Dropping a class before final exams can have a negative impact on your athletic eligibility and your scholarship!

In a recent blog post, I shared several things that an athlete should consider BEFORE they drop a class prior to final exams.


As I’ve mentioned before, the hardest thing I had to do when I worked on campus was to inform a student-athlete they weren’t eligible – it’s especially difficult knowing that many times something could be done to prevent the situation.

If you are or have an athlete who is struggling and considering dropping a class, please call us for an eligibility consult BEFORE taking action!  Schedule a personalized and confidential consult online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.

During a recent client consultation, I looked at the athletic website for their college, where I noticed that the college has a Junior Varsity basketball team.

If you or an athlete you know is playing on their college’s junior varsity team – even if they never practice with the varsity or dress in uniform for the varsity games – be aware that the athlete will be using one of their four seasons of eligibility. This is true of four-year college and two-year college programs.

To discuss the NCAA eligibility rules and how they may impact you or your athlete, schedule a confidential consultation online, e-mail rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.

Last week, an NCAA Division I football athlete called our office and wanted to confirm what “somebody” had told that if his coach was fired at the end of the season, then he could transfer and be immediately eligible at another Division I program next year.

I’m glad he called as this athlete was given bad information.

A coaching change (whether the coach is fired, or leaves of their own choosing to retire or take a new job) doesn’t change anything about the steps to follow in a transfer or about whether an athlete can be immediately eligible at their next college upon transfer.

A coaching change at an NCAA Division I school CAN possibly change some things about an athlete’s scholarship, but nothing about the transfer rules.

If you’d like to have a detailed discussion about your personal situation and the steps involved in transferring to another college including whether you can be immediately eligible, schedule a confidential phone consult online, or by calling 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com

If you’re a college athlete who is struggling in a class, you may be thinking about dropping that class before the final exam. Before doing that, there are a number of things that should be considered:

  • Will dropping the class affect my current eligibility right now? (If it drops you below full-time status, you’ll become immediately ineligible for competition.)
  • Will dropping the class affect my eligibility next semester? (That depends upon your specific situation. For some football athletes, it could even effect your eligibility next Fall.)
  • If I don’t drop the class, but fail it, how might that effect my eligibility? (If your GPA drops too low, you may be ineligible for next semester.)
  • What other implications are there that I’m not thinking about?

In a confidential phone consultation, we can discuss your specific situation and the impact that dropping a course, or possibly staying in it but failing the course, can have on your current and future eligibility. Schedule your consult online, or call our office at 913-766-1235.

NCAA DI men’s basketball recruits now have more opportunities to make official visits to NCAA Division I campuses.

In response to recommendations from the NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball, basketball prospects being recruited by Division I programs are now allowed to take up to five official visits during their junior year of high school, and then can take another five official visits starting once their junior year of high school has concluded.

This is the only NCAA sport that permits more than five official visits to Division I campuses.

Furthermore, a basketball prospect can make a repeat official visit to a campus during their senior year even if they already visited that same campus as a high school junior.

No other NCAA sport allows more than one official visit to a particular university.

In those situations where a basketball prospect chooses to delay their college enrollment, OR chooses to start at a junior college with the goal of then being recruited to a Division I program, an additional five official visits is permissible beginning on October 15 following a prospect’s high school graduation.

For questions about the NCAA rules for official or unofficial visits, sign up for an email-consult or schedule a confidential recruiting rules consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

If an NCAA DI or DII student-athlete’s sport is baseball, softball, lacrosse, women’s water polo, women’s beach or men’s volleyball, they are allowed to participate in competition during the Fall portion of the season without using one of their four seasons of eligibility.

However, if that same student-athlete DOES compete in their regular season, they WILL be charged with a year of eligibility used.

If the student-athlete DOES NOT compete in their regular season, they WILL NOT be charged with a season of eligibility.

Also, under revised Division I rules, this exception can be applied retroactively if an athlete was previously charged with a season of competition for only Fall participation in the above sports.

Please note that these rules do not apply to NCAA DIII student-athletes. Contact us if you have questions about redshirting in Division III.

