New NCAA rule allows schools to pay round-trip for parents on official visits

When it comes to players looking to make their college decision, they take trips all over the country to different schools so they can make official visits along the way. That can get expensive and the NCAA seems to understand that, hence the passing of their new rule.

The NCAA passed a rule on Tuesday that will allow schools to cover the round-trip cost of up to two parents/guardians of players making official visits. The new rule will go into affect on August 1 of this year after being passed by a 14-1 vote, with only the Sun Belt opposing.

Previously, schools were only allowed to pay for the prospect’s travel and accommodations, but it was pretty clear that parents wanted to come on the visits and it was not an easy expense as many had to pay for the trip themselves or hope the high school would cover the cost.

Per ESPN, “The new rule specifies the funds will be available for transportation and meals for the parents or guardians. Prospective student athletes are permitted to take five official visits starting on the first day of classes of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year, so this rule will be in place for the class of 2017.”

This is a game-changing rule as many prospect do take their parents or guardians into consideration when making their college decision.

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