NCAA Football Recruiting Calendars and Rules

NCAA Recruiting Calendars

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NCAA Recruiting Rules

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NCAA Football Recruiting Calendars

Not sure why your phone isn't ringing or why a coach hasn't text you back? The NCAA has recruiting calendars in place that change each year to allow college coaches certain access with recruits.

The current NCAA Division 1 Men’s Football recruiting calendar runs August 1st, 2019 through July 31st, 2020.

August 1-31, 2019 [except for (1) below] — Dead Period
(1) Forty-eight hours before a home contest (on the institution’s campus or in a facility normally used for its home games) that occurs in August or on September 1 or 2 through 48 hours
after the conclusion of the contest — Quiet Period

September 1 through November 30, 2019 [except for (1) below] — Quiet Period
(1) Forty-two (54 for U.S. service academies) evaluation days during the months of September, October and November selected at the discretion of the institution; authorized off-campus recruiters shall not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution on more than one calendar day during this period — Evaluation Period

December 1 through February 1, 2020 [except for (1) and (2) below]:
Six in-person off-campus contacts per prospective student-athlete shall be permitted during this time period with not more than one permitted in any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) or partial calendar week — Contact Period
(1) December 15, 2019 — Quiet Period
(2) December 16, 2019, through January 16, 2020 [except for (i) through (iii) below] — Dead Period
(i) The seven days immediately before the first day of classes of the institution’s second academic term that are not part of the contact period (applicable only to prospective student-athletes who intend to enroll midyear) — Quiet Period
(ii) December 15-21, 2019, for National Service Academies:* — Contact Period
(iii) January 10-12, 2020, for National Service Academies — Quiet Period

February 2, 2020 — Quiet Period

February 3-29, 2020 — Dead Period

March 1 through April 14, 2020 — Quiet Period

(A) April 15 through May 31, 2020 [except for (1) below]:
One hundred sixty-eight evaluation days [216 for U.S. service academies excluding Memorial Day and Sundays selected at the discretion of the member institution as provided in (1) below] — Evaluation Period
(1) An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of a prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academics evaluation only and
shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

Those days in April/May not selected in (A) above for evaluation opportunities — Quiet Period

June 1 through July 31, 2020 [except for below] — Quiet Period
(1) June 22 through July 24, 2020 — Dead Period

The current NCAA Division I Men’s FCS recruiting calendar runs August 1st, 2019 through July 31st, 2020.

August 1-31, 2019 [except for (1) below] — Dead Period
(1) Forty-eight hours before a home contest (on the institution’s campus or in a facility normally used for its home games) that occurs in August or on September 1 or 2 through 48 hours after the conclusion of the contest — Quiet Period

September 1 through November 30, 2019 [except for (1) below] — Quiet Period
(1) Forty-two evaluation days during the months of September, October and November selected at the discretion of the institution; authorized off-campus recruiters shall not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution on more than one calendar day during this period — Evaluation Period

December 1, 2019, through February 1, 2020 [except for (1) and (2) below] — Contact Period
Six in-person off-campus contacts per prospective student-athlete shall be permitted during this time period with not more than one permitted in any one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) or partial calendar week.
(1) December 15, 2019 (applicable to all prospective student-athletes) — Quiet Period
(2) December 16, 2019, through January 16, 2020 [applicable to all prospective student-athletes]
[except for (i) below] — Dead Period
(i) The seven days immediately before the first day of classes of the institution’s second academic term that are not part of the contact period (applicable only to the prospective student-athletes who intend to enroll midyear) — Quiet Period

February 2, 2020 — Quiet Period

February 3-6, 2020 — Dead Period

February 7 through April 14, 2020 — Quiet Period

(A) April 15 through May 31, 2020 [except for (1) below] — Evaluation Period
One hundred sixty-eight evaluation days (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) selected at the discretion of the member institution [as provided in (1) below]:
(1) An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution’s coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of a prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academics evaluation only, and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

Those days in April/May not selected in (A) above for evaluation opportunities — Quiet Period

June 1 through July 31, 2020 — Quiet Period

The current NCAA Division 2 Men’s Football recruiting calendar runs June 1st, 2019 through May 31st, 2020.

