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 April 2021 - The NCAA Div. I dead period which has been in effect since April 2021 will be removed as of June 1, 2021. For the full release, go to this link. Updated January 2021 - At their annual convention, all three NCAA divisions voted to temporarily table action on name/image/likeness (NIL) legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case related to this issue in 2021, and most NCAA legislators felt it was best to put a vote on hold until more information becomes available.
NCAA Div. II members also voted to allow nonqualifiers to receive athletic-based aid and to practice with their teams while they establish residency and eligibility at 4-year colleges. However, they will not be permitted to compete with their teams for 1 year. Updated December 2020 - In early December, the NAIA amended its intital eligibility requirements for freshman entering college in the fall of 2021. This expands the spring 2020 Covid-19 SAT/ACT exception. A 2021 grad with a 2.0 GPA upon graduation. If you were able to take the SAT or ACT as a 2021 grad (and meet the NAIA minimums of 18/970), however, you should still have your scores sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center. For more information, visit the NAIA Eligibility Center website. Updated September 2020 - The NCAA has made adjustments to its initial eligibility standards for 2021 graduates. The SAT and ACT have been waived and pass/no pass credit has been extended. For more information, go to: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/divisions-i-and-ii-members-adjust-initial-eligibility-requirements. (The NCAA is also exploring the option of eliminating its SAT/ACT sliding scale score requirements in the future.)
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!