College baseball coaches have to conduct their recruiting activities in compliance with the NCAA recruiting calendar, which has contact, dead, and quiet period classifications. Understanding these periods and timelines is an important piece to the college baseball recruiting process.
With this information, players can develop an effective plan to build exposure to college baseball coaches. This often means attending showcases, tournaments, college camps, and clinics. By targeting events during the periods where coaches can actively scout and recruit, players will have a higher level of success in building exposure.
Keeping track of communications with coaches is also an important component to the recruiting process. Coaches have busy schedules throughout the year, and it is not uncommon for a player to go weeks without correspondence. By understanding the different periods of the recruiting calendar, players can get a better feel for the flow of their conversations with coaches and ultimately gauge the level of interest.
The Purpose of the Recruiting Calendar
The NCAA implemented the recruiting calendar so that all programs at the divisional level are on an even playing field with their recruiting efforts. College baseball programs across the country have varying budgets and recruiting resources. Additionally, programs are spread across a variety of geographic regions, so climate also impacts a program’s recruiting capabilities. College baseball programs down south have the ability to scout games year round, where schools up north don’t benefit from that same luxury.
To balance out all of these pieces, the NCAA limits recruiting activities through the different recruiting calendar periods. These periods essentially determine the type of recruiting that occur, the parties that can be involved, and the timing for when it can occur.
NCAA Baseball Quiet Period Explained
The quiet period is unique to Division I baseball. Under normal circumstances, Division II and Division III baseball schools treat the entire year as a contact period, which is where coaches can recruit without any restrictions. They must still abide by the NCAA recruiting rules and guidelines, but their recruiting abilities are not restricted. The exact dates vary by year, but in normal times, the quiet period runs from mid October through the end of February, in addition to a few weeks in August and September.
Throughout the quiet period, the coaching staff can have in person contact with the prospective player or the player’s family, but it must occur on campus. The only way a coach can scout a player in person is if the workout or competition is held on the university’s campus.
During the quiet period, college baseball programs typically hold clinics and camps using their university facilities. By doing so they can continue their recruiting efforts face-to-face while still complying with the NCAA recruiting calendar. In addition to being an effective recruiting strategy, it’s also a great way for the program to raise money. Throughout the quiet period, coaches can still contact players and their families through email, text, or phone conversations.
For more information about the other periods that make up the recruiting calendar, check out our NCAA baseball recruiting calendar post.