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5 Questions Families are Asking About College Recruiting During COVID-19

How are college coaches recruiting during the pandemic?


With the suspension of in-person recruiting, college coaches are heavily relying on virtual recruiting to communicate with student-athletes. We suggest that all student-athletes create an online recruiting profiles, so they are easily searchable by college coaches looking for to fill open rosters spots. Be sure to keep your profile up-to-date with key stats and measurables, highlight video and important academic information, like GPA, standardized test scores and a high school transcript. Create a free NCSA Recruiting Profile today.

What’s the difference between a dead period and a quiet period?


The NCAA D1 Committee extended the recruiting dead period through at least August 31, which means college coaches cannot talk to recruits in-person on or off-campus. During this time, athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels.

NCAA D2 programs are currently observing a quiet period through at least July 31, which allows coaches and recruits to communicate via text, call, email or direct message, as well as in-person while on the coach’s college campus. During this time, coaches are prohibited from engaging in any off-campus contact with recruits or their families.

When can college coaches contact my athlete?


While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the college recruiting process in many ways, coaches are still able to contact recruits via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels following NCAA’s recruiting calendars. For most sports, this means starting June 15 after the athlete’s sophomore year. View tips on how to communicate with college coaches.

Does the ban on in-person recruiting impact coaches’ ability to attend travel sports tournaments?
Yes. The NCAA dead period prohibits D1 coaches from recruiting student-athletes in person, both on and off campus, until at least August 31. D2 coaches are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes in person, off campus until at least July 31. This means there will be no D1 college coaches attending sports tournaments to evaluate and recruit talent before September 1, and no D2 coaches before August 1.

How can I create highlight video with competitions canceled?


College coaches might not be able to watch recruits compete in person at the moment, but there is still value in attending tournaments this summer. As sports events resume, recruits who are comfortable with competing can use these events as an opportunity to capture footage for highlight video that they can send to college coaches. That being said, recruits should research events to determine if they are being run according to CDC guidelines with the best interest of the athlete’s in mind.

For recruits who are unable to attend or don’t have access to competitions, coaches are open to reviewing skills footage. Athletes should put together video of them training at homes to show off their skillset and dedication to becoming a stronger athlete.

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