The National Junior College Athletic Association has lifted its national in-person recruiting ban and decided to give each school the authority on whether to allow recruiting visits, camps and other in-person activities.
“Our schools are so spread out that we’ve decided to put it in the hands of the schools,” NJCAA president and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker told Stadium on Wednesday.
Parker said there are 521 junior colleges in 45 states, and the organization hosts 52 national championships each year involving 27 sports. He said he wasn’t aware of any schools that have already approved in-person activities, but that there have already been discussions with numerous schools.
“We’re in survival mode,” Parker said. “We’re going to do this, but keep a close eye on whether it causes any negative effects. We just feel it was the correct decision to give schools the individual authority rather than a ‘one size’ fits all.”
The recruiting dead period will remain in effect through Friday for all sports. Beginning Saturday, coaches will be allowed to go out and meet with recruits.
“Now each school has the autonomy to make their own decision,” Parker added. “They can have face-to-face interaction for recruiting as well as camps. The main thing is to be able to move forward, but do it with safety as the primary concern.”