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NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period Through July 31

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The NCAA’s Division I Council Coordination Committee has extended the ongoing recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.

They will review the situation again in late June or early July.

“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

With the dead period, no in-person recruiting is permitted. Coaches cannot visit players and players cannot visit campuses.

Recruiting doesn’t stop, however, as calls, texts, and various other forms of virtual contact are still allowed.

Even without visits, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has landed nine of the Buckeyes’ 19 commitments during the ongoing dead period, which began on March 13.

The committee also announced that they would now allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary workouts, but only if the student-athlete requests it.

Previously, it was against the rules for schools to monitor workouts virtually, but now with players returning to campuses, the committee decided it would be in the student-athletes’ best interest if professionals kept an eye on them while they were at home.

Here is the full release from the NCAA.

Division I recruiting dead period extended through July 31

Decision applies to all sports

The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.

“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.

Virtual physical activities

Additionally, the committee decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.

The decision was supported by the Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Prevention and Performance Subcommittee. The subcommittee encouraged schools that decide to allow their strength and conditioning coaches to observe voluntary workouts to proactively consider the school’s overarching responsibility to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each student-athlete. More specifically, the subcommittee stressed that schools should plan for how the strength and conditioning coach should respond if they observe an unsafe workout environment or in the event that a medical emergency occurs during a voluntary session.

The committee will continue to explore the opportunity for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary workouts virtually, as they do during in-person, on-campus voluntary workouts.

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