New Recruiting Calendar Shaking Things Up
After months and months of negotiations and compromises, the 2019-2020 NCAA Division 1 Recruiting Calendar is out, and it has a number of significant changes to prior years.
If you’ve been following this action for the last couple of years, you know that D1 coaches have been trying to tighten up the Contact/Evaluation periods to allow coaches to have more time with family as well as be more available for fall practices.
Before I go any further lets define some common terms in recruiting:
Contact Period: The period when D1 college coaches are free to be off campus conducting recruiting activities and player evaluations. Face to face contact with prospects and families are allowed, as are phone calls, emails, etc
Evaluation Period: During an evaluation period, a college coach may attend games, tournaments etc. They can write or telephone prospects, but face to face contact with a prospect or their parents off the college campus is not allowed.
Quiet Period: Quiet periods are when D1 coaches cannot conduct recruiting activities off campus. This means they are not allowed to attend games showcases etc. On campus visits are allowed. Phone calls, texts and emails are allowed. The caveat to this is that coaches can be off campus working camps where they are on the payroll of a camp.
Dead Period: During Dead Period D1 college coaches cannot have any face to face contact with prospects, either on campus or off campus. Phone calls or emails are allowed.
In prior years, Quiet period began in mid- November and ran to the following March 1.
This year the start of Quiet Period begins October 14, a full month earlier.
The bottom line here is that D1 Baseball Coaches cannot attend games, showcases etc during this period. Several events have been shifted to accommodate this, the most notable being the Perfect game WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Florida which has been moved up 2 weeks to complete on October 14.
In addition to the Quiet Period, 3 Dead Periods have been scheduled during the summer of 2020.
May 25 (Memorial Day) through June 1
All of these dates fall during periods when tournaments have typically been played.
For D1 college coaches, the change means that they will only be off campus for one month in the fall, from September 13 to October 13.
For the majority of you 2020 grads, the next 8 weeks will be critical to your college recruiting.
The Arizona Senior Fall Classic begins October 9, and this is the best opportunity to get in front of a myriad of college coaches from all levels.
Where the summer events are attended by local JUCO and NAIA schools and western D1 coaches, the Fall Classic will bring coaches from all levels to the Valley.
In addition, I will be holding the 12th Annual AZDR Fall Showcase on Wednesday October 9 at Grand Canyon.
It is very important for you seniors to communicate your information to college coaches prior to this week so that you are on a follow list. You want to be in a position to be evaluated rather than be discovered.
This is not that difficult and should not cost thousands of dollars to achieve.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss how I can help you.