Know the Recruiting Rules: What is the NCAA Dead Period?

Know the Recruiting Rules: What is the NCAA Dead Period?

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Know the Recruiting Rules: What is the NCAA Dead Period?

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The NCAA Recruiting Calendar sets the recruiting periods NCAA DI and DII coaches must follow during the recruiting process. While we have covered the quiet period and evaluation period, perhaps the most poorly-understood is the dead period. Keep in mind, these recruiting periods only dictate when and where college coaches can proactively reach out to recruits, but if a recruit reaches out to the coach, they can communicate and recruit that athlete.

What is the NCAA Dead Period?

NCAA dead periods are designed to allow college coaches to have some down time from traveling and in-person recruiting. During the dead period, college coaches are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with a recruit or their family on or off of their college campus. In addition, they are not allowed to watch a recruit in person or visit their high school during a dead period. College coaches can continue to write, use social media, text, and call recruits.

Recruiting is still happening during the dead period

The common misconception during the dead period is that coaches can’t “recruit” athletes. That is misunderstood to mean, they can’t call, text or send mail, but that isn’t true. Coaches can and do continue to recruit during the dead period, but it is unlikely they will be discovering new talent during that time. The dead period is a break from traveling, but they are still staying in touch on the phone and organizing trips for when recruiting opens back up.

The dead period falls late in the recruiting process (junior or senior year) when many coaches are making the second and third evaluations of their recruits. For the dead period to really impact your recruiting, that means coaches will have been calling and visiting your school once the recruiting calendar kicked in. Reach out early and often to get on the radar of college coaches before they begin scheduling evaluations.

When is the dead period in recruiting?

Mark your calendars, here are the NCAA dead periods for 2017-2018:

  • DI Football FBS – Aug 1, 2017-Aug 30, 2017; Dec 18, 2017-Jan 11, 2018; Feb 5, 2018-Feb 8,2018; Jun 24, 2018-Jul 24, 2018
  • DI Football FCS – Aug 1, 2017-Aug 30, 2017; Dec 18, 2017-Jan 11, 2018; Feb 5, 2018-Feb 8,2018
  • DI Baseball – Nov 6,2017-Nov 9, 2017; Jan 4, 2018-Jan 7, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018
  • DI Men’s Basketball – Nov 6,2017-Nov 9, 2017; Dec 24, 2017-Dec 26, 2017; Mar 29, 2018-Apr 5, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; May 17, 2018-May 25, 2018; Jul 6, 2018-Jul 31, 2018**except for evaluation periods
  • DI Women’s Basketball – Nov 6,2017-Nov 9, 2017; Dec 24, 2017-Dec 26, 2017; Mar 30, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; Jul 13, 2018-Jul 22, 2018; Jul 30, 2018-Jul 31, 2018
  • DI Cross Country/Track and Field – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Nov 18, 2017, Dec 12, 2017-Dec 15, 2017; Mar 9, 2018-Mar 10, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; Jun 6, 2018-Jun 9, 2018
  • DI Men’s Lacrosse – Aug 15, 2017-Aug 31, 2017; Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Nov 20, 2017-Nov 26, 2017; Dec 24, 2017-Jan 7, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; May 25, 2018-May 29, 2018; Jul 2, 2018-Jul 6, 2018
  • DI Women’s Lacrosse – Aug 1, 2017-Aug 14, 2017; Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Nav 22, 2017-Nov 24, 2017; Dec 24, 2017-Dec 26, 2017; Dec 31, 2017-Jan2, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12,2018; May 27, 2018-May 31, 2018; Jul 3, 2018-Jul 5, 2018
  • DI Women’s Volleyball – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Dec 13, 2017-Dec 31, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12,2018
  • DI Women’s Beach Volleyball – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Dec 13, 2017-Dec 31, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12,2018; May 2, 2018-May 6, 2018
  • DI Softball – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Dec 6, 2017-Dec 9, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; May 29, 2018-Jun 6, 2018; Jul 7, 2018-Jul 31, 2017;
  • DI Women’s Gymnastics – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018; Apr 19, 2018-Apr 23, 2018
  • DI Men’s Ice Hockey – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Apr 4, 2018-Apr 8, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018
  • DI Women’s Ice Hockey – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Mar 12, 2018-Mar 15, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018
  • DI Field Hockey – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Nov 15, 2017-Nov 20, 2017; Apr 6, 2018-Apr 9, 2018
  • DI Women’s Soccer – Dec 15,2017-Jan 5,2018; Feb 5, 2018-Feb 9, 2018
  • DI Men’s Soccer – Feb 5, 2018-Feb 9, 2018
  • DI Men’s Water Polo – Feb 5, 2018-Feb 9, 2018
  • DI All Other Sports – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 9, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 12, 2018
  • DII Football – Dec 18, 2017-Dec 20, 2017; Jan 8,2018-Jan10, 2018; Feb 5, 2018-Feb 7, 2018
  • DII Men’s Basketball – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 8, 2017; Mar 29, 2018-Apr 3, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 11, 2018
  • DII Women’s Basketball – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 8, 2017; Mar 29, 2018-Apr 3, 2018; Mar 31, 2018-Apr 4, 2018; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 11, 2018
  • DII Men’s Soccer – Feb 5, 2018-Feb 7, 2018
  • DII Men’s Water Polo – Feb 5, 2018-Feb 7, 2018
  • DII Men’s Lacrosse – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 8, 2017; Dec 6, 2017-Dec 18, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 11, 2018; May 24, 2018-May 29, 2018
  • DII All Other Sports – Nov 6, 2017-Nov 8, 2017; Apr 9, 2018-Apr 11, 2018

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