Terms & Definitions

Contact Period

What is a contact period in college athletics?

A contact is defined as an exchange between a coaching staff member and a prospective student-athlete that is in excess of a greeting. A contact period is a segment of time when such interactions are permissible under NCAA rules.

When can NCAA coaches contact athletes?

Contact periods vary by sport and occur at different times throughout the year as stipulated by sport specific recruiting calendars.

Why is the contact period important in NCAA recruiting?

Contact periods are important because they serve the purpose of maintaining competitive equity within the recruiting process. They also establish boundaries that protect PSAs from the intrusiveness of the recruiting process.


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Lyle was a member of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship team at Wake Forest. After embarking on a professional soccer career, Lyle transitioned to the tech industry, where he was one of the first 100 employees at Uber, designing platforms and tools for data consumers. Lyle also holds a Master’s in Sports Management from Columbia University.