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NCAA Division I Dead Period Extended Through April 15, 2021

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The NCAA Division I Council has extended the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through April 15, 2021. The previous extension was through January 1, 2021.

In a release on Wednesday, November 18th, the NCAA stated that the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic was not “trending in the right direction” to open up in-person recruiting.

“We acknowledge the impact the restrictions are having on student-athletes who dream of being Division I athletes,” said Council chair and Penn Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun, “but we must prioritize the health and safety of current and potential student-athletes and their families, as well as coaches and others on campus.”

Source: NCAA

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). Phone calls and e-mails remain on the table, so long as NCAA rules allow it and the PSA is of permissible age.

The Division II recruiting calendar has resumed as normal as of September 1st and Division III has taken no action on making recruiting restrictions.

The statement added, “Council members acknowledged that while Divisions II and III had loosened recruiting restrictions, Division I schools are managing active fall sport seasons, which is not the case at most schools in Divisions II and III.”

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