NCAA Athletic Scholarships and Transfer Issues

“You need to transfer if you want to get more playing time.”

That’s the last thing that a college athlete wants to hear from his or her coach.  Sometimes transfers are initiated by the athlete, but many times they are initiated by the coach.

Throughout the years, I have encountered many different reasons for athlete transfers including coaches moving to another school, athletes’ wanting to move closer to home, athletes’ desire to switch schools, or because their scholarship has been reduced or cancelled.

You may be wondering why I am writing about the topic of NCAA transfers when most athletes and parents are just thinking about the NCAA recruiting process.  The transfer rules may be the last thing on your mind.  I understand that – I’ve been there.  However, I believe that you should at least be aware of some of the basic transfer rules.

The sport of baseball is a bit unique in that it is the only sport in which most athletes receive partial scholarships, yet they cannot transfer directly from one NCAA Division I school to another and be immediately eligible, even if their athletic scholarship is reduced or cancelled.

Of special note is the fact that in many transfer situations the first college can still control whether a player will play at another Division I or II school.

An NCAA Division I or II college must receive the written permission of the four-year school that a player is currently attending before they are permitted to speak with that player about the possibility of a transfer.  This can become an issue of conflict between athletes and coaches, and we have worked with a number of athletes and their families to help reduce this conflict and accomplish the transfer in a positive manner.

Players also need to remember that academic eligibility will be a very important factor in order to be immediately eligible at the next college, whether transferring from a four-year college or from a junior college.  Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center and being classified as a Qualifier – even if you know you will be starting out at the junior college level – is an important factor and will make the transfer process much easier and less stressful when that time comes.

Contact us for further information if you need help with transferring.  Through the years, we have assisted thousands of athletes through tough transfer situations.

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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774 Responses to NCAA Athletic Scholarships and Transfer Issues

  • erik

    Hey Rick I have a situation. Out of high school i receive a scholarship to a D@ school for baseball. I went through everything in the fall but got hurt during the winter and decided to transfer to a juco for the rest of the semester. at the juco i got redshirted and did not play. the next year i transferred to a D1 school, colorado state just to go to school and get an education(no playing or being on a sports team at all). Next year, my third year of college i am ready to transfer back to a D2 school to continue playing. Will anything hold me back?

    • Hi Erik,

      Based on the info you’ve provided, you will likely not be eligible to compete during your first year at the Div. II school. You don’t qualify for the One-Time Transfer Exception, because you’ve already attended two four-year schools. And, you don’t qualify for the Non-recruited Student Exception, because you received an athletic scholarship at your first college.

      You can be eligible to practice with your Div. II team this next year, but it appears you won’t be eligible to compete until you’ve served your year of residency. You may want to consider an NAIA program, because their rule is that you would sit out for the first 16 weeks of school, if at all, depending upon your academic status.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Xavier

        Hey I played ball at a Naia and now im transferring to a junior college school. i have over 30 credits transferring over but i have a little less than a 2.0 Could i still play this coming year?

        • Xavier,

          You should check with the junior college to make sure, but my understanding is that you will need a 2.00 GPA to be eligible.

          Rick

          • Forrest

            Hey rick,
            I go to a NAIA school but haven’t played any sports yet. I didn’t do so well in class my first semester getting under a 2.0 gpa. I want to transfer to a Juco to play football in the fall of 2014. Will I have to sit out? Any advice?

          • Forrest,

            To be eligible at the JUCO next Fall, you’ll need to have a GPA above 2.00 and have earned, or averaged earning, at least 12 credit hours for each semester of college enrollment.

            Rick

  • Antwione Reese

    Hello,

    I’m a D1-AA athlete (Football Player) who’s looking to transfer to a D1-AA or D1 school this fall. I’m currently on a partial scholarship which my parents pay about 70%-80% of the tuition cost. To transfer do I have to get permission from my current school given the fact that I’m on a partial scholarship and at this point have not be given an offer for the coming school year? In additon, I was told that an offer could not be promised. Can you please give me some advice?

    • Hi Antwione,

      As a member of the football team, even if you were not receiving any scholarship at all, you still have to get written permission from your current school before you can talk with another school about a possible transfer. Your school has until July 1 to inform you whether your scholarship will be renewed for next year. Most schools will make their scholarship renewal decisions earlier than that, but they have until July 1 to inform you of that decision.

      You might consider talking to your position coach about his expectations for you for next year and what he sees as your role on the team. Then, based on that info, you can decide if you want to request permission to talk with other schools.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Concerned Mom

    Where do we get the release forms from if our son wants to transfer from a d1 to a d1? Who signs the permission letter so that our son can talk to other schools? The coach or AD?
    How long does the school have to respond to our request for his release forms and our request for permission to speak with other coaches?

    • Concerned Mom,

      Your son needs to start with a conversation with the coach. Then he should submit written request for permission to speak to other school(s) to the compliance office. The school has 7 business days to respond to your son’s written request or his request will be granted by default. For more detailed info, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

      • Dixie

        Does this also apply to my son playing at a community college in California and wanting to transfer either to another community college in California or a community college back home in Colorado or possible Kansas.
        He is getting no playing time but has probably lost a year of eligibility because he played for a minutes in 3 different basketball games

        • Dixie,

          I agree that your son has used a season of eligibility since he has played in 3 games. Depending upon where he transfer to another two-year college, he’ll probably need a Transfer Waiver form to have a chance to be eligible immediately.

          Rick

  • Taevosha

    My daughter recieved a scholarship to play D1 basketball at a school that she is not happy with. She will finish out her freshman year but would like to move on to another D1 school. Im assuming we tell her coach and get permission to move on then she can begin the process of going to the new school, correct?

    • Hi Taevosha,

      Your daughter will have to receive permission from her current school in order to speak with other Div. I schools about a possible transfer. The school has the right to deny her request, and if they do, she can appeal that decision. Also, as you may know, as a transfer in basketball between Div. I schools, she will not be eligible during her first year at the next school. I’m going to follow up with a private e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • Daniel Johnson

    RIck:

    My son completed his first year of college playing hockey for OSU. He just received notification that they were reducing his scholarship to 2% from 70%. To say that we were surprised is an understatement. How do we better understand how to navigate this situtiaon going forward? If he does decide to transfer what will he face?

    • Hi Daniel,

      When you say that your son “just received notification” how recently did that occur? The NCAA rules require that he be notified by July 1. Did they make the deadline? Did they provide info on what he needs to do if he chooses to appeal the decision?

      If he transfers to another Div. I program he’ll be required to be in residence one year before being eligible to play. I’m going to follow up with a private e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • Christina G

    Mr Allen,

    My son currently plays football on scholarship for a Junior College in GA will be graduating early in December. He was a high school qualifier and is cleared by the NCAA. He has been looked at by several schools around the country but nothing seems to progress further and I am not sure if it is because he has not filled out a ‘permission to transfer’ or what. I really am completely green when it comes to all of this college sports stuff and I really don’t want him to miss any opportunities because of my lack of knowledge. How can I get him where he needs to be without stepping on any toes at his current college?

    Thanks for your attention to this matter.
    Christina

    • Hi Christina,

      Because your son is attending a JUCO, he does not need a “permission to transfer” before coaches at NCAA or NAIA schools can recruit him. Has your son been “marketing” himself, by sending e-mails to coaches and sending out a video clip as an e-mail attachment or a DVD that coaches can review on him? He may need to be more active in that regard if the coaches at his JUCO are not actively promoting him.

      He should also inform the coaches that he was an NCAA Qualifier and that he will graduate in December. If coaches are considering two recruits of equal physical ability, many will prefer the one that performs better academically. If you have additional questions or want more info on the 2-4 transfer rules, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • mike

    if a player is kicked off a d1 team and has a year of elgibility and also a redshirt year can the athlete transfer to another D1 school?

    • Hi Mike,

      Yes, the player could use their redshirt year in their first year at another Div. I school, and then their final year of eligibility.

      Rick

  • Simone

    This is my daughters freshman year and was recruited to a DI college for soccer. After tearing her ACL her scholarship was pulled and she is on the roster, but is red shirting with no scholarship. She is now fully cleared medically, but isn’t even getting practice time. She would like to leave her current school at Winter break and come back in-state. Frankly, we can’t afford to keep her there another semester paying full out of state tuition. What are the steps and will she lose another year of elegibility? Can she contact the coach of the program she is interested in?

    • Hi Simone,

      Did your daughter sign a scholarship agreement with her school, or was it just offered verbally, but then pulled when she became injured? Did she sign a National Letter of Intent?

      Coaches at another Div. I or II school can’t speak with her about a transfer unless they have written permission from her current school. If you want more details on the transfer process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Trevor

    Hi Rick,

    I have a few questions for you. Im currently a freshman at a D1-AA (FCS) school playing football. At the beginning of the fall semester i was on a full ride scholarship, but a few weeks into the season i was informed that i was ineligible to play because my high school core GPA did not match up with my ACT test score on the NCAA sliding scale, so therefore i am ineligible for the rest of the academic year. So basically i am treating this year as a redshirt. Is it possible that i could transfer to a D1 (FBS) or even another D1-AA school and be eligible to play in the 2013 fall semester given the fact that i have already not been eligible to play in the 2012 fall semester? Because i know transferring up or at the same level would mean i would have to sit out a year, but according to my situation i havent even played a down of football yet this season.

    Now on my NCAA clearing house i am eligible to play D2, but not D1 until i am able to show that i’ve had a college GPA of 2.0 or higher. If i wanted to transfer to a D2 school for the 2013 spring semester and continue playing football that following fall semester, would i be eligible to play with no complications?

    Thank you very much for your help it is greatly appreciated.

    -Trevor

  • James G

    Hey Rick,

    I am a student athlete who attended a four institution for my freshman and sophomore year. Before my third year, I transferred to a different 4 year institution due to financial issues but now (junior year, fall semester) I would like to transfer back to my original 4 year institution for the spring of my third year. Would my eligibility be affected? And if so, how long will I have to sit out?

    • Hi James,

      If you have competed at your current four-year school, or practiced for more than a two week period with your team, you will need to sit out one year if you return to your previous school.

      Rick

  • David

    Hey, I am on a full ride scholarship at my d1aa school and would like to transfer to a d1a school to be closer to home,if i am excepted grade wise will i have to send film in order to now have a scholarship at the new school or will i have to pay the tuition my self.

    • Hi David,

      Be aware that if you transfer to a Div. I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) program from your current school, you will not be able to be eligible in your first year at the next school. This means that the school may want you to pay for the school yourself, at least for the first year since you won’t be eligible to play and help them win on the field.

      I suggest you wait until the end of this season before doing anything so you don’t damage the current relationship you have with your coaches.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Vic C

    My daughter plays NAIA volleyball. She was recruited as a freshman and received a full ride. Now the coach is leaving at the end of the season. Will copntacting another school or sending recruitment tape and stats pose any special problems? We are looking at both NAIA and NCAA DII schools. Also, if a mid year transfer or end of year transfer forces a mandatory sit out period, would attedning a JUCO for one year, specifically for academics, pose any problems eligibility wise?

    • Hi Vic,

      Your daughter needs permission from her current school before coaches at other schools can talk to her about a possible transfer. It is possible to transfer to another school and be immediately eligible without the need to sit out a year. For more details on the transfer process, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Weary Player

    Hey Rick,

    Quick question- I currently play non-scholorship D1 AA football in the Patriot League. I am currently a freshman who has seen no playing time and is mid way thru his first semester. My question is what needs to be done to transfer to D1 AA non scholarship ball in a differnet league or D III ball and if so, are you eligible to play in either the spring or the fall of your sophomore year? Is it necessary that you sit out? Thank you.

    • You must first get permission from your current school before coaches at other schools can talk with you about a possible transfer. You may or may not need to sit out depending upon your academic status and whether your current school will agree to your use of the One-Time Transfer Exception. To use the Exception, your current school needs to be able to certify that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school rather than transferring.

      Rick

  • K P

    I transferred my son at the end of his junior year in high school to another high school because his school was thinking of eliminating the football program. He did very well in his new school. Some schools were interested in him however the coach at the new school did not call them back. I was unaware that the coach was not helping to get my son recruited for college. I think in April of this year I got a local recruiter to help me locate a college for my son that is NAIA with a partial scholarship. This school really wanted my son. He is a really good fullback but they are only using him to block for the running back. They do not use him to carry the ball. We are 0-7. There have been many instances where we were 1st and goal and the play should have been run by the fullback and wasn’t. My son is extremely unhappy and he wants to transfer. His grades are very good and he wants to transfer to a Div. 1AA. What are the best chances to help him get recruited for 2013? He would like to transfer out before the new semester. How do we handle eligibility issues? His present coach has already fired two of the coaches and other players are looking to leave. Please help. I need to get my son out of there and into a college that appreciates his talent.

    • Hi KP,

      If your son transfers to a Div. I FB program, he’ll have to serve one academic year in residence as a student there before he can be eligible to play (although he can practice with the team). It would be possible for him to transfer to an NCAA Div. II or III school and be eligible in his first year there. He’ll have to have permission from his current school before coaches at any other four-year college can talk with him about a possible transfer. If you have additional questions, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • glenn

    our son was given a partial scholarship to play div 1 golf out of state and wants to move home for family health and financial hardship reasons. how do we register him for our div 1 team in our state and when can he talk to the coach? he attended the fall semester and he will not be going back — thank you

    • Hi Glenn,

      Your son will have to have permission from his current school before coaches or athletic staff at the Div. I school in your state can talk with him about a possible transfer. Since he knows he will not be returning, he should consider having a talk with his coach soon so he can start the process.

      Also, if your son is in his first year there and signed a National Letter of Intent with his school, he’ll have to be released from his NLI commitment so that he doesn’t lose eligibility at his next school.

      Rick

  • G-Money

    Hi Rick,

    I currently play football at a DIII school and I want to move closer to home. I have two options, I can either go to a JUCO for 2 years and try to get picked up after that or I can try and go walk on at DII school from here. What do you think would be the best case? And another questions is when can NCAA coaches start talking to me? I have emailed some and have not heard back.

    • You must have permission from your current school before coaches at other schools can talk with you about a transfer. That’s probably why you haven’t heard back from the ones that you have emailed. Another reason is that they’re in the middle of their season. It’s more likely that they’ll follow up after the season is over.

      As far as what would be best, I would say that if you were not recruited by any Div. II schools when you were in high school, that the JUCO route would be best.

      Rick

  • Rock Brown

    Hi Rick,

    My son signed a letter of intent for a full scholarship at a JUCO school in May 2012.

    He recently got sick and missed a basketball practice. The coach believed he was not properly notified, asked my son to leave the team and took his scholarship.

    Since we believe the coach’s action was merely a roster move, where can we check to see if the coach followed all proper procedures and gave my son his due process before taking his scholarship? All we have is his LOI. Are there any other rules JUCO schools must follow regarding athlete scholarships?

  • C-DZ

    I’ve read all of the information but I wanted to ensure that I’ve read correctly. My son is a sophomore with a DI-A football program. He still has his redshirt eligibility available and plans to meet with his coach this weekend about his desire to leave. Also, my son’s current 3.0 overall GPA.

    If I am reading correctly, my son should have his redshirt eligibility remaining plus two additional years. If he attends another DI-A program then he may have to sit out a year but his redshirt year could be used to cover that year. Additionally, he should still have two years of play eligibility remaining.

    • C-DZ,

      You are correct with all of your points. The one thing to keep in mind is that if he is considering transferring within the same conference, he could lose a year of eligibility even though he has a redshirt year available to him. Some conferences take away a year of eligibility for an intra-conference transfer.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • S. Wise

    Rick I’m a parent of a D1aa FCS. Just found out that my students/athletics scholarship has been canceled in its entirety effective Spring 2013. Due to my opinion to oversigning on the class of 2011 & 2012, my student/athletic is no longer needed. So many excuses in the book have been used to try to make a point from the coaching staff. My question is this should we appeal or just move on to the other schools that recruited him two years ago? Btw my student/atheletic is now a redshirt freshman. And over a 2.0 gpa

    • Hi S,

      I certainly don’t want you to reply with private information on this website, but I’d be very curious to know what grounds the school is using to cancel his scholarship in the middle of the academic year. They should only be able to cancel the scholarship at midyear for the following reasons: 1) if he becomes ineligible (which they shouldn’t know until the end of the term), 2) if he got into disciplinary trouble, 3) if he fraudulently completed required admissions or eligibility documents, or 4) if he voluntarily quit the team. You may want to contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

      • S Wise

        Thanks for your response, I sent you a private email with further information.

