Division II Recruiting Rule Changes

If you are a parent of a high school student-athlete who is entering their junior year of high school this Fall (2016 graduating class), there are new NCAA Division II recruiting rules that take effect June 15th!   The rules are listed below.

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The following rules are permissible starting June 15 for prospects entering their junior year of high school this Fall:

  1. Coaches at NCAA Division II schools can phone, text, e-mail, or have face-to-face off-campus contact with high school prospects (off-campus contacts allowed when permitted under each sport’s recruiting calendar). For NCAA Division II, those phone calls, texts, e-mails, and contacts are unlimited.
  2. Division II schools can also offer (if they choose to do so) tryouts on their campuses as long as the tryout does NOT take place during a prospect’s traditional high school season (from the first official team practice for that sport until the final contest of the season). Division II schools can only offer one tryout per prospect.
  3. High school prospects are now permitted to make an official visit to a Division II school as early as June 15 prior to the junior year of high school. A prospect can only make one official visit per school, and must provide a high school transcript to the college, or have one on file with the NCAA Eligibility Center, before an official visit can take place. This is a big change as previously an official visit could not be taken prior to the start of the senior year of high school.
  4. While a Division II school is allowed to provide, or reimburse, transportation costs for a prospect to make an official visit to their campus, they will not be allowed to do so if the prospect participates in a camp or clinic at the campus immediately before or after an official visit. This would constitute the college providing or subsidizing the prospect’s transportation expenses to attend the camp or clinic.

If you have questions about this rule or any other related to college athletic recruiting, athletic scholarships, athletic eligibility, or athletic transfers, call Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.  Rick has over 25 years experience working with NCAA/NAIA/JUCO rules and was Director of Compliance at 2 major universities. Through all his years both on college campuses and with Informed Athlete, he has worked with thousands of athletes and their families.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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