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Basketball Certification

COVID-19 Impact on Spring Events

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we remain committed to the overall safety and well-being of participants, event operators and staff. On March 13, you were notified that emergency legislation was adopted to establish a temporary recruiting dead period through at least April 15. The dead period has now been extended through May 31, which means that Division I men's and women's basketball coaches will not be permitted to recruit on or off campus during that time. The certified April and May events will be withdrawn in the BBCS due to the dead period extension.

It is unclear if other changes will be made to the recruiting calendar. No decisions have been made about future dates. We understand the overwhelming challenges this creates for all involved and remain committed to keeping you updated on any additional changes to the 2020 NCAA men's and women's basketball recruiting calendar as they become available.

The Basketball Certification process provides activity operators who agree to operate their activities in accordance with the applicable legislation and certification requirements the opportunity to receive League Certification to allow the participation of Division I student-athletes and/or Event Certification to allow NCAA Division I coaches to attend and observe prospective student-athletes who are participating in the activity. Event Certification has a post-event requirement as well.

The Basketball Certification System (BBCS)

ALL applications to request NCAA-certification of an event/league and ALL roster building will be done in the BBCS:

NOTE:  Adult users will not be able to submit an event/league application nor create a team roster prior to obtaining your USA Basketball GOLD License. So, you should go to and start that application right away.

Basketball Certification User Manuals

The all-inclusive ECAG Basketball Certification Manual has been republished with information for each specific role/function.  The manuals below are provided to identify requirements for each role and to assist participants with navigating the BBCS.  Event/league operators and participating teams/organizations are responsible for compliance with these requirements.  


Nonscholastic Events
(to allow attendance of Division I coaches to observe prospective student-athletes)

(to allow Division I student-athlete participation)


NCAA-Certified Events and Leagues

Permissible Event Times:

  • Men’s Spring: 6pm on Friday to 4pm on Sunday
  • Men’s June Scholastic: Noon on Friday to 6pm on Sunday
  • Women’s Spring and Men’s/Women’s Summer: 8am to 10pm daily


June Scholastic Events for Men's Basketball

In response to recommendation from the Commission on College Basketball, changes have been made to the NCAA recruiting model to increase scholastic influence and minimize the involvement of outside third parties in the recruiting process by providing more opportunities during the summer for NCAA coaches to observe prospective student-athletes in a scholastic environment.

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