NCAA Recruiting Informaton

Division I Women’s Basketball NCAA Recruiting Rules

  • Any time: Athletes can receive recruiting materials from college coaches, such as questionnaires, camp brochures, nonathletic institutional publications and NCAA educational materials published by the NCAA.

  • September 1 of junior year: Coaches can send electronic communications to athletes, including texts, instant messages, emails and recruiting materials. According to NCAA rules, coaches can call athletes an unlimited number of times at this time.

  • March 1 of junior year: NCAA recruiting rules allow coaches to conduct off-campus contact at the athlete’s school or residence. No off-campus contact is allowed on the day of a recruit’s game. Coaches are not permitted to contact athletes during school hours on school days.

  • April of junior year starting the Thursday following the NCAA Women’s Final Four®: Recruits can begin taking up to five official visits, except during the dead periods.

  • A college coach can contact athletes and/or parents off campus up to seven times their senior year.

Recruiting Calendar

NCAA Recruiting Calendars, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the following terms:
Evaluation period
Contact period
Dead period
Quiet period

National Letter of Intent
  • A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete agreeing to attend a Division I or II college for one academic year.

  • Participating colleges agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.

  • The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports.
  • Signing a National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process because participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.

  • A student-athlete who signs a National Letter of Intent but decides to attend another college may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she loses one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at the new school before being eligible to compete.

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