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February Recruiting Tips

NCAA Policies on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation


These policies clarify participation of transgender student-athletes who are undergoing treatment:

–          A trans male (FTM) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment may compete on a men’s team, however is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing the status to a mixed team.

–          A trans female (MTF) student-athlete being treated with suppression medication may continue to compete on a men’s team, however may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of suppression treatment.


These policies clarify participation of transgender student-athletes who aren’t undergoing treatment:

–          A trans male student-athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.

–          A trans female student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.


Click here for additional information within the NCAA Inclusion handbook


Monthly Spotlight


The New

The NCAA has merged and NCAAConnect. The updated site allows for simplified navigation and easier access to division-specific information. Some of the important changes include:


–          The new combines the formerly public and password-protected sides (NCAAConnect) of the website into one site that does not require a login.

–          The site is designed with a membership viewpoint in mind, so that content is organized by each division. To address prospective and current student-athlete needs, the site provides a new entry point that directs visitors to information on playing college sports, maintaining eligibility, and scholarship and leadership opportunities.

–          The merge brings together relevant pages and other content currently on the public side and NCAAConnect in a way that provides better navigation and easier search functions.


Recruiting Rule Alert


NCAA Eligibility Center Fee – Exception for Payment

A high school booster club may pay the necessary fee for prospective student-athletes at that high school to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. This is provided no student-athlete is chosen because of their athletics ability or reputation.


Note: $70 for US, US Territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) and Canadian student-athletes & $120 for all other international student-athletes.


Recruiting Tips


Wrestling: Sign up for national tournaments and get involved in a good club.


Basketball: Secure your spot on a competitive AAU team and start identifying schools to visit.


Football: Underclassman – look into junior days (however not all schools offer them and most are invite only.) Make plans to attend at least one combine and shared interest camps.


Lacrosse: Plan to attend showcases and camps – interest from coaches starts a year early.


Soccer: Plan to attend three to four ID camps – make sure they have the same level of interest in you as you have in them. 


Baseball: Underclassman should be filling out questionnaires and planning to attend showcases.  Make sure to generate interest prior to the showcase to ensure coaches will be keeping an eye out for you and provide coaches with your summer ball schedule.


February NCAA Articles


CNN study reveals some college athletes have reading/writing problems

–          CNN looked into multiple public universities, (21 schools responded out of the 37 that were contacted) regarding student-athletes’ ability to read and write.

–          Mary Willingham, while a grad student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, researched the reading levels of 183 athletes who played football or basketball from 2004 to 2012.

  • She found that 60% read between fourth and eighth grade levels
  • She also found between 8% and 10% read below a third grade level.

–          University of Oklahoma professor Gerald Gurney did a similar study, concluding that about 10% of revenue-sport athletes at Oklahoma were reading below a fourth grade level.

–          CNN looked at SAT or ACT data where available, and university administered aptitude tests where SAT or ACT scores weren’t available.

  • They found most schools have between 7% and 18% of revenue sport athletes reading at an elementary school level.

–          Some possible explanations given by the universities for these low scores include:

  • Some athletes only aim for scores high enough for them to be NCAA eligible.
  • Low scores can be indicators of learning disabilities.
  • Entrance exams are just one factor taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to accept a student-athlete.

–          The results for each individual school can be found here HERE


Youngest ever hockey commitment

–          Oliver Wahlstrom, a 13 year old seventh grader from Yarmouth, Maine has become the youngest player to ever commit to an NCAA college hockey program.

–          He verbally committed to the University of Maine, and would begin school there in the fall of 2019.

–          Wahlstrom is also a Youtube sensation, scoring THIS incredible goal in a shootout before a Boston Bruins when he was only nine years old.


UNC disputes CNN article

–          The University of North Carolina, in response to CNN’s article, has spoken out against whistle-blowing employee Mary Willingham.

–          They issued a statement saying, “We do not believe that claim,” and that they found Willingham’s stories as “patently unfair to the many student-athletes who have worked hard in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with distinction.”


Notre dame gets largest apparel deal in college sports history

–          Notre Dame and Under Armour have agreed to the most lucrative apparel deal in college sports history.

–          The contract is worth 90 million over 10 years.

–          The deal could actually be greater than 90 million, as Notre Dame can receive some of its compensation in Under Armour stock.


Upscale housing for athletes becoming a trend

–          Universities like the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, and the University of Oklahoma have already built or plan to build luxurious housing for its athletes.

–          In the summer of 2012, Kentucky unveiled its 7 million dollar residence hall, built specifically for its basketball players.

–          Kansas just announced plans for a 17.5 million dollar apartment complex that will house both its men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with 34 other KU students.



California proposes simultaneous club and high school play

–          There is a proposal in California that will allow high school athletes to play for both their high school and AAU or club team during the same season.

–          Athletic director’s in the state are calling it a “disaster” and saying that “it would be the downfall of high school sports.”

–          The supporters point to a rule that already allows a high school basketball player to compete in club softball at the same time.

–          The proposal will be voted on at the end of April/beginning of May.


Colter, Northwestern football players seek right to unionize

–          Kain Colter and other Northwestern players announced Tuesday the creation of the College Athletes Protection Association (CAPA) in cooperation with the National College Players Association (NCPA) and the United Steelworkers Union pending review by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

–          Ramogi Huma, president of the NCPA, said CAPA’s goals are the same as those of the NCPA. The group has pressed for better concussion and other medical protections, and for scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance.

–          Having already successfully advocated for the creation of multiyear scholarships, the NCPA now would like those scholarships to be guaranteed even if a player is no longer able to continue for injury or medical reasons. The group has also called for a trust fund that players could tap into after their NCAA eligibility expires to finish schooling or be rewarded for finishing schooling.

–          At first, only Division I FBS football and men’s basketball players — the athletes at the center of the commercial enterprise — will be eligible to join CAPA because they are best situated to make a case to be treated as employees, Huma said.  Over time, CAPA may expand its scope to include other sports.


NCAA Response to Colter, NCPA

–          Donald Remy, Chief Legal Counsel of the NCAA, released the following statement:


“This union-backed attempt to turn student-athletes into employees undermines the purpose of college: an education. Student-athletes are not employees, and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize…Student-athletes are not employees within any definition of the National Labor Relations Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are confident the National Labor Relations Board will find in our favor, as there is no right to organize student-athletes.”


February Recruiting Calendars



Quiet Period: February 1st – February 28th



Contact Period: February 1st – February 28th


Men’s Basketball

Recruiting Period: February 1st – February 28th


Women’s Basketball

Evaluation Period: February 1st – February 28th


Women’s Volleyball

Contact Period: February 1st – February 28th

(1)    State specific contact and evaluation times: In states that play the high school volleyball season in the winter, contacts and evaluations are allowed January 1 through the Friday prior to the Presidents Day weekend tournaments.



Contact Period: February 1st – February 2nd

                Dead Period: February 3rd – February 6th

Quiet Period: February 7th – February 28th

Football Regular Signing Period: February 5th-April 1st


Track & Field/Cross Country

Contact Period: February 1st – February 2nd

                        Dead Period: February 3rd – February 6th

Contact Period: February 7th – February 28th

Signing Period: February 5th – August 1st


Men’s Lacrosse

Quiet Period: February 1st – February 28th


Women’s Lacrosse

Contact Period: February 1st – February 28th


*Additional Sport Specific Information*

                Dead Period (Field Hockey, Soccer, Men’s Water Polo): February 3rd – February 6th

                Signing Period (Field Hockey, Soccer, Men’s Water Polo): February 5th – August 1st

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