April is not just a busy time for softball coaches but for the NCAA as well. This week the NCAA Division I Council considered three proposals related to softball and has approved one while tabling two. The Council tabled the following:
- The proposal to allow for official visits to occur during the junior year and not allow arranged unofficial visits until the junior year.
- The proposal to allow student-athletes to participate in fall competition without using a season of eligibility.
The NCAA Division I softball recruiting calendar proposal was adopted and will be effective August 1, 2017.
You can read the full proposal and details, including the 2017-2018 Recruiting calendar HERE.
Some key takeaways include:
- EVALUATION DAYS: institutions will no longer be restricted to a maximum of 50 evaluation days.
- NONINSTITUTIONAL CAMPS: An institution’s coach or staff member with responsibilities specific to softball may be employed (either on a salaried or volunteer basis) in a non-institutional, privately owned camp or clinic ONLY during the recruiting calendar periods when evaluation at non-scholastic practice or competition activities is permitted (i.e., during the summer contact period and the six weekends prior to Thanksgiving).
- Evaluations at non-scholastic practice and competition activities shall not occur except on Saturdays and Sundays during the six weekends prior to Thanksgiving:
- October 14 & 15, October 21 & 22, October 28 & 29, November 4 & 5, November 11 & 12, and November 18 & 19 are dates permitting observation of non-scholastic activities in 2017.
- During the Jan 2 – May 28, 2018 Evaluation period; Evaluation at non-scholastic practice and competition activities are prohibited.
- Dead periods surrounding the NLI signing segments, the NFCA National Convention, and the Women’s College World Series remain in the recruiting calendar.
So what does this mean? Here are some initial points
- Fall recruiting will change – if you want to get seen by D1 coaches during the fall, there will be a few places you can go and have good weather. West Coast and Florida will be even bigger hotbeds in the fall.
- Mega tournaments? It is going to be very difficult for the mega large tournaments to play a guaranteed number of games in just two days and get people home at a decent hour.
- Summer recruiting just became even more important!