NJCAA

Athletes who signed an NJCAA Letter of Intent with an NJCAA member two-year college for their freshman year are to be notified no later than June 15 if they are going to be signed to another NJCAA Letter of Intent for their sophomore year.

If they are NOT signed to a new NJCAA Letter of Intent by June 15, they become recruitable by any other NJCAA member college starting June 16.

NCAA

For athletes on a sport scholarship at an NCAA Division I or Division II university, athletic departments have until July 1 to inform scholarship athletes about the status of their scholarship for the following academic year. The majority of coaches and athletic programs won’t wait that long and will usually inform athletes at the end of the school year.

If your athlete has not been informed regarding the status of their scholarship and their school year has ended, encourage them to ask about that.

Waiting until July 1 to find out that their scholarship has been reduced or cancelled, and then going through the appeal process will leave them very little time to find another college to transfer to if that becomes necessary.

If you have questions or need objective advice about your athlete’s scholarship status for next year, schedule a confidential scholarship strategies consult online, or call 913-766-1235.

In a recent post, I shared that NCAA Division I has extended their recruiting Dead Period for all sports through June 30.

In contrast, NCAA Division II has announced that they will enter a Quiet Period starting June 1 and continuing until June 30.

During the Quiet Period, Division II coaches:

  • Can invite recruits to visit campus
  • Can have face-to-face interaction with recruits and their family members on campus.
  • Can host camps and clinics on their campuses.

However:

  • Coaches are still prohibited from conducting off-campus recruiting activities.
  • Keep in mind that decisions by colleges regarding whether and when to permit these activities will be guided by campus policies and state and local health authorities.
  • Certain Division II conferences may also choose to impose more restrictions on campus activities than are permitted during a Quiet Period.

Schedule a confidential Recruiting Rules consultation online to make sure you’re up to date on what activities are permissible. You can also call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Athletes who transfer from a junior college to an NCAA athletic program should know that there are specific academic requirements that must be satisfied while attending the junior college in order to be eligible in their first year of attendance at an NCAA university.

Those academic requirements will vary depending upon the following factors:

1. Was the athlete a Qualifier or a Non-Qualifier when they graduated from high school?

2. Is the athlete transferring to an NCAA Division I, Division II, or a Division III program?

3. Has the athlete previously attended a four-year college before attending the junior college?

If you have a Junior College athlete who plans to transfer to an NCAA program, schedule a Confidential Eligibility Consult online, or by calling us at 913-766-1235. During the call, we will discuss ALL the things a JUCO student-athlete should know before considering a transfer to a 4-year university so there are no unpleasant surprises.

The NCAA Board of Governors recently received a lengthy 31-page report from the “Federal and State Legislation Working Group” suggesting broad recommendations for new rules that will permit student-athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness.

When approved, student-athletes will be able to accept payment within the NCAA rules for a wide range of activities. However, many details remain to be proposed, discussed and finalized.

Some of the basic guidelines for development of these new rules include:

  • Student-athletes will not be paid for these types of activities by their respective schools or conferences, or by the NCAA.
  • Student-athletes should have the same opportunities as the general student body to be compensated for their particular skills, ability, and name recognition except when there are compelling reasons to the contrary. (Examples: I’m sure that athletes will not be allowed to promote tobacco products, nor will underage athletes be permitted to endorse alcohol products.)
  • Education and progress toward a student-athlete’s degree must continue to be priorities. (Student-athletes will likely be prohibited from missing class to make a personal appearance, record a commercial or participate in any similar activity.)
  • Rules regarding these activities must be able to be enforceable and monitored for compliance with these rules (perhaps the hardest part of this whole concept in my opinion!!!).
  • Student-athletes will not be allowed to affiliate with a professional sports team and will not be allowed to receive compensation based specifically on their athletic performance (no prize money or compensation based on place finish in competition).
  • Rules must protect fairness in the recruitment of prospects or impermissible tampering with currently enrolled student-athletes.
  • A number of states have proposed or passed legislation within their own states to permit student-athletes to receive compensation for endorsement or promotional activities. The NCAA will be working with Congressional representatives to preempt state laws so that there can be consistency for all NCAA member institutions and their student-athletes.

Types of Activities that Will be Permissible for Student-Athletes Within the New Rules (pending approval):

Student-athletes will be allowed to receive compensation for:

  • Promoting local, regional or national businesses through personal appearances, appearing in commercials, or as social media “brand ambassadors.”
  • Modeling or signing autographs.
  • Their own creative endeavors such as acting, singing, or selling their artwork.
  • Giving private lessons or tutoring.
  • Conducting or providing research or class projects for or to private companies.

Much progress still needs to be made on establishing details and receiving feedback from various NCAA constituencies. However, the NCAA Board of Governors remain committed to having the three NCAA divisions prepare specific legislative proposals in time for the January 2021 NCAA Convention.

We will keep you updated as we learn more details and receive additional information.

California State University Chancellor Tim White has announced that their 23-campus system will provide instruction online only this Fall with limited exceptions (such as for lab courses and clinical classes).

As a consequence of that action, the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association – which is the athletic home of many Cal State campuses – is suspending athletic competition during Fall 2020.

These announcements have come as a shock to many with those decisions regarding Fall instruction and competition being made so early.

It’s certainly understandable that many Fall Sport student-athletes who are impacted by these decisions are likely wondering what their options are.

Student-athletes who make rash decisions regarding their Fall plans without understanding and considering the eligibility and/or transfer rules could negatively impact their eligibility in the future.

In a confidential consultation, I can explain the NCAA rules and the options that student-athletes should be aware of. Schedule an Eligibility Issues Consult online or by calling us at 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

The NCAA has announced that the Division I recruiting Dead Period for all sports that has been imposed in the wake of COVID-19 has now been extended through June 30.

As a reminder, this means that Division I coaches are not allowed to have any in-person interaction with high school or junior college recruits, or with athletes who are in the process of transferring from one university to another. Phone calls, emails, text messages, or other direct messaging formats remain permissible, however.

If you’ve got any questions on how this could affect your athlete, schedule a Recruiting Rules Consult online, or by calling 913-766-1235.