For all sports November 13th- November 20th, 2013
(These sports are not included in early signing football, soccer, track & field, cross country, field hockey and men’s water polo.)
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student athlete and an NLI member institution
- A prospective student athlete agrees to attend the institution full time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters
- The institution agrees to provide financial aid for one academic year
Penalty for breaking this contract
- Student athletes have to serve one year in residence at the next NLI member institution
- Sit out for one season of competition in all sports
What is Signing Day?
- Signing day is the day you actually sign the NLI
Does every division 1 and 2 athlete sign an NLI?
- Most people will say that every D1 and D2 athlete will sign an NLI, but this is not the case.
- It is not so much about being in a certain division as it is whether or not the school is a member of the NLI program.
- There are 600 schools who participate in the NLI program
- All D1 schools are involved with NLI except for service academies and Ivy league.
- A majority of D2 programs participate in the program
- No D3, NAIA, Prep schools or 2 year colleges participate
- For a complete list of schools who participate in the NLI, visit the NCAA’s website
Is the NLI binding if the coach leaves the institution?
- Yes, you sign the NLI with the institution, not with the coach
Can a coach rescind an NLI?
- When a school drafts up the NLI, they are committing the agreed upon funds for at least one year and cannot break that commitment, regardless of injury or any other reason
Can a college coach be present on signing day?
- No, a college coach cannot be present when you sign an NLI off-campus. NCAA rules say that it is strictly prohibited for a coach to be present at the signing of the NLI or any related activities. The rules also prohibit the coach delivering the NLI in person.
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