This portion of the site will provide current information on major NCAA or NAIA guideline or rule changes. If you have an older
edition of my book, be sure to check this page regularly to ensure you have the most current information, and be sure to visit the
NCAA Home Page or the NAIA Home Page for all current recruiting guidelines.
Updated October 2018
Players accepting athletic scholarships from NCAA Div. I or Div. II colleges will be asked to sign a National Letter of Intent. As of the 2018-19 school year, the NLI signing period for softball will open on the second Wednesday of November and close on August 1 of each year. If you have questions about the NLI, what it means, how it's administered, etc., visit http://www.nationalletter.org/
Also worth noting... The NCAA Div. I Council will present a proposal to Div. I colleges in April that would slightly change the initial softball contact dates for Div. I colleges. If passed, this proposal would allow Div. I coaches to email/write/phone prospects as of June 15 following their sophomore year, and face-to-face contacts (including visits) could begin August 1 following the sophomore year. However, until this vote is taken next spring, current NCAA Div. I contact rules remain in place.
Updated April 2018
The NCAA Div. I Council voted to "reboot" Div. I recruiting practices by prohibiting all recruiting contact by Div. I coaches with prospects until Sept. 1 of the junior year in high school. For the full press release, click this link. For more information or if you have questions, contact the NCAA, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for the important business! Please remember that that 75% of all college players will compete at Div. II/III or NAIA programs. In other words only 25% of players will ultimately be impacted by Div. I guidelines, so this calendar change will have no impact on players being recruited by or pursuing Div. II, III and NAIA colleges!
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