When can I sign a national letter of intent?

By: Jeff HopperUpdated: February 18, 2021


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No. Signing the NLI is voluntary at any and all times. Prospective student-athletes are not required to sign the NLI on the first day of the signing period. Many prospective student-athletes do choose to sign their NLI on the first available day to bring an end to the recruiting process.

Moreover, when can athletes sign with colleges?

April 15 through May 31 of junior year: NCAA recruiting rules mandate that, during this time, coaches can call athletes one time. Additional calls can be made after September 1 of the athlete's senior year.

Do Division 3 schools have signing day?

Division 3 athletes don't have a NLI to sign, but they can sign a “non-binding standardized celebratory form” It can be signed by a prospect after the prospect has been accepted to a Division III institution.

What is signing day in high school?

National Signing Day. National Signing Day has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

What happens if you sign a letter of intent and don't go?

A LOI is a legal contract which says you will attend the college in question. If you change your mind and decide to go to a different college, you will lose your NCAA athletic eligibility to compete for 1 academic year. If you break a LOI by going to another college, you can still play at that college.


Can college coaches talk to sophomores?

Division I Men's Basketball NCAA Recruiting Rules
June 15 after sophomore year: Coaches can call, email, text, direct message and correspond with athletes in any form of private communication. Calls from coaches to athletes are unlimited at this time except during dead and quiet periods.

Can you change your mind after signing a letter of intent?

Once you sign a LOI, the recruiting process is over. No other college is allowed to recruit you. You can change your mind and go to a different college, but there are penalties for this.

Do walk ons sign NLI?

Technically, preferred walk-ons don't have anything to sign on Signing Day, as they aren't receiving an athletic scholarship. Ask your future coach about having something to sign, especially if your school is throwing a Signing day party. Don't forget to rep your new school with some gear!

When can college coaches make you an offer?

For most Division I and Division II sports, coaches can start proactively reaching out to recruits June 15 after sophomore year or September 1 of junior year. However, many coaches—think: Division I and some top-tier DII schools—will make scholarship offers to athletes as young as 7th and 8th grade.

Do you bring a gift to a college signing party?

NCAA coaches can not hand-deliver or be present for your signing day ceremony. NCAA Legislation prevents coaches from physically bringing the documents to your house or school.

When should you commit to a college?

Each year, high school seniors look forward to May 1 as an informal culmination of the college applications season. It's the day that decisions are due back to colleges, the deadline by which seniors must decide and commit to the institution they'll attend in the fall.

WHEN CAN Division 3 coaches call?

College coaches cannot contact you on competition or practice days until your event is finished, and you are dismissed by the proper authority (like your high school coach or athletic director). During a contact period college coaches can make only one visit per week to your high school.

What do you wear to an official college visit?

For women, a skirt, dress, nice slacks or jeans are acceptable. Avoid wearing sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats, flip flops and ripped jeans. Bring athletic clothes and shoes in case you get invited to work out with the team.

Can college coaches attend signing day?

NCAA coaches can not hand-deliver or be present for your signing day ceremony. NCAA Legislation prevents coaches from physically bringing the documents to your house or school. These NCAA college coaches cannot be present during your signing, even if you are a highly recruited athlete.

When can d2 coaches contact players?

D2 coaches can reach out to recruits starting June 15 after the athlete's sophomore year via electronic communications, recruiting materials, phone calls and in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts.

Do recruited athletes have to apply?

Depending on the sport you play and the college that is recruiting you, you can be offered a full or partial athletic scholarship. For example, some recruited student-athletes don't apply to a college until after they have taken an official campus visit.

What does it mean when a college coach invites you to a camp?

Attendees that received generic invites are usually “campers” and are mainly there for skills development, as they are not being actively evaluated by a coach. Meanwhile, “recruits” have received a personal invitation from the coach or coaching staff and are being evaluated at the camp or showcase.