What do we know and what comes next?
UPDATED: May 27, 2020
The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.
“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”
The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.
Virtual physical activities
Additionally, the committee decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.
The decision was supported by the Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Prevention and Performance Subcommittee. The subcommittee encouraged schools that decide to allow their strength and conditioning coaches to observe voluntary workouts to proactively consider the school’s overarching responsibility to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each student-athlete. More specifically, the subcommittee stressed that schools should plan for how the strength and conditioning coach should respond if they observe an unsafe workout environment or in the event that a medical emergency occurs during a voluntary session.
The committee will continue to explore the opportunity for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary workouts virtually, as they do during in-person, on-campus voluntary workouts.
NCAA DI Dead Period Extended to June 30th
On May 13th the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee has released updates regarding COVID-19 and how it will affect the recruiting process. Emergency legislation was passed to extend the recruiting dead period (as defined in NCAA Bylaw 13.02.5.5) to June 30th. This means that there is no in-person recruiting between college coaches and prospective student-athletes until that date. The Committee has agreed to review the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it pertains to the dead period again on May 27th, 2020.
The NCAA Division II Approved a Quiet Period from June 1-30
To follow the NCAA Division I announcement, NCAA Division II Administrative Committee approved a quiet period extending from June 1st to June 30th. The Committee released a statement that in this quiet period, “it will be permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes only on the member institution’s campus, subject to applicable public health guidelines and institutional and conference decision”. They also stated that there will be “no in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made”. It will be important that during this quiet period for prospective student-athletes to reach out to Division II college coaches they are communicating with to make decisions about on-campus visits.
UPDATED: April 4, 2020
NCAA spring sports included in scholarship limits and legislation. (Note: NCAA D3 has NO athletic scholarships, only academic monies)
NCAA’s Division II and III Update: each is granting spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility.
NAIA & NJCAA Update: In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. ** Still waiting to hear from the NCAA compliance office on the exact structure of what the roster and scholarship situation will look like.
Regulars & Graduate Transfers can move to a new athletic program and get a year back of eligibility.
Graduate Transfers can get more than their previous year aid amount at any new institution.
There are many different scenarios to iron out, but it means that the collegiate sports nation can move on and those potential lost seasons of eligibility are back… Hope the healing can resume. NSR will continue to keep you all informed with any new information on this subject.
March 13, 2020
The past week has been one that most Americans won’t soon forget! For those of us that live in the sports community daily, it is a week that will NEVER be forgotten!
The actions of the NBA to “suspend the season until further notice” has set in motion a tidal wave of reactions. The NCAA, NAIA, Professional, High School, Club, and Travel events, Tournaments and seasons have all been cancelled. All of this is being done in an effort to promote health safety. These types of cancellations, while warranted due to the health concerns, now create an entirely different issue that must be addressed.
Thousands of high school athletes that were scheduled to compete in their high school seasons will not get that opportunity. Athletes that were headed to huge college recruiting showcase events will now miss these opportunities. In simple terms, there are countless high school athletes that were hoping to get evaluated for college scholarship opportunities at these events. These critical evaluation days are missed. The college coaches are limited as to the number of off campus evaluation days they can have to recruit. Those days will never be replaced. College coaches will not have the opportunities to contact athletes at these events when allowed by NCAA rules.
COVID-19/Coronovirus is now having a negative impact on the potential collegiate future of thousands of deserving athletes. Coach Mike Smith, Executive Director of Scouting for NSR “This will have a big impact on the high school athletes that are wanting to be recruited. Think about it. If I can’t bring you in for a visit or camp and I can’t go out and see you play, how can I evaluate you. As a coach I can tell you that’s a problem. College Coaches can not stop recruiting as it is the lifeblood of their programs. This window of time will force the recruiting efforts to shift.”
Coach Smith explains, “Coaches will be reaching out to those sources that they trust. Here at NSR the calls have already started. Fortunately our athletes don’t depend on all of these events or showcases for their exposure. Their videos, athletic and academic data is ready for the college coaches for evaluation. I feel for the athletes that are not prepared.”
If it’s your dream to play college athletics and you are unsure how this will affect your recruiting, contact NSR today.
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Stay calm, stay safe and stay tuned for updates.
The NCAA has taken swift action to stop the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus). Here are some things we currently know.
Learn more about the NCAA's response to Coronavirus at the links below.NCAA Coronavirus FAQ NCAA Healthy Tips
In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.
Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.
In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.
Keep Up to Date with the most current info at the link below.SAT Coronavirus Updates
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
Keep Up to Date with the most current info at the link below.ACT Coronavirus Updates