On April 1st, the NCAA announced that they are extending the recruiting “Dead Period” for all Division I and II sports programs through May 31.

As a reminder, that means:

  • There can be no face-to-face personal recruiting activity between coaches and recruits or families.
  • Coaches can’t leave campus for any recruiting observations.
  • Coaches cannot invite recruits to visit campus.

However, It is still permissible for recruiting to be conducted by phone, text, email or through social media.

National Letter of Intent

NLI Signing opportunities will resume on April 15th for NCAA Division I and II programs.

All NCAA sports programs – including Division I basketball and football – will be allowed to offer a National Letter of Intent and an official scholarship agreement at any time from April 15 through August 1.

(In a normal year, Division I football can only offer a National Letter of Intent until April 1, while Division I basketball must cease offering an NLI in mid-May.)

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Junior College Athletes have been granted another year of eligibility by the NJCAA just as current NCAA athletes have.

If a junior college athlete who was already in their second season THIS YEAR returns to their school for another year to play what will be their second season of eligibility, there could be potential academic eligibility repercussions when they want to transfer on to a 4-year college.

  • Academic eligibility upon transfer to an NCAA program often depends upon the number of semesters that an athlete attended a junior college as a full-time student. Attending a two-year college for an additional year or semester could possibly have negative consequences on academic eligibility when a junior college athlete transfers to join an NCAA athletic program.
  • Eligibility upon transfer to an NCAA program also depends upon the number of credit hours earned during the last semester of full-time attendance at the junior college, as well as how many of those credit hours will be accepted as transferable credit at the NCAA university.

If your junior college athlete is in this situation and needs assistance, we can review and discuss the academic eligibility requirements and options available in a confidential phone session.  Schedule your confidential Eligibility Issues Consultation online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Even though all NJCAA spring sports have been cancelled, and winter sports were either cancelled or had already concluded, student-athletes in those sports are still not “recruitable” by other NJCAA member colleges until the spring academic term has ended at the athlete’s current college.

A spring sport athlete currently attending an NJCAA college who plans to possibly transfer should be told by a coach at another NJCAA program that they can’t discuss a transfer until the conclusion of this term at the athlete’s current college.

The NCAA Division I Council has voted to permit all NCAA Division I spring sport student-athletes to treat this season as a redshirt year.

  • Spring sport student-athletes who would have exhausted their college eligibility this spring will also have the opportunity to return next year for another season if they so choose.
  • However, the Council did NOT grant another season of eligibility for Division I winter sport student-athletes since those teams were able to compete through their regular season.

Flexibility Options for Funding Scholarships

The Council provided scholarship flexibility options for NCAA DI programs due to potential funding concerns. Many schools have already committed scholarship funds to recruits who will be enrolling next Fall.

This flexibility will only apply to spring sport student-athletes who would have exhausted their eligibility this season.

  • They will be allowed to receive a scholarship next year that won’t count against their overall team limit.
  • Also, coaches will not be required to provide an athletic scholarship at the same level that a student-athlete received this year.
  • In the sport of baseball, which is the only spring sport that has a mandated roster limit (35), teams will be permitted to exceed that roster limit by the number of athletes returning who would have exhausted their eligibility this season.

Impact on Transfer Athletes

So far, Division I has not clearly stated if they will honor an additional season of eligibility for an athlete who transfers from another university after having received another season where they were. I expect that they will do so just as Division II is doing (NCAA Division II Eligibility COVID-19 Update) but that hasn’t been specifically stated at this point.

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Contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com to arrange a confidential consultation session if you’d like to discuss your athlete’s options, or schedule a Scholarship Strategies Consult online.

The NCAA Division II Administrative Committee has confirmed the following eligibility updates as a result of COVID-19:

For student-athletes who were granted an additional season of eligibility at a Junior College, NAIA, or another NCAA Division, those athletes will be able to transfer to an NCAA Division II program and their eligibility status will be honored.

Current senior athletes at a Division II university who choose to return for another season next year can receive an athletic scholarship which will be exempt from counting against team limits during the 2020-21 academic year.

  • That exemption will only apply, however, for student-athletes who remain at their current university.
  • An athlete who receives an athletic scholarship upon transfer to an NCAA Division II program from another university must have that scholarship counted toward team scholarship limits for the 2020-21 academic year.

If your student-athlete needs accurate, objective information on how this affects their eligibility and options, schedule a confidential Eligibility Consult online or contact Rick Allen by calling 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.