Last week, the Division I Council of the NCAA introduced amendments to its recruiting regulations that will have a widespread impact on collegiate recruiting across many sports. Feedback from various committees, coaches, athletic directors, compliance experts and student-athletes helped to shape the specifics of these rules. Here are three big takeaways:
1. Save the Date: September 1st, Junior Year
The new amendments stipulate that coaches are barred from communicating with prospective athletes in any form – email, phone calls, at ID clinics – until September 1st of their junior year. Additionally, student-athletes must wait until September 1st to make unofficial visits.
2. Official Visits
The only amendment that moves the timeline up relates to official visits, which can now occur starting on September 1st of an athlete’s junior year, as opposed to their first day of senior year.
3. Transfer News
A national database will be created to connect transferring student-athletes with the coaching staff of other NCAA schools. There are also proposals awaiting a vote that would possibly rid schools of their “influence” over athletic scholarship decisions.
So, what does this all mean? Presumably, this allows college coaches more time to scout, watch recruits and make decisions about their recruiting class. Prospective collegiate athletes and their parents will have more time to weigh their options, eliminating the pressure that often results from their teammates and peers committing early on. The Division I Council Chair and Director of Athletics at the University of Miami believes that this new system “will improve the recruiting experience...and lead to better decision-making.”
These new regulations also mean that come September 1st of junior year, recruiting will likely be an overwhelming experience for coaches and athletes alike. The ability to communicate with coaches, attend unofficial and official visits, and discuss recruitment at ID clinics will all begin on the same day. To make sure you’re ready for September 1st, check out these recent blog posts on non-soccer factors to consider when choosing a college and how to use your future goals to make smart choices today.
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Chris Bart-Williams is the founder and owner of CBW Soccer Elite. After an extensive career in the English Premier League, Chris now uses his vast soccer knowledge to assist families throughout the college recruiting process and prepare players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. You can reach Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.