Posted 2019-01-08. by isportsRecruiting
There are a number of important guidelines to follow during the football recruiting process. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in sanctions against the college football coach, the educational institution, and the Student-Athlete.
College Football Recruiting GuidelinesThere are a number of important guidelines to follow during the NCAA football recruiting process. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in sanctions against the college football coach, the educational institution, and the student-athlete. A contact is defined as a face-to-face interaction between the student-athlete and their parents or guardians. The head football coach is permitted to make a physical contact with the student-athlete or parents over the duration of one calendar day. This interaction may occur at the student-athlete high school or away from the campus. The head coach may invite an assistant to help with the process, provided that the assistant also adheres to the NCAA rules.
If the student-athlete is competing, the college football coach staff is allowed to telephone or send electronic or written correspondence to the student-athlete only if they have consented to the outreach and it takes place during the admissible times. Any other contact outside of written and telephone communication is not permitted during an event in which the student-athlete is a competitor. This rule even applies if the student-athlete is on an official or unofficial visit.
• Competition or before the contest while at the event site.
• The moment the student-athlete is officially participating in any activities related to the athletics event through the completion of the competition. This includes team meetings, press conferences, and meals.
• The entirety of the athletics event, including competitions that stretch over more than one day. This contact is not allowed until the student-athlete is released from the high school coach or administrator.
Understanding the NCAA recruiting calendar can help student-athletes and their parents navigate the often complicated process of committing to further their education while playing sports at the collegiate level. Member schools of the NCAA are required to abide by this official calendar, serving as a guide for both the colleges and the student-athletes. There are four defined periods of this process:
CONTACT PERIOD: During this period, college coaches are permitted to have face-to-face contact with prospective college student-athletes as well as their parents or guardians. College coaches and recruiters may also visit the high school athletes at their school and watch them compete and practice. This is the most active time period of the recruiting process.
EVALUATION PERIOD: Like the contact period, coaches may visit high schools and watch the athlete compete and may also write or call the recruit and their parents. However, unlike the contact period, the coach may not have face-to-face interaction with the recruit outside of the college campus.
QUIET PERIOD: The restrictions intensify during the quiet period. During this time, coaches are allowed to call or write the recruit but the only in-person interaction must occur on the college campus. Recruiters are not allowed to visit the high school and watch the student-athletes compete.
DEAD PERIOD: As the most restrictive period, the dead period prohibits all in-person interaction and only allows written and phone communication.