As a student-athlete, the responsibility of knowing NCAA rules and regulations falls on your shoulders. Keeping up-to-date with changes is critical to having success in the college recruiting process. Below is a detailed list of rule changes in the NCAA that impact the recruiting process and the field of play. Current collegiate athletes across all NCAA divisions weighed-in on these new rules.
Reaching Out to a Coach:
NCAA New Recruiting Rule:
Guidelines for Official Visits:
New Football Rule Changes:
LRT Sports interviewed a Division 1 athlete, Destiny Washington, to find out what her recruiting process was like and her opinion about the new NCAA rules:
LRT Sports: When did you begin the recruiting process?
Destiny: I began my recruiting journey in my sophomore year of high school.
LRT Sports: When did you first hear back from a college coach?
Destiny: I started talking to coaches my sophomore year. I had to call them first because they couldn’t contact me based on the NCAA rules. I had to continually check-in with different coaches because I had to initiate the conversation to advance myself in the recruiting process.
LRT Sports: What type of visit did you go on and how did that visit go?
Destiny: I went on a lot of unofficial visits leading up to my senior year of high school. All of my visits went great even during my transfer years – eventually transferred from Ball State University to Florida Gulf Coast University. I’ve only ever had one bad visit out of the millions that I’ve taken, so I would say go on as many as you can to get a feel for what you like.
LRT Sports: What advice would you have for an athlete looking to get in contact with a coach?
Destiny: Be diligent but be mindful that coaches are busy. Email them and let them know when to expect your call – transparency is key!
LRT Sports: What key pieces of information were you looking for in a program when you went on your visits?
Destiny: I was looking for how coaches went about classes, academics, and managing practices/games with everything else.
LRT Sports: A new rule states that an athlete cannot call or get in contact with a coach until the beginning of their junior summer (excluding football, baseball, and men’s/women’s basketball). How do you think this will impact an athlete’s recruiting process.
Destiny: I’m not 100% sure how that’ll affect other athletes honestly. I figure it will be harder to recruit, but as far as being a female basketball player, the rules are easing up so coaches are able to contact students a lot sooner than it used to be.
To address the new NCAA football rule changes, LRT Sports surveyed several football players to find out the general consensus for how current players view these new rules:
LRT Sports: Do you feel the added attention to making the game safer should be an area of concern for the NCAA?
DI Athlete: Football is a dangerous game and it will always be that. Trying to prevent the most dangerous of plays – targeting – is something that can legitimately make the game safer. Lessening the number of overtime snaps will help with the days following the game. As long as the NCAA doesn’t change the core values of football, making the game safer via small steps is probably a smart move.
LRT Sports: If you have redshirted in the past, how has that helped you/hindered you in your college career?
DI Athlete: I believe redshirting is best for those who enter college undersized or lack the general ability of those who are upper-classmen. When I showed up to my power-5 football program, I thought I had the size and skills to at least challenge for a spot on the roster. Being a lineman, I soon realized the added age/experience of the existing players enabled them to be far more mature and stronger than myself. Redshirting allowed me to get much stronger as the college weightlifting program is far better than my high school lifting program was. Taking a year to grow also has allowed me to get comfortable balancing school with a D1 athlete lifestyle.
LRT Sports: If any, what rule or rules would you most like to see change?
DI Athlete: Pay players. Football makes a ton of money for the school and we give a ton of time to the program, so compensation for all that revenue seems fair.
The NCAA has had a fluid movement of rule changes over recent years. Keeping a close eye on the news and other Huddle articles via LRT Sports is a tremendous way to keep up-to-date with the recruiting process. Knowing that rules will change, whether new guidelines are implemented or previous rules amended, it is more important than ever to begin the planning process of recruitment at an early stage. Taking the ACT/SAT early, ensuring coursework is up to par in terms of both GPA and required courses, analyzing schools of interest at an early stage, and formulating questions ahead of time will prepare you once your recruiting timeline begins.
Updated on 8/3/19 by Joe Pounders
Posted on May 15, 2018 in NCAA News
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