Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

Are you thinking about a possible transfer from one NCAA or NAIA university to another?

Maybe you’re looking for more playing time elsewhere, or just want to be back closer to home?
If you’re planning to transfer to an NCAA or an NAIA university, you need to remember that you need to receive written permission from your current school to talk with other coaches. So, the first thing you should do is talk to your coach and explain that you would like to request permission to speak with other schools.

But, how do you do that in the middle of your season without being benched or even cut from your team by an angered coach?
We’ve had the privilege of guiding thousands of athletes and parents through the steps in the transfer process, including when and how to approach the coach, and by providing other tips about transfers. We also inform clients of their rights if their transfer request is denied, and how to approach an appeal, if necessary.

A transfer can be a very stressful situation, but in a phone or Skype consultation we’ll guide you through each step in the process so that you’re prepared for the “what ifs.”

To schedule a transfer consultation, please call 913-766-1235 or email rick@informedathlete.com.

1250 replies
  1. harper34
    harper34 says:

    Rick,
    I got recruited to and played baseball at a division 2 school for my freshman and sophomore years. I’m going to be a junior but want to transfer to another division 2 school but it is in the SAME conference I am In now. Will I be eligible to play if I transfer to an in conference d2 school?

  2. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Renate,
    If you would be eligible to compete at your NAIA school this Fall if you were staying there, you should be able to be immediately eligible at a Div. III school and not have to sit out from competition for a year.
    Rick

  3. Renate
    Renate says:

    Hello, I’m a freshman saying basketball & track at an NAIA school, can I transfer to a NCAA D3 school & still be legible, without taking a year off?

  4. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi T,
    As a 4-4-4 transfer, this athlete will be ineligible for competition during his first year at a another Div. I (or Div. II) university. Also, he will need to receive “permission to contact” other schools from the Div. II school that he played for last Fall.
    Rick

  5. T
    T says:

    My son’s friend got a D1 FB scholarship and enrolled in January. Because he got in some trouble the ACC school dismissed him. He then enrolled and played in the fall at a D2 school. Now he has the opportunity to return to a D1 university. What are the double transfer and does he only need to get a release??

  6. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jake,
    If you weren’t enrolled as a full-time student last year when you took 6 credit hours in the Fall and 6 in the Spring, then your eligibility will depend upon whether you are a Qualifier based on your HS academic record. Otherwise, you may not be eligible since you didn’t earn at least 18 credit hours during the regular academic year.
    Rick

  7. Jake
    Jake says:

    Hi, I went to I was wondering if I would have to sit out a year due to only taking 6 credits last fall, 6 credits this spring, and I am also taking 12 credits this summer, which equals 24 credits. However, I am trying to play football for a newly named division II school (UVa-Wise) and they say I might not be able to play because I wasn’t a full time student the year before. Is there any advice you could give me that would help me be able to play? I have never played Divison II football before.
    Thanks
    Jake

  8. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Ditte,
    If he transfers to a Div. III school, and is doing well academically, it’s quite possible that he won’t have to sit out from competition next year. He would have to, however, if he were transferring to another Div. II school, or back to the Div. I level.
    Rick

  9. Ditte
    Ditte says:

    Rick,
    My son is going to a D2 school now and plans to transfer to a D3 university closer to home next year. He played some D1 sports already. Would he need to sit out after his second transfer next year? Thank you

  10. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Matt,
    Since Div. III doesn’t offer athletic scholarships or utilize the NLI, he doesn’t need any permission to talk to the Div. II coach or to sign with that school.
    Rick

  11. Matt
    Matt says:

    My brother has enrolled and committed to play at a DIv 3 school this fall. He was recently offered a spot on a Div 2 team. Does he now need permission from the Div 3 school to talk to the DIv 2 coach or to sign a NLI (there was no NLI for the Div 3 school).

  12. Derek
    Derek says:

    Hello Rick,
    My daughter attended D1 school for two years and is planning to transfer. I was told that she is too old for JUCO’s ( she is an international student), so we are looking for a DII or NAIA school which we could choose for a year and then possibly bounce back to D1 or go to a stronger academically D3 school. Would she have to sit out even if she moved from D1 to D2 and then to D3?
    Take care and thanks

  13. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Kelsey,
    No permission is needed since you’re transferring from a two-year college. That’s only when an athlete is looking to transfer between four-year schools.
    Rick

  14. Kelsey
    Kelsey says:

    HI, I’m currently looking to transfer into a D2 school for lacrosse. Currently I am enrolled in a Community College and not playing lacrosse for them since there is no team. I don’t need a permission to contact from the institution to contact coaches correct?

  15. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Janet,
    Approach the Athletic Director at the JUCO, as he and the President or a VP will need to sign an NJCAA Transfer Waiver Form for your son to be able to play at another JUCO.
    Rick

  16. Janet
    Janet says:

    My son signed a letter of intent to play baseball (after he was 18) at a junior college on his way to living his dream of playing professional baseball since he was 3. However this coach who sounded more like a salesman was full of broken empty promises and my son would just as soon leave his dream than play here. He wanted to transfer to a school closer to home and possibly play ball. But the coach told him he wouldn’t release him and this is after he had told my son he didn’t want him on the team. What can we do to get a release?

  17. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rick,
    He would sit out from competition for a year, and then would be eligible for his remaining three seasons of eligibility starting Spring 2016.
    Rick

  18. Rick K.
    Rick K. says:

    Rick,
    Thanks for the clarification. On the last point, if he practices in the Fall of 2014 with the current Division 1 school then transfers to a different Division 1 school in the Winter for the Spring semester of 2015, it sounds like he would then sit out a year and then be eligible to play in the Spring of 2016. Would the 2016 season be his second year of eligibility with 2 remaining?
    Thanks,
    Rick K.

  19. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rick,
    Your son could be eligible to play at a Div. III school in the Spring after attending the same Div. I school this Fall, as long as he is academically eligible at the time that he leaves the Div. I school. However, the Div. I rules don’t permit incoming mid-year transfers to be immediately eligible, so he could not be eligible as a mid-year transfer to a Div. I school until the following academic year.
    Whether the Fall semester counts toward eligibility depends upon whether transferring to Div. I or Div. III in the Spring.
    Rick

  20. Rick K.
    Rick K. says:

    My son just completed his freshman year at a D1 school where he played baseball. He didn’t have a great experience and got almost no opportunity to play and doesn’t expect much the upcoming season. Given the transfer application deadlines have mostly past, I assume it is too late for a Fall transfer to a good academic D1 or D3 school. Given that, if he were to transfer in the Winter after returning for the Fall Semester, would he be eligible to play for a D3 school in the Spring? When would he be eligible to play for a D1 school? Does the Fall semester count toward eligibility or is only the Spring season?

  21. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    M,
    As long as you haven’t attended any college (or combination of colleges) for more than ten semesters as a full-time student, you can do that.
    Rick

  22. M
    M says:

    Hi I Played DIV I tennis for two years (2008-2010). I would like to finish my degree and so would like to know if I can come back to a DIV II school (I am 24 years old).

  23. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Maggie,
    Under the Div. III rules, she can be eligible at another Div. III school next Fall as long as the Div. II school can state that she would be eligible if returning there rather than transferring.
    Rick

  24. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    William,
    This will depend upon a number of things including your recruiting status, whether you were on scholarship at the Div. II, and your academic standing.
    Rick

  25. Maggie
    Maggie says:

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter played D3 volleyball her freshman yr. transfered last fall to our local d2 school to play her soph yr. It was a brand new program that became a train wreck. Worst experience with a coach ever. She told the coach in Jan. that she was very unhappy and decided to not play any longer.
    She decided to try to go to the the D3 school she orignally wanted to go for her major. while still in high school but we could not afford it. Once that coach heard she was interested in the school again she told her she wants her to play for her. She did not mention anything about sitting out a yr. If she transfers again and decides to play would she be sitting out a yr?
    In case i rambled basically it is d3 to d2 back to d3 (but notthe same one). 🙂

  26. William
    William says:

    I played football at a division 2 school. I couldn’t afford to go there anymore so I took a year off to work and save up. If I wanted to play now at a division 1 school would I have to sit out a year?

  27. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    Got it. NAIA transfer would be an option if he found a college he could continue his Bachelor studies at if he doesn’t complete it at present college by fall. Am I correct? He could attend part time in the fall 11 units and play/practice fall, if he met all the other rule requirements. Then continue full time in the Spring and play provided he can meet the 24 hour rule for the 2 semesters prior to transfer.

  28. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chuck,
    Here’s the Div. II rule as copied from the Div. II Manual: “A student-athlete may practice or compete while enrolled in a full-time graduate program as defined by the institution for all graduate students in that program.” This would count as a semester toward the 10-semester limit.
    Rick

  29. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    Would he need to be full time in the fall to practice with the team if he trasferred with his B.S.completed to another D2 for his Graduate Degree provided that degree wasn’t offered at his present school? Trying to figure out if there is another strategy so he can practice that first fall with team withhout using up a season of play.

  30. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chuck,
    That’s correct. The downside of that strategy is that he won’t be able to practice with the team in the Fall if he’s not a full-time student.
    Rick

  31. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    Thanks Rick you are a great guy and I appreciate that. I will email you. Sorry for being long winded. I just don’t get how he could play the 2 baseball season’s he has left if he was enrolled in 8 full time semesters already. That leaves only 2 full time semesters for 2 Spring seasons. I guess he could take 11 units each fall part time with winter/summer school part time like he did for his A.A and B.S. Is that how it could be done?

  32. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chuck,
    The simplest way to answer your questions is that he could be eligible at another Div. II school next year as a Graduate student, regardless of how many times he has transferred already. He wouldn’t need summer hours in order to do that. If you want to discuss other options, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.
    Rick

  33. Chuck
    Chuck says:

    My son has attended 8 fulltime semesters total in collge since 2009 and played 2 Spring seasons of baseball. 1 at JUCO and 1 at an NAIA. He is graduating at a D2 he’s attending since fall 2012 but never played or was recruited at. He’s 4-2-4-4 right now. Could he use the 2 year non-participation rule and play next Spring 2015 if he transfers in fall to another D2 and gets a Masters or another BA. Would he have 2 Spring seasons left to play D2 baseball at either the D2 he’s at as a walk on or would he have to transfer? He last played NAIA baseball Spring 2012. He took 12 units Fall 2013 semester and 9 units this past Spring 2014. He is considering taking 3 units this summer 2014. Is it necessary to take that summer coure to achieve 24 for the year prior to transfer with 2 years non-participation? Is ther a way he could play the 2 remaining years at a NAIA college if he delayed getting the BA or chose another major on transfer?

  34. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Robbie,
    My primary expertise is with NCAA rather than NAIA rules, but from what I know about NAIA, I believe that is accurate.
    Rick

  35. Sabine
    Sabine says:

    Rick,
    After I got release from my coach can I change my mind and stay in same team and college ?

  36. Robbie
    Robbie says:

    Rick,
    A college is starting an NAIA basketball progran and has never had a team. The coach is telling my son will they are transitioning they will be a club basketball team and he will use any eligibility his first year and can transfer without penalty. Is this true?

  37. Emily
    Emily says:

    Hi Rick,
    I’m a student at an NAIA school in Pennsylvania, but I would like to transfer to a NCAA school and change my major next semester. Now I’ve already used up 3 years of eligibility, would I get another 4 years as an NCAA Division II athlete or would I only get one year?

  38. Ty
    Ty says:

    Rick,
    I will be attending a NAIA school in the fall as a incoming Junior and will be playing football. I didn’t play football at my old school. With that I will play two years at the NAIA school. I was wondering if after my two years, I will be able to play at a Division 1 school while getting a graduate degree?

  39. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Anthony,
    Assuming that you only attended college for 6 semesters as a full-time student based on your information, you may have four semesters available in which to still compete for an NAIA school. Whether you can be eligible in your first semester, or will need to sit out from competition, will depend upon your academic status when you last attended college as a full-time student.
    Rick

  40. Anthony
    Anthony says:

    I am looking to transfer to a NAIA school. I played 2 years of Ncaa division 2 ball and transferred to a 1aa non scholarship school in which I red shirted, this was in 04….am I still eligible to play NAIA ball? Please help

  41. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hayley,
    If you would like to discuss all the steps in the transfer process, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents to help them navigate the NCAA transfer process. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.
    Rick

  42. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Gino,
    If you would like to discuss all the steps in the transfer process, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents to help them understand the NCAA eligibility and transfer rules. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.
    As an alternative, you may be interested in our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website. Here’s a link to the Guide to Transfers:
    http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide
    Rick

  43. Hayley
    Hayley says:

    Hello, I am currently on athletic scholarship at a D1 school. I play field hockey( a fall sport) and my coach just recently suggested to me( at an extremely inconvenient time, making it difficult for me to transfer) I should leave based on the academic pressure this school has. I want to transfer to another D1 program closer to home. What are the steps for that if the baseline academic transfer time has already passed?

  44. Gino
    Gino says:

    My son is currently a baseball player at a prominent Div 3 school and is unhappy with his situation. I know there are several colleges interested in him including several division 1’s (and D3’s). What would he need to do to transfer to a given Div 1 or Div 3? Does he need to initiate contact with other schools? Obtain a formal release from his present one? Can he go to a private workout without a release? Can I as a parent do this? What is the “redshirt” policy for moving to the different Divisions?

  45. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    J,
    His release doesn’t directly effect his scholarship in a technical sense, but many coaches won’t grant a release at mid-year unless the athlete signs a statement forfeiting their scholarship for the second semester. Bottom line – most coaches will want to know if he’s staying or going – period.
    Rick

  46. J. Parker
    J. Parker says:

    Thanks Rick, the other question I had related to this is that my son is under scholarship and he is interested in this school but won’t be 100 percent sure he wants to transfer until he see’s the school and meets with the coaching staff. If he was granted his release after football season and then decided that he wants to stay at his current school will the release affect his scholarship if he decides he wants to remain? The main reason he is thinking of transferring is because my job is relocating me out of state. Thanks

  47. kelsey
    kelsey says:

    I am currently enrolled and played one basketball season at a D III school. However, the cost of the school is too much–could I transfer to a D 1 school as a walk on and still be able to play and participate without setting out like D 1 athletes do when they transfer to another D 1 school?

  48. J. Parker
    J. Parker says:

    Hi Rick, my son played as a freshman on a D2 football team, and will be playing for the same school as a sophomore. He is interested in transferring to another D2 school that was just awarded a football program (starting in 2016). I was told that for the 2015 season the team would only practice and have intra-squad scrimmages. If my son was able to transfer to this school and participate in practices and scrimmages in 2015 would he still have 2 years of eligibility starting in 2016. I would think his 2015 year would be red-shirted. Also would the best time for him to ask for a release from his current school be after this upcoming season? I would like to get communication with the coach as soon as possible. Thanks

  49. Oana
    Oana says:

    Hi Rick,
    I have recently asked my coach for a release however I am not satisfied with the offers I received and I would prefer to stay at my current school. If I asked him if I could stay would he be allowed to give me a scholarship next year even though I signed a paper that I don’t want the scholarship next year?
    Thanks.

  50. Demarea
    Demarea says:

    I am moving to California and have been emailing coaches about playing in their basketball programs. I played at a Community College in Washington. DO I still need a release form?

  51. Jeffrey
    Jeffrey says:

    Thanks for the information. I assume the reason he would have to sit another year at D2 is because he already has one transfer?

  52. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jeffrey,
    Your son will have to sit another year if he transfers to an NCAA Div. II school, but he would have the chance to be eligible this Fall at another Div. III school if he meets the academic requirements.
    Rick

  53. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Anna,
    Your son will need “permission to contact” from his current school before coaches at other NCAA schools are allowed to talk with him about a possible transfer. It doesn’t matter whether he is a scholarship or walk-on athlete.
    Rick

  54. Jeffrey
    Jeffrey says:

    My son is a sophomore football player at an FCS school. He initially played at a d3 school as a freshman and then transferred to the FCS school and sat out this year as his mandatory redshirt as a transfer. Spring camp is now over and he is disappointed in his place in the depth chart and is concerned that he may not see the field at this level. He has not mentioned a transfer but I believe it is coming. Would he have to sit another year if he transferred to d2 or d3 program at the end of this semester.
    Thanks for your time.

  55. Anna
    Anna says:

    My son plays at a D1 school and is a preferred walk on (not on scholarship). If he wants to transfer, does he still need a written consent from his coach to start talking to other coaches? Does the fact that he is not on scholarship give him permission to communicate on his own?

  56. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Lynn,
    If you contact other coaches, they should respond with something like “We would be happy to talk with you, but we can’t do so until we receive written or e-mailed permission from his current school.”
    If you want to discuss your son’s situation and his options, as well as a strategy to address your question, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.
    Rick

  57. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    My son is in the middle of his track season at a D1 school. He is now wanting to transfer. He has ask the head coach for permission letter, however the coach will not give it to him. As his parent am I allowed to contact coaches from other schools to find out what they may offer my son for the next school year?

  58. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Roy,
    I obviously don’t know which Div. II school your son plays for, but be aware that there are a substantial number of Div. II schools that don’t have sufficient funds to even offer the full allotment of scholarships allowed by the NCAA rules. With that said, I think using his possible transfer as a “bargaining chip” is a bad idea.
    However, when your son asks for permission to contact other schools about a possible transfer, that will be the coach’s opportunity to offer him a larger scholarship next year. If he doesn’t make a larger offer, then you’ll have the answer you’re looking for anyway.
    Rick

  59. Roy
    Roy says:

    Rick
    My son is finishing his true freshman year at a D2 school and is on a partial football scholarship. He played a very significant role his true freshman year and now we are not happy with the partial scholarship being offered for his second (soph) year. If I understand correctly, my son would need a signed permission to contact form from his current head coach for him to consider other schools. He would still have his redshirt year and 3 additional years left.
    Is this form ever used as a “bargaining chip” to get schools to UP the scholarship offer or is that just plain a horrible idea???

  60. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Amar,
    Yes, you can do that. If your goal is to return to the Div. I level, keep in mind that you’ll need to graduate from the JUCO with your Associates Degree, and satisfy other academic requirements in order to be immediately eligible when you transfer to the next Div. I school.
    Rick

  61. Amar
    Amar says:

    Hi Rick!
    I’m finishing my first semester of freshman year in NCAA D1 school which I do not like. Can I transfer to juco in the fall 2014?

  62. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Barry,
    College athletes, no matter whether NAIA or NCAA, are limited to four years of eligibility, unless they are granted an additional year through some type of medical or hardship waiver. In addition, if an athlete played their first two years at a JUCO, such athlete would only have two years left for either NAIA or NCAA competition.
    Rick

  63. Barry C
    Barry C says:

    I have a question that I don’t think has been answered. My cousin is a rising star basketball player at a school that was NAIA his first 2 years, but now is Division II. His last season will begin this upcoming school year 2014-15. If he was to go get a Master’s at a D-1 school, would he be eligible to play basketball for 2 more years since he actually only played 2 years at a NCAA program? Or does NAIA eligibility years count with the NCAA eligible years?

  64. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Amar,
    If you are willing to transfer to a two-year college and play at that level with the desire to be re-recruited to the Div. I level, there is no requirement that you must have permission or a release from your current Div. I school to transfer to another Div. I school. However, to be eligible immediately when you go to another Div. I school, you must stay at the two-year college long enough to graduate with your Associates Degree.
    Otherwise, you can transfer to another NCAA school as if you were just a general student, but without permission from your current school, you won’t be able to communicate with the coaches or athletic staff at another school, and won’t be eligible to play or receive an athletic scholarship in your first year at the next four-year college.
    Rick

  65. Amar
    Amar says:

    I am playing tennis for D1 school.This is my first semester (I started in January 2014).I am playing 1 or 2 singles and 1 or 2 doubles in the team.I am not satisfied with their facility, my coach and the university.I need a better level of tennis and more practices and this whole situation makes me depressed. I would like to transfer in D1 school.It does not have to be ranked school,I just need a really good tennis program. I am thinking of asking for the release paper but I am not sure if coach and school would give me that because I am probably the best guy on the team. What can I do?

  66. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Tim,
    Assuming you’re at an NCAA institution, they should process the form within seven business days. Many do it within a day or so, but they are allowed a week to complete the process.
    Rick

  67. Tim
    Tim says:

    How long does it usually take for schools to process the release form? Is it usually something done in a day or does it usually take several days?

  68. Darren
    Darren says:

    Hi Rick,
    If asking for a release would render an athlete ineligible per school rules, can the athlete have someone outside of themselves or their family contact other potential schools so the athlete can finish the season?
    Thanks!

  69. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Ron,
    Yes, he will need to talk to the head coach to obtain his release from his NLI commitment to attend that school for at least one full academic year. If he doesn’t obtain the release, and enrolls at another Div. I school, he’ll be ineligible for his first year of enrollment and will lose a season of eligibility.
    The other way to get out of that commitment is to go to a JUCO for two years and graduate with his Associates Degree.
    Rick

  70. Ron
    Ron says:

    Hi Mr. Allen!
    My son is a senior and signed his NLI to play baseball at a D1 school. His older brother is also a Freshman pitcher at the same school. My youngest decided that the baseball program at the said school is not for him and would like to go to another D1. Does he need to talk to the head coach of the said school so he can get released from the NLI he signed? Is there any other way for him to get out of that commitment? Thanks in advance Sir.

  71. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Coleen,
    The NAIA school can’t prohibit your son from going where he wants to go. They can make it difficult, and he may not be able to be eligible right away at the next school, but they can’t completely block his transfer.
    If you would like to discuss his situation and your questions in detail, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents regarding eligibility and transfer rules. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.
    Rick

  72. Coleen
    Coleen says:

    My son is attending an NAIA college [Bethel] in Newton Kansas. He has asked for a release from the football coach and was told no. Then he went to the AD. The AD also would not release him and said the the school had to approve the transfer of where my son wants to go. He has already had 3 schools request his release. This does NOT sound right to me that the college he is attending has to approve where he wants to go. I am looking forward to hearin g from you! Thank You!! Coleen

  73. Theodis
    Theodis says:

    How do I go about getting an Permission to Contact Form for my son. He currently play basketball at NAIA Div.1 school. He wants to transfer to a NCAA Div 2 school that has his major. He has about 4 school that he want to try out for. Do I get the schools to send a Permission to Contact form to his current school or can I get the form myself.

