That's right; the NCAA signing period for what is affectionately known as "all other sports" begins on Monday, November 12th. So what does this mean? The signing period is a specified amount of time that the NCAA designates during which, an athlete will commit to attending a school by signing a National Letter of Intent.
The letter of intent is an agreement between an athlete and a collegiate sports program that states that the athlete will attend the school for one year in return for an athletic scholarship.
Several interesting facts about the National Letter of Intent (NLI) are:
- You are not allowed to sign one unless you will receive athletic aid.
- Signing of the NLI is completely voluntary.
- If you sign the NLI then the recruiting process is supposed to end - no more calls, letters or emails.
The early signing period for "all other sports" runs from November 12th until November 21st, and applies to division I and II NCAA schools and the athletes who plan to attend those schools. Division III athletes do not sign an NLI because DIII schools do not give athletic scholarships.
Let the signing begin!