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NCAA Adopts New Legislation To Help Stem Early Recruiting
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September 1 of a recruit’s junior year is set to become the most important date on the recruiting calendar across the board.

In an effort to stem early recruiting, the NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation on Wednesday that more resembles the schedule regular students follow when choosing a college.

For student-athletes in all sports other than football and basketball, official visits now can begin September 1 of a recruit’s junior year in high school instead of the first day of classes for the senior year.

Additionally, athletic departments can’t participate in a recruit’s unofficial visit until September 1 of the recruit’s junior year in high school and recruiting conversations during a school’s camp or clinic can’t happen before September 1 of the junior year.

Pending approval by the NCAA Board of Directors on April 25, the new rules will be implemented beginning in the next school year.

The changes are based on the work of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student-Athlete Experience Committee, and guided by the feedback from student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors and compliance administrators.

Many involved are hoping the new legislation takes pressure off younger athletes, leads to better decision making and less transfers.

Early recruiting has become more rampant in sports, with some recruits committing to college in middle school. Tennis has seen an increasing number of athletes commit earlier and earlier over the last few years.

In the next phase of its work, the SAAC and SAEC will examine recruiting communication (telephone, email, text), verbal and written offers and off-campus contacts. Softball and lacrosse have already adopted September 1 as the date when absolutely all recruiting contact can begin.

 
 

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