NCAA Division I to consider recruiting, meals changes
The NCAA announced Thursday in a news release that it will consider altering current recruiting rules.
The Division I membership will look at the option of changing some recruiting rules and the idea of allowing schools to provide more meals and unlimited snacks to student-athletes.
In an effort to address the membership’s uneasiness regarding recruiting rules, the Division I Legislative Council agreed this week to sponsor several proposed rules changes in the 2013-14 legislative cycle. The proposals will be published in an official notice by Nov. 15 and will be made available to the membership for review. The Council will cast its first votes on the proposals at the 2014 NCAA Convention in January.
At the recommendation of the Rules Working Group, the Council sponsored several rules. Among the most notable:
— Change some rules related to financial aid, personnel and benefits student-athletes can receive. These proposals would create a more workable definition of countable coach, allow schools to provide the maximum meal plan for student-athletes that is available to all students — even if the plan exceeds three meals a day, permit athletics directors to delegate the responsibility for signing squad lists and eliminate certification requirements related to institutional financial aid.
— Allow schools to give unlimited snacks and additional meals to student-athletes, outside of what they receive through their traditional scholarship. The first proposal would allow schools to provide meals in conjunction with practice during the playing season and other noncompetitive events. Another similar proposal would allow schools to provide meals “incidental with participation” both in and out of season.
— Allow recruiting communication to start Sept. 1 of a recruit’s junior year, except in basketball, football, men’s ice hockey, swimming and diving, cross country and track. Basketball already adopted its own recruiting contact rules, and changes in football will be considered over the next week by the Leadership Council and Board of Directors. Recruiting communication now can begin July 1 following the junior year. Off-campus recruiting dates would not change for any sport. The proposal would also lift restrictions in these sports on the frequency and types of communication. For example, text messaging would be allowed.
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