Monthly Recruiting Tips

January Recruiting Tips

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Unofficial Visits: any visit by you and your parents to a college campus paid for by you and your parents. The only expense you may receive from the college is three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.

  • NOTE: You may make as many unofficial visits as you like and at any time, however the only time you can’t talk with a coach during an unofficial visit is during a dead period

Official Visits: any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay for all or some of the following expenses:

  • Your transportation to and from the college
  • Room and meals (3 per day) while you are visiting the college
    • NOTE: For basketball, the college may pay for meals and lodging for the parents/guardians while traveling to and from the college
  • Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest

Recruiting Calendar – Official Visits:

  • DI Men’s Basketball: allowed January 1st of junior year
  • DI Women’s Basketball: allowed April of junior year beginning the Thursday following the Final Four
  • All Other Sports: allowed beginning opening day of classes senior year
  • NOTE: You may make only one official visit per college and up to five total for all DI colleges. This is no limit on the number of visits to DII and DIII colleges.
  • Do you know when you can take official visits to NAIA schools?

Monthly Reminders

Financial Aid:

January 1st is the first day seniors are able to submit the FAFSA. Remind families that they need to get their FAFSA submitted ASAP! Money is given on a first come, first serve basis.

Applications:

Remind seniors to check application deadlines. Many top academic institution deadlines have passed or are fast approaching. Prospects should ask for fee waivers and find out what the application process is from the coaches before they submit their applications.

Recruiting Tips

Holidays: during the first weeks of January expect communications to be slow from the start of the holiday season until Martin Luther King Day in January.

Volleyball: club tournaments in February for President’s Day are a huge time for recruiting.

Coaches Conventions: several are this month – Football (Jan. 12th-15th), Baseball (Jan. 2nd-5th) &

Soccer (Jan. 15th-19th)

January NCAA Articles

More obscure eligibility issues

  • A college basketball player from NAIA school Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas made a half-court shot for $20,000 during halftime at an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game.
  • Sophomore Cameron Rodriguez was then informed by the NAIA that if he kept the money, he would lose his amateur status.
  • The school has appealed, asking if Rodriguez can accept the money in the form of a scholarship and are currently waiting on a ruling from the NAIA.

Half-court shot winner can keep winnings

  • NAIA ruled after an appeal that Southwestern College basketball player Cameron Rodriguez can keep the winnings from a half-court shot made at an Oklahoma City Thunder game in the form of a scholarship.

Division II graduation rates decline slightly

  • Division II student-athlete’s graduation rates are higher than the overall student body.
  • Overall student body is 48%, while the DII student-athlete rate is 54%.
  • The Academic Success Rate dropped one point form last year to 71%.

New database to track athletic vs. academic spending

  • The Knight Commission has released an interactive, online database to compare the spending on athletics vs. spending on academic at public Division I institutions.
  • The database can be found HERE

ACC can implement experimental instant replay rule in tournament

  • ACC allowed to use instant replay rule in 2014 baseball conference tournament
  • To use the rule, the ball must have touched the ground beyond first or third base, have touched the ground beyond the first or third baseman and originally been called a foul. If the call is overturned it will be up to the umpire crew chief to determine where to place all base runners on the play.
  • Experimental instant replay reviews are permitted on:
    • Deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul
    • Deciding whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double
    • Spectator-interference plays (only on plays involving home run balls)

January Recruiting Calendars

Baseball 

Quiet Period: January 1st – January 8th

Dead Period: January 9th (12:01 AM) – January 13th (12:01 AM)

  • This is due to the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention

Quiet Period: January 13th (12:02 AM) – January 31st

Softball

Quiet Period: January 1st

  • In Hawaii, contacts and evaluations are allowed between Thanksgiving Day and January 1

Contact Period: January 2nd – January 31st

Men’s Basketball 

Recruiting Period: January 1st – January 31st

Women’s Basketball 

Evaluation Period: January 1st – January 31st

Women’s Volleyball

Quiet Period: January 1st – January 17th

  • State specific contact and evaluation times: In states that play the high school volleyball season in the winter, contacts and evaluations are allowed January 1 through the Friday prior to the Presidents Day weekend tournaments.

Contact Period: January 18th – January 31st

  • State specific contact and evaluation times: In states that play the high school volleyball season in the winter, contacts and evaluations are allowed January 1 through the Friday prior to the Presidents Day weekend tournaments.

Football 

Dead Period: January 1st – January 3rd

  • 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: January 4th – January 12th

Dead Period: January 13th – January 16th

  • 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.

Contact Period: January 17th – January 31st

Midyear JC Transfer Signing Period: January 1st-January 15th

Men’s Lacrosse

Dead Period: January 1st – January 5th

Contact Period: January 6th – January 20th

  • No lacrosse evaluations can occur

Quiet Period: January 21st – January 31st

Women’s Lacrosse

Quiet Period: January 1st

Contact Period: January 2nd – January 31st

Track & Field/Cross Country

Quiet Period: January 1st – January 2nd

Contact Period: January 3rd – January 31st

 

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