Signing Period Now Open For Prospective DI, DII Student-Athletes

WAYNE – Prospective student-athletes for division I and II sports will open a ninth-month period to sign their national letter of intent.

As Division I basketball has an early signing period from Wednesday, November 11 – Wednesday, November 18; all other Division I and II sports besides football and basketball opened their initial signing date Wednesday.

The final signing date for these sports will end August 1, 2021.


Other National Letter of Intent Signing Dates:

Division I Basketball (regular period): April 14, 2021 – May 19, 2021

Division I Football (early period): December 16, 2020 – December 18, 2020

Division I and II Football (Midyear JC Transfer): December 16, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Division I and II Football (regular period): February 3, 2021 – April 1, 2021 (DI) and August 1, 2021 (DII).


The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 657 Division I and Division II participating institutions.

The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.