Difference Between NCAA Quiet and Dead Periods

As of October 14, 2013, NCAA Division 2 schools have left the “Contact Period” and are now officially entering the “Quiet Period” of recruitment. According to the NCAA, “During a quiet period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.”

In other words, during the quiet period coaches and players may not meet except during visits to the college campus. These visits may be either official or unofficial. Off campus communication during both the quiet and the dead period is limited to letters, emails, and phone calls.

During the dead period, players may visit college campuses but are not allowed to visit with the coach. The dead period is the most restrictive period for communication between the player and the coach.

Division 1 schools will remain in the “Recruiting Period” until November 11 when they enter a brief “Dead Period”. See Division 1 Recruiting Calendar for more important dates.


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