Understanding the NCAA Recruiting Calendar



Every year, the NCAA publishes a recruiting calendar and rules that serve as a guide for when and how college recruiting happens. On the NCAA Recruiting Calendars, you will find specific recruiting time periods throughout the year when coaches can contact athletes—and when coaches aren’t allowed to contact athletes. There are four different recruiting periods; contact, evaluation, dead and quiet.

The contact period is one of the most active recruiting periods. For most sports, starting June 15 after their sophomore year, recruits can receive calls, emails and texts from college coaches. This is an exciting time in the college recruiting process, but it can also be stressful. Before the contact period starts, student-athletes should familiarize themselves with the four recruiting periods:

Contact period: college coaches can make in-home visits and meet with recruits on their high school campus. In addition to visiting recruits, coaches can call, email and text recruits.

Evaluation period: college coaches are allowed to watch an athlete in person or visit their school, but they are not allowed to communicate with that athlete off the college campus.

Dead period: college coaches may not have face-to-face contact with a recruit and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. College coaches can continue to write, use social media, text, and call recruits.

Quiet period: college coaches may not have any face-to-face or digital conversations with recruits.

Recruiting tips for the NCAA Contact Period 
During a contact period, college coaches typically visit athletes at their school, home and/or at tournaments and showcases. They use this time to get to know recruits, evaluate the athlete’s personality and meet with their family to determine if they would be a positive addition to the program and the school.

This also gives recruits a unique opportunity to get to know a coach outside of the college campus. If a coach does visit you during the contact period, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Maintain eye contact. Looking the coach in the eye demonstrates respect and shows that you are engaged in the conversation.
  • Speak respectfully. Speak eloquently and avoid using slang. While it’s important to speak honestly, you should not talk poorly about your coach, teammates or other recruits.
  • Be confident. If a coach visits you during the contact period, this is a good sign that you are high on their prospect list. Show them that you are confident in yourself and your ability to compete for their program.
  • Ask in-depth questions. Ask thoughtful questions to get a better feel for the school and determine if it’s the right fit for you. This is especially important if you have any hesitations about a program or the school.

For more information about the recruiting process, visit NCSA’s guide to contacting college coaches and create a free NCSA Recruiting Profile to ask a recruiting experts all of your questions.