2019-2020 Division 1 Softball Recruiting Calendar

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The NCAA restricts which camps and clinics college softball coaches and their staff members are allowed to work at. The rules state that coaches and their staff members can only work at events off their campus if they take place during periods where evaluations are permitted at non-scholastic practices or competitions. This is something that coaches know to comply with, so families generally don’t have to worry about it. However, when looking at attending events for exposure, keep the evaluation periods in the back of your mind, and avoid attending off-campus camps or clinics during evaluation periods where coaches can only attend scholastic practices and competitions.

Contact Period: During this time, coaches can email, text, call, direct message and generally contact athletes and their parents through any NCAA-approved method.

  • August 1-11, 2019 | After August 11 student athletes 

  • June 4 – July 31, 2020: These dates are subject to change based on the 2020 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Softball Championship. The dead period remains in effect until the day after the Women’s College World Series concludes. For example, if the championship series ends after two games, the dead period would end on June 2 and the contact period would start June 3.

Evaluation Period: Throughout the evaluation period, coaches are allowed to watch an athlete compete in person or visit them at their school or home. However, there are some specific rules about where coaches can evaluate athletes, so pay close attention to whether coaches can evaluate athletes at school events, non-school events or both.

  • Aug. 12 – Oct. 18, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Oct. 19-20, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Oct. 21-25, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Oct. 26-27, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Nov. 2-3, 2019: Coaches can only evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Nov. 4-8, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Nov. 9-10, 2019: Coaches can only evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Nov. 11-15, 2019: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Nov. 16-17, 2019. Coaches can evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Nov. 18-22, 2019. Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

  • Nov. 23-24, 2019. Coaches can evaluate athletes at school-based and non-scholastic practices and activities.

  • Jan. 2 – May 25, 2020: Coaches can evaluate athletes only at school-based practices and games.

(Red Dates indicate the 6 weekends per the fall that Division 1 Coaches can evaluate | Navy Dates indicate Evaluations during school based activities only) 

Coaches can also evaluate athletes during the high school regional and state championship games, as long as they don’t fall within the dead period.

Quiet Period: The quiet period is a time when coaches may not have face-to-face contact with recruits off the college campus, such as at the athletes’ school, or at the athlete’s games and tournaments. In other words, the coach can only talk to recruits on the coach’s campus or through any other approved electronic means of communication.

  • Nov. 25 – December 3, 2019

  • Dec. 8, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020

Dead Period: During the dead period, coaches may not have any in-person contact with recruits or their families. Coaches can still keep in touch with recruits via phone, email, social media and other approved electronic means of communication.

  • Nov. 11-14, 2019: NCAA Signing Period 

  • Dec. 4-7, 2019: NFCA Coaches Convention 

  • May 26 - June 3, 2020: These dates are based on the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Women's Softball Championship. The dead period remains in effect until the day following the final day of competition, which could be either June 2 or June 3. For example, if the championship series ends after two games, the dead period would end on June 5 and the contact period would start June 6.

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