• Jason

What Is a "Dead Period" and Why It Matters

Updated: Apr 30

I feel like I've written this blog before, and maybe I have. I will do it again anyway, because it's important. I suggest that parents print off the NCAA recruiting calendar for that year. You can see when the "quiet period" and "dead period" take place throughout the year and there are some helpful definitions on there as well. It's a small thing that I will always encourage parents and athletes to do, because knowing the rules of the process that you are embarking on is insanely important.

Several athletes in the last 2 weeks told me that coaches weren't responding to them because of the "dead period" - one might have even mentioned that a coach TOLD them they couldn't talk because of the dead period - now that is scary. Why I shouldn't be surprised that bad information and poor communication lead to athletes and parents being confused with the recruiting process, it's still frustrating to me. I easily tell dozens of parents during the January - February quiet period, that "YES, coaches can email you back during a quiet period". I have videos, a blog, a podcast, I do regular recruiting seminar and things still get missed. Yes, it's frustrating, but it's why I started this business. Parents and athletes NEED the knowledge, education and help with the recruiting process. As much as we would all like to believe and think that recruiting will "poof" just happen, it doesn't always. Things like not understanding the recruiting rules or different recruiting periods can certainly hinder an athlete throughout the process. I cringe when I think about an athlete that since D1 is on a "dead period", they haven't sent a single email out to college coaches since March.

So what is a dead period?

"A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus."

Basically that means that college coaches can NOT recruit on or off campus. No visits, no camps and no watching at matches, tournaments or qualifiers. It says nothing about emails, texts or phone calls. I have been saying throughout this pandemic that staying in touch with athletes was almost the ONLY thing college coaches could do!

So for all the parents with younger athletes reading this, get informed about the rules, process and timeline. Start by looking at the recruiting calendar and then take a look at the D1 RPI list for volleyball and get familiar with all the D1 volleyball programs and conferences across the country. This blog and everything else available at PRI is meant to be used as a resource, so please use it as often as you can. If you have questions that I haven't answered yet, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to answer those for you.

Link to the D1 Volleyball Recruiting Calendar (2021-2022)

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