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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

  • August 1-31, 2018
    • Except: The 48 hours before a home game in August or September 1-2 through the 48 hours after the conclusion of the game is considered a quiet period
  • December 17, 2018 – January 10, 2019
  • February 4-7, 2019
  • June 24 – July 24, 2019

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Division I Championship Sub-division Dead Periods

  • August 1-31, 2018
    • Except: The 48 hours before a home game in August or September 1-2 through the 48 hours after the conclusion of the game is considered a quiet period
  • December 17, 2018 – January 10, 2019
  • December 17, 2018 – January 10, 2019

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Division I Baseball Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018
  • January 3-6, 2019

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Division I Men’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2019
  • December 24-26, 2018
  • April 4 –April 11 (noon), 2019
  • April 15-18, 2018
  • May 16-24, 2019
  • July 6 – July 10 (5 pm), 2019
  • July 14 (5 pm) – July 17 (5 pm)
  • July 21 (5 pm) – July 24 (5 pm)
  • July 28 (5 pm) – July 31, 2019

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Division I Women’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018
  • December 24-26, 2018
  • April 5-11, 2019
  • April 15-18, 2019
  • July 13-20, 2019

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Division I Cross Country and Track & Field Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • December 10, 2018 – January 1, 2019
  • March 8-9, 2019
  • June 5-8, 2019

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Division I Men’s Golf Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018
  • November 22-25, 2018
  • December 2-6 (12:01 am): The NCAA explains that a dead period is in effect from the first official day of the Golf Coaches Association of America Convention until 12:01 am on the day after the convention ends
  • December 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019

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Division I Men’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • August 14-31, 2018
  • November 12-15, 2018
  • November 19-25, 2018
  • December 24, 2018 – January 6, 2019
  • May 24-28 (noon), 2019
  • July 2-6, 2019

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Division I Women’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • August 1-14, 2018
  • November 12-15, 2018
  • November 21-23, 2018
  • December 24-26, 2018
  • December 31, 2018 – January 2, 2019
  • May 24-26, 2019
    • Except: During the Women’s Lacrosse Championship, coaches can evaluate athletes at one event, as long as it’s hosted within a 100-mile radius of the championship site. Coaches are not permitted to attend any evaluation event that occurs two hours before, during, or two hours after the semifinals competition and final game.
  • July 3-5, 2019

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Division I Women’s Volleyball Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018

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Division I Women’s Beach Volleyball Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018
  • December 12-31, 2018
    • Except: During the AVCA annual awards banquet, college coaches can accidentally bump into two-year college athletes who’ve been awarded. But they are not allowed to have any conversations about recruiting at that time.
  • May 1-5, 2019
    • Except: Coaching staff is permitted to evaluate recruits on one day only during this period. The event they recruit at must be within a 30-mile radius of the championship site, and they cannot attend any events that take place at the same time as a collegiate game.

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Division I Softball Dead Periods

  • Nov. 12-15, 2018
  • Dec. 5-8, 2018
  • May 28 – June 5, 2019: These dates are based on the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Softball Championship. The dead period remains in effect until the day following the final day of competition, which could be either June 4 or June 5.

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Division I Women’s Gymnastics Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018, or the Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent
  • December 1-30, 2018
  • April 18-21 (noon), 2019, which is the day before the first day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championships through noon on the day after the championships
  • June 1-15, 2019

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Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018, which is the Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent
  • April 10-14 (noon), 2019, or the Wednesday prior to the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship through noon on the Sunday after the game

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Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018, which is the Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent
  • March 21-25 (noon), 2019 (the day prior to the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship to noon on the day after the match)

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Division I Field Hockey Dead Periods

  • November 12-15, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
  • November 14-19 (noon), 2018 (Wednesday prior to the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship to noon on the day after the game)

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Division I Women’s Soccer Dead Periods

  • December 15, 2018 – January 5, 2019
  • November 12-15, 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

  • November 12-15, 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 12-15, 2018 (Monday through Thursday of the initial week for the fall signing of the National Letter of Intent)
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the U.S. Diving National Championships, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the North American Cup Fencing Championship, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.

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Division II Football Dead Periods

  • January 7-9, 2019
  • February 4 (7 am) – February 6 (7 am), 2019

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Division II Men’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 12 (7 am) – November 14 (7 am), 2018
  • April 4-9 (noon), 2019

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Division II Women’s Basketball Dead Periods

  • November 12 (7 am) – November 14 (7 am), 2018
  • April 4-10, 2019

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Division II Men’s Lacrosse Dead Periods

  • November 12 (7 am) – November 12 (7 am), 2018
  • December 6-11 (noon), 2018
  • May 23-28 (noon), 2019

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Division II All Other Sports Dead Periods

  • November 12 (7 a.m.) – 14 (7 a.m.), 2018
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the U.S. Diving National Championships, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the North American Cup Fencing Championship, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.
    • Except: When the dead period occurs during the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships, authorized coach staff members are allowed to watch recruits participating in that competition.

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