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Updated April 16, 2021
Effective April 15, the NCAA announced that all in-person recruiting for D1 sports will resume June 1, 2021. This means that coaches will be able to return to their normal recruiting calendars and activities.
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The NCAA has recently issued updated recruiting rules for the D1 and D2 levels.
Watch the video below to hear NCSA recruiting experts discuss how the latest changes to the NCAA recruiting rules impact recruits and what they can do to stay on track with their recruiting process.
Over the past few weeks, student-athletes and parents have reached out to NCSA with questions about the dead and quiet period extensions and how these periods impact college coaches’ ability to recruit in-person. We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and answered them below:
The most important rule to remember about dead periods is that coaches may not have any in-person contact with recruits or their families. While the NCAA’s rules in response to the coronavirus aren’t identical to an official dead period, they are very similar. Reading up on dead periods will help you understand what to expect from now until June 1. Learn more about dead periods here.
A quiet period as a time when coaches cannot have in-person contact with recruits or their parents outside of the college campus. Simply put, you can talk to college coaches in-person on their college campus but nowhere else. Similarly, the coach is not allowed to watch athletes compete, visit their school or talk to them at their home. Learn more about the NCAA quiet period.
In-person recruiting refers to any off-campus contact and in-person scouting. By advising coaches to suspend in-person recruiting, the NCAA essentially aims to take coaches “off the road” and stop recruiting from taking place at the athlete’s school, camp or anywhere else.
During a dead period, recruiting does not completely stop. Recruiting activity moves to phone, email, text and social media DMs. As long as it is within the contact rules, recruits can connect with a coach digitally. Coaches are still actively evaluating recruits online by watching film, researching grades and searching recruit databases.
The NCAA has provided no updates on recruiting specifically for the class of 2020. Given the unprecedented nature of the impacts of COVID-19 on the recruiting process, the NCAA is focused on ensuring the health and safety of all student-athletes and college coaches. Keep in mind, college coaches are trying to figure out what needs to happen with their current athletes on-campus and are just as uncertain as families at this point.
Because the new rules do not prevent phone and written communication, coaches can still conduct much of their recruiting over the phone and online. At NCSA, we expect coaches to continue communicating with recruits, seniors in particular, once they have ensured the safety of their current athletes.
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.
The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt throughout the sports community. As we head into the spring and summer season, there is a lot of uncertainty into how the youth sports community will be impacted. At NCSA we are believers in the importance of sports first and recruiting experts second. We are making all of our research into the impacts of COVID-19 public to help in any way we can. We will continue to update these materials as updates are necessary. Please send any questions or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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