4 Building blocks of recruiting

Knowing the NCAA recruiting periods is sure to help yo build a solid recruiting strategy.

When I went to school a school day consisted of 7 class periods. Today, many schools use block scheduling reducing the 7 class period down to 4 class blocks. Block classes allow for classes to longer periods of time. Often, block classes don’t meet every day, so as a student its important to know your class schedule. To borrow an example from school, go to the wrong class the teacher is sure to bust you. Likewise, break the recruiting rules during the recruiting period and the NCAA is going to bust you.  

As a Director of Scouting and Recruiting part of my responsibilities to you is to make you aware of the key recruiting information to get you seen, scouted and signed. Like block scheduling there are 4 recruiting periods that you need to know. Each period has a specifically scheduled purpose and it is very important that student-athletes and parents know the specific guidelines of each period. Recruiting built on these blocks of knowledge is sure to be solid.

4 RECRUITING PERIODS

Evaluation period

During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period. KEY: coaches can evaluate you (watch you play), but can’t talk with you.

Quiet 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. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time. KEY: Usually happens around  NLI Signing day and during the NCAA coaches conventions. No evaluations allowed, no face to face communication permitted, only written and phone communication is permissible.

Dead period

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. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period. KEY: No evaluations allowed, communication is ok, but not face to face.

Contact Period

A college coach may have in-person contact with an prospective student-athletes and/or his or her parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch prospective student-athletes play or visit their high school. Athletes and parents may visit a college campus and the coach may write and telephone prospective student athletes during this period.” KEY; this is the most open recruiting period of all. Only frequency of verbal communication or campus visits are restricted. For many juniors and senior athletes this is also time where scholarship are offered, agreements are drawn up and athletes make commitments to colleges

If you have any questions about recruiting contact periods get in touch with me by phone, text or email. We’ll arrange a time to talk it through.

~Coach Mike

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