For college football coaches across the country, there is a great deal of time spend on the athletic recruiting process. It is never an easy journey, especially during the fall when coaches are trying to worry about their current teams and potential future players. But these coaches will get a much deserved holiday break because of what is called the recruiting dead period.
The recruiting dead period surrounds Christmas and the New Year’s Holiday in regards to prospective high school athletes. During the period of December 16th until January 4th, college coaches can only call each prospect one time per week. While these coaches will still be calling pretty often, that one call is NCAA mandated and you are not allowed to call at any other time.
Other things that may not occur during the recruiting dead period include official visits, unofficial visits, evaluations, visits to high schools, or even speeches at banquets. Because the college coaches are so limited in what they can do, the NCAA does do them and their families a favor over the holiday season. It will also allow the college coaches to recharge their battery for a vital month of the recruiting process.
This differs from the contact period, which just ended, because coaches are allowed to make unlimited calls to prospects, visits high schools, and do further evaluation. The recruiting process is basically put on hold for two weeks over the break. While this may be a good time for recruits to visit schools, it is a better time for the coaches to focus on bowl practices or their family.
Here is what the NCAA says about the dead period: “A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospect student athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except by prospective student athlete who visits an institution as part of a group.”
The information above does apply to the Division I level for football but is similar in a number of other sports and levels of play as well.
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