Monthly Recruiting Tips

December Recruiting Tips

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Have you ever been confused on the actual difference between recruiting periods? Below you can find the definitions for each period and see how they vary:

Contact period: a college coach may have in-person contact with you and/or your parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch you play or visit your high school. You and your parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write or call you during this period.

Dead period: a college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents on or off campus at any time during a dead period. The coach may write and call your or your parents during this time.

Evaluation period: a college coach may watch you play or visit your high school, but can’t have any in-person conversations with your or your parents off the college’s campus. You and your parents can visit a college campus during this period. A coach may write and call your or your parents during this time.

Quiet period: a college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may write or call your or your parents during this time.

National Letter of Intent

 

The National Letter of Intent season is in full swing! Make sure you pay attention to the signing period for midyear JC transfers for football student-athletes.

 

Sport

Initial Signing Date

Final Signing Date

Basketball (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

Basketball (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

Division I: May 21, 2014

Division II: August 1, 2014

Football (Midyear JC Transfer)

December 18, 2013

January 15, 2014

Football (Regular Period)

February 5, 2014

April 1, 2014

Field Hockey, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country and Men’s Water Polo

February 5, 2014

August 1, 2014

All Other Sports (Early Period)

November 13, 2013

November 20, 2013

All Other Sports (Regular Period)

April 16, 2014

August 1, 2014

 

NLI Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is “Grayshirting?”

  • “Grayshirting” is a term used in the recruiting process to describe situations in which a student-athlete delays initial enrollment in a collegiate institution to the winter or spring term after the traditional academic year begins. Student-athletes who “grayshirt” often use the fall to take classes part time or choose not to enroll in college at all. “Grayshirting” is not a formal designation by the NCAA or the NLI program. If you decide to delay your initial enrollment, your NLI remains binding; however, if a coach or the institution’s admission office delays your enrollment, the NLI may be declared null and void.

 

Am I subject to the NLI penalty if I attend a school that does not participate in the NLI program?

  • No. If you sign an NLI you may attend any institution that does not subscribe to the NLI program without incurring any NLI penalties while at the non-participating school. Please note, though, if you would later transfer to an institution participating in the NLI program, the NLI penalties would be applied at your next NLI institution.

 

Is an NLI binding if the coach of my sport leaves the institution?

  • Yes. The NLI you signed with an institution remains binding if the coach who recruited you leaves the institution with which you signed. When you sign an NLI, you sign with an institution and not with a coach or a specific team.

 

Click here to view all the NLI FAQ’s

 

Recruiting Tips

 

Holiday’s:  During the first weeks of December, coaches will have more time to communicate with recruits, unless they are a winter sport and are in season. Expect communications to slow down as we get closer to the December holiday season through Martin Luther King Day in January. MLK Day is typically when college classes resume.

 

DI Football Programs: Nearly all have awarded all of their athletic scholarships. If you haven’t heard from a DI program, you can look at walk on opportunities or lower divisions.

 

Winter Months:  good for official visits for athletes who have participated in fall sports.

 

December NCAA Articles

 

Rule changes galore!!

  • The NCAA Rules Committees across multiple sports have made rule changes for upcoming seasons.
  • Men’s Basketball
    • Changes to the block/charge rules
    • More strict rules against contact on players with the ball
    • Link is above
    • Baseball
      • In the 2015 Division I tournament, they will switch to a flat-seam ball instead of the current raised-seam ball that is used
      • HERE is the link
      • Women’s Basketball
        • 10 second backcourt rule
        • Expanded monitor reviews
        • HERE is the link
        • Wrestling
          • Mat-side video reviews are now available
          • HERE is the link

 

NCAA declares several Mormon athletes ineligible

  • NCAA first ruled Nathan Harries, a freshman basketball player at Colgate University ineligible because he played in three church league basketball games after returning from his mission.
  • This decision has since been overturned
  • The link to the story can be found HERE
  • Now the NCAA has declared All-American BYU track and cross country runner Jared Ward ineligible for running in a fun run after his mission and prior to coming to BYU
  • Ward recalled people wearing costumes like a tuxedo, a bird suit, and a gorilla costume.
  • After two unsuccessful appeals, Ward is being forced to sit out his senior year.
  • The link to that story can be found HERE

