The National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] hosted its convention in Grapevine, Texas on January 16-19, 2013. On the final day of the convention, the NCAA directors took steps toward creating a simpler, more flexible and less regulated Division I Manual by approving a total of twenty-five (25) proposals.
The adopted proposals will take effect August 1, 2013 and include a multi-year scholarship model and enhanced academic eligibility standards. The NCAA directors voted to significantly deregulate recruiting, eligibility, awards, benefits and expenses. Specifically, the new changes eliminate many restrictions relevant to new recruits.
The NCAA directors removed restrictions on modes and methods of communication during recruiting, including the limits on the number of phone calls and text messages to recruits. The restrictions on the number of coaching staff that can recruit off-campus were abolished, and schools will no longer face restrictions on sending printed recruiting materials.
Under the new rules, the camps and clinics employment rules relating to recruits will be deregulated. In addition, college sports teams will be allowed to treat recruiting prospects like student-athletes for regulation purposes once a National Letter of Intent is signed. Finally, the newly revised Division I Manual will permit athletes to receive actual and necessary competition-related expenses from outside sponsors, provided that the sponsor is not an agent, booster or professional sports team representative.
The newly adopted rules will provide colleges with more discretion in decision-making. These rules will be reviewed by the NCAA after a period of two (2) years, to allow for the rules to take effect before more changes are implemented.
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