First there was the news that DI college programs wouldn’t be able to go out and recruit thanks to the extension of the Dead Period through (at least) July 31.
Today came word that the DII schools will also see that date of July 31 having importance for them as the Quiet Period has been extended another month as well.
Several sources have confirmed that meetings were held today and finalized that date with Athletic Directors reaching out to their coaches to let them know of the new restrictions.
Ironically, coaches at the DII level will still be able to work and run showcase camps, where they will be able to interact with prospective student-athletes, but they can’t attend in-person the games, tournaments and showcases of these players.
Said one reliable source, “These coaches make much of their income from the summer camps and to deny them from participating would prevent them from making much of their income and be very damaging to their careers.”
For recruitable fastpitch athletes, this means that at their club events this summer, NCAA Div. II and Div. II coaches won’t be able to evaluate in person, although DIII and NAIA coaches can still show up.
Not what many had in mind just a few short months ago pre-COVID 19 when many pre-college players were looking forward to playing summer ball in front of dozens of DI and DII coaches nationwide.