NCAA member schools have adopted rules to create an equitable recruiting environment that promotes student-athlete well-being. The rules define, among other things, when recruiting may occur and the conditions under which recruiting may be conducted. Recruiting rules seek, as much as possible, to control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes.
Why Use The NCAA Recruiting Calendar
There are a number of important dates with regard to NCAA recruiting rules. In order to make these rules more accessible and understandable by all those concerned, including student athletes and their parents, the NCAA Recruiting Calendar to designate what specific action can occur at what period in a recruit’s high school career. It is important to know these calendars exist and how to access them, as they will tell you what a coach is allowed to do at what period of time.
Important Dates on the NCAA Recruiting Calendar
Evaluation Period: During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
Contact Period: During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.
Quiet Period: A period of time when it is permissible for college coaches to make in-person contacts but only on the institution campus. No in-person, off-campus contacts or evaluations may be made during a quiet period.
Dead Period: During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.