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College Basketball Coaches Are Loving The New Summer Rule

Coaches and players can now have summer contact.
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Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes. Likewise, on occasion, the NCAA does something that makes sense. Okay, on very rare occasions.

Most student-athletes attend school year-round. It's logical for them to do so because it allows them to lighten their course load during their sport's seasons, when team workouts, practice, and travel time already cut into their time significantly.

What didn't make sense was that before this year, college basketball players who were taking summer courses (so basically all of them) were not allowed to have practice or training time with their coaches present. This was especially tricky because players and coaches are typically using the same facilities, whether it's the gym, workout room, offices, or even just campus in general. But they were supposed to have zero coaching or training contact with each other, or else, boom; NCAA violation.

Thankfully, the NCAA decided to get it right this year, and in January it passed a provision that allows coaches and players to interact for two hours a week for practices and training. This isn't an exceptional amount of time, but it is perfect for both players and coaches. Summer break is supposed to be just that for the players, but they shouldn't be left on an island away from their coaches if they are looking to keep working and improve on their own. The two hours gives them an opportunity to communicate and get advice, and maybe pick up a few workout tips from those who would know best. Furthermore, it provides coaches an opportunity to make sure their players are working hard in the classroom in the summer too.

Now, the rule change isn't entirely perfect, as the Ivy League teams do not get the two hour period that other teams do. However, this is not the doing of the NCAA, but rather Harvard and Princeton not allowing its conference-mates to participate, as explained by Matt Norlander of CBSSports.

All in all, it's a great move by the NCAA that deserves praise, and has been receiving such from coaches across the country.