2021 - 2022 NCAA Baseball Recruiting Rules and Calendar

Athletes can be recruited at any time of year under NCAA baseball recruiting regulations. Recruiting rules are up to the coach and the family to obey, and all parties should be aware of these guidelines in order to prepare for the process. The more families are aware of NCAA baseball recruiting restrictions, the easier it will be for them to plan and carry out their strategy. In order to prevent missing out on an opportunity to meet with a coach, prospective students should avoid scheduling campus visits during off-peak hours.

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Why are NCAA baseball recruiting rules in place?

NCAA-member colleges established recruiting rules to level the playing field for colleges that may lack the resources of larger and more popular schools. According to the NCAA website, these rules specify who is permitted to participate in the recruiting process, when recruiting may take place, and the conditions under which recruiting may take place. These rules aim to "control intrusions into the lives of student-athletes as much as possible."

When are college baseball coaches allowed to contact recruits?

"When can college baseball coaches talk to me?" is a frequently asked question. The answer is that it depends on the level of division. Division 1 coaches are not permitted to contact athletes prior to September 1 of their junior year. Division 2 coaches' phone calls, texts, and emails can begin as early as June 15 of the athlete's sophomore year. At the Division 3, NAIA, and NJCAA levels, there are no restrictions on phone calls from coaches, but they typically wait until an athlete's junior year. Learn more about AAU baseball and recruiting for college baseball.

Recruiting in college baseball is governed by a set of rules.

Recruiting guidelines were developed by NCAA member schools to help smaller, less well-known colleges compete with the more well-funded ones. According to the NCAA website, these guidelines specify who is allowed to participate in the recruitment process, when it can occur, and the circumstances under which it can. "As far as possible, to control intrusions into the life of student-athletes," are the goals of these new rules.

At what point in the recruiting process are college baseball coaches allowed to make contact with prospective players?

"When may college baseball coaches talk to me?" is one of the most often asked questions we receive. The answer to this question is that it is division-dependent. Athletes can't be contacted by Division 1 coaches until September 1, their junior year. Division 2 coaches can begin contacting an athlete as early as the 15th of June following their sophomore year. Coaches at the Division 3, NAIA, and NJCAA levels can make phone calls to athletes at any time, but usually typically wait until their junior year. Find out more about baseball recruiting at the AAU and collegiate levels.

A college coach can be contacted at any time.

NCAA baseball recruiting rules prohibit a coach's ability to reply to a student-phone athlete's call or email at a specific time or in a specific manner.

Baseball's early-season recruitment strategy

NCAA rules and calendar restrict when and how college coaches can contact athletes, although underclassmen still receive offers. According to a recent NCAA survey, 46% of Division I prospects had their first recruiting contact with a Division I coach prior to their junior year of high school. How can a college coach issue an offer to a prospect before their junior year if NCAA recruiting regulations ban them from contacting them? College coaches in these situations are often familiar with the recruit's high school or travel coach. The athlete's present coach will arrange up a time for the athlete to phone the college coach because athletes can contact college coaches at any time.

When will a Division I baseball coach get in touch with me? '

In an effort to rein in the increasing number of early offers that coaches make to prospective baseball players, the NCAA implemented new recruiting rules for Division 1 baseball in April 2018.

Student-athletes can begin taking formal visits to other schools on September 1 of their junior year of high school. In the past, recruits could only make official visits to the academy during their senior year of high school.

If a student-athlete takes an unofficial visit before September 1 of their junior year of high school, college sports departments, including coaches, are not allowed to be engaged in the visit. Unofficial visits used to be a great way for underclassmen who were interested in a school to acquire an early verbal scholarship offer. Under the existing guidelines, if an unofficial visit occurs and a prospect comes into touch with a coach, no recruiting conversations can take place.

Before Sept. 1 of the athlete's junior year of high school, recruiters and college coaches are not allowed to talk about recruiting during camp. It had previously been permitted for college coaches and current students to discuss the recruitment process openly. A coach could offer a verbal scholarship to a prospective student with no repercussions from the university administration.

To alleviate the stress of early recruitment on aspiring student-athletes, the NCAA instituted these new rules to give them more time to mull over their college choices. Students should focus on their grades, take the ACT or SAT, maintain their athletic development, investigate their desired colleges, and make the most out of their high school experience possible.

Has recruiting in Division 1 baseball changed as a result of the new rules?

The recruiting of baseball players has not been significantly influenced by the 2018 regulation change. It is now very apparent under the new guidelines that student-athletes must take an active role in their recruitment process and do thorough due diligence from the start. We strongly advise prospects to start contacting college coaches by Sept. 1 of their junior year of high school, in order to construct a list of target schools, create an NCSA Recruiting Profile, and prepare a skills video. As a result, prospects will have a better chance of being noticed by coaches when the season begins on September 1.

Baseball recruiting in the NCAA Division 1 is governed by certain rules.

Division 1 collegiate baseball recruiting restrictions are the most stringent in the NCAA system. Depending on your grade in high school, coaches can communicate with you in a specific way.

The first day of junior year, September 1.

  • College coaches can begin to communicate with student-athletes by email, text, social media and phone calls at this point.
  • Student-athletes and their parents can now begin taking official visits to college campuses. Athletes are limited to five official visits to Division I institutions by NCAA regulations. One official visit is permitted per institution.
  • Athletes may schedule unofficial visits with the athletic department in order to meet and have recruiting conversations while on campus with the coach, staff, and players.

