In one case, the parent of a student-athlete sent out e-mails to other schools stating that their child was considering a transfer from School A. Some of these schools sent “permission to contact” request forms to School A to speak to this athlete. The problem was that the athlete didn’t know the parent had sent those e-mails, and hadn’t discussed this with their current coach.
In another case, an athlete approached an opposing coach on the field following a game to ask about a transfer to that school. Her current coach observed the discussion and asked what was going on. Once again, the athlete had not mentioned to the current coach what she was planning beforehand.
In each case, the athlete has been kicked off of their team, and may be denied the right to talk to those schools about a possible transfer because they didn’t talk with their coach in advance.
Don’t make mistakes that end your athletic career or jeopardize your scholarship!
The NCAA transfer process can be very stressful and uncomfortable, but if done properly can result in the athlete being in a much better situation and poised for success. If you have questions about the transfer rules and process, we have a few resources that can help!