        I have one more question…after speaking with the staff they were thinking of reconsidering this cancellation but my student/athlete had to come in and convince them that he wanted to be there despite the numerous times he was told by his head coach that the program was not for him and maybe he needed to look for that program that was. He chose not to “beg” to be let back on the team. What is our next step in getting re-recruited by other schools?

        • S,

          If you’re not going to appeal the cancellation of his scholarship, then he should request permission to speak with other schools and start contacting schools that may have been recruiting him out of high school. However, if it were me, based on what you have told me I would be appealing the scholarship cancellation.

          Rick

  • Chris

    Hi Rick,
    I’m currently attending a four year college but not doing any athletics. However I am considering transferring to a NCAA DIII school to swim. Would I be eligible to compete right away and would I be able to receive any athletic scholarships?

    • Hi Chris,

      You should be eligible to compete right away, but it won’t be possible to receive an athletic scholarship from a Div. III school because they don’t offer them.

      Rick

  • mkay

    Hi Rick,

    I currently am grey shirted for football at a DIII in the midwest and am moving home to play JUCO ball. Is there anyway I could play one year at a JUCO and get picked up if I have enough credits to transfer? Or do I have to play 2 years at the JUCO? Looking do play at a higher division of football

    Thanks hope to hear from you soon

    • Hi mkay,

      How long you need to stay at the JUCO will depend upon whether you were certified as a Qualifier for NCAA Div. I or II, as a Qualifier does not need to stay at a JUCO as long as a NonQualifier or Partial Qualifier. If you are a Qualifier, you should be able to transfer from the JUCO after one year.

      Rick

  • Ralph

    Rick,
    I’m Curious. My son is a non scholarship basketball player at a Division 1 school. Recently, one of his teammates decided to transfer after the semester ends in December. I was wondering if the athletic department/ coaches wanted to give my son the opening scholarship for the spring semester, would they be able to? Would they be able to give him the scholarship for the spring or is the scholarship already in use for the entire year and not just the semester.
    Thanks Rick looking forward to hearing from you.

    Ralph

    • Hi Ralph,

      Since Div. I men’s basketball is a “head count” sport with a limit of 13 scholarships, your son can’t be awarded the scholarship for 2nd semester unless the team is currently awarding only 12 scholarships. Each scholarship is counted for the entire year.

      Rick

  • Jacob Chapman

    Hey,

    I am currently at a DII school on a baseball scholarship and have completed my first semester of school and ball. I am planning on transferring to a Juco this upcoming semester (spring 2013). I realize that I must get a release from my current school before I am allowed to transfer or talk to Juco’s. My question is: Do I have to pay back my athletic scholarship (or part of it) since I did not complete a season with them?

    • Hi Jacob,

      You don’t have to get a release to talk with JUCOs, although it is a good idea so that your coach is aware of your plans and doesn’t feel “blindsided.” As far as whether you’ll have to pay back part of your scholarship, that will depend upon the school policy and on whether you complete this semester as a fully active member of the team, still going to practices, workouts, etc.

      Rick

  • Olivier

    Hello,

    I am an international student playing soccer at a community college. I graduated High School in 2009 in my country, and then I went to a 2 years college and graduated in 2011 ( still in my country). Then I went to USA to study and play in a community college (NJCAA div1) in the fall 2011. I am suppose to graduate at the end of this spring. I have different offers from NCAA div2 but some schools want me to take a semester off in this spring and go back home in order to play 2 more seasons from the next fall ( because I completed 7 semesters of college and I have three more left.). If i go home for one semester and do not graduate from my community college, will I be eligible to compete in NCAA div2 for sure next fall? because I do not want to take a semester off if the NCAA tells me in 3 months I am not eligible anymore so i loose my scholarship. Is it possible for a coach to mention in the letter of intent that a keep my scholarship even if I loose my eligibility? Also, what would it be in a NAIA School? Could I play 2 more years after graduating from my community college?

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Olivier,

      You should talk with the compliance coordinators at the Div. II schools that are interested in you so that you will hear directly from them what your eligibility status is, and what it will be if you go back home and take a semester off. You will also want to ask them exactly what you must do academically to be eligible as a 4-2-4 transfer (college in your home country, to a community college, and then to a Div. II school).

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Judy

    Rick,
    Me daughter is a junior on athletic scholarship at a D1 college. She has been emotionally torn apart by the coach, has suffered several injuries, and been told repeatedly that “she should get over the injury, push through it”. At this point, she does not want to continue in volleyball. She loves the university, has a high gpa and wants to complete her senior year there. We have asked her to stick with it, because after this spring semester, she only has one more semester to get her degree. We cannot afford this particular school, but she is miserable. What do you advise?

    • Hi Judy,

      I think the only thing I can advise is to have a “family meeting” to discuss the financial considerations of voluntarily quitting her sport (which will allow the school, under NCAA rules, to immediately take away the scholarship if they choose to do that) compared with the fact that she is miserable, being verbally battered by her coach, but loving the school she’s at and wanting to get her degree there.

      Consider some sort of compromise, where she finishes this year on scholarship, and then takes out a student loan to finish her final year of school if she’s willing to be responsible for it (assuming that she can complete her degree in four years).

      Rick

  • John McCullough

    Hi Rick I am wanting to transfer from my current division 2 college to another division 2 school. I received a scholarship to play at my current college but found I was not a good fit socially outside of football due to religious beliefs. Can I receive a scholarship and play the following year at another Divison 2 school right away if I am recruited ?

    • Hi John,

      It will be possible for you to do that if you meet the academic requirements for a transfer, and if you are released by your current Div. II school.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Mike Adams

    Rick,

    My son signed an NLI, received a wrestling scholarship to a DII school, and participated in that sport until he was kicked off the team 2 weeks ago. He never competed as a member of the team, he wrestled two matches as an unattached wrestler…and not in school gear. He will complete the first semester of school but will be coming home at the end of the semester. We received a letter from the school canceling his scholarship and we can’t afford to send him to school without the scholarship. Truth be known he was not happy with the program, the coach, or the situation. He will be returning home and will miss the Spring semester because of cost; I cannot afford to pay the semester tuition and because of timing it’s too late for any financial aid options, but truth be known he doesn’t want to stay there because of the abuse from the Coach. I want him to go back to school, as does he, but he’s the type of kid that will need sports, specifically wrestling to provide the focus and motivation required to complete college. How can I get him into another program? Could he just walk-on to the school of his choice and participate in the wrestling program as a walk-on?

    • Hi Mike,

      I suggest that you have somebody that is “in his corner” assist him with finding another school, such as a former HS coach or it could even be a coach from another HS who was impressed with his ability in HS and respected him as an opponent. I often ask parents “who, outside your family, is your son or daughter’s “best advocate?” Seek out those people who might be able to put in a good word for your son with a coach at another school. Another resource could be former HS teammates of your son who may be competing at a college somewhere.

      I don’t recommend just choosing a school and trying to join the team a a walk-on. Try to find a program and coach who is a good match with your son and will value him as a team member.

      Rick

  • Hayden

    Hi Rick,
    I am a freshman at University of Arizona currently not playing any sports. I want to transfer at the end of this year and play for a local postgraduate basketball team for a year and then transfer to a four-year university. I am taking 16 credits this semester and 15 next semester, however. I was told by someone that he thought the NCAA would not allow to play prep basketball since I am taking over 16 credits this year. Is this true?
    Thanks, Hayden.

    • Hi Hayden,

      It would certainly be possible for you to transfer to a two-year college to play basketball and then transfer to a four-year school, but I’m not aware of anybody who’s been a full-time college student and then went back to the postgraduate or prep school level.

      Rick

      • Hayden Sheridan

        Are you aware if it’s legal to play postgraduate basketball though even though you’ve never heard of it? I want to do it for the exposure that postgraduate provides. It’s easier to go D-1 through postgraduate than JUCO.

        • Hayden,

          I suggest you check with the Admissions office of the prep school(s) that you’re interested in regarding their policy for admitting a student that’s already been enrolled full-time in college.

          Rick

  • Mike L

    My son swam at a d2 school for 2 years, non scholarship. He was hurt over the summer and wished to red shirt this year. He has not swam a meet. His coach has said he will not let him red shirt and is kicking him off the team unless he swims. If he leaves the school in January and transfers to a new school next semptember, can he swim right away or does he have to wait a year?

    • Hi Mike,

      Under the rules of the One-Time Transfer Exception (which allows an athlete to transfer one time and be immediately eligible at the next school), he could compete next year if he’s academically eligible at the time he withdraws from his current school, and the school will grant him the right to use the One-Time Transfer Exception. In this scenario, he’ll not want to enroll anywhere as a full-time student this Spring, unless it’s where he plans to be in the Fall.

      Rick

  • Nathan Sahota

    I am an international Athlete, i went to a D.2 school my freshman year but was too expensive so i moved to a NAIA school my sophomore year. My second school has completely cut my athletic scholarship so i was looking to transfer again in order to just finish my education. I played mens soccer both years and used the eligibility. After emailing a coach about a transfer, he replied that i would have to sit out a year? Is this the case for NAIA schools as well as NCAA schools.Also at my first school all my scholarship was academic? but I still used eligibility,does that affect things?

    • Nathan,

      Because you’ve already transferred once between four-year schools, if you go to an NCAA school, you will have to sit out a year. It might be possible under NAIA rules to go to another school, and you might have to sit out only one semester (if at all), so if you transfer at midyear you could sit out the spring and possible be eligible next Fall. I suggest you check with NAIA schools. How you have done academically this semester and last spring will be a factor in your NAIA transfer.

      Rick

  • skycl

    So i play football at a Div1 aa school. If i transfer to a Div II school to play basketball are there any restrictions?

    • If you are in good academic standing at your current school when you withdraw from there to transfer, there shouldn’t be any restrictions.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Mark

    Rick,
    My daughter just finished her first semester as a freshman at a D1 school on a softball scholarship but isn’t happy and has an offer to play at a junior college this spring if she gets enrolled in time. Does she have to be released from her present coach to play juco this spring?

    Thanks,

    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      Your daughter doesn’t have to be released from her current school to play this spring at a JUCO. However, there are possible implications down the line that she may want to consider. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you desire further details.

      Rick

  • Pat

    Hi Rick,
    I am a sophmore baseball player at a D3 school. I injured my shoulder before the season last year and was not able to play, so I am actually a redshirt freshman. I am looking to transfer up to a D1 or a D2 school after my season this spring. I am not receiving an athletic scholarship. If I were to transfer after this season, will I have to sit out a year?

    • Hi Pat,

      It will be possible for you to transfer to an NCAA Div. II program without serving a year in residence at the next school, as long as your school will release you and you are meet the academic requirements for transfer. The same is true of a transfer to a Div. I program as long as you weren’t “recruited” to the Div. III school. You may want to review the blog on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

      Rick

  • I am an alum of a DI school. In basketball, two basketball players on scholarship left. Can those scholarships be given to walk-on players at the beginning of the new semester?

    • Hi Mindy,

      That would depend upon whether the team was at its limit of 13 scholarships. If so, it wouldn’t be possible to redistribute those scholarships, as basketball is considered a “head count” sport and giving out those scholarships would then count as 15.

      Rick

  • john thiebes

    son played d3 football in 2012 can he transfer to d1aa fcs school [academics all r ok]and use redshirt year for the 1yr sit out rule? any way around 1yr sit out rule? would like to transfer fall 2013…thank you

    • Hi John,

      If your son was “recruited” to the Div. III school (as the NCAA defines it), it would be possible for him to avoid the year of sitting out. If he was recruited, he would have to sit out his first year at a Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Brianna

    Hey Rick,
    My daughter is currently attending a D1 school for soccer and is on partial scholarship, she has decided that she does not want to play in the spring but still wants to attend the school. If she does continue her studies at the current school and not participate in the soccer program will we have to pay the amount she received for her scholarship for the spring semester immediately?

    • Hi Brianna,

      That would depend upon the billing policies of the school. You may be able to pay the full costs for the semester on a monthly basis.

      Rick

  • Steve M

    Our daughter is currently on a full scholarship at a DI University in the US in a swim/dive team. In making her decision she had to decide between 4 different universities all offering full rides to her.
    After her first semester she is not happy with the level of competition, the facilities, etc, and believes she has made a serious error in her decision to go to this university.
    What are her options at this stage, and should one of the other universities still want her, what is required and / or what might she have to sacrifice to allow it to happen. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Steve,

      My apologies for the delayed response. The first thing to keep in mind, is that if your daughter signed a National Letter of Intent with her school, which I assume she did since she’s on a full scholarship, she is committed to that school for one full academic year, unless that school will release her. You may want to review the Q&A at this website: http://www.national-letter.org.

      Regarding her options, and the requirements, I suggest you contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com for more detailed information.

      Rick

  • Del

    Hello,
    My son attends a D1 college on a football scholarship. He was a 2012 early enrollee. He was recruited by the school as an Athlete. He was placed at Linebacker and actually played as a true freshman. Although he did well, he is unhappy playing linebacker and wants to transfer to another D1 college that offered him a scholarship to play Running Back. Playing running back at his current school is not an option as the field is already very crowded. Since the spring semester is fastly approaching, I need clarification on a few issues:
    1. Do we contact his coach or AD for permission to contact?
    2. When can the transfer take place?
    3. Would he be immediately eligible for a scholarship at the new school?
    4. Would he have to complete the spring semester at his current school, because of the time?
    5. How long does the transfer process take?
    6. If he participates in spring drills, does it affect his transfer?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Del

  • Sarita Sharma

    Hello Rick,
    My son is a freshman in junior college and has to travel 45 minutes (one way) everyday to school. It is becoming very tiring for me and I feel that it is impacting his performance in basketball. He plays basketball but he is not happy with the coach. This coach is demeaning. I would like to suggest that he finish this year and transfer out and play for another junior college next year. What is a process? Does this impact his recruitment chances in 4 year university? Thank you.

    • Hi Sarita,

      Since it appears you are in California, and because the California JUCOS are not part of the NJCAA, I’m not sure what the process is. A transfer should not impact his recruitment chances as long as he does well in his sophomore year at the next school.

      Rick

  • Preston

    Hi Rick!

    I am currently a freshman D3 golfer at Maryville College. I am about to start my spring season and then I want to transfer to a D2 college next fall. Can I contact coaches now to start the transfer process?

    Thanks,
    Tanner

    • Hi Tanner,

      Before coaches at Div. II schools can speak with you about a possible transfer, they need to obtain permission from your current school. So, you would need to talk with your current coach about your plans, so that he doesn’t get caught off-guard by an inquiry from another school requesting info about you.

      Rick

  • Steve P

    I am a current Freshmen starting my second semester at Western New Mexico University. I am on a partial football scholarship, and possibly looking to transfer. I had a good freshmen season where i started every game at Longsnapper, and Special teams. I am a Linebacker as well. I finished with a 3.6 GPA for the first semester and i am part of the honors program. However, money is an issue and i am looking to transfer to a D1-A, D1-AA, or a D2 program close to my home in California. Can i get a little feedback, on my situation? Is it a good idea to transfer? How should i transfer? Would a D1 program be interested in signing me?

    • Hi Steve,

      If you transfer to a Div. I school, you’ll have to attend that school for one academic year before you’ll be eligible for competition, but you can practice with the team during that time. It would be possible to transfer to another Div. II school and be eligible for next Fall. Keep in mind that coaches at NCAA schools aren’t supposed to have any contact with you about a transfer until they have permission from your current school.

