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Recruiting season must seem to never seem to end for coaches and their families. We are all guilty of sometimes complaining about working too hard, too long of hours, or having to work weekends. But imagine the pressure of coaching at the big time level of a major college football program.
The head coach has the majority of the pressure, but the assistant coaches have plenty on their respective shoulders as well.
Just for example the recruiting calendar, the NCAA web site has two and a half pages devoted just to the dates at which coaches can call, see, or in home visit, each perspective student athlete.
I’ll list the basic dates for you, but if you want more visit the ncaa.org site.
August 1 thru November 28 – Quiet period
November 29 thru January 30 – Contact period
(This period alone has 10 exceptions)
January 31 – Quiet period
February 1 thru 4 – Dead period
February 5 thru April14 – Quiet period
April 15 thru May 31 Evaluation period
June 1 thru July 31 – Quiet period
There it is, in print for all to see. It’s as simple as can be.
What’s that? What is the difference between a quiet period, and a dead period? I am glad you asked. Let’s look into the NCAA rules for their definition of the different periods.
A.) Quiet period – The college coach may not have any in-person contact with a perspective student athlete or their parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch an athlete perform via a visit to your school. A coach is allowed to call or write to the perspective student athlete, or their parents during this time. A perspective student athlete and/or their parents may visit the campus at this time.
B.) Dead period – The coach may not have any in-person contact with any perspective student athlete or their parents at any time during this period. The coach may write a perspective student athlete or their parents during this time.
C.) Evaluation period – The college coach may watch you play, or visit a school, but may not have any in-person contact with the perspective student athlete or their parents. The coach may write or call either during this period.
Now, we have only covered the calendar, and a few definitions here. It’s easy to understand how minor infractions can occur, with a rules book so laden.
Keep up the good Coaches, and as always,