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How Do the NCAA’s Recent Rules Changes Affect You?

Division I recruiting continues to accelerate

Beginning August 1, 2014, several new NCAA bylaws will take effect. Some of these will significantly affect how Division I coaches and prospective student-athletes (PSAs) communicate, as well as when that communication process can begin. Additionally, Divisions II and III also passed new bylaws that PSAs should review and understand.

The primary changes affecting Division I recruiting include when coaches may call PSAs, how frequently they may call them, and the manner in which they may communicate.

Here is a summary of the new Division I rules that take effect August 1, 2014:

  • Telephone calls to PSAs (or their parents or legal guardians) may be made at the coach’s discretion beginning September 1st of the PSAs junior year of high school.
  • Coaches may now communicate via any form of electronic communication (e.g., electronic mail, Instant Messenger, facsimiles, text messages) as long as the PSA has reached September 1st of his junior year of high school.

  • These changes eliminate the one phone call per week rule and the restrictions against texting PSAs.

Divisions II and III also recently passed new bylaws that will have an impact on recruiting, specifically related to Division II tryouts, as well as the timing of when PSAs may decide to matriculate at a Division III university. In general, these new rules provide more flexibility throughout the recruiting process.

Here is a summary of the new Divisions II and III rules that take effect August 1, 2014:

  • Academic eligibility requirements for Division II PSAs have increased several ways: initial eligibility requirements are more stringent beginning in 2018, and in 2016, progress toward degree requirements will be monitored more similarly to Division I, while two-year transfer requirements will follow higher standards.
  • Division II coaches may conduct on-campus tryouts with PSAs as early as June 15th preceding the PSA’s junior year in high school provided the PSA is not participating in his high school season.
  • PSAs may make official visits to Division II campuses beginning June 15th preceding their junior year in high school as long as a current transcript is provided to the visiting institution.
  • • Division III now allows a PSA a one-year grace period following his high school graduation date in which the individual may participate in organized competition while preserving his four years of college eligibility. This “gap year” opportunity parallels Divisions I and II.

Keep in mind these rules all go into effect August 1, 2014 and will have the most significant impact on the class of 2016 and younger. As always, contact the NCAA or the The NCAA Eligibility Center for clarification on these new bylaws or any other matters pertaining to a PSA’s eligibility.

Have a great golf season!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®

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