NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period to July 31st

Quierra Luck

The NCAA Division I Council has now extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.

During a dead period a collegiate coach may not have face-to-face contact with a college bound student/recruit or their parents. They're also not allowed to watch athletes compete or visit them in any capacity. Phone calls and letters are allowed.

The committee will allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe a student-athlete but by the athlete's request only. 

“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 Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

NCAA statement below,

The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.

Additionally, the committee decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.The decision was supported by the Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Prevention and Performance Subcommittee. 

The subcommittee encouraged schools that decide to allow their strength and conditioning coaches to observe voluntary workouts to proactively consider the school’s overarching responsibility to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each student-athlete. More specifically, the subcommittee stressed that schools should plan for how the strength and conditioning coach should respond if they observe an unsafe workout environment or in the event that a medical emergency occurs during a voluntary session.

The committee will continue to explore the opportunity for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary workouts virtually, as they do during in-person, on-campus voluntary workouts.

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