On July 25th the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee has released updates regarding COVID-19 and how it will affect the recruiting process. They have decided to extend the recruiting dead period (as defined in NCAA Bylaw 13.02.5.5) to August 31st. This means that there is no in-person recruiting between college coaches and prospective student-athletes until that date.
The Council Coordination Committee will continue to monitor the dead period on a daily basis.
What about DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA?
To learn about these organizations and their updates regarding COVID-19 and how it is affecting the recruiting process, please refer to our updated graphic below:
What is a Dead Period?
A dead period is when there is no in-person face to face contact between student-athletes and college coaches. During this time it is not permissible to allow official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. However, what is most important is that they are still able to contact recruits by phone and email during this period. This includes any form of video calls, including Facetime, Skype, Zoom etc.
What is a Quiet Period?
The Division II Administrative Committee released a statement that in this quiet period, “it will be permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes only on the member institution’s campus, subject to applicable public health guidelines and institutional and conference decision”. They also stated that there will be “no in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made”.
What Should I be Doing?
- Stay healthy
- Keep your grades up
- Make sure your recruiting profile is up to date
- Update your videos
- Create new videos i.e. skills video, weight training, about me, etc.
- Catch up on your messages with schools
- Talk to your coach about your favorites list
How can I Stay up to Date on Important Announcements?
Follow SportsRecruits on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook where we will be posting important recruiting updates as information changes. You can also follow the Inside the NCAA Twitter channel, the NJCAA Twitter and the NAIA COVID Updates page where they have been posting updates in real-time. Lastly, check out the NCAA website for additional updates and resources.
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About the Author
Emily Wetz is a Senior Insights Analyst at SportsRecruits. Emily’s’ experience as a former basketball student-athlete has driven her passion for helping student-athletes better navigate and understand the recruiting process.