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The Cost to the NCAA for this New Legislation

Congrats to the NCAA for taking a stand against early recruiting, but I’m dumbfounded as to why the Official Visits can now take place for a junior in high school. This only makes the rich richer, decreases diversity, and cuts into every school’s recruiting budget. Now each college, and so many athletics departments that are strapped for cash, will have to pay more money to bring prospective student athletes (PSA) in for an Official Visit. Each team in an athletic department will easily need an increase of $10,000 or more for their budget (figure each visit can cost between $1,000 to $3,000, especially if the parents flights are paid). Where will this money come from? Likely, the recruiting budget for coaches to go watch PSAs play.

This decreases diversity. Why? Because it costs more to fly kids across the country. So less kids from across the country. AND coaches will need to recruit more locally because recruiting budgets are smaller. Again, less diverse team.

So the rich get richer. The schools that have the budget to pay for the Official Visits will be able to recruit more PSAs AND be able to travel endlessly recruiting.

This will now cost each school significantly more money. In a time when schools are trying to save money. When does this cut into coaches salaries and we lose coaches. I don’t think Volleyball quite understands that other sports, like lacrosse, are making schools money (2 coaches, 6 scholarships, 35 team roster…many out of state), where volleyball cost schools a lot of money (3 coaches, director of operations, video operations, 12 scholarships, 18 woman roster). This legislation does not help our sport.

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5 comments

  1. Chuck – A couple immediate responses come to mind.

    1) Div2 has allowed junior year official visits for a while now and the recruiting budgets there are significantly lower than in Div1. I don’t hear the Div2 coaches complain about it, though maybe it just fits in with the more regional nature of Div2.

    2) Given that each PSA is only allowed 5 official visits, technically this rule does not allow for any increase in their number.

    3) If you think about it, allowing Junior year visits basically resets us back to a time when athletes actually did do official visits some time prior to the early signing date. You know, those days when they actually used to come visit during season. 🙂

  2. Division 2 had a distinct advantage because they could bring in juniors on Official Visits. That is now gone. D2 will now have to pay double (more recruits) to get half the athlete. This has made recruiting worse for the D2.

    I don’t disagree with the junior year visits as an unofficial visit. The Official Visit junior year massively sways the playing field to those that have money.

  3. I’d actually be curious how many official visits Division 2 teams really do. As noted, there isn’t as much money to do them. In places where you have lots of players in a reasonable radius that’s not such a big issue. You need not even do officials in many cases. Elsewhere, I can see the challenge for sure.

    In terms of Division 1, though, my question is whether this just moves recruit official visits from Spring term of senior year to Spring of junior year.

  4. Hey chuck, I do not mean to get off base, but I am curious as to your thoughts about the new softball recruiting rules, and if the NCAA will eventually push all sports toward these rules? The softball legislation states that ZERO contact can be made until Sept. 1st of junior year. This INCLUDES 3rd parties such as coaches or recruiting coordinators, so there should be zero recruiting talk between coaches and PSAs until junior year. (link to an article better explaining it below)

    Personally, I think with the most competitive programs starting to recruit in 8th grade, These recruiting rules would be extremely helpful. I think we would see a huge drop in transfers as well as happier coaches, if the schools weren’t allowed to contact PSAs until junior year. I read your other blog about stopping the early recruiting and I think this could be one solution.

    (https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7784:it-passed-softball-recruiting-contact-date-set-at-september-1-junior-year&catid=284&Itemid=149)

  5. Hi Pat – The ZERO contact rule will take the stress off the young athletes and take away some of the power of club coaches and director.

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