21 Jun Division 1 Dead Period Change
NCAA division 1 soccer has made a change and it will affect you even thou you don’t play division 1 soccer. They have introduced a “dead period” between December 15 and January 5 in which no recruiting can take place. Apparently, it was just too demanding to give up their holiday time with their families. The biggest changes are to the Disney Showcase and ECNL Showcase. Instead of the Disney showcase, January 1-3 like it was planned, it now will be during Thanksgiving! (Oh, that’s much better. Thanks NCAA for the help, kinda.) The ECNL Showcase is now Jan 6-8… Great.
This does not affect other divisions of soccer.
For more information read below or follow this link.
NCAA establishes recruiting dead period
in Division I women’s soccer
(June 6, 2017) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors recently adopted legislation to implement a recruiting dead period for NCAA Division I women’s soccer from December 15 through January 5. This dead period will take effect for the first time in the upcoming 2017-18 school year.
During a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools.
The legislation to implement the dead period was proposed by the Big 12 Conference and Southeastern Conference, and a survey of NCAA Division I women’s soccer head coaches conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America showed 56% of respondents in favor of the dead period, 35% not in favor and 9% undecided.
“A majority of Division I women’s coaches were in support of the dead period proposal so we are excited that it passed,” said Karen Hoppa, head coach at Auburn University and the Division I representative for the NSCAA Women’s College Membership Group. “We feel it will allow our coaches to have some down time after our season and will allow a break for the prospects who play soccer all year long.”
From a scheduling perspective for youth clubs and college coaches, this development affects the timing of two major youth events previously scheduled from December 15-January 5 in Florida. The Disney Girls Showcase in Orlando will now be played November 23-26, 2017 and the Elite Clubs National League National Event in Sanford will be held January 6-8, 2018. To receive more information about the Disney and ECNL events, visit www.disneysoccershowcase.comand www.eliteclubsnationalleague.com.
The new 22-day recruiting dead period for NCAA Division I women’s soccer will be followed by an annual four-day recruiting dead period in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer for the Monday through Thursday of the initial week for signing of the National Letter of Intent. For the 2017-18 school year, the initial signing date for prospective student-athletes in the sport of soccer to sign a National Letter of Intent is February 7, 2018 and the dead period will take place from February 5-8, 2018.