The NCAA has rules that govern the contact between college baseball coaches and student-athletes. And by contact, the NCAA means any face-to-face meetings with high school baseball players or his parents beyond general pleasantries.
Before you contact a college baseball coach, familiarize yourselves with the following definitions to avoid getting yourself in trouble with the NCAA.
What is a contact period?
College baseball coaches contact high school players at many times during the year. At these times, coaches can meet face-to-face with players, talk to their parents, visit their high school schools and contact them on the phone and social media.
The Contact periods are for the first three weeks in August, early September through the beginning of November and, the longest one, is from March 1 through the end of July.
What is an evaluation period?
An evaluation period is very similar to the contact period, as college baseball coaches contact players over the telephone and new media, can watch their game and visit their high school.
But there can be no face-to-face contact between college baseball coaches and recruits.
What is a quiet period?
During a quiet period, college baseball coaches can only have face-to-face meetings with players on their college campus. Coaches cannot watch a player’s game or visit their school.
Quiet periods start at the end of August through the first week in September. There is also an extending quiet period from November through the end of February, with an exception of a few days in January which are a dead period.
What is a dead period?
Dead period is exactly what it sounds like: college coaches cannot have any face-to-face contact with players or their families. Coaches can however write and telephone recruits.
At the Baseball America Clinics, contact between college coaches and players is always NCAA compliant and encouraged. Rather than only getting you attention for recruiting, we want you to work with college coaches to get better as well as get noticed.