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A successful recruiting process starts with you investing the time to understand the rules. Here are some of the general definitions for your everyday recruiting terms.
CONTACT: A contact is a face-to-face encounter between a college coach and the student athlete (or their legal guardians or relatives) where more than a greeting occurs. Anything more than a “hello” is considered a contact.
CONTACT PERIOD: During this time college coaches are allowed to have in-person contact with you or your legal guardians. This period means coaches can watch you compete anywhere, and the coach can write and make telephone calls.
DEAD PERIOD: During this time the college coach cannot make in-person contact with you or your legal guardians. This prevents the coach from making any evaluations of you whatsoever. However, the coach can make telephone calls to you or your legal guardians.
QUIET PERIOD: During this time a college coach cannot watch you compete at any location. It is allowed for the college coach to make in-person contact with you or your legal guardians if it occurs on the coach’s campus. The coach can still make telephone calls to you or your legal guardians, and you can make visits to college campuses during this time.
EVALUATION: This is the process where a coach watches you compete in a game or practice, and makes note on your athletic abilities.