NCAA Rule Changes Effective June 2012

For high school athletes who just finished their sophomore year, here are some important NCAA rule changes effective June 15, 2012:

In the sport of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, coaches will be permitted to make unlimited calls or send unlimited texts to prospects (or their parents or legal guardians) as early as the June 15 at the conclusion of the prospect’s sophomore year of high school. 

For ALL Division II sports, coaches will be permitted to e-mail, call, or text prospects (or their parents or legal guardians) as early as the June 15 at the conclusion of the prospect’s sophomore year of high school.  Thereafter, coaches will be able to make unlimited phone calls or text messages.  In addition, the number of off-campus contacts that Div. II coaches will be able to have with prospects, their parents, or legal guardians will be unlimited.


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  • Vic

    I have just ordered your book and am anxiously awaiting its arrival…

    I am the parent of a D-III football player beginning his sophomore year at a school where he received a “special talent” pass for admissions to the university. (While he qualified for D-I academically, he liked the location, academic program and facilities at the school.) After his freshman season, with substantial play time and accolades as a freshmen, his father (who lives in another state) pushed him to get official permission for a D-I school to talk to him about transferring with a possible football scholarship. His position coach was aware of the request and understood the situation, but the head coach had a major attitude and appears to be taking it out on him so far this year. He has become serious about the possibility of a transfer to a D-I school – even as a walk-on if necessary. Another parent told me he may not have to redshirt if he transfers to a D-I or D-II school. Another said it would have to be D-I AA. Can you clarify if such a possiblity exists? Is there any benefit or impact for a mid-year transfer? I look forward to your response…

  • dan smith

    my son received a grant this past summer to attend UC Santa Barbara to play baseball. Through the fall he finished a quarter acedemically ,but he didn’t get much of a look on the baseball team. They wanted to red shirt him , He refuse and now has registered to play at a JR. College this spring. My question is can he play at a division 1 program next year?

  • Joyce

    Hello. My daughter is a junior in high school. We spent 4 hours with a DII soccer coach last Sunday and the coach mentioned in terms of a scholarship only having to pay 3 or 4k out of $40k. AND wants a commitment in 4-6 weeks. Is this legitimate? I’m told coaches really can’t offer things like this officially yet. How should we proceed? My daughter also has 2 visits coming up with DI schools, as well.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Joyce,

      You are correct in that coaches can’t make an official scholarship offer until your daughter’s senior year – and in the sport of soccer, it will be in February of her senior year. I’m sure it is legitimate, as it is common in many female sports for the recruiting and commitments to be done during the junior, and in some situations, even the sophomore year.

      If you want to discuss this situation in more detail, contact me directly at


  • Michael

    My son was a heavily recruited d2 ,d3 player then he was kicked off his high school basketball team cause the coach wanted to go in a new direction. My son still had a few coaches contacting him and he chose a d3 school because it had a coach who coached D1 for 25 years who told my son after 2 years if he wanted he would help him transfer to a d2 or possibly d1. well his freshmen year was hard because of his mental frustration of high school and his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer John stayed on the team while going to Therapy ,but he didn’t play much cause of his depression his sophomore year was a little better and he finally flourished his junior and senior year. He also got his GPA up to 3.0 his senior year. My question is because he has another year academically can he play another year of basketball.

  • Ryan

    I am a JUCO football player being recruited by D1 programs. I was wondering if coaches are allowed to respond to emails during this time if I contact them first?

  • Bill

    Very informative web site, I wish I found it sooner. My daughter plays for a D2 school and one of the player’s home is near the coach’s and the coach provides a ride back to practice at an off-campus location. The rest of the players are required to use personal vehicles or the school provided van. This seems to be preferential treatment, as was wondering if this is an allowable practice? Also the coach is friends with this player’s parents and they seem to know way more about player status than a normal parent. My daughter is happy with, but this seems unethical.

    • Bill,

      I agree that this is preferential treatment if one player is being treated differently than the rest of the team members. Without knowing all of the specific details, it appears that this might be an NCAA violation for “extra benefits.”


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  • The NCAA rules and regulations are clear and available to everyone, but somewhat complicated. Thanks for being available to discuss our son's situation and providing advice on how best to proceed in order to get the most favorable outcome.

    Parents of DI Transfer Athlete
  • Rick, I cannot tell you how much we appreciated your help in this transfer process!!! You really broke everything down so we could understand what we needed to do and your advice was spot on!!  I don't know if our daughter would have had as much success in transferring without all your assistance!!  We are very grateful!!  We can't say enough good things about your experience and expertise!!

    Mother of a DI Softball Athlete
  • Thanks very much for your guidance.  You provide a great service!

    Dad of a Transfer Athlete
  • Just wanted to let you know that we considered our consultation with you regarding our daughter’s transfer priceless advice.Transferring was one of the most difficult and emotional decisions ever. It was also the best thing - what a difference a new school and team makes!  We are grateful for your guidance and recommend your services to families of young athletes regularly.

    Mom of a DI Gymnast
  • Your consultation services have been very valuable and reassuring. With your help, our son was able to confidently discuss the situation with knowledge of the rules and the options available to him during his meeting with the coach.

    Father of DI Transfer Athlete
  • We had no idea where to start when our son, a sophomore, became ill and needed to withdraw from his classes and then decided to transfer.  Rick was there for us from the first phone call and explained the procedures which helped us as a family make the best decision for our son.  I highly recommend Rick Allen and Informed Athlete - He knows his stuff!


    Mom of a DI Tennis Athlete
  • Rick,  I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the information you provided regarding my son and his academic issues.  He has signed to play at an NAIA school this coming year and we would not have known to focus on NAIA without the info you provided.  Thanks again!

    Father of Junior College Baseball Transfer
  • Just want to convey our appreciation for serving as a "reference book" for the past four+ years. From the time that our daughter signed her letter of intent in 2010 until her last collegiate volleyball match in 2014, it has been reassuring to know that your knowledge of NCAA rules/regs was available at any time.

    Mother of a DI Volleyball Athlete
  • The price of the our phone consultations was a drop in the bucket compared to the potential cost of mistakes made without his guidance. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone needing help navigating the complex rules of college sports no matter what their situation.

    Dad of College Athletes
  • Thank you for your time today, to discuss our son's next steps for eligibility, academics.  We so appreciate your knowledge and expertise in assisting us with what to ask and what to do.

    Parents of Injured Athlete
  • We spoke almost a year ago about our medical redshirt son who left a Division I football program. He ended up at a JUCO where he was able to play and get some good film.  Our son graduated and reported to the new Division I for summer workouts! I just wanted to share our happy ending, and let you know that the information that you provided about the transfer rules was very helpful!

    Mother of a 4-2-4 Transfer Athlete
  • I had the opportunity to have phone consultations twice with Rick. Once when my sons were considering transferring their freshman year at a D1 college and a second time when they did transfer their junior year. Rick was very prompt to call me after receiving my emails and we were able to get quick and reliable advice.

    Father of 2 college athletes