Effective June 1, all NCAA Division I sports programs will return to their regular recruiting calendars. This means that each sport will be able to conduct off-campus recruiting during permissible Evaluation or Contact Periods.

As you can imagine, this has many Division I coaches excited to be “on the road again” (to quote Willie Nelson!!).

They also will be able to offer official and unofficial visits during those periods as well as during Quiet Periods (when they are not permitted to recruit off-campus).

However, some coaches will not be able to hit the road as soon as others.

For example, in the sports of Division I baseball and softball, the first week of June is ….wait for it …..a Dead Period!!!

To review the recruiting calendars for your athlete’s particular sport, download our two-month recruiting calendars for NCAA Division I and II that we update each month for every sport. You can access them here:

Get the current NCAA Recruiting Calendars.

Do you have questions and need accurate information and/or objective advice?

Contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com to set up a confidential Recruiting Rules consultation session if you have questions about the recruiting rules or various recruiting periods.

Starting June 15th NCAA Division I coaches in most sports and coaches of ALL Division II sports can initiate recruiting contact with 2023 HS Grads.

Those coaches will be permitted to make recruiting phone calls, send e-mails, instant messages, and text messages with high school athletes who have completed or will soon be completing their sophomore year.

The only Division I sports that have a date other than June 15 to initiate contact with 2023 HS graduates include:

  • January 1, 2021 – Men’s Ice Hockey
  • September 1, 2021 – Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Lacrosse and Softball (also Football for texts and emails, but for phone calls, see below)
  • April 15 to May 31, 2022 – Football can have one call per 2023 recruit in that period. Other phone calls to 2023 HS grads can’t begin until September 1, 2022.

High School athletes who will graduate in 2023 are allowed and encouraged to e-mail or text coaches prior to June 15 to let them know of your interest in their program. You can then start to gauge their level of interest in you if they initiate contact with you on or shortly after June 15.

Do You Need Help Navigating the Recruiting Rules?

If you have questions about anything related to the recruiting rules or scholarship strategies, Schedule a confidential Recruiting Rules Consultation session online, contact us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

In combination with the June 1st resumption of Division I recruiting activities, football recruits will have an opportunity to participate in a tryout when visiting a Division I campus from June 1 to 27.

In “normal” times, Basketball is the only Division I sport in which an on-campus tryout is permissible.

However, Division I Football Programs have been granted a special waiver this year that will permit them to have recruits participate in on-campus tryouts.

During an unofficial visit to a Division I campus in June (until June 27), coaches will be allowed to put recruits through a tryout that can’t exceed one hour.

Other conditions for these tryouts include:

  • A medical exam or evaluation will be required before the tryout can occur.
  • All tryout activities must be non-contact and no protective equipment may be worn by the recruit.
  • The university is not permitted to provide practice equipment or apparel for the tryout.

If you have questions about recruiting rules and/or athletic scholarships, schedule a confidential Recruiting Rules consult. Or you can send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call 913-766-1235 to schedule a session.

NCAA Division I Dead Period extended again! The recruiting “Dead Period” prohibiting in-person recruiting in all Division I sports has now been extended through May 31. This means that no official or unofficial visits to Division I campuses are permissible until after May 31 at the earliest. Division I coaches will be limited to phone, video, or electronic communication with recruits.

For a free copy of the current NCAA Recruiting Calendars, go here:  https://informedathlete.com/services/ncaa-recruiting-calendars/

Recruiting Tip for All College Levels:

When talking to student-athletes or their parents we often hear “The assistant coach that recruited me is no longer with the school.”

Because we hear those comments so often, we suggest that athletes who are being recruited spend as much time as possible with the head coach when visiting a campus. After all, the head coach is the one who decides who will be in the starting lineup.

To learn more about Recruiting Rules, visit our webpage:  https://informedathlete.com/how-we-help/recruiting-rules/

For tips and suggestions to improve your recruitment or for questions about NCAA recruiting rules, schedule a Recruiting Rules Consult Online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.

I recently saw a tweet from a recruiting service about a basketball recruit that said:

“What are you waiting on coaches? [Athlete’s name] is putting up big numbers! Who else needs to tell you numbers don’t lie?”

When I see something like this on social media, I feel the urge to call it what it is – totally misleading!

If you have a recruiting service telling your son or daughter that “It’s all about the numbers that you put up” my advice would be to walk away instead of paying the fee that the recruiting service will charge you.

  • Many college coaches – especially in team sports like baseball, basketball or football – aren’t overly impressed by just “the numbers” because your numbers can vary greatly depending upon the level of competition you were playing against when you put up those numbers.
  • There is much more that coaches take into consideration, such as recommendations from high school or club coaches, academic performance, work ethic, and how a recruit handles adversity.
  • Coaches will also evaluate a recruit’s natural ability and their technique (example: how does an offensive lineman run block compared to their pass blocking technique). Is the athlete versatile enough to play multiple positions for us?

To prospects and parents who are managing their own recruitment, I often recommend that the athletic profile they send to a coach should include examples of their leadership skills, their work ethic, and how the recruit sees themselves helping that college team compete for championships!

Do You Have Questions?

Most of you who come to our website and receive our newsletters know that we’re not a recruiting service, meaning we don’t promote prospective student-athletes to college coaches.

Our focus is ONLY on what is in the best interest for the student-athlete and their family.

To do this, we provide confidential consultations and services regarding recruiting strategies, athletic scholarships, freshman eligibility rules and requirements, and more so that athletes and families are fully informed and can make the best decision for their particular situation.

