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.

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.

High school athletes must satisfy the NCAA academic requirements to be certified as a Qualifier and be eligible to compete and receive an athletic scholarship in their freshman year at an NCAA Division I or Division II university.

High schools shifting to online instruction or taking other action due to COVID-19 could have a negative impact on a recruit’s opportunity to satisfy the academic requirements for Division I and Division II eligibility.

As of the date of this post,  the NCAA Eligibility Center has not yet issued any official changes or adjustments to these academic requirements. However, the Eligibility Center will be conferring with NCAA Division I and II governing committees and is expected to release information on possible changes soon.

High school recruits and families should be aware that the NCAA freshman academic requirements to be certified as a Qualifier are also important if your athlete is planning to attend a two-year college before transferring to an NCAA university.

Recruits who are not certified as an NCAA Qualifier by the Eligibility Center will have more extensive academic requirements to satisfy while attending a two-year college in order to be eligible when they transfer to an NCAA university.

Do You Have Questions?

If you are concerned about the impact of online instruction on your academic eligibility, we offer confidential phone consultations. We’ll answer all your questions, discuss the possible impact on your athlete’s eligibility due to COVID-19, and suggest options for your athlete to consider. Schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues consult online here, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

As of April 15, 2020, the NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period has now re-opened after being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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

If you have questions about your NLI and scholarship agreement and what it means, want an explanation of the difference between Division I and Division II scholarships or have other questions in general, we can provide a confidential phone consultation to discuss.

Schedule a Scholarship Strategies Consult online, contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

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.)

Do You Need Help?

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

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.

If you are a parent of a high school athlete who is taking online courses of any kind, we advise you to make sure that those courses will be accepted as “Core Courses” by the NCAA Eligibility Center so that the athlete can be classified as a Qualifier.

We were recently contacted by the parent of a high school senior who just learned that nearly all of the courses that his daughter took online will not be accepted by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Do you Have Questions?

For questions about NCAA core course requirements, schedule a confidential Eligibility Consult online, contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

We can also provide our Freshman Transcript Review Service to provide a written report on your athlete’s progress toward becoming a Qualifier to be eligible for a scholarship, practice, and competition as a freshman.

A signed National Letter of Intent is valid ONLY for high school recruits OR for junior college athletes who are going to an NCAA DI or DII program. The National Letter of Intent must be accompanied by an Athletic Scholarship Offer to be valid.

There is no such thing as an NCAA National Letter of Intent for an athlete who is enrolling as a transfer directly from another four-year college.

If an NCAA Division I or II program offers a National Letter of Intent to an athlete transferring directly to that university from another four-year college, there’s a mistake somewhere – either intentionally or unintentionally.

A National Letter of Intent signed in this situation is not valid.

We’ve recently become aware of at least two situations where an athlete transferring to an NCAA Division I or II program from another four-year university was sent a National Letter of Intent. We strongly believe that in at least one of those instances, the coaching staff was purposely trying to trick the athlete into thinking that he had no other option.

Do you Have Questions?

If you have questions about either the NCAA National Letter of Intent and how it affects your athlete or if you would like us to review your scholarship offer and National Letter of Intent before you sign, schedule a confidential scholarship strategies consult online or contact us by calling 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Wednesday, February 5th is the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period for NCAA Division I and II football recruits.

Although NCAA Division I football programs had an “early” signing period in December, this upcoming period will be the first opportunity for Division II football programs to sign recruits to a scholarship for next year.

This signing period is open through April 1 for Division I football programs, but continues through August 1 for Division II programs.

If you have questions about either the NCAA National Letter of Intent and how it affects your athlete or if you would like us to review your scholarship offer and National Letter of Intent before you sign, schedule a confidential scholarship strategies consult online or contact us by calling 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Recruits to NCAA Division I programs who have already made an official visit to a Division I campus are permitted an additional official visit to the same university if that sport program has had a head coaching change since the recruit’s original official visit.

This is an exception to the rule that limits a university to provide only one official visit to a recruit. Once a new head coach is hired at a Division I university, it is now permissible for a recruit to make a 2nd official visit to that university.

If you have questions about recruiting rules, or for advice about your athlete’s recruitment, schedule a confidential Recruiting Rules Consult online or contact us by calling 913-766-1235 or by sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.