SOFTBALL recruiting calendars

2020-21 NCAA DIVISION I

Note: Softball coaches and non-coaching staff members with responsibilities specific to softball may only be employed at non-institutional camps and clinics that occur during recruiting calendar periods when evaluation at non-scholastic practice or competition activities is permissible.

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 NCAA DIVISION I SCHOOLS WERE IN A DEAD PERIOD UNTIL JUNE 1, 2021. BELOW IS WHAT THE RECRUITING CALENDAR WOULD HAVE BEEN FROM AUG. 1, 2020 THROUGH MAY 21, 2021.

August 1-9, 2020: Contact period

August 10-November 22: Evaluation period (for scholastic practice and competition activities only). Exceptions: November 9-12 (dead period); evaluation periods (for scholastic and non-scholastic practice or competition activities) — October 17-18, October 20-21, October 24-25, October 31-November 1, November 7-8, November 14-15 and November 21-22.

November 23-Jan. 1: Quiet period. Exception: December 9-12 (dead period).

January 2-May 31: Evaluation period (for scholastic practice and competition activities only).

June 1-9*: Dead period.

June 10-July 31**: Contact period.

During high school regional and state championship competition that does not occur during a dead period: Evaluation period.

* Dates  are  based  on  the  2021 NCAA  Division  I Women’s Softball Championship. Dead period remains in effect until the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after two games, the dead period ends on June 4 and the contact period would start on June 9.

** Dates are based on the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Contact period starts the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series is tied after two games and requires a third game, the contact period starts on June 10.

2020-21 NCAA DIVISION II

Dead Period: November 9 (7 a.m.)   – 11 (7 a.m.), 2020 (during the 48 hours prior to 7 a.m. on the initial date for the signing of the National Letter of Intent).


NCAA RECRUITING CALENDAR TERMS

Contact period

A college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

Evaluation period

A college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

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.

Dead 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 and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

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