INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, October 10. EARLIER this week, the NCAA announced that it is moving forward with legislation change regarding recruit communications if it is approved in January by the NCAA Division I Legislative Council.
The suite of proposals would “lift restrictions in all sports on the frequency and modes of communication (e.g. text messaging),” and would “allow recruiting communication to start Sept. 1 of a recruit’s junior year.”
The last provision, however, would have some exclusions. The sports of basketball, football, men’s ice hockey, swimming and diving, cross country and track and field will have their own set of rules. Basketball, football and men’s ice hockey are already considering their own set of rules, and are excluded from the change.
Meanwhile, the larger roster sports like swimming and diving, cross country and track and field, where opening communication to juniors would overload an already overworked coaching staff, fought off the change. Therefore, the NCAA is keeping the status quo in terms of first date of contact in those sports.