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Key Dates and Rules in the NCAA Recruiting Calendar

The NCAA recruiting calendar is a crucial tool for college coaches and prospective student-athletes alike. It establishes specific periods throughout the year when coaches can contact and evaluate potential recruits.

Written by

Lars Blenckers

Introduction

The NCAA recruiting calendar is a vital tool that guides both college coaches and prospective student-athletes through the complex recruitment process. It meticulously outlines specific periods throughout the year, defining when and how coaches can contact and evaluate potential recruits. This article will explore the key takeaways of the NCAA recruiting calendar, including:

  1. Contact Period: Understanding the rules and limitations of face-to-face interactions between coaches and recruits.
  2. Evaluation Period: Insights into how coaches can observe potential recruits in action without direct communication.
  3. Dead Period: An overview of the time when all in-person contact is prohibited.
  4. Quiet Period: Exploring the rules of on-campus interactions during specific times.

By understanding these critical aspects, both athletes and college programs can ensure compliance with the regulations set forth by the NCAA. For the detailed 2023-24 NCAA Division I recruiting calendar, you can download the PDF here. For more information on Division I and II recruiting calendars, please visit the NCAA official page.

Let's take a closer look at the different stages of the NCAA recruiting calendar and explore the rules and restrictions associated with each.

Contact Period

The Contact Period is a crucial time for college coaches to establish communication with prospective student-athletes. During this period, coaches are permitted to have face-to-face contact with recruits both on and off-campus. Coaches can visit recruits’ homes, schools, competitions, and even invite them to visit the college campus. Phone calls and emails are also allowed at any time during the Contact Period.

Rules and Restrictions:

Coaches cannot have contact with recruits’ parents or legal guardians during off-campus visits. Coaches must limit contact to a maximum of three in-person visits per recruit per year. Recruits can take official visits to colleges during this period, which are fully funded by the college program. Student-athletes must be in their junior or senior year of high school for coaches to contact them off-campus. Coaches are not allowed to have in-person contact with recruits during specific dead periods (more on this later).

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Coaches at a soccer recruiting event

Evaluation Period

The Evaluation Period is primarily focused on coaches observing potential recruits in action. During this period, coaches are allowed to visit high schools, attend games, and evaluate athletes’ performance in person. However, direct communication and contact with the recruits are prohibited during the Evaluation Period.

Rules and Restrictions:

Coaches can have brief exchanges with recruits and their coaches on school campuses only. However, these conversations should be limited to general pleasantries and cannot involve recruiting discussions. Evaluation Periods are often scheduled during critical seasons when athletes are participating in their respective sports. Coaches are not permitted to provide any form of transportation or hosting during the Evaluation Period.

Dead Period

The Dead Period refers to a period during the recruiting calendar when all in-person contact between coaches and athletes is prohibited. During this time, coaches cannot visit recruits’ homes, schools, or attend any competitions. The Dead Period is typically scheduled around significant holidays or NCAA championship events.

Rules and Restrictions:

Coaches are only allowed to communicate with recruits via phone calls or emails during the Dead Period. Recruits can still make unofficial visits to college campuses during the Dead Period. However, no contact with coaches is permitted during these visits.

“The Dead Period is put in place to provide a break and level the playing field for both coaches and student-athletes during specific peak periods.” -NCAA

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College Basketball recruiting event

Quiet Period

The Quiet Period is a period with less restrictive rules compared to the Dead Period. During a Quiet Period, coaches can have face-to-face contact with recruits on their college campus. However, visits to high schools, homes, or competitions are not allowed during this period.

Rules and Restrictions:

Coaches may have contact with recruits and their families on the college campus. Recruits can take unofficial visits to colleges and meet with coaches during the Quiet Period. Coaches cannot provide transportation or hosting during these visits.

Conclusion

Understanding the key dates and rules in the NCAA recruiting calendar is crucial for both student-athletes and college coaches. It ensures compliance with NCAA regulations and helps in the recruitment process. Familiarizing yourself with the different periods, such as the Contact Period, Evaluation Period, Dead Period, and Quiet Period, allows athletes to make informed decisions and enables coaches to effectively recruit potential student-athletes.

By adhering to the NCAA recruiting calendar, everyone involved in the recruitment process can navigate the rules and restrictions while successfully finding the best fit between student-athletes and college programs. Keep these key dates and rules in mind to make the most out of your recruiting journey.

Remember, the NCAA’s recruiting calendar can change, so it’s important to stay updated on any modifications or revisions by regularly checking the NCAA website or consulting with your high school athletic department.

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