If you have questions about the recruiting rules or are interested in tips to improve your recruiting opportunities, schedule a confidential Recruiting Rules Consultation online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.

Many people have been confused because the NCAA publicly released the Division I recruiting calendars that WOULD be in effect under normal circumstances.

A few recruiting websites have posted these Division I recruiting calendars to their social media accounts, which has led to some confusion with athletes, families, and fans who follow those recruiting sites.

If you see or hear about NCAA Division I recruiting calendars that indicate that certain sports are now in a period other than a Dead Period, that is not correct.

To get the most current recruiting calendars, along with definitions of recruiting terms such as dead period, quiet period, evaluation period and more, click Send me the current NCAA Recruiting Calendars.  

The NCAA Division I Dead Period is still in effect through at least January 1, 2021.

Contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or by calling 913-766-1235 for questions about the recruiting rules or recruiting calendars.

Recently, the NCAA Division I Council extended the recruiting Dead Period through January 1, 2021.

A brief review of social media indicated that many athletes and coaches (high school, travel ball, and college coaches) are extremely frustrated with this decision. We completely understand that frustration.

The decision was made at least in part because NCAA leadership was concerned about coaches traveling across the country, as well as recruits traveling to visit campuses, and thereby increasing the spread of COVID-19.

Also, for what it’s worth, the last sentence of the NCAA press release about the dead period states:

“The majority of coaches associations also supported the extension of the dead period.”

So while a lot of frustration is directed at the NCAA, there had to be a number of coaches associations for different sports that were hesitant to travel or to have recruits visiting campus.

As a result of this action, coaches in all Division I sports are only allowed to:

  • Recruit by phone or video calls, text messaging, email, and other direct messaging.
  • Coaches can also review film and gather information on recruits by speaking with high school, junior college and/or club coaches, but are prohibited from leaving campus for recruiting purposes and can’t have face-to-face interaction with recruits or their family members.

It’s also not permissible during this Dead Period for Division I universities to offer complimentary admission for recruits or for high school or junior college coaches to a football or basketball game, or any other sports event that may take place on campus during this period.

Do you have questions and need assistance?

If you have questions about your athlete’s specific situation, we provide confidential phone consultations to answer questions and discuss options available to your athlete. Schedule a confidential Scholarship Strategies consult online, or you can send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call 913-766-1235.

Coaches at NCAA Division I programs continue to be “stuck” in a recruiting Dead Period through at least the end of September. This means that Division I coaches are prohibited from inviting recruits for campus visits or from having any face-to-face interaction with recruits.

For some Division I sports, September 1st opened up opportunities for coaches to at least communicate directly with 2022 high school graduates.

  • For the sports of Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Lacrosse and Softball, coaches can place recruiting calls and can send recruiting correspondence (emails, direct messages via social media, etc.) to recruits in the high school class of 2022 starting on September 1.
  • Division I football coaches (FBS and FCS) can also begin sending recruiting emails and direct messages to 2022 high school graduates starting on September 1. Recruiting phone calls, however, can only be initiated to 2021 high school graduates as of September 1.

We know that these recruiting rules for the various sports can be confusing. For questions about the recruiting rules, or for our tips on recruiting strategies, schedule a Recruiting Strategies consult online, or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call 913-766-1235.

The NCAA Division II Administrative Committee voted last week to extend the recruiting Quiet Period for coaches in all Division II sports through August 31.

This means that Division II coaches continue to be prohibited from conducting any off-campus recruiting activity through at least the end of August.

They are, however, permitted to call, email or exchange text messages with recruits during a Quiet Period, as well as have face-to-face interaction with recruits and family members during a recruit’s visit to the college campus.

In NCAA Division I, coaches are in a recruiting Dead Period through at least the end of August. No face-to-face conversation is permitted at any location during a Dead Period.

Many coaches are dealing with these recruiting restrictions virtually, by watching live streamed events or through recruiting video.

If you would like to schedule a confidential discussion to review how these recruiting restrictions may impact your prospective student-athlete, schedule a confidential recruiting rules consult online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or give us a call at 913-766-1235.

Last week, the NCAA Division I Council approved a very important change to the scholarship calculation rules that may benefit many student-athletes and families.

For Division I student-athletes who are or will be receiving an athletic scholarship in their sport, most institutional financial aid awards that are based on need or academic merit will be exempt from counting against a team’s scholarship limit starting this Fall.

Under the NCAA rules for Division I that have been in place for many years, when an athlete was receiving both an athletic and an academic or a need-based scholarship from their university, the combined total value of both or all scholarships had to be counted against the team limit in that sport.

That is unless the student-athlete had academic credentials to permit the academic or need-based aid to be exempt from the calculation.

Those academic credentials are/have been:

  • A cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale (or a college GPA of at least 3.00 for a continuing athlete to exempt the renewal of an academic scholarship).
  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of the athlete’s high school graduating class.
  • A minimum ACT sum score of at least 105.
  • A minimum SAT score of 1200 (critical reading and math) for SAT tests taken before March 1, 2016, or a minimum SAT score of 1270 (critical reading and math) for tests taken on or after March 1, 2016.

With the new rule taking effect on August 1 of this year, academic scholarships will be exempt from counting against team scholarship limits regardless of whether an athlete achieved the standards noted above. Most need-based financial aid awards will also be exempt. This is basically the same rule that was approved for NCAA Division II two years ago.

If you have questions and want to discuss the impact of this new rule on your athlete ,schedule a confidential Scholarship Strategies consult online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.