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What Is the 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

  • December 1, 2019 – February 1, 2020
    • During this time period, coaches can make six in-person, off-campus contacts per student-athlete. Coaches can’t meet a recruit more than once a calendar week (Sunday to Saturday).
    • Except: December 15, 2019 is a quiet period
    • Except: December 16, 2019 – January 16, 2020 is a dead period
    • Except: January 10-12, 2020 (FBS National Service Academies only) is a quiet period

Division I Baseball

  • August 1-18, 2019
  • September 13 – October 13, 2019
  • March 1 – July 31, 2020
    • Except: May 25 – June 1, 2020 is a dead period
    • Except: June 20-22, 2020 is a dead period
    • Except: July 3-5, 2020 is a dead period

Division I Men’s Basketball

  • September 9 – November 10, 2019
  • November 15, 2019 – March 31, 2020
    • Except: December 24-26, 2019 is a dead period
  • April 9 (noon) – April 22, 2020
    • Except: April 13-16, 2020 is a dead period
  • April 27-30, 2020

Division I Women’s Basketball

  • September 9-29, 2019
  • March 1 – April 2, 2020
    • Except: April 2, 2020 contact with juniors is not permissible

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

  • August 22 – December 8, 2019
    • Except: November 11-14, 2019 is a dead period
    • Except: November 23, 2019 is a dead period
  • January 2 – July 31, 2020
    • Except: March 13 – 14, 2020 is a dead period
    • Except: June 10 – 13, 2020 is a dead period

Division I Men’s Golf

  • August 1 – November 27, 2019
    • Except: November 11 – 14, 2019 is a dead period
  • January 2 – July 31, 2020

Division I Men’s Lacrosse

  • August 1-5, 2019
  • September 1 – October 31, 2019 (no lacrosse evaluations are permitted)
  • November 1-24, 2019
    • Except: November 11-14, 2019 is a dead period
  • January 6-20, 2020 (no lacrosse evaluations are permitted)
  • March 1 – May 21, 2020
  • May 26 (noon) – July 31, 2020
    • Except: July 2-6, 2020 is a dead period

Division I Women’s Lacrosse

  • September 1 – November 30, 2019
    • Except: November 11-14, 2019 is a dead period
    • Except: November 8-10, 2019 is an evaluation period, starting at 5 pm on Friday through Sunday
    • Except: November 15-17, 2019 is an evaluation period, starting at 5 pm on Friday through Sunday
    • Except: November 22-24, 2019 is an evaluation period, starting at 5 pm on Friday through Sunday
    • Except: November 27-29, 2019 is a dead period
  • December 1-30, 2019
    • Except: December 24-26, 2019 is a dead period
  • January 3 – May 21, 2020
  • May 25 – June 11, 2020

Division I Women’s Volleyball

  • September 1 – November 30, 2019
    • Except: November 11-14, 2019 is a dead period
  • February 1 – July 31, 2020
    • Except: February 1-13, 2020 is a quiet period
    • Except: May 1-28, 2020 is a quiet period

Division I Women’s Beach Volleyball

  • August 1 – December 1, 2019
    • Except: November 11-14, 2019 is a dead period
  • January 1 – July 31, 2020
  • Except: April 29 – May 3, 2020 is a dead period

Division I Softball

  • August 1-11, 2019
  • June 4 – July 31, 2020: Dates are based on the 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Contact period starts the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series is tied after two games and requires a third game, the contact period starts on June 4.

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

  • Junior college recruits should treat the period from their last postseason game until November 30, 2019 as a contact period.
  • December 2, 2019 – March 9, 2020
    • Except: December 16 (7 am) – 18 (7 am), 2019: Contact period for junior college recruits only who intend to enroll midyear
    • Except: January 13-15, 2020 is a dead period
  • February 3 (7 am) – 5 (7 am), 2020 is a dead period

Division II Men’s Basketball

    • September 7 – October 14, 2019
    • March 1 – May 18, 2020
      • Except: April 2-7 (noon), 2020 is a dead period

    Division II Women's Basketball

      • September 7 – October 14, 2019
      • March 1 – May 18, 2020
        • Except: April 2- 8 (noon), 2020 is a 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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