visit to talk to, and develop a relationship with the program’s players and coaches.

Not Everyone Can Afford Unofficial Visits: Paying to visit a college is expensive, and sadly, not everyone can afford it. If you cannot afford to visit a school unofficially, consider asking the coach about an official visit - where the majority of expenses are covered by the college.

There Are No Restrictions On Unofficial Visits: Unlike official visits, the number of unofficial visits you can take is unlimited. Additionally, there is no age restriction on an unofficial visit- although coaches typically are more interested in older prospects.

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    It means that the coach at the program has interest in you becoming a part of their program, and wants to meet you in person. However, receiving an unofficial visit does not guarantee you a scholarship or a place on the team. An unofficial visit is simply a step along the path to securing an offer from that program.