The NCAA D-I Council has now extended the D-I Dead Period through January 1, 2021. D-I coaches cannot scout or have face-to-face contacts with players through the end of the year. The D-I Council will review this issue periodically, so check back for updates.
D-II coaches were released from their quiet period as of September 1 and may now recruit normally. However, they must follow all pertinent city/county/state and individual college health guidelines. For regular Covid-19 updates, check these sites:
The Covid-19 pandemic will affect recruiting, particularly for 2021 grads. Many schools have canceled or delayed fall 2020 seasons, and we won't know for a while what will happen to winter sports. Some colleges are open, others are using distance learning. 2021 grads may have to consider more colleges and be even more proactive. You'll also want to be patient because it could be spring before many coaches finalize their 2021 recruiting decisions. Whether or not a particular college team is impacted by the player eligibility extension will vary from school to school. It will depend on the number of players in each grad year--2020, 2021, 2022, 2023--and on how many elect to use their extra year. It may also depend on the school's athletic affiliation as well as the school's financial wellness. (2021 grads who have already committed may want to contact the coach at your intended school ASAP. Some of the questions you could ask the coach include: Are you likely to be red-shirted? Should you take a gap year? Will Covid-19 affect your scholarship (if applicable), etc.)
Let me reiterate that if you think you still really want to play softball in college, you cannot sit on those hands you're washing so often! Be proactive now--2021 grads especially--to make sure you're at the front of the recruiting class when coaches start looking for commitments. Life WILL return to normal, but it may take awhile, so stay patient, stay informed, stay active...and stay well!!!!
NOTE: The coaches I'm hearing from are still eager to hear from and about new prospects! For information on recruiting, consult my book, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level, available on Amazon. The Kindle/ebook edition is only $9.95! (The paperback is $34.95.)
Visit the CSC page in this website for more information on Collegiate Softball Connection or the Recruiting Workshops page to learn about the Zoom recruiting meetings I offer softball teams/families! If you need recruiting guidance, have recruiting questions, etc., email or call me. Team registration discounts on my Basic Connection also be an affordable option for teams and families. I also offer discounts on group book purchases.