NCAA Rule Changes


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NCAA Rule Changes January 16, 2013 7:09 AM

On Saturday, the 18 college presidents who make up the Division I Board of Directors will consider 26 legislative changes designed to streamline the NCAA rulebook. The most significant changes would allow for greater flexibility in recruiting by removing numerous restrictions on timing, frequency and forms of contact between coaches and athletes.

Other rules would permit athletes more compensation for athletic-related expenses, eliminate restrictions on players’ publicity and employment, and codify a new philosophy for NCAA rulemaking.

TJHN reported on the NCAA making another move toward a $2000.00 stipend for atheletes based upon need. Link While this will be the second time the NCAA is facing this proposal, sources are now saying that it is likely to be approved. The process for disbursing this proposed stipend is still apparently up for discussion and should be fleshed out during this meeting.

The rule changes proposed are far reaching, and have the potential to dramatically change the recruiting landscape as well as the athletic performance landscape. How many are passed and how quickly will be something all coaches pay close attention to this weekend.

Tthe following proposals will be critical when being considered by the board:

  • 11-2, which would eliminate the rules defining recruiting coordination functions that must be performed only by a head or assistant coach.
  • 11-3-B, which would prohibit the live scouting of future opponents except in limited circumstances.
  • 11-4, which would remove limits on the number of coaches who can recruit off-campus at any one time, the so-called “baton rule.”
  • 12-1, which would establish a uniform definition of actual and necessary expenses [to include meals, lodging, transportation and other competition-related expenses].
  • 12-2, which would allow the calculation of actual and necessary expenses to be based on the total over a calendar year instead of an event-by-event basis. The working group recommended the calculation change for both prospective and enrolled athletes.
  • 12-3, which would allow an athlete to receive $300 more than actual and necessary expenses, provided the expenses come from an otherwise permissible source.
  • 12-4, which would permit individuals to receive actual and necessary competition-related expenses from outside sponsors, so long as the person is not an agent, booster, or representative of a professional sports organization.
  • 12-5, which would allow athletes in sports other than tennis to receive up to actual and necessary competition-related expenses based on performance from an amateur team or event sponsor.
  • 12-6, which would allow athletes and prospects to receive actual and necessary expenses for training, coaching, health insurance, etc., from a governmental entity.
  • 13-1, which would allow schools to treat prospects like enrolled athletes for purposes of applying recruiting regulations once a National Letter of Intent or signed offer of admission or financial aid is received.
  • 13-2, which would allow off-campus contact with recruits beginning the first day of junior year in high school and communication with recruits on or after July 1 after the completion of the recruit’s sophomore year in high school. [Currently, different sports have different dates on which contact becomes permissible; this rule would establish a uniform date for all sports.]
  • 13-3, which would eliminate restrictions on methods and modes of communication.
  • 13-4, which would eliminate the requirement that institutions provide materials such as the banned-drug list and Academic Progress Rate data to recruits.
  • 13-5-A, which would eliminate restrictions on sending printed recruiting materials to recruits.
  • 13-7, which would eliminate restrictions on publicity [such as press conferences for when a high-profile athlete signs with a program] once a prospective athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent or written offer of financial aid or admission.
  • 13-8, which would deregulate camps and clinics employment rules related to both recruits and current athletes. Senior football prospects would be allowed to participate in camps and clinics.
  • 14-1, which would eliminate academic regulations that are covered elsewhere and directly supported by institutional academic policy.
  • 16-1, which would allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA national office to provide an award to athletes any time after initial full-time enrollment.
  • 16-2, which would allow conferences, an institution, the U.S. Olympic Committee, a national governing body or the awarding agency to provide actual and necessary expenses for an athlete to receive a noninstitutional award or recognition for athletics or academic accomplishments. Expenses could also be provided for parents/legal guardians, a spouse or other relatives as well.
  • 16-3, which would allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA to pay for other academic support, career counseling or personal development services that support the success of the athlete.
  • 16-4, which would allow institutions, conferences or the NCAA to pay for medical and related expenses for a student-athlete.
  • 16-5, which, except for Bylaw, would change all Bylaw 16 references to an athlete’s spouse, parents, family members or children to “family member,” establish a specific definition of “family member,” and permit specified benefits to such individuals
  • 16-6, which would allow institutions to provide reasonable entertainment in conjunction with competition or practice.
  • 16-7, which would allow schools to provide actual and necessary expenses to athletes representing the institution in practice and competition (including expenses for activities/travel that are incidental to practice or competition) as well as in noncompetitive events like goodwill tours and media appearances.16-8, which would allow athletes to receive actual and necessary expenses and “reasonable benefits” associated with a national team practice and competition. The proposal would also allow institutions to pay for any number of national team tryouts and championship events.

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