NCAA Rules and Guidelines

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a membership driven organization that oversees and protect the well being of student athletes providing them with the essential skills and tools needed to succeed on the playing field, the classroom and life after college. The core objective of the NCAA is to broaden the overall collegiate experience by integrating a sound balance of athletics with higher education. The organization is made up of colleges, universities, conferences and affiliates that collectively create the foundation of rules for fair and safe competition that helps over 460,000 student athletes develop leadership skills and teamwork concepts through collegiate competition nationwide.

The NCAA is the regulatory institution for approximately 1200 higher learning institutions. It consists of three divisions (Division I, II, and III) and oversees 23 sports. Divisions I and II both offer athletic scholarships, with over 126,000 student athletes receiving partial or full athletic scholarships. However, Division III student athletes (like Ivy League colleges) only offer academic or nonathletic scholarships. The NCAA distributes close to $1 billion in athletic scholarships annually with the remaining financial resources allocated by individual schools.

The NCAA strictly monitors and regulates the recruiting process. For example, Division I coaches contact (phone calls, mailing recruiting materials, etc.) with student athletes begin on September 1st of junior year (exceptions for basketball players.). Division II schools unlimited official visits are allowed once your senior year starts. Division III coaches can distribute printed materials at any time to all high school grade students. It is very important to know the proper rules for coach contact.

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