The recruiting calendar is made up of many different periods that govern what coaches can and cannot do on the recruiting trail. Monday kicked off one of the most important periods of the recruiting cycle, the evaluation period. The NCAA defines the evaluation period as
One hundred sixty-eight (168) evaluation days (216 for U.S. service academies) (see Bylaw 13.02.7.2) (excluding Memorial Day and Sundays) selected at the discretion of the member institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics [as provided in (1) below]:
(1) An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete’s academic qualifications during this evaluation period.