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What Is the NCAA Contact Period?

 

NCAA contact period

The NCAA Contact Period is exactly what it sounds like—all communication between athletes and coaches is fair game. Coaches can email, text, call, direct message and generally contact athletes and their parents through any NCAA-approved method. In-person contact can occur on the college campus, as well as at tournaments, at the recruit’s school and home. In other words, the communication floodgates are open, so take advantage of this opportunity to get unlimited access to talk to coaches.

 

Recruiting tips for the NCAA Contact Period

This period is frequently used by coaches to visit athletes at their school, home and/or at tournaments and showcases. Coaches use this time to get to know their top recruits as they solidify offers. Meeting with a recruit and their family in person helps them evaluate the athlete’s personality and determine if they would be a positive addition to the program and the school.

This also gives recruits a unique opportunity to get to know a coach outside of the college campus. In-person meetings are the perfect time to ask in-depth questions of the coach. If you have any reservations about the program or the school, ask thoughtful questions to get a better feel for that school and determine if it’s the right fit for you.

If a coach does visit you during the contact period, this is a good sign that you are high on their prospect list. While an offer isn’t guaranteed during this visit, it’s a great idea to be prepared either way. Are you comfortable committing to the school if the coach extends an offer? Do you need more time to decide? Get on the same page with your parents before the coach arrives. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to gauge if a school is the right fit for you.

Insider Tips: Because it’s common for colleges to visit recruits at their school during the NCAA contact period, there are a few steps you can take to ensure the visit is successful.

  • Let your coach, guidance counselor and even your teachers know when the coach will be visiting you.
  • Make sure that your guidance counselor has an official transcript on hand for the coach.
  • Get to school on time, dress nicely and clean out your locker. Even small things can leave a positive—or negative—impression on a coach.
  • Follow up any visits with a “thank you” to the coach. Ask the coach if there’s any other information you can provide them, anything you should work on and what the next steps in the process are.
 

The parents’ role during a home visit

There are a few general guidelines for parents to consider when meeting with a coach in person. The coach is visiting the student-athlete at home to get to know them and gauge if they would be a positive addition to the team. This means parents need to take a step back. Let the athlete answer the coach’s questions, and avoid speaking over your child. In other words, make sure that the athlete is in the limelight.

When the conversation shifts to financials and housing, this is a good time for parents to jump into the conversation. Coaches expect that the parents will know more about the family’s financial situation. The most important thing to remember is the college coach is recruiting the student-athlete, not the parents. However, the coach is still evaluating the parents, watching to see if they dominate the conversation at every turn to speak for their student or if they allow their student to think for themselves and act more independently.

Insider Tip: If parents have a lot questions for the coach, discuss them with your student-athlete before the visit. Put together a list of questions for your student to ask the coach. The coach will appreciate that the student-athlete thought ahead, and the parents will get the answers they need.

 

When is the NCAA Contact Period?

Division I FBS and FCS Football

  • November 26 through December 17, 2017
  • January 12 through February 3, 2018
  • *During the above two contact periods, each student-athlete can have six in-person, off-campus contacts with college coaches. Student-athletes cannot have more than one off-campus visit with a college coach within a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday).

Division I Baseball

  • August 1-7, 2017
  • September 15 through November 5, 2017
  • March 1 through April 8, 2018
  • April 13 through July 31, 2018

Division I Men’s Basketball

  • There are no designated contact periods for DI men’s basketball. Check the recruiting calendar for more details about the different NCAA recruiting periods.

Division I Women’s Basketball

  • September 9-29, 2017
  • March 1-29, 2018

Division I Men’s/Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field

  • August 13 through November 12, 2017
  • November 10-17, 2017
  • November 19 through December 10, 2017
  • January 3 through March 8, 2018
  • March 11 through April 8, 2018
  • April 13 through June 5, 2018
  • June 10 through July 31, 2018

Division II Men’s Lacrosse

  • August 1-7, 2017
  • September 1 through October 31, 2017: Contact period; there are no evaluations
  • November 1-5, 2017
  • November 10-19, 2017
  • January 8-15, 2018: Contact period; there are no evaluations
  • March 1 through April 8, 2018
  • April 13 through May 24, 2018
  • Noon on May 29 through July 1, 2018
  • July 7 through July 31, 2018

Division I Women’s Lacrosse

  • September 1 through November 30, 2017: Contact period, except
  • November 3-5, 2017 (until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday): Evaluation period
  • November 6-9, 2017: Quiet period
  • November 10-12, 2017 (until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday): Evaluation period
  • November 17-19, 2017 (until 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday): Evaluation period
  • November 22-24, 2017: Dead period
  • January 3 through April 8, 2018
  • April 13 through May 24, 2018
  • May 28-31, 2018

Division I Women’s Volleyball / Women’s Beach Volleyball

  • August 1 through November 5, 2017
  • November 10 through December 3, 2017
  • January 13 through April 8, 2018
  • April 13-30, 2018

Division I Softball

  • August 1-13, 2017
  • June 7 through July 31, 2018: Contact period starts the day following the end of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after three games, the contact period starts on June 7.

Other Division I Sports

  • Not all DI sports have contact periods. Check the recruiting calendar for more details about the different NCAA recruiting periods.

Division II Football

  • November 27, 2017 through March 12, 2018: Contact period
  • 7 a.m. December 18 through 7 a.m. December 20, 2017: Dead period for all two-year college prospects who intend to enroll mid-year
  • January 8-10, 2018: Dead period
  • 7 a.m. on February 5 to 7 a.m. on February 7, 2018: Dead period

Division II Men’s / Women’s Basketball

  • September 7 – October 14, 2017
  • March 1 through May 14, 2018: except
  • March 29 through noon on April 3, 2018: Dead period
  • 7 a.m. on April 9 to 7 a.m. on April 11, 2018: Dead period

Other Division II Sports

  • Not all DII sports have contact periods. Check the recruiting calendar for more details about the different NCAA recruiting periods.
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