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What can coaches and recruits do during quiet and dead periods?

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The NCAA recently announced that it will extend its suspension of in-person recruiting through July 31 for Division 1 programs, while Division 2 programs have entered a quiet period through July 31. While both types of recruiting periods appear on the NCAA recruiting calendar to regulate when and how college coaches can engage with athletes, it can be challenging for student-athletes to understand how these periods impact their recruiting process.

Below we’ve outlined the difference between a dead and quiet period and shared tips for recruiting during both.

What is a quiet period?

An NCAA quiet period prohibits college coaches from off-campus face-to-face contact with student-athletes and their families. During this time, coaches are unable to watch recruits compete, visit their high school or talk to them at their home. This period was created as an attempt to give athletes who are being heavily recruited a break from coach visits and contact.

With a quiet period running through July 31, what are NCAA Division 2 college coaches allowed to do during this time? Coaches can continue to communicate with recruits via text, call, email or direct message, as well as meet with them in-person while on the coach’s college campus. For recruits, this may feel like a big win after months of suspended in-person recruiting, but the reality is, many campuses remain closed due to the pandemic. This means recruits and coaches may not be able to gather on campus for in-person conversations.

What is a dead period?

An NCAA dead period strictly prohibits all in-person contact between college coaches and recruits. During this period, the only communication coaches are permitted to have with recruits is via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels.

What do to during the new quiet and dead periods?

We’ve created a recruiting guide to help college-bound athletes manage their recruiting process during these periods. Below is a preview of our recruiting checklist. For the full checklist, download NCSA’s guide to managing your recruiting.

  • Update your NCSA recruiting profile: If you don’t already have a NCSA recruiting profile, join for free here.
  • Take a virtual college tour: Many college campuses are closed, but student-athletes can explore college campuses virtually.
  • Connect with coaches on social media: Engage with coaches or athletic programs by following them on Twitter or Instagram.
  • Email college coaches: College coaches have more free time now, which means they’re making more time to check and respond to emails.

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