July 1 before senior year

  • It's at this point that college coaches can begin conducting off-campus visits to student-athletes at their residence or school.

Senior year

  • College coaches can communicate with athletes and their families outside of the university. Keep in mind that this can only happen three times in one session. 

NCAA Division 2 baseball recruiting rules

It's easier to get into Division 2 schools' baseball programs than it is to go into Division 1. Interactions with coaches, students living away from college and official campus visits can begin on June 15 after sophomore year.

  • There are a variety of communications available to athletes at all times, including as pamphlets for camps, surveys, NCAA documents, and non-athletic recruiting periodicals.
  • Coaches can begin mailing out printed recruiting materials like camp brochures, questionnaires, or general school brochures beginning on June 15th, the day before an athlete's junior year.
  • After the athlete's junior year, coaches can begin making phone calls and using video conferencing, such as FaceTime or Skype, to communicate with their players.
  • From the 15th of June preceding the junior year of the athlete, college coaches are allowed to communicate with players and/or their parents off-campus.
  • Athletes may begin taking official visits on June 15 of the year preceding their junior year.

NCAA Division 3 baseball recruiting rules

Division 3 colleges have the most liberal NCAA baseball recruiting regulations compared to Division 1 and Division 2.

  • Recruiting materials are readily available to student-athletes at all times.
  • University coaches are allowed to phone student-athletes as many times as they like.
  • After an athlete's second year, college coaches may begin communicating with him or her off-campus.
  • There are no restrictions on unofficial visits. As many as the athletes and their guardians desire are allowed.
  • Athletes can begin taking official visits beginning on January 1 of their junior year.

NAIA baseball recruiting rules

  • A coach's ability to contact and communicate with a current high school player is unrestricted in the NAIA, in contrast to the NCAA, which does.

Junior college baseball recruiting rules

If a prospective student-athlete has not signed a letter of intent with a junior college, coaches can approach them at any time. There is no calendar for baseball recruiting purposes.

  • As a rule, no college or university can offer athletes other than an athletic grant-in-aid to persuade them to enroll.
  • For a two-day and two-night stay, an institution may pay for a single visit to its campus by direct route. The paid visit must be restricted to the college's campus and surrounding area. In order to obtain an official recruiting visit from a member college, a student-athlete must have finished their junior year of high school
  • A college representative may purchase meals for a potential player while they are on campus

Baseball recruiting official visits

An important phase in the hiring process is the formal visit. Visitors are usually invited to a college campus because coaches perceive them to be outstanding recruits. When it comes to official visits, here are some often asked questions:

What constitutes an official visit?

School visits are deemed official when the institution pays for all or part of the trip.

What is the maximum number of official visits that a player can have in a given year?

A prospective student-athlete is limited to one official visit per institution and a total of five official visits to NCAA Division 1 baseball programs. Visits to schools in Divisions 2 and 3 are completely unrestricted.

Do most parents participate in official visits?

Parental participation is encouraged. The school will cover their round-trip transportation and lodging, as well as all of their food costs and tickets to a local sporting event. Parents should be present to offer moral support, but they should defer to the athlete when it comes to posing questions. Parents are frequently invited to participate in the process, and coaches often have questions for them, such as those pertaining to financial aid and scholarships.

What do you do when you're on a business trip?

Visits that are part of the recruiting process typically involve a campus tour, class attendance, meals in the dining hall, and the chance to meet the coaching staff and other members of the team.

Division 1 baseball recruiting calendar

Time between calls: Student-athletes and their parents may meet with college coaches in person on or off-campus. Coaches may also come to their high school to watch them compete or to observe them in action. Recruits and their guardians are welcome on campus at any time. During this time, coaches are welcome to write or call:

  • Aug. 1, 2021 – Aug. 15, 2021
  • Sept. 10, 2021 – Oct. 10, 2021
  • March 1, 2022 – May 29, 2022
  • June 7, 2022 – June 17, 2022
  • June 21, 2022 – July 2, 2022
  • July 6, 2022 – July 31, 2022

Dead period: At no time may a college coach have in-person contact on or off-campus with student-athletes and/or their parents. The coach may write or telephone during this period:

  • Nov. 8, 2021 – Nov. 11, 2021
  • Jan. 6, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
  • May 30, 2022 – June 6, 2022
  • June 18, 2022 – June 20, 2022
  • July 3, 2022 – July 5, 2022

Quiet period: A college coach is not allowed to have any in-person contact with a student-athlete or their parents off the college campus. They also may not watch them compete or visit their high school. Coaches may write or telephone during this period and student-athletes and their parents may visit a college campus during this time:

  • Aug. 16, 2021 – Sept. 9, 2021
  • Oct. 11, 2021 – Nov. 7, 2021
  • Nov. 12, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022
  • Jan. 10, 2022 – Feb. 28, 2022

See the full D1 baseball recruiting calendar here.

Division 2 baseball recruiting calendar

Treat all dates that are not part of the dead period as a contact period.

Dead period: At no time may a college coach have in-person contact on or off campus with student-athletes or their parents. The coach may write or telephone during this period.

Division 3 baseball recruiting calendar

For D3 schools, there are no dead periods. The contact period is effectively year-round.

NAIA and junior college recruiting calendar

The NAIA and junior colleges do not regulate contact and communication for coaches. There is no recruiting calendar for either.


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