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A Look Back at the Change from Early Recruiting

NOTE - The NCAA Division I Council passed legislation that allows recruiting contact to begin on June 15 following a prospect's sophomore year for most sports, but lacrosse and softball were exempted from that proposal and will keep September 1 of the junior year as the single start date for all recruiting contact.

In 2019, the IWLCA, IMLCA and the NFCA joined to petition the NCAA to keep the first contact date with prospective student-athletes on September 1st in Division I. 

The following video was a piece of that petition. 

2017 NCAA Early Recruiting Legislation Information


Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly on this issue over the past three years! The early recruiting proposal was adopted by the NCAA Division I Council on April 14 and became effective immediately. We have also confirmed the following information with the NCAA:

  • Club and high school coaches may NOT be used to circumvent recruiting contact rules. 
  • Direct messaging to PSAs through these third parties is NOT permissible.
  • Communication about verbal offers through these third parties is NOT permissible. 

As more information becomes available, including official NCAA interpretations, we will share that information with the lacrosse community.


Division I Legislation - 2017-1


For more information about this topic, please refer to the following links to press coverage:

IWLCA: Division I Coaches Submit NCAA Legislative Proposals

Lacrosse Magazine: US Lacrosse Urges NCAA to Reform Recruiting

Lacrosse Magazine: Recruiting Proposals to "Save the Kids" Awaits NCAA Approval

Inside Lacrosse: IWLCA Recruiting Rules Proposals

New York Times: Coaches' New Overture: Limit Early Recruiting

NPR's Only A Game: Recruiting Middle Schoolers? The Case for NCAA Reform

Behind the Whistle: Early Recruiting: Seeing it from the Other Side

Lacrosse Magazine: NCAA to Discuss IWLCA Recruiting Reforms in April

Philadelphia Inquirer: Controversy arises over high school athletes committing to colleges sooner

Behind the Whistle: When Will The NCAA Act to Slow Down Early Recruiting? 

LaxSportsNetwork: Video Interview with Kim Simons Tortolani 5/4/16

espnW: Coaches take aim at heartache and hardship of early recruiting

Lacrosse Magazine: Straight Talk: A Special LM Roundtable on Early Recruiting

Changing the Game Project: It’s Time for the NCAA to Stop the Early Recruiting Insanity

Inside Lacrosse: Coaches' Proposal To Reform NCAA Recruiting Rules Approaches Crossroads

IWLCA: NCAA DI Early Recruiting Proposal: Progress on the Path to Change

American Academy of Pediatrics: Sports Specialization and Intensive Training in Young Athletes

Inside Higher Ed: Too Young to Commit? Ivy League announces Proposals to Curb Early Recruiting

KDVR Denver: Early Recruitment for College Sports Take Toll on Colorado Kids

US Lacrosse Magazine: US Lacrosse and College Coaches Work Towards Recruiting Reform

US Lacrosse Magazine: Landmark Decision: Upcoming NCAA Vote on Early Recruiting 

US Lacrosse Magazine: In Their Words: The Real Impact of Early Recruiting

Equity IX: Early Recruit - The Role of Sports in Education

US Lacrosse Magazine: Late Bloomers Pannell, Holmam Loathe Early Recruiting

US Lacrosse Magazine: From the CEO: Early Recruiting's Corrosive Effect

Inside Lacrosse: What Would Early Recruiting Legislation Mean?

Behind the Whistle: First Person: The Realities of Early Recruiting

US Lacrosse: The Urgent Need to Stop Early Recruiting

Media Contact:
Danie Caro, IWLCA Director of Communications and Membership Operations / 203-577-5742