Beginning this week, some keys dates on the recruiting calendar for hopeful college softball players start all around the country.
Starting today through Thursday April 16th, NCAA (Division I, II and III) college coaches and college-bound student-athletes are in what is known as the “Dead Period” meaning coaches may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes (2015 Grads) or their parents and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools.
However, coaches may write or telephone college-bound athletes or their parents during this time. This includes players of any grad year currently in HS (2015-2018 HS grads).
After the dead period ends on the 16th of April, the “Contact Period” opens up and college coaches are permitted to have face-to-face contact with student-athletes or their parents, in addition to watching them play, visit them at their high schools, write and telephone both the athletes and their parents as well. This contact period goes through until May 25th of this year when the WCWS begins.
Another important date this week starts on April 15th. On this date, for those 2015 high school prospective student-athletes who did not sign in the fall signing period can sign their National Letter of Intent. The NLI is a binding agreement between a student-athlete and an NLI member institution. The final signing date for the 2015-2016 college year is Saturday, August 1st.
Visit the National Letter of Intent website by clicking here.
A great resource to learn more about recruitment and to read frequently asked questions about the process can be found by clicking here.