Breaking down the NCAA's new April

There have been a number of changes to the NCAA recruiting calendar in the past few months. From the timing to the terminology, here’s a look at new terms and the now critical month of April.

Previously, April was closed to college coaches. They were unable to attend AAU and travel team events. After three years of being grounded, the coaches can hit the road again this spring for a pair of “recruiting weekends” in April.

Before we get to what the month looks like, here’s a breakdown of our new terminology.


  • Scrap “contact period” and “evaluation period”

  • April is referred to as a “recruiting period”