Understanding the NCAA Swimming Recruiting Rules and Calendar
NCAA swimming recruiting rules and calendars can prove to be a difficult read for student-athletes and their families. Most importantly, the rules are designed to limit when and how college coaches can proactively recruit prospects. The easiest rule to remember is that men’s swimming coaches from NCAA D1 and D2 schools are permitted to be involved in recruiting through most of the calendar year. The lone exception is what the NCAA calls the ‘dead period’: the days from November 11-14, 2019. No in-person communication is allowed during this period. NCAA Division 3 coaches are not working under this rule, so these coaches can make contact and recruit year-round.