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What is a Quiet Period?

During a quiet period, it is not permissible for college coaches to have personal contact off-campus with prospective student athletes, their families, nor may they watch them compete or visit their high schools.  It is important to realize a student athlete may visit a college campus during this time and have face-to-face contact.

Below is the recruiting calendar from the NCAA website for Women’s Division I Volleyball:

August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013
(See NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.9 for Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Sand Volleyball Calendar Formula)
The dates in this calendar reflect the application of NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.9 at the time of publication of this manual but are subject to change per NCAA Constitution 5.2.3.1 or if certain dates (e.g., National Letter of Intent signing dates) are altered.
(a) August 1 through December 2, 2012, [except for (1) below]: Contact Period
(1) November 12-15, 2012: Dead Period
(b) December 3-11, 2012: Quiet Period
(c) December 12-31, 2012, [except for (1) and (2) below]: Dead Period

(1) Coaches attending the AVCA annual awards banquet may have incidental contact with two-year college prospects being honored at the banquet, provided no recruiting conversation occurs. (Bylaw 13.02.5.4.1) (2) Thursday of the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship through the Sunday immediately following the championship (December 13-15). An institution’s authorized coaching staff members (see Bylaw 11.7.4) may evaluate on only one day and may attend only one event on that day during this period. Such an event shall occur within a 30-mile radius of the site of the championship (Louisville, Kentucky). Coaches from the same institution who attend such an event shall attend the same event on the same day. Coaches shall not attend events that occur at the same time that any intercollegiate competition in conjunction with the NCAA championship occurs: Evaluation Period

(d) January 1 through July 31, 2013, [except for (1), (2) and (3) below]: Contact Period
(1) January 1-18, 2013: Quiet Period
(2) April 15-18, 2013: Dead Period
(3) May 1-24, 2013: Quiet Period
(e) The following state-specific contact and evaluation times are permissible: (1) In those states that play the high school volleyball season in the winter, contacts and evaluations shall be permissible January 1 through the Friday prior to the Presidents Weekend Tournaments.