COVID-19 & International Recruiting

by | 27/04/2020

(4min read)

“Two-meter distance determines our existence!”

Let us be the first to say it, “THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF YOU AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU SHOULD COME BEFORE ANY RECRUITING EFFORTS.”

This is a confusing time, full of uncertainty for all of us. Does this mean that your dreams of studying in the USA will be stopped by the novel coronavirus here and now?

No.

The plan will certainly have to be altered but the destination of this journey has no reason to change. This post should help you navigate through the insanity that’s happening in the student-athlete recruiting world at the moment.

COVID-19 UPDATES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?

In American collegiate sports, things are changing rapidly under the world pandemic. All three of the major collegiate athletics organizations: the NCAA, NAIA, and the NJCAA are all trying to answer our questions as quickly as they can. Also, testing services such as SAT/ACT and TOEFL are trying to keep up the pace of the new guidelines from the WHO (World Health Organization). No one likes to be left in the dark.

While the whole world is trying to figure out what our “new normal” is going to look like, we are going to provide you with the recruiting-related updates you need to be aware of, and the resources to follow the newest developments.

NCAA COVID-19 UPDATES

Apart from the many details that are found on the NCAA website regarding the COVID-19 situation, you must know about the dead period in the NCAA Division I/II. It’s the time where coaches at American universities cannot interact with you face-to-face. This won’t be hard for many of you since lots of international borders are closed regardless.

The dead period has been extended to May 31st (additional extensions possible). But here comes the good news: A video call (e.g., Zoom, Skype, FaceTime) is considered a phone call! And you can make as many of those as you’d like while remembering that the dead period in the first place was created to help you reflect about the collected information on school, program, and coaches.

If you are not yet a committed student-athlete (e.g., one who has signed a National Letter of Intent, received a written offer of admission or made a financial deposit), but just a prospective student-athlete, you must remember that American college coaches have restrictions on phone calls between them and prospects. For example, they can discuss things about you and your progress but they cannot Zoom into your practice sessions and team meetings. 

What happens with senior secondary school students

Recognizing the hardships of the current situation, the NCAA decided to create some academic flexibility for students in their last year of secondary school.

 International students expected to graduate from high school in time to enroll in a Division I or II university for the 2020-21 academic year, will be eligible for an automatic initial-eligibility waiver if they complete at least 10 core-course credits with at least a 2.3 core GPA (Division I) or 2.2 core GPA (Division II), before starting the seventh semester of school.

Athletes that meet these criteria are academically eligible to receive a sports scholarship, practice and compete in their first year at an NCAA institution. 

For more specific questions, check the NCAA COVID-19 FAQs:

Division I

https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d1/D1GOV_COVID-19QAGuide.pdf

Division II

https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d2/2020D2AMA_COVID19QuestionandAnswerGuide.pdf

Division III

https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d3/2020D3AMA_COVID19QandAGuide.pdf

NAIA COVID-19 UPDATES

The NAIA also are closely monitoring the current drama, and they have decided to loosen some criteria for incoming first-year student-athletes. The NAIA will be allowing freshmen student-athletes in 2020 and 2021 to become eligible only by acquiring a sufficient GPA score (2.0 final high school GPA), in case, if they have not had satisfactory SAT/ACT scores.

For more specific questions, check the NAIA COVID-19 FAQs:

https://www.naia.org/covid19/eligibility-center-faqs

NJCAA COVID-19 UPDATES

The NJCAA has also created the latest development page, and just like all other collegiate athletic organizations, they have canceled their seasons and will return the year of eligibility to the current student-athletes. No face-to-face on and off-campus recruiting is allowed at the moment until further notice. However, prospective recruits can email, text, Zoom, & make phone calls at any time.

In case if you have problems receiving, signing, and sending out documents on time, and it is caused by the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has said they would deal with it on a case-by-case basis.

They are encouraging the student-athletes and coaches to send an email to rules@njcaa.org explaining the situation and providing as much detail as possible.

For more specific questions, check the NJCAA COVID-19 FAQs:

https://www.njcaa.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200317ey2h6u

TEST UPDATES

SAT INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATES

–       SAT on May 2, 2020, is canceled (if you have already registered, you’ll get a refund.)

–       SAT on June 6, 2020, is canceled (if you’ve already registered for June, you’ll be able to transfer to a future test date.

–       SAT closest anticipated date internationally is August 29, 2020.

The SAT running updates:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international

ACT INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATES

–       The ACT internationally has switched to the internet-based format compared to the SAT paper-based test, so in the current situation it might serve as a safe and fast means of testing and grading experience.

–       The next ACT test internationally will be held on June 12 or 13, 2020 (register by May 22.)

Additionally, the ACT offers free webinars with the latest updates and educational materials to help students stay sharp academically during this time.

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19/webinars.html

TOEFL COVID-19 UPDATES

The ETS testing service advanced during this time.

They created the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. (link it) Yes, during the Covid-19 crises, you will be able to take the TOEFL test from your couch at home! (The only two exceptions are mainland China and Iran). They are using artificial intelligence and online proctors to monitor you while taking the test. If I were in your shoes, I’d take the test to feel out the new format.

The TOEFL running updates:

https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/

DUOLINGO – THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Duolingo is the new kid on the block. Nevertheless, it’s a really good kid! Duolingo as an English proficiency test has been accepted in over 1000 educational institutions worldwide. Many well-recognized and also less recognized universities in the U.S. accept the Duolingo provided English proficiency test. See which institutions approve it.

https://englishtest.duolingo.com/institutions

It’s like the updated TOEFL test but cheaper! You also get your results back in only 48 hours which you can share with anyone immediately.

For COVID-19 updates, Duolingo has created an online community-based forum where the latest updates are discussed. It’s also an excellent way to practice English.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37177899

TIME FOR ACTION

As you see, everyone is working their butts off to make sure the effects of this pandemic on the upcoming collegiate season are minimized.

Now it’s your turn. Stay healthy, focused, and determined. Work on your academics and stay the course.

Rekrut Me Team

Resources

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/division-i-continues-address-impact-covid-19
http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/division-i-continues-address-impact-covid-19
http://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/coronavirus-covid-19
https://www.naia.org/covid19/index
https://www.njcaa.org/covid19
https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d1/D1GOV_COVID-19QAGuide.pdf
https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d2/2020D2AMA_COVID19QuestionandAnswerGuide.pdf
https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/compliance/d3/2020D3AMA_COVID19QandAGuide.pdf
https://www.naia.org/covid19/eligibility-center-faqs
https://www.njcaa.org/general/2019-20/releases/20200317ey2h6u
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19/webinars.html
https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/
https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update/
https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/Test-Date-Schedule-International-2019-2020.pdf
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/act-intlcbt-test-center-request-form.html
https://englishtest.duolingo.com/institutions
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/37177899
https://englishtest.duolingo.com/edu

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