Terms & Definitions

Evaluation Period

What is evaluation period in college athletics?

During an evaluation period, coaches are permitted to assess the academic or athletic ability of a prospective student-athlete.

What can NCAA coaches do or not do during the evaluation period of recruiting?

During an evaluation period, coaches may not have direct contact in excess of a greeting with a prospective student-athlete or their parents/guardians.

Why is the evaluation period important in college athletics recruiting?

As with other recruiting periods, the contact period is intended to maintain boundaries and competitive equity within the recruiting process.


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