On August 1st, a multitude of new NCAA Division I rules for the 2017-2018 school year went into effect.
While many of the new rules pertain specifically to basketball, football, baseball, and gymnastics, a few of the rules will affect the NCAA as a whole, and a couple have been enacted specifically for swimming/diving and water polo.
First, for swimming and diving, there is a concerted effort to revitalize the College Swimming Coaches Association of America National Invitational. This will encourage participation in a high-level postseason meet for swimmers and divers with NCAA B-cuts who did not make the NCAA Championships. The idea is that by exempting the practices and the competition itself for this meet from a team’s maximum competition dates and practice season limitations, more teams will be willing to take qualified swimmers.
The official legislation, proposed by the Mountain West Conference, reads: “In swimming and diving, to specify that practice and competition for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America National Invitational shall be exempt from the institution’s declared playing and practice season limitations; further, to specify that the College Swimming Coaches Association of America National Invitational shall be an annual exemption from the maximum dates of competition limitations.”
For water polo, teams will now be able to employ three coaches who are to allowed scout and contact recruits. This is an increase from two coaches, which should allow for a more widespread and efficient recruiting process. The official ruling, proposed by the NCAA D1 Student-Athlete Experience Committee, states: “In men’s water polo and women’s water polo, to increase, from two to three, the number coaches who may be employed by an institution and who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus.
For all of Division I, former student-athletes will now be able to interact with recruits and their families on-campus. The official legislation, originally proposed in the Pac-12 Conference, reads: “To permit on-campus contact between a former student-athlete and a prospective student-athlete and his or her relatives (traditional or nontraditional) or legal guardians.” Arizona State’s compliance Twitter account further clarified the rule:
It's August 1, which means some new @NCAA legislation goes into effect. Here's a new rule for our @TheSunDevils former student-athletes. pic.twitter.com/YwWVezcF69
— Sun Devil Compliance (@SunDevilsAsk) August 1, 2017
A number of other minor changes regarding recruiting phone calls and contact are also effective now. Additionally, some new policies surrounding student-athlete well-being — time management analysis and a health and safety survey — are now in place.
You can view a summary of every new rule in regards to every sport here.