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Visiting the college campus is one of the most important things you can do. While some athletes only take official visits, it’s crucial to understand there are three types of visits that every family needs to take advantage of. The more you can learn about the school in person, the more informed your final decision will be.
During an official visit, a school can pay for the athlete’s expenses for a weekend, or 48 hours. During an official visit, a coach will arrange for the athlete to stay in town and experience the typical day of a college athlete at this school. The recruit will go to classes, eat with potential teammates, and experience a normal practice.
Family members may come with you, but must cover their own expenses. Athletes are only allowed to take five official visits at the Division I level. There are no limits for other divisions.
Unofficially, you can all do the same things mentioned above but on your own dime. This means you can stay as long as you want on campus but can’t be catered to by the coach.
Day trips are unofficial visits except the recruit does not stay overnight. You may meet with the coach if eligibility allows and explore the campus with your family. You can arrange your own schedule or ask the coach to help you.