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 Spring 2022 - The NCAA has waived SAT/ACT eligibility requirements for 2023 graduates. NCAA members will vote at the 2023 convention on whether or not to pursue dropping these standardized tests completely.
The NAIA will implement a new bylaw in the fall of 2022 that allows a student-athlete to be eligible to compete as a freshman if he or she graduates high school with a 2.3 GPA or above. Students with a GPA below 2.3 would still need to meet the existing 2 out of 3 requirements--e.g., have a 2.0, score a 970 SAT/18 ACT and/or graduate in the top 50% of their class. (Note: There is also a provision for high school students who have completed 3 college level courses. Consult the NAIA for deatils.) Note: Even though some colleges have waived the SAT and ACT or made them optional for applicants and the NCAA and NAIA appear to be easing their initial eligibility requirements, potential collegiate athletes should continue to take their SAT/ACT starting in their junior year...at least for now!
Updated July 2021 - As of the end of June, the NCAA has adopted an interim policy for dealing with the evolving Name/Image/Likeness issue (NIL). For more information, click here. The NAIA is also working on NIL policies. For more information, click here. Updated January 2021 - NCAA Div. II members 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.
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!