NCAA Bans In-Person Recruiting Until April 15th



As a result of the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA is no longer allowing in-person recruiting through April 15 and has asked all colleges to cancel official and unofficial visits. While the recruiting rule may have changed, the recruiting process will continue on digitally. Similar to a “dead period”, coaches and recruits are still able to communicate via email, phone, text and social media.

How does this impact seniors in the class of 2020 and college camps in the spring and summer? Find out here.

What recruits need to know about the new NCAA rules

  • All in-person recruiting is suspended through April 15th
  • Colleges are advised to suspend official visits and unofficial visits to campus
  • All recruits should check with any coaches they have scheduled visits with
  • Coaches and recruits can still communicate via phone and written correspondence (email, text and social media DM’s)
  • The NCAA will reconsider the rules on April 15th and decide what to do next

What are the NCAA Dead Period rules?

A traditional NCAA dead period prohibits coaches from any in-person contact with recruits or their families. While the NCAA’s recent ban on in-person recruiting is not identical to a dead period, here is a look at what you can expect from now until April 15 with NCSA’s guide to dead periods.

What does in-person recruiting mean?

There are two methods in which college coaches can communicate with recruits: in-person and digitally. When coaches recruit in-person, this typically means they are traveling off campus to meet with and/or scout recruits. By suspending in-person recruiting, the NCAA is trying to keep coaches from traveling to athlete’s school, camp or anywhere else to recruit.

What this means for recruits

  • Impact on on-campus contact: Call coaches directly to reschedule any on- or off-campus meeting you already have on the calendar.
  • Impact on off-campus contact: Coaches and recruits are still able to communicate via email, phone, and private messages like DM’s as long as they follow NCAA recruiting rules.
  • As college coaches are now heavily relying on digital communication, it’s crucial to build a competitive profile and continue to manage your recruiting process.

How recruiting still happens during a dead period

Recruiting still happens during a dead period. During a dead period, college coaches and recruits can communicate digitally via phone, email, text and social media DM’s. It’s also common during dead periods for coaches to actively evaluating recruits online by watching film, researching grades and searching recruit databases.

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