The NCAA voted Friday to accept Proposal 2018-93, which would allow coaches to contact recruits on June 15 after their sophomore year, but also adopted an amendment to exclude lacrosse.
Proposal 2018-93 was adopted by the NCAA D-I Council, but the new rules only addressed early recruiting in sports other than football, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and softball and create a separate structure for men’s ice hockey recruiting.
If the rule had been adopted for lacrosse, it would have allowed coaches to contact recruits on June 15 after their sophomore year.
After proposal 2018-93 was announced, there was an amendment, 2018-93-2 to remove lacrosse and maintain the contact period of Sept. 1 of their junior year.
As part of Amendment 2018-93 rationale for excluding lacrosse was that the current rules that were adopted in 2017 is widely supported by lacrosse coaches.
"Specifically, over ninety percent of lacrosse coaches support the current rule over Proposal No. 2018-93. Coaches have expressed a preference for the simplicity of a single date to begin all recruiting communication and contact, rather than the staggered approach in Proposal No. 2019-83."
"If Proposal No. 2018-93 is adopted without removing lacrosse, it would move recruiting earlier, which is detrimental to coaches, prospective student-athletes and the sport overall.”
The video below is from Episode 59 of the Around the Crease podcast where Michael Ward and Mike Loveday discuss how a rule change could affect players and parents.