Walk-on Transfer Rules

Can a preferred walk-on transfer from one D-I baseball program to another D-I without sitting out a year?

As most of you know, the NCAA transfer rule for baseball was changed a few years ago.

The change required athletes transferring from one D-I baseball program to another D-I to attend the second school for one academic year before they would be eligible for competition.  They can be immediately eligible to practice with the team, but can’t play for one year.

However, there is an exception that allows a baseball player to be immediately eligible upon transfer to another D-I program.

A walk-on may use the one-time transfer exception as long as the school he is leaving did not recruit him to their baseball program.

The NCAA uses four criteria to determine if an athlete is a “recruited athlete.”  To view the four criteria, click NCAA rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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