2021-22 NCAA RECRUITING CALENDAR

Division I Softball

See NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.9 for Softball Calendar Formula.

Note: Softball coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to softball may only be employed at noninstitutional camps and clinics that occur during recruiting calendar periods when evaluation at nonscholastic practice or competition activities is permissible (See NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.12.2.3.6 and 13.12.2.3.8).

Recruiting periods defined

QUIET PERIOD

A quiet period is that period
of time when it is permissible
to make in-person recruiting
contacts only on the member
institution’s campus. No in-person,
off-campus recruiting contacts or
evaluations may be made during
the quiet period.

DEAD PERIOD

A dead period is that period of
time when it is not permissible to
make in-person recruiting contacts or
evaluations on or off the
member institution’s campus or to
permit official or unofficial visits
by prospective student-athletes to
the institution’s campus.

EVALUATION PERIOD

An evaluation period is that period
of time when it is permissible for
authorized athletics department
staff members to be involved in
off-campus activities designed to
assess the academic qualifications
and playing ability of prospective
student-athletes. No in-person,
off-campus recruiting contacts
shall be made with the prospective
student-athlete during an
evaluation period.

CONTACT PERIOD

A contact period is that period
of time when it is permissible
for authorized athletics department
staff members to make
in-person, off-campus recruiting
contacts and evaluations.

Aug. 1, 2021-July 31, 2022

Aug. 1-15, 2021

CONTACT PERIOD

Aug. 16 through Nov. 21, except as noted below:

EVALUATION PERIOD

(For scholastic practice and competition activities only)

• Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
• Nov. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21

EVALUATION PERIOD

(For scholastic and nonscholastic practice or competition activities)

• Nov. 8-11

DEAD PERIOD

Nov. 22 through Jan. 1, 2022, except as noted below:

QUIET PERIOD

• Dec. 8-11

DEAD PERIOD

Jan. 2 through May 30

EVALUATION PERIOD

(For scholastic practice and competition activities only)

May 31 through June 10*

DEAD PERIOD

June 11 through July 31**

CONTACT PERIOD

During high school regional and state championship
competition that does not occur during a dead period.

EVALUATION PERIOD

*Dates are based on the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Dead period remains in effect
until the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship ends after
two games, the dead period ends on June 9 and the contact period would start on June 10.

**Dates are based on the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. If the WCWS dates are
delayed (e.g., two game tie, inclement weather) the dead period continues through the day of the final
championship game. See Bylaw 13.17.9 for further information.

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