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Quiet vs. Dead Period: What's the difference?

To help student-athletes understand these recruiting periods, we’ve explained the difference between a dead and quiet period and provided tips for recruiting during this time.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period, college coaches are prohibited from off-campus in-person contact with recruits or their families. This means coaches cannot watch athletes compete in-person, visit their high school or talk to them at their home. The NCAA created this period in an effort to give highly sought after recruits a break from college coaches visits at competitions and their homes.

So, what are NCAA Division 2 college coaches permitted to do during the quiet period running from June 1-30? Coaches and recruits are still able to communicate via text, call, email or direct message, as well as have face-to-face contact while on the coach’s college campus. While this may seem like a win for recruits after months of suspended in-person recruiting, many college campuses remain closed, so recruits and coaches still may not have the opportunity to gather on campus for in-person conversations.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period, all in-person contact between college coaches and recruits is strictly prohibited, meaning coaches are not able to talk to recruits on-campus, at their high school, at sports camps or even when running into them while out. While this is the most restrictive of all the recruiting periods, athletes and coaches are still allowed to communicate via phone, email, social media and other digital communication channels.

What do to during the new quiet and dead periods?

To help student-athletes manage their recruiting, we’ve created a recruiting guide with a checklist of things all college-bound athletes can focus on during these periods. Below is a preview of just a few tips for managing your athletic recruiting process. For the full checklist, download NCSA’s guide to managing your recruiting.

  • Update your NCSA recruiting profile: If you don’t already have a NCSA recruiting profile, join for free here.
  • Take a virtual college tour: While college campuses remain closed, explore college campuses virtually.
  • Connect with coaches on social media: Get regular updates from coaches or athletic programs by following them on Twitter or Instagram.
  • Email college coaches: Emailing coaches is one of the best ways to stay in touch during this time.
     
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