Evaluation period, dead period, quiet period, and contact period: What are they and how do they factor into the overall recruiting process?

Evaluation period, dead period, quiet period, and contact period: What are they and how do they effect the recruiting process?Each one of the four mentioned terms in the title are things that you need to know before going into the recruiting process.  What makes them so vital to athletic recruiting is the fact that they are rules handed down by the NCAA that determines the amount of contact Division I coaches can have with top athletes around the country.

As I have talked about in the levels of interest from college coaches article, being able to judge the amount of attention that they are showing you makes it obvious what they think about you as a recruit.  So you as an athlete or parent should know the definition of all four when going into the recruiting process.

Evaluation Period: The college coach has a chance to evaluate during this period.  He or she can come to your high school and watch you workout out on the basketball court or in the weight room.  Some football coaches come to a basketball practice to evaluate your athletic ability.  During this time, college coaches cannot speak legally speak to any recruits.  Does it happen though?  I am sure it does.

Dead Period: During the dead period, the college coach cannot have any in person contact with the athlete or their parents.  The coach is however still legally able to write and call recruits to show them that they are still interested.

Quiet Period: The quiet period is where the college coach cannot have any in-person contact with an athlete or their parents off of the college’s campus.  The coach may not watch you play or visit the high school during this period.  A coach however may be able to write or telephone during the quiet period.

Contact period: The coach can basically do whatever he or she wants during this time!  While that is not 100% true, the coach can have face to face contact with the recruit and their parents on or off the college campus.  The coach may watch you play, visit the high school, call, and write the recruit.

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