 

Current college athletes at increased risk for depression

  • Georgetown University Medical Center conducted a study earlier this year to evaluate depressions levels in college athletes.
  • The original hypothesis was that former college athletes would show higher levels than former athletes.
  • The survey showed that nearly 17% of current college athletes had scores consistent with depression; more than double that of retired athletes at 8%.
  • Overtraining, pressures to perform, lack of free time, and stress from school work are seen as possible reasons for the higher number.

 

NAIA adds second Twitter account

  • The NAIA announced the creation of a second Twitter account that will serve as a source for all news and sports information related to the 23 NAIA sports.
  • In addition to news, the account will feature behind-the-scenes pictures and videos.
  • The current NAIA account, @Play_NAIA, will continue to be a source of Eligibility Center news and other national office information.
  • Follow the new account, @NAIA_News

 

Multiple lawsuits against the NCAA regarding concussions

  • Former players from the University of Minnesota and Kansas University are the newest in a group of former players to sue the NCAA, alleging the NCAA failed to protect athletes and failed to educate athletes of the long term repercussions of playing football.
  • There are now 6 such class-action-styled lawsuits against the NCAA with similar claims.
  • Some of the cases also name helmet makers Riddell and Schutt Sports as defendants.
  • You can read about these lawsuits HERE and HERE

 

December Recruiting Calendars

 

Baseball

Quiet Period: December 1st – December 31st

Softball

Quiet Period: November 28th – January 1st

(1)    Dead Period: 12:01AM on the first official day of the national convention of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association to 12:01AM on the day after adjournment of the convention

(2)    In Hawaii, contacts and evaluations are allowed between Thanksgiving Day and January 1

Men’s Basketball

Recruiting Period: December 1st – December 23rd

Dead Period: December 24th – December 26th

Recruiting Period: December 27th – December 31st

 

Women’s Basketball

Evaluation Period: December 1st – December 23rd

Dead Period: December 24th – December 26th

Evaluation Period: December 27th – December 31st

 

Football

Contact Period: December 1st –December 14th

Dead Period: December 15th – December 19th

(1)    December 18th: Midyear JC transfer NLI signing period begins

(2)    Institutional staff members may have contact with prospective student-athlete who has been admitted midyear, providing student-athlete has signed NLI or other offer of admission and/or financial aid and is required to be on campus to attend orientation sessions for all students

Quiet Period: December 20th – December 2nd

Dead Period: December 23rd – December 31st

(1)    Institutional staff members may have contact with prospective student-athlete who has been admitted midyear, providing student-athlete has signed NLI or other offer of admission and/or financial aid and is required to be on campus to attend orientation sessions for all students.

 

Women’s Volleyball

Contact Period: December 1st

Quiet Period: December 2nd – December 17th

Dead Period: December 18th – December 31st

(1)    Coaches attending the American Volleyball Coaches Association awards banquet may have incidental contact with 2 year college prospective student-athletes being honored at the banquet

(2)    Thursday of the Division I women’s Volleyball Championship through the Sunday immediately following the championship (December 19-22). An institution’s authorized coaching staff members (see Bylaw 11.7.4) may evaluate on only 1 day and may attend only 1 event on that day during this period. Event must occur within 30 mile radius of the site of the championship.  Coaches from the same school who attend an event shall attend the same event on the same day. Coaches can’t attend events that occur at the same time that any intercollegiate competition in conjunction with the championship occurs

Men’s Lacrosse

Dead Period: November 27th – December 1st

Quiet Period: December 2nd – December 23rd

                Dead Period: December 24th – January 5th

 

Women’s Lacrosse

Quiet Period: November 27th – January 1st

 

Track & Field/Cross Country

Contact Period: November 25th – December 8th

Quiet Period: December 9th – December 15th

Dead Period: December 16th (12:01AM) – December 20th (12:01AM)

Quiet Period: December 20th – January 2nd

 

 

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