      Rick

  • Lindsey

    I am on a full ride scholarship and I completed my first semester and have begun my second semester. If I quit my sport now, do I still get my scholarship for the rest of the year?

    • Hi Lindsey,

      You didn’t state whether you are attending an NCAA or an NAIA school. Assuming you are attending an NCAA school, your school has the right to immediately cancel your scholarship if you choose to quit your sport. It is up to them whether they would do that, but the NCAA rules give them the right to do so.

      Rick

  • D

    Good evening Sir,
    I am D1 athlete and i am looking to transfer to a D1aa. I transfered from a juco played last season and i have come to realise that this is not the school for me. Th semester has just strated and I have come to the conclusion that I want to be released out of my scholarship to I can transfer in the summer. I am scared to sit down with my head coach because I don’t want him to block my transfer. I have a 3.2 gpa and I am going to raise that this semester. My question to you is, since we have no conference, can the head coach still block my realse eventhough I am in good academic standing?

    • Hi D,

      There are two steps in the transfer process where your coach could deny your request. However, in both cases, if the school denies your request, they are obligated to offer you a hearing opportunity in which you can appeal to a group of university staff from outside the athletic department.

      Rick

      • D

        I sat down with him this past weekend and explained my situation. He told me he is going to think about, but I can’t wait no more. If he denies me my permission to contact, do I have the right to appeal it? I feel as if my argument is strong because they lied to me about their academics and the degree I would be taking and I am not happy about it.

        • D,

          Have you submitted your request for permission to speak with other schools in writing? You should submit your request in writing to your coach, with a copy to the compliance office.

          Div. I schools have 7 business days to respond to a written request. If they deny your request, they must provide you a hearing opportunity. If they don’t respond within 7 business days, your request is granted by default.

          Rick

          • D

            I am going to submit it tomorrow. Knowing how stubborn my coach is, it will most likely go the entire 7 days. A personal question. If you where in my position, after I submit my request for permission to contact, should I still go though workouts with the team, or should I sit out and wait until I receive a response?

          • D,

            You should still go through workouts with your team. If you sit out, you are only giving your coach more reason to deny or stall your request, and will hurt your case in an appeal hearing.

            Rick

  • Tpark

    I am currently a division 2 football player on scholarship…I am a freshman and I redshirted this past season. Out of high school, I was recruited to play basketball and football in college, and I obviously took the football scholarship. Now, I may be a little unhappy with my decision…if I were to transfer to another d2 school to play BASKETBALL, would I have to sit out and lose a year of eligibility?

    • You shouldn’t have to sit out during your first year at another school, as long as you are going to participate in a different sport, and as long as your weren’t recruited for basketball by your current or your future school.

      Rick

  • marie

    My daughter played basketball at a juco college and then was picked up her junior year at a D1 college unfortunately had to have foot surgery over the summer. She should have been ready to play by season. She complained of pain continuously and the coach and athletic trainers did nothing. They had her lifting weights and because she could not put weight on her foot hurt her back. She has never stepped foot on the court medical redshirt her first year at the D1 school. She is not happy there or has any trust in the school I feel her health and safety is at risk. Can she transfer and start talking to other schools as soon as season is over and does she have to sit out due to hardship.

    • Hi Marie,

      Coaches at other schools must get permission from her current school to talk with her about a possible transfer. If she transfers to another Div. I school, she would likely have to sit out from competition for a year, but that would probably not be the case if she transfers to a Div. II school.

      Rick

  • rose

    my daughter is currently on a partial track/field & cross country scholarship for a D1 school as a freshman. we are currently paying out-of-state tuition and we were advised by head coach that obtaining residency was very easy in this state and wouldnt be an issue which helped in making our decission. however, we have now been advised by others that it is no different than any other state and it looks as tho she will continue to pay out-of-state tuition which is approximately $36k with dorm. we cant keep paying $20k or more out of pocket/loans…what choices do we have? she wants to continue with a D1 school but not sure of our options. please help!

  • Maria

    Hey Rick
    My son is now playing D1 basketball but he is not on scholorship as of now. He is a sophomore. His freshmen year he had to sit out because he was in eligible. would he be able to transfer to another D1 school? and recieve a scholorship? would he have to sit out?
    Thank you for your time

    • Hi Maria,

      If your son was not recruited to his current school, it would be possible for him to transfer to another Div. I school without sitting out for a year, and possibly to receive a scholarship. You may want to refer our blog post titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • kim

    Hi Rick,

    My son is a freshman at a d2 school for basketball, he is not getting any playing time and is very fustrated. Two questions, can the coach take away his scholorship after this yr even tho his academics are good and there are no other problems otherwise and is that something that is common or is there like an unspoken ethic thing when they promise 4 yrs even tho the scholorship is renewable yearly. Secondly, would he have to sit out a year if recruited by another D2 or Juco. Thank you

    • Hi Kim,

      The coach can take away his scholarship at the end of this year. All Div. II scholarships are for one-year term, and are then re-distributed for the following year. Returning athletes must be notified by July 1 of the status of their scholarship for the upcoming year.

      This is common, and whether or not the scholarship is renewed depends upon the ethics of the coach, as well as other factors. The athletic department budget certainly plays a role as well.

      Your son won’t have to sit out a year at another Div. II or JUCO if his grades are in good shape at the end of the year.

      Rick

  • Eugene

    what about a Division 1 basketball walk on transferring to another Divison 1 school for either scholarship or another walk on position. What are the restrictions if any

    • Eugene,

      In that situation, could be eligible the first year at another Div. I school as long as released by the first school, in good academic standing, and as long as not transferring at midyear.

      Rick

  • Joe Manion

    Rick,

    If I am a non-scholarship walk-on at a D1 baseball program and am considering transferring to another D1 school. Are there any rules holding me back from contacting other schools? Also, do college application deadlines apply to baseball transfers? Thanks

    • Hi Joe,

      You are still required to obtain “permission to contact” from your current school before coaches at other NCAA programs can talk with you about a possible transfer. Application deadlines vary from school to school, as does the ability for a coach or the athletic department to expedite or bypass those deadlines.

      Rick

  • Ryan

    Hey Rick,

    I play football 2 years at a D1-AA school and have stopped playing so when I transfer after my dual degree (3-2) program is up at this school I can play at the D1-A school I go to for my engineering degree. I was wondering if I decided to try and play soccer at the school I am at now for the next year until I transfer if it will affect me being eligible at the D1-A school for football?

    Thanks,

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan,

      A college athlete is allowed up to four seasons of eligibility in each sport (within their “five-year clock” limitation). Playing soccer at your school should not have any effect on your eligibility for football at the next school.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Paul

    My daughter is on a scholarship playing DI basketball at a school that appears to be just too far from home for her to be happy. She will finish out her freshman year and season in a few months. She would like to explore a move to another DI, possibly DII school closer to home (another state).

    From the threads above I think I understand the process. But I have two questions:

    1) Does she need to identify the schools she’s interested in contacting in the letter to the university?
    2) Is it more efficient to have the prospective schools make the contact to request permission to speak to the student-athlete?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Paul,

      In answer to your questions:

      1. That depends upon how her school handles this process. Sometimes, a school will grant a “blanket release” allowing her to talk with any school outside the conference, while other schools will only provide permission to specific schools.
      2. Yes, it can be. Just make sure that she’s had a talk with her current coach first before those contacts start occurring so that the coach isn’t caught off-guard.

      Rick

  • Anita Kay

    Hello, my brother and I were wondering … if a player gets an athletic “full ride” or any kind of scholarship, plays 1 year and decides to transfer to another school, how do the 2 schools handle the scholarship? We were discussing Delle Donne – UConn to Delaware. Thanks and have a great day.

    • Hi Anita,

      The coach at each school decides who will receive an athletic scholarship. The scholarship ends at school A when an athlete leaves, and it is up to the coach at school B to determine whether that same athlete will receive another scholarship.

      Rick

  • nai

    HI Rick,
    I played 2 years of basketball at a d3 school i took a semester off and decided to go to a juco school ,am I eligible to play atleast 1 yr at the juco?

    • Nai,

      You should be, depending upon how many credit hours you earned at the Div. III school, and how that affects your admission and enrollment at the JUCO.

      Rick

  • terri stewart

    My son played JUCO Basketball for 2years and transferred to in Fall 2012 to a 4 year div II school. He was just kicked off the team. Can he transfer next year to a Div II and can he play immediately?

    • Hi Terri,

      That will depend upon whether your son’s school will release him, and whether he would be able to be eligible if he were returning to his current school rather than transferring. If you’d like to discuss this situation, contact me at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Kurt

    Hi im am a redshirt basketball freshman at a NAIA school and it is not working right now. Next year could I attend a post grad school or is it too late for that ?

  • Kat

    Hello there,
    I am wondering what it means exactly to get a release from your sport. I am at a small Division II school and I am very unhappy. I play women’s lacrosse and I am looking into getting the release. If i get the release am I still on the team, and am still eligible to play or is it my coach’s discretion whether or not i am on the team still. Basically I want to have the freedom to talk to other coaches but not take an entire season off because I have been released. thank you very much.

    • Hi Kat,

      Requesting a release, or what is more properly called a “permission to contact”, does not affect your eligibility to still be a member of your team and play for the team. However, it is the coach’s discretion of whether you are still on the team.

      Some coaches have the attitude that if you are already planning to transfer that you must not want to be a part of their team. Fortunately, most coaches do not have that attitude.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Pel

    Hey Rick,

    I am a student athlete at the DII but am red shirting and competing unattached what are the rules on me speaking to DI coaches about a possible transfer?

    • Pel,

      Coaches at NCAA schools are required to obtain permission from your current school before they can talk with you about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Marie

    Rick,

    My teammate has been offered a release by our school, but has been told it is a partial release. I am looking for a release as well and would like to understand the terminology. What is the difference between a partial release and a full release?

    Marie

    • Hi Marie,

      Can you tell me whether your teammate received a “release” from her National Letter of Intent she signed with the school, or whether she received “permission to contact” other schools about a possible transfer. Some people use the term “release” to refer to either one, but they are separate and distinct processes.

      Rick

      • Marie

        I believe she may have been given permission to contact because she has been given the option to remain at the school if she can’t find one that suits her needs.

        • Marie,

          Based on what you’ve told me, I believe what your coach means as the difference between a partial release and a full release is actually two different parts of the transfer process. If the coach is saying “partial release” I think he or she means that “I’ll give you permission to talk to another school, but I’m not going to grant the One-Time Transfer Exception.” If the coach is saying “full release”, I believe he or she is granting both “permission to contact” other schools and the use of the One-Time Transfer Exception.

          Rick

  • I have a friend who is currently playing at a D1 school on scholarship as a freshman. He would like to transfer to my Junior College, and play baseball next year as a sophomore. Are there any ways possible that his situation could work?

    • Hi Conner,

      Sure his situation could work. As a 4-2-4 transfer, if he desires to go back to the Div. I level, he’ll need to plan to stay at the JUCO long enough to graduate with his Associates Degree, and have the required GPA and number of transferable credits for the Div. I school he chooses.

      Rick

  • ran

    My son plays D1 football and is a red shirt sophisticated with 2 seasons left to play.he was ticketed for d.w.I and the charge may be thrown out but his school has a student conduct board he will face that may suspend or expelled him even without conviction.a very dangerous and dumb decision for sure on his part…if he loses his scholarship can he transfer to another D1 being paid for out of pocket and play or does he have to sit a year?

    • Hi Ran,

      If he transfers to another Div. I school, and even another Div. II school, he would have to attend that school for one year before he could become eligible to compete.

      Rick

  • I am a D-1 red-shirt freshman at a school. I want to transfer to hopefully another D-1 school next year. Will i have to sit out another year? Being i already sat out as a true freshman.

    • Devin,

      I need more info – your sport and whether you were recruited and/or on scholarship at your school.

      Rick

  • jon

    Hello, I went to school on academic scholarship and after 4 years I graduated. Since I decided not to go to law school my philosophy and history degrees are proving to be useless. I want to go back and become an engineer but I am poor. I can run a 4 minute mile so I want to try to get an athletic scholarship even if it is only partial. Since I did not participate in athletics my first time, is this feasible?

    I have been reading and found things that say scholarships are not awarded to people who already have a bachelors degree. But even if that is true, wouldn’t I still have 4 years of eligibility?
    Thank you

    • Hi jon,

      NCAA Div. I athletes have a “five-year clock” in which to use their four years of eligibility. That “clock” starts with the first full-time enrollment at any college, even if it doesn’t sponsor an athletic program. Other divisions follow a “10-semester rule” that only counts the semesters of full-time enrollment.

      Since you’ve had four years of college, it appears that at most you would have one year of eligibility remaining.

      Rick

  • Laura Palacios

    So my boyfriend is on a Full ride athletics scholarship to a D1 University. His coach is quitting and so he wants to transfer to another school so he can 1) be in a better conference 2)run with faster kids 3)find a better coach and 4) be in a better program overall. I believe he only signed a one year contract, so what does he need to do in order to transfer and still compete and also what does he need to do to try and increase his chances of getting a full ride or a good scholarship from other schools?

  • Shane

    Hey Rick,
    I played a year of football at a D3 school and left after my freshman year. I then sat out a semester and didn’t attend any college. And now I attend a community college and I’m not playing any sport. After this spring semester(and some summer courses) can I transfer to a different d3 school and be elligable to play immediately?

    • Hi Shane,

      The Div. III rule indicates that, as a 4-2-4 transfer, you could be eligible next Fall at another Div. III school, if at the time you left the first Div. III program, you would have been eligible if you had returned to that school rather than leaving.

      Rick

      • Shane

        I was just informed by a friend that the college I’m currently attending is now a four year college. But I’m still not playing football here and they don’t offer the sport anyway. So since it’s actually a 4 year college, would I still be elligable for immediate play if I left this school to go play at another d3 school as I stated in my previous comment?

        • Shane,

          This would still be possible, but your eligibility would be based on how you do academically at this current school as compared to how you did at the previous Div. III school.

          Rick

  • Linda

    My daughter is in her junior year playing softball at a D1 school. She transferred after graduating from a juco. She is miserable. There is a D2 school who might be interested in her. When can she initiate conversation with the D2 coach?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Linda,

      The Div. II coach is not permitted to talk with your daughter about a possible transfer until she has received “permission to contact” from her current school.

      Rick

  • Gary

    Hi, i run at a JuCo school and want to transfer. i red shirted my freshman year in both cross and track. i want to transfer next year… will I be eligible to transfer and run this upcoming season? Also, this University does not have track and only XC, so if i end up wanting to do track in say 2 years (RJr.) would i be able to transfer to a DIV 1 school and run track without sitting out?

  • Geoff

    Our son is a D1 sophomore who plays baseball and is being red shirted this season due to an injury that requires surgery. He is strongly considering a transfer to another D1 school next year. It is our understanding that he would be forced to sit the next baseball season out if he transfers at the end of this school year. Is this correct? How many years of athletic eligibility would he then have as a newly arriving junior at the new D1 school?

    • Hi Geoff,

      This is correct if he is or has been on a baseball scholarship there, or if he was recruited to his school. (You may want to review the blog on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”)

      If he did have to sit out his first year at the new Div. I school, he would have two years remaining due to the Div. I “five-year clock” rule.

      Rick

      • Geoff

        Thanks for the confirmation. Is there a possibility he could get a waiver for good grades and not be forced to sit out his junior year at the new school? Are there ANY grounds he USE to petition for a waiver?

        • Hi Geoff,

          A waiver for good grades is unlikely. To have a shot at a successful waiver, your son would need to show strong reasons for transferring that are NOT related to baseball.

          Rick

          • Geoff

            How about if a degree program my son is interested in is not offered at his current school? Does that mean if one school potentially offered a major selection that his current school did not that he could petition following transfer? Would telling the NCAA that you are transferring for a reason that is strictly academic and citing the differences in the school’s major selection help?