  74. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chris,
    You will have to weigh the difference between telling your coach earlier and possibly losing playing time, compared with waiting until the end of the season, and possibly missing some opportunities at the other schools you might be interested in because they have recruited to fill your position.
    Rick

  75. Chris
    Chris says:

    I play baseball at a d1 school and I am not happy at all with the way things are going. I would really like to transfer but am unsure of when to tell my coach. When do you think is the right time to approach my coach. Should I wait until later in the season so that I don’t lose playing time until then?

  76. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Alvin,
    Because your son is a member of the football team, he’ll need “permission to contact” before coaches at other NCAA schools can talk with him about a possible transfer. If he’s receiving a football scholarship, or was recruited to his school as defined by the NCAA, then he’ll have to sit out a year if he goes to a Div. I program. If he goes to another Div. II program, or an NAIA school, he’ll have the chance to be immediately eligible if he is academically eligible, and is released by his current school to transfer.
    If you would like to discuss his situation and his options, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents regarding NCAA eligibility and transfer rules. All consultations are completely confidential.
    Rick

  77. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Eric,
    If you get a “blanket release” or “unconditional release” from your NAIA school, you should be able to talk to multiple coaches in California. You can run in your first year if you are released by your NAIA school and meet the academic requirements for transfer eligibility.
    Rick

  78. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Lucky,
    Since you aren’t on the team, and haven’t been, at your current Div. III school, you shouldn’t need the “permission to contact” form to talk with another Div. III coach. However, that coach may want you or your school to send or fill out something to confirm that you aren’t a current member of the team.
    Rick

  79. Lucky
    Lucky says:

    I was recurited to play basketball at a D3 school. I did not play beucase I injured myself on the first offical day of try out. I have not used any of my eligibilty. Do I still need to use the persion to contact forms when talking to other D3 school when I was never really on the team?

  80. Eric
    Eric says:

    Hi Mr. Allen,
    I am currently at a NAIA school in Kansas if I get a release form from my coach can I talk to multiple coaches in California? And can I transfer to a D 1 2 or 3 and be able to run that first year?

  81. Glenn
    Glenn says:

    Rick –
    Thanks for the info – the potential new school did direct him to the form you are referencing. We will have him complete that and deliver it to them and do our best to have them keep the contact confidential.
    Appreciate all that you do –
    Glenn

  82. Alvin
    Alvin says:

    My son plays football at Div 2 College. He’s considered a red shirt freshman. This football team had their “Club” season in 2012. Here are my questions:
    • He has never signed a national letter of intent (not sure why). Does he still need to be formally released from the team or can he transfer without penalty (he is a sophomore academically)
    • Does he qualify for the one-time transfer exception? I didn’t understand the definition on your site.
    Overall…he is looking to transfer to a different school and play football without sitting out a year. I have an illness that prevents me from traveling often.

  83. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Taylor,
    Regardless of whether it is now or the summer, coaches at NCAA schools will need a “permission to contact” form or e-mail from your school before they can talk with you about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  84. Taylor S
    Taylor S says:

    Hello,
    I am currently at a NAIA school I run track here I really want to transfer but do not want to get a release form from my coach. Am I aloud to talk to other coaches over summer and when my season is over? And can I still apply to that school over summer?

  85. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Glenn,
    Your son can utilize the NCAA “self-release” which is available to Div. III athletes who want to transfer to another Div. III school. He should be able to find this form by searching the NCAA website at http://www.ncaa.org. A coach at the potential new school is supposed to keep any contact with your son via a “self-release” as confidential information, but I know that some coaches choose to ignore that requirement.
    Rick

  86. Glenn
    Glenn says:

    Rick –
    My son played baseball at a DIII his freshman season. Due to multiple issues – he decided not to play this year, his sophomore season. He is not listed on the roster and is not considered to be a part of the current baseball program. He did play 2 weeks of fall before making his decision.
    He advised the current schools coach that he would like to return to the program during his junior year but is also considering a transfer to another DIII school. Being that he is not in the baseball program this year at his current school, is he still required to complete the form that allows the new school to have contact with him? If yes, am I correct in my understanding that the new school can not contact the current schools coach unless my son provides a waiver to do so?

  87. Nate
    Nate says:

    Is there any possible way under the rules to get to know the coaching staff without my coach discovering?

  88. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nate,
    The best way would be to do online research about the NAIA program by carefully reviewing their website, especially past rosters to see how successful transfers are at the school, and you can also ask the admissions folks about the school as if you were going to transfer as a general student (not mentioning that you’re an athlete).
    Rick

  89. Nate
    Nate says:

    Hi I am currently a freshman at a D2 school and I am thinking about transferring to a nearby program due to bad relations with an assistant coach and a bleak outlook on future playing time. I am not sure I want to transfer and I don’t want my coach to discover that I am entertaining the possibility, but I also want to possibly move forward to making the move to this NAIA program. What is the best way for me to get more information about this program and to evaluate my options while not letting this get back to my coach?

  90. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Paul,
    In this situation, I would wait to ask for the permission to contact until the season has concluded. The issue with being redshirted, and then asking to transfer right after, is that the school may not release the athlete to another school. The coach/athletic department may feel that she didn’t fulfill her “end of the bargain” by getting an athletic scholarship, but then not participating for a full season.
    Rick

  91. Paul
    Paul says:

    Rick thank you for the reply. I have a couple more questions: if we ask for her to be red shirted and then she decided to also transfer – when should we ask for the release letter ?
    I would assume wait until her status is changed to red shirted ? Is there any issue with being redshirted the first year and then asking to be transferred right after .

  92. Riana
    Riana says:

    I played 2 years (4 semesters) at NJCAA level and 1 year (2 semesters) at NCAA level. So I have 4 semesters left of college level. So if I transfer to NAIA, with an account that I met academic requirements, I will only have 1 years left to play (2 semesters) or 2 years to play (4 semesters) ?

  93. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Riana,
    You are allowed up to four seasons to play at the college level, NCAA and NAIA combined, within 10 semesters of full-time attendance. When you contact NAIA coaches, they will inform your school that you have contacted them if they want to continue to discuss a possible transfer with you.
    Rick

  94. Riana
    Riana says:

    Hello, my I’m currently at NCAA D2 my junior year womens basketball and looking to transfer to NAIA next upcoming season. How many years will I have eligible to play at NAIA? Will I have to redshirt? Can I contacts coaches in NAIA because its different from NCAA?

  95. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rick,
    The NJCAA rules prohibit your son from talking with other JUCOs, or prohibits other JUCO coaches talking with your son, until his season is concluded. He will need a transfer release to transfer to another JUCO.
    He doesn’t need permission to talk with Div. II coaches, but will need to meet the academic requirements to be eligible at a Div. II school next year as a 2-4 transfer. I suggest he be cautious, however, about contacting Div. II coaches in the middle of his season. If a Div. II coach calls his current JUCO coach to ask how he is doing, his coach might get upset if he’s not fully focused on the season at hand, but instead is already thinking ahead to next year.
    Rick

  96. Rick
    Rick says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshman currently playing baseball at a JUCO on scholarship. He wants to attend another JUCO or DII school next year because of playing time. Does he need permission from his current coach/school to contact other JUCO or DII schools

  97. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nolen,
    Since you haven’t been through this process before, you may be interested in talking with me directly to walk you through the steps in the transfer process. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the transfer rules and process. If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com. All consultations are completely confidential.
    As an alternative, you may be interested in downloading our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website. Here’s a link to the Transfer Guide:
    http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide
    Rick

  98. Nolen
    Nolen says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a div. 1 baseball player regarding a transfer situation. This freshman year has not turned out what I expected it to be like, regarding the coach and some aspects about him and his ways. I am on an athletic scholarship, and I have been inquiring about ways to go about the transfer process. I have a certain school in mind, also they were interested in me during my recruitment process. They are also a div. 3 school, closer to home, which would be more fitting for me. My first question is, when do I apply to the school? Secondly, when do I talk to my coach about transferring? I’m just generally confused about this process as I have never been through it before.
    Thank you

  99. Kalen
    Kalen says:

    I’m an NAIA baseball player looking to transfer to a JUCO. I’ve played 7 fall games and 2 spring games, all for JV though, is a redshirt still a possibility for me? If so how many games can I still play in? Also if I do redshirt will I have 1 or 2 years of eligibility at a JUCO?

  100. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Paul, to answer your questions:
    1. That would be possible.
    2. Yes, “permission to contact” is required.
    3. Not necessarily. Like the answer to #1, that will depend upon her academic standing and if she is released by her school.
    Rick

  101. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Clarence,
    They can deny her request for release, but if they do, they are required to provide an appeal opportunity for her.
    If you would like to discuss her situation and her options, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the eligibility rules, and the steps in the transfer process. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com and we’ll schedule a time to talk.
    Rick

  102. Clarence
    Clarence says:

    Good Morning,
    My daughter just completed her freshman year on a full D1 scholarship to play basketball. Great School but the basketball is not at all how it was presented to her and her family. There are various reasons why she wants to transfer and one big reason being homesick. She went to the School’s compliance dept. They told her to speak with her coach. She had a 2 hour conversation with the coaching staff and ultimately, they would not release her. They flat out told her that she was a good fit at the school and they wouldn’t release her. As far as her parents are concerned, She has fulfilled her commitment to the school, can they really “Not Release Her”???
    Thank You
    Clarence

  103. Paul
    Paul says:

    Our daughter is currently attending a D1 school and playing lacrosse on a athletic scholarship. She may be redshirted due to an injury which we will know within the next two weeks before she starts the second half of her year.
    She is thinking about transferring to a D3 school for next school year. would she be elligible to play her first year at the d3 school ? does she still need to have the current schools permission to talk to this D3 school ? What if she was considering another D1 program- would she have to sit out the first year at the new school ??

  104. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Scott,
    The 35 man roster is only a rule for NCAA Div. I baseball. To be eligible at a JUCO, your son must earn at least 12 credit hours for each semester of full-time enrollment with at least a 2.00 GPA.
    Rick

  105. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Christina,
    She’ll have to be released from her NLI commitment to attend the school she signed with for one full academic year. If she’s not released, she’ll be ineligible and lose a year of competition at the other Div. I school. See http://www.national-letter.org for more info on the NLI release.
    Rick

  106. scott
    scott says:

    my son received a scholarship to play baseball for an NAIA school. he didn’t make the varsity team and is currently playing for the JV team. he is considering transferring to a ncaa juco.what are the rules for tranferring to a juco and does playing on the jv team considered the 35 man roster?
    thanks

  107. Christina
    Christina says:

    My daughter signed an NLI to play soccer at a DI program for very little scholarship money. She had applied to a lot of schools before she committed at the end of January and was just offered a FULL academic ride at a different DI school in their honors program(she has her 4.0 and a high ACT). It will cost her 11,000 dollars to attend the school she is signed with and 0 to go to the other school. She still wants to play soccer. What do we need to do so she is eligible to play at the new school?

  108. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Tammy,
    If your son is on a football scholarship and refuses to participate in spring practice, the coach could interpret that as having quit his team, and would have the right to immediately cancel his scholarship. Since he already has permission to contact other schools, he should ask them if they recommend that he participate in spring practice. If he chooses not to, they might question his work ethic and commitment to improve his skills.
    Rick

  109. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son plays D1aa football for a school and wants to transfer schools at the end of the spring semester. He has already obtained his permission to contact to other schools and coaches and is drawing interest and I consider it pointless for him to continue practicing with his current team and he may risk injury and he will no longer be with them. He feels the same way I do how should we approach the situation?

  110. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Karen,
    Your son will still need to request “permission to contact” before other NCAA coaches can talk with him about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  111. karen
    karen says:

    My son wants to transfer after this semester. He is div 1, baseball, freshman. If he waits until after his exit interview/meeting with his coaches and we are about 100% sure they are not going to renew his scholarship, does he still need to get consent to speak to another div 1 school at that point?

  112. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    D,
    The answer from those coaches should be the same – that they can’t talk with you about his transfer until they receive permission from his school.
    Rick

  113. D
    D says:

    Thanks, also is it okay if I talk to other coaches about his interest in transferring to their school in the mean time?

  114. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    D,
    The school may choose to grant a release, or not grant a release if he asks for “permission to contact.” Even though his coaches are leaving the school, he is still required to obtain “permission to contact” before coaches at other schools can discuss a possible transfer with him.
    Rick

  115. D
    D says:

    Hi Rick,
    My boyfriend is thinking about transferring schools as his current coaches are leaving at the end of this season. Is he able to ask for a permission to contact letter without getting a release?
    Thanks,
    D

  116. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Lydia,
    1. The term redshirt simply means that an athlete has not appeared in a game, even for just one pitch to get the game-ending double play. So, yes, the pitcher can be redshirted if he doesn’t appear in a game this season.
    2. The Div. I player will have the chance to be immediately eligible next year at an NCAA Div. II, III, or an NAIA school. It may even be possible at a JUCO, and will also be possible at another Div. I school if the athlete is not on scholarship at the Div. I, or wasn’t recruited to the Div. I school.
    Rick

  117. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    Hello Mr Allen,
    I have 2 questions if it is possible for you to answer.
    1. If a player is playing in a college Div 1 can he be redshirted althoguh the season has started?
    2. What college can he transfer to without sitting out a year? He is currently finihsing his second year (sophmore).
    Thank you so much.

  118. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mike,
    You will need to go through your coach to discuss the medical hardship waiver and here’s why. If the coach believes you have recovered sufficiently after a few weeks of rehab and puts you into a game in the 2nd half of the season, then you will not be eligible to receive the medical hardship waiver. You will at least need to talk with your team’s athletic trainer and discuss whether your injury is serious enough to keep you from playing for the rest of the season. If he can’t justify keeping you on the bench because of your injury, then you will need to talk with the coach.
    Rick

  119. Mike
    Mike says:

    Hello Mr. Allen! I am currently playing baseball at a D2 college that I am not very happy with. I had one appearance in a preseason scrimmage with one AB and another appearance in a league game as a substitute runner. I know I can no longer receive a redshirt, but I can apply for a medical hardship especially after seein my doctor for knee problems. Do I have to go through my cosh to get an medical redshirt or can I apply for it through other means? I know I have to eventually talk to my coaches for the release but do I have to get the medical through my coach?

  120. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Kelsey,
    I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the transfer rules.
    I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your situation and walk you through the steps in the transfer process. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly and we’ll schedule a time to talk. My contact info is on the “About Us” page of our website.
    Rick

  121. Kelsey
    Kelsey says:

    Hello Rick,
    I am currently a D1 athlete and I have been thinking about transferring to other schools. I have not started to talk to other schools and I have not yet mentioned it to my coach or anyone about transferring to play at a different school. How do I go about talking to my coach and how do I go about approaching other schools in an appropriate way?
    Thank You

  122. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nate,
    Whether you play this year is not a factor in your eligibility to play at Div. II next year. Your eligibility to play elsewhere next year is based on your academic performance.
    Rick

  123. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nate,
    You don’t have to sit out your first year at a Div. II school as long as you meet the academic requirements for a transfer. Whether you play this year is not a factor in your eligibility to play at Div. II next year. You may be interested in our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website. Here’s a link to the Transfer Guide:
    http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide
    Rick

  124. Nate
    Nate says:

    I apologize for making another comment before you could get back to me on my first question. I’m also interested in knowing my eligibility for next year if I DO play at some point this season.

  125. Nate
    Nate says:

    I play baseball and I am thinking of transferring from a D1 to a D2 school. However, I have not played a game yet, as I redshirted my freshman year and have yet to play a game my sophomore year due to an elbow injury. If I were not to play a game this year, would I still lose a year of eligibility? In other words, would I have to sit out my first year at the D2 school? I would like to know how this works. Thank you

  126. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Ashley,
    Since my primary expertise is with NCAA rules rather than NAIA, I’m unsure whether she would need to sit. The answer may depend somewhat upon whether she was kicked off the team by the coach for violating team rules, or by the university administration for a violation of school policy.
    Rick

  127. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    A friend of mine plays basketball. At her first school she red shirted her first year and then played a year. She transferred to a D2 school and played 2 years. She got kicked off the team today bc she went to a party last night. She has one year left to play. If she transferred to a NAIA school, would she have to sit? Any info would be helpful! Thanks.

  128. Chris
    Chris says:

    Ok once I’m eligible how many years of eligibility do I have?Will I able to get back the first year I lost?

  129. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chris,
    Based on your information, you’ll need to complete another semester at the Div. I school enrolled as a full-time student before you can be eligible to participate in competition for your school.
    Rick

  130. Chris
    Chris says:

    I went to a division two school for one semester.I competed in two meets before winter break. I did not return to the school for financial reasons. I did not attend school for the spring semester. I transferred to a division one school and was able to get released, but did not meet the one time transfer rule falling two credits short. I am currently spending a year in residence I have already completed one semester. What is my current athletic eligibility?

  131. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Donald,
    Calling other schools before talking with her current coach can backfire if the coach gets a reference call from another school before hearing it from her first.
    I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the transfer rules and steps in the transfer process. I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your daughter’s situation and her transfer options. All consultations are completely confidential.
    If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly. Our contact info is on the About Us page of our website.
    Rick

  132. Donald
    Donald says:

    My daughter is a freshman at a d-1 school on a softball scholarship. She is very unhappy with the entire program and would like to look elsewhere. Can she call other schools (d-I, II or III) to see if they would have a spot for her on their team. If not how would she go about finding another school.

  133. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jennifer,
    You should check your conference website to research the rules for an intra-conference transfer. The rules for one conference may be different than those in another conference, and may also differ depending upon your sport, and whether you are a scholarship athlete.
    Rick

  134. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Hi Rick,
    Is it true that if you want to transfer from a school within the conference you are in,that you have to sit out a year and will lose one season of your sport? Is it worth it to transfer if you are academically a junior but athletically a sophomore? Is there any way to transfer within your conference without having to sit out a year or lose a season?

  135. Jake
    Jake says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a Division II athlete looking to go to a D3 school in the Fall of 2014. I am preparing to ask my coach/AD about a release form so I can speak with other coaches about playing baseball and football at their D3 schools next year. That being said, I am currently dealing with an injury and would like a medical redshirt to ensure my full eligibility going forward. Would you predict any problems in me asking for a release and a redshirt at the same time or should I secure the medical redshirt first and then inquire about the release?

  136. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jonovan,
    As long as you complete one full academic year of attendance at your current four-year school as a full-time enrolled student, you have fulfilled your commitment under the NLI, and it is no longer a factor.
    Rick

  137. Jonovan
    Jonovan says:

    I currently attend a 4 year NCAA school and signed a NLI my senior year in high school. I am now a redshirt freshman and would like to transfer to a juco. Do I need to be released from my current NLI to eventually sign another NLI with a 4 year NCAA school after I complete a semester or 2 at the juco?

  138. Kim
    Kim says:

    Hi Rick,
    I’m am transferring schools after the season is up, I haven’t requested my release form yet because I want to finish the season. However I want to start talking to other schools to see if there interested. Is it possible to have a third party contacting schools and if so, when will be the appropriate time for them to start contacting other school.
    Thanks

  139. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    AM A INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SO I DONT REALLY KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT NOTHING IN AMERICA AND HOW DO I CONTACT YOU FOR THE CONSULATION…..

  140. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nicole,
    For information on how to navigate the transfer process, you can contact me directly to schedule a 30-minute phone consultation. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents regarding the transfer process and academic eligibility rules. All consultations are completely confidential.
    Rick

  141. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    HI AM AT A JUCO SCHOOL ABOUT TO COMPLETE A YEAR AFTER THIS SPRING ,I PLAY BASKETBALL BUT AM NOT CONFORTABLE HERE WHERE I COULD PLAY TO MY FULL POTENTAIL I WOULD LIKE TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL BUT I DONT KNOW IF I COULD AND HOW COULD I DO IT.

  142. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dale,
    Yes, it would be a good idea for him to send out e-mails with highlights. He should also talk with his coaches to ask what they are or will be doing to help him get recruited. He may also want to research the rosters and signing lists of the schools that he has a particular interest in.
    Be sure that he is aware of what he needs to do to meet the NCAA Div. I academic requirements so he’ll be eligible when he transfers. He’ll need to make sure that he has a sufficient number of transferable credit hours that will be accepted at the NCAA school. For info on those academic requirements, you may be interested in our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which lists those NCAA requirements for a 2-4 transfer. Here’s a link to the Guide:
    http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide
    Rick

  143. Dale
    Dale says:

    Hello Rick,
    My son plays Juco football for a team that finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally. He was red-shirted his first year. He was the starting center at the beginning of this past season, but suffered a MCL tear in his right knee in the first game of the season. No surgery, just rehab. He was able to return for the final four games of the year, including bowl game.
    He will be back next season. He has completed all core classes, and actually came to the school NCAA qualified with 12 college credit hours.
    What should he be doing to self-promote himself to prospective D1 programs? Should he be sending emails with HUDL highlights now? I know the school is pretty heavily visited for their Spring game, but if there is something else for him to do regarding reaching other schools, your advise is most appreciated.
    Thanks!

  144. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Stan,
    That can be a tricky situation which can backfire on the athlete. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the transfer process, and do have some strategies regarding your question.
    I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your daughter’s situation and her options. If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly and we’ll schedule a time to talk.
    Rick

  145. Stan
    Stan says:

    Hello Rick,
    My daughter plays D1 basketball. She redshirted her freshman year(injury). The head coach departed at the end of her freashman year. She considered transfering at that time but she satyed…now that her sophmoore season his half over she knows its not a good fit for her. Can a third party contact schools that were interested during the recruiting process. Before she ask for a relaese at the end of the season she wants to have an ideal what schools would be interested in her now.

  146. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Benson,
    Don’t let your son leave the school now if classes have started for this semester, as that will negatively effect his ability to be eligible upon transfer. He needs to complete the semester in good academic standing at his school to have a chance to be eligible next year elsewhere. I suggest asking for permission to contact other schools as soon as the season is over.
    Rick

  147. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Andrew,
    That Div. I coach may not have understood your complete circumstances, and may not have been thinking about the “five-year clock” issue.
    Rick

  148. andrew
    andrew says:

    Rick,
    I was just wondering because a D1 coach told me that if I graduated with an associates degree then I would have all 4 years but if I didn’t graduate then my years would count against me.
    Andrew

  149. benson
    benson says:

    My son wasted a year by sitting on the bench the whole season last year when he should have redshirted but chose not to because of stubbornness. now he is red shirting this year and the season is quite about over and he has decided that he wants to transfer. do we finish out the season before asking his coach for being released and permission for other schools to contact him or can we leave now?

