If your son or daughter is on an athletic scholarship at their college or university, do you have a copy of their scholarship agreement for this year?

If so, have you read through the agreement to know the conditions under which it can be reduced or cancelled? It’s important to review the scholarship agreement and know what expectations have been placed on your son or daughter.

We all know that they’re expected to stay academically eligible, conduct themselves properly, and work hard in practice every day.

But how do you know if there are team rules or athletic department policies that could cause them to lose their scholarship if you haven’t carefully reviewed the scholarship agreement?

I recently consulted with parents who did not have a copy of their son’s scholarship agreement. They were unaware of an athletic department policy that was in place and resulted in their son’s scholarship being revoked.

We realize that it could be an uncomfortable conversation if you need to ask the coach or athletic department for a copy of the agreement.

However, if you feel that things aren’t going well for your son or daughter, or if they are being threatened with the cancellation of their scholarship, it will be important to know what is stated in those rules or policies.

In addition, it is important to know your athlete’s rights if they are told that the school won’t be able to provide their scholarship.

We recently consulted with a dad who told us that his son, who had signed a Letter of Intent with a major Division I baseball program, was told just 10 days before he was to enroll at the college that they were NOT going to be able to provide his scholarship.

The reasoning (or excuse!) explained by the coach was that they had returning players who weren’t drafted as they expected, and they now needed to give scholarships to those guys instead.

Would it have been uncomfortable for this young athlete to tell the coach “I signed your scholarship agreement, and I’m going to honor my commitment and enroll at your school this Fall?” Yes, absolutely!

This athlete would have been fully entitled to receive the scholarship that was formally offered and accepted as long as he was certified as an NCAA Qualifier and satisfied the admission requirements of that university.

If you have questions about your student-athlete’s scholarship, schedule a confidential Scholarship Strategies Consult online, or contact us for further information at 913-766-1235 or rick@informedathlete.com.

If your athlete’s primary reason for considering a Transfer from their current four-year college to a Division I university is to receive an athletic scholarship, I encourage them to think twice.

I believe that it will be more difficult for a student-athlete doing a 4-4 transfer (one four-year college to another) to receive an athletic scholarship from a Division I program.

The reason is because of the very strict limitations placed on Division I coaches under these new Transfer rules as to when they can cancel or not renew an athletic scholarship that is provided to a 4-4 transfer.

Note that under these new rules:

The ONLY way that a Division I coach will be permitted to cancel or not renew an athletic scholarship granted to a transfer from another four-year college is if the athlete transfers yet again to another college OR if the athlete loses their amateur athletic status.

Otherwise:

The Division I university is required to continue the athlete on their athletic scholarship until the athlete’s undergraduate graduation or until the completion of their athletic eligibility, whichever comes first – EVEN if the athlete chooses to quit their team!

Put yourself in the shoes of a Division I coach:

Would you be willing to invest a valuable athletic scholarship in an athlete who transfers to your program while knowing that your program would still need to continue providing that scholarship (and counting it against your team’s scholarship limit) even if the athlete chooses to quit the team?

Do You Need Advice?

For a private discussion of all the factors your student-athlete should consider about a possible transfer, schedule a confidential Transfer Consultation online or call 913-766-1235.