NCAA extends recruiting dead period through July 31
The NCAA announced an extension of the recruiting dead period through July 31 on Wednesday, which means college basketball coaches will not see prospects compete at various events throughout the month of July.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, coaches would have been able to evaluate prospects in person on the following dates: April 17-19, April 24-26, June 19-21 (scholastic events), June 26-28 (scholastic events) July 9-12 and July 21-26 (NCAA basketball academy only).
In addition, the NCAA also announced some guidelines for strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe workouts.
Here’s the full release from the NCAA:
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.