  150. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Andrew,
    If you follow the plan that you’ve noted here, you would have 3 years of NCAA eligibility remaining at most, and possibly only 2 (swimming club while attending college full-time may count as two years of eligibility used). As you know, in a sport like swimming, it’s all about your times. A good Div. I school will certainly accept you as a two-year college transfer if your times are good enough.
    Rick

  151. andrew
    andrew says:

    Rick,
    I am a current High School Swimmer and I am not quite good enough to swim for the schools that I feel are the best fit for me. I am considering going to a local community college while still swimming club to get better. If I go to community college for two years graduate with an associates degree will I still have 4 years of NCAA eligibility left of will I only have two? Also do you know the likelyhood that good d1 schools will accept a transfer from a community college?
    Thanks

  152. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jade,
    Coaches at other NCAA schools can’t discuss a possible transfer with you until they have received written or e-mailed permission from your current school. So, you would need to start the process by approaching your coach to ask permission when you are prepared to do so.
    Rick

  153. Jade
    Jade says:

    Rick,
    I am currently a sophomore at a division 2 school and I am seriously considering transferring. I am stuck because I don’t know what I am supposed to do. I asked my current school for a scholarship increase but they weren’t much help. I am wanting to transfer to another division 2 school. At this point do I need to ask my athletic director for written permission to contact? Am I not allowed to contact a school unless if they give me permission. Thanks you

  154. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mark,
    Coaches at other schools can’t talk with you or your son about a possible transfer until they receive “permission to contact” from his current school. I suggest he wait until the end of the season to ask for his release.
    I frequently consult directly with athletes and parents regarding the transfer process. I also have some strategies for gaining the interest of other schools. Contact me directly if a consult is of interest.
    Rick

  155. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    L,
    Since your son “has an offer to a Div. III school”, he might be penalized for transferring to a Div. I program if he is considered “recruited” to the Div. III school in that he would not be eligible in his first year at the Div. I program.
    In most cases, it is better and easier to go from JUCO to a Div. I program than from Div. III to a Div. I program. First off, Div. I schools can recruit from JUCOs but can’t recruit from Div. III schools. Many Div. I recruiting coaches also believe they can better judge talent of athletes competing at the JUCO level compared to the Div. III level.
    Rick

  156. Mark
    Mark says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son is currently playing D1 basketball on an Athletic scholarship. It’s a MID-Major and he is getting some time as a freshman. So basketball part is fine. As for the school, it turns out to be more of commuter school. He has no social life and the school is located out in the middle of nowhere. He wants to tranfer at the end of the current year. We would like to know when we can start contacting other schools. Do I have to wait for his release or can I start contacting coaches for him? When should he officialy ask for his release? I do have a list of schools in mind.

  157. L. Hurd
    L. Hurd says:

    My son has an offer to a D3 school for football. After the season he would like to transfer to a D1 school. He had an injury and his offers to D1 schools were taken. However, the recruits have told him to go to a JUCO for a year, provide them film, and they may still honor his previous offer. He’s not interested in JUCO, he has a 3.7 GPA and scored high on his ACT. He would rather go to a D3 school first. Would he be penalized for transferring? How soon can he transfer after the season? Would he need to speak to his current coach first? Thanks!

  158. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Steven,
    You may be able to be eligible at the Div. III school if you were eligible under the Div. I rules at the time that you left the Div. I program.
    Rick

  159. steven
    steven says:

    Hey Rick,
    Quick question for you: I played div 2 baseball out of highschool, transferred to div 1 juco for fall semester, got elbow surgery and took the spring off, played d1 this fall, and now am going to a d3 school for the spring, will i be eligible to play right away at the Div 3 school?

  160. AJ
    AJ says:

    Hello,
    I am currently skiing for a Div 1 school. This is my first season competing in the NCAA but is my final year of eligibility for Div 1 due to the the five year clock rule ( I started my first full time semester in Sept 2009 at a school internationally). Is it possible to transfer to a Div II school next year, because of the 10 semester rule? I’ll only have completed 6 full time semesters by the end of this year.

  161. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    DJ,
    If you haven’t attended a class yet and have not signed an NLI with this school (which midyear JUCO transfers can do, so make sure that you haven’t signed an NLI commitment), then yes, you can still change schools. Be aware that it may be hard to find another school in such a short period of time before classes start at another school, but it would be possible to do so.
    Rick

  162. Dj
    Dj says:

    Hello,
    Classes started today at my D1 football school. I just found out my coach had left for a new program. I have not been to a class yet and am a juco transfer so I did not sign an NLI to the current school. Can I still Change schools as long as I haven’t been to a class yet?

  163. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Joe,
    I would send an e-mail to the programs you are interested in with video clips attached. Let them know that you are looking to play at a higher level, and tell them how you can help their team. The best thing to do, however, is to have a former HS or travel ball coach call on your behalf.
    Rick

  164. Joe
    Joe says:

    Rick,
    I am a D2 baseball player looking to transfer to a D1. Just a general question – once I receive my permission to contact, what is the best way to contact the baseball programs that I am interested in and what exactly should I say? Just wanting to make sure I do this right.
    Thanks!

  165. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    John,
    Yes, you should do that unless you’ve already alerted your current coach that you are considering a transfer. Must coaches don’t like to be “surprised” as he will be if he receives a request to talk with you from another school before he hears it from you directly.
    Rick

  166. John
    John says:

    Hi,
    I play d2 men’s volleyball and I am interested in transferring to another institution. I sent school B an email regarding the transfer but I didn’t get a “permission to contact” from school A. Should I contact school B and tell them that I didn’t have a permission to contact at the time of my email and ask them not to contact school A about the transfer until I have requested the permission to contact myself?
    Thank you.

  167. Mike D
    Mike D says:

    Hey Rick, My son received a permission to contact letter in May 2013, how long is that letter in effect? He redshirted his freshman year and requested the release after that season but decided to stay, he played his sophomore season and is still thinking about transferring, he requested another release but the AD has refused to give it, so we would like to know if the original letter is still in effect?

  168. Mike
    Mike says:

    Hey Rick, My son was given permission to contact on May 1st of 2013, how long is that letter good for? He just finished his 1st semester of his 2nd year and is thinking about transferring. He redshirted his first year and was given the letter post season, he then played another season and asked for the letter again and the AD refused, so we would like to act on the first letter if it is still active. his coach is aware of the request.

  169. Bailey
    Bailey says:

    Hi Rick, if I am a D1 athlete (no scholarship, freshmen walk on, no recruiting) would I be able to transfer to another D1 school, or even a DII school, without having to sit out a year? Grades are good also.

  170. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Hi Rick-
    My daughter plays Division 1 volleyball and has been a 2 year starter. There have been several incidents of verbal abuse/emotional abuse with her and the other players. She is tired of playing for coaches that behave this way. She told the AD liason in her end of the season the concerns that she had, with no indication that she was considering transferring. When she got home, she let us know how serious she was about leaving and we support her 100%. She sent the AD her request for release yesterday and after he informed the coaches she spoke with the head coach briefly and told her she was shocked and saddened and just couldn’t agree with it when she told her she felt like she was putting in more than she was getting out and she didn’t like the personal attacks on herself and others. We have heard nothing since. If her request is denied, how do we prepare for the appeal? It’s hard to believe they would want to destroy a kid’s remaining college career, but I’m concerned. Thank You!

  171. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Nicole,
    It would be possible for you to transfer to another Div. I program without the need to sit out in your first year. As far as a transfer within the same conference, that will depend upon the rules of the conference. Each conference determines their own rules for an intra-conference transfer.
    Rick

  172. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Quick question,if I attended JC for one year ( played softball) and graduated with my asscosiates. I then walked on to a DI team my second year as a sophmore. Can I transfer to another DI program without sitting out a year? What is the rule about the same conference? Thanks

  173. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Philip,
    Basically, your NAIA school would have to be able to certify that you would be academically eligible if you were staying at their school rather than transferring.
    Rick

  174. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Philip,
    Your first step is that you must obtain “permission to contact” from your current NAIA school before coaches at an NCAA school can talk with you about a possible transfer. It would be possible for you to be immediately eligible and not lose a year if you are released by your current school and are in good academic standing.
    Rick

  175. Philip
    Philip says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am currently playing soccer at an NAIA school but looking to transfer to a D1 school. What procedure would i need to take and would i lose any eligibility?

  176. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Michael,
    That will be possible depending upon your academic performance at each school. If you want to discuss the roadblocks or hurdles you would face, you can contact me directly for a consultation.
    Rick

  177. Michael
    Michael says:

    I play soccer at a JC school as a Freshmen in WA. I was wondering how difficult it would be to go to an NAIA school Sophomore year to play then transfer the following year to an NCAA school to play Junior and Senior year. Would I have any scholarship implications or general roadblocks? I also am in good standing academically in high school and college

  178. Alec
    Alec says:

    Hi Rick,
    I play soccer at a DII school in the northeast and am halfway through my sophomore year. During my meeting with my coach, he seemed alright with me talking to other schools because he understand my financial situation and due to recent cuts in our program, he is unable to give me more money. What permissions do i need in order to contact other schools. If other schools end up not wanting to transfer there will i still be on the program at my current school? Also I am considering transferring within my conference. Will i have to sit out a year if i do transfer? or can i play right away? Please help! Thanks!
    Alec

  179. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Shane,
    You don’t actually need permission to contact an NAIA school, but it is still a good idea to talk to your coach first so that he/she doesn’t get caught off-guard by an inquiry about you from an NAIA coach. Rather than asking permission from your school before they speak with you, the NAIA rules require that they simply inform your school of your contact with them.
    Rick

  180. Shane
    Shane says:

    Hi Rick,
    I play soccer at a DIII university and just finished my sophomore year. I was thinking about transferring to an NAIA school. What kind of permission do i need to get to contact a school about playing there. Can i do a self release form like transferring from a DIII school to another or do i need a different form? thanks!

  181. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Robert,
    You should tell your coach at the end of the semester. If you quit your team, the school has the right to immediately cancel your scholarship.
    Rick

  182. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Katie,
    It will be possible for you to transfer to a Div. II or NAIA school without the requirement that you sit out for a year. You can find the steps and the academic requirements for your transfer in our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website.
    Rick

  183. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Darrell,
    Any Division II schools that want to talk to you about a possible transfer will need to seek permission to speak with you from your Div. III school.
    Rick

  184. Katie
    Katie says:

    Hi Rick,
    I’m having trouble figuring out this whole transferring issue. I am a cross country and track runner. I attended a JUCO for two years and received my AA. I redshirted my sophomore year of track at the JUCO due to an injury. I transferred to a DI school on scholarship and am currently red-shirting this cross country season this fall. I cannot stand this college and it is in no way the place for me, and I refuse to stay here for another two years. I have a DII school and a NAIA school that I want to transfer to. I’ve known the coaches for years and I know they would give me a spot on the team. Assuming my current coaches at the DI school would give me a release would I have to sit out the next year or would I be eligible to run immediately upon starting at the new college? I am in good academic standing with a plenty good GPA, on track to graduate as expected. I absolutely do not want to stay at this college after this year because it’s making me miserable, but I also don’t want to transfer somewhere and lose a year of eligibility.

  185. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Joey,
    You’ll need “permission to contact” from your school before coaches at any other NCAA school can talk with you about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  186. Darrell
    Darrell says:

    Hey, I’m a freshman at a D3 college, and I’m thinking about transferring to a D2 or NAIA School. Since D3 do not give scholarships or have a NLI, will I face any restrictions?

  187. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Danny,
    You wouldn’t necessarily have to sit out a year in going from an NAIA school to a Div. II school. To answer your question about what would happen in a situation like this, I suggest you contact me directly for a private consultation.
    Rick

  188. Danny
    Danny says:

    Hi Rick
    I am a junior who just transferred from a JUCO and I am now at a NAIA school for this year.I am thinking about leaving after the year is done but I am not sure if the trouble will be worth it. A D2 school that was recruiting me before I choose this school said if I didn’t like the school I could always contact them. Basically my question is would I have to sit out a year and play the following year? Would they typically still give me a scholarship? What would happen in a situation like this ? Or should I just put up with it for my last year ?
    Thanks

  189. Jacob
    Jacob says:

    I am in my junior year at a D1 school for basketball. I have not used a red shirt year yet. I want to spend my junior and senior year at this D1 school. And after I want to transfer to a D3 to obtain my masters Degree. Would I have to use my red shirt year to do so?

  190. Robert
    Robert says:

    What if I don’t want to play anymore and transfer back home to that d2 college next semester anyway ? I am going to quitt. When should I tell my coach? Do I owe any money? I might start up playing d2 tennis after a semester off if that’s okay? I’m going home regardless because I’m not happy.

  191. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Robert,
    You need to talk to your coach to request your permission to contact the Div. II school, and get your release for the One-Time Transfer Exception. If he denies your request, you can seek an appeal.
    Rick

  192. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jeremy,
    As long as he meets the academic requirements this semester at the NAIA school to be eligible at the two-year college (which is basically to earn at least 12 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA), he should be able to transfer without penalty.
    Rick

  193. Jeremy
    Jeremy says:

    My son is almost in the same exact position. He broke his arm durin the last game of his high school season. He has had problems with it and is just now able to fully participate in practices. He has missed all of the fall scrimmages at his current school and since signing, a new head coach was brought in. Obviously this coach has never seen him play and he is worried about being cut. His current school is an NAIA program and if he is cut, would it be possible to transfer to a community college without penalty?

  194. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    John,
    If you are on a baseball scholarship at your school, or were “recruited” to your school as defined by the NCAA, you’ll have to sit out your first year at another Div. I school. You can find the definition of a recruited athlete on our website.
    Rick

  195. Robert
    Robert says:

    Hello Rick,
    I’m a d1 tennis player on 80% scholarship in my junior year fall semester. I’m unhappy and I’m transferring back home no matter what. This d2 team near home will offer me a scholarship if I leave at the end of this fall and start in the spring. What should I do right now to get a release? And Permission? And my coach will be upset. I already applied to the other school and sent my transcripts because I’ll quit the team and pay to go there if I have too. It’s a month away from the end of the semester too
    Thanks for any reply. Rob

  196. Joey
    Joey says:

    Also, if I do stay at the D1 school this year do I need my coaches permission to transfer to a D2 or D3 for next year?

  197. Joey
    Joey says:

    I attend a D1 school on a full baseball scholarship. I played my freshman year and medical redshirted my Sophomore year after an injury. I am currently in my Junior year (fall season) ..I have played in intersquad scrimmages and also in a game vs another D1 school (fall season exibition game). Can I transfer at this time to a Junior college and be eligible to play?

  198. john
    john says:

    I am currently enrolled at D1 baseball institution and I am not happy with my situation. The school just overall isn’t for me. I am going to try and transfer to another D1 school. I was wondering if its possible to transfer without having to sit out a year.

  199. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mason,
    You can find my contact info on the “About Us” page of our website to contact me directly to schedule a phone consultation. Or you may be interested in purchasing our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be found in the “Store” of our website.
    Rick

  200. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    James,
    I believe your son can be immediately eligible at a Div. III school as long as the NAIA school will be able to state on a transfer info form that he would have been academically eligible if he were staying at the NAIA school rather than transferring.
    Due to the Div. III rules regarding “seasons of participation” rather than “seasons of eligibility” as in NCAA Div. I and II, I am uncertain as to whether he has two or three seasons available to him.
    Rick

  201. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    KP,
    At the Div. I level, you’ll have two years of eligibility remaining at most after this year. You’ll have to do well academically at the Div. II school to be eligible when you return to the Div. I level. If you want to know exactly what your requirements and options are, you can contact me directly for a private consultation.
    Rick

  202. Allen
    Allen says:

    I can’t understand why any coach wouldn’t let a student athlete transfer if they want/need to. But I guess what the appeals process is for.

  203. Mason
    Mason says:

    Hello Rick Allen,
    I have a personal problem regarding transferring and I could seriously, seriously use some advise. I’m just a young baseball D1 athlete looking to make the best of my life and I know you could be a tremendous help in doing so. So if you could please find the time to email me so we could discuss my situation in privacy I would greatly appreciate it.
    – Mason

  204. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Allen,
    One would be his current coach not granting your son a release to the next school, and another would be if the next school (or their conference) has academic requirements that are more restrictive than the standard transfer requirements.
    Rick

  205. Allen
    Allen says:

    Thanks Rick,
    If everything stated above falls in place what could be the possible stumbling blocks that would keep him from being eligible to run.
    Allen

  206. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Angie,
    It would be possible for you to play softball at the two-year college this Spring if you earn at least 12 transferable credit hours this Fall at the NAIA school with at least a 2.00 GPA.
    Rick

  207. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Kim,
    Given the nature of your questions and your son’s situation, I think it would be a good idea for you to contact me directly for a private consultation. Our consultations are completely confidential, and we’ll answer all your questions and provide advice and suggestions regarding his options.
    Rick

  208. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rico,
    My expertise is with NCAA rules rather than NAIA rules, so I’m not certain of the answer to your question. I can tell you, however, that if you’ve already played two seasons at a JUCO, you have no more JUCO eligibility remaining.
    Rick

  209. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Allen,
    As long as the school he will be leaving can say – at the time that he leaves – that he would be eligible to compete if he were returning to their school the following semester/year rather than transferring, there is a high probability that he can compete next Fall at the new school.
    Rick

  210. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Keenan,
    If you are still interested in help and advice on navigating the transfer process, contact me directly for a private consultation. All consultations are completely confidential.
    Rick

  211. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Alex,
    All the factors are explained in our new downloadable transcript titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which is featured on the front page of our website, and which can be purchased as a PDF which will then be sent to you as an e-mail attachment.
    Rick

  212. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    D,
    All the factors are explained in our new downloadable transcript titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which is featured on the front page of our website, and which can be purchased as a PDF which will then be sent to you as an e-mail attachment.
    Rick

  213. James
    James says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son walked on at a D2 basketball program during the 2012-2013 season but never played. He transferred to an NAIA school as a walk-on for 2013-2014. Major coaching changes and new athletic director just weeks before the season starts and the athletics program is a mess! This NAIA school has played 2 games but my son has not stepped on the court and played at all. He now wants to transfer to a D3 basketball school that wanted him badly a year ago. He had been accepted academically at this D3 school this past fall (2012-2013). Would my son be eligible to play immediately during the spring semester if he transfer to this D3 school since he has not played in an official college game? If he can play during spring semester, how much eligibility would he have left? Thank You.

  214. Allen
    Allen says:

    My son is currently at a DII out of state school He is on a partial XC scholarship He is considering transferring to his home state. Maybe a NAIA or another DII. He has above a 2.0 GPA. If he gets permission and transfers what would be the probability he can compete next fall in XC at new school.
    Thanks

  215. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Leah,
    It doesn’t matter whether you plan to go to a Div. I or II school. You can just e-mail the coaches and attach the PDF and then they’ll be able to respond to your inquiry.
    Good luck!
    Rick

  216. angie
    angie says:

    can you transfer from an NAIA to a community college at semester once you have signed a letter of intent and then if I did transfer to a community college could I play softball there. we have played no actual games at my NAIA college

  217. Leah
    Leah says:

    Hello! I am currently a freshman Division 2 athlete and I am planning on transferring after this year and/or semester of college. I have issued my release and I am eligible to talk to other schools and coaches, but I’m curious to how I am suppose to talk to other coaches. I have a PDF file of my issued release, so could I simply email coaches and attach the PDF and they will be able to respond? Or do I need to send that information to the college’s athletic director and then contact the coach? I am also planning on transferring to a Division 1 school, if that makes any difference.
    Thanks so much!
    Leah

  218. Kim
    Kim says:

    I REALLY wish we had your advise back when my son was a senior in HS since high coaches did nothing to help him with football so he went the baseball route. He played two of three years at JUCO college with a crazy coach who didn’t deserve an ounce of respect, but we smile and don’t burn bridges, right. One full year was never even on a roster due to acl injury. He should have left after the first year away from that coach. But where do you go your second year with the injury. To say the least we have done ALOT of kicking ourselves with the should of’s. He is now in his 4th year academically for the first time at a NAIA school which he is not happy with. He played this fall, baseball, and due to a signed letter will have to stay and will play in the Spring. He likes the coach but not the school and situation. Are we stupid to even consider having him leave and go to a NCAA school and possibly walk on for baseball or football and just have “fun” his final year of college? Does that year of not being on a roster (because of injury) even count as redshirt? My son seems to think he didn’t get charged with a redshirt since not on the roster. Should he really just stick it out for one more year at the NAIA school? Thanks for your insight.

  219. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Robert,
    The athlete should be eligible to play at the Div. III school this Spring, IF the Div. I school the athlete is leaving can state on a transfer form that the athlete would have been eligible in the Spring if the athlete were staying at the Div. I school rather than transferring.
    Rick

  220. Robert
    Robert says:

    Rick
    Have a student athlete that went to a D2 school for 1 year and played baseball (left academically eligible)…then transferred to a Jr. College for a semester(left academically eligible)…is now at a D1 and is planning on leaving with the intention of playing at a D3 program this spring…he has not played at the D1 school…is he going to be able to play this spring at the D3 school, if not is there anything he can do to change this prior to the spring..thanks

  221. Rico
    Rico says:

    If i played at a juco for two year 09-10 10-11… didn’t go to school for a year then transferred to a D3 school where i didn’t play a game or practiced and i got on academic suspended … Can i transfer to a NAIA to play my last two years or do i need to go back juco to pick my GPA back up…

  222. KP
    KP says:

    Will you please email me at my email with the answer. But out of hs 2010-11 football season I went to a D1 school 2011-12 and completed a full year of school there but I red-shirted my first year there but got kicked out the end of the semester but I finished the year out. Then I sat out the whole school year of 2012-13. Now I just transferred to a D2 school but Im not involved with football and trying to go back to a D1 school and play football again. How many eligibility years I have left and what I got to do to get back into a D1 school to play football again?

