More on the NCAA’s new recruiting rules

Further breaking down the changes that the NCAA Board of Directors made Saturday…..timelines are moved up earlier in a student athlete’s life:

Eliminates all restrictions on modes of communication beginning Sept. 1 before the junior year in high school. It also will allow communication with recruits and off-campus contacts to begin at that time.

Adds a weekend of evaluation at a certified nonscholastic event in April and prohibits the evaluation period from falling on Easter weekend.

Moves the start date for the September contact period a week earlier.

Confines off-campus contacts during the junior year only at the prospect’s educational institution or residence.

Allows recruiting opportunities with juniors and seniors to be either contacts or evaluations, but prohibits contacts while classes are in session or the day of an athletics competition for the prospect.

Allows official visits beginning the Thursday after the national championship game of the prospect’s junior year. Official visits are permitted during the summer, but not during dead or July evaluation periods. Schools are allowed to pay for travel expenses for the student-athlete and two parents or legal guardians.

Allows tryouts.

Creates a summer-access model that requires enrollment in summer school or a certain level of academic achievement in order for student-athletes to participate in eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning and skill instruction (two-hour limit on skill instruction) for an eight-week period in the summer. An institution’s summer school schedule dictates access (for example, a six-week summer school session would permit participation in athletics activities for six weeks), unless the student-athlete achieves academic benchmarks.