          • Geoff,

            My understanding of the “Discontinued Academic Program Exception” is that it must be one that your son had already officially declared as his chosen major. If it was just one that he was “interested in” that won’t be a sufficient reason for the Exception or a waiver.

            Rick

  • concerned father

    If a D1 or D2 athlete transfers in their final year don’t they give up a whole year of credits? Most juniors will have about 86 credits or so. Don’t schools limit the amount of credits that can transfer to around 66? It appears to me that if your going to transfer it has to be no later than the end of the sophmore year or else you’ll be setting yourself back a year of education. Is that correct?

    • Dear Concerned,

      You are somewhat correct in that a transfer after junior year will probably cost a student-athlete some credits. The number of credits will obviously vary from one school and major to another and from one student-athlete to another. That happened to our son when he transferred after his junior year.

      Rick

  • Alex

    Hello,
    If an athlete signs a NLI and decides over summer break they do not want to go to the school chosen how do they go about that? And what if they have already been to the school for a year and it is NAIA.

    • Hi Alex,

      I’m not sure if your questions are related or totally separate. The NLI applies to NCAA Div. I and II schools, it doesn’t apply to NAIA schools. Perhaps you should send me a direct e-mail at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Drew

    Hey, Rick, if a basketball player is redshirted then plays three years, he still has one year of eligibility left. But say he graduates after four years. He can still play that fifth year, but if he does so as a graduate student, can he come off of the basketball scholarship (and receive financial aid for graduate school), thereby freeing a basketball scholarship?

  • scott

    Hey Rick,
    If my son is a walk-on, was not recruited and has no scholarship, if he wants to transfer, does he need permission to contact other schools? There would be no scholarship agreement at the new school either. Purely switching of schools and teams, in Div I.

  • concerened parent

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter gave a verbal back in Feb. and was told she would sign the NLI in April, she has yet to hear from the coach. She has e-mailed with no response, which I am sure they are very busy. Any suggestions on what to do? Can the coach change mind? Did they forget about her? Any suggestions?

    • It is certainly possible that the coach has changed his/her mind and won’t be sending the NLI. I suggest trying to contact the coach at least a couple more times via phone or e-mail. If still no response, then you might contact the compliance coordinator at the school and ask if he/she has seen the paperwork come across their desk yet for your daughter.

      Rick

  • Matthew

    I am currently playing football at a division 1-aa school as a walk on and last year I tore my acl. I say out this past season bc of injury and now that I got cleared to practice for spring ball my coaches do not give me the time of day. I was thinking about transferring to another division 1-aa school in the same state as a walk on. I have already used my redshirt year and used this past years as my redshirt freshman year. I still have three years of eligibility left so would I have to sit out a year even if I have a 3.7 accumulative gpa?

    • Matthew,

      Whether you need to sit out next year will depend upon your recruited status at your current school, and whether your school will release you to another school in your same state (especially if it’s in the same conference).

      Rick

  • Will

    hey rick,

    i am currently at a d2 ncaa basketball team, i redshirt my first season, and next year would become my first season to play, and i want to transfer to a D2 school going to D1 next year. in that case what happen, do i need to sit another year?

    • Hi Will,

      That will depend upon how soon the school is required to start following Div. I rules. You will need to check with that particular school.

      Rick

      • will

        what would be the case, if my school is a d2 independent, because the transition of a 3 years from naia to ncaa, does that affect something?

        • Will,

          The status of the school you are going to is the determining factor in whether you will be eligible, not the school you are leaving.

          Rick

  • Taylor

    Hey Rick,

    How long does a school have to respond to the transfer release request from their current school? This is D1 basketball by the way. I heard that they have 7 business days to respond to the request or it is automatically approved by default. Is that true?

    • Hi Taylor,

      If the request was submitted to the Div. I school by the student-athlete in writing, you are correct, they have 7 business days to respond to that written request or the request is to be granted by default.

      Rick

  • Maya

    Hello,

    My daughter is on a partial d1 field hockey scholarship and will enter her sophomore year I fall 2013 after red shirting her first season. My question is: if she plays the season in the fall and is in good academic standing and fully participates through the whole semester, will she have to repay the full cost for her first semester if she leaves the school after the first semester. (Not returning for the second half of the year). She will have signed a letter of intent.

    • Maya,

      If she does as you’ve stated, there is no reason for her to repay for the first semester.

      Rick

  • DQ

    Good afternoon Rick, hope I find you in good spirits. I’m a football player at a Div. II school in Georgia. I just finished spring practice and coaches are having scholarship money evaluations this week. My questions to you are; 1) if a coach offers a scholarship, am I required to agree on the spot or am I entitled to a time period in which to agree? 2) if I don’t agree on the spot can the coaches revoke the offer without violation of NCAA regulations?
    I would find it helpful if you could use NCAA regulations to support your response. Thank you.

  • Shon

    My son has played 2 full years on a baseball scholarship at a NAIA school and wants to transfer to a D1 baseball program I have a few questions about that.
    Does he have to be granted his release before pursuing another school?
    Does he have to set out a year and if so will he still have 2 years left his junior and senior year?
    What’s the best way to ask for his release ,his coach is not going to be happy about it.

    • Hi Shon,

      Your son does have to receive a “permission to contact” form, letter or e-mail from his school before coaches at NCAA schools can talk with him about a possible transfer. He will have to sit out from competition next year, and should have two years remaining after that. Best way to ask for the release is to say he is leaving because of the school and not the baseball program.

      Rick

  • Richard

    My son is playing hockey for a Division 1 hockey team in the USA. He played first line in the first part of the year then got hurt in the second half of the year. Now the coach wants to send him home. I know this is unethical but is this within NCAA guidelines. They also misdiagnosed him and had him playing when he was injured. He was also on the Deans list twice in the last two years, Finance program.

    • Hi Richard,

      Athletic scholarships are awarded on a year-to-year basis, so the school can choose to not renew his scholarship for the following year. If they don’t renew his scholarship, they must provide him an appeal opportunity. He mus tbe informed by July 1 whether or not his scholarship will be renewed.

      Rick

  • Larry

    If my son is a D1 baseball player, who is not on scholarship, and his team is undergoing a coaching change. If he chooses to transfer to another D1 baseball program is he still required to sit out for one year? Since he is a non-scholarship and/or a coaching change is taking place at current school.
    Thank You.

    • Hi Larry,

      Will depend upon whether he was “recruited” to his current school, and whether he qualifies for the One-Time Transfer Exception (meets academic requirements and is released by his current school). You may want to review the blog here on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • Angie

    Hi, my daughter is on a full ride in a Div I tennis team. She is not too content with school, it has not challenged her yet, but uncertain about changing. She has all A grades. She is in the second semester, and considering looking at other schools. She has not lost a game in her conference either. What would be her deadline to ask the coach to let her contact other schools, and would she be able to play starting Aug 2013 (with full ride too)if accepted at other Universities? She wants to continue playing D1 tennis. thank you

    • Hi Angie,

      It will be possible for her to be eligible at another Div. I school next year if she is released by her current school. As far as a “deadline” to ask her coach for “permission to contact”, there is no particular deadline. However, the longer she waits, the fewer scholarship opportunities will be available to her.

      Rick

  • EM

    in 2009 I signed my letter of intent to the university of New Mexico. I spent three years there (redshirted on my third due to injury) and then transferred to the division two Indiana university of Pa (PSAC) with two years of eligibility left. I was granted the one time transfer waiver and played right away. I played about four games at IUP before suffering a broken neck in a car accident. From then on I was out for the remainder of the season and still am out for a couple more months.. I am looking to transfer to a school closer to home to allow me to be closer to my doctor and also my family while i recover. Since I have only one year left and already used the one time transfer waiver, what do I do? Apply for hardship waiver? Please let me know any advice you have for me.

    • Hi EM,

      You will need to have the school that you are transferring to submit a waiver to request that you be allowed to be immediately eligible, even though you’ve already used the One-Time Transfer Exception. The waiver will need to stress that you are transferring for medical reasons.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Mike

    My daughter will be a senior with a full D1 volleyball scholarship. She would like to play basketball after the v-ball season ends her senior year and then play a 5th year of just basketball. Can you play 4 years of one sport and a 5th year of another at the D1 level? Thanks,

    • Hi Mike,

      The NCAA rules allow a student-athlete up to four years of eligibility in each sport (as long as it is within their “five-year clock”). So this is possible.

      However, your daughter will have to see how her scholarship impacts this situation, because as soon as she starts to practice with basketball, her volleyball scholarship will be counted as a basketball scholarship. If the basketball team will already be at their limit on scholarships, she won’t be able to participate or it will cause the basketball team to exceed their permissible limit.

      Rick

  • Rick

    Hi Rick appreciate the help in advance. I am a FCS football player looking to transfer to a D2 school. The spring semester just ended and I was wondering if I transferred to the D2 school in the next fall semester would I be able to receive an athletic scholarship right away ?

    Thanks

    • Hi Rick,

      As long as you are released and in good academic standing at your current school, it will be possible for you to receive a scholarship and be eligible at a Div. II program this Fall.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Blake

    I signed my letter of intent to attend a D2 school and was stoked to go up there and play at first but after signing day I have been contacted by many D1 coaches wanting me but I had to tell them I already signed my NLI. Is there a possibility of backing out of my NLI to the D2 school and signing or going as a walk-on to a D1 school or D1-AA school without any stipulations or sanctions against me? Or is it possible to transfer after fall semester to one of the D1 schools and be eligible right away? Thanks.

    • Blake,

      Since you signed an NLI, you must be released from your commitment to attend the school you signed with, or you will lose eligibility if you choose to enroll at another NCAA school. The same is true if you only attend the Div. II school for just one semester. See the FAQs at http://www.national-letter.org for more information.

      Rick

  • Brad

    Hey Rick,
    I am currently a freshman at a division 2 school and redshirted. I still have 4 years of eligibility and are looking to transfer. If I were to transfer to a division 1AA or division 1, would I have to sit out a year even though I’m a redshirt and haven’t played in a game yet?
    I need your help,
    Thanks

    • Brad,

      If you are on scholarship, or considered “recruited” to the Div. II school, you will need to sit a year at the Div. I level. You may want to review the blog on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • kris

    My daughter is on full scholarship with D1 softball. She just completed sophmore year but is graduating with BA because of accelerated learning program next semester. They are having a coaching change and she is considering transfering to another D1 school. There is also talk of scholarships being cut to help new coaching staff recruit. She doesn’t mind sitting a year but would like to talk to coaches over summer to line up new schloarship. What are her options if scholarship is cut or graduates then transfers? Thanks

    • Hi Kris,

      Her options in the sport of softball are basically the same no matter what happens. She’ll need permission from her current school before she can talk with other schools about a possible transfer. She’ll have the chance to be immediately eligible at another school as long as she’s released by her current school.

      Rick

  • Taylor

    I transferred from a d2 school back to a junior college in order to obtain a d1 scholarship. I have talked to my previous school asking for my tape in order to send out to other schools. My previous school says that they wont send me my tape. Is there anything that garenteess my right to my film from my previous D2 school?

    Thank you

    • Taylor,

      The NCAA rules don’t address this topic, so it is left up to each school to determine their policy on this (if they even have one).

      Rick

  • John

    Hello Rick,
    Im a student athlete here in Africa,I already a freshman is it possible for me to transfer or get a scholarship to play a year of juco basketball and get recruited to a division1 or 2 school,also is it possible I can play a postgraduate year before goin to college.Thank you

    • Hi John,

      This is certainly possible to transfer to a JUCO and play basketball. You’ll need to contact JUCO coaches and send them a DVD or website video to attract their attention. A postgraduate year is not feasible, though, if you’ve already started enrollment at a college there in Africa.

      You’ll need to plan to graduate from the JUCO with your Associates Degree, and make sure that you have earned sufficient credit hours in English and math courses (and also possibly science) to be eligible when you transfer from the JUCO.

      Rick

  • Dee

    Hey Rick,
    In the fall I will college sophomore looking to transfer to a D1-AA in the fall and walk on to the football team. Out of high school I was a D2 qualifier and a D1 non qualifier, I spent my freshman year at a community college getting 30 credits and a 3.0 playing no sports. The D1-AA school tranfer requirements are 2.00 and 24cred so I should be fine getting in. Will I run into problems when I get to school in the fall because I wasn’t a D1 qualifier out of high school? My grades in college have been fine.

    • Hi Dee,

      You will absolutely run into problems in the Fall at any Div. I school. Since you were a Div. I Non-Qualifier out of HS, you must graduate from the two-year college with your Associates Degree (and meet other academic requirements) in order to be eligible when you first arrive at a Div. I school.

      Rick

      • Dee

        What if I decided to just attended the school in the fall anyway, would I just not be eligible to play until I completed my 2nd year??

        • Dee,

          This would be OK if just NCAA rules are involved, but you will want to check the rules and policies of the school and conference that you will be attending. They may have rules in addition to the NCAA rules that might effect you.

          Rick

  • Mom

    Hello Rick,
    My daughter just finished her Freshmen year at a D1 school for track. She signed a NLI and fulfilled that. She will be receiving a contract soon for her Sophomore year. Before she signs it she is considering transferring to a D3 school but wouldn’t be applying for transfer until this fall so she would return in the fall to her current school with hopes of transferring to the D3 school for spring semester. How would that work with a contract and leaving the school for spring semester? Anything else we should look out for or other suggestions? Thank you!

    • Mom,

      Keep in mind that coaches at other schools (Div. III included) are required to obtain a “permission to contact” form, letter or e-mail from your daughter’s current school before they can talk with her about a transfer. Her coach may be reluctant to grant that permission at midyear if he/she has coached her all through the Fall, thinking she’ll be ready to go in the spring, but then learns that she is planning to leave at midyear.

      The signing of her scholarship agreement for this next year won’t have a direct effect on this, but could be another factor in making the coach less willing to provide her that “permission to contact.” In effect, he/she will be investing a scholarship in her for the Fall, without knowing that she has no plans to be around when the track season starts.

      Rick

      • Mom

        She hasn’t signed a contract for next year yet, so is it a problem if she were to contact a coach for information? I’m happy I asked because it seems very easy to innocently do something wrong. I think it would be helpful for Coaches to give athletes a list of all the rules. Thank you for your great response too!

        • Regardless of whether she’s signed for next year or not, coaches at other schools will need permission from her current school before they can discuss a possible transfer with her.

          Rick

  • Garrett

    Hi Rick,

    I attended a division 3 school last semester and grey shirted and decided that it was not the route I wanted to go so i came back home at the end of the semester and now at a Junior College looking to transfer to a division 1 school. Do I need my Associates degree now? I am trying to keep 3 years of eligibility at a division 1 school. I also don’t know if my clock has started since I wasnt on the junior college roster due to grey shirting i pretty much just went to school there for a semester. Is there any alternate route to leaving in a year instead of having to say two years at 2 junior college before getting a scholarship?

    • Hi Garrett,

      If you were a full-time enrolled student at both the NCAA Div. III school, and at the JUCO, you must stay at the JUCO (or attend another one) long enough to earn your Associates degree to be eligible when you enroll at a Div. I program.

      Your “five-year clock” started with your first full-time enrollment at any college institution.

      Rick

  • OTHMANE

    Hi Rick,
    I took my baccalaureate in june 2012 in morocco,and now i’m in france since september 2012 in a college,i’ll finish in june 2013 and i woul like to tranfer to university in USA.
    I have an ID number (ncaa),and now to complete the registration,the coach told me to send my trasncripts to the NCAA,but i don’t know what kind of document i have to send?transcripts from high school? and college? or just college? the problem is: we just have the marks of the first semester,they’ll give us the marks for the second semester in one month…
    Also about the test,the coach told me that i don’t have to pass my SAT because it’s a transfer?
    I have to send my papers to ncaa,but i don’t know the address?

