NCAA announces lift on recruiting dead period beginning June 1
The recruiting dead period will be coming to an end next month. The NCAA released a statement on the news on Thursday.
“We are delighted to announce that as of June 1, all sports will return to their recruiting calendars,” said M Grace Calhoun, the chair of the NCAA Division I Council and Penn athletics director. “We want to thank all prospective student-athletes, their families, coaches and current student-athletes for their patience as we determined the best way to move forward safely with recruiting in Division I.”
Recruiting has been in a dead period since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic. Student-athletes were not permitted to take official or unofficial recruiting visits to campus during that time and no live evaluations were permitted.
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That forced coaches in every sport to get creative with the recruiting process. Interactions via Zoom, text messages, phone calls and social media were still permitted, and coaches often provided student-athletes with virtual tours of facilities and campuses.
A return to normal recruiting practices should make life a lot easier for coaches and staffs in every sport moving forward.