June 1, 2019, to the beginning of the prospective student-athlete’s high school or two-year college football season (as determined by the first regularly scheduled practice immediately preceding the start of the regular season) — Quiet Period

During the prospective student-athlete’s high school or two-year college football season (as determined by the first regularly scheduled practice immediately preceding the start of the regular
season) — Evaluation Period

November 1, 2019, through December 1, 2019 [except for (1) below] — Evaluation Period
(1) For two-year college prospective student-athletes, the conclusion of the prospective student-athlete’s two-year college football season (i.e., the conclusion of the institution’s last regularly scheduled contest rather than the conclusion of the institution’s final postseason contest) through November 30 — Contact Period

December 2, 2019, through March 9, 2020 [except for (1-3) below] — Contact Period
(1) December 16 (7 a.m.) – 18 (7 a.m.), 2019, for all two year college prospective student-athletes who intend to enroll midyear — Dead Period
(2) January 13-15, 2020 — Dead Period
(3) February 3 (7 a.m.) – 5 (7 a.m.), 2020 — Dead Period

March 10 through May 31, 2020 [except for (f) below] — Quiet Period

April 15 through May 31, 2020 [except for (1) below] — Evaluation Period
(1) Four weeks (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) selected at the discretion of the member institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics.

*Authorized coaching staff members may evaluate a high school football all-star game any time of the year, provided the game occurs within the state in which the member institution is located.

NCAA Football Recruiting Rules

The recruitment process can be an overwhelming task if you are not prepared; therefore, this section is dedicated to providing student-athletes with the rules of recruiting for freshman, sophomore, junior, and seniors. Prospective student-athletes should know when contacts, visits, and other important recruiting tactics can take place.

NCAA Division 1 Football Recruiting Rules

It is important for potential prospects to know the the NCAA Division 1 Football Recruiting Rules. Athletes and coaches have certain restrictions when it comes to college golf recruiting. Ensure your eligibility by following the NCAA recruiting rules.

As a Sophomore in high school

Recruiting Tactic As a Sophomore
Recruiting Material
You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires, nonathletic institutional publications, and NCAA educational material published by the NCAA only.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach cannot call you.
Off-Campus Contact Not Permitted
Official Visits Not Permitted
Unofficial Visits Allowed

As a Junior in High School

Recruiting Tactic As a Junior
Recruiting Material
You can begin to receive recruiting material and information from the coach starting September 1st
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call you once between April 15 and May 31.
Electronic Correspondence (i.e. texts, IM, email.)
All forms of electronic correspondence allowed starting September 1st of Junior Year

Correspondence must be private between athlete & coach.

Off-Campus Contact Allowed August 1st.
Official Visits Permissible April 1st through the Sunday prior to the last Wednesday in June.
Prospects are allowed one visit per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1 schools, and unlimited for D2, D3 and NAIA schools.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

As a Senior in High School

Recruiting Tactic As a Senior
Recruiting Material You can receive material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach can call once per week starting September 1st.
During contact periods college coaches can call unlimited.
Electronic Correspondence (i.e. texts, IM, email.) All forms of electronic correspondence allowed starting September 1st of Junior Year.
Correspondence must be private between athlete & coach.
Off-Campus Contact
July 1st prior to senior year (limited to contact periods).
Official Visits Allowed beginning September 1st.
Prospects are allowed one visit per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1 schools, and unlimited for D2, D3 and NAIA schools.
Unofficial visits Unlimited

 

Other important information

  • College coaches have 42 evaluation days to recruit you during September, October, and November of your academic senior year.
  • College coaches have 168 evaluation days to recruit you during spring evaluation period.
    During your senior year a college coach cannot evaluate you more than 3 times, once during the fall and the other two between April 15th and May 31st.
  • Limit of 6 off-campus contacts per athlete and only one per week.
  • Head football coaches can’t recruit you between April 15th and May 31st.
  • During a contact period college coaches can make only one visit per week to your high school.

NCAA Division 2 Football Recruiting Rules

It is important for potential prospects to know the the NCAA Division 2 Football Recruiting Rules. Athletes and coaches have certain restrictions when it comes to college golf recruiting. Ensure your eligibility by following the NCAA recruiting rules.

As a Sophomore in high school

Recruiting Tactic As a Sophomore
Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
After June 15th coaches can call, text, and email you unlimited.
Off-Campus Contact After June 15 of your Sophomore year, these contacts are unlimited.
Official Visits Allowed beginning June 15th after your sophomore year.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

As a Junior in high school

Recruiting Tactic As a Junior
Recruiting Material You can begin to receive recruiting material and information from the coach.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call, text, and email you unlimited.
Off-Campus Contact Unlimited
Official Visits Allowed beginning June 15th after your sophomore year.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

As a Senior in high school

Recruiting Tactic As a Senior
Recruiting Material You can receive material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call, text, and email you unlimited.
Off-Campus Contact Unlimited
Official Visits Allowed.
You get one per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1, and unlimited visits to D2, D3 and NAIA schools.
Unofficial visits Unlimited

 

Other important information

  • Division 2 does not have any rules on the number of evaluations per student athletes.
  • College coaches cannot contact you on competition or practice days until your event is finished, and you are dismissed by the proper authority (like your high school coach or athletic director).
  • During a contact period college coaches can make only one visit per week to your high school.