Excerpted from 2004-05 NCAA Manual
Student-Athlete: An individual becomes a student-athlete when either of the following conditions is satisfied:
a) The individual's enrollment was enlisted by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of the institution's athletics interests that are viewed toward the student's ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program and the student-athlete attends the first day of class while enrolled in at least minimum full-time program of studies; or
b) The individual participates in an intercollegiate squad practice or contest that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics department.
Time Periods for Recruiting Contacts: In-person, off-campus contacts with a prospect or a prospect's relatives or legal guardian(s) may not be made until the prospect has completed the junior year in high school.
Academic Status: To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies, be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree. A waiver of the minimum full-time enrollment requirement may be granted for a student enrolled in the final term of the baccalaureate program (see Bylaw 184.108.40.206.1.3) Also, a student may represent the institution while enrolled as a graduate or professional student or while enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate degree at the same institution.
Institutional Financial Aid: A student-athlete may receive scholarships or educational grants-in-aid administered by an educational institution that do not conflict with the governing legislation of this Association.
Institutional Financial Aid: A member institution shall not award financial aid to student-athletes based on athletics participation or performance.
Playing and Practice Seasons
Institutional Limitations: A member institution shall limit its organized practice activities, the length of its playing seasons and the number of its regular-season contests and/or dates of competition in all sports, as well as the extent of its participation in noncollegiate-sponsored athletic activities, to minimize interference with the academic programs of its student-athletes.