    • Othmane,

      You will be considered a 4-4 transfer student, so no need to pass the SAT test at this point for NCAA eligibility reasons. However, you may need to take the SAT to satisfy a school’s admission requirements. Also, no need to send transcripts to the NCAA. Just have them sent to the admissions office of the US school you plan to attend.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • OTHMANE

    Rick,
    What is 4-4 transfer student? How can the NCAA know that it’s a transfer? because when i enter my ID Number in the ncaa eligibility center,there is a part for the score for sat and transcripts

    • Othmane,

      A 4-4 transfer is a student transferring from any four-year college to another four-year college. Almost every foreign institution is considered a four-year college for NCAA purposes. The NCAA will know by looking at the institution your transcript is coming from and by requiring you to indicate every high school or college you’ve attended.

      Rick

  • Team mom

    Hi I’m an athletes mom. My son attends charleston southern university goin on his jr year and plays football. They have recently signed a new head coach and finished spring ball and my son tells me that after spring ball they individual meetings to get feedback and in my son meeting the coach suggest that he start looking for other schools to transfer cuz he is goin to release him and is not giving a reason. My son says that the coach says and feels that he can’t play for him and he did not perform in spring football. So the new coach pulls his scholarship and says he can help,him go somewhere else basically telling my son he won’t play for him but he has been a member of this football team for two years and coach has never told him that he played as a true freshman and I don’t feel it’s right for my son to not have a scholarship his last two years all because he didn’t have a good spring. My question to you is: can a coach pull a scholarship for no reason at all and cause him to not attend school there anymore

    • Coaches can choose to not renew an athlete’s scholarship for the following year for almost any reason that they choose. However, if they don’t renew the scholarship, the school must provide the athlete with an opportunity to appeal that decision to a committee of university staff members from outside the athletic department.

      Rick

  • tricia

    Hi Rick

    My daughter is verbally committed to a D1 school for soccer. She is a junior in high school. We just found out that the head coach has left the college she was verbally given a scholarship for.

    Being that she is a 2014 hs graduate is the incoming coach and school obligated to honor her scholarship even if she will not be signing her NLI unti Feb 2014. I know there is some kind of rule but I wasn’t sure if that only applied to the 2013 recruits but they signed their NLI already.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Tricia,

      Because she has not signed a scholarship agreement or National Letter of Intent, there is no obligation on the school to honor the verbal scholarship offer. This would be true even if the head coach she committed to were still there.

      Rick

  • Donovan

    Hi Rick,
    My son is a baseball player at a D1 school. He got hurt during fall ball and red-shirted this year. He was informed that his scholarship is not being renewed and he needs to look for a new school. After he receives his written release is he able to transfer to another D1 school without sitting out a year? Where can he transfer without sitting out?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Donovan,

      As long as your son is in good academic standing at his current school, he should be able to transfer to any school other than NCAA Div. I and be eligible next year.

      Rick

  • Todd

    Hey Rick,

    So my son competed at a 4 year DI for his freshman year. He then transferred to another DI and sat a year in residence. He has since played the past 2 season at the school he transferred to.

    Here is the catch. Coming up on his Redshirt Senior year, the coach did not renew his scholarship leaving him without aid but with another year of eligibility.

    Is he able to transfer to another DI without consequence because his scholarship was cut? Or would he need to graduate from the current school?

    Todd

    • Todd,

      Because your son has already transferred once between Div. I schools, he will have to sit out a year if he transfers to a third Div. I school, even if he graduates. Graduating would, however, give him a chance to be immediately eligible at a Div. II school.

      Rick

  • Shaquille

    I played at a 4yr D3 school my freshman and then transferred to a D1 and sat a semester, i then transfered to a community college and sat another semester. Am I eleigible to transfer back to a d1 and if so how much time will i have to play?

    • As a 4-4-2-4 transfer, you’ll have to graduate from the two-year college with your Associates Degree in order to be eligible at a Div. I school. You have a “five-year clock” under Div. I rules to complete your eligibility.

      Rick

  • Laura Lee

    My son has just graduated high school and had committed to go to a Div III school to play football. No scholarship money, only grants. He was approached by a Juco to play baseball as a walkon, and this is what he would prefer to do. What steps should we take in making this adjustment…he has not yet begun classes at the Div III.

    Thank you.

    • Laura,

      I’m not sure any “official” steps need to be taken, other than that you might want to inquire whether you can get your admission deposit back from the Div. III school (assuming, of course, that you paid a deposit in the first place).

      Rick

  • bob

    What does this exactly mean? Award athletic financial aid to the extent of $10500 out of state tuition waiver with an equivalency not to exceed 38%.
    Does this mean a max of $10500 or is this an addition to the out of state waiver?
    the scholarship would me more valuable if she were awarded the out of state waiver.

    • Bob,

      Have been on vacation. Sorry for the delay in responding. That basically means that the maximum financial aid that is “countable” toward team financial aid limits won’t exceeed 38% of the value of a full scholarship. It is possible that other aid could be received as long as it’s not “countable” toward the team financial aid limit. Whether it is “countable” depends upon the type of aid it is, and the source of the aid.

      Rick

  • Marcus

    Hey Rick,

    I am currently a freshman at a d1-aa school ..I am on a full-ride football scholarship. However I always wanted to play d1-a ball. How do I go about transferring to a d1-a school after my freshman year?

    • Marcus,

      You must start by requesting a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from your current school before coaches at other NCAA schools can talk with you about a possible transfer.

      Also, because you are on scholarship at your current school, you won’t be able to be eligible in your first year at an FBS school. You should be able to practice with them during your “sit out” year, however.

      Rick

  • Barabara

    I have searched the internet and every website I can think of , but still havent found the answer. My daughter has been offered a scholarship for her junior year in college . currently there is not enough players to field a team. Should the college not be able to recruit other players ,would the school still honor the scholarship offered to my daughter?

  • Joe

    My Son got a Football scholarship at a Division 2 school fall 2011. He was red shirted his Freshman year. He transferred at semester to a D3 school January 2012 he practiced with the team but he sat out last fall 2012. He has 4 years of eligibility. If a D1 school offers him a scholarship for the 2013 football season. Can he Play right away if he gets permission from his D3 Coach to Transfer?

    • Joe,

      Because this would be his second transfer between four year schools, he would have to serve a year in residency at the Div. I school before he could be eligible to play.

      Rick

      • Joe

        That’s what I was afraid of.

        Thank you so much for your response!

        You are doing a Great Service to those of us that have difficulty figuring out the NCAA Rules.

  • Jack

    Rick: My son just told his coach he is not returning to a D1 school to play baseball. He finished his freshman year there on scholarship. By agreement he received a timely letter stating his scholarship is not going to be renewed and we do not plan to appeal. He is transferring to a Juco to play this coming year. He also was a medical redshirt this past year. The coach says he will get his redshirt but he has not received any documentation yet. My questions are: 1. Does he need to get a release from the D1 school to talk to other D1 now that his freshman year is over and the JUly 1 deadline as passed? 2. What steps does he need to take to insure he receives the medical redshirt and is there documentation regarding the same? He already has some other D1 schools interested in him and may wish to take some recruiting visits

    • Jack,

      1. Yes, “permission to contact” is still needed for him to talk with other Div. I coaches (at least until he is enrolled and officially attending classes at the JUCO this Fall).
      2. He should ask the compliance office at his school for a copy of the medical hardship waiver documentation that was submitted to the conference office, as well as a copy of the response from the conference office to the school.

      Rick

  • concernedathlete

    Hi Rick,

    Out of highschool I got a D1 football scholarship out of state. I got here two weeks ago and started some summer classes, been to some team meetings and practices but I just haven’t been happy here.

    I was wondering if it is too late to transfer back to my in-state university and what I need to do, as well as what I may encounter trying to transfer before the season has even started?

    Please help!
    Thank you.

    • Whether it is too late or not depends upon the admission deadlines of your in-state university. However, since you state that you got a Div. I FB scholarship, I assume that you also signed a National Letter of Intent.

      If that’s true, your first step is that you must request a release from your NLI commitment that you signed with the out of state school to attend there for at least one full academic year. If they don’t grant you a full and complete release, you will have restrictions and/or penalties if you enroll at the in-state university.

      Rick

  • Kassim

    Hi rick, im a full scholarship d1aa football player, who had been dismissed from my university after an altercation. Couldnt return in the spring, and im considering taking this fall semester off as well. Would it be possible to transfer to another d1aa school? It would be a fool year out of school and i would already have that season to sit under my belt. What are the chances of going back d1aa?

    • Kassim,

      The “sit out” year, or what is more accurately called the “year in residence” must be served while attending the school that you plan to participate at. In other words, not attending school for a year does not satisfy the requirement that you sit out for a year before you can be eligible at another school. You must attend that school for a year as a full-time enrolled student before you can be eligible to play in games. You may be able to practice with the team during the “year in residence” however.

      Rick

  • Zack

    Hey Rick,

    I had my college basketball decision narrowed down to two schools, a division 2 team that offered me a guaranteed walk on spot, and a division 3 team. I went with the division 3 team because it was a way better opportunity for playing time in my first 2 years. I also lightly considered an NAIA school where I got about 10% scholarship. Now that I am going to the D3 team for sure, which I am not completely sold on, and want to transfer after a year for a scholarship at D2 or NAIA, what do I do? Is it possible to explore scholarship options and then only leave if I know I can get a scholarship, or do I have to declare that I am for sure leaving then see if I can get scholarships. I just want to know all my options after year one because I don’t know how I will enjoy the college or the basketball program. Please email your response to me if possible!

    • Zach,

      You can find this info in our downloadable transcript, “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website.

      Rick

  • Kameryn

    Can a team and coaching staff find out what prior university you have played a sport for, if you don’t tell them.

    • Kameryn,

      Yes, they most likely can, in the same way that you may have found our website – through a search of the internet!!

      Rick

  • Colton

    I just finished my freshman year playing football for an NAIA school but recently decided to switch to a D2 to run track where I was recruited out of high school. The football coach is blocking me and saying that he won’t allow me to run there. I was borderline on the decision of leaving until he told me that. I figured he should want whats best for me as a college kid, not just whats best for a football team. What can I do to be able to run track?

    • Colton,

      You can still transfer to the Div. II school to run track, but without the release from the NAIA school, you’ll be ineligible during your first year at the Div. II school. You could still have 3 years of eligibility after sitting out next year.

      Rick

  • Francesca

    Hello, i’m from Italy and i’m not the recruiting process. I play tennis and i got a few offers by some colleges. i was wondering if i decide one university and i sign for the scholarship for that university, in case after the 2nd year i decide to change university i can? and in case how?

    • Francesca,

      It is possible to change your university after your 2nd year. The first thing you would need to do is request “permission to contact” from the coach at your first school before you could talk with coaches at other colleges about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Natavious

    Hey Rick , I’m going JUCO for football and I’m trying to transfer dec-jan if I’m not elgible out of high school is there any way I can still transfer first semester and be a mid year transfer ?

  • manny

    Hey, I graduated from a two year school. Played soccer my freshman year and redshirted my sophomore year. I have a score of 65 on act but need a 68 for D2 . Am eligible to play D2 and does the act score matter even I already have my Associates Degree?

    • Manny,

      The ACT score could make a difference in what you would be required to do to be eligible upon transfer from the JUCO, but there’s nothing you can do to change that now. The AA degree is an important factor, but there are also other factors, such as GPA, and the number of transferable degree credits you’ve earned.

      Rick

        • Manny,

          It appears that you should be able to be eligible as a 2-4 transfer given this information, but the school will utimately have to make the final decision.

          Rick

  • Don

    My nephew was recruited to play D1 baseball and D2 football. He decided to play D2 football because they will allow him to play baseball unlike the D1 baseball school as they would not allow him to play football. If he plays football this year and gets permission to speak with a DI football coach for the following year and receives a release will he be able to transfer to a D1 school and play right away. Also if he get redshirted for football(scholarship) but plays baseball(no scholarship) will he be able to transfer to a D1 school and play baseball. Also does he need permission from his football coach to speak with a D1 or D2 baseball coach.

  • Dan

    My son plays soccer at a D2 school on scholarship he played his freshman year and started his sophomore year but got hurt after 5 games we didn’t receive a medical redshirt so he lost that year so now it’s his junior year and the season is about to start but it looks like the coach is not gonna really play him so my question is when can he say he wants to transfer without losing his junior year of eligability is there so many games he can play before losing eligibilty

    • Dan,

      If your son plays even just one minute of a game this Fall, he will have used his 3rd season of eligibility. So, if he wants to treat this year as a “redshirt” year and save two years of eligibility, he should consider having that talk with his coach before the season starts. The potential downside to that is that the coach may try to remove him from the team (or take away his scholarship). Why would the coach want to invest a scholarship in an athlete who has already stated that they don’t want to play this year and want to transfer after the season is over?

      Rick

  • Jeanne

    Dear Rick, My son received a DII scholarship for football. The college is not in his home state. After attending the football summer camp he realizes that this school is not a good fit for him. He would like to transfer to a college in his state. What does he need to do and will there be restrictions? Is he allowed to go to a DIII school and play football this year? Thanks

    • Jeanne,

      Because he attended camp, he’ll need to ask permission from that school before he can talk with other NCAA schools about a possible transfer. He should be able to transfer to a Div. III school and play football this year.

      Rick

  • Craig

    My son is entering his senior year in school and has a partial baseball scholarship at a DII. He will actually be able to graduate in December. If he decides to graduate and not play baseball in the spring will he have to pay the fall portion of the scholarship back?

  • Maggie

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter played volleyball for a D3 college last year. She transfered this yr to our home town D2 school becasue of an illness in our family. She is not on a scholarship. She has realized that she made a huge mistake (and our family member is doing much better) and is considering going back. She is at the point where if she stays here she will probably not play next year. (Things are crazy). But if she is able to go back ot her D3 school, could she still play; will she have to sit out? Or is there anything her D2 school can do so she can play next fall?

    Thank you very much.

    • Maggie,

      Your daughter can be eligible when she returns to the Div. III school if the Div. II school can say, at the time of transfer back to the Div. III, that she would have been academically and athletically eligible had she stayed at the Div. II school.

      Rick

  • Mike

    Rick,
    My son accepted a D1 football scholarship and was red-shirted, he left that school and went to a D1AA. He has been there two years now and wants to transfer to another school. Can he transfer without penalty? Thanks

    • Mike,

      If he transfers to an FBS, FCS, or NCAA Div. II school, he will have to sit out for a year as a two-time transfer between four-year schools. He may be able to be eligible at NCAA Div. III, or an NAIA school.

      Rick

      • Mike

        What if he decides to go to a school and not accept a scholarship, does he have to sit out or would he be eligible imediately?

  • Mark

    Rick,
    I transferred from a D1 school to a d2 school to play football. I did not compete at the D1 school though. I plan on transferring back to my D1 school after the season because this school is just not the right fit for me. The D2 school is redshirting me because of a 4-6 week injury. I dont want to waste my redshirt at this school because I still want it intact for the D1 school im going back to. If i leave the team now will I still have my redshirt? how many years of eligibility will I have?

    • Mark,

      Because of the Div. I “five-year clock” and the fact that you didn’t compete in football at the Div. I school when you were there initially, it doesn’t matter whether you redshirt this year or not. If this is your second year of full-time college enrollment, you’ll only have 3 years left after this one in which to complete your eligibility.

      Rick

  • Jose

    Hello,

    I am a freshman, and I was wondering if there is any possible way I can transfer in my first year with a full/partial scholarship without having sixty units?

    • Jose,

      It would be possible if you were declared a Qualifier for Div. I by the NCAA Eligibility Center. If so, then you are not required to stay at a JUCO until you earn 60 credit hours and your Associates Degree.

      Rick

  • Tanya

    Hey Rick, my son is in his fourth year at his university and he plays football. He has a full ride but he was red shirt because of an shoulder injury last year. He has not been given a real chance on the field and he really only has this year and next year to prove himself before to late.we was wanting to know what are our options in him transfering and still playing this year being that the season has already started.

    • Tanya,

      If he’s already started attending classes for this semester as a full-time student, he’s got no shot at transferring elsewhere and still playing this year.

