The recruiting process must balance the interests of prospective student-athletes and the Association’s member institutions. The NCAA recruiting bylaw is designed to promote equity among member schools in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and to shield the recruited individuals from undue pressures that may interfere with their scholastic or athletics interests.
The dates in this calendar reflect the application of NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.7 at the time of publication of this manual but are subject to change per Constitution 184.108.40.206 or if certain dates (e.g., National Letter of Intent signing dates are altered).
(a) August 1 through November 23, 2011, [except for (1) below] *: Contact Period
(1) November 7-10, 2011: Dead Period
(b) November 24, 2011 through January 1, 2012, [except for (1) below]: Quiet Period
(1) November 30 (12:01 a.m.) through December 4, 2011, (12:01 a.m.):** Dead Period
(c) January 2 through July 31, 2012, [except for (1) and (2) below]: Contact Period
(1) April 9-12, 2012: Dead Period
(2) May 29 through June 7 (noon), 2012: Dead Period
(d) During high school regional and state championship competition that does not occur during a dead period: Evaluation Period
(e) The following state specific contact/evaluation periods are permissible:
(1) In Hawaii, contacts and evaluations shall be permissible between November 24, 2011 and January 1, 2012, [except for (a) below)].
(a) 12:01 a.m. on the day of registration for the national convention of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association November 30, 2011, (12:01 a.m.) to on the day after adjournment of the convention December 4, 2011,
(12:01 a.m.): Dead Period
(2) In those states that play high school softball season in the fall, evaluations shall be permissible during those seasons, except during dead periods.
* Each institution is limited to 50 evaluation days (August 1 through July 31) per Bylaw 13.02.7.2, which do not include employment of coaches in instructional camps/clinics or the observation of prospects participating in high school softball competition.
**Dates are based on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Convention (November 30 through December 3, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada).
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