|Recently (taking effect on April 25, 2018), the NCAA also approved a new set of rules that made major changes to the way D1 college coaches can recruit athletes during camps and visits. The new NCAA recruiting rules affect all D1 sports except D1 football, D1 men’s and women’s basketball and D1 men’s and women’s lacrosse. The new recruiting rules push back the dates (Sept. 1 of junior year) that coaches can talk about recruiting to athletes in person during visits, camps, and clinics. D1 softball also took the rules one step further, making it illegal for college coaches to talk to recruits at any time before Sept. 1 of their junior year. There’s a lot of new information that you can relay to athletes and families, so we’ve compiled the new rules into a handy guide https://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2018/04/25/ncaa-recruiting-rules-change-timing-recruiting-activities/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=team_edition. We’ve also received a lot of questions about the rules change. Here are a few:
Why the new rules?
According to the NCAA, changes were made to ease early recruiting pressures and allow potential recruits to focus on their grades, take their ACTs or SATs, continue their athletic development, research colleges and get the most out of their high school experience.
What about the other divisions?
Unchanged. D2, D3, NAIA, and junior college schools are not impacted by the rule changes.
Is this the end of early recruiting?
No. Coaches can and will still evaluate younger prospects at camps, clinics and showcases; they just can’t talk with prospects about recruiting at these events until Sept. 1 of their junior year. It will be more important than ever for student-athletes to start their recruitment early because come Sept. 1 of junior year, camp and official visit invites will come streaming out to potential recruits.