Recruiting Contact Periods and Rules

Recruiting Contact Rules

The NCAA has strict guidelines regarding contact between recruits and college coaches. The rules can vary between sports and they differ between NCAA Division I and Divisions II and III.

It’s not easy to keep track of all of the restrictions and the specifics of the recruiting timetable. Use the Summary of Recruiting Rules chart below to get quick information about when you should expect to hear from coaches and when to plan official campus visits. Consult the chart when planning your recruiting action plan and timeline.

Keep in mind that the rules provide coaches with a limited window of contact with recruits, but that doesn’t mean recruits can’t get in touch with coaches. Student-athletes are allowed to make calls to coaches (at their own expense) or reach them by email or a written letter at any time.


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


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