NCAA Changes Rules; President Mark Emmert Sets 'New Tone' for Rulebook
The Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Atheletic Association Division One Board began a rule change process on Saturday due to the complexity and unenforceable nature of some of the areas of the current rulebook.
The rule changes started on the first day of a convention of NCAA officials who approved 25 of 26 proposals meant to deregulate many aspects of the organization's rulebook.
NCAA President Mark Emmert wanted to make the change for the better in order to "set a completely new tone" for the updated system.
He said the new rules will give schools more responsibility, flexibility and "focus the rules on those things that are real threats to integrity of sport rather than things that are mostly annoying," according to ESPN.
One of the reformed rules that will start on Aug. 1 is an end to the amount of various private forms of communication coaches will have with new recruits.
"There was virtually no debate on it. Everyone agreed that those rules need to be changed," Emmert said. "That was probably the least controversial issue in this whole process."
The NCAA will also no longer place a limit on the number of coaches who can recruit off campus at the same time.
Athletes will also be able to accept up to $300 per year to attend non-scholastic events and they will be able to receive monetary help to offset expenses associated with practices and competition with national teams.
The NCAA currently offers a 500-page manual which will be cut down by nearly 25 pages thanks to the agencies sweeping reforms, according to The Associated Press.
The only rule that did not gain acceptance was eliminating the time table for coaches to start coaching students between their sophomore and junior years. Under that current NCAA rule, coaches must wait to begin new coaching sessions until July 1.
Further NCAA rulebook changes are expected from the organization in the near future when Phase II of the project begins.
USA Today has a list of other changes the organization will address in the coming months.
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