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What Is the NCAA Dead Period?

 

what is the NCAA dead period

The most restrictive of all the recruiting periods is the NCAA Dead Period. During the dead period, coaches may not have any in-person contact with recruits and/or their parents. In other words, coaches are not allowed to talk to recruits at their college campus, the athlete’s school, an athletic camp or even the grocery store.

While the term “dead period” makes it seem like all recruiting stops during this time, that’s actually not the case. Athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels. Take a look at our NCAA recruiting rules to learn more about the different ways athletes and coaches can communicate. The goal of the NCAA Dead Period is to give athletes a little bit of time and breathing room to think about what school they want to sign with.

 

Recruiting tips for the NCAA Dead Period

While recruits can’t speak to a coach face-to-face, there’s plenty of ways to continue building relationships with coaches during this time. You can call, email, text, direct message them on Facebook and much more. You can also use this time for its intended purpose: Take a step back and go over all the schools you are interested in. Ask yourself which schools are genuinely recruiting you, as well as which schools you can truly see yourself living at for four years.

Insider Tip: Take a look at the upcoming official and unofficial visits you have lined up. Check those dates against your sport’s dead period. If any of your visits fall within the dead period window, reschedule them if possible. If you visit a school during this time, you will not be able to speak or meet with the coach. Meeting with the college coach is one of the most important aspects of an official or unofficial visit, so you want to make sure you’re visiting at a time that this is possible. Learn more about official visits and unofficial visits.

 

When is the NCAA Dead Period?

While the recruiting calendar varies by sport, the dead period usually takes place during the early signing period (for sports that have an early signing period), as well as at the beginning of the regular signing period. We’ve included the dates for each sport’s dead period below. Division III schools do not have designated dead periods.

 

Division I Bowl Sub-division Football Dead Periods

  • December 18, 2017 through January 11, 2018
  • January 5-7, 2018: Dead period for National Service Academics only
  • February 5-8, 2018
  • June 25 through July 24, 2018

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Division I Championship Sub-division Dead Periods

  • August 1-31, 2017
  • December 18, 2017 through January 11, 2018
  • February 5-8, 2018

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Division I Baseball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • January 4-7, 2018
  • April 9-12, 2018

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Division I Men’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • December 24-26, 2017
  • March 29 through noon on April 5, 2018
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 17-25, 2018
  • July 6-31, 2018: Dead period, except:
    • 5 p.m. on July 11 through 5 p.m. on July 15, 2018: Evaluation period
    • 5 p.m. on July 18 through 5 p.m. on July 22, 2018: Evaluation period
    • 5 p.m. on July 25 through 5 p.m. on July 29, 2018: Evaluation period

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Division I Women’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • December 24-26, 2017
  • March 30 through April 12, 2018: Dead period
    • Evaluation can take place during one NCAA-certified women’s basketball event held in conjunction with—and conducted in—the host city of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
    • April 6-8, 2018: Quiet period
  • July 13-22, 2018
  • July 30-31, 2018

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Division I Cross Country and Track & Field Dead Periods

  • November 18, 2017
  • December 12-15, 2017
  • March 9-10, 2018
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • June 6-9, 2018

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Division I Men’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • August 15-31, 2017
  • November 6-9, 2017
  • November 20-26, 2017
  • December 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 25 through noon on May 29, 2018
  • July 2-6, 2018

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Division I Women’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • August 1-14, 2017
  • November 22-24, 2017
  • December 1-30, 2017 through January 2, 2018
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 25-27, 2018: Dead period
    • Evaluation can occur at one event conducted during the weekend of the Women’s Lacrosse Championship. However, it must be conducted within a 100-mile radius of the championship site. Coaches are not allowed to attend the event two hours before through two hours after the semifinals competition and two hours before through two hours after the final game.
  • July 3-5, 2018

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Division I Women’s Volleyball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • December 13-31, 2017, except:
    • Coaches attending the AVCA annual awards banquet can have incidental contact with two-year college recruits being honored at the event. However, no recruiting conversations can happen at this event.
    • December 14-17, 2017 (Thursday of the NCAA D1 Women’s Volleyball Championship through Sunday immediately following the championship): Authorized coaching staff can evaluate on only one day during this time period and may attend only one event on that day. The event must take place within a 30-mile radius of the championship site. Coaches cannot attend events that occur at the same time as any intercollegiate competition.
  • April 9-12, 2018

