New-ish NCAA Rules

Mexico and Canada part of the NCAA? Division I football players can participate in FOUR games without losing ability to redshirt? $360K for parents of Division I basketball players?!

If there is one constant about life, it’s that it’s always changing…the NCAA is no different. As prospective college student-athletes prepare to make the jump from high school to the next level, it can be overwhelming trying to stay up to date regarding NCAA rules and regulations. Enter Elevate Athletics! We are here to help. Check out some of the newest changes coming your way:

NCAA Division II votes to permit membership applications from schools in Mexico yes, you read that correctly! Did you know that a Canadian school is already a member?! A school by the name of Simon Fraser University, located in Burnaby, British Columbia joined NCAA Division II in 2012. All schools in Division II must meet outlined criteria, just as U.S. member institutions. One of the hopeful benefits of inviting schools from Mexico is increased sponsorship, according to the Division II council. What do y’all think? Yay or nay on this one?

NCAA Division I football to offer more participation opportunities what exactly does that mean, Sam? Great question. Allow me to explain. As of June 23, 2018, football players can participate in up to FOUR games without losing a season of competition. WOW! When I ran for Baylor, if you ran a single race in a Baylor uniform, you had just lost the right to redshirt. 4?!!?!?!? I just can’t believe it. The question of course remains: how will this be applied to other sports? Answer: the NCAA Division I council with consult with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Translation: who knows?! This is a hot topic issue on which Elevate Athletics will be sure to keep you posted. How do y’all think this rule should be applied to other sports?

NCAA to pay for family travel expenses to the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours? What began as a pilot program may now become permanent. Under said pilot program the NCAA pays up to $3,000 total in travel, hotel and meal expenses for family members of each student-athlete on teams that compete in the Final Four semifinal games but don’t advance to the championships. The NCAA pays up to $4,000 in expenses for each student-athlete on teams that compete in the men’s and women’s basketball championship games. But get this: there is NO REQUIREMENT FOR HOW FAR A FAMILY MUST TRAVEL TO RECEIVE ALLOWANCE. Simple math shows 15 student-athletes per team x 3000 dollars per student-athlete x 4 teams = $180,000…now double it because this rule applies to both men and women…$360,000. That’s mucho dinero. Do you think that is excessive? Should $360K be used differently? I wanna hear your thoughts!