June 15th is an important date for high school athletes who are being recruited to NCAA DI and DII schools and also to junior colleges.

NCAA Division I Recruiting Information:

June 15th is the first date when most NCAA Division I coaches will be able to place recruiting phone calls and send emails/messages to athletes who have just completed their sophomore year of high school.

The following Division I sports are the only ones that have a date other than June 15 as the earliest date for placing recruiting calls and sending emails/messages to prospects:

  • Baseball – Sept. 1 of junior year
  • Women’s Basketball – Sept. 1 of junior year
  • Football – Sept. 1 of senior year except for one call between Apr. 15 and May 31 of junior year
  • Men’s Ice Hockey – Jan. 1 of sophomore year
  • Lacrosse and Softball – Sept. 1 of junior year

Regarding calls placed by high school recruits TO Division I coaches, the dates listed above are the same EXCEPT that coaches in the sports of baseball, basketball, and football can accept incoming calls and talk to recruits who call them at any time.

NCAA Division II Recruiting Information:

For recruiting by NCAA Division II colleges, June 15 is the date when coaches in ALL sports can start to contact recruits who have completed their sophomore year via phone, email, or direct message services.

Division II coaches in all sports can also accept incoming calls and talk to prospects who call them at any time.

NJCAA Letter of Intent Signees:

For athletes who attended an NJCAA two-year college during the 2018-19 academic as a Letter of Intent signee: June 15 is also the date by which notification of renewal of the Letter of Intent for the 2019-20 academic year is supposed to be provided by their college.

An NJCAA athlete not signed to a second-year scholarship by June 15 (which is supposed to be in the form of a new Letter of Intent) becomes recruitable by any other NJCAA college starting on June 16.

For specific questions about recruiting rules, or Letter of Intent or scholarship agreements, schedule a confidential consult online or call 913-766-1235.

At the recent NCAA Regional Rules Workshop, NCAA staff announced the rollout of a new Degree Completion Assistance Program for former DI basketball athletes who qualify.

Effective August 1, 2019, NCAA Division I athletic programs will be required to provide tuition, fees, and books (but not room and board) for their former men’s and women’s basketball athletes who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Participated at that particular university in men’s or women’s basketball;
  • Received an athletic scholarship from the university;
  • Were enrolled at the university for at least two academic years;
  • Satisfied Progress-Toward-Degree requirements at the time the athlete left campus;
  • Has not attended another university as a full-time student since departure;
  • Satisfies university re-admission and financial aid requirements;
  • Departed the university within the last 10 years; AND
  • Has exhausted other degree completion funding opportunities (such as the NBA Tuition Reimbursement program).

Athletes who might qualify for this program should contact the Compliance office at the university where they played basketball.

An NCAA DI head coaching change frequently results in a change to a student-athlete’s scholarship status.

This includes student-athletes who have a four-year “guaranteed” scholarship that can’t be reduced for athletic or medical reasons.

In those situations, a new DI head coach is allowed to tell student-athletes they can continue on scholarship until they graduate, but they might not be on the team in their remaining years.

This rule was intended originally to benefit athletes who were near the completion of their degree and wanted to stay in order to graduate, even if it meant their athletic career was done.

However, now we’re seeing some newly-hired head coaches use this rule against sophomore, and even freshman athletes who may have redshirted.

In those cases, many athletes choose to transfer rather than give up their goal of playing at the Division I level in order to complete their degree.

Has your athlete has been put in this situation?  If so, we can inform and guide you through their options so they can make a fully informed decision.

Schedule your confidential scholarship consultation online or call 913-766-1235 to set up a time that works best for you.