These are unprecedented times for the NCAA. With the winter and spring championships canceled and spring athletes’ eligibility returned, there are many questions about the impact of recruitment for both 2020 and 2021 (and younger) graduates. As leaders in the sport recruitment field, we’ve been watching developments closely. Read on for updates and our advice for student athletes.
Here’s what we know
On March 30, the Division I Council voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes with an additional season of competition and an extension of their eligibility period.
On April 1, the Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period until May 31, during which telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed.
For the Class of 2020, international students expected to graduate from high school in time to enroll in a Division I or II school for the 2020-21 academic year will be eligible for an automatic initial-eligibility waiver if they complete at least 10 core-course units before starting the seventh semester with at least a 2.3 (DI) or 2.2 (DII) grade-point average in those courses. This means an SAT/ACT will not be required. See more here.
What do the NCAA updates mean for you?
Remember, the Eligibility Center ONLY relaxed the SAT/ACT requirement for the Class of 2020. Grade 11 students and younger should keep up with their SAT/ACT prep. Whereas many universities are relaxing testing requirements for admission for fall 2021, Division I athletes need an SAT/ACT score for Eligibility Center clearance, which is separate from admission purposes.
As on-campus camps and recruitment events are canceled for spring, and likely summer, it is important to communicate with coaches regularly. Send video and grade updates. Create and update your website. Expand your list of schools. Stay in touch to stay on the radar. Students who are known to coaches are likely to have an advantage in the recruitment process when the current ban is lifted for on-campus hosting and events.
Follow the NCAA on social media and keep up with the changes. The situation is very dynamic at this point, and there are so many things up in the air: summer recruitment rules, the fall season, and the impacts of returned eligibility.
Finally, keep up your fitness and skills. Showing commitment when things aren’t as easy as showing up to practice speaks volumes of your character and desire to play at the next level.