What Coaches Need To Know About Recruiting and COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak has created lots of uncertainty and change throughout sports and the world. At FieldLevel, we want to provide coaches, athletes, and families as much information as we can and will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Coaches play such an important role in the lives of their athletes, both on and off the field or court. We want to continue to support your in your efforts to help your athletes grow and find opportunities at the next level.
The FieldLevel team has spoken with many coaches at the 4-year, junior college, club/travel, and high school levels over the past few days to learn and gather information to provide to our community.
As the NCAA, NAIA, and various junior college athletic associations have provided updates, college coaches have told us that recruiting will continue, predominantly online through phone calls, texts, emails, social media, etc.
RECENT NEWS REGARDING RECRUITING
- The NCAA DI Council has allowed schools the option to provide spring sports student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.
- NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA have canceled spring sports.
- CCCAA has suspended all activities for spring sports indefinitely.
- NWAC has suspended all competition for spring sports until April 13th.
- NCAA has instituted updated guidelines suspending in-person recruiting for all divisions through April 15th.
- NJCAA has suspended all on and off-campus recruiting until April 15th.
- CCCAA has suspended all on and off-campus recruiting indefinitely.
- NAIA and NWAC have yet to institute updated recruiting guidelines similar to the NCAA, NJCAA, and CCCAA.
- Most major tournaments, showcases, and events have been canceled or postponed.
HOW THIS AFFECTS RECRUITING AND CALENDARS
Some rules around recruiting have changed for the time being to limit in-person interactions and keep people safe. With that said, recruiting will continue online/digitally. Furthermore, some of the recruiting calendars may change, so we recommend staying up-to-date with the latest information here.
ROSTER SPOTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND ELIGIBILITY
The NCAA DI Council has voted to allow schools the option to provide their student-athletes who participate in spring sports an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.
Schools also have the flexibility to allow their teams to carry more student-athletes on scholarship to account for incoming recruits as well as student-athletes who were in their last year of eligibility and decide to stay.
This new rule only applies to spring sports. Winter sports were not included in this decision.
It remains to be seen how it will affect teams, rosters, scholarships, and recruiting with regards to junior college transfers and high school recruits. Other athletic associations outside of NCAA DI have yet to announce similar plans.
SUPPORTING YOUR ATHLETES AND THEIR GOALS
While many coaches won’t be available to work with your athletes in-person temporarily, you can still provide a lot of guidance. Share resources that will help your athletes stay in shape and encourage them to work on their academics. The more they continue to work towards their goals, the more they will feel in control of their situations.
Keep Information Updated Online
Now is a great time for your athletes to review their profiles and make sure they have their latest information added, including video. They can check out these webinars that will guide them through working with you and adding video. The more complete their profiles, the more likely it is they will get the attention of college coaches.
Help Your Athletes Research Colleges
Consider using the time off the field or court to help your athletes research schools and review their Target Schools List. Your input and knowledge are incredibly valuable to them, especially as you communicate with college coaches and learn about their recruiting needs.
Respond To College Coaches As Quickly As Possible
During our conversations with college coaches and following their updates on social media, it’s clear they will be trying to get in touch with athletes, coaches, and family members as much as possible at this time. Responding to college coaches quickly and ensuring your athletes respond in a timely manner is extremely helpful.
Stay Connected With Administrators
Keep on top of departmental policies and stay in communication with your athletic director (high school coaches) and director of operations (club/travel coaches). The more you can keep direct lines of communication open, the more reassuring it is for your athletes and their families.
As information becomes available, we will do our best to update coaches, athletes, and families. Here are some helpful links to the websites for the Center for Disease Control, the intercollegiate governing bodies, various social media accounts, blog posts, etc:
Center for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC info on businesses, schools, and communities
CDC info on traveling
Intercollegiate Governing Bodies
NJCAA – https://www.njcaa.org/COVID19
Social Media Accounts
The FieldLevel team is here to help and support you, your program, your athletes, and their families. If there’s anything we can do, please contact us in one of the following ways:
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