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NCAA May 28, 2020

NCAA Division I recruiting dead period extended through July 31

The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee has extended the ongoing recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.

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

On the soccer side, this extension comes even as many youth leagues and tournaments around the country aim to begin competition in June or July. Although NCAA Division I recruiting is still allowed to take place virtually, the in-person ban continuing through July will prevent college coaches from traveling to showcase tournaments and other youth soccer recruiting opportunities.

[+READ: EDP Soccer aims to begin tournament play over 4th of July weekend]

“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.

Meanwhile, the committee also decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes, if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1, which is when student-athletes are allowed to begin voluntary on-campus workouts.

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. To read the full press release, Click Here.