The NCAA will vote today on the first phase of rules changes that will allow schools more flexibility in dealing with athletes' expenses, establish a uniform recruiting calendar for all sports, and deregulate contact between coaches and prospective athletes.
Following is an overview of what NCAA delegates will consider today:
— Allow athletes to accept up to $300 per year beyond normal expenses to attend non-scholastic events;
— Receive an undefined amount of money to help offset expenses associated with practices and competition with national teams, including tryouts;
— Establish a uniform definition of necessary expenses for college athletes and recruits. The calculation would be based on a calendar year, not an event-by-event basis;
— Allow schools to provide normal expenses, including travel, for athletes representing the school at events such as goodwill tours and media appearances. College athletes and recruits also would be allowed to receive expenses for training, coaching and health insurance from a governmental entity;
— Allow amateur teams or event sponsors to award money based on performance that go beyond an athlete's expenses in all sports, not just tennis;
— Permit schools, conferences or the NCAA to pay for medical expenses for athletes;
— Establish a uniform recruiting calendar for all sports, which would allow coaches to contact potential recruits after July 1 of their sophomore year;
— Lift restrictions on how recruits can be contacted or how often they can be contacted, though no-contact periods would remain in place;
— Eliminate recruiting coordination rules that must be performed only by a head or assistant coach, limits of how many coaches can be recruiting off-campus at any one time and restrictions on what printed materials can be sent to recruits;
— Deregulate the rules on camp and clinic employment for college athletes and recruits and allow senior prep players to participate in camps and clinics;
— Allow conferences, schools, the U.S. Olympic Committee, a national governing body or the awarding agency to provide actual and necessary expenses for a student-athlete to receive financial awards for academic accomplishments and cover travel expenses for parents/legal guardians, a spouse or other relatives;
— Allow schools, conferences or the NCAA to pay for academic support, career counseling or personal development services for college athletes;
— Expand the Division II's pilot program for accepting non-American NCAA members to Mexican colleges and universities. It currently applies only to Canadian schools.