NCAA Recruiting Calendar Explained

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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NCAA Football: NCAA-Press Conference

In an effort to regulate recruiting, college coaches must adhere to the NCAA recruiting calendar for their respective sport. In all, there are four different periods that affect recruiting: Contact, Evaluation, Quiet and Dead periods.

Contact Period

The contact period (in most cases there are multiple depending on the sport) is when coaches may make unlimited phone calls to prospective student-athletes. They may also make in-person contact on campus and off-campus. During contact periods, coaches will often visit the homes or high schools of prospective student-athletes.

Evaluation Period

During an evaluation period, a college coach is restricted to simple observing of a prospective student-athlete. In-person contact is not permitted at off-campus locations. Telephone calls during the evaluation period are limited to one call per week, per prospective student-athlete, with a week defined as Sunday through Saturday.

Quiet Period

A quiet period restricts in-person contact with prospective student-athletes. During this period, in-person contact is only permissible within the confines of the institution’s campus. Telephone calls made during the quiet period are restricted to one per week, per prospective student-athlete.

Dead Period

The dead period is often the most misunderstood recruiting period by fans and recruits. A dead period prohibits in-person contact at any location between a coach and a prospective student-athlete. However, telephone calls are still permitted at a rate of one per week, per prospective student-athlete. In addition to telephone calls, coaches are also allowed to write recruits using e-mail or printed letters. At no time is a coach allowed to text message a prospective student-athlete, regardless of whether the prospective student-athlete sends a text message to a coach.


There are many exceptions within college recruiting calendars. Two in particular surround official visits and National Signing Day. When a prospective student-athlete is making an official visit to an institution, members of that institution’s coaching staff may make unlimited telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete in the five days leading up to the official visit. Also, during the National Signing Day period for football, coaches may make unlimited telephone calls to prospective student-athletes in the 48 hours prior to 7:00am on National Signing Day and the 48 hours following 7:00am on National Signing Day. In all other sports that acknowledge National Signing Day, unlimited phone calls may be made in the 48 hours following 7:00am on the first day of a National Letter of Intent signing period.

Link To NCAA Recruiting Calendars