At their meeting in late June, the NCAA Division I Council introduced a proposal to reduce the Transfer Portal Windows at the end of each sport season from 60 days to 30 days.

  • This proposal was recommended because data gathered over the past year showed that most athletes enter the Transfer Portal in the early days of each Transfer Window.
  • Various Division I committees, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, will review the proposal and gather feedback from their constituents before a final vote is considered at the October meeting of the Council.

On another item regarding transfers, Softball athletes should be aware of a new Division I rule that goes into effect this year.

  • A softball athlete who transfers to a Division I university at midyear will NOT be allowed to be immediately eligible for the Spring season at their new university. The athlete will be allowed to practice with their new team but won’t be eligible for competition until the following Fall term.

If you would like confidential assistance navigating the steps and rule for a transfer to another college or university:

Schedule a Confidential Transfer Consultation online or you can contact us directly at rick@informedathlete.com or by calling 913-766-1235

  • High school recruits who are entering their junior year of high school are allowed to take official visits to Division I universities beginning August 1st in all sports other than baseball, women’s basketball, football, lacrosse and softball.
  • For the Division I sports of baseball, lacrosse and softball, the first opportunity is September 1st of a recruit’s junior year of high school.
  • For women’s basketball, the first opportunity is January 1st of the junior year of high school while April 1st of the junior year of high school is the first opportunity for Division I football recruits.

For Division II programs, all sports can provide a recruit with an official visit beginning June 15 preceding the recruit’s junior year of high school.

If you have questions about the NCAA recruiting rules and want to discuss your athlete’s particular situation, we can help with a confidential Recruiting Rules consultation. During the consult, we’ll answer all your questions, and can also discuss the athletic scholarship rules of the various college levels and how they pertain specifically to your athlete.

Effective July 1, recruits can now take an unlimited number of official visits to Division I institutions, as long as they don’t take more than one official visit per university.

  • There are exceptions possible when there has been a head coaching change at a university since the recruit’s original official visit, and also if a recruit later on in their college career is transferring to another university.

Also, high school athletes who are being told by an NCAA Division I coach that they can join the team as a “student manager” because there are no roster spots available, should be aware of a new rule that will impact them.

  • At the NCAA Division I level, once an athlete takes the role of a “student manager” they are forfeiting any remaining eligibility to compete for that university in that sport. That rule has applied in Division I baseball since 2014 but is now applicable to ALL Division I sports.

If you have any questions regarding these new rules, call our office at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

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Every year in August or September after classes have started, we are contacted by college student-athletes who have been told that they won’t be eligible for competition. By then, it’s too late to consider other options that may be possible.

If you are transferring to a new college or enrolling as a freshman – especially if you are doing so as a non-recruited walk-on:

  • Contact the athletic compliance office to confirm that you have satisfied ALL of the academic requirements to be eligible for competition in your first year of attendance.

DON’T wait until the last minute, do this ASAP! Why?

  • Because staff members who are responsible for certifying athletes’ eligibility will likely be focusing more attention on those incoming athletes who have been actively recruited by the coaching staff as scholarship athletes or as “preferred walk-ons.”
  • If you have not satisfied the academic requirements to be eligible in your first year at that university, it may be too late to consider possible options (such as taking additional summer courses, postponing your enrollment or returning to junior college for one more semester.)

It’s very important to:

  • Know the academic requirements your athlete will need to satisfy to be eligible at their new university as a transfer or as an incoming freshman.
  • Get confirmation in writing from the school that your athlete has satisfied all requirements to be eligible.

Do You Need Help?

We can discuss your athlete’s current situation, explain the academic requirements for eligibility in a confidential Eligibility Issues consultation, and we can even review your athlete’s high school or junior college transcript to inform whether they are on track to satisfy the eligibility requirements. Schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues Consultation online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.