  223. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Kev,
    I think waiting until this season is over is the right approach. You will have had a full year to determine if having a new coach makes a difference in your decision. Also, it could hurt your playing time for this spring if you talk to him prior to or during the season.
    Rick

  224. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    JR,
    He will need to sit out for one full academic year (two semesters) at a Div. I or II school before he can be eligible. It would be possible to be eligible sooner at a Div. III school.
    Rick

  225. Kev
    Kev says:

    I am currently a sophomore at a NAIA school and I play baseball and I’ve been thinking about transferring to a D2. I wanted to transfer last year because I really did not like the school but we got a new coach this year, but I am still thinking about transferring. I was thinking that I might wait until this upcoming season is over to talk to my coach about transferring, what do you think the best solution is?

  226. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Peter,
    It would be best if you contact me directly for a private consultation to discuss your daughter’s situation in detail, and review her options.
    Rick

  227. J R
    J R says:

    My son plays NAIA baseball and transferred from a DII school. He has just had a season ending injury and should be getting a medical hardship waiver. Can he transfer in January to a D1,II or III school and this be considered his sit out season because of his 2nd transfer?

  228. Peter
    Peter says:

    Hi Rick,
    My Daughter is a softball player. She finished with 20 out of 24 credits and would not be eligible had she stayed with that Div II school. She wound up taking some courses too difficult her first year and basically bit off more than she could chew. At this point she needs a fresh start. Just don’t know the implications now that she’s taken a year off.
    Thank you.

  229. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rachel,
    You need to start by requesting “permission to contact” from your current school. Coaches at Div. II schools can’t discuss a possible transfer with you without it. It would be possible for you to transfer without incurring any penalty.
    Rick

  230. Lz
    Lz says:

    MY son is academically ineligible at his D1 school but he never was on the team. RHP
    If he wants to play this spring what are his options.
    Any D1 jucos available for this spring?
    How to stay baseball ready? Local tournaments?
    Not sure what to do.

  231. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Hey,
    I’m at a NAIA a school for my freshmen year swimming. I honestly just don’t feel very much a part of the team or like the school is a good fit for me. How would I go about transferring to a D2 school? And would I receive penalty for changing schools?
    Thanks

  232. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Isaiah,
    That will depend upon a number of things, such as his sport, whether his school will release him, and his academic standing. You may want to contact me directly for further information.
    Rick

  233. Isaiah
    Isaiah says:

    My son played two years for a juco then transferred to a d1 he played in every game but still doesn’t like it there can he transfer to another d1 and be immediately eligible for his senior year ?

  234. Marlon
    Marlon says:

    My cousin was wondering if he could transfer after his first year of community college to an d1 school and try to walk on because he didnt play in his first year of college is it possible for him to play

  235. Casey
    Casey says:

    I’m currently a junior at a division 1 school. I should have transferred freshman year but did not under the assumption things would improve when in fact they have not. I fear that I have now wasted two possibly three years of eligibility. I now wish to transfer to a D3 school this coming spring semester. does this seem at all logical and/or doable?

  236. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Fran,
    Under the NCAA rules, your son can continue to train with the team next semester as long as he is enrolled in a full-time courseload. However, the coach may have his own set of rules and he might restrict your son to the study hall rather than include him in practice.
    If you want to discuss the academic requirements as a transfer to a two-year school, and then to another four-year school, contact me directly for a consultation.
    Rick

  237. Fran
    Fran says:

    My son is a freshman and it looks very likely that he will be academically ineligible for his team at a DIII school after this semester. Would he still be allowed to train with his team next semester?
    Or,if he were to come home and try to raise his GPA at a local community college during spring and summer semesters, what would be the academic requirements for competing at another DIII school or NAIA school again in the fall?

  238. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    You are definitely not wasting your time. Many athletes move on from a JUCO to a four-year school with only two seasons of eligibiilty remaining. However, if you haven’t played softball in a couple of years, that will definitely hurt your chances.
    I encourage you to contact the college(s) you’re interested in, but I also encourage you to also have your former HS or club coach contact schools on your behalf.
    Rick

  239. Zigmary
    Zigmary says:

    Hi Rick, I am currently attending a community college whereby does not have a softball program. I am a sophomore with a 2.9 gpa. I have speed which can in fact be a great assets to a program. However being that I’m a sophomore should I still reach out to schools. I’m interested in attending the college of New Jersey which is a d3 school in central New Jersey & to my understanding they’re in need of speed. But am I wasting my time being that I’m a sophomore and merely have 2 years worth of season left ? What are your suggestions ? Thank you in advance.

  240. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Hello,
    I am currently attending a D2 school for women’s soccer, but my school does not have my major and I need to transfer now. I am looking to get a scholarship at the next D1 or D2 school that I transfer to.. am I able to take my spring semester off and still successfully transfer?

  241. Wesley
    Wesley says:

    I’m looking to transfer from a D 3 school to a JUCO. I started nearly every game last year so my first year of eligibilty is used up but i still have my sophmore season. Is this possible to do or can you not transfer to a JUCO after already attending a 4 year school.

  242. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Peter,
    To answer those questions, I would need to know her sport, how many hours she passed in each semester that first year, and whether she would/could have been eligible had she stayed at the Div. II school the next year. This would be better discussed in a private consultation. Contact me directly if that is of interest.
    Rick

  243. Peter
    Peter says:

    Hi Rick,
    In 2012, My daughter received a partial scholarship, went on academic probation, received permission to contact, was released and had her scholarship revoked and finished her year at the same Div II school without playing any games. She finished the year below a 2.0 GPA.
    She is taking 2013 off from school. What are her options for 2014? For example: Where would she be eligible to play (JC, NAIA, Div I,II,III) and receive another scholarship. Would she have to sit out for another year if she returned to a different Div II or new Div I school?
    Thank you

  244. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Addee,
    The answers to your questions are:
    1. Yes
    2. Only if she is released by the school for transfer and also released from her NLI commitment to attend the school for one year (assuming she signed an NLI).
    3. That would be possible.
    4. No
    Rick

  245. Addee
    Addee says:

    My daughter is on a partial scholarship at at D1 University as a Freshman on the Cross Country/Track team. They are still in season, however, the coach has chosen to redshirt her this fall season. She is extremely unpleased with the training and the team. She has progressed backwards in her times and the coaching philosphy from time of recruitment to current has changed dramatically. My questions:
    If she asks for permission to contact other coaches can he un-redshirt her and force her to complete?
    Can she transfer Mid-Year and not have to sit out a year?
    Can she obtain scholarshp money at another DI school?
    This is an SEC school can she transfer to another SEC school and not have to sit out a year?
    Thank you

  246. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Cortnee,
    That depends upon whether you were considered a Qualifier based on your HS academic record as determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you were a Qualifier, you don’t have to graduate from the JUCO, but you will if you were a NonQualifier.
    You can learn more about Qualifier status by going to http://www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org or .com.
    Rick

  247. Cortnee
    Cortnee says:

    I have an eligibility question to ask. If you transfer from a juco to a D1 program to play a sport do you have to graduate from that juco to be eligible to play at the D1 level?

  248. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dan,
    She can certainly tell her coach that she doesn’t want to redshirt, but if the coach doesn’t think she’s ready to play as a freshman, the coach isn’t going to put her in a game, and she won’t have an option to “refuse.”
    Rick

  249. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    James,
    Next year will be the last year of your “five-year clock.” You’ll need to meet NCAA transfer requirements, but not Qualifier standards based on your HS academic record.
    Rick

  250. james
    james says:

    Hi rick,
    I am 2010 HS graduate and I was not a qualifer coming out of HS. I am currently at a 4 year NAIA school playing soccer. I want to transfer to a D1 program Next Fall. Do I still need to meet NCAA acadmic standards? or do I just have to get accepted to the school of my choice. Also will I have any eligibility left at NCAA?

  251. Dan
    Dan says:

    My daughter is an freshman athlete at a D1 university. If her coach were to ask her to redshirt could she refuse? Or can they just do it without he wanting to? She knows that she isn’t quite up to par for this season YET but she does not want to redshirt under any circumstances.
    Thanks,
    Dan

  252. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    David,
    Nothing that happens now after he has already enrolled will change the status that he has based on the school’s interaction with him prior to his enrollment.
    Rick

  253. David
    David says:

    Hi Rick,
    Thank you for the service you provide.
    My son is a Freshman student at a DI. He is “non-recruited” under the rules and is not on an athletic roster (golf). I understand he would still need a written release to talk to other D1 coaches regarding potential Fall ’14 roster spots and/or athletic aid, but does the coach at his current school have any recruiting restrictions or rules to follow to discuss the same? And would any of those discussions then qualify him as a “recruited athlete” relating to transfer rules/eligibility?

  254. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    There is a former student-athlete from a NCAA DII school who’s scholarship was dropped after 3 years of competing, after which she withdrew from the school after Spring ’13. She is currently not attending any school this fall. Does another NCAA DII school need permission from her former school to contact her even though she is no longer enrolled in any institution currently?

  255. Kaitlyn
    Kaitlyn says:

    I play women’s basketball at a Division II college and I plan on finishing up this year and transferring to another school for my sophomore year. The thing is, I don’t want to play at the college I plan on transferring to. I just want to get an education. So my question is, are there certain rules that I have to follow as well, or after the season can I break the news to my coach and leave as planned? (I’m asking because I plan on starting to apply to different schools toward the end of the season but I don’t want to let the coach know until the season has ended.)

  256. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jon,
    Because you are a walk-on, you can transfer as early as the end of the current semester if you choose to do that. You will have the chance to be immediately eligible at an NCAA Div. II school, and will have the same chance at a Div. I school if you were not considered “recruited” to your current school as defined by NCAA rules.
    Rick

  257. JON
    JON says:

    Hi Rick Iam currently at a D1 basketball college as a preferred walk on, Iam very unhappy with the team, and as I can see the walk ons are not given the chance to prove themselves on the court, because the coach is only using the scholarship students in practice, and all I do is just sit on the bench and clap for others and dont train much with the team, however I had scholarship offers by D2 schools and also another prefered walk on from another D1 school but was promised to be treated like the scholarship players, but unfortunately i declined these offers and went for my present offer,
    I wanted to ask you when if I receive my clearance from my school to contact other schools, when is the earliest I can transfer to another school either D1 or D2? and will the eligibility apply the same to me even if I was a walk on that was not recruited at my current school,
    Wish to hear from you soon,
    JON

  258. Bobbijo
    Bobbijo says:

    Hello,
    Son in a preferred walk-on D2 football-made the traveling team-second string-then had a level 1 concussion and was red-shirted (fall 2013). He did not play in any games. Can he transfer next semester or does he have to finish the year out? He wants to finish the year and would possible stay at the program-but it depends on possible scholarship, I was just getting an answer if he decide to transfer in the winter of 2014. thank you so much!

  259. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am currently playing football at a d2 school. I transfer from a D1 school where I did not participate in football.I just recently found out i was ineligible due to the second year semester hour rule. I am unhappy here and the school has just not lived up to expectations at all. I am thinking of transferring back to my D1 school at the end of the semester. if i leave the team now(seeing how im ineligible) would I still need a release to talk to other schools?

  260. Courtney
    Courtney says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a graduate of a D-1 school where I played volleyball for 2 out of those four years on full athletic scholarship. Eligibility-wise, do I have any for D-3 or NAIA? Or really anything at all? Thanks in advance for any help…

  261. Kristina
    Kristina says:

    Hi, I am currently attending a NAIA school for softball. I do have a scholorship at this school, however I have made the decision to leave at semester for many reasons..My question is do I have to pay back the money that the coach gave to me in a scholarship at all? Or am I just free to leave upon telling the coach about it. I am very confused and need some information. Thank you.

  262. Ahmad
    Ahmad says:

    Rick, around what time of the year is it best to email a college coach about transferring to their school?

  263. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Abbey,
    If you contact an NAIA school and they are interested in talking with you about a transfer, they are required to notify your current school. Your eligibility will depend upon how well you do academically at your current school.
    Rick

  264. Abbey
    Abbey says:

    I too am wondering about transferring. My situation is going from NCCAA DII to a school that is NAIA. Would I have eligibilty restrictions or not? and what are the contact rules with it. I am currently a freshmen and I want to play volleyball elsewhere. Can you give me some details?

  265. Marcie
    Marcie says:

    Rick,
    My son is currently enrolled and playing baseball for a JUCO. He is completely dissatisfied with the coaching style. He is not on scholarship nor did we ever sign a letter of intent. We had the tryout, the coach liked him, we moved him down there and paid for tuition and room and board out of pocket. Is there any way he can transfer to another JUCO and be eligible to play in the spring? If not, what are his options? What procedures do we need to follow to allow him the opportunity to speak with other coaches about the 2014-2015 season and what types of schools would he be eligible to play for, i.e., JUCO’s, DI’s or DII’s? Thank you.
    Marcie

  266. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mom,
    That depends upon whether she was certified as a Qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center when she finished HS. Google that website for more info on that process.
    Rick

  267. mom
    mom says:

    My daugter is at a Jucco playing Volleyball. Can she transfer to a D1 or D2 School after her first year at a Jucco? Can she contact other schools to go watch her play Volleyball.

  268. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Ken,
    She should wait until the end of this year, and then request her release and “permission to contact” other schools. She will have to sit a year if she goes to a Div. I program.
    Rick

  269. Ken G
    Ken G says:

    Hello Rick, My daughter signed a NLI and plays basketball at a DII school. 300 miles from home.. She would like to transfer to a DI school in home town and walk on to the basketball team there. what does she have to do?? Does she have to sit a year?
    Thank You

  270. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dave,
    Thanks for the compliment about the last time you wrote. She can use her redshirt year if she needs to sit for a year, but in the sport of golf it probably won’t be necessary.
    Rick

  271. David
    David says:

    Hi Rick – this would be the second time I have written you. The first was a couple years ago and you provided solid and helpful advice so I have come back for more. My lil sister n law is currently in her sophomore year on a partial golf scholarship at a NAIA school. As a freshman she was the teams best golfer and they finished 3rd in the nation. Long story short she is not happy, tried to tough it out but her Coach’s ego is making the entire team miserable. Fall season has already begun. The coach and AD know that she wants to transfer so at least it’s not a secret. How difficult is transferring mid-year between semesters? Should she expect to sit for a year or is there a way to avoid that? This is assuming she transfers to a D1 or D2 school but for argument sake would things be different if she were to transfer to another NAIA school? Juco is not the end of the world but its a last resort. Also, can she use her redshirt year if she did have to sit for a year?
    Thank you again,
    Dave

  272. o'mar
    o'mar says:

    If I withdraw would I still be required to get a permission to contact form to talk to other coaches?

  273. Cesar
    Cesar says:

    Hi,
    I have a doubt.
    Im playing for a NCAA Division 2 school and I wanna transfer to a Division 1, will I have to sit out one season when I transfer?
    Thank you so much.

  274. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Alex,
    If you are on scholarship at the FCS school, you will be required to sit out for a year (serve a “year in residence) if you transfer directly to an FCS or FBS school. You won’t be required to “sit out” if you go to a JUCO or an NCAA Div. II school (or an FCS school that doesn’t give athletic scholarships).
    If you go the JUCO route and plan to return to the Div. I level, you’ll need to stay at the JUCO long enough to graduate with your Associates Degree.
    Rick

  275. Alex
    Alex says:

    I ‘m currently a freshman at a D1 (AA) college playing football. I’m not happy with the academic side or the athletic side. Furthermore our current coaching staff will be out by the end of the year. I have several options 1 to go to another D1 AA school or a top Junior College. My question is would I have to sit out one year before I can play.
    Note: Pre Qualified NCAA Clearing House before entering my freshman college.

  276. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Alexia,
    Yes, the 4-4-4 transfer rule applies to you. If you want to be eligible at a Div. II school without being required to “sit out” for a year, you would need to return to your original Div. II school. Or you could consider going to a Div. III school, or an NAIA school. At those schools, you may be able to be eligible by next Fall.
    Rick

  277. Alexia
    Alexia says:

    I played volleyball for a DII my freshmen year of college, this year (my sophmore year) i transfered to a DI school to just attend as a student, i want to play volleyball again and am trying to transfer and play at a DII, does the 4-4-4 transfer rule apply to me? Or no because im not playing this year? Im pretty confused about it
    Alexia

  278. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Marco,
    It is possible, but certainly not guaranteed, that you can be eligible for tennis at a Div. I school next year. As far as whether you can get scholarship money next year if you are sitting out, that is the decision of the coach at the Div. I school.
    Rick

  279. Marco
    Marco says:

    I was wondering, this is my sophomore year at a d2 school. I played my freshman year and had an athletic scholarship. I am a tennis player and considering attempting to attend a D1 college. I know I have to get permission but I was wondering would I have to sit out a year and if so do I still get scholarship money while sitting out.

  280. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Ted,
    Asking about the “various factors” is kind of an open-ended question that could have lots of follow-up questions. A private consultation would probably be more appropriate when he is ready to consider such a move.
    Rick

  281. Ted
    Ted says:

    Rick, My son is the consummate late bloomer having started HS at 5’11” and maybe 135 lbs. He just started a D2 College (which he loves!) at 6’8″ and 212 lbs. I may be getting way ahead of myself, but what are the “various factors” to go from D2 to D1?

  282. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Tim,
    Div. I schools are only allowed to offer tryouts to currently enrolled students, so she would have to be enrolled at that other Div. I to try out there. If she is willing to consider an NCAA Div. II school, they are allowed to offer tryouts to prospective student-athletes who are not yet enrolled.
    Rick

  283. Tim
    Tim says:

    question … daughter Freshman at D1 school in Ohio wanted to walk on at her current school, but they didn’t have walk on tryouts this season. would like to try out at a different D1 school in the spring … does she have to be enrolled at the other D1 school to try out ? and as a second year college student , can she try out at the other school when they have tryouts ? she was not recruited at her current school and wasn’t a preferred walk-on. she was never given oppertunity to walk on.
    she did try out for softball , and did well but it turned out they were not able to add anymore players to their roster .

  284. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Phil,
    It would be possible for you to be eligible next academic year at a Div. II school if the NAIA school releases you and you meet the academic requirements for a transfer.
    Rick

  285. Phil
    Phil says:

    I am a NAIA freshman trying to go to a div.2 school next year would I be eligible? I am on a full track scholarship.

  286. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Paul,
    Your son (and any member of the family) needs permission to talk to any other NCAA school. The HS coach can contact the Div. III coach, but there is some risk involved, in the event that the Div. III coach calls your son’s current coach to ask about him before your son has had a talk with his coach.
    Rick

  287. Paul
    Paul says:

    Rick,
    My son is part of a D1 soccer program and is looking to transfer to a D3 program. Can he speak to the coach of the D3 school or does he need permission from his current D1 coach? Also, can his HS coach reach out to the D3 coach and let him know he is interested in his program?
    Thanks for your help.
    Paul

  288. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Larry,
    The two-step process is the permission to contact other schools about a possible transfer, and then the granting of the One-Time Transfer Exception to be immediately eligible at the next school (assuming he meets the academic requirements to use that Exception). If his current school denies either one of these, he’ll need to serve a “year in residence” before he can be eligible for competition.
    Rick

  289. Larry
    Larry says:

    Rick,
    Thanks. If permission is not granted when would he be allowed to play again for a DII school? By two step process you mean the compliance officer and coach? So essentially he has to go out on a limb hoping the school he initially rejected has a spot for him. Conceievably that school could have moved on and he will just have ruined his relationship with the coach at his current school. Will be buying your book for my other kids.

  290. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Larry,
    It would be possible for your son to be immediately eligible at a Div. II school in the spring if he is released by his current school (including the permission from his coach – a two-step process), and meets the academic requirements for a transfer (basically, earning at least 12 credit hours with at least a 2.00 GPA).
    Rick

  291. Larry
    Larry says:

    Rick,
    Good stuff on this website. My question concerns my son currently in the fall of his freshman year at a DI school for baseball. It’s early but he feels he made a mistake and would like to transfer to a DII school that made him an offer last fall. From reading your website I’ve learned he is considered a recruited walk-on so he would need to go to the compliance officer and head coach if he wants to contact the DII coach. If he does that and the offer at the other school still stands could he play in the Spring. The offer was primarly an academic one and I expect that is all that is left now. The baseball portion from the DII school was only $1000. The DI offer was all academic and financial aid. If he just transferred to the DII school without contacting the coach could he try out in the Spring once enrolled? Would he be free to play for them next year if not in the Spring?

  292. Luke
    Luke says:

    Hey Rick,
    I am a division 2 athlete who has played football at my school for two strait years. I did not red-shirt..and I was wondering if I could use my red-shirt year as my year to sit out.
    Thanks,
    Luke

  293. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Taylor,
    If he will be a 4-2-4 transfer (NAIA to JUCO, and then to EKU), he will have to stay at the JUCO long enough to graduate with his Associates Degree in order to be eligible when he gets to EKU.
    Rick

  294. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Taylor,
    If you are not certified as a Qualifier for NCAA Div. I by the NCAA Eligibility Center, you won’t be able to be eligible at a Div. I school until you have graduated from the JUCO. To have personal contact with the coach, call or e-mail them.
    Rick

  295. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rashaun,
    The first thing you should do is talk with your parents to make sure you are all on the same page, before they get a huge tuition bill after you quit the team. If you then decide that you definitely want to quit the team, then you just go tell the head coach, and follow up with a written e-mail to him.
    Rick

  296. Jake
    Jake says:

    Wondering how it works for a juco transfer student goes to division 1 and is going to redshirt due to the fact he is non qualifier an decides at the end of fall semester he does not want to redshirt any more because he wants to play, so he wants to transfer to a division 2 or 3 is this possible ?

  297. Kei
    Kei says:

    I competed for a D1 school in track and field last year. I was not pleased with the program so I told the coach I wanted to transfer and I was emailed a letter of release in May at the end of our season. I am due to transfer in the spring semester. Do I send my release letter to the coach at the new school or does the athletic department at my old school send it? If the school has to send it, how will I know when the new school has received it? Am I allowed to call the new coach before he receives the release letter?

  298. Sam
    Sam says:

    Hi Rick,
    I competed in track for 2 seasons and attended 7 semesters at a D1 school before I graduated. I took the spring off, but plan to do my graduate work at a D2 school and continue competing. From what I understand, I have 5 quarters and 2 seasons of eligibility left, and there is a graduate student exemption to the progress towards degree rule. I want to attend school full-time my first 3 quarters (fall, winter, spring) and compete, then take off the next fall, and attend full-time winter and spring to compete my final season. Would I be eligible to do this because of the 15 quarter rule?

