NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete 2012-2013 Edition


The New NCAA Guide for College-Bound Student-Athlete is out!

Here is quick access to the PDF:

If you don’t know about the Guide – the NCAA publishes it each year. It contains all the NCAA rules that a student-athlete playing in college or going through the recruiting process might need to know, including academic guidelines, coach communications, timelines, and more – as you’ll see below.

In short, anyone who wants to play college athletics should be familiar with this guide. Download the whole thing above and check out some of the key changes this year, below.

Major Changes for 2012-2013 Edition:

  • Page 7:
    • Eligibility Center Fees – Effective September 1, 2012 the registration fee for the will increase to $70 for US, US Territories and Canadian students and $120 for all other international students.
  • Page 8:
    • Fee Waiver Eligibility- International students (students living outside of the US, Puerto Rico or US Territories) are not eligible for a fee waiver.
  • Page 9:
    • DI Academic Requirements
      • Courses with similar content may be deemed duplicative by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
      • Time Limitation on Core Courses (Please read this section).
      • College-bound student-athletes first entering a DI college or university on or after August 1st, 2016 will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid, practice, or compete during their first year (Please read this section).
        • Full Qualifier
        • Academic Redshirt
        • Non-qualifier
  • Page 10: Please review the DI sliding scales A & B.
  • Page 19: Delays Full-Time Collegiate Enrollment and Participates in Organized Competition
    • Effective August 1, 2012 – Tennis:  You have six months after high school graduation (i.e., grace period) to enroll full time at a college or university, or you will lose one season of competition for each calendar year during which you continue to compete in organized competition.
    • Effective August 1, 2012 – Sports Other than Men’s Ice Hockey, Skiing and Tennis:  You have one year after high school graduation (i.e., grace period) to enroll full time at a college or university or you will lose one season of competition for each calendar year during which you continue to compete in organized competition.
  • Page 23-25: Contact Rules
    • DI
      • Men’s Basketball
        • Unlimited calls, emails, letters, texts message June 15th after the sophomore year
        • (Beginning August 1, 2012) Off-campus contact is allowed beginning opening day of classes your junior year. Contacts other than April period may only occur at your school. Contacts in April may occur at your school or residence.
        • (Beginning August 1, 2012) Official Visits are allowed January 1 of your junior year.
      • Women’s Basketball, Other Sports
        • Calls allowed once per week beginning August 1st of senior year.
    • DII
      • A coach may begin sending you printed recruiting materials June 15 before your junior year in high school.
      • No limit on number of calls by college coach beginning June 15 before your junior year.
      • A college coach can have contact with you or your parents/legal guardians off the college’s campus beginning June 15 before your junior year.
  • Official Visits
    • Allowed beginning opening day of classes your senior year.
    • You may make only one official visit per college and up to a maximum of five official visits to Division I colleges.  There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

Questions? Call one of our NCAA-certified recruiting experts at 866-495-7727 or click here to set up a time to talk. Click here to create your free recruiting profile and start connecting with college coaches.


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