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The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.
“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”
The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.
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May 22, 2020
ESPN News Services
The NCAA Division I Council announced Friday that athletes in all sports may resume voluntary on-campus athletic activities starting June 1.
This decision clears the way for individual workouts by athletes, subject to safety and health protocols decided by their schools or local health officials.
On Wednesday, the council announced that athletes in football and men's and women's basketball could resume voluntary on-campus athletic activities starting June 1.
After the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of sports across the country, the council banned all on-campus athletic activities. That moratorium was set to expire May 31.
The current waiver allowing teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activities in all sports also has been extended.
Football Bowl Subdivision members of the council also have decided FBS schools can't host football camps and clinics this summer. FBS coaches, including graduate assistants, are prohibited from working at football camps and clinics being held at other four-year NCAA schools.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
To follow the NCAA Division I announcement, NCAA Division II Administrative Committee approved a quiet period extending from June 1st to June 30th. The Committee released a statement that in this quiet period, “it will be permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes only on the member institution’s campus, subject to applicable public health guidelines and institutional and conference decision”. They also stated that there will be “no in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made”. It will be important that during this quiet period for prospective student-athletes to reach out to Division II college coaches they are communicating with to make decisions about on-campus visits.
NCAA also committed to make a final decision on an extension of the recruiting dead period through June 30 at the group’s May 13 meeting
Dear Parents and Athletes,
Before we address the news regarding updated NCAA rules, we hope you and all of your loved ones are safe and healthy during these challenging times.
In response to the evolving public health threat from coronavirus/COVID-19, the NCAA, effective immediately, has implemented new rules to stop all in-person recruiting and scouting through April 15th. The NCAA has also encouraged all colleges to stop all official and unofficial visits. It is important to note, recruiting will not stop. College coaches and recruits can still communicate over email, phone, text and social media.
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Throughout the year, the NCAA Council and its Committees meet to propose, discuss, and vote on new legislation.
Currently, there are five rules in particular that have been discussed and are in the process of being adopted by Division I volleyball in a sort of “first phase” that will surely be improved upon and added to over time.
To date, http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/division-i-council-adopts-recruiting-legislation" rel="noopener" target="_blank">three have been passed (111, 112, 113 below) and await NCAA Board approval on April 25, 2018 to make them official. Every indication points to these rules being passed and adopted but the final Board approval will put them into effect at the dates noted below.
So, what sort of changes are coming? In short:
Unofficial and official visits will only be allowed beginning September 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s (PSA) junior year of high school; there will no longer be recruiting conversations permissible during camps or clinics; the recruiting calendar is cut by 73 days, though the evaluation days remain at 80; and a coach must use an evaluation day if he or she travels in excess of 50 miles to work a camp or clinic.
Four of these five rules will alter the recruiting process for PSAs in an effort to delay it and streamline the dates and to align a PSA’s college decision with that of a prospective (non-athlete) college student. The proposed rules are also said to allow college coaches more time on their own campuses to train their university’s team.
In the coming days, we will supply you with more insight from college coaches on what the new rules mean, both with positive impact and concern.
For now, here are the facts on what we know about the proposed rules.
The first two proposed rules below are intended to go hand-in-hand regarding recruiting visits.
Proposal 2017-111: First Opportunity for Official (Paid) Visits: September 1 of Junior Year
Effective Date: August 1, 2018
The NCAA says, “The institution may provide an official visit to a PSA beginning September 1 of the PSA’s junior year in high school. In addition, this proposal increases the importance of official visits in the recruiting process. Finally, September 1 of a PSA’s junior year is also the first permissible date for telephone calls and written and electronic correspondence.”
Proposal 2017-112: First Opportunity for Unofficial (Unpaid) Visits: September 1 of Junior Year
Effective Date: April 25, 2018
The NCAA says, “An unofficial visit with athletics department involvement shall not occur with an individual before September 1 at the beginning of his or her junior year in high school.”
The NCAA believes this rule will “slow down the recruiting process and allow middle school students and freshmen in high school to focus on academics and athletics success.”
It will shorten the time-frame for unofficial visits to take place, reduces early recruiting opportunities and, the NCAA says, will put a greater emphasis on official visits in the recruiting process.
College coaches still may not make direct contact with the PSA until she is a junior in high school, though PSAs may call or email coaches at any time.
The PSA may visit any campus of her choice on her family’s own accord but will not be permitted to meet with an athletics staff on the university’s campus prior to September 1 of the PSA’s junior year.
Proposal 2017-113: Limiting Recruiting Conversations During Sports Camps and Clinics
Effective Date: April 25, 2018
The NCAA says, “Recruiting conversations during an institutional camp or clinic are not permitted between an institution’s coach and a participating PSA before September 1 at the beginning of the PSA’s junior year in high school.”
The date will fall in line with the first time a PSA will be allowed to take an unofficial or official visit and eliminate early recruiting opportunities.
Proposal 2017-45: Additional Quiet Periods on Recruiting Calendar
Effective Date, if Approved: August 1, 2018
The amount of days college coaches at the Division I level are allowed to evaluate athletes remains at 80 but the revised recruiting calendar will add 73 quiet period days. This will shorten the window from 291 to 218 possible days to pursue their allotted 80 evaluation days.
All regular recruiting rules apply during a quiet period except college coaches are not permitted to recruit off-campus.
The NCAA believes that the emphasis of youth sporting events is focused more on playing to attract college coaches rather than developing skills. This proposed rule is an effort to change that balance in addition to assisting Division I coaches in allotting essential and required time for their current student-athletes.
The proposed legislation will move the entire months of January and August into quiet periods, among other days. Instead of club recruiting in the spring beginning over MLK Weekend, it will now move to President’s Day Weekend, if approved.
The NCAA says this proposal has majority support from the Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association.
Finally, the fifth rule to be voted on will affect the way coaches visit clubs to engage in clinics and make additional income working camps.
Proposal 2017-25: Women’s Volleyball Evaluation Days in Camps or Clinics Employment Activities
Effective date, if Approved: August 1, 2018
The NCAA says that a coach who participates in a camp or clinic outside of a 50-mile radius from his or her institution is required to use an evaluation day.
The NCAA states that this rule is intended to decrease the marketability of privately-owned camps and clinics and lessen any pressure felt by college coaches to participate in such camps because those involved with PSAs or other reasons.
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