      Rick

  • john seth

    Hello rick,

    I’m currently a freshman playing at a div 1AA school and im trying to transfer to a div 1 school will i have to sit out a year?and will the scholarship money from my current school transfer to the div 1 school?

    • John,

      If you are on an athletic scholarship at the school, yes, you will need to sit out a year at a Div. I school, and no, the scholarship won’t follow you to the new school. If it’s financial aid from the government, maybe, but otherwise, no.

      Rick

  • Ben

    What if you have a cross country and track scolarship at a divion 2 school, but you want to transfer because you don’t like the environment. To another D2 school or maybe a D3.

    Can you transfer?
    Can you get the scholarship to follow?

    • Ben,

      You can leave at the end of the semester. But if you signed an NLI with your school that commits you to attend there for one full year, you’ll need to be released from your NLI commitment by your coach.

      Rick

  • Ben

    Okay, Thanks. If I do leave right now, Could I walk on to the other team and run?

  • briana

    I need some help. i’m at a JUCO to play soccer. however, I have torn my ACL and I’m on the road to recovery. I couldn’t tryout when the juco had their open tryouts, I sat there and talked to the coach. she no sport scholarship to give me, however she gave me academic money, which is good enough. I didn’t sign anything at all to confirm that Im going to finish my 2 yrs here. I plan on transferring next semester to a university and I have yet to tell me coach. im worried that she’ll take all my academic money away once I tell her. is it possible for her to do that?

    • Briana,

      If it is truly “academic” money, she should not be able to take it away, as long as you are still a student in good academic standing at your school.

      Rick

      • briana

        so as long as I didn’t sign no letter of intent, I am free to transfer to where ever and still continue to play the same sport at that school?

  • Brooke

    I need some advice. I’m a senior in high school and plan to attend college on a academic scholarship and a golf scholarship. I have several colleges looking at me and several offers, but I have no clue what I want to do with my life so it’s hard to make a decision on a school based on nothing haha. Is it bad to pick a school based on golf? Right now I’m thinking about going to a d1-aa and transferring to a d1, can I do that? Would I have to sit out a year? I wanna get some playing time and get better before I transfer but I don’t want to have to settle for a major in something bc I picked a school that doesn’t fit my wants later. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Brooke,

      Here are a couple of suggestions. One is that you can contact me for a private consultation to discuss your situation and your concerns and get answers to your questions. The other is that you may be interested in our new downloadable transcript titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits” which provides tips and advice for questions to ask and things to look for during a campus visit. It can be purchased from the Store of our website, and it will then be sent to you as a PDF attachment to an e-mail.

      Rick

  • Ryan

    Hi Rick,
    I am at a 4 year d1 university for xc and track and plan on transferring to another d1 university. I have used up 3 seasons of xc(because i am currently competing in jr year) and 2 of i/o track. If i quit track before i have competed, and it is the second semester: 1) can i rejoin the following year at the other institution and still have 2 more seasons left of track? 2) will i still earn the first semester’s scholarship because i quit after the first semester? 3)do i have to still ask for a release to talk to other coaches?

  • Taylor

    I am currently a freshman enrolled at a Division II college for baseball. The team is not what it was expected to be and I would like to transfer to another Division II college after this 1st year. With that said, would I have to sit out a year if I transferred to another college or could I transfer and start playing and how do I get approval from the coaches?

    • Taylor,

      It is not required that you sit out a year if you go to another Div. II school. You get approval from the coaches by asking them for “permission to contact” other schools. Be aware that when you do that, you may be removed from the team.

      Rick

  • Scott

    Hello. The NCAA site is so hard to use. Thank you for your help. I have a few questions regarding my daughter’s volleyball eligibility. Year 1, she played D1. Sophomore year transferred to D2 and played two years. At the end of her junior vb season, she suffered from injuries to her hip, shoulders, and right knee. In January, the coach told her if she can’t do the off season workouts she can’t be on the team. Physically unable to do the off-season workouts, she quit. Did not sign anything. Hip surgery was in April. Physical therapy on hip, knee, and shoulders. Still in rehab. She is hoping to play one more year, but not for that coach. What do we need to do? Everything is documented as far as medical/therapy concerns.

    • Scott,

      Because she has already transferred once between four-year schools, her options to be eligible next season at another school are either NCAA Div. III or NAIA, unless she can graduate from this Div. II school, and be eligible at another Div. II as a grad student.

      Even though she’s no longer on the team, she’ll still need to obtain “permission to contact” from this coach and school before she can talk with other coaches about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Ronald

    I’m a D1aa athlete if I get released from my school am I able to play at a D1 with out loosing a year

  • Nancy L

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter is at a D1 school playing soccer. She is on an academic scholarship and does NOT have any athletic money. She did sign a letter of intent her senior year of high school. She had a medical redshirt her freshman year and is currently in her sophomore year academically and on the team. Does she still need a permission to contact if she is considering a transfer to a D1 school that will NOT be giving her athletic money?

    • Nancy,

      Yes, any member of a team, regardless of their scholarship status at their current or future school, must receive “permission to contact” other four-year schools about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Kid

    Hey Rick,
    I am a freshmen at a D1-aa school running track and I feel like I made a bad decision not to follow my dreams of chasing football and I kinda want to transfer after my 1st year of college is done and chase my dream in college football. What do I have to go through and what if they have there own rules like you can’t transfer to a school that we compete against in the state? What should I do and how do I approach my coach before the season has started or do I wait till later after a few meets?

    • Kid,

      I suggest you wait until later after a few meets to ask for “permission to contact” other schools. More info is available in our downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be found in the Store of this website.

      Rick

  • Ja

    if I graduated high school and take a gap year off can I go to a post grad school after and still have 4 years of elig ibilty left for college

    • Ja,

      That will depend upon a number of things, including your sport, your competition history during the gap year, and during your post grad year, as well as your academic standing.

      Rick

  • Will

    Hello, I’m currently a D2 baseball player on scholarship. I’m looking to transfer to a D1 next year, for My senior year. Is it possible to transfer up?
    Thanks!

    • Will,

      Because you are on a baseball scholarship, if you transfer to a Div. I program, you will not be able to be eligible for games in your first year there.

      Rick

  • Concerned Family Memmber

    My nephew received a full sholarship to a D1 school for football and started the summer of 2013. He did not like the school and quit September 2013. Will he need to get permission from the coach to talk to other schools? If he does enroll at another school how long will he have to wait to play again?

    • Concerned,

      Yes, he will need to get permission from the coach to talk to other NCAA schools. If he transfers “laterally” to another school in the same division, he will be ineligible during his first year. If he transfers “down” a division, he could possibly be eligible in his first year at the next school, but he will need to be released from his NLI commitment to attend the Div. I school for one full academic year.

      Rick

  • Tyler

    I am currently a freshman at a Division II college on a scholarship for baseball. If I just recently injured my labrum and I see that I will have to take a redshirt at this college for the upcoming baseball season. Can I transfer next year to a division I school for baseball if I didn’t play at all here my freshman year? And what would I have to do to make that happen?

    • Tyler,

      You can certainly transfer to a Div. I school, but you won’t be able to be eligible in your first year there. To make that happen, the first thing you must do is approach your coach and ask for “permission to contact” other schools about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • tyler

    if I am a freshman at a DII college on a baseball scholarship and I recently injured my labrum. Is there any way I can transfer to a DI college and play if I get redshirted here because of my injury?

  • Carrie

    My daughter’s friend is confused on her situation: she played D1 softball for two years (fresh & soph). She transferred to another D1 program last year (junior) and sat out since the original coach did not give her the release. She thinks she still has two years of eligibility left. Did her junior year, the one she sat out with no release, count as her third year of eligibility and she only has one left? She believes that the year spent sitting out was just a waiting year, but didn’t count on her eligibility clock. I thought she would only have one year, this year, left of eligibility. Thanks!

    • Carrie,

      Your daughter’s friend is not confused, she is correct. When she sat out last year, that counts as her “redshirt” year, and she has two years of eligibility remaining.

      Rick

  • Lily

    My daughter is playing lacrosse at a Division 1 school. She is about six weeks into her semester and has been lifting for over a month, practicing for almost three and is in the middle of fall ball. She is unhappy and will transfer in the spring to a state school. If she were to quit in the middle of her semester, i.e now, not even halfway through offseason would she have to pay back her first semester scholarship ?

    • Lily,

      Depends upon the policies of the school. If she signed an NLI with the school, you’ll also want to review the NLI rules if she doesn’t complete a year there.

      Rick

  • Gejuan

    Do you still need to fill out applications and transcripts when you get a full scholarship in d1 schools

  • Robert

    Player enrolled at D1 for basketball as a walkon, decided to leave and ended up at a prep school. Does he have to complete a year of prep before accepting a potential d1 scholarship? Or can he leave right away.

  • Tyler

    I play baseball for a DII college and If I currently just got hurt and will be getting a redshirt for the upcoming season but was going to transfer next semester. Can I ask for the release from coach now without them taking my scholarship away being that this semester will be over in December.

      • Tyler

        If I ask him and they do take what would I have to pay back just the point from when I asked for the release to the end of the semester or the whole semester

  • Mike

    I am on a baseball scholarship at a Div.II 4 year school and finishing my first semester. I am not planning on returning and am planning on tranferring and not play. Will I have to pay back this semester’s scholarship?

    • Mike,

      As long as you complete the semester as a fully-engaged member of the team, doing everything that is asked of you, you should not have to pay back for this semester. However, that answer is ultimately left to the discretion of the school.

      Rick

  • Terry

    Hi, I am a red shirt freshman currently on a full scholarship at a D1 school. I want to transfer to a D2 school, so how do I go about doing that? Also, would there be any penalty if I don’t have permission to contact other schools but I already have called them? And what if my coach doesn’t give me permission to contact other schools?

    • Terry,

      If your coach doesn’t grant you permission to contact other schools, the school is required to provide you with a chance to appeal. If you’ve already called other schools before having permission, the only “penalty” is that your coach may deny your request if he/she learns that you contacted other schools without talking to him or her first.

      Rick

  • Garrett M

    I am currently enrolled at a 4 year NAIA school on a football scholarship and am flirting with the idea of transferring to a much closer and much less expensive D-II school to run track and field. I had a discussion with my coach about the permission note that was sent from the DII school and he seemed upset. Is it possible for him to reduce or even pull my scholarship because I am speaking to other schools? Thanks.

    • Garrett,

      If you were at an NCAA school, I would say that it’s not appropriate for the school to do that based only on your request to speak with another school. However, I’m not sure of the NAIA rules in that type of situation.

      Rick

  • My son presently plays for a D1 soccer team and is in his 4th season. He red shirted last season due to an injury so even though he will be graduating this year, he has one year of eligibility left. Although the coach has proposed he stay and do his masters at his present college and has offered money (verbally), he would like to go to a different school for his masters. Does he need to inform the coach that he would like to talk to other coaches since he is graduating anyway? Is there a waiting period?

    • Roger,

      He still needs to request “permission to contact” other schools even though he will be graduating, unless he is willing to wait on making contact until after he graduates next May or June.

      Rick

  • Amanda

    I participated at a D1 institution for swimming my freshman year of college. My sophomore year I got an injury that completely terminated my season in which I never competed in to begin with. There is a rule in D1 that says I have to declare a major by the end of my sophomore year. But I decided to transfer to a D3 institution this fall for swimming so I didn’t declare it at my D1 school because my first institution said I didn’t have to because I would have to redeclare it at my D3 institution. D3 doesn’t have the same rules. We are all confused as to what to do next.

    • Amanda,

      You don’t have to declare a major at your Div. III school unless it is required by the school or by their athletic conference. The standard for “satisfactory academic progress” for Div. III is however it is defined by your school for the general student body.

      Rick

  • Vontez

    Hi, I am a student at a D3 institution and I am looking into transferring after the first semester to a D1 institution. What are the steps I should take in doing that? I already registered myself with the NCAA Eligibility center. Can I play in the upcoming semester to that D1 institution that I am trying to attend that semester? Should I wait until I finish the whole semester?

    • Vontez,

      If you were not considered as a “recruited athlete” to your school, it will be possible to be eligible next Fall at a Div. I program if you meet the academic requirements for a transfer. However, if you are considered as “recruited” you will have to attend a Div. I school for two semesters before you can be eligible to play in games.

      Rick

      • Vontez

        I am a recruited athlete for the d3 school. So I wouldn’t be able to play until Fall of 2015? What if I transfer from the D3 institution to the D1 institution after finishing one full year at the d3 institution? Would I still have to wait 2 semesters before being eligible to play in games?

        • Vontez,

          I should have clarified my answer to your first question. If your sport is baseball, basketball, or football, then yes, you will have to wait two semesters before being eligible for competition.

          Rick

  • Victor

    Hello Rick,
    I am currently a student at a DII baseball program and I have some confusion on what I exactly need to do to contact the coach, and how to properly transfer to a DI program, so if you could please contact me back it would be greatly appreciated, just would like the correct information on how I can properly approach this situation.
    Thank you, Victor

    • Victor,

      You can learn what you need to know by purchasing our downloadable transcript, “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be found in the Store of our website.

      Rick

  • John Smith

    I am currently a preffered walk on specialist at a division 1 football program. I have already played this year, so I still have my redshirt year. I am not entirely happy at the school I am at right now, and I have been thinking about transferring. There are a certain few schools I have in mind that I would like to transfer to, but I wish I could find out if any of them were interested before I would ever consider asking to transfer. How can I find out from these schools if there is any interest? Could I have a parent or coach talk to the universities before I ask to transfer to gauge their interest?

    • John,

      I have some strategies I can share with you about that, but you’ll need to contact me directly for a one-on-one paid consultation.

      Rick

  • Dayna

    Hi Rick,

    I am considering transferring from my D2 women’s soccer school after this fall semester and am looking to return home and not play soccer anymore. Do I have to pay back my scholarship for the spring semester since I will be transferring and not playing on the team for the full year?

    Thanks,
    Dayna

    • Dayna,

      You shouldn’t have to pay back your scholarship as long as you complete this semester as a fully-participating member of the team through the end of the season.

      Rick

  • Tanesha

    Hi Rick,

    I have a son who is in his 2nd year of football at a D2 university. He received a medical redshirt his freshman yr due to a knee injury. He is on full scholarship. He has a 3.5 GPA so far. He wants to transfer to a D1AA university who offered him a full scholarship his senior yr in high school. He doesn’t want to ask permission to talk to other schools because he is playing and he doesn’t want backlash from the current coaches if they find out he is leaving. As a parent, am I allowed to contact other schools? Also I read somewhere that with his GPA, he would not have to sit out a year. Is this true? Any additional advice for me would be greatly appreciated.

    • Tanesha

      Sorry I keep thinking of questions: Would he be eligible for the one time transfer waiver and eligible to play immediately if he moves up divisions?

        • Tanesha

          Thank you so much for your quick response! Can u give me a quick synopsis when the one time xfer waiver could be used? We are trying to make an informative decision..so basically his only option for moving from D2 to D1AA is to sit out a year and lose a year of eligibility (he has used his medical redshirt already)?

          • Tanesha,

            His options, if he doesn’t want to sit a year, are to transfer laterally to another Div. II school, or to a Div. III or NAIA school.

            Rick

  • Jeff

    I am a DIII football player looking to transfer to a DI school. I understand that the DI coaches need permission to speak with me from my current school. However, I am confused on how that happens…will the DI school contact my current school? Or do I have to get the notice of permission and pass it along?

    Thank you,
    Jeff

  • James

    Ok I had a full ride scholarship at D1AA school To play football I came here did Camp and everything but about Mid way through the season I left the team I was wondering is there a way I can transfer Still through football and play Maybe D1 or D2 ?!?! I know If I transfer D1 I have to sit out a year ! Please Help !

    • James,

      It will be possible for you to be eligible upon transfer to a Div. II school (or an FCS school that doesn’t offer scholarships) if you are released and meet the academic requirements for a transfer. The first step is to receive permission from your school to talk with other four-year schools about a transfer. Permission isn’t necessary if you’re willing to go to a JUCO and then be re-recruited by four-year schools.

