Understanding the NCAA women’s swimming recruiting rules and calendar
NCAA women’s swimming recruiting rules can sometimes seem difficult to decipher for student-athletes, parents and even club and high school coaches. The NCAA established its rules to prevent athletes from being recruited too early, but in NCAA women’s swimming, early recruiting hasn’t been a prevalent issue like it is for some other sports.
When can colleges start recruiting for women’s swimming?
To limit early recruiting, the NCAA updated its rules for Division 1 and 2 swim coaches, preventing coaches from communicating with recruits, their families or even club and high school coaches before June 15 after the athlete’s sophomore year. While these rules only apply to D1 and D2 coaches, most D3 and NAIA coaches will wait until junior year or later to begin actively recruiting prospects. However, prior to direct recruiting conversations, coaches are still going to be building their recruiting class. College coaches can share general information, such as questionnaires, camp information or non-athletic publications before official recruiting communication begins.
When can college coaches contact swim recruits?
On June 15 after the swimmer’s sophomore year, NCAA D1 and D2 college coaches are permitted to begin proactively contacting recruits. Beginning August 1 before junior year, the recruiting efforts really start to take off. That’s when NCAA women’s swimming recruiting rules permit you to take an official visit. Official visits give you the opportunity to get a better sense of what it would be like as a student-athlete at the school.
The NCAA women’s swimming recruiting rules also impact high school and club coaches. Previously, college coaches could bypass recruiting rules by communicating with high school or club coaches rather than directly with their student-athletes. Now college coaches must wait until they can officially contact recruits to engage with their current coaches, as well.