  299. Taylor
    Taylor says:

    My boyfriend is currently enrolled at a NAIA private school playing baseball there. This is his freshman year and he already knows that he doesn’t want to be there. He is looking at transferring to a two-year college Juko and wants to play baseball. What would be his restrictions on that? Also could he transfer to the two-year spring semester (or sooner) and then transfer with me to the University of Eastern Kentucky fall of 2014? Would he have any restrictions playing baseball there? Thank you! Taylor

  300. Taylor
    Taylor says:

    Hi Rick!
    I am currently a athlete at a junior college in California. I am only a freshman and have not competed in track yet. Yet my high school coach has gotten me a offer at a D1 Track school for me. What would I need to do in order to get personal contact with the college coach? How would I be able to retain my eligibility without ruining NCAA rules?

  301. rashaun
    rashaun says:

    I am a college freshman and I play football. But my passion for it isn’t there anymore I was wondering what I can do to get off of my athletic scholarship. I would still like to attend my university.

  302. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    John,
    An athlete must complete their college eligibility within a five-year period. The NCAA will only grant an extension of the “five-year clock” when an athlete has lost MORE THAN one year of competition due to injury, serious financial hardship, or other circumstances beyond their control.
    Rick

  303. John
    John says:

    Thank you. I’m a bit confused about how it may only benefit him if he gets injured again. Couldn’t he use the medical waiver, if granted, to play as a grad student? I thought he’d qualify for an extra year since he only played 1.5 games of 2011, didn’t play 2010(RS), played 2012 and is active currently. Or does he only get 1 redshirt, medical or otherwise?

  304. Ahmad
    Ahmad says:

    Hey Rick
    When trying to transfer to another school to play football what is the best way to contact the coach? Phone or email? and then what would be the best thing to say to them?

  305. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Brian,
    a. No, if going to Div. II and he meets academic eligibility requirements. Yes, if to Div. I and he is currently on a football scholarship.
    b. No, he will have one year of eligibility left, so it is best if he finish out the season, as he has already triggered his 3rd year of eligibility.
    Rick

  306. Brian
    Brian says:

    MR. Allen,
    My son is a Junior football player at an NAIA school. He is unhappy with his playing time (new coaching staff)after being a 2 year starter. He is thinking of transferring to a NCAA Div. II or higher school. My question is, if he leaves the football team now, after 3 games, finishes the semester, then transfers to another school, will he a)have to sit out a year? b)be able to have 2 years of eligibility left since he only played in 3 games? Sure appreciate your advice here Rick…we’re very confused as to what our options are.
    Brian

  307. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Teegan,
    Not as long as the school you are leaving will be able to state that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school the next semester rather than transferring.
    Rick

  308. Teegan
    Teegan says:

    Rick,
    I play soccer at a D2 school but I am looking to transfer to a D3 school. I am planning on getting a release and letting my coach know, but would I have to sit out a year by going down?
    Teegan

  309. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    John,
    He may qualify for the waiver, but since he redshirted his first year, it will only benefit him if he becomes injured again. The second Div. I school will probably need to submit the waiver for him, unless the JUCO will do it, but given the small staffs that many JUCOs have, that may be difficult to convince them to do since it was two years ago.
    Rick

  310. John
    John says:

    Hi Rick, My son plays football and red-shirted his 1st year(2010) at a 4 year D1 program. He left, went to a J.C. where he had a season ending injury and surgery(2011)in the 2nd game, played the following year(2012) and has now transferred(on scholarship)to a 4 Year D1-A(2013). Do you think he qualifies for a Medical Hardship Waiver? Which school should assist him?
    Thank you so much.
    John

  311. Ian
    Ian says:

    Hello Rick,
    My son is a freshman playing D2 football. He is not happy and is considering transfering to a D3 school closer to home. When is he allowed to contact the D3 coach? Does he need to get a permission to contact letter? He is not on an athletic scholarship.
    Thanks very much.

  312. Ahmad
    Ahmad says:

    Hey Rick,
    I am currently at a division 3 school to play football but I decided to leave the team during camp. I am looking into transferring but I don’t know if I need a permission to contact or not since I technically am not playing this year. How should I go about transferring to another school to play football? The school I’m at is NCAA and I’m trying to go to NAIA but like I stated earlier I am not playing this year

  313. Keenan
    Keenan says:

    Hey, I am a college freshman currently at a NAIA div. 1 school on a basketball scholarship. I am either wanting to redshirt and transfer, or just transfer to another NAIA div.1 school or to a NCAA div. 1 school. The rules are so confusing and I am lost. Could you please tell me how to go through with this, and please explain how to do it.
    Thanks,
    Keenan

  314. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Luke,
    For this information, you can purchase our downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers”, which can be found in the Store of our website.
    Rick

  315. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Lee,
    If your school doesn’t release you, you will not be able to talk with coaches at the FCS school. You can still transfer there, but you will have to do so as a non-athlete regular student.
    Rick

  316. Lee
    Lee says:

    Hey, I am a College freshman, I play for D2. I am getting redshirted this year, and i am scholorship player. However I do want to transfer to a D1AA school who does not offer scholarships, they are a member of the pioneer league. They are closer to home, and I like the school better. I have a B average, so I am not in academic trouble. If my school does not release me for contact, how can I transfer and talk to the coach at the school I want to switch too.

  317. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Codey,
    You have 8 semesters remaining, since you’ve enrolled for two, and would have to have 12 credit hours per semester of full-time enrollment with a GPA of at least 2.00. That’s if you were a Div. II Qualifier when you graduated HS.
    Rick

  318. Luke
    Luke says:

    Hi, I am a sophomore at a D1 school playing golf. I want to transfer but I am not sure how to do it. Should I contact other golf coaches first to tell them that I want to transfer for my junior year, or should i ask my present coach for a release first? And what if my coach does not want to give me a release, will i still be able to play for my current school? If a get my permission to contact an other school, how will they know that i have it?
    Thank you

  319. Codey
    Codey says:

    Rick. I graduated in 2011 and had a D1-AA Scholarship and Signed a Letter of Intent but then backed out for numerous reasons…I went and took 13 Hours at a community college in 2011 and then dropped out for a year to work and then went full time for one more semester. I currently have 23 Credits. What would I have to do to walk on to a D2 football school, and how much elgibility would I have left.

  320. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mike,
    You can, but you won’t get any benefit from it, as you are permitted four seasons of eligibility within a five-year period. If you redshirt two years, you’re only going to have 3 years remaining available to you.
    Rick

  321. Bill
    Bill says:

    I have a basketball player who attended a juco for two years after graduating from high school. He has enrolled at an NAIA school, is not playing this semester, and wishes to transfer to a DI school for the second semester. Is he eligible immediately at the DI school or must he wait until the second semester of the next year. How many years of eligibility would he have after transferring?

  322. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Based on his history as you’ve provided it, he’ll have one year of eligibility remaining if he transfers “laterally” to another Div. I program. If he transfers “down”, say from an FBS program to an FCS program, or from an FCS program to a Div. II program, he would have the chance to be immediately eligible and be able to play for two years.
    Rick

  323. Ivelisse
    Ivelisse says:

    My son has full football scholarship at a D1 school. He was redshirt his freshman year. He saw minimal playing time his redshirt freshman year. He just started his redshirt sophomore year and is very unhappy. He wants to transfer to another D1 school. We are aware that he will have to seat out a year. We will like to know if he will have one or two year eligibility after his seat out year.

  324. Zayne
    Zayne says:

    Hi, I am currently in my first semester of college and playing baseball at a D1 school, but I am hoping to transfer to an NAIA school for my Spring semester. Is it possible for me to get either an academic or baseball scholarship from the NAIA school if I go there for the second half of the year?

  325. Ben
    Ben says:

    Hi Rick, if I were to red shirt this year (I am a freshman) then transfer to a community college in the spring and not play golf, just go to school, would I still be a freshman the next fall when i decided to go to a junior college to play golf? Would it even be possible to transfer in the middle of a redshirt and still retain the redshirt? What if I redshirted my freshman year then tried to transfer after my freshman year to a juco(I am at a D2), would I be a redshirt freshman at the juco or would the redshirt be invalid?

  326. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    JC,
    If classes have already started at the school and your son has been attending class, he needs to finish the semester to have a chance to be immediately eligible next year at a new school. If he withdraws from classes now, he’ll be leaving that school with zero credit hours earned, and it will hurt his eligibility when he transfers.
    If he still feels like leaving at the end of the semester, he should ask the coach for permission to talk with other schools at that time, and then explore his options.
    Rick

  327. Jc
    Jc says:

    Rick,
    My son was verbally told they would give him a scholarship this past summer . He graduated from high this past May. Going by the verbal information, he signed the letter on intent to attend. He reported to summer camp as suggested and enrolled in summer school as suggested . When the session started no scholarship was awarded and they red-shirted him. Now he wants to transfer to another DII school but wants to play football this season if its not too late.
    What can be done? I thought the DII school mid-lead my son and should honor the verbal agreement and give him a scholarship.
    JC

  328. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Brad,
    Your coach can refuse to let you be immediately eligible if you go directly to another four-year college, but he can’t restrict you from going to a CC. You are obliged to attend the school for one full academic year under the terms of the NLI, unless your school will release you from your NLI commitment, or unless you graduate from a two-year college before moving on to another four-year school.
    Rick

  329. Brad
    Brad says:

    Since I signed the NLI am I obliged to attend the University for one FULL YEAR? Can my coach refuse to let me go to a local CC and NOT play golf for the spring?

  330. Brad
    Brad says:

    Rick,
    I am a freshman golfer at a D2 school. It is nothing like I thought it would be and I would like to transfer to a JC or walk on at the D1 in my home town in the spring. Is this possible? Can my coach do anything to keep me from leaving after I have successfully completed my fall term and want to transfer for the spring?

  331. kc
    kc says:

    Rick,
    I had d2 & d3 schools interested in me while in high school playing vb, I was unsure if I wanted to play in college so didn’t go that route, last minute I decided to atleast try it so played for juco, couldn’t stand the coach or the program, quit after a week, my question is could I transfer my soph year to a d 3 and play right away, I did sign a nli but never played in one game..thanks!

  332. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Elizabeth,
    It would be best for your son to complete the semester at the Div. I program and then transfer to the JUCO with the hours and GPA earned during this Fall term. If he leaves the Div. I now and earns zero academic credits this term, he won’t be able to be eligible for the JUCO this Spring.
    Rick

  333. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Devin,
    If you enroll at the community college as a full-time student and are/were a Non-Qualifier for NCAA Div. I when you begin full-time enrollment, then you’ll be required to complete your Associates Degree and other academic requirements in order to be eligible when you transfer to a Div. I school.
    Rick

  334. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    G,
    He can do that, but the coach at that school won’t be able to discuss a transfer with your son until he receives a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from your son’s school.
    Rick

  335. g
    g says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshman at a Pac-12 school. He is on the soccer team but is not on scholarship. Can he contact another coach about transferring?

  336. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Rick,
    My son is on scholarship for a D1 baseball program seven hours from home. He has started classes and training, but feels like he may have made the wrong decision in selecting the school, as he is feeling very unhappy. He is considering transferring to a junior college closer to home. Assuming that he is able to transfer right away, would he have to sit out for 2014 spring season and also 2015 since he has already started the D1 semester? Or do those rules only apply to transfers to another D1 or D2 program. Thanks!

  337. Devin
    Devin says:

    Hi, my name is Devin and I just graduated high school and I’m going to a community college for 1 year to raise my GPA for more options. I received All-State in football and also All-State in track and field. Do you think I could transfer to play football at a division 1 school after skipping that year?

  338. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jeremy,
    It’s hard to answer your question, because it would depend upon your academic standing, and also upon the policies of the athletic department and lacrosse coach at that school. However, it will be very hard for you to get on a team by transferring at mid-year when you weren’t at that school to go through Fall practices and scrimmages.
    Rick

  339. Cameron
    Cameron says:

    Rick,
    I am currently attending a Division II school and I am planning on walking on to the basketball team. I have been in school off and on since 2006, and have started 8 full-time semesters, but have only completed 2 of those semesters with credit for full-time classes (Due to withdrawls, dropping under full time). With the Division II 10 semester rule, how many years of eligibility do I have left?

  340. Jeremy
    Jeremy says:

    Hello Rick,
    I am currently taking one more semester at my current College which is D3 and looking to transfer to in the Spring of 2014 to play at a annually ranked top 15 D1 school for Lacrosse, I did not play last season and I was not recruited by any schools for the sport whatsoever, I am wondering if you know anything about me being able to walk on without being recruited at all, I’ve heard several different things from people, one said I wouldnt be able to play for the team if I wasnt recruited and one said I wouldnt be able to play because I would miss the fall semester?

  341. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Malcolm,
    Based on what you’ve stated, you will not be able to be eligible because you don’t have a total of 24 credit hours over your last two semesters of full-time enrollment. YOu’ll also need a GPA of at least 2.00.
    Rick

  342. Malcolm
    Malcolm says:

    Hello Rick
    I want to walk on to a division 2 school an I’m not gonna get any aid from athletics. I have 3 semesters but only have 18 hours what are my requirements of a non financial seeking walk on.

  343. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Charles,
    If you are/were on an athletic scholarship at the NAIA school or were recruited there, it is true that you will have to attend a Div. I school for a year before you can be eligible for competition. If you have not already had a redshirt year, you could take that “sit out” year as a redshirt year. If you already sat out one season at the NAIA school, then it is true that you would lose a year of eligibility.
    Rick

  344. Charles
    Charles says:

    Hello Rick,
    I am an NAIA Baseball player possibly looking to transfer to a D1 school. Is it correct that I would have to sit out a year, and possibly lose a year of eligibility in the process?
    Thank you

  345. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Rick, thanks. My son is tab trimester school. If he transfers in January he will only have completed 1/3 of a year. Will that affect his eligibility.

  346. ryan
    ryan says:

    Hi I am currently playing baseball at a naia school but I don’t feel like the school is the right fit for me and I don’t know or don’t think I`ll be happy here at this school. My question is Whats the penalty for transferring from an naia college to a juco school, or could I transfer from the school I am to a community college for a semester and then go to the juco school and play baseball on the team that spring?

  347. Todd
    Todd says:

    Rick:
    Son is transferring within the the conference (Big Ten) and will have to sit out this fall (2013) season and lose a year of eligibility. Question: Is he allowed to play in 1) fall 2013 preseason exhibition games or 2) postseason spring 2014 exhibition games?

  348. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Maria,
    Even if she quits the team, she will still need permission from her current school before she can contact coaches at other schools about a possible transfer. It is probably too late to walk-on somewhere else because it would be hard to get admitted to a school and get enrolled in time, unless she goes to a school that starts late, like some that start in mid-to late September.
    Rick

  349. Maria
    Maria says:

    My daughter does not get along with her D1 coach and was going to try again this season to turn things around but the coach is still very negative towards her. She doesn’t want to waste another year of eligibility with this coach. Is it too late to walk on somewhere else? I assume you have to have applied for the school and been admitted prior to walking on so would her only other alternative be to quit the team and contact other schools after that in order to transfer in the spring?

  350. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dawna,
    Does the conference have a restriction about transfers within the same conference? If you haven’t checked that out, I would be sure to do so, as that may make the appeal a moot point.
    Rick

  351. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Hello my daughter just signed to a DIV II school after completing 2 years at a JUCO. The school she attends does not have her paticular major but does have something similar. Would she be able to transfer to another DIV I or II school following her 1 year signing and get another atletic scholarship and still be eligible to play?

  352. Dawna
    Dawna says:

    My daughter is going to request an appeal as she was denied permission to contact for schools within the same conference. Any advice on this process. She was guided to be very specific and honest about the fact that she was not a fit with the current coach who was hired after she decided to attend that university (D1) Additionally she was not a scholarship athlete (and I know this is not a factor) She is a swimmer. She is already applying to colleges and university where she could be a good fit both academically and swim wise. Thanks!

  353. Morgan
    Morgan says:

    Hi. My friend wanted to play football in college. He tried to get some schools interested but he didn’t reach out far enough. He said he regretted not being able to play. He ran out of time to get a coach interested but he is good enough to walk on to a team. He is currently going to attend a school that doesn’t have a football team at all. I know he wants to transfer colleges as a sophomore but can he transfer and be able to play on a football team as well even though he wasn’t picked up before freshman year? Thanks!

  354. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Diane,
    Because my primary expertise is with NCAA rules, I don’t know if participation in NAIA scrimmages is allowed. My hunch is that they would be allowed since they would not affect regular season standings and an opposing team’s opportunity to advance to the postseason.
    Rick

  355. Diane
    Diane says:

    HI my daughter played soccer her freshman year at an NAIA school. She didn’t like the program or coach so is transferring to another NAIA school. Unfortunately the conference she is in has made a transfer rule that started in January that if you transfer to another NAIA school in the same conference you must sit out. Her new coach has her listed as a redshirt. We understand she cannot compete in the Fall but do you know, if the team has scrimmages against other schools in the Spring is she allowed to participate in those or would that still be part of this ‘year’. thanks!

  356. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Shannon,
    Yes, that is normal. Different schools handle this in different ways. Some schools will provide a “blanket” release, while others will only provide a release to specific schools. The schools have the right to determine how they will handle the process, as long as they make an appeal opportunity available when a request is denied.
    Rick

  357. shannon
    shannon says:

    So I did what you said and asked the school and they told me to give them a list of the colleges and that they would send it direct to the schools. Is that normal. I thought she would get a release to talk to any school?

  358. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Shannon,
    Yes, any athlete – walk-on or scholarship athlete – must receive “permission to contact” another school if they are considering a transfer.
    Rick

  359. shannon
    shannon says:

    My daughter played soccer at a DII school last year and was a walk on that did not receive any money. She is looking to transfer this year and still has not signed a letter of intent. Does she need to get permission to talk to another coach?

  360. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jesse,
    To receive a hardship waiver for that first season, the Div. III school would need to submit the waiver on your behalf, and would need to submit documentation to support the position that you were not able to play in any more games that season due to circumstances beyond your control, such as a serious injury or illness, or a serious financial hardship which forced you to withdraw from school.
    Rick

  361. Jesse
    Jesse says:

    Rick,
    I was a freshman at a DIII college for the 2011-2012 season. I only played in 3 games and none were after the mid-way point in the season. I also stopped practicing with the team after the midway point due to eligibility problems. I sat out all of last season(2012-2013) waiting to attend a JUCO back in my home state of Arizona. Is there any way to receive a hardship waiver for that first season spent at the DIII school since it was pretty much a wasted year? Thanks, Jesse

  362. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Stephen,
    Since Div. III doesn’t offer athletic scholarships, the key question is whether your son was “recruited” to the Div. III school. (You may want to look for our blog titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”) If no, then it would be possible for him to transfer to a Div. I school and be immediately eligible. Be aware, however, that midyear transfers to a Div. I baseball program can’t become eligible until the following academic year.
    If he does sit out a season, that could be his “redshirt” year, and he could still have 3 seasons to play.
    Rick

  363. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Rick,
    My Son is a D3 Rising Sophomore. He has had some real growth as a player and is now throwing 92 MPH in a strong college summer league. He surprised me last night saying he was interested in transferring to a D1 program. The one time exemption language seemed as if the excemption was subjective, is that correct? If he transferred and sat out a season would he still have 3 years of eligability and in that case does it matter if he transfers in the fall or January. Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Great Blog!

  364. Jamaye
    Jamaye says:

    Hello
    My boyfriend is transferring from a D1 football team he wants to transfer to another d1 but does not want to sit out a year he has many d2 schools thT are interested but can he go to a d2 school and transfer to another d1 after a year. Or will he still have to sit out? He’s a red shirt freshman btw

  365. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Andrea,
    Depending upon where your son is attending school and all of the circumstances involved, it is possible that his request for permission to contact another school about a transfer could damage his relationship with his current coach at the least, and could possibly result in his scholarship being taken away.
    Rick

  366. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Dear MR Allen,
    I have a doubt, by requesting the Permission-to-contact letter, the current scholarship and admission on the present university isnt lost, is it?
    I would like to contact a new university that my son likes very much but without loosing the current university he is playing for , is this possible? Does this apply for international athletes also?
    So once We’ve found a better offer wich is a secure offer we will start with the transfering process and filling the release form.
    Thanks for your help
    Camila

  367. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Tom,
    That is a concept that is being discussed by an NCAA committee, but it has not been proposed as legislation to be voted on yet. Given that, the earliest that it would possibly become effective is probably August of 2014.
    Rick

  368. Tom
    Tom says:

    Dear Mr. Allen,
    I heard some rumors, that if an athlete will have a gpa at least 2.6, he could transfer from any to any other school without sitting out a year. Can you explain something about that? Is that true?

  369. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Cheshire,
    In a 4-2-4-4 scenario, the One-Time Transfer Exception can only be used when going to the 3rd four-year college if the first four-year college either did not sponsor the sport, or discontinued the sport while you were attending there.
    Rick

  370. Cheshire
    Cheshire says:

    4-2-4-4 scenrio
    if i transfer from my first four year school because of sanction rules to a 2 year school where there no athletics nore athletics compliance does that take away my one time transfer exception and do you have to be granted a one time exception
    also if the first four year school does not grant you yor one time transfer rule do you still have it

  371. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi “Mickey”,
    I would be glad to help, and I can walk you through every step of the transfer process. Please contact me directly to arrange a paid consultation, since this is the 4th question you’ve asked using 3 different screen names.
    Rick

  372. Mickey
    Mickey says:

    I was reading your blog and found a lot of it helpful. I am going into my junior year and have decided not to compete at my current school because of various reasons. I am set on competing at another school and do not want to sit out. Are there exemptions to redshirting as a transfer? also, since the school year is coming up I feel like a mid year transfer would be better since I have not figured out where I want to transfer to, or talked to any schools, but I’m not sure how those work. I know I still want to compete but do not know where to start and how the different timing of transfers work. My current school is (academically) based on semesters, and the school that I hope to transfer to is on the quarter system. Do you know how this would affect academics or the timing of a transfer?
    Please let me know if you can help
    Thanks!

  373. Cj
    Cj says:

    Hi My son is looking to transfer from an naia school for the spring semester to a Division 1 school and I wanted to know will he be requred to sit out for a year even its his current school a 4 year school but in the naia?

  374. joe
    joe says:

    if i am receiving my athletic scholarship for the current summer school session, but decide not to compete for the upcoming season and look to transfer, will I have to pay back my summer aid i am receiving from the athletic department?

