By Michelle Brutlag Hosick NCAA.org
The Division I Leadership Council supported in concept a womens basketball recruiting model that would allow coaches to build a relationship with recruits and that provides the opportunity for better recruiting decisions.
- Moving the fall contact period up one week.
- Adding one weekend in April during which coaches can recruit during weekend nonscholastic events.
- Increasing the number of recruiting person days from 100 to 112.
- Eliminating restrictions on all modes of communication (allowing text messaging and other forms of electronic communication).
- Official visits can begin the Thursday following the Division I womens basketball championship game of the prospects junior year through the senior year. No official visits during dead or July evaluation periods.
- Travel expenses for official visits may be provided for prospects and two parents or guardians.
- Permit tryouts similar to the mens basketball model.
- Permit summer access similar to the mens model.
The Council, which met Thursday, anticipates it will be prepared to make final recommendations to the Board of Directors after its January meeting.
We want to create a model that can help advance the sport of womens basketball and help balance the goals of getting prospects matched with programs where they can be successful while continuing to mentor current student-athletes, said Myndee Kay Larsen, associate commissioner of the Summit League and chair of the Leadership Council Subcommittee that developed the recommendations. Its meant to create a natural progression of a coach/player relationship during the recruiting process.