Earlier this evening, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the emergency recruiting dead period through June 30th.
Division I extends its recruiting dead period. pic.twitter.com/Gt2Aq1Mkb9
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 13, 2020
A “dead period” is a point in time during which college coaches cannot participate in any in-person recruiting activities (e.g. summer tournaments, camps, campus visits). They are permitted to conduct phone calls (if age requirements are met) but nothing else. A common dead period in NCAA DI softball occurs during the Women’s College World Series.
This news comes as a continued stressor to many prospective student-athletes and DI collegiate coaches who have been anxious to hit the field and recruiting trail.
The Coordination Committee will reevaluate the situation during an upcoming meeting scheduled to take place May 27th.
See some reactions below:
This is an usual time, but it is for the health and safety of everyone. These decisions are not easy, but necessary for the greater good.
We WILL get softball back, we WILL recruit again, PSA’s WILL still find their home.
Stay patient, stay safe. https://t.co/BknGSy1UnL
— Cat Clifford (@CoachCat10) May 14, 2020
This is all for the safety of the student-athletes, the coaches, the umpires, the parents traveling to the tournaments.
We know it’s hard.
Deep breaths is the best advice. Keep doing what you can to be the best PERSON you can be. Then player. The person is always first. https://t.co/sixNHroBsB
— Coach Goodwin (@GoodwinYaleSB) May 13, 2020
We CANNOT stress this enough… take a deep breath. It will be OKAY.
— OnDeck Softball 🥎 (@ondecksoftball) May 13, 2020