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. 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
Unchanged. D2, D3, NAIA, and
junior college schools are not impacted by the rule changes.
Is this the end of early
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.