COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD RECRUITING RULES
The NCAA has adopted new recruiting rules for NCAA D1 Track and Field/Cross Country programs. These new rules focus primarily on communication between the recruit and the college coach before the end of their sophomore year of high school. In reality, very little communication in the sport of Track and Field was occurring prior to a recruit’s junior year of high school. Although these rules were designed to stop the increasing trend of early recruiting and give student-athletes the opportunity to make a more informed decision on their college of choice. These rules could impact the recruiting process for track and field athletes in the opposite way as less than 15% of track and field athletes have reported being recruited prior to their Junior year. In fact, nearly 40% stated that they were not being recruited until their senior year.
New NCAA DI Track and Field Recruiting Rules
1. No communication with a coach until June 15 after sophomore year
The new rules prevent any communication between a student-athlete or parent/guardian and a DI college coach before June 15 of sophomore year. Communication includes phone, text and/or email.
2. No Official or Unofficial visits until August 1 of junior year
3. No Recruiting Conversations or Verbal Offers until June 15 of sophomore year