Aug. 16, 2018
By Jason Lauren
Without any talks of any possible changes with the NCAA National Letter Intent signing period, the NCAA suddenly eliminated the early and regular signing periods for sports besides basketball and football and there now is just one long signing period.
Most sports used to have an early signing period for 1 week in mid-November and then a regular signing period that started in mid-April and ended Aug. 1. Now, the signing period for the 2018-19 school year is now Nov. 14, 2018 to Aug. 1, 2019.
A couple reminders regarding the NLI signing periods:
- ONLY NCAA Division I and Division II athletes who are receiving athletic scholarship money sign an NLI.
- NCAA Division I and II athletes who are walk-ons with no athletic scholarship money do NOT sign an NLI.
- There is no NLI for NCAA Division III schools. However, DIII schools offer a non-binding celebratory form athletes can sign.
- NAIA does not have specific windows for their athletes to sign and are not a part of the NLI program. NAIA athletes can sign at anytime with a school.
For more information on the NCAA NLI, click on this link: NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT
For more information on how signings work in the NAIA, click on this link: NAIA SIGNINGS