Recruiting Calendar: August (time to generate interest)

ncaa-basketball-logoThe men’s and women’s recruiting calendar are almost identical, but still not quite the same from date to date. I don’t know why the NCAA in their ultimate wisdom has chosen to have these minor variations in the two calendars, but they have. For the sake of this post, all dates mentioned are for the men’s program. At the end of this post I have links to the official NCAA calendars:

With the July evaluation period officially over it is time for coaches to head home and get to work, and possibly squeeze in a vacation. Starting on August 1st basketball coaches enter what is know as a quiet period that will last until September 8th , here is definition of the Quiet period.

Quiet Period

The college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. The coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may write or telephone you or your parents during this time.

The other thing that happens on August 1st is that juniors officially become seniors in the NCAA’s eyes and coaches can now recruit them as such. The biggest change is that coaches can now contact (by phone) a prospect up to two times a month, and coaches will use every one of those calls on their top prospects or commits.

What makes this time so busy is that after the July evaluation period all of their recruiting boards have been completely scrambled. Some of the players, who they have been watching since last winter, or longer, have dropped down or completely off their list. Other players have seen their stock rise possibly beyond the level of a Big Sky school. For every kid, though, that has dropped of their list another two kids have been added, thanks to the July camps and AAU tourneys Now the coaches have to sit down and start re-ranking their prospects, and at the same time, they have to judge interest the athlete may have in their school and request grades to verify that the kids are recruitable.

The most important aspect of any Big Sky school recruiting, is managing resources better know as dollars, but also includes coaches’ time. Even the Big Sky schools with the largest recruiting budgets are mere fraction of what a Pac-10 school is, furthermore the NCAA limits the number recruits they can invite for on campus visits. Coaches can not afford to spend their limited resources chasing after recruits that they have little or no chance of landing, either because of interest of grades.

The key to the whole process is coming up with your updated recruiting list as soon as possible and get on the phone to those recruits Then it becomes a matter of generating interest in those recruits for the coaches schools. The quicker you can get in that mode the earlier jump you can get on your competition.

In all the coaches need to come up with their list, start developing relationships, try to get kids in for unofficial visits if possible – Official visits can not start until September. Oh did I mention that they also have to start their preparations for next year’s team. And not to mention one last attempt at getting any vacations in that they may need.

Here are the official recruiting calendars from NCAA for basketball, volleyball, and football

Men’s Basketball
Women’s basketball



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