  375. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Garrett,
    Whether it is too late will depend upon the admission requirements and deadlines of the Div. III school. Before coaches or athletic staff at the Div. III school can talk with you about a transfer, they’ll need to receive “permission to contact” from your current school.
    Rick

  376. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jamaal,
    Yes, you will still need “permission to contact” other schools. As far as eligibility, it will depend upon whether you still have time remaining on your “five-year clock.”
    Rick

  377. Garrett
    Garrett says:

    I am going to a NAIA school but looking to transfer elsewhere. I have completed two years already, but things just aren’t working out. If I were to transfer to a d3 school, what are the necessary protocol to follow? Is it too late? If it is then I will have to bear with it another year, but this is not ideal.

  378. Jamaal
    Jamaal says:

    My question is at a Div-I mid major school and thinking of transferring after I graduate. Once I graduate do the same rules apply as far as release permission? I will still have eligibility. And if you never took a red shirt year are you still eligible to receive that year ?

  379. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    ally,
    You mentioned that you will swim on a club team but not your school’s team for the upcoming year. If this is a local club team not affiliated with the university, that shouldn’t be an issue.
    However, be aware that if the club team IS affiliated with the school (if it is part of the school’s recreational/club sports program, that might also sponsor, for example, an archery club, a disc golf team, or a fishing club that competes against other schools), then swimming for this club will count as one of your four seasons of eligibility. This occurs when a Div. I institution sponsors a competitive team at both the varsity intercollegiate and the club level.
    By the way, it should not be too late for the medical hardship waiver paperwork to be submitted to your school’s conference office.
    Finally, you will still need permission from your school before coaches at other schools can speak with you about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  380. ally
    ally says:

    I am going into my junior year as a scholarship Div 1. NCAA swimmer. My freshman year was a disaster and sophomore year was supposed to be a medical red shirt but for some reason the papers were not sent to compliance. After the last two years I don’t want to continue on the team I am on. I haven’t decided if I will stay at my current school or try to transfer. I want to be closer to home but am in one of the best programs for my major. If I do decide I want to transfer, but stay at my current school for another semester for academics, how will that affect eligibility? I am on a club team but do not plan to be on my schools team for the upcoming season. Do I still need to request a permission to contact if I do not practice or compete this upcoming semester or can I just tell my coaches I wont continue on the team and start looking else where??

  381. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Yes, as long as he meets the academic requirements to be immediately eligible when he transfers so that he doesn’t have to sit out a year from competition.
    Rick

  382. Susan
    Susan says:

    Rick,
    He completed one year at Div I. T+F and decided to go back to basketball. So he would have 4 years of eligibility, does that mean he could participate all 4 years(2 at JUCO + 2 elsewhere)?
    Susan

  383. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chris,
    You will still have your freshman year of eligibility for outdoor track, but not indoor track. You won’t have to sit out a year at the Div. I school if the Div. II school will release you, and you meet the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception.
    Rick

  384. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Susan,
    The basic answer is that your son has five years from his first full-time college enrollment to complete his eligibility, regardless of where he has attended and what sport(s) he’s participated in. So, if he has completed one year at the Div. I school, he could have 4 years of eligibility remaining. He will only have 3 years left if he attended the Div. I for two years (with no more than two of those years at the JUCO level).
    Rick

  385. Chris
    Chris says:

    I competed in two track meets before leaving school for winter break. I did not return for the second semester resulting in me missing the rest of the indoor season and all of the out door season. I am now transferring from a Div.2 to a Div.1 school. Will I still have my freshmen year of eligibility, and will I have to sit out a year?

  386. Susan
    Susan says:

    Rick,
    My son attended a Div I school and competed on the track team as a recruited walk-on. He no longer wants to compete in track/field and wants to play basketball. He is interested in JUCOs. Even though he is changing sports, will he only have 3 years of eligibility to play basketball?

  387. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    William,
    Before coaches at NCAA schools can talk with you about a possible transfer, they must receive written or e-mailed permission from your current school.
    Also, be aware that if you are on an athletic scholarship at your school, you will not be able to be eligible in your first year at a Div. I school, as you must first serve a “year in residence” at that school. And, you will have two years left on your Div. I “five-year clock” after this year, which means you will only have one year to compete if you have to sit out for a year.
    Rick

  388. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jackie,
    The transfer process can vary greatly from one school to another. It is hard to predict. I suggest you start the process in mid-November.
    Rick

  389. William
    William says:

    Hi Rick,
    I would like to know what must a sophmor basketball player who wishes to transfer out of an NAIA school (Note: this is a 4 year school and not a junior college) and into a NCAA school do to successfully transfer and play another 2 years or more. This fall, I will begin my 3rd year. I would like to transfer to a Division 1 NCAA school, but don’t know what protocol exists to accomplish this. Could you please help me with this? Thanks
    William

  390. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    I am a D1 partial scholarship athlete going in to my junior year. I want to transfer to a different school and have started researching schools with the academic program I want to pursue as well as their athletic program. I would like to continue my sport regardless if I am offered a scholarship from the school I would transfer to. I know I have to get a written permission to contact before I can talk to any other college coaches but have just started researching. I was wondering if you knew how long the transfer process takes in regards to acceptance, transfer credits, and athletic signing. I would like to transfer half way through the 2013-2014 school year if possible. Please let me know! thanks.

  391. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Larry,
    That will depend upon your academic standing at your current school, and the transfer policies of the JUCO that you would transfer to.
    Rick

  392. Larry
    Larry says:

    I go to a Juco in California and have already played one year. However, I’ve decided to Redshirt this year to get healthy and get better. Would I be able to transfer to another Juco in Cali? and would be able to play next fall?

  393. Jared
    Jared says:

    I was a scholarship basketball player at a Division 1 school this past year and I was released by the coach at the end of the year. Now I am looking to transfer to a juco to play and get recruited but my grades were not that good. I have been informed that Jucos take your best 24 credits and they have to be a 2.0 or better. My question is do juco accept D’s for those best 24 credits to receive a scholarship from that JUCO?

  394. katherine
    katherine says:

    Hello Rick,
    I currently play for a NAIA university and I want to transfer to a NCAA. What should I do in order to be able to transfer from school.

  395. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jason,
    That info is not correct. If you transfer to another Div. I program, you will have to serve a “year in residence” attending the second Div. I school before you can be eligible.
    The person who told you that you can be immediately eligible at another Div. I school must think that because you sat out this past year as a medical redshirt, that this counts as your “sit out” year. However, the “sit out” year must be served at the school you are transferring to, not the school you are leaving.
    Rick

  396. Jason
    Jason says:

    I play D1 baseball on scholarship. (I was a recruited athlete) I played my Freshman season and then medical redshirted my Sophomore season due to injury. I was told that I can transfer to another D1 school without sitting out because I just came off of a redshirt season. I have never heard this rule before…is this information correct?

  397. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jerry,
    Your son can be eligible at another Div. I program this year as long as he meets the requirements of the One-Time Transfer Exception. Basically, the school he was at this past year must certify that he would be eligible this Fall if he were staying there rather than transferring.
    In addition, because he’ll be entering his fourth year of college, he’ll need to have completed at least 60% of the specific course requirements for his chosen degree, whether he stays at the school he’s at now, or transfers to another Div. I program.
    Rick

  398. Jerry
    Jerry says:

    Rick,
    My son is not NCAA Clearinghouse certified. He played baseball for 2 years at a junior college but did not complete his associates degree so he had to sit out a year. He attended a D1 college this past year as a student only. At his current college the baseball coach has spoken to him about being a walk-on but nothing has been formalized. Another D1 college has shown interest in him to play baseball. Can he transfer to another D1 college and be eligible to play baseball this coming year?

  399. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Julie,
    I don’t know the NAIA or JUCO rules quite as well as I know the NCAA rules. However, I can definitely tell you that if this one at bat and two games had occurred at an NCAA school, it would definitely count as a season of eligibility used.
    Rick

  400. julie
    julie says:

    My son played his Freshman year NAIA. His sophomore year during the first series he pinch hit for one at bat. This was the second game of the season. We decided at the time to have him withdraw from the team after this game as it became obvious due to the coach’s decisions during this series that this was not the program for our son with the understanding that he would save his year of eligibility since he had only had one at bat and was only 2 games into the season. He finished out the school year and academically is in good standing. The Athletic Director at the school has not been very useful or knowledgeable about how this one at bat affects my son’s eligibility. He is currently being talked to by two Junior Colleges and one Division I NCAA school. They want us to clarify his eligibility. How do we go about finding out: 1. If his one at bat in the second game of the season takes away a full year of eligibility. 2. If his one at bat does count as one full year of eligibility does the fact that he literally was not on a team for the 2013 season after the 2nd game of the year count as his NCAA sit out year, or will he lose a year of eligibility AND have to sit out a year, meaning he is not eligibile for NCAA play until 2015? We are on a time crunch here and are desperate to know how to handle this or what to do to determine eligibility issues. I am amazed at how many involved in collegiate athletics don’t really know the answers to these questions. Any help or direction you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks!

  401. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    DJ,
    To be eligible at another JUCO, you basically will need to have earned 12 credit hours for each term of full-time enrollment at the first JUCO and have at least a 2.00 GPA.
    To be eligible at a Div. I school as a JUCO transfer, and assuming that you are a NonQualifier for Div. I, you’ll need to graduate from the JUCO with your Associates Degree and satisfy other academic requirements. Also, be aware that you have a “five-year clock” from when you first enrolled as a full-time college student to complete your four years of college participation.
    Rick

  402. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chap,
    You could only practice with the team in the spring if you are on the 35-man roster, which most coaches are not going to put you on since they know that you’re not eligible to play.
    Rick

  403. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Chap,
    Transfers to Div. I at mid-year cannot be eligible until the following academic year. Also, if you’ll be a full-time student at the community college this Fall, you will be a 4-2-4 transfer, which means you’ll have to graduate from teh two-year college with your Associates Degree.
    Rick

  404. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    I’m not an expert at NAIA rules, but I believe that you need to have 48 credit hours (for 4 semesters of enrollment) in order to be eligible this Fall.
    Rick

  405. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    DJ,
    It’s my understanding that you must have earned at least 24 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA to be eligible at a second JUCO upon transfer. However, the fact that you didn’t participate at the first JUCO may allow you to exempt from that rule.
    Rick

  406. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jan,
    Most hearings are held in person, but can also be done via conference call. Often, both the athlete and the coach have a chance to present their reasons for their position, and may receive questions from the committee members. There is a better chance for a successful outcome for the athlete if the transfer is for non-athletic reasons (such as a serious illness in the family, or to pursue a major not offered at the current school), or if their scholarship was taken away by the coach.
    Rick

  407. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    You shouldn’t need a “permission to contact” since you weren’t on the team. However, the other Div. II school may still want to receive something from your current school to confirm that information.
    Rick

  408. Marquis
    Marquis says:

    I go to a D2 school but was not on the football team my first year. However I want to transfer to another D2 school but I wasn’t sure IF I still need “permission to contact” because I was not on the team at my current school

  409. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Deann,
    She does not need permission to talk to a JC coach. Also, it will be possible for her to be eligible as a 4-2-4 transfer after earning her Associates Degree at the JUCO. There may be other academic requirements depending upon what level she will be transferring to after the JUCO.
    Rick

  410. R Bell
    R Bell says:

    Hope someone can answer this for me…Fall 2011 I attended 1 semester at a college, then transfered to a diffent college spring 2012 & did 1 semester. Fall 2012 I went back to the college I transfered from and completed 2 semesters. Now for Fall 2013 I’m transferring back to the college I went to Spring 2012 to play basketball…..I currently have 41 credits, because 1 semester I messed up. I haven’t played any sports, this will be my 1st time..Question: Am I eligible for the NAIA to play basketball?

  411. Deann
    Deann says:

    My daughter playes soccer at a D1 school but under no scholarship, she is a walk on, and absolutely not happy and our family has moved 500 miles away, now she wants to transfer to a JC closer to us, since she still has three years eligibility so it would be her second year and possible play at the JC school. Does she need permission to talk to the JC college coach? And after finishing her AA wants to transfer back to a NAIA or DI DII or DIII, can she do that?

  412. DJ
    DJ says:

    *Only passed 6 credits the second semester not 8 and actually 13 my first semester.
    And to also clarify my question am i basically able to play this upcoming year at the transfer juco im going to or do i need to take summer school to get 5 more credits (for 24)or am i fine because i never played basketball at the other school and also what is the best route to have as many years of eligibility left to possibly play ncaa basketball preferably D1 and ho many years do i have on my 5 year clock since i was fulltime the fall semester but then dropped to part time the spring of 2013 semester ? Thanks Rick I know its a lot to ask but i just need to know basically if the dream of college ball is done for me I was just another 5 star bball recruit who took the wrong path

  413. Chap
    Chap says:

    Alright i just found the answer to my above question on another page of your website. I see that i would not be eligable for the spring but would it be possible to practice with the team in the spring as if you were a red-shirt if the? That is if the coach wanted to work you out and stuff. Does the coach have the power to do that or would that be breaking rules?

  414. Chap
    Chap says:

    I attended my freshmen year at an NAIA school on a baseball scholarship. I spent the whole year there and this summer i decided that i did not want to go back and got released. Instead i want to try walking on at a division I school. By now it is too late for me to apply and get accept for the fall classes at any division I school thus forth i am unable to walk on for the fall tryouts and practices. Instead i am going to attend a community collegefor the fall and catch up on my core classes. I would be enrolling at this division I school for the spring semester. Is it possible to walk on and tryout on the team in the spring or do i have to wait til the fall again. Or in order to get a spot in the spring do you have to be a recommended walk on by the coaches?

  415. DJ
    DJ says:

    I sat out at a juco last year didnt play just attended school as a non recruited athlete I passed 12 credits my first semester and dropped one class and failed another so only passing 8 the second semester I currently have transferred to play basketball at another juco apart of the squad this year the full package, but will i be eligible to play at this juco right away since its my first transfer and first year of juco basketball ? Thanks Rick

  416. Jan
    Jan says:

    What is a ncaa transfer hearing like if your coach doesn’t grant you a release? What advice and tips do you have?

  417. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Trevor,
    The term “redshirt” simply means you didn’t participate in a game, and didn’t use a season of eligibility. No form necessary.
    Rick

  418. Trevor
    Trevor says:

    one more question because football goes through the fall would that burn a year of my elgibility even though i’m not playing

  419. Trevor
    Trevor says:

    hello rick i have a question i am a juco player who has finished up my two years but i am not academically ready to transfer and it might take me through summer and fall to get my grades up is it still possible for me to go D1 after i get my grades up and get my AA ?

  420. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Mel,
    There is an NAIA Eligibility Center which is totally different from the NCAA Eligibility Center. Because she will be a transfer to an NAIA school rather than an entering freshman, I’m not sure if she will need to go through the NAIA center. You’ll have to check with the NAIA school about that, and also about any special rules they might have for international students.
    You also mentioned that the NAIA school “…wants to become a Div. II school in the future..” You should check to see if they are just in the planning stages for this move, or if they have already started this transition. It may mean she will be transferring under NCAA rules rather than NAIA rules.
    Rick

  421. Mel
    Mel says:

    Hey Rick,
    my daughter played her freshmen year on a full sholarship at a DII school. She got her release and now wants to transfer to a NAIA school. Do we have to go through the whole clearing process again or is there an easier way. The NAIA school wants become a DII school in the future what happens with her eligibility then ? Are there any special rules for international students ? Thanks for your help 🙂

  422. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Paula,
    The rule as stated in the NCAA Manual doesn’t go to that level of detail. The way I read it, I believe the intention is that the athlete receives an answer within 7 business days, but it could probably be argued either way. Here’s the rule:
    “If the student is transferring from an NCAA or NAIA member institution, the student’s previous institution shall certify in writing that it has no objection to the student being granted an exception to the transfer-residence requirement. If an institution receives a written request for a release from a student-athlete, the institution shall grant or deny the request within seven business days. If the institution fails to respond to the student-athlete’s written request within seven business days, the release shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide a written release to the student-athlete.”
    Rick

  423. Paula
    Paula says:

    Thank you so much for clarifying. I’m assuming they need to have it postmarked within 7 days – not we need to receive it within 7 days. We have a bit of a situation going on. 🙁

  424. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Susan,
    For details on all these options, you may want to contact me directly for a personal consultation. I can tell you that the Associates Degree is not a requirement in all situations.
    Rick

  425. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Steven,
    If you do the 4-2-4-4 as you have laid it out, you will have to sit out during your first year at the 3rd four-year school (the Div. I in your scenario).
    Rick

  426. Susan
    Susan says:

    Thank you for the info you provide! Can you tell me about the disadvantages and advantages of this thought. Daughter just completed freshman year as a recruited D1 softball player at a state university. Very unhappy with the program but loved the school and said she can’t give up the game she loves. 3 private not for profit schools, a D2, D3 and NAIA are all interested and we have been talking to them after our permission to contact was given. Now, 2 JUCOs are interested. The financial aid is all over the place and we need a substantial amount of financial aid. What are the disadvantages and disadvantages of leaving the D1, going to a good JUCO for a year and then going to either a D1, D2, D3 or NAIA? The D3 and one of the D2 are VERY expensive even with the scholarships available to her based on her GPA. On the outside it seems like a nightmare with all the transferring but have heard that people do it successfully. I know she would need the Associates Degree at a JUCO before the next transfer. Thanks for your info on this confusing situation.

  427. Paula
    Paula says:

    To further clarify – the athlete meets all criteria under the One Time Transfer Exception. What we need is the written release. We do not know how long they can wait to either grant or deny so we could appeal (they really have no reason to deny other than to be spiteful) since this athlete has broken every single season record, conference record and most career records in first two seasons). The reason for departing the school has nothing to do with the team or coach, or academics or potential at another school. It is something all together different that I could tell you offline. Just to make sure the question is clear.

  428. Paula
    Paula says:

    When an D1 athlete is leaving their school (at end of academic year) and has made a formal written request to both the coach, AD and Compliance Office and requesting written permission to speak to other coaches and a One Time Transfer Exception (no specific school) about potential opportunities, how long does the Athletic Department have to respond? I understand the 7 day rule for permission to speak to other schools per NCAA, but there is no clear guidance on the timeframe for response to the One Time Transfer Exception request.
    I am asking because due to the timing, we need to look for a school quickly to see if there is a possibility for an athletic need and not have to sit out the year. I am not sure how much we can press for a response on the request for the One Time Transfer Exception since there does not seem to be any guidance anywhere on how long they have to respond. Thank you for any clarity you can provide.

  429. Steven
    Steven says:

    Rick,
    I am a collegiate baseball player and have a few questions for you. Out of high school I attended a D2 four year institution to play baseball. After my freshman year of playing on varsity I felt that I had to find a new team to get a better playing experience.
    I got my release and all my papers and for my sophomore year I went to a D1 JUCO In South Georgia.
    After the first semester at my JUCO I underwent Tommy John Surgery and took my second semester of my sophomore year off of school.
    My plan next year was to go to a D3 school for a rehab year, and then transfer to a D1 NCAA school. The coach of the D3 school told me I can transfer after a year, but I want to make sure I dont put myself somewhere and get stuck there for my last 3 years of baseball.
    I guess the ultimate question is can I transfer 4(d2)-2(d1 JUCO)-4(d3)-4(d1)?
    I know it is kind of long and confusing,but any helpful information would be great.
    Thank you,
    Steve

  430. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Stephanie,
    Your daughter has a “five-year clock” from when she first began full-time college enrollment in order to complete her athletic eligibility in any and all sports. She will need a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from her current school before coaches at other schools can discuss a possible transfer with her.
    Rick

  431. stephanie
    stephanie says:

    hello rick,
    my daughter is enrolled in a d2 school right now for t&f, in a year she will be done with her bachelor in a year and still has eligibility for 2 more years left in t&f. She would like to apply for a scholarship in fieldhockey. How many years would she have left and when can she start talking to coaches? Does she need a permit letter from her current coach? Thank you, Stephanie

  432. stephen
    stephen says:

    Thank you. I know there is a charge for private consultation. Would you mind if I contacted you personally to discuss further?
    Thanks

  433. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Stephen,
    That is true when an athlete uses the “One-Time Transfer Exception.” However, I don’t believe this is necessary when this particular exception is used. There are academic criteria you will have to satisfy, such as making sure you earned at least 6 credit hours in your most recent term of full-time enrollment, but they are as extensive as they would be for the “One-Time Transfer Exception.”
    Rick

  434. stephen
    stephen says:

    Rick,
    Thank you for the response…however, if I am able to use the “Return to Original Institution Without Participation Exception”, the FCS school would have to certify that I would have been eligible to participate if I had stayed, correct?

  435. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Stephen,
    You state that you tried out for the football team at the FCS school, but didn’t practice there. As long as you didn’t tryout or practice beyond a 14 day period, I believe you may be eligible for the “Return to Original Institution Without Participation Exception.”
    Rick

  436. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Mr. Allen,
    For Fall 2012 I transferred from an NCAA Div II school to a Div I FCS school.
    1)I tried out for the football team at the new school and made it, however, I was subsequently told I would have to sit a year in residence.
    2) After completing the year in residence, I was told that I was academically ineligible to compete for the upcoming fall 2013 season, because I was 3 credits shy of the 6 hr rule from fall 2012, and they are not willing to submit a waiver on my behalf.
    3) Additionally, since I had not completed my registration with the NCAA clearinghouse, they were classifying me as a non-qualifier, so no exceptions would assist me, and I would have to seek a waiver, which the current school is not willing to do. As such, I am being forced to “sit-out” another year, which would leave me with only one year of remaining eligibility.
    4) I wish to return to my original school, because I know that if I remain at the current school, with only one year of eligibility remaining (since I can’t compete for 2013)they will not give me the opportunity to even participate in 2014.
    Additional Facts: 1) I was never recruited at my original school, 2)I have never received an athletic scholarship,3) I did not practice or compete at the current school.
    Is returning to my original school even an option in my situation? Can the previous school submit a waiver on my behalf? Should I still register with the clearinghouse to confirm whether I am a qualifier?

