NCAA Basktball Recruiting Calendar

The following might only interesting for the really hard core recruiting nerds like me, but the start of March not only welcomes in the basketball tournament season but also kicks off the heart of the spring recruiting period. The next couple of weeks will make or break many schools spring recruiting class. Next week (March 16th – 22nd) is what is known as a “contact period”. This is one of a few times during the year when schools coaches can meat or talk with coaches in person out side of a schools campus. This is the key week when the head coach can set up in home meeting with recruits and their families. It can be extremely busy time as you can imagine especially if a coach is recruiting all across the country. It is also a make or break time for coaches, because a lot of recruits and their parents final decision will be based heavily on how this in house meeting goes. Below is the calendar for the spring recruiting period. I have also included some links to the NCAA official basketball recruiting site as well as a nifty color ,pdf recruiting calendar put out by the NCAA


Jan- March 15th is an “Evaluation Period”

March 16th – March 22nd is a “Contact Period”

March 23rd- March 31st is an “Evaluation Period”

April 1st is a “Quiet Period”

April 2nd – April 9th until noon is a “Dead period”

April 9th @12:01 pm – April 12th is a “Contact Period”

April 15th – Start of the Spring signing period

April 13th – April 16th is a “Dead period”

April 17th – April 22th is a “Contact Period”

April 23rd – May 20th is a “Quiet Period”

May 25th – End of the Spring signing period

Definitions from the NCAA:

Contact period – permissible for authorized athletic department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

Dead period – not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on- or off-campus or permit official or unofficial visits.

Evaluation period – permissible for authorized athletics department staff to be involved in off-campus activities to assess academic qualifications and playing abililties. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospective student-athlete are permitted.

Quiet period – permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution’s campus.

As you can see the NCAA does not believe in the concept of keeping it simple. I think they go out of the way to make it as difficult as possible for college coaches to follow the rules. Some links:




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