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Do You Know About This Month’s NCAA Rules Changes?
Taking effect on June 13, 2018, a pair of rule changes passed by the NCAA should provide a big boost to the interests of Division 1 student-athletes. The first rule eliminates the permission-to-contact process, allowing D1 student-athletes to “have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission .” Under this rule, a student can inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, and that school will have two business days to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database. Once their name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact them. The previous rule required student-athletes to receive permission from their current school to contact other schools and was implemented to discourage coaches from recruiting athletes from other D1 schools..

The second rule affects D1 football players, and states that “athletes competing in Division 1 football can participate in up to four games in a season without using a season of competition.” Currently, D1 student-athletes have five years to compete in up to four seasons of competition. With this new rule, if an athlete can only compete in four games (or fewer) due to injuries or other factors, they would preserve a season of competition. However, “midyear enrollees who participate in postseason football competition that occurs before or during the student-athlete’s first term at a school cannot use the exception.”

Both rules provide student-athletes with more flexibility, allowing them to find a school that offers a great fit, helping redshirt football players remain engaged with their team and taking the pressure off players to play through injuries.

Don’t Forget About These Recent NCAA Rule Changes Either
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.



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