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It is now the NCAA evaluation period. What does that mean?

Written by: on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018


Below you will find definitions of each period in the NCAA recruiting calendar that are important to know:


  • Evaluation period – During this period D1 & D2 coaches can watch a player in person or visit their school. Coaches can’t communicate face to face with the player while not on campus. They can talk to coaches, parents, visit schools, attend camps, etc.  They CAN email, use twitter or call the player before or after their evaluation.

  • Contact period – During this time anything goes Coaches can text, direct message, email a prospect as long as it’s a permitted method of contact by the NCAA. Examples of this are in home, school, tournament visits. If you get a visit from a coach during this period, you know they are interested. Use this time to ask as many questions as possible. Not only does the coach get to know you personally, you get to know the coach outside of football. It’s a good tip to BE PREPARED at all times to get a visit from a coach. Dress/appearance is key. Be on time to school, know your current GPA and Core course load.   Parents must remember, you are also being recruited. Let your athlete be the adult, don’t do all the talking.

  • Dead period – No in person contact or evaluation whether on campus or anywhere else. Players can still contact the coaches via text, direct message, email or any other method approved by the NCAA.

  • Quiet period – During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus.  A coach may not visit their high schools  or watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on their college’s campus). Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

**Division 3 schools do not have recruiting calendars and can contact/evaluate players throughout the year. Division 3 schools cannot offer athletic scholarship money, only academic help.

For more information, see NCAA RECRUITING CALENDARS

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