NCAA: Recruiting Dead Period Changes

NCAA: Recruiting Dead Period Changes

"Extending the winter dead period and adding a summer dead period will allow coaches and recruits a break from the recruiting process while still ensuring appropriate time for everyone to make informed recruiting decision," the NCAA said in a release.

Today, the NCAA extended the traditional winter "dead period" for contacting recruits, and added a new dead period during the summer. Coaches can also rule out recruiting at All Star games, too.

"Extending the winter dead period and adding a summer dead period will allow coaches and recruits a break from the recruiting process while still ensuring appropriate time for everyone to make informed recruiting decision," the NCAA said in a release.

Coaches will also not be allowed "in-person contact" until he "returns to his home or school." The NCAA said that this rule is to eliminate 3rd parties from interfereing with the recruiting process.

Below is the complete list of the five new rules.

•Allow football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer. Those weeks can include eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review. Student-athletes who participate in the summer activities must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks. The model is similar to those adopted by men's and women's basketball in the last two years. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported this change.

•Prohibit a school's staff members from attending an all-star game or activities associated with those games and from having in-person contact with recruits participating in the games from the time the recruit arrives at the event until he returns to his home or school. Both FBS and FCS supported this ban. •Establish a dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place. The dead period, scheduled to coincide with winter holidays and the annual American Football Coaches Association convention, begins the Monday of the week in which mid-year junior college transfers can begin signing the National Letter of Intent. It ends the Wednesday of the week of the AFCA convention. For 2013-14, Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 is now a dead period. The FBS supported this proposal, but the FCS did not because its coaches need more time to discuss it. Army and Navy may seek a temporary exception from this new rule if the date of this season's game makes it difficult for them to follow it.

•Establish a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

•Allow schools to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit. Before this change, schools could pay for the recruit and his parents, legal guardians, spouse or children, but excluded siblings and other family members. This approach provides schools more flexibility to address each recruit's specific family situation. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported making the rule more flexible.

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