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NCAA Bans in-person Recruiting till April 11th

NCAA Bans in-person Recruiting till April 11th

Despite this recruiting rule change, recruiting will not stop completely. Similar to a “dead period” coaches and recruits can still communicate over email, phone, text and social media.

How does this impact seniors in the class of 2020 and college camps in the spring and summer? Find out here.

What recruits need to know about the new NCAA rules


  • All in-person recruiting is suspended through April 15th
  • Colleges are advised to suspend official visits and unofficial visits to campus
  • All recruits should check with any coaches they have scheduled visits with
  • Coaches and recruits can still communicate via phone and written correspondence (email, text and social media DM’s)
  • The NCAA will reconsider the rules on April 15th and decide what to do next

What are the NCAA Dead Period rules?

During dead periods coaches are prohibited from any in-person contact with recruits or their families. While the NCAA’s new rule is not identical to a dead period, you can better understand what to expect from now until April 15 with NCSA’s guide to dead periods.

What does in-person recruiting mean?

In-person recruiting refers to college coaches traveling off campus contact to meet with and/or scout recruits. Essentially, the NCAA is trying to keep coaches “off the road” by advising them to suspend in-person recruiting at the athlete’s school, camp or anywhere else.

What this means for recruits


  • Impact on on-campus contact: Call coaches directly to reschedule any on- or off-campus meeting you already have on the calendar.
  • Impact on off-campus contact: Coaches and recruits are still able to communicate via email, phone, and private messages like DM’s as long as they follow NCAA recruiting rules.
  • As college coaches are now heavily relying on digital communication, it’s crucial to build a competitive profile and continue to manage your recruiting process.
  • How recruiting still happens during a dead period
  • As long as it is within the contact rules, coaches and recruits can communicate digitally via phone, email, text and social media DM’s. Coaches are also still actively evaluating recruits online by watching film, researching grades and searching recruit databases.
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