The NCAA Division I Council voted to allow colleges to resume regular recruiting activities on Thursday, according to ESPN.
“We are delighted to announce that as of June 1, all sports will return to their normal recruiting calendars,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at University of Pennsylvania. “We want to thank all prospective student-athletes, their families, coaches and current student-athletes for their patience as we determined the best way to move forward safely with recruiting in Division I.”
The Council instituted a dead period, banning all in-person contact between prospective student-athletes and college coaches, on March 13, 2020 in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, it has been extended eight times, limiting college recruiting activities to calls, texts, Skypes, Zooms and other remote technologies.
The move was largely expected after the Council’s April meeting, as the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations has been on the rise and the rate of infection has been on the decline in the United States. The Council acknowledged, however, that the resumption of recruiting activities could vary among colleges based on different state and local health regulations, but that the NCAA’s nation-wide ban on face-to-face recruiting would end on May 31.
Different sports will pick up where they would have been in their recruiting cycles at this time of the year. Football and basketball, which have their own calendars, will begin with quiet periods and will be allowed to hold camps and clinics in June and July. All other sports will resume regular recruiting on June 1. That means many colleges are gearing up for a robust month of on-campus visits, the first allowed in 15 months.
Furthermore, on Wednesday, the Council voted to allow a new uniform NCAA transfer rule, whereby student-athletes in all sports will be allowed a one-time transfer without having to sit out a season.
“Allowing student-athletes a one-time opportunity to transfer and compete immediately provides a uniform, equitable and understandable approach that benefits all student-athletes,” said Council vice chair Jon Steinbrecher.
The adopted legislation must be ratified by the Division I Board of Directors, which meets on April 28.