Each year, the NCAA makes updates and changes to their recruiting rules and admission policies. Most recently, the NCAA Board of Directors made drastic changes to Division I scholarships and put a greater emphasis on the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete.’
Here is a breakdown of those changes:
- Conferences can vote to add $2,000 in “full cost-of-attendance” money to scholarship offers. These additional funds will help eliminate some of the burden students have in other expenses.
- Individual schools can choose to award multi-year scholarships, which may not be revoked based on athletic performance. Prior to this change, each scholarship was limited to a year-by-year basis.
- Schools that fail to meet the Academic Progress Rate cut-line will be ineligible for postseason play. The cut-line will be increased from the current 900 to 930 in four years. Basically, if an institution is not graduating their players, they will be ineligible for postseason play.
- Eligibility requirements increased from a 2.0 GPA to 2.3 for incoming freshmen and 2.5 for junior college transfers.
- For basketball recruiting, coaches added four evaluation days in April, previously a dead period, but went from 20 days to 12 in July.
- Coaches can make unlimited calls or send unlimited texts to prep recruits after June 15 at end of their sophomore year. All of this improves the opportunity for communication between coaches and players.
Keep in mind that these changes are currently for DI programs and apply to both men’s and women’s sports. The NAIA and other associations have similar guidelines to consider and investigate. You should review and confirm all rules and regulations with each association to ensure you are meeting all necessary requirements.