NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period Through July 31, 2020

Less than 2 weeks after extending the Division 1 Recruiting dead period through June 30, the NCAA has again extended the dead period, this time until July 31.

The announcement comes as Division 1 schools are preparing to allow student-athletes to resume some in-person conditioning workouts on June 1.

“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at the University of Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

While coaches are still allowed to recruit via texting, phone calls, and email as in a regularly scheduled dead period, they cannot have any in-person recruiting meetings with high school athletes. That includes campus visits and off-campus visits.

For swimming & diving, there is typically just one dead period in a calendar year: Monday to Thursday of the first week of the signing period in November. That fell from November 11-14 of 2019 this past season.

The Division I dead period was initially instituted in March to last through April 15 in the wake of winter NCAA championship cancellations. On April 1, the NCAA announced the dead period would extend through May 31. As long as the dead period is in place, there will be no coordinated recruiting trips whatsoever, on- or off-campus.

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4 months ago

Class of 2021 really feeling the impact

Reply to  OoooBoy
4 months ago

Agreed, and sadly not only the swimmers that didn’t get Spring Championships, but there are a lot of spring sports athletes in other sports feeling it, especially baseball where they were hoping to play D3. Throw on top of it that the SAT portal finally opened up last night for August testing and the site was down for hours due to volume.

SoCal Swim Dad
Reply to  OoooBoy
4 months ago

Agreed. Disastrous for Class of 2021. Kids are committing without visiting campuses. Prepare for a wave of de-commitments and transfers.

4 months ago

Really hope this is the last of the delays. August is not a good time to take recruiting trips with school (hopefully) starting, not to mention trying to take standardized tests that were missed. Hope coaches are flexible…

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