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What is the deal these days with newspapers being filled with kids signing "NLI's" to play a sport at a D-III school? When it's not a D-III thing? Big deal my kid plays hockey at Plymouth State let's get him in the paper.
The National Letter of Intent (NLI) ....Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 676 Division I and II participating institutions. There are designated dates for different sports, and these dates are commonly referred to as "Signing Day".
Division III institutions are specifically banned from using the NLI, or any similar document that is not executed by non-athletes at those institutions.
NCAA D-III Rules - 20.11.4 Letter-of-Intent Prohibition. An institution, or one that competes in a sport in Division III, shall not use in the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete in a sport classified in Division III any form of
a letter of intent or similar form of commitment. The institution may use for a prospective student-athlete those pre-enrollment forms executed by prospective students in general at that institution.
Maybe that wise organization known as the MIAA should send out a little reminder to all of those athletic directors that if they have kids that are posing for the cameras and signing their "National Letters of Intent" then they are all violating NCAA rules.
Oh this is the same group that thinks it's a level playing field to put all boys schools that recruit and basically have unrestricted hockey budgets in the same championships as the local public school that has pesky things like Title IX, no recruiting and limited and restrictive budgets.