By now, it is likely that you are aware that the NCAA has once again extended the recruiting Dead Period. While the dead period does limit in person evaluation there are plenty of ways you can use the dead period to your advantage to get looks from coaches.
To quickly review from the newsletter last month the Dead Period extension means that college coaches and recruits are not permitted to have
- in person evaluations
- official campus visits
- in person contact
So, even though coaches may not have in person contact, campus visits or personal evaluations college coaches can communicate with student-athletes and their parents.
Again, these are typical Dead Period restrictions. However, like any other Dead Period the recruiting calendar, the extension does not stop the recruiting process.
Generally, the purpose of the Dead Period is to give college coaches opportunity to digitally scout, research, and yes, recruit student athletes! However, relating to this extension the talk is that the reason for the recent extension is to allow coaches to focus on transitioning athletes back to camps and to allow time to acclimated. While, this reason may be more applicable to winter and spring sports more than fall, since many college fall sports programs began the transition process in June.
So, if anything this a promising sign that the college season is about to be underway. In turn, if the college season is underway, then the Dead Period will most surely be lifted.
Now here are some ideas that you can use to take advantage of the things athletes and coaches are allowed to do during the dead period.Ideas:
- Make more game footage highlights
- Make game recaps
- Film hitting and fielding video
- Film workouts video
- Film training sessions (workouts, agility work, etc)
- Film agility workouts
- Attend online prospect days / virtual visits
- Tag me on your post for social media (@michaelwoosley)
The goal here is to keep you recruiting moving forward by providing content for coaches to review. To do this, you have to be creative, stay focused and use the resources that you have available.
A really great interview and article about ways to use the Dead Period to your advantages is to take from Sports Illustrated from June 25, 2020
Watch the interview and read the article here.