      Rick

      • James

        So Even though I Left the team I Still have to request permission ?! And if granted how Do I Start the Process of contacting other schools ?

        • James,

          Since you were part of the team earlier, you will still need to request permission, and other schools will want such permission and a transfer questionnaire answered by your current school to confirm that you’re no longer part of the team.

          Once permission is granted, you can contact the other schools by phone or e-mail. They will want to receive confirmation of the permission, whether that is through an e-mail that you forward to them, or via a form or e-mail sent directly from your current school.

          Rick

          • James

            Ok my last question How does the transferring of the scholarship works ? I had a full ride so I was wondering

  • Lance

    Rick,
    If a player wants to transfer from one JC to another JC, does he need a release from his current coach? Thank you for all your help.

    Dad

    • Lance,

      He’ll need an NJCAA Transfer Waiver, as well as an NJCAA Release Agreement to be released from his scholarship commitment (assuming that he was on scholarship).

      Rick

  • Andy

    Hi Rick,

    I’m on a scholarship at a D2 school playing tennis. I am looking to transfer to D1 as I would have attended a D1 school but I was ineligible due to having taken 12 months out of education instead of 6. Any advice on how to go about getting released from my current school but especially how to go about looking at and/or contacting D1 schools would be greatly appreciated! Obviously I am in a different situation to when I was looking to get recruited to D2 and any advice on how to go about it would be great.

    Thank you,

    Andy

    • Andy,

      You probably already know that coaches at Div. I schools can’t discuss a possible transfer with you until you receive a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from your current school.

      I’d be happy to describe and walk you through all the steps of the transfer process, if you want to contact me directly for a paid consultation. My contact info can be found on our website.

      Rick

  • Thomas

    Rick,

    My son is currently a freshman attending an NAIA school playing baseball. He is not happy with the program. If he left the school to go to a juco
    at the end of this(fall) semester, is he eligible or what would he have to do. Can he contact a juco? He was not recruited nor receive any baseball scholarship.

    Thanks,

    Thomas

    • Thomas,

      He can contact a JUCO. To be eligible next semester, I believe he will need to complete this semester and earn at least 12 semester credit hours with at least a 2.00 GPA. However, my primary expertise is with NCAA rather than NAIA or JUCO rules, so you should contact a local JUCO to confirm.

      Rick

  • Christian

    Rick,

    My son plays for a D1 hockey program and has been there for an entire year and only played in the exhibition games. Those games don’t count towards the schedule or the season and he ended up redshirting last year too. Now he hasn’t played in a game this year yet either. Since he hasn’t played an actual game for the program would he still have to sit out a year if he wanted to transfer?

    Thanks,

    Christian

    • Christian,

      If he is on a hockey scholarship at, or was recruited to, his current school, then he will have to sit out a year if he transfers to another Div. I program. If he transfers to a Div. III program, he would have the chance to be eligible without the requirement to sit out his first year.

      Rick

  • Nino

    im a freshman in college and attend a community college i am planning on transferring after my first year and didnt play basketball this year is it possible for me to be a walk on at a D1 school and qualify to play

  • Kristy

    I am a junior at a D1 college and I was a gymnast. I did gymnastics frshman year and competed in almost every meet. My sophomore year I got injured and had a surgery and was forced to medical for my Junior and senior year. I have since then recovered from my injury and have realized that I am still capable of doing gymnastics and some doctors tell me it is okay for me to do so, but my school doctor still says I cant. I was wondering that if I were to transfer to another school D1/D2 if I would be able to do gymnastics at another school for my last year or if this was not possible b/c of the medical scholarship I was forced to take? Please tell me what ya think!

    Kristy

    • Kristy,

      That is definitely possible, as long as you meet the academic eligibility requirements as a 4-4 transfer.

      Rick

      • Kristy

        Thank you, I really appreciate your answer! I have one more question. I changed my major this semester to Athletic Training and now I am no longer eligible. If I changed my major back to what I had it before would I still be able to transfer? I wouldn’t be able to change it back until next semester now.

        • Kristy,

          As long as you are meeting all of the academic requirements to be eligible other than your percentage of degree requirement, you should be able to be eligible at another school.

          Rick

  • Alan

    We have questions about redshirting and transferring. Our student athlete was a D2 early signee in his senior year. Right before his freshman year the coach was fired and the new coach brought in all his own recruits. Therefore our athlete was bumped down the roster. He did however get minutes and decent stats his freshman year. At the end of the year, however, he was released. Hours after his release he was picked up by another D2 school. After going through the extensive pre season (and setting records) he has again been told that he is down on the roster. Because academically the school is not a good fit for him also, we are looking to transfer. Our questions are: If he doesn’t play in any games, can this year be looked at as if it were a redshirt year. Or should we ask for a redshirt in order to keep our one-year exemption? In other words will he still have 3 years of eligibility left and be eligible to play upon transferring? What if he leaves half way through the year? (He has a sport as well as academic scholarship-45 credits (after this semester) and a GPA of 3.5). Last questions: How would he go about walking on another D2 school? Would he have to sit out for a year? What if he attended the school for a year and then walked on? And would it be a good idea to attend a junior college for a year first? Thank you for your answers!

    • Alan,

      Given your number of questions, please contact me directly to schedule a private consultation. My contact info is on the About Us page of our website.

      Rick

  • Brooke

    I play division 1 volleyball and I am a jr transfer. I am on full ride and I have 2 questions:

    What are the rules of red shirttig? I have played one point in the second weekend of season. Is there any way I can red shirt? I want to play beach volleyball in grad school.

    Are full ride scholarships full year? Say I were to quit during fall season, would I still have scholarship in the spring?

    Thanks
    Brooke

    • Brooke,

      To answer your questions:

      1. If the match you played in was a regular season game (not an exhibition game), then it’s too late to redshirt.
      2. If you quit during this semester, it is unlikely that you’ll have your scholarship in the spring. The NCAA rules give the school the right to immediately cancel your scholarship if you voluntarily quit the team.

      Rick

      • Brooke

        What is considered regular season? Is it conference play or any scheduled play?

        Thanks
        Brooke

        • Brooke,

          “Regular season” is any game that qualifies a team for the chance to participate in post-season play. Exhibitions and scrimmages don’t count toward post-season qualifying.

          Rick

  • Felipe

    Hi,

    I played on a junior college last season, my freshman year. This season Im just going to school though, if I wanna transfer to a NCAA D2 next spring or fall do I lose a year of eligibility because I sat down for a year? So unless of having 3 years Id have just 2??

    Thanks ,

  • Mark

    Hi,

    I am currently a freshman in college and playing on my schools JV basketball team. I never signed a letter of intent to play. I was curious if there were certain things I can and can not do in order to transfer. Also, I wanted to know if it counted as a year to eligibility.

    Thank you

    • Mark,

      If you play in JV games against other schools, it will most likely count as a year of eligibility used up. You should talk with your coach about a possible transfer at the end of the season, or you can contact me directly for more detailed info via a consultation.

      Rick

  • Scott

    My Son is playing football at a FCS school. Played as a freshman in the fall of 2010. He withdrew for the spring term(spring 2011) taking 3 credit online within the same school. The fall of 2011 he took 12 credits at our local community college (no football program). He returned back to the same FCS school for the fall of 2012 but had to sit out due to grades. Now back on the team for the fall 2013 season he is finding very little playing time after being off for the 2011 & 2012 seasons. He wishes to transfer to a DII or DII program for the fall 2014 season. My questions..Will he have to graduate from the current school in order to play right away in 2014? His current school has him listed as a Senior, but he should have a redshirt year left being that he played and started on game during his freshman year. Can we use the fall 2012 season as that redshirt season (had to sit due to grades)? If he moves down to DII or DII will he have two seasons or Just one?

    • Scott,

      He won’t have to graduate to play in 2014. Fall 2011 or 2012 could be considered his redshirt year. He has a max of 10 full-time semesters of enrollment in which to use his four seasons of eligibility.

      Rick

  • Alyssa

    I currently swim at a D3 school. I would like to transfer to a D1 school and walk on to the team.( I know i would be able to walk on because the team has published walk on times that one would have to achieve to walk on and I’ve exceeded those times.) Since I am not being recruited by the D1 team, do I still need to get written permission to transfer?
    Thanks
    Alyssa

    • Alyssa,

      Yes, since you are a member of the team at your Div. III school, you’ll still need “permission to contact” before coaches at the Div. I school can talk with you about a possible transfer.

      Rick

      • Alyssa

        Thank you for your help, how would I get permission? To whom would I file my written request?
        Thanks again,
        Alyssa

        • Alyssa,

          You should start by talking with your coach, but the actual written request should go to your Athletic Director, or an Asst. Athletic Director responsible for the NCAA rules at your school.

          Rick

  • Matt22

    I currently play division1 football at a school and I am a freshman. I want to transfer to maybe a d1aa school back in my home town to play earlier. I am on a full scholarship and the school I want to go to offered me before I committed here. How should I approach this? I really need help. Thank you!

    • Matt,

      Your first step is to request “permission to contact” from your current school so that you can discuss a possible transfer with an FCS school.

      Rick

  • Nicole

    Hi Rick,
    Whew! Where do I begin? My son received a athletic scholarship for the 2013-2014 season at a D1 school. He also received a academic scholarship for his GPA. He graduated in summer 2013 from a JC. 4 days prior to leaving the state to go to his D1 school(last Aug) he was informed from the school that he was lacking English credits for NCAA requirments, therefore needing to take the clept test(without essay, as this is what he school advisor instructed him he needed. He took Eng 1a at the JC so it as only credits that were needed). He took the test and passed, leaving for the school the same day. He currently is in his 3rd month in classes at the D1 and has been practicing as part of the team. He was informed yesterday, that he told to take the wrong clept test. Apparently he should of taken the one with essay. Now, he is being told he needs to do a 10-12 page research paper, due Dec 6th and if he fails, he will lose his scholarship and eligibility for the spring. My son has worked so hard both physically and academically to obtain this scholarship. I feel that the school should be taking accountability but instead my son is the one taking the “hit”. What are our options? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • Nicole,

      We should discuss his options in a private consultation. Contact me directly so we can schedule a call. My contact info is on the About Us page of our website.

      Rick

  • Kristy

    If I have a medical scholarship now and i start talking to other schools that i would like to transfer to, will i lose my medical scholarship? Please let me know.
    Thank you!!
    Kristy

    • Kristy,

      They can’t take away your medical scholarship just because you’ve asked to start talking with other schools.

      Rick

  • Dave

    Hi rick,
    I am currently a RS Sophomore on the field and a senior in the classroom at a FBS school and I am looking to transfer as a graduate transfer. I am unsure on how to go about the process. I was told that some FCS conferences do not accept graduate transfers such as the ivy and patriot Leagues. Is this true? Also, would asking for a permission to contact seal my fate at my current school?

    • Dave,

      While I have no first-hand knowledge, I have heard that some conferences don’t accept graduate transfers. You certainly don’t want to ask for permission to talk to other schools before your current season ends, as that could be the end of your playing time.

      Rick

  • Ryan

    Hi Rick,

    I run track at a Divsion 1 school on nearly full financial-aid with no scholarship. I am expecting to red-shirt this season. I am interested in transferring to another D1 school. When is a good time to ask my current coach for the release form to talk with other schools? When should I begin talking with other universities and their coaches? How will the financial aid transfer from my current school to another?

    • Ryan,

      If you think there’s any chance that you might be competing this Spring, I suggest that you not request your “permission to contact” until toward the end of the season. Coaches at other Div. I schools can’t talk with you about a possible transfer until they receive the “permission to contact” from your current school.

      The answer to your financial aid question will need to be answered by the Financial Aid Office at your school.

      Rick

  • Jimmy

    If a Student athlete attends a NAIA school on a partial scholarship to play football and cannot affor to pay the rest of the money for the semester or year can the head football coach give him more money in scholarship money in the middle of the season or that time to help fund his education for the year or semester?

    • Jimmy,

      I am uncertain if this is possible under the NAIA rules. I can tell you that if this were an NCAA school, providing more scholarship money in the middle of the year would only be possible in very limited situations.

      Rick

  • Casey

    I am a diver. At the end of this semester I will have been going to a Junior college full time for a year and a half. I completed my 2013 spring season. I want to red-shirt next season, then compete again in spring 2015. (I have my academic plan sorted out to keep me academically eligible for spending 3 years at a JC.)
    Here is my dilemma. I want to transfer to another JC in California starting next semester, and red shirt there. However the rules of the CCCAA (California Community Colleges Athletic Association) state that for an athlete to compete in that situation, they must have 12 units done during residency/being at that different JC.
    Since I will be red-shirting, does this rule not apply to me? Or do I have to be eligible academically even to red shirt?
    Thank you!!

    • Casey,

      My expertise is with NCAA rules, and I’m not familiar with the CCCAA rules. However, two general rules to keep in mind (there may be more that I’m not aware of for the CCCAA), are that you must be enrolled as a full-time student during any semester you plan to practice or compete for your school, and you usually must have earned at least 12 credit hours during the preceding semester that you plan to compete with at least a 2.00 GPA.

      Rick

      • Casey

        Thank you so much! One last quick question…
        I will have earned 16 units this semester, which precedes spring 2014 wherein I want to redshirt. Does that count? Or do I have to complete those preceding units at the other school I want to redshirt at?

  • Joshua

    I am going to a division 2 and playing for the basketball team next year, no scholarship. Is it capable for me to be looked at by a division 1 coach and transfer to play division 1.

    • Joshua,

      Division I coaches don’t recruit from Division II schools. They’re not allowed to under NCAA rules. If your goal is to get to a Div. I school, it would be better for you to go to a JUCO first.

      Rick

  • James

    Do I go through the athletic director to start the process of getting released from my athletic scholarship, If not wanting to go through the head coach?

    • James,

      You’ll need to go through the head coach. Most athletic directors will tell you that they won’t approve a release until you have spoken with the head coach.

      Rick

  • Jamie

    Hi Rick,
    Our daughter had decided she did not want to play basketball in college at the beginning of her high school senior year so she has been attending college without playing at all. She was being recuited before that, but she never entertained any offers. Now, she is missing it terribly and is trying to transfer to a DII school for 2nd semester. At this point she would be happy with a walk-on spot. Is she eligible? Can she earn a scholarship for the following year? Her grades and ACT are good enough to get a sizable academic scholarship so $ isn’r really the issue. She misses the competition.

    • Hi Jamie,

      Depending upon your daughter’s academic standing (her GPA and her number of credit hours that would be transferable to the Div. II school), it would be possible for her to be eligible. It would also be possible for her to earn a scholarship for the following academic year.

      Rick

  • lola

    Hi Rick,

    My son is a D1 football scholarship athlete in the Pac12. He is a redshirt freshman and wants to transfer to another D1 school on scholarship. If he asks his school permission to contact after this season, can they take away the rest of his scholarship for this coming Spring Quarter? We are worried about timing and the consequences. Does he have to ask prior to signing his renewal scholarship for the next year? He is concerned about losing his scholarship this year and not being able to get a new scholarship at a new D1 school. Can he leave and start at a new D1 school this Spring so he can participate in Spring practice? If so, does that not allow him the opportunity to be on scholarship at the new school that quarter? Can a coach allow him to transfer with conditions, like not allowing him to play in Pac12 or other conferences? Can you petition? Also, the one-time transfer waiver, what are the rules on that? He has a high GPA.

    Also, If he transferred to an Ivy League Program, does he have to sit out a year? This is all so confusing! Thanks!

    • Lola,

      Given the number of questions that you have, it would be best if we discuss your son’s situation in a private consultation. If this is of interest, contact me directly to schedule a time to get together by phone.

      Rick

  • Adrian

    My daughter plays basketball at a D2 school. She is disappointed in her playing time going into her junior season. She has played in an exhibition game but not a regular season game. If she transfers will she lose a year’s eligibility because she played in an exhibition game? will she be able to transfer to a D1-A or D1-AA school.