  437. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Bruce,
    Because this would be your third four-year college, you will not be able to be eligible at another Div. II school until you have attended that school for one full academic year.
    Rick

  438. Bruce
    Bruce says:

    Hi, I am in a very difficult situation. The first school I attended was a divison one, I tried out as a walk on, but did not make the team. I then transferred to a junior college and played there for 3 semesters. I then transferred to a divion two because my juco eligibility was up. Things did not work out at the divison two so I withdrew from school one week into the semester and went back home and took part time classes at my junior college. I am now trying to transfer to a division two closer to home. I have enough credits and a high enough gpa to be eligible, but I am not sure if I will be eligible next year.

  439. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Eric,
    I can confirm that you should have 4 to play 4 due to your time in the military stopping your clock. You may be eligible right away under the “Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception” as long as you didn’t participate in any amateur football participation during your time in the military. And, because you’ve been withdrawn from your first school for more than a year, you don’t need permission to contact other schools.
    Good luck,
    Rick

  440. Eric
    Eric says:

    I played college football at a D1AA for one full year and then due to academic issues decided to join the military. It’s been three years now and I have been training with a local coach and have received quite a bit of interest from D1 schools as of late. To my understanding (and that of the NCAA clearinghouse) I will have 4 to play 4 due to the military stopping my clock, and will be able to play right away due to the fact that I have been out of school for over 2 years. Can you confirm or deny this? Also, do I need a “permission to contact” even if I have been out that long? Thank you for your time.

  441. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Susan,
    The permission to contact must be in the format of a letter, e-mail or form from your current school, it can’t just be oral. It is up to your school as to whether they will grant a generic or “blanket” release, or whether they will require you to name the specific schools you are interested in.
    Rick

  442. Susan
    Susan says:

    I have read a lot about the permission to contact requirement. Is this a form or can it be oral? Also, does the permission have to include the name(s) of specific schools or is it a generic permission to contact? I have a couple of schools in mind I may want to transfer to but obviously haven’t spoken to them yet. Just seems a little awkward if it names specific schools. Thanks!

  443. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jones,
    The school has until July 1 to inform your daughter in writing or by e-mail whether her scholarship will be renewed for next year. They are supposed to let her know by July 1 regardless of whether they are renewing it, or cancelling it. I suggest you not wait that long and encourage your daughter to approach the coach and ask about these “rumors.” The longer she waits to find out, the fewer transfer opportunities will be available at other schools if she desires to leave.
    Rick

  444. jones
    jones says:

    Hello Rick, I can find information of transfer rules, but nothing else. My daughter received a scholarship to a Division 1 school to play basketball. She is going to be a junior. She has heard that the coach is not going to renew her scholarship, but she hasn’t heard it from any of the coaches. My question is what is the deadline date for them to tell her, and the deadline dead line to renew.
    thanks

  445. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Alex,
    I think this is an even better reason to consider JUCO for a year and then get recruited to another four-year school after he has had time to properly use the velocity he hopes to gain through this summer program.
    Rick

  446. Alex
    Alex says:

    Also how do you approach the coaches from these other schools is it the same as high school send the dvd and everything or are they looking for something different?

  447. Alex
    Alex says:

    Here’s the other thing is right now he throws mid eighties and has great placement, but this summer is doing a program to increase velocity. Could this effect the level of school he could get on at? We are just concerned if he does notify the school that he won’t find another team to get on, and it will ruin any of his chances?

  448. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Alex,
    The first step is that he must have permission from his current school if he wants to talk with any other four-year school about a possible transfer. That’s not necessary, however, if he is willing to go to JUCO for a year and then be recruited again by other four-year programs.
    Rick

  449. Alex
    Alex says:

    Hi Rick,
    My boyfriend is a Freshmen Pitcher at a NAIA school, He is looking to further his career in baseball, and his coach has informed him that he doesn’t want him to seek outside coaching. However this coach or the team doesn’t have a credible pitching coach to help him to improve to where he wants to be. He feels as if he is stuck at this school for the next year because he is a freshmen, and is lacking in experience. He also had the 2nd most appearances out of the bull pen. What options does he have, and do you have any suggestions you would offer to us for helping him get where he wants to be?

  450. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    DK,
    From a strictly athletic standpoint, you will be a “freshman” and be able to play 2 years of JUCO as long as you are academically eligible to do so.
    Rick

  451. DK
    DK says:

    Hi Rick I graduated from 2012 class in high school and was a great bball player some things didnt work out and I chose to attend a juco I didnt play basketball at all at this juco just trained and kept in touch with some schools, I was a full time student I finished this last semester basically parttime as I dropped one class but I received some calls from the local jucos in my county out here in AZ ( Maricopa county) and this is the njcaa divisions, if I transfer to another juco since I didnt play any basketball at my current school will I be considered a freshman and can I basically start over with school or do my last credits play a role in coming to this new school I’ve also read that If I didn’t play at the other institution and this is my first time transferring to a community college in my region/county that I wont have to sit out a year but basically my question is will I be an “athletic freshman” and have 2 years at this juco for basketball ?

  452. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Dean,
    As long as he qualifies academically to be eligible this Fall at a JUCO (basically, 12 credits earned per semester with at least a 2.00 GPA), he can certainly do that. Keep in mind that to be eligible when he moves on from the JUCO to a Div. I school, that he will have to graduate from the JUCO with his Associates Degree in order to be eligible in his first year at a Div. I program.
    Rick

  453. Dean
    Dean says:

    Rick,
    Our son is just finishing his freshman year at a D2 school on football scholarship. He was a medical redshirt his first year and did not play during any games at all this season. He has interest in D1 ball, but he thinks 1 year at a local well known JC might be a pathway. Could he play next year at a JC without sitting out since he did not play at all his medical redshirt freshman year?
    Thanks very much.

  454. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Lorenzo,
    Because you didn’t finish this semester, and therefore, probably didn’t earn any academic credit hours for this term, I’m not sure you can be eligible anywhere next Fall, but probably more likely at another junior college than at NAIA. Definitely not at an NCAA school.
    Rick

  455. Lorenzo
    Lorenzo says:

    Hi Rick thanks,
    Probably NAIA, what about another junior college (NJCAA or California Community College’s system?
    Thank you
    Lorenzo

  456. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Lorenzo,
    That will depend upon whether you’re planning to transfer to an NCAA Div. I or II school, or an NAIA school, and whether you were determined a Qualifier for Div. I or II, or for NAIA.
    Rick

  457. Lorenzo
    Lorenzo says:

    Rick,
    I played Soccer junior college for one year and missed one due injury. My first year was very basic because my English wasn’t very good, so I would take 3 years to get the associates’ degree. I would finish my second year this semester but I got sick and couldn’t handle the cold weather of north NY so I didn’t finish the semester there. I have more than 40 credits, but since I lost this semester can I transfer to another junior college or any 4year school and still play next fall? I dont know if I am still eligible, I had a 4.0 gpa before this semester.
    Thank you, really appreciate!
    Lorenzo

  458. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Rob,
    You may be interested in the downloadable transcript titled “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website.
    Rick

  459. Rob
    Rob says:

    Rick,
    My son is a college runner that is just completing his Junior year academically. He still has 1 year of XC and 2 years of indoor and outdoor track eligibility.
    Today he learned that he has been released from his scholarship by the coach/school.
    If he decided he wanted to transfer to another school to continue to run, what steps would you recommend that he follow? Given the time of year, are there anythings he should do first? Is it best to pursue academic acceptance before contacting the coach, etc.?

  460. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Larry,
    If your son was not considered “recruited” to the Div. I school, he may be able to transfer to another Div. I school without need to sit out for one year. You may want to review the blog here on the website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”
    He will be able to transfer to a Div. II or III program regardless of his “recruited” status.
    Rick

  461. Larry
    Larry says:

    Dear Mr. Allen,
    In September, 2010 my son entered became a freshman at a community college on a baseball scholarship. After playing almost the entire Spring season there he was underwent surgery in April, 2011. In September,2011 he began attending a 4 year D1 university as a sophomore without a scholarship. He was not on the baseball team’s roster during his 2011 and 2012 sophomore year. During this his junior year beginning in September, 2012 he has been on the baseball team roster and has played very little. He is considering transferring. If he transfers to a D1 school would NCAA rules prevent him from playing for one year and would the same be true if he transfers to a D2 or D3? Any guidance you can give would be appreciated. Larry

  462. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Richard,
    You would be able to practice during the Fall of your “sit out” year, and could continue in the Spring if the coach keeps you on the 35-man roster. As you probably know from your current school, if you don’t make the 35-man roster, you’re not able to practice with the team. As far as the athletic scholarship, that will depend upon the policies of that school and coach.
    Rick

  463. Richard
    Richard says:

    Rick
    Your website is very informative and I appreciate what you do for current student-athletes and their families. Currently I am a sophomore D1 pitcher and because of how the last two years of baseball have gone, I am greatly considering transferring if my coach does not leave. I know that I will have to get released from this current school, but I was wondering, if I get accepted by another D1 program, would I be able to practice with the team during the year that I was sitting out? I am in good health and have already committed to playing summer ball in a very competitive league. I want to transfer because of the restrictions and lack of individuality in pitching styles that this current school mandates. I am not on official athletic scholarship here, but have used up 2 years of my eligibility. Lastly, if I got an athletic scholarship from the new school, would it only be effective the year that I can compete in games?
    Thanks for the help!!!

  464. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Kelley,
    First, your son doesn’t need to “do anything” to request the redshirt. The term redshirt simply means that an athlete has not participated in competition and therefore, hasn’t used a season of eligibility. So, if your son did not enter any games this season, then he is a redshirt.
    As far as the steps in the transfer process, you may want to contact me directly about a consultation to review the process in detail.
    Rick

  465. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Cheryl,
    Keep in mind that athletes basically have a “5-year clock” during which they can use four years of eligibility. This is true even of international student-athletes who may have started enrollment at a college that doesn’t offer a sports program.
    So, if he attended that school for two years, he has three years left on his clock. HOWEVER, if it was considered a junior college, there are certain transfer requirements that any athlete must satisfy. One of those is having the required number of transferable credit hours. If that school was not an accredited school, the problem may be that your son doesn’t have credit hours that are transferable to an NCAA school. In that case, he will have to attend the NCAA school for one year before he can be eligible, so will have two years remaining.
    If you want to discuss this situation in detail, contact me at the contact info you can find here on the website.
    Rick

  466. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Barb,
    First of all, since they’re two separate organizations, she can sign with the NAIA school and just let the Div. I program know that she’s not coming there. But be sure that she registers with the NAIA Eligibility Center to have her eligibility certified.
    Rick

  467. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Keith,
    If your sport is other than baseball, basketball, football, or ice hockey, it will possible to be eligible without sitting out for one year. It’s also possible in those sports if you weren’t recruited to, or on scholarship, at your NAIA school.
    Rick

  468. keith purifoy
    keith purifoy says:

    if i were to transfer from a naia school to a d-1 AA school in the spring would i have to sit out the following year?

  469. Barb
    Barb says:

    Rick,
    My daughter, future freshman, has signed a letter of intent to run at a D1 college this fall…she no longer wants to run…she wants to play basketball at a NAIA school that offered her previously…would she be eligible?
    Thank you for your help!

  470. Kelley
    Kelley says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshman on a baseball scholarship at a Division II school. The season has ended and he did not play one inning or have one at bat although he practiced and traveled with the team. It is my understanding that he can ask to declare a redshirt. Is this correct? Also, he is planning to ask for a release because he wants to leave the program. The coach that originally recruited him is no longer there and he has had a horrible season with the new head coach. He would like to transfer to another Division II school to play. My second question is–If he is granted a release, does he still need the consent to contact to be able to talk to other coaches? Is this something that he needs to obtain or will the coaches he tries to contact obtain this? His coach does not communicate well about anything and has been very hard to get along with! Any advice is appreciated. We just need to know the steps to take to get him out of the bad situation he is in and we want to follow all NCAA rules.

  471. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Hello, I have a son who attended a Jr. college that is NOT sanctioned. NOT affiliated with the NCAA. Before we decided to attend the school we contacted the NCAA and they told me that since the school was not associated with the NCAA it is basically considered playing at the JV level and he would still be qualified for 4 years in the NCAA. If he attended two years he would still qualify for 3 years. We had a D1 coach tell us the very same thing.
    So after attending two years we are now ready to transfer to a D11 college.
    After inquiring a few places one place told me that he is only qualified for 2 because he was a full time student. 12 hours per semester taken. Some of those classes taken the first year were prerequisite courses.
    After talking with the NCAA again they told me that it depends on the school attending and the compliance officer there.
    I am so confused and feel like we wasted one year. I need to know how to handle this and what I should expect.

  472. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Angie,
    Because he received a scholarship (albeit a small one) for football, he’s not eligible for the One-Time Transfer Exception if he chooses a Div. I school. It is possible for an NCAA Div. II school, however. So, he would have 2 years left for Div. I, and could have 3 years for Div. II.
    Rick

  473. Angie
    Angie says:

    Rick,
    My son is about to complete his second year at a NAIA University where he plays football. He was not recuited by this school but he did receive a very small scholarship after we visited the school and gave them his highlight CD. He played in a couple of games his freshman year and was red shirted due to an injury his second year. Because he is just not happy at this school and because we are paying a VERY large amount of private school tuition, he requested to be released from the team. He wants to transfer to a NCAA DI University and walk on the football team. Would the one time transfer rule apply to him so that he does not have to sit out a year? Would he have 3 more years of eligability? I apologize if this is a repeat question but I just did not have the time to read all of the above posts.
    Thanks

  474. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Chad,
    Div. I (or II for that matter) coaches must receive a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from your current school before they can talk with you about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  475. Chad
    Chad says:

    Rick,
    I am currently a freshman baseball player at a D3 school and have already talked to my current coach and my coach for next year that I am transferring. My current coach released me from the team last week to avoid any distractions with the team. I have sent out a few emails to D1 coaches to see if I could get a response from any of them. My question is if I need to sign any release form for them to email me back if they wanted to talk to me or if I am in the clear to talk to any coach at any level because I am now off the team.
    Thanks.

  476. Austin
    Austin says:

    Hi Rick,
    I’m a journalist that’s writing a story on a D1 women’s basketball player that is in a confusing situation. She just completed her redshirt junior year and will be graduating in August. She has decided that she will transfer for her senior season and be immediately eligible because of her graduation in the summer semester.
    The university has decided that they will not award her financial aid for the classes she needs to take over the summer. However, she is confused because there is a player on the men’s team in a similar situation who we believe is going to be on scholarship for the summer term. Under NCAA rules can the school award the men’s player a scholarship and not her?
    Thank you

  477. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Fred,
    Your best opportunity to transfer and play immediately would be to transfer to an NCAA Div. II program, unless you’re willing to go to a JUCO and then back to the Division I level.
    I’m not sure what you mean by the 100 mile radius, as there is no such rule. Also, the proposed rule for athletes with a 2.6 or higher GPA probably will not go into effect until the Fall of 2014 at the earliest.
    Rick

  478. fred
    fred says:

    Hey I play basketball for a D1 major school. I would like to transfer to another school and play immediately. I played limited minutes and didnt red shirt. Is there any way that I could go to another school and play without having to sit out a year. Maybe an exception. I heard about the 100 mile radius and maybe thought that would help. Also I heard they would be starting a new rule which would allow transfers to play immediately with a 2.6 or higher gpa.

  479. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Troy,
    In NCAA Div. I, you have a 5-year clock that does not stop “ticking” when you take a year off from school. If you return to the NAIA school this Fall, stay there a year, and then sit out your first year at NCAA Div. I, you’ll have one year left on your clock.
    NCAA Div. II goes by a 10-semester rule, where they only count your terms of full-time enrollment, so you won’t lose this year under Div. II rules as you will under Div. I rules.
    Rick

  480. Troy
    Troy says:

    Rick,
    I play basketabll for a divsion 2 NAIA school, I played my freshman year there, had a injury and took my sophmore year off. I will be returning to school this fall as a sophmore. I am considereing transferring to a ncaa division 1 or 2 after my sophmore year. I understand I have to get permission to talk to other schools, my question for you is since you get 5 years to play 4, am I gonna be able to play all my years at the school i transfer to. Becasue i will have already played two years and sat out one. and i will have to sit out another year to transfer. So my question is im really gonna need 6 years to play 4. is this do able?
    Thank you

  481. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Rafi,
    There would be no “fine” to pay or other financial obligation, but the way you may be “punished” is that your school may not grant you a release to be eligible at another school. This is especially possible if you are leaving them late in the summer when it is too late for them to recruit another player to take your place on the squad.
    Rick

  482. Ilyas
    Ilyas says:

    Rick,
    Question for you. So I’m a student athlete at a NAIA school. I’m currently looking at a possibility of transferring to another school but it is not finalized and am still on waiting on a response. So I could end up staying at my current school next year. I’m also on scholarship at my current school and will be asked to sign for next year soon. My question is if i sign with my current school but by the end of the summer decide that I am transferring to the other school will i be obligated to pay a fine or get punished in any way? Or am I free to transfer schools even though I’v sign with one as long as the coming school year doesn’t start?
    I hope all of that makes sense,
    Rafi

  483. sam
    sam says:

    Thank you. One last question. When you say ‘transferable’ credits…… Does that mean that prior to taking courses at a JUCO, is confirmation needed that those courses will be accepted at a particular 4 year school? Please note that I’m not referring to remedial type courses taken. Thank you!

  484. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Sam,
    I was referring to that, as well as the Div. I requirements when he would return there for his 4th year of college. For 4-2-4 to Div. II, basically need to complete 12 transferable hours per term of enrollment at the JUCO and have a 2.00 GPA.
    Rick

  485. sam
    sam says:

    Thank you so much for your reply. You Mentioned that to go from a JUCO back to a D1 can be ‘tricky’. Are you referring to the requirement of having to obtain an Associates degree prior to going back to a D1?
    What are the requirements if going from a JUCO to a D2?
    Appreciate your time!!
    Sam

  486. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Sam,
    As long as your son does not enter a game this season there is no paperwork that needs to be done. This would simply be considered a redshirt year. Also, a 4-2-4 transfer is an option, but can be tricky academically if/when going back to a Div. I school.
    Rick

  487. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Maurice,
    If your son is on scholarship at, or was recruited to, the NAIA school, he will be ineligbile to compete during his first year at an NCAA Div. I school. It would be possible for him to be immediately eligible at a Div. II school depending upon his academic status.
    Rick

  488. Maurice
    Maurice says:

    My son is going to an NAIA school to play football. He had a few Division offers but academically he was a borderline qualifier so the offers were pulled. How would it affect him to transfer to a NCAA Division I or II school after one semester or even one year at the NAIA institution?

  489. sam
    sam says:

    I was hoping you could assist me and what options we have. Son is currently a sophomore at a 4yr division 1 college(NCAA). This past fall he suffered an elbow injury which required rehab. His doctor finally cleared him to return to pitching in late February. He has not appeared in any games this season, nor does the coach plan on using him this season. On April 1st, head coach informed him that he didn’t feel his velocity would return and therefore will not be renewing his scholarship for the 2013-2014 season. Since he won’t play this year, we are assuming that he will not lose a year of eligibility – therefore having 3 years of eligibility remaining.(?) Is that a ‘given’ or is there some type paperwork/appeal that we have to obtain to insure that he retains this year of eligibility? Also, even though he will have completed his sophomore year academically (57 credit hrs) , would going to a JUCO for a year – then transferring to a 4yr (D1 or D2) be an option? Can it be done?
    thank you!

  490. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Todd,
    This means that either the athletic department does not have enough money in their budget to pay for your son to go to the championship (less likely, but possible), or they are just “getting even” with him for expressing his desire to transfer to a Div. I program.
    If this is a school that does NOT have a history of sending track athletes to the national championship, then the budget issue may be the problem. On the other hand, if this is a quality Div. II track program, then the latter is most likely.
    I suggest you talk to the AD, and even possibly the President or a VP about this. You might want to pose this idea to them – since your son is the top seed, and if he does indeed win a national championship, you would expect to NOT see his name plastered all over their website if he must pay his own way to get there.
    Rick

  491. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Nicky,
    Making an online application does not commit you to that school. The coaches just want to make sure you are admissible to their school, and also want to see if you might qualify for any academic scholarships.
    Good luck!
    Rick

  492. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Ronnie,
    She’ll be able to play next year at a Div. III school if her current school will be able to certify that she would have been eligible had she stayed there rather than transferring.
    Rick

  493. Nicky
    Nicky says:

    Hi Rick,
    I currently am trying to transfer to an NAIA school and I’ve had two schools that are very interested, one of them already made me an offer. The thing is they both asked me to apply to their school online, but since I am waiting on the other school to see if they offer me a better scholarship, I was wondering if making an online application means that I committed to them or not? I do not want to jeopardize any of the opportunities before making my decision.
    Thank you for your help

  494. Ronnie
    Ronnie says:

    My daughter received a basketball scholarship from a NAIA school. She was redshirted her freshman yr for academics. She is not happy at this school and wants to be closer home. If transferring to a D3 school will she be able to play basketball next year

  495. Todd
    Todd says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son has received permission to contact to go from D2 to D1 college after his freshman year of track. He currently is the top seed and an automatic qualifier in D2. His current university is telling him he has to pay his own way to the national championships and can’t tell us if he has to pay for the three weeks of staying on campus to train for it. I’ve read the whole D2 manual but can’t find any comment on this. Any direction or resouces?

  496. dennis
    dennis says:

    Hi Rick,
    I have a friend who is 22 years old and is wondering what are his options for playing basketball collegiately. He went to a 4-year university for 2 years but he did not play. he then sat out a yr. from school to work. Now he is looking at possibly transferring into a junior college because he was told DI, DII and DIII were not an option. Can you give me any advice?

  497. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Brian,
    If the 1 inning in the JV game was against another team during the spring season, you used a season. Once you start a semester as a full-time student, even if you later drop below full-time, that semester counts against your 10-semester limit. If you dropped below full-time status before classes started, then it doesn’t count against the limit.
    The medical redshirt for the previous year will only help you if you get hurt again.
    Rick

  498. Brian
    Brian says:

    Thanks Rick, However, I have some followups.
    Did I use a season by pitching 1 inning in a JV game? What about only having 11 credits this current semester? Could I go back now and get a medical red shirt for the previous season (does it matter)?

