Welcome to the Maryland Roughriders Recruitment Q&A. Since 2006, the Maryland Roughriders organization has grown into one of the most respected Boy’s Club Lacrosse programs in the nation, sending kids each year to play college lacrosse at the Division I, II, and III level. In efforts to continue our success with the recruitment of our players, we have created this page to help facilitate the communication that you should maintain with yourself, your parents, and your coaches as you experience the recruiting process. Make sure to also check out our Q&A with some former Roughriders >>>
*Information pulled from US Lacrosse and other lacrosse outlets
What exact legislation did the NCAA pass in April?
On April 14, 2017, the NCAA Division I Council voted to adopt Proposal 2017-1 as non-controversial legislation with an immediate effective date.
This new legislation attempts to set Sept. 1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school as the first date of any form of recruiting contact. The legislation makes it impermissible for a prospect to do an unofficial visit with athletic department involvement prior to September 1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school, and it makes it impermissible for a coach to accept a phone call from a prospect or their parents/guardians prior to September 1 of junior year.
However, it also sets the date of Sept. 1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school as the first date for off-campus contacts with prospects, but to do so for juniors requires the contact to be at the prospect’s home or high school.
When does the legislation go into effect?
The new legislation is in effect NOW! In fact, the legislation took effect on the afternoon of April 14, 2017, and remains in effect. That means if a coach had an unofficial visit with a freshman set up and completed on the weekend of April 15-16, a violation could have occurred if the coach did not seek emergency relief of the new legislation. Please note though, per NCAA procedure, this new legislation is subject to the 60-day rescission period where member institutions can vote to overturn the decision. The rescission period will end on June 25, 2017.
What role will club coaches play moving forward?
The club coaches will continue to play the same role that they have in the past. They will offer advice to the prospects about the process and various schools. They will share their opinion with college coaches about the prospects talent and background. As has always been the case, club coaches cannot be used to circumvent NCAA recruiting rules. Specifically, they cannot be used to direct message a prospect that is not of legal age to receive recruiting communication. However, as we all know, this is a grey area that is extremely hard to regulate and monitor.
What happens to high school freshmen and sophomores who have already given a verbal commitment?
Freshmen and sophomores that have already committed are prohibited from calling their future coaches or meeting with anyone in the athletic department while visiting their future campus. They can send coaches electronic correspondence at their own discretion. The NCAA does not view a verbal commitment as a binding agreement and therefore does not offer exceptions to recruiting legislation for those that have verbally committed.
Can recruits still verbally commit prior to Sept. 1 of their junior year?
Yes, they can. There is no current legislation that prohibits a prospect from making a verbal commitment at any age.
Can and will coaches still evaluate players during the spring and summer prior to Sept. 1 of their junior high school year?
This is a question only a coach can answer, but being a former coach, I would say yes, it would still be part of my plans. If I was still in coaching, I would certainly take the time to watch and evaluate possible future recruits. The more evaluations you have on a prospect, the better it will be when you are ready to make a decision.
How will enforcement work? Will the NCAA openly look for violations or will they have to be reported? Are there any penalty guidelines currently available?
As with any NCAA rule, the primary mode of enforcement will be self-reporting, which makes education critical. As a compliance officer, education is always my main focus so that we can avoid violations rather than search for them. Another avenue available is investigative. The NCAA, member conferences and member institutions will investigate allegations from various sources to determine if violations did occur. Finally, each compliance office on campus will implement their own strategies of monitoring through phone records, visit documentation and simple observance. Everyone in the world of compliance was fearful of this rule passing because it is extremely difficult to monitor these areas, but we will try our best to maintain the integrity of the rules.
At this point, the NCAA has not given any guidance on penalties, but more than likely the initial penalties will be minor and could include short duration recruiting bans for specific prospects or possible letters of reprimand. Once we start seeing violations of the new rule, the penalty structure will become clearer.
NCAA Eligibility Process and Lacrosse Recruiting Timeline
Athletes interested in playing collegiate lacrosse must initiate registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during junior year.
Men’s lacrosse tournaments and camps are offered and promoted to prospect student athletes annually, and players as young as rising high school freshman are being encouraged to participate in the recruiting process.
College coaches are allowed to have in-person contact with student athletes and/or their legal guardians. Coaches can watch student-athletes compete anywhere, and the coach can write and make telephone calls.
The college coach cannot make in-person contact with student-athlete or their legal guardians. This prevents the coach from making any evaluations of student-athletes whatsoever. However, the coach can make telephone calls to student-athletes or their legal guardians.
It is permissible for the college coach to evaluate student-athletes at their high school or any other place where they are competing. During this period the coach cannot have off campus in-person contact with a student athlete or their legal guardians. The coach can still make telephone calls to the student-athlete or their legal guardians, and student-athletes are allowed to make campus visits during this period.
During this time a college coach cannot watch student-athletes compete at any location. A college coach can make in-person contact with a student-athlete or their legal guardians if it occurs on the coach’s campus. Coaches are allowed to make telephone calls to student-athletes and their legal guardians, and student-athletes can make visits to college campuses during this time.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center
Initiate registration with the Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during your junior year. See your guidance counselor for forms and evaluation of your eligibility status.
All prospective Division I or Division II student-athletes must complete an amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center. If the student-athlete is a two- or four-year transfer from a non-NCAA Division I or
Division II school, the amateurism questionnaire is still required before he is eligible to compete.
Taking that next step after high school is a lot of work, but it can extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Before the college search begins, there are important questions that you need to be prepared to answer….
How important is the sport to you?
What are your grades like?
There are also a few questions the student athlete should ask himself….
Be prepared to be asked by coaches….
When visiting schools, ask yourself these questions….
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Paying for college can be an overwhelming process for parents and student athletes alike. You should weigh all the options that are available to you. Look for scholarship opportunities in your local area, but also ask college
recruiters about the opportunities for financial aid and athletic scholarships. Before you start weighing your options, sit down with your parents, coach or guidance counselor to go over all preliminary steps associated with paying for college.
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Student Aid, commonly referred to as, the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA will allow you to see which federal grants and assistance programs you are eligible. This will also allow you to see what you will be able to borrow through federal loans programs like Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans and what private lenders may be able to offer.
Consult your parents, guidance counselor, coach and financial advisor to what might be the best option for you.
When beginning your college search, you should also investigate what scholarships are available to you from local and national organizations. While this can be a painstaking initiative, it will ultimately lower the amount of student debt that you can accumulate through college. There are scholarships for everything, so don’t be reluctant to start the search regardless of grades. If you completed countless hours of community service or are focused on becoming an actor, doctor or marine biologist, there is probably a scholarship out there for you.
There are large misconceptions about scholarships when it comes to college lacrosse. The full-scholarship is rare in the sport, but partial scholarships or need-based aid are more commonplace. There are exceptions to NCAA scholarship limits as schools like Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy are exempt from limits as every student and student-athlete receives a full scholarship. Ivy League institutions offer no athletic scholarships, but only academic and need-based aid. When you start to investigate schools, ask coaches what options are available to lacrosse players. Every school is different, so be sure to know all the rules and regulations when it comes to recruiting.
The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA.us) member institutions offer a wide range of educational opportunities all across the Country. Unlike NCAA Division I, II, and some III schools, the MCLA recruiting process is year round. Some things to keep in mind while you consider your options are: