June 15th marks an important date surrounding communication between prospective student-athletes and college coaches from both NCAA Division I and Division II programs. This is when prospective student-athletes and college coaches can start to engage in more serious conversations regarding recruiting. If you are in the high school graduating class of 2023, this information is extremely important!
What Division I Sports are Affected by the June 15th Date?
For the NCAA Division I, June 15th after your Sophomore year is the allowable date for college coaches to initiate or engage in recruiting-related discussions with ALL SPORTS except those listed below.
- Baseball – Sept. 1 of junior year
- Women’s Basketball – Sept. 1 of junior year
- Football – Sept. 1 of senior year except for one call between Apr. 15 and May 31 of junior year
- Men’s Ice Hockey – Jan. 1 of sophomore year
- Lacrosse and Softball – Sept. 1 of junior year
The below graphic shows important dates across all Division I sports. This includes when college coaches can contact a prospective student-athlete via email or phone, and when a student-athlete can take official and unofficial visits.
What Division II Sports Are Affected by June 15th?
For NCAA Division II, June 15th after your Sophomore year is the allowable date for college coaches to initiate or engage in recruiting-related discussions with prospective student-athletes in ANY sport.
What to Expect on June 15th
On June 15th, college coaches at both the Division I and Division II level will be able to engage in recruiting-related conversations with prospective student-athletes. (For Division I, it is dependant on your sport). This communication can include phone calls, emails, video chat software (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Etc.), and social media direct messaging. These conversations can be about where you stand on their list, what you have been doing in your recruiting process and their specific recruiting timeline.
Coaches will also be able to set up official and unofficial visits. Keep in mind that for Division I programs, these visits can not occur until August 1st in most sports.
Remember, DO NOT PANIC if you don’t receive immediate feedback on June 15th or shortly after. COVID-19 has changed the timing of recruiting classes for a lot of college coaches, so don’t feel like you are behind if you do not get a phone or email right away.
Depending on the conference, coaches may also be able to offer you a spot in their 2023 recruiting class. If you are offered a spot on their roster, this would strictly be a verbal commitment at this time.
To learn more about this date, check out the webinar hosted by Head of Student-Athlete Success Emily Wetz and Recruiting Analyst Mike Babich, where they talk about the importance of June 15th and what you should be doing leading up to this date as a 2023 high school athlete. Watch below!
About the Author
Mike Babich is one of the Insights Analyst at SportsRecruits. Mike has experience in collegiate athletics as a former football student-athlete at Mount Ida College, as well as a Graduate Assistant and Assistant Football Coach at Long Island University. He also served in the role of an Admissions Counselor for two years at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He has a passion for helping student-athletes better navigate and understand the recruiting process.