5 ways coaches and basketball recruits communicate despite no contact rules

5 ways coaches and basketball recruits communicate despite no contact rules

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5 ways coaches and basketball recruits communicate despite no contact rules

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SUWANEE, Ga. —  The NCAA is clear in its prohibition of in-person contact between coaches and players and their family members during evaluation periods – there are three in July, including this week — beyond what is described as “any dialogue in excess of an exchange of greeting.” That has led to coaches and players resorting to non-verbal communication. Here are five ways to acknowledge but stay on the right side of the rules.
 
 
1. The Point: This is a more direct acknowledgement, so use with caution. It may let an annoying school which keeps sending letters know you’re not interested.
 
2. The Big Eyes: A split-second after you make visual contact with a coach, wide your eyes, look away and keep walking. Big eyes are often accompanied with a smirk.
 
3. The Head Nod: While looking at the coach, nod your head upward while keeping a poker face. This says, “What’s up,” without saying, “What’s up.”
 
4. The Peace Sign: No, it’s not the early’90s, but the peace sign is a widely known form of nonverbal communication today. Throw it up and keep it moving.
 
5. The Wink: It’s not as subtle, but the wink lets the coach know that you’re going above and beyond to let them know you’re happy they’re there.

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