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Division I Women’s Beach Volleyball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • December 13-31, 2017: Dead period, except:
    • Coaches attending the AVCA annual awards banquet can have incidental contact with two-year college recruits being honored at the event. However, no recruiting conversations can happen at this event.
    • December 14-17, 2017 (Thursday of the NCAA D1 Women’s Volleyball Championship through Sunday immediately following the championship): Authorized coaching staff can evaluate on only one day during this time period and may attend only one event on that day. The event must take place within a 30-mile radius of the championship site. Coaches cannot attend events that occur at the same time as any intercollegiate competition.
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 2-6, 2018

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Division I Softball Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017
  • December 6-9, 2017
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 29 through June 6, 2018: Dead period; dates are based on the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. The dead period is in effect until the day after the Women’s College World Series ends. If the championship series ends after two games, the dead period ends on June 5 and contact period starts on June 6.

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Division I Women’s Gymnastics Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • April 9-12, 2017 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • April 19 to noon on April 23, 2018 (the day before the first day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championships to noon on the day after the championships)

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Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • April 4 to noon on April 8, 2017 (Wednesday prior to the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship to noon on the Sunday after the game)
  • April 9-12, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)

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Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017 (Dead period: Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • March 15 to noon on March 19, 2018 (Dead period: The day before the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship to noon on the day after the match)
  • April 9-12, 2018 (Dead period: Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)

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Division I Field Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent).
  • November 15 to noon on November 20, 2017 (Wednesday prior to the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship to noon on the day after the game).
  • April 9-12, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent).

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Division I Women’s Soccer Dead Periods

  • December 15 through January 5, 2018
  • February 5-8, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the signing of the National Letter of Intent)

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Division I Men’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo Dead Periods

  • February 5-8, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the signing of the National Letter of Intent)

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Division I All Other Sport Dead Periods

  • November 6-9, 2017 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent).
  • April 9-12, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent).
  • Exceptions include:
    • U.S. Diving National Championships: When the dead period for recruiting occurs during the U.S. Diving National Championships, authorized coaching staff members may observe prospective student-athletes participating in that event.
    • North American Cup Fencing Championship: When the dead period for recruiting occurs during the North American Cup Fencing Championship, authorized coaching staff members may observe prospective student-athletes participating in that event.
    • Junior Olympic Rifle Championships: When the dead period for recruiting occurs during the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships, authorized coaching staff members may observe prospective student-athletes participating in that event.

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Division II Football Dead Periods

  • 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
  • 7 a.m. on February 5 to 7 a.m. on February 7, 2018

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Division II Men’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • 7 a.m. on November 6 to 7 a.m. November 8, 2017
  • March 29 through noon on April 3, 2018
  • 7 a.m. on April 9 to 7 a.m. on April 11, 2018

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Division II Women’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • 7 a.m. on November 6 to 7 a.m. on November 8, 2017
  • 7 a.m. on April 9 through 7 a.m. on April 11, 2018
  • March 31 through noon on April 4, 2018: This dead period takes place during the Saturday before the start of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship game through noon of the Wednesday after the championship game.

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Division II Men / Women’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo Dead Periods

  • 7 a.m. on February 5 to 7 a.m. on February 7, 2018 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)

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Division II Men’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • 7 a.m. on November 6 to 7 a.m. on November 8, 2017 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • Noon on December 6-18, 2017 (the Wednesday before the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Clinic through Monday following the clinic)
  • 7 a.m. on April 9 to 7 a.m. on April 11, 2018 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • Noon on May 24 to noon my May 29, 2018 (Thursday before the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship through noon on the Tuesday after the championship)

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Division II All Other Sports Dead Periods

  • 7 a.m. on November 6 to 7 a.m. on November 8, 2017 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • 7 a.m. on April 9 to 7 a.m. on April 11, 2018 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the spring signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • Exceptions include:
    • U.S. Diving National Championships: When the dead period for recruiting occurs during the U.S. Diving National Championships, authorized coaching staff may observe prospective student-athletes participating in that event

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