If you are or have a student-athlete who you think may be able to receive an additional season of eligibility due to the retroactive application of this rule, schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues Consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

If you’re a high school athlete, are you sure that you’re on track to meet the NCAA academic requirements to receive an athletic scholarship and compete as a freshman?

The freshman academic eligibility requirements recently changed for NCAA Division I and Division II.

It’s very important to know the academic requirements that you’ll have to meet to be eligible for athletic scholarships, competition, or even practice during your freshman year.

Also, if you’re planning to start off at a junior college before moving on to a four-year college, it’s important to know that the academic requirements for a 2-4 transfer (two-year college to four-year college) to be eligible are different depending upon your Qualifier or Non-Qualifier status when you finish high school, as well as what level of four-year college you’re transferring to.

If you’d like us to review your high school transcript to make sure that you’re on pace to meet the NCAA academic requirements, contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or call 913-766-1235 to sign up for our Freshmen Eligibility and Transcript Review service.

A “Dead Period” is when coaches from NCAA schools are prohibited from having face-to-face interaction with recruits or their families – even if the recruit and/or parents make an unannounced visit to a coach’s office while they are touring college campuses.

Every NCAA Division I and II sport other than football has at least one “Dead Period” from November 12 to 14 or 15, around the initial date for recruits to sign an NCAA National Letter of Intent, depending upon whether the sport is a Division I or II program.

For more information on the rules in general, visit our Recruiting Rules page on our website. If you have specific questions about the NCAA recruiting rules, schedule a confidential email or phone consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

In some sports, the NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Period timeline is changing with the upcoming November 14th signing date. In the past, the Fall signing period was only one-week long and there was a separate Spring signing period in April.

Starting with this signing period, high-school athletes in all sports other than basketball and football will be able to sign an NLI any time between November 14th and next August 1st.

Signing periods for NCAA Basketball and Football are:

  • NCAA Division I Basketball early signing period is November 14 – November 21, 2018.
  • NCAA Division I Basketball regular signing period is April 17 2019 – May 15, 2019.
  • NCAA Division I Football early signing period is December 19 – December 21, 2018.
  • NCAA Division I & II mid-year signing period for JUCO Transfers is December 19 – January 15, 2019.
  • NCAA Division I  Football regular signing period is February 6 – April 1, 2019.
  • NCAA Division II Football regular signing period is February 6 – August 1, 2019.

Also, effective November 1, junior colleges that are members of the NJCAA can offer their NJCAA Letter of Intent to high school seniors in all sports other than Football.

For questions about the National Letter of Intent or about athletic scholarships in general, contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or 913-766-1235.

The NCAA Division I Council recently proposed changes to the Division I recruiting timeline that will adjust key recruiting dates in all sports other than football and basketball.  The proposed changes are expected to be voted on in April 2019.

One proposal addressed the sport of men’s ice hockey, while the other proposal addressed all Division I sports except hockey, football and basketball.

Proposal One: Prospects being recruited for men’s ice hockey would be allowed to make unofficial visits to campus to meet with coaches and tour athletic facilities as early as January 1 of the sophomore year of high school if this proposal is approved.

Currently, unofficial visits involving athletic staff are not permissible until September 1st of a prospect’s junior year of high school. The hockey proposal would also permit official visits to Division I campuses beginning August 1 before the start of a prospect’s junior year.

Proposal Two: For all sports other than football, basketball, and men’s ice hockey, the proposed changes would permit prospects to have communication with Division I coaches – whether initiated by the coach or the prospect – starting on June 15 after the sophomore year of high school. Also, the permissible date for official and unofficial visits would be moved one month earlier to August 1 from September 1.

NCAA universities and conferences will be providing feedback to the Division I Council prior to their vote in April, so these proposals could be revised before the final vote. Look for updates in the Spring regarding these proposals as we get closer to April.

For more information about NCAA recruiting rules, visit our website. If you’d like a confidential consult as to how these rules or other rules could impact you or your athlete, schedule a phone or email consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.