This portion of the site will provide current information on major NCAA or NAIA guideline or rule changes. If you have an older edition of my book, be sure to check this page regularly to ensure you have the most current information, and be sure to visit the NCAA Home Page or the NAIA Home Page for all current recruiting guidelines.
Updated January 2020 As of September 2020, the ACT Board will implement several changes to the ACT test format. The most important change is that students will be able to retake single elements/components of the test--for example, retake the Math test--in order to help them improve their scores. For information on ACT changes, go to https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020.html Updated April 2019 The NCAA Div. I Council voted in April to slightly change the initial contact dates for Div. I colleges. However, softball asked to be excluded from this vote and this was approved, so the current Div. I initial contact date of September 1 of the junior year remains in place! Updated March 2019 Please be aware the NAIA test score eligibility requirements have fluctuated over the past two years. Currently, freshmen entering an NAIA college need an 18 on the ACT or a 970 on the SAT. However, if you took the test between March 2016 and April 2019, the requirements are slightly lower. For clarification, please visit https://www.playnaia.org/eligibility-center or contact the NAIA directly.
Updated October 2018 Players accepting athletic scholarships from NCAA Div. I or Div. II colleges will be asked to sign a National Letter of Intent. As of the 2018-19 school year, the NLI signing period for softball will open on the second Wednesday of November and close on August 1 of each year. If you have questions about the NLI, what it means, how it's administered, etc., visit www.nationalletter.org/
Updated April 2018 The NCAA Div. I Council voted to "reboot" Div. I recruiting practices by prohibiting all recruiting contact by Div. I coaches with prospects until Sept. 1 of the junior year in high school. For the full press release, click this link. For more information or if you have questions, contact the NCAA, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level, or email email@example.com.
Now for the important business! Please remember that that 75% of all college players will compete at Div. II/III or NAIA programs. In other words only 25% of players will ultimately be impacted by Div. I guidelines, so this calendar change will have no impact on players being recruited by or pursuing Div. II, III and NAIA colleges!