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NCAA Beach Volleyball Recruiting Rules and Calendar

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The NCAA has set up certain rules around when—and how—college coaches can contact potential recruits. Their goal in creating these rules was to make sure elite recruits didn’t get overwhelmed by constant contact from coaches. And it can also make it tough for beach volleyball families to know when to expect contact from college coaches. Generally speaking, almost all forms of contact are allowed starting June 15 after sophomore year, including emails, calls, texts and recruiting letters.

In this article, we break down the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules and calendar. The NAIA and NJCAA don’t have a series of rules or calendars for their member schools. Instead, each individual school is responsible for handling their own recruiting process and rules. Most NAIA and NJCAA schools start searching for athletes late their sophomore year and into junior year. If you know you’re interested in a particular program, the earlier you contact the coach, the more likely there will be an open roster spot on the team for you.

READ MORE: NCAA’s new rules will grant student-athletes the opportunity to earn money from their name, image and likeness (NIL).

How to use the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules and calendar

It’s important to remember that the coaches—not the recruits—are responsible for complying with the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules. In other words, don’t worry about sitting down and memorizing the exact dates coaches can start contacting you! If you’d like more information about the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules, check out the 2020-2021 Guide for the College-bound Student-athlete. You can buy a copy or download the PDF for free.

The best way to use this information is to help you gauge if you’re on track in your recruiting process. If you’re a junior in high school and haven’t heard from any college coaches yet, you know that you need to start kicking your recruiting up a notch. If you’re a freshman receiving generic information from a college beach volleyball program, you’re probably on the right track.

When you’re looking at the NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules, layer them on top of the recruiting calendar. Here’s what we mean: If you’re a senior in high school, the recruiting rules show that you are allowed to start taking official visits to colleges. However, the recruiting calendar indicates that there are certain dead periods throughout the year. You want to make sure that you don’t schedule your official visit during a dead period, because the coach won’t be allowed to talk to you while you’re on campus.

Insider tip: As an athlete, you can reach out to NCAA Division 2 and Division 3, NAIA and NJCAA college coaches at any time! Take advantage of this by sending introductory emails to coaches, so they know who you are and have an opportunity to watch your highlight video. The NCAA recently implemented a new rule that prohibits all off-campus communication between Division 1 college coaches and student-athletes before June 15 of sophomore year. This includes phone calls, texts and/or email communication between a student-athlete, parent/guardian and a Division 1 college coach.

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How do some beach volleyball recruits get offers before coaches can contact them?

Beach volleyball has an incredibly competitive recruiting process. As a newer collegiate sport, there are fewer schools that offer beach volleyball compared to other sports. Plus, there is a wealth of talented beach volleyball athletes across the country. This creates a perfect recruiting storm, which means that college-bound beach volleyball players need to really be proactive in their recruiting to secure their roster spot at a beach volleyball college.

To get that competitive edge, many athletes will start contacting coaches their freshman or sophomore year. And while coaches can’t proactively reach out to athletes at this point, they can answer athletes’ phone calls. Other athletes will ask their club or high school coach to call college coaches on their behalf. Their current coach can set up a time for their player to call the college coach and recruiting kicks off from there.

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Division 1 NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules

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Division 2 NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules

  • General materials: Athletes can receive brochures for camps, questionnaires, NCAA materials and non-athletic recruiting publications at any time.
  • Printed recruiting materials: Starting June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year, coaches can begin sending recruits printed recruiting materials.
  • Telephone calls: Starting June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year, coaches can start calling athletes.
  • Off-campus contact: Coaches can conduct off-campus communications with athletes and/or their parents starting June 15 after the athlete’s sophomore year.
  • Official visits: Athletes may start taking official visits starting June 15 after sophomore year.

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Division 3 NCAA beach volleyball recruiting rules

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Division 1 women’s beach volleyball recruiting calendar

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. Athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels.

  • November  9–12, 2020
  • December 16–31, 2020
    • Except for: 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.
  • May 5–9, 2021
    • Except for: Coaches may evaluate on only one day and attend one event on that day during this period. The event has to be within 30 miles of the site of the championship. Coaching staffs from the same college need to attend the same event on the same day.

Evaluation periods: College coaches are allowed to watch an athlete compete in person or visit their school. However, coaches are not allowed to communicate with that athlete (or parents) off the college campus.

  • December 7–15, 2020
  • January 1–15, 2021
  • May 1–4, 2021
  • May 10–28, 2021

Contact periods: 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.

  • August 1 – November 8, 2020
  • November 13 – December 6, 2020
  • January 16 – April 30, 2021
  • May 29 – July 31, 2021

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Division 2 women’s beach volleyball recruiting calendar

For D2 schools, the recruiting calendar is less scripted. Except for the dates listed below, treat everything else like a contact period.

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. Athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels.

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Insider tip: Despite the impact that coronavirus had on college sports, as of June 1, 2021, the NCAA resumed its regular recruiting rules and activity! Coaches are actively working to fill their rosters, so student-athletes should be proactive in reaching out to coaches. Read up on how the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes who were most affected by the pandemic in 2020 will impact future recruiting classes.

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