The NCAA Division I Council once again pushed back the recruiting dead period, extending it through August 31st. This is the third cycle of revisions after the dates had once been June 30th and then July 31st in previous announcements.
The NCAA statement noted, “The full Council and the Council Coordination Committee will continue to review the recruiting dead periods on a regular basis. A dead period precludes all in-person recruiting. Phone calls and correspondence can continue to occur.”
Per the NCAA, during a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. In other words, Division I college coaches may not recruit Prospective Student-Athletes (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.
As of now, the date for PSAs to begin taking official and unofficial visits is September 1st of her junior year, coinciding with when the dead period will be lifted and coaches may see PSAs face-to-face.
In addition, on Thursday, the NCAA Council also granted a waiver to permit volleyball programs (and sports other than football) to begin their preseasons sooner, possibly. This is due to the missed time during the spring season when the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shortened training season.
The statement read: “Fall preseasons generally begin a specific number of days prior to the first scheduled regular season contest. The waiver allows teams to count back from the first day contests are allowed, instead of a team’s actual scheduled first contest.”
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