SOURCE: CIS recruiting 2015-2016 note these regulations are the minimum except able ruling, each division or university may have differing standards.
About USports (Formerly CIS):
USport, the Canadian Inter-University Sport organization is made of 4 different divisions:
- Atlantic University Sport – (AUS)
- Quebec Student Sport Federation – (QSSF)
- Ontario University Athletics – (OUA)
- Canada West – (CW)
University representatives should only make contact with a prospective student athlete at times away from the in-season competition times, i.e. after games or at the conclusion of events, matches or tournaments.
During your recruiting period you are allowed to communicate with any USport member school as often as you like unless you have signed a letter of intent in which you must inform the other schools you have
done so and all communication should stop.
If you have informed the coaches of your LOI and you are contacted by them again, contact the school’s Athletic Director of where you signed the LOI within 48hrs of this happening.
Communication with a prospective student-athlete can include, inperson, telephone, mail, email, text, social media or other correspondence.
An institution may fund, in whole or in part, a prospective studentathlete’s visit once every 365 days to a maximum of two visits in the prospective student-athlete’s lifetime. An official visit cannot exceed 72 hours from the time of arrival on campus until the time of departure from campus.
On an official visit, the institution may pay for the prospective student-athlete’s transportation to the institution, shared accommodation and up to 6 meals a day (which can include meals for parents or guardians) The institution may further provide reasonable entertainment, up to three complimentary event tickets (sport or other campus sponsored event) up to a maximum of $100CDN
The institution may not pay for transportation or accommodation for parents, relatives, legal guardians or the student-athlete’s coaches.
With respect to USport league sports, during the competitive season only student-athletes that are listed on their USport Eligibility Certificate or students registered at their institution can practice or occupy the institution’s team bench.
Institutions that compete in USport league play cannot have prospective student-athletes participate in off-season practices. Once a prospective student-athlete becomes a confirmed recruit they are eligible to participate in team practices off-season
Institutions that compete in USport interuniversity non-league sports can have prospective student-athletes practice with their institution year round, but during competitions where only USport student-athletes are competing, such prospective student athletes shall be situated in the spectator viewing areas.
Institutions that compete in interuniversity league play may allow prospective studentathletes to practice with the team and/or utilize the institution’s athletic/fitness facilities at no cost only during the prospective student-athlete’s one official visit per 365 day period.
Some sports may have blackout periods where coaches or affiliates CANNOT contact you, make sure you get informed and contact the coach, athletic director, and league to make sure.
Letter of Intent
A USport Letter of Intent is not a prerequisite for participation in USport, nor is it an offer of admission to an institution or an indication that admission will be provided. USport institutions may, at their discretion, include the terms of Athletic Financial Awards within a USport Letter of Intent.
The sport of football has many sport specific restrictions, please see the source link for more info.