As the Fall semester winds down, we are being contacted by a large number of student-athletes who are trying to decide whether to transfer now or at the end of the Spring semester.

For those sports that cross over both the fall and spring semester – such as basketball, swimming, diving, indoor track, or wrestling – an athlete who competed in that sport during the fall semester, will most likely not be able to be immediately eligible if they transfer to another college for the spring semester.

Transfers are not one-size fits all. Many times a student-athlete has more than one option to accomplish their goals and retain or possibly extend their eligibility.  In that case, we recommend at Transfer Assessment Summary.

  • Transfer Assessment Summary lays out all the options available and includes “what if” scenarios so that the athlete and their family can review and make the decision that’s in their best interest going forward.  If you’re interested in this services, please call our office at 913-766-1235.

If you don’t feel you need a Transfer Assessment Summary but would like to discuss your particular situation confidentially, we recommend a phone consult with Rick:

  • Confidential Transfer Phone Consult where we discuss your particular situation and guide you through the required steps in a transfer to another college with the least amount of stress.  Schedule your consult online or call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

 

Current NCAA Division I student-athletes are required to have earned at least 6 credit hours during the fall semester (or quarter) in order to be eligible for the spring semester (or winter quarter).

In the sport of Division I football, athletes are required to have earned at least 9 semester or 8 quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term in order to be eligible for the complete 2019 football season. (Athletes who did not satisfy that requirement are ineligible for the first four games of the 2019 season, but have the opportunity to regain eligibility for at least two of those four games and possibly all four.)

Current Division II student-athletes in all sports are required to have earned at least 9 credit hours during the fall semester (or quarter) in order to be eligible for the spring semester (or winter quarter).

If you have questions about the NCAA academic eligibility requirements, especially for an athlete who must make up a deficiency to regain their eligibility, schedule a confidential eligibility consult or email consult online, or contact us at 913-766-1235 or by emailing rick@informedathlete.com.

Student-athletes in all sports at NCAA Division II colleges and universities will get a few days to step away from their sport and enjoy time with family and friends due to the week-long Division II “Winter Break” which starts next week

During the period from December 20-26, Division II coaches are not permitted to require that their student-athletes participate in any countable athletically-related activities (games, practices, conditioning workouts, team meetings, etc.).

Furthermore, student-athletes who may be staying on campus during this period of Dec. 20-26 (such as international student-athletes) or those who live near their campus are not allowed to participate in any voluntary athletic activities in a campus facility unless that facility is open to the general student population during this period.

For questions about NCAA rules, contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or by calling 913-766-1235 to schedule a confidential phone consultation.

There are limited reasons for which an NCAA DI or DII athletic scholarship can be cancelled in the middle of an academic year under the NCAA rules.

Mid-year cancellation is possible if an athlete:

  • Is ruled to be ineligible for competition;
  • Provides fraudulent information on an application, letter of intent, or financial aid agreement;
  • Engages in serious misconduct that rises to the level of being disciplined by the university’s regular student disciplinary board;
  • Voluntarily quits their team;
  • Violates a university policy or rule which is not related to athletic conditions or ability (such as a university policy on class attendance, or an athletic department policy regarding proper conduct on a team trip);
  • Due to recent rule changes – An NCAA Division I student-athlete can also have their scholarship cancelled at mid-year if he/she asks to be placed on the new NCAA DI transfer database portal prior to the start of spring semester.

It is a violation of NCAA rules for a coach to take away a scholarship mid-year for non-performance.

My advice to athletes and parents is to review very carefully any athletic department rules and policies that spell out the non-athletic reasons that can be cited for the cancellation or non-renewal of an athletic scholarship.

If you feel that you are being coerced into forfeiting your scholarship, contact Rick Allen at 913-766-1235 or send an e-mail to rick@informedathlete.com for a private consultation. We can advise you of your rights and walk you through the steps needed to handle this type of situation.

A head coaching change at an NCAA DI School (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 for an athlete to navigate a transfer or whether an athlete can be immediately eligible at their next college if they choose to transfer.

However, a coaching change in Division I CAN potentially have an impact on an athlete’s scholarship, or perhaps more accurately, on a scholarship athlete’s opportunity to continue as a member of their team at the university that has the coaching change.

That’s because a new head coach being hired at an NCAA Division I university can tell an athlete “You won’t be a member of this team next season. You can continue on scholarship here at the university until you graduate, but you won’t be a part of this team.”

The NCAA rationale for this rule is that an athlete should have the right to complete their degree at their current university while continuing on scholarship even if the new coaching staff has a “system” for which that current athlete is not a good fit or if the coach tries to “run off” the athlete.

The best example may be a football player who chose their university because the former coaches featured a pass-oriented offense, but the new coaching staff prefers a run-oriented approach.

The downside of this rule is that an athlete in this situation will, in most cases, never be able to continue on the team at their current university. That’s because the benefit to the new coaching staff is that they get to “reclaim” that scholarship to go recruit a new player while allowing the current player to continue on scholarship at the university until they complete their degree – as long as that current player never participates in football again for their current university.

If you’d like to have a confidential detailed discussion about the Division I scholarship rules when a coaching change occurs, schedule a scholarship strategies consult online, call 913-766-1235 or email rick@informedathlete.com.