    • Adrian,

      Your daughter has triggered this year as a season of eligibility used by playing in the exhibition game. She can transfer to a Div. I school, but will not be able to be eligible in her first year of enrollment if she is on a basketball scholarship at her current school, or was recruited to the school.

      Rick

  • Ryan

    Hi Rick,
    I’m at a division 1AA school and am looking to get a better education at a liberal arts school that is D3. I have talked to two schools but they have both informed me I need a release form. If I get this release form am I still on the team or can I not practice anymore? Also do you think the coach would frown upon this?
    Thanks

    • Ryan,

      That depends upon your coach. Some coaches are OK with it, while others have been known to kick you off the team if you’re not fully committed to your current school.

      Rick

  • Jenny

    Hello,
    I ahve this kind of situation:
    I used to play tennis in first div during my first year!
    But i played just fall over there because i got injury!
    So school payed for me my spring semester!
    After that i got kick out from my team because of the injury! So my second year i payed for same school two semester by my own!
    And my third year I transfered for school Div II and i played again just fall and i dont really like this school! SO probably I’ll pay my spring semester by own again!
    And on my next year i again want to transfer for another school – I guess Div I or maybe Div II again!
    Do you think its possible to transfer again?

    • Jenny,

      It is possible to transfer again to another school, but depending upon where you transfer to, you may not be eligible to compete at that school until after you have attended there for one full year first.

      Rick

  • Keith

    Hello Rick,
    My son signed a NLI to play baseball for a D1 school. He is a freshman and in his first Fall Semester. He has had been told that he would not play until maybe his Jr year and he should consider going to play at a JUCO school if he wants to play. The coaches are helping him find a JUCO school to play at and has received multiple offers already. Here are my questions: 1. If he plays JUCO in the Spring will he be able to go to another D1 school next fall? 2. Could he transfer to another D1 school after this Fall semester and plAy in the Spring? If he plays JUCO this Spring will he be eligible for the draft?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Keith,

      To answer your questions:

      1. He could go to another Div. I next Fall after a JUCO this Spring, but can only be eligible next Fall if he can graduate from the JUCO with his Associates Degree.
      2. No.
      3. Yes.

      Rick

  • Sarah

    Hey Rick, I’m a swimmer at a division 1 school. I’m not happy with my choice, and I don’t want to stay here. I’m not even planning on making it through the end of the season, I talked with my coach and we mutually agreed that it’s just not a good fit for me here. He gave me a release, and I no longer train with the team or compete for them. There’s not really any animosity…I just didn’t like being in the program and they didn’t like having me.

    I have about 5 weeks left until I move back home, but I would like to start talking to schools next week, trying to get into another program next fall (which, with a release, is the earliest I could compete for another team). ‘I still need a copy of my release. I’m wondering if I need the school to send out permission to contact to other schools directly, or if I can get a letter or something from my current school to send out myself.

    Additionally, I know if I transfer to the quarterly school I’m looking at, I won’t be able to enroll until spring quarter. I’m wondering if I can still legally train with the team and then enroll spring quarter and train with them then, but not have it count as a redshirt period? Or is that something just up to the coach?
    If I transfer to a non quarter system school, I don’t think I will be able to enroll, so I’d just be working and hopefully training with the team if the coach/school/ncaa will allow it.

    • Sarah,

      Whether the school sends out the permission to contact to other schools, or whether they give you a copy you can send out yourself is up to the school.

      Also, as far as training with the team at another school, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at that school in order to be able to practice with them.

      Rick

  • Tom

    Hi Rick,
    I’m playing soccer at a D2 school but I want to transfer to a D1 school to play club instead. Is it possible for me to leave the school I’m at now, after the semester if I am on scholarship?
    Thanks
    Tom

  • Bobbie

    I am currently playing basketball at a jr college and my coach and I really doesn’t get along at all and he doesn’t make it easy for me to do my job as a basketball player at all. I am curently sitting out because of a back issue and I am going to try to redshirt, and I was wanting to transfer to another jr college next year. Is it illegal to begin to talk to other jr college coaches about me playing for them the following year?

    • Bobbie,

      According to the NJCAA rules, and because your sport is basketball, which crosses from the Fall semester to the Spring semester, you can’t contact another JUCO until this academic year has ended.

      Rick

  • Zach

    Hi Rick,

    I am currently a junior at a D1 university and I am interested in trying out for the football team. Seeing that I have already completed two years, and by the time try outs come around I will have three complete, will that take away from my eligibility at all?

    • Zach,

      NCAA Div. I schools follow a rule called the “five-year clock.” Because you’re a junior, you’ll have at most two years of eligibility available because your “clock” will run out.

      Rick

  • Dierra

    I go to a D2 school. It’s my Senior year. I played 4 non conference game. Will I be able to transfer to University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, a D1 school,? Will i still have my eglilbilty for my Senior year?

    • Dierra,

      Assuming your sport is basketball, you can’t transfer to any Div. I school at midyear and be immediately eligible for the second semester.

      Rick

  • P

    I played d3 football my first year in college. I transferred to a d2 school and I’m thinking about playing football as a fifth year senior. Would I have 3 years left to play ? I will be enrolled in school for another couple years to obtain my masters as well.

    • P,

      You didn’t say how many semesters you’ve been enrolled in college, but be aware that there is a “ten-semester rule” for NCAA Div. II or III that limits your eligibility to four seasons within the first 10 semesters that you’re enrolled as a full-time student at any college.

      Rick

  • Quneton

    Hey rick
    I graduated in 2011 i havent played college football yet. I came outta high school unelgible! But i am now in a small university i was wondering if i got accepted into a D1 school as a student does that automatically make me elgible to try out for football

    • Quneton,

      That would not automatically make you eligible to try out for football, as it will depend somewhat on your academic performance at your current school.

      Rick

  • Dk

    Hi Rick,

    I’m a freshman playing d3 soccer (although I received a d1 offer but turned it down because of money/in state-out if state issues), looking to transfer to a specific school, which happens to be d.1, I already informed the coach (and the athletic director knows, asked me to have a meeting with him) that I was transferring and left the team. Do I need to get written permission to talk to them if its a d3 and I’m no longer on the team?
    Thanks

    • DK,

      Coaches at the Div. I school are not permitted to talk with you about a possible transfer until they receive a written or e-mailed form or letter granting them “permission to contact.” This still applies to you because you were a team member during the season.

      Rick

  • Ray

    I have a few questions. I am a freshmen football player at the D2 level. Is there any penalties for transferring to an NAIA school. Also can a school take my scholarship money away from me for the term if I quit their team before the term ends but after the season

    • Ray,

      The school does have the right to take away your scholarship if you quit the team. If you transfer to an NAIA school, your eligibility there will depend upon your academic performance at your current school.

      Rick

      • Ray

        So if I am to ask my coach for a transfer request before Christmas break I will not lose my athletic scholarship for this term?

  • Tom

    My daughter played her freshman year in d-3 basketball.She decided to sit out her second year.This year she is playing again.will she still have two more of eligibility left.she is still at the same school.thanks

  • Michael

    I am at a JC college as a Freshmen, playing soccer in Washington. I dislike it very much and want to transfer. I was thinking about going to a local NAIA school in Oregon for a year to play then transfer out of state to D1 or D2 in California the following year as a junior. Is that possible? What bumps or roadblocks would I face. I am good standing with high school/college grades and credits.

    • 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

  • Rena

    Rick,
    My daughter is going to be offered a partial scholarship to a DII school. How long will we have to decide on the offer, because we are also interested in some D3 schools but we wont have word on acceptance until the end of the year, let alone financial aid. Also if she changes her mind before she enrolls for next fall and wants to attend the D3 school can she do that? Thanks

    • Rena,

      If your daughter’s decision is between a Div. II school and one or more Div. III schools, she can go ahead and sign the Div. II offer. That’s because Div. III schools don’t use the National Letter of Intent since they don’t offer athletic scholarships. So, she can sign an NLI with the Div. II school, and still decide to go to a Div. III school.

      She’ll have about a week to decide.

      Rick

  • Ken

    Rick,

    I just recently asked my coach for permission to contact and he said he would think about it. What are my options if he doesn’t give me permission, aka says “no”? Can he do this?

    -Ken

    • Ken,

      Depending upon what division of school you’re attending, you may have an appeal opportunity available to you.

      Rick

  • antonio

    Hello I have 2 questions. My brother is just finishing his red shirt freshman year for football at a d1aa school. I know he has 3 years left. The coach has told him he doesnt see him getting on the field because he is not athletic enough. Coach says he is a great kid on the deans list hardest worker in the weight room best blocking receiver on the team and can catch but not athletic enough. When we first meet with the coach he said the only way to lose a scholarship would be because of a disciplinary action on the kids part. But his position coach who feels he is good enough to play says he should look at transferring because the head coach is not gonna give him a shot. Can they just take away his scholarship? And if so how do you go about trying to get another scholarship from a different team.

    • Antonio,

      Given what you say the coach has said about the type of person your brother is, it would be hard for them to take away his scholarship in the middle of the year, but the coach can choose not to renew it for next year.

      Your brother should request permission to contact other schools and perhaps the position coach will put in a good word for him with other programs.

      Rick

  • Allen

    My son was an enrolled freshmen on a D1 track team this semester. He decided not to finish out the semester and take a gap year and left early. Can he enroll into another D1 school next school year and receive scholarship and if so would he still be regarded as a freshmen?

    • Allen,

      Since your son didn’t finish out the semester and won’t earn any credit hours for this term, he won’t be eligible to compete or to receive a scholarship at another Div. I school until he has attended that school for one full academic year.

      Rick

      • lorin

        I have similar question.
        If a div 1 xc/track and field athlete competes and completes their first 1.5 years, (3 full semesters) and then wants to take a semester off in the spring 2014, will the athlete be eligible to compete in the fall at another 4 year college assuming they get a release from their existing college. In addition can the athlete run “unattached” on their own during the spring 2014 while searching for a future college.

        • Lorin,

          It would be possible for the athlete to do both of the things you’re asking about in your post.

          Rick

  • Christian

    Hi Rick, I am a red-shirt sophmore (on athletic scholarship) at my current division 2 school for baseball, and I am looking to transfer out after this academic school year to another division 2 or NAIA school. My question is: If I choose to not play this season will I lose this year of eligibility? So, if get my release form from my coach and finish the year at the school I’m currently at (without playing), then transfer to a new school next year, will I still be considered a red-shirt sophmore on the field at the new school I transfer to? And what is the process to make this possible? Do I quit the team? Get my release form? Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Hope to hear back from you soon.

    • Christian,

      Given the nature of your situation and your questions, I think it would be best if you contact me directly for a private consultation. My contact info can be found on the “About Us” page of our website.

      Rick

  • Teema

    Hey Rick, I had a few questions for you. I am a freshman basketball player at a D1 school that is about 15 hours away from home. Not only do I miss my family, but also the coach that recruited me, and happened to be from my hometown left and went to coach at another D1 school. There was much talk about how I was the “blue chip” player and how there was a very good chance of not only seeing floor time, but also starting. Now, neither has happened and I’ve played 9 minutes total in the past 8 games. I would like to try and transfer to another D1 closer to home and I understand that I would have to redshirt and everything, but at the same time, I don’t know how to A. get the word out to colleges back at home that I am looking to transfer. B.talk to my head coach here about wanting to transfer without cutting off this college just incase there are no colleges willing to take me in. If you could give me some Ideas that would be great. Thanks for your time

    • Teema,

      I have some ideas that I’d be glad to discuss with you. Contact me directly for a consultation. My contact info can be found on the “About Us” page of our website.

      Rick

  • James

    My son is a sophomore D1 soccer player. He has decided that the school is not right for him, and wishes to transfer, independent from playing soccer. If he did transfer, he would like to speak to the coach at the new school about taking him on the team. Does he need a release from his current school in order to simply apply to a new school? He knows he will need a release in order to talk to other coaches and possibly play – but to just complete the apps, does he need a release?

  • JGBT

    When is the best time to request a transfer release or permission to contact when a student wants to transfer for the next academic year? The player wants to finish out the year at the current school with the athletic scholarship, so don’t want to give the school an opportunity to pull the athletic scholarship for the spring semester after putting in all the training and competition time in fall semester.
    Sport: D1 Womens soccer
    Playing status: Played limited minutes fall season
    Qualifier status: Academic qualifier, good freshman grades

    Also, can the permission to contact and release requests be generic, or do specific schools need to be named. No potential schools identified at this time (will consider D1/II), she just knows she wants to leave.

    Thanks!

    • JGBT,

      If she wants to be able to train with her team during the spring to stay in shape and improve her skills, she shouldn’t ask until the spring season is over. If she wants to get an earlier start on contacting other schools before the February signing period, she should make the contact ASAP, but understand that the coach could remove her from the team in the Spring.

      The permission to contact process will depend upon the policies of her specific school and/or coach.

      Rick

  • Bill

    If an athlete is on a DII XC and track scholarship (show up separately on the bill) and transfers to a DIII school midyear does the athlete have to pay anything back for the “track” scholarship money. The athlete quit in the middle of cross country and a large portion of the XC money was then owed to the school. The athlete is practicing for track and will have competed in one meet and will have finished the semester.

    • Bill,

      If the athlete isn’t attending the Spring semester at the Div. II school, but will have competed in one track meet before leaving, he/she may be asked to pay back part of the track scholarship. That decision rests with the school – the NCAA doesn’t have specific guidelines on how that situation would be handled.

      Rick

  • Jorge

    I just want to make sure , but i believe my daughter has no more years of eligibility left. My daughter has D1 talent but she played 4 active full seasons at a DII school in SC and obtained a BS in Biology. Now she is attending the University of Florida pursuing a Pharmacy Degree. There is no intra-state 5 year rule for a D1 school that would apply to her ? she is done right (y,n)? I would love to see her play one last time at D1 level . Just making sure.

    • Jorge,

      Since she played 4 full seasons at a Div. II school, she has no more college eligibility remaining.

      Rick

  • Candace

    My son is on a full scholarship with a D1A football program and red shirted this season as a freshman, thus 4 yrs of eligibility still. The school is telling the kids that they will waive the 1 year waiting period if they transfer out of conference since the coaching staff was fired. If he transfers within the conference and sits out a year will he than only have 3 remaining years of eligibility?

    • Candace,

      The answer to your specific question is yes. However, what the school is apparently telling the kids is either misleading, or being misunderstood (misunderstood is more likely). For a scholarship athlete from this program transferring to another Div. I FBS program, the school doesn’t have the authority to waive the one-year “sit out” period. That is an NCAA rule that applies to them regardless of whether they are transferring within or outside the conference.

      Contact me directly if you need more information about this situation.

      Rick

  • Justin

    Ok I have my scholarship release papers from my school, What exactly do I do now ?

    • Justin,

      Start contacting other schools. This will be like being recruited out of HS all over again. The schools must follow the same recruiting rules in their contact with you.

      Rick

  • Kelly

    I played soccer at a junior college for two years then played one year at a 4 year. I am very unhappy with the 4 year and want to come home a take more classes at the JC. In order to get classes, which is very difficult if you are not an athlete, I was thinking of playing a different sport. Is that allowed?

    • Kelly,

      My primary expertise is with NCAA rules, rather than with JUCO rules. I’m unsure whether that is allowed at the JUCO level. I know that it would be possible at a four-year college, as long as you were still within your five-year or ten-semester “clock” for eligibility.

      Rick

  • Will

    I am a Division 1 soccer player, who previously transferred from a Division 3 soccer team. I am looking to transfer to another Division 1 team. That being my second transfer, I know I would have to sit out a year. If I decide to get my Associates degree at a community college next semester, would I be eligible to play immediately because of the 4-2-4 rule?

    • Will,

      You could use the 4-2-4 rule in your situation, but be aware that another aspect of that rule is that you must be gone from the previous four-year college (the one just prior to your attendance at the JUCO) for one full academic year before you can be eligible for competