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NCAA Jun 26, 2020

NCAA Division I recruiting dead period extended through August 31

The NCAA Division I Council has extended the ongoing recruiting dead period through August 31.

With the new extension, the dead period for in-person recruiting will now last another month, after the previous dead period was slated to expire on July 31.

The ban includes unofficial and official visits to campus for prospective student-athletes, and all recruiting-based travel of any kind for college coaches. However, coaches may still communicate via phone, text, email and standard mail with recruits that are eligible for contact.

This comes at a time when many youth soccer clubs around the country have already returned to full-team training and are preparing for summer competition. Major organizations such as EDP Soccer are set to begin tournament play in July, while most state associations have already begun their return-to-play process.

NCAA soccer programs have begun their own return-to-play procedures as well, with many student-athletes returning to campus for individual training.

The committee will regularly evaluate the dead period, continuing to be guided by medical experts.