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NCAA DI Recruiting Dead Period Through the End of 2020

The take-away: Division I recruiting dead period has extended once more and the fall NCAA championships have been moved to the spring.
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Once more, the Division I Council has extended the recruiting dead period for Prospective Student-Athletes (PSAs). Instead of pushing it back by just a month as it had done before, the Council decided on Wednesday that there shall be no in-person recruiting through the end of the year, until January 1, 2021.

Since April, the Council has been reviewing this date and, in a release, the NCAA said that “the majority of coaches associations also supported an extension of the dead period.”

Emergency legislation has also been adopted to prohibit colleges from giving PSAs, high schools, or two-year colleges complimentary match tickets.

Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania, said, “While the Council acknowledged and appreciates the growing desire to resume in-person recruiting by select coaches’ associations, Council members ultimately concluded the primary concern right now must be protecting the current student-athletes on our campuses. We encourage our coaches to interact with prospective student-athletes virtually in this time period.”

Per the NCAA, during a dead period, there is to be no face-to-face contact (recruiting, visits, or evaluations) with PSAs or their parents and college coaches may not watch PSAs compete or visit their high schools.

In other words, Division I college coaches may not recruit PSAs off-campus, have them on campus to visit, or host camps with athletes of recruitable age (freshmen and older). As stated above, phone calls and e-mails remain on the table, so long as NCAA rules allow it and the PSA is of permissible age.

Per the original NCAA rules and recruiting calendar, the date for PSAs to begin taking official and unofficial visits to Division I institutions was September 1st of her junior year. Due to the most recent news, it has been pushed to January 1st of her junior year when the dead period will be lifted and coaches may see PSAs face-to-face.

See the entire release, here.

In addition to the dead period, the Division I Council also approved moving fall championships, including volleyball, to the spring of 2021 and filled to 75-percent of its capacity. For teams that will play in the fall, those matches will count toward a team’s ability to be selected into the fall championship.

The following guidelines were provided by the NCAA:

–The finals site of the championship is scheduled for April 23-25, with a 48-team bracket (the normal bracket size is 64 teams).
–Thirty-two of the teams will be automatic qualifiers, with 16 at-large selections.
–Regular-season play will span from January 22-April 3, with selections April 4.

The Council adopted additional emergency legislation including information that pertains to seniors who may choose to graduate high school early and enter college in the spring semester. While these mid-year enrollees are permitted to work out and participate in team activities, they will not be able to compete in matches in the 2020-21 academic year.

This week, the Big-Ten has released guidelines for football to resume at the end of October, and many are anticipating volleyball to follow suit. At this time, there is no announcement of that occurring.

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