The Importance of June 15th for College Athletes & High School Recruits
June 15th is an important date for some college athletes as well as for many high school recruits.
Let’s first review the situations for which June 15 can be important for current college athletes.
It can be important for those who hope to transfer from any four-year college to an NCAA Division II athletic program, as well as for current junior college athletes who were signed to an NJCAA Letter of Intent during the 2021-22 school year.
4-4 Transfers hoping to transfer to an NCAA D2 program:
For athletes currently at an NCAA school and who want to be eligible this Fall upon transfer to an NCAA D2 program, June 15 is the deadline by which the athlete must provide written notification to their current school that they want to be entered into the NCAA Transfer Portal. If such an athlete doesn’t provide written notification to their current school by June 15, they will lose out on the opportunity to be eligible for competition in their first year at an NCAA Division II program.
For 4-year college athletes who don’t have access to the NCAA Transfer Portal (such as current NAIA athletes), those athletes should make sure they request written permission from their current school to be allowed to contact NCAA Division II programs about a possible transfer no later than June 15. Such a request should be sent to their current athletic department via email so that the date of the request can be verified if it becomes an issue.
NJCAA Letter of Intent signees:
For athletes who attended an NJCAA two-year college during the 2021-22 academic year as a Letter of Intent signee; June 15 is the date by which notification of renewal of the athlete’s Letter of Intent for the 2022-23 academic year is supposed to be provided by their college.
An NJCAA athlete who isn’t signed to a second-year scholarship by June 15 (which is supposed to be in the form of a new Letter of Intent) becomes recruitable by any other NJCAA college starting on June 16.
June 15th can also be an important date for High School recruits
High School recruits in many sports can begin to receive direct recruiting communication from NCAA Division I and Division II coaches as outlined below.
NCAA Division I recruiting information:
June 15 is the first date when most NCAA Division I coaches will be able to place recruiting phone calls and send emails/messages to athletes who have just completed their sophomore year of high school.
The following Division I sports are the only ones that have a date other than June 15 as the earliest date for placing recruiting calls and sending emails/messages to prospects:
- Baseball – Sept. 1 of junior year
- Women’s Basketball – June 1 at conclusion of sophomore year
- Football – Sept. 1 of senior year except for one call from 4/15 to 5/31 of junior year
- Men’s Ice Hockey – Jan. 1 of sophomore year
- Lacrosse – Sept. 1 of junior year
- Softball – Sept. 1 of junior year
Football does have an exception to the above date regarding emails sent to prospects. Those can be sent to prospects beginning September 1 of a prospect’s junior year in high school.
NCAA Division II recruiting information:
For recruiting by NCAA Division II colleges, June 15 is the date when coaches in ALL sports can start to contact recruits who have completed their sophomore year of HS via phone, email, or direct messaging.
Division II coaches in all sports can also accept incoming calls and talk to prospects who call them at any time.
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