Assuming everything stays "status quo" and the country continues to re-open safely and in improving health, the following NCAA Div. I Council action will apply. All Division I sports will return to their regular recruiting calendars beginning June 1, 2021. The Division I Council approved the return to recruiting activities during its video conference this week... "We are delighted to announce that as of June 1, all sports will return to their normal recruiting calendars," said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “We want to thank all prospective student-athletes, their families, coaches and current student-athletes for their patience as we determined the best way to move forward safely with recruiting in Division I.”
NCAA D-I will remain in a Dead Period through May 31, 2021. D-I coaches cannot scout or have any face-to-face contacts with student-athletes until the dead period ends on June 1, 2021. December 2020
In early December, the NAIA amended its intital eligibility requirements for freshman entering college in the fall of 2021. This expands the spring 2020 Covid-19 SAT/ACT exception. A 2021 grad with a 2.0 GPA upon graduation will be considered eligible for NAIA competition if she maintains a 2.0 GPA once in college. If you were able to take the SAT or ACT as a 2021 grad (and meet the NAIA minimums of 18/970), you should still have your test scores sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center. For more information, visit the NAIA Eligibility Center website.
D-II coaches were released from their quiet period as of September 1 and may now recruit normally. However, they must follow all relevent city/county/state and individual college health guidelines. For regular Covid-19 updates, check these sites:
The Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue toaffect recruiting. Some colleges are open, others are still using distance learning. 2022, 2023 and even some 2024 grads may have to consider more colleges and be more proactive. Whether or not a particular college team is impacted by the player eligibility extension will vary from school to school. It will depend on the number of players in each grad year--2022, 2023 or 2024--and on how many elect to use their extra year. It may also depend on the school's athletic affiliation as well as the school's financial wellness.
Let me reiterate that if you think you still really want to play softball in college, you cannot sit on those hands you're washing so often! Be proactive now to make sure you're at the front of the recruiting class when coaches start looking for commitments. Life WILL return to normal, but it may take awhile, so stay patient, stay informed, stay active...and stay well!!!!
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Visit the CSC page in this website for more information on Collegiate Softball Connection or the Recruiting Workshops page to learn about the Zoom recruiting meetings I offer softball teams/families! If you need recruiting guidance, have recruiting questions, etc., email or call me. Team registration discounts on my Basic Connection also be an affordable option for teams and families. I also offer discounts on group book purchases.