  499. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Tom,
    She needs to receive a “permission to contact” form, letter, or email to speak to coaches at other schools. Once that happens, it’s like she’s being recruited out of HS all over again.
    A coach leaving the school does not change these rules. Also, the rules are the same whether the athlete is on scholarship or a walk-on.
    Rick

  500. Tom
    Tom says:

    My daughter currently attends a DII university for lacrosse. She does have an athletic scholarship at the university to play lacrosse. The team is in turmoil and there are rumors that the coach may not be back next year. She is looking to leave this university and attend another university next year, with a more stable program. Does she need to be released to speak to other college coaches about attending their schools? Can she speak to them with just written permission to speak to them? What are the rules in the NCAA when it comes to the coach,who signed you, leaving the program? Does it open the door to allow signed players to seek out opportunities with other colleges?

  501. Brian
    Brian says:

    Hi Rick,
    Hopefully you can help me out. I am currently at a D2. I am a redshirt freshman after sitting out last year with a torn ACL. It was a redshirt although probably could have been a medical redshirt. This year I decided to quit the team (for a number of reasons) after pitching just 1 inning (in a JV game) and transfer to a D1 juco to play. The other caveat I have, is I originally had 14 credits this semester, but due to some issues I have to drop a class so I only have 11. I think having 11 credits might be significant because of the 10 semester rule? I only want/can stay at the juco for 1 year and hopefully get an offer from another 4 year school. Will I have 2 or 3 years of eligibily left after next season?
    I appreciate your help.
    Thanks, Brian

  502. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Moe,
    Unless the rules change in the next couple of years, it is a given that your son will need to sit out a year if he transfers from an NAIA to an NCAA Div. I school. That’s not a requirement if he goes to a Div. II school.
    Given that you personally know the coach, I believe that you should have that conversation up front with him. I suggest however, that you only refer to NCAA Div. I and not Div. II. NCAA Div. II isn’t that much different than NAIA in terms of the ability of the players.
    Rick

  503. jeff
    jeff says:

    Is the reason he would be ineligible transferring to a d11 is because he already transferred one time from a d1 to a d1? And am I to understand it all falls under the NCAA rules. NAIA would be the best scenario because its not under the NCAA rules and association? thanks

  504. Moe
    Moe says:

    Rick:
    My son is getting offered scholarships to play NAIA DII basketball and a couple of JUCO offers. We are letting him make the decision but I think his only struggle is “what if”. He believes if he works hard in the off season and plays a year or 2 at a JUCO school he might be able to get a NCAA D1 or D2 offer (which might be true, he is a gym rat). But he really likes the coach and the NAIA school but doesnt want to leave the NCAA chances behind. I personally know the NAIA coach and he is all about the kids and their successes. I think if my son came in and really improved as a player the first 2 years at the NAIA school and the coach realized that he could play at an NCAA D1 or D2 school he would try to talk him into staying but if he wanted to pursue it I belive he would release him and even help him. We realize he would have to red-shirt a year if that would happen (is that a given?). Would you suggest this be an up front conversation with the NAIA coach before signing on with the program? Or would you suggest something different? Thanks.

  505. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Bob,
    The permission to contact is only required for NCAA schools. He will, however, need a signed NJCAA Transfer Waiver Form signed by his school’s AD and President to be eligible at another JUCO. That’s not the same as a permission to contact, though.
    Rick

  506. bob
    bob says:

    Rick,
    My son attends a JUCO and is on scholarship for baseball. He wants to transfer to another JUCO for next year. My question is does the permission to contact process have to be followed in this situation or does that just apply to DIV I and II?
    If it does apply, can I act as his representative and proactively speak to other JUCO’s on his behalf without completing the requesting permission to contact? Very concerned about impact to playing time.
    Thanks,

  507. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Sue,
    The self-release process is only available for an athlete who is at a Div. III school, and is wanting to go to another Div. III school. A transfer to or from an NCAA school at any other level requires the “permission to contact” process.
    Keep in mind that while the form states that there will be no “notification” for 30 days, the schools don’t always adhere to this rule. I know of circumstances where Div. III coaches ignored that requirement because they are personal friends with the coach at the other school.
    Rick

  508. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Kat,
    Your coach has the right to determine who is, and is not, a member of his team. While I don’t agree with his position, he does have the right to do that.
    Rick

  509. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Jeff,
    If he transfers to a Div. II school, he will be ineligible for competition during his first year of attendance. At NAIA, he could possibly be eligible immediately, and the same is true for an NCAA Div. III school.
    Rick

  510. Sue
    Sue says:

    Rick,
    Great web site, and I am defintily buying the book about transfering. I’m confused about “permission to contact” rules for D3. On many of your responses, you say that the student must gain permission from the current school to talk to a coach at another school. However, the Self-Release form on the NCAA website makes it sound like written permission can be given by the student themselves without their current school being notified, at least for an initial 30 day period, and if nothing comes of the contact there would be no notification to the current school. I understand it’s best to be direct and above-board with the current coach, but want to know the official “rules”, and maybe the unofficial consequences?? I’m specifically asking about D3 to D3 transfer of a “recruited” baseball athlete at the mid point of their eligibility. Thx

  511. Kat
    Kat says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a D2 lacrosse player at a small college in Ohio. I recently told my coach i wanted to transfer.He told me that if i got released from his team that i could no longer be apart of the team, in other words, i would get kicked off. I understand if I get released i could potentially get less playing time but could he legally kick me off the team?

  512. jeff
    jeff says:

    My son is a baseball player. He transferred from a d1 to a d1. He sat out last year due to the d1 to d1 transfer rule. He is playing this year but is interested in transferring to a d2 school for next year. If he gets a release can he be eligible next year to play the d2 level? And, if he decided to go naia instead of d2 does that make a difference? Thanks

  513. Jay Mendez
    Jay Mendez says:

    Thanks for the information Rick, my son is recovering nicely from his knee surgery so hopefully this year he is going to play and use last year as his redshirt year.
    Again Thanks for info.
    jAY

  514. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Christian,
    I’m sure you were told, and know, that as a Div. II non-qualifier, you are required to serve one full academic year in residence before you can be eligible for competition. Based on what you’ve told me, the earliest you could be eligible is after another semester of full-time enrollment if you return to that same school. If you transfer elsewhere, it will likely be a full year.
    Rick

  515. christian
    christian says:

    I went to a div 2 school to play basketball. I was a non qualifier and now I have a 3.2 gpa from the fall semester. I withdrew for family reasons and sat out this spring. when will I be eligible to play d2 basketball?

  516. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dan,
    It depends upon how your school handles this process. Some schools will issue a “blanket release” that will allow you to talk with any other school. Other schools, however, will only provide “permission to contact” to specific schools that you identify.
    Good luck!
    Rick

  517. Dan S
    Dan S says:

    Rick,
    Thank you, and is there one form that I can get that allows me to talk to multiple schools? And do I need to tell my athletic director who I plan on talking to and get his permission to contact each school?

  518. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Yes, it is possible to transfer from a Div. III school to a Div. I school after one academic year at the Div. III school. (You could possibly transfer after one semester at the Div. III if you are a Div. I Qualifier.) If you compete at the Div. III school, you will have three seasons of competition remaining.
    You will need permission from the Div. III school before other four-year college coaches can talk with you about a possible transfer.
    Rick

  519. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Dan,
    You just need permission from your current school to talk with other schools. That can be an e-mail or form from your school to the others, or something your school gives you that you can forward to the other schools.
    Rick

  520. Dan S
    Dan S says:

    Hi Rick,
    I play d3 basketball at a school and do not like the program or coaches that I am playing for and want to transfer. I have already told the coaches that I no longer wish to play for them. I have a few d2 schools looking at me but I need to get released from my current school to be able to talk with them. Can I just be released from my current school officially so I can talk to any other schools or do I need get permission by every other school athletic director and mine to contact each school individually?

  521. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    Hi Rick!
    I have a several questions pertaining to transferring, so senior year I denied an offer from a D1 school and was talking to my top interested D1 school for soccer and happened to have nationals in chicago the week I was suppose to commit/ give a decision and missed recruiting deadline for that D1 school so the coach told me that I could commit to another school and transfer that he would accept my transfer.
    So I had three more offers but they were D3 and one was a D2 offer but its a junior college.
    So is it possible to transfer from a D3 school to a D1 school. Would I have to stay a whole full year or just fall season? Would I loose a year of eligibility?
    Do I need to get permission to contact/get contacted by other coaches?
    Thanks,
    Melissa

  522. Connor
    Connor says:

    ok now I get it. JUCO years go along with the NCAA. Thanks for your help as I go into my end-of-the-year meetings with all the information I need.

  523. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Hi Rick,
    I played softball at a D3 school my freshman year of college. I transferred from this school after my second semester freshman year due to personal reasons. I did not play at my new college. I am about to graduate from this school and plan to attend graduate school in the fall, do I still have any eligibility to play at my grad school?

  524. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Connor,
    If you had not redshirted during your sophomore year at the JUCO, the medical hardship would benefit you. But, you are limited to either 5 years or 10 semesters of full-time enrollment from when you first entered college as a full-time student in which to use your four seasons of competition.
    Rick

  525. Connor
    Connor says:

    ok thanks. what about my medical redshirt? wouldn’t that ensure me 3 years at the division 1 level instead of just 2 since this year wouldn’t technically count?

  526. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Connor,
    If you aren’t considered a “recruited walk-on” to your school (don’t meet the definition of recruited) it would be possible for you to be eligible next year at a Div. I school. You will have two years of eligibility remaining under the Div. I “five-year clock.”
    Rick

  527. Connor
    Connor says:

    Hi Rick here is my situation
    I play baseball
    First year of college baseball: JUCO (played the whole year)
    2nd year of college baseball: transferred to another JUCO and then red-shirted
    3rd year of college baseball: (Now a RS-Soph.) I was hurt in my 4th appearance and am out for the season, so I’m eligible for a medical red-shirt at the end of the season when i can file for it.
    However, I want to transfer from this current school which is a D2, to a D1 school next year. I’m a walk-on which makes it easy as the coaches did not invest any money in me and I have the medical red-shirt which also confuses me. Will I be able to transfer to a D-1 from a D-2 and not have to sit out based on my circumstances? (medical red-shirt and walk-on transfer) Please e-mail me back if possible for assistance. I’m confident I will be able to since this season for me doesn’t really count as a season since I was injured in a game and I will have that medical red-shirt. Does the one-time transfer rule apply here? does it help that I am a non-recruited walk-on?

  528. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Steve,
    You get the release by contacting the compliance office of your former Div. I school. If you were recruited to that school, you won’t be able to be eligible in your first year at another Div. I program.
    Rick

  529. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hey Rick,
    I was cut from my division 1 baseball team this past winter. I am currently doing an internship and not attending that school anymore. I then decided to transfer and I officially put my deposit down at my next school and will be attending there in the fall. They are Division 1 and I want to see if I could play for them, but I know I need some type of release. How do I exactly get that release?
    I also never signed a National Letter of Intent when I was recruited that, thus I was a “recruited walk-on”. I also never received any baseball money. I’m not sure if that mattered or not.

  530. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi joliemarie,
    It may be wise for her to redshirt if she doesn’t expect to get much playing time. However, think also about what the coach told you. “…no money this year maybe next year if she contributes.” If she’s not playing, she won’t be contributing to winning on the field, and what incentive does the coach have to give her a scholarship the following year?
    She should also consider going to a JUCO for a year or two to work on improving her skills (while paying lower tuition) and then possibly being recruited on a scholarship from the JUCO.
    Rick

  531. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Dave,
    As far as your son’s academic program and the pursuit of his degree, I would check with the Provost or VP for Academic Affairs at his school. Regarding athletic eligibility, it may be possible for him to transfer and be immediately eligible at another school under the “Discontinued Academic Program Exception” as long as he had officially chosen that field as his major.
    Rick

  532. Dave
    Dave says:

    Hi Rick,
    My kid recieved a full ride scolarship at a division 2 school for sports. We were all very excited about the school he picked, do to the fact they had a great program in his chosen career. Now after two years of playing they have dropped the program. He must now transfer to finish his degree, are they on the hook to help us in any way?
    Thanks,
    Dave

  533. joliemarie
    joliemarie says:

    My daughter is talking a walk on position next fall at a D II school. Coach said no money this year maybe next year though if she contributes. There is depth in her position and she does not expect play time. as a freshman. Would it be wise for her to red shirt her freshman year so she saves a year of elligibility? She may need 5 years to graduate so I was thinking this might be a good way to go and if she does get scholarship money she could get it for 4 years.

  534. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi CB,
    It’s too late for your son to redshirt. Any amount of competition counts as a season of eligibility used, unless your son’s school seeks, and receives, a medical hardship waiver for him. In order for that to happen, they would need to submit medical documentation to support the argument that your son is injured or ill to the point that he can’t compete any more this season.
    Rick

  535. CB
    CB says:

    My Junior year son is playing at a D1 college baseball team. On scholarship. Recruitted from Jr. College. Pitcher. He just found out he is not on travel squad for team’s Division play beginning now. He has only pitched 1 inng. in spring and 3 or 4 games in fall. He was injured and very sick during fall and begining of spring. Should he red shirt? Should he ask coaches to red shirt? Do coaches frown on this? Dosnt look good for his Junior year and playing time. Afraid if dont play this year coach will cut him senior year. Afraid to request red shirt as afraid coach will for sure cut him next year. Need advice

  536. Jax
    Jax says:

    Sorry for another question…promise this will be my last. Another player told me today that I also can not have played in a conference game. He seems to think that if I played in a conference game I cannot medical redshirt. ??

  537. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Anne,
    An appeal or waiver will be difficult to “win” unless her reasons for transferring were for something other than the sport and outside of her control, such as she needed to get back closer to home because of a serious illness in the family, or a parent’s loss of job and income, and she needed to move back in state where it’s less expensive.
    Rick

  538. Anne Roy
    Anne Roy says:

    So my daughter transfered out of a 4 year college into another 4 year, then back to her original one. She lost that year of playing completely without it being declared a redshirt. It is division 2 women’s lacrosse. I wanted to know if there was a way I could appeal this or try to waive it. Please let me know if anyone has information on this!
    Thanks!

  539. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jax,
    You just have to make sure you have not played in a game past the halfway point of the season, and it is preferable that the diagnosis occur before the halfway point of the season.
    Rick

  540. Jax
    Jax says:

    Thank you for your help…one last question. Even though the orthopedic surgeon diagnosed a torn UCL I still have to get the MRI to confirm the diagnosis and insurance is slow to approve the procedure. Its finally scheduled for next week but we are getting close to the 1/2 way point of the season. I know there is paperwork involved. So does everything have to be complete (paperwork submitted) prior to the 1/2 point of the season or do they go by the date the doctor diagnosed the injury?

  541. Jax
    Jax says:

    Just to clarify….it is the games I have actually played in NOT the games my team has played while I was on the bench. I have to actually get in for an at bat or inning to count toward the 30% played correct?

  542. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Jax,
    The rule is that you can not have played in more than 30% of your team’s scheduled or completed games (and not past the half-way mark of the season). The school has the option to use the number of scheduled games, or number of completed games.
    Good luck with your recovery!
    Rick

  543. Jax
    Jax says:

    I play D1 baseball on scholarship. I am in my sophomore season. I have played in 4 games (54 game season). An orthopedic surgeon just diagnosed me with a torn UCL and I will be out for the season. I am gettin conflicting answers on a “medical redshirt”. I was told I can’t have played in more than 11 games (20% of games) then someone else told me the rule changed to 30% (16.2 games) Is it 20% of the regular season games or 30%?
    I was also told the rule applies to how many games I have actually competed in and someone said it was the number of games the team has played. Help! I’m in a time crunch and need to know today if it’s the number of games the team had played.
    So:
    1) does rule apply to games I have played in?
    2) is the rule 20% or 30% of games?

  544. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Stanley,
    Because your son is at a JUCO, the only NCAA restriction on contacting coaches at a Div. I, II, or III school would be that, if your son is an NCAA Div. I Non-Qualifier as determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center, Div. I coaches can’t have in-person contact with him until he has completed his freshman year at the JUCO. Also, NCAA Div. II schools are allowed to offer tryouts on their campus, but Div. I and III can’t.
    Rick

  545. stanley
    stanley says:

    I have a freshmanson son that was redshirted at a d3 juco because the returning soph SS may be a draft guy. The coach considered putting him in the OF but he would still have limited playing time and the coach was nice enough to ask us what we wanted to do. We liked the redshirt because it gives him an extra year and he needed more time to get bigger anyway. Based on his abilities the coach and asst coach have told him he will start up the middle for them next year and then after that if he does not get bigger they think he will be a d2 player, if he does get bigger they think he could play d1.
    If he does not want to return next year and go ahead and find a D3, D2 or D1 school how can he go about talking with coaches, trying out or can he even contact the coach?

  546. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Kate,
    He will still need to get permission to talk to other schools, even if his scholarship isn’t renewed. As long as he completes this year at his school, he will have satisfied the NLI requirement, and will not need to be released from that.
    Rick

  547. Kate
    Kate says:

    Thank you for answering my question and for providing such invaluable insight. Just to make certain I understand here is a little background info. My son was provided a full academic scholarship as well as a smaller athletic scholarship. His GPA is 3.7. He was offered two D-2 scholarships but opted for the D-1 experience which was closer to home. With the coaching leaving the program simply has fallen apart. The new coach does not value his abilities and from our perspective is trying to break his confidence.
    He will stay and finish this year and hopefully learn and grow from the experience. If his athletic scholarship is not renewed, will he still need to ask permission to talk to other schools? If cut will he need to ask to be released from his letter of intent or are they one in the same??
    Again, thank you so much for the information.
    Kate

  548. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Ann,
    Requesting a release does not mean that an athlete must transfer. However, it will depend in large part on the attitude of the coach. If the coach doesn’t feel that the athlete isn’t fully committed to his/her program, the coach may not welcome the athlete back to the team.
    Rick

  549. Ann
    Ann says:

    Hi Rick,
    Does your coach signing a release form hold you to anything? Does it mean you HAVE to transfer? Or if you end up deciding against transferring, can you still stay at the same school?
    Thank you!

  550. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Alan,
    #1. The self-release states that the school(s) she sends it to are supposed to keep her inquiry confidential. However, I know some schools are not honoring that requirement. Meaning that a coach at another school might contact her current coach when your niece hasn’t spoken with them yet. So, it’s still a good idea to talk with her coach(es) first before sending out the self-release.
    #2. It would be possible to do that.
    #3. Same as #2.
    Rick

  551. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Kate,
    He could transfer to an NCAA Div. II or III school, or to an NAIA school, and possibly be immediately eligible next year. However, if he would then transfer again to another Div. I program, he would still have to sit out from competition during his first year at the Div. I school.
    Rick

  552. Kate
    Kate says:

    My son was recruited/signed a letter of intent to play baseball at a D 1 school and is “playing” this spring. Just prior to the season, the coach left the program and as a result his freshman year has been a disaster. I realize the NCAA rules require him to sit out a year if he transfers to another D-1 school. But are there any other transfer options for him other than transfering to a Community College?
    Thank you

  553. Alan Marks
    Alan Marks says:

    My niece wanted to play two sports at college. She had to goto a D3 to accomplish this. She is a student athlete, received no scholarship and played Ice Hockey 1st semester. Because of her fairly extensive ice time, strapped in ice hockey skates, her ankles weakened. They played extra games post regular season. Lacrosse tryouts were immediately after (2 days) and she severely strained a weakened ankle and went for x-rays and orthopedic surgeon. She is being given a “second” chance to tryout by Lacrosse coach on “crutches,” so she can cut her.
    The orthopod does not want her trying out 1 1/2 weeks post injury.
    Question 1 – she wants to transfer from that D3 school.
    If she fills out self release – does she just send that out to schools she wants to contact or does she have to have permission of her school.
    Question 2 – can she go directly to another D3 school if they are interested?
    Question 3 – Can she elect one of the two sports and goto a D1 school if they accept her.
    GPA is 3.93

  554. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Hi Carole,
    Yes, it’s possible to find a school that would give you a scholarship for one year. I don’t think an extension is likely.
    Rick

  555. Carole
    Carole says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a division 1 athlete playing soccer. I’ve had some problems with my coach and want to transfer, but the thing is that I transferred from France to get here, and I also am in my junior year. Would it be possible to find a div 1 or 2 school that would give me a scholarship for only one year? And do you think I can get an extension since I only played in a club team in France, not as a college athlete?
    Thank you for your help

  556. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Sorry for another question. If my son was going to leave his D1 school this summer 13 to transfer to the community college for the fall 13. And talk to his next tennis coach at a d2 school. Could he transfer to the D2 school in the spring 14 from cc? And sit out still for his inelgibility of transferring from d1 to cc to d2. And play out his last 2 years as a senior and 5th year senior.

  557. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Jim,
    In order to still have 4 seasons after this year – in effect giving her 6 years of college for sports – the school would need to request an extension of her “clock” and would have to demonstrate with documentation that she has not been able to compete for two seasons due to injury. Such waivers are rare.
    A more likely option is for her to manage her enrollment to take advantage of the Div. II “10-semester rule” and only attend school as a part-time student in the Fall to maximize her eligibility during the softball season. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you want to discuss this in detail.
    Rick

  558. Rick Allen
    Rick Allen says:

    Teresa,
    It would be possible for him to be eligible next year if his school releases him, and as long as he is academically eligible at the end of the term (eligible as if he was staying at his school for next year).
    Rick

  559. teresa sauer
    teresa sauer says:

    Hello, my son is finishing up his sophmore year at a div I NCAA school. He is a thrower on the track team and has scored now 18 points and made it to nationals next week. He was on a two year academic aware and the coach picked up the rest except no housing or meal plan, so his additional after the academic is somewhere around 20 percent. My son has done very well and is expected to finish out the year on a high level but we are hearing rumors from some assistant coaches that he will not be offered a full scholarship for the next two years. This simply isnt going to be acceptable. He would be picked up by another coach i am sure with full ride offer. If he did this, would he be eligable to play next year or have to wait. His original scholarship offer was a two year agreement. Thanks,Teresa

  560. Jim
    Jim says:

    Thanks Rick for the quick response. A follow on question is that since she red shirted last year, and this year being 12 months out from surgery is nearly 100% but has not played in a varsity game yet. If looking to transfer to a juco, could she still have 4 seasons of eligibility. I don’t believe they didn’t do a medical redshirt last year, even though they could have? I think this might make her more attractive to a juco because she would have 2 seasons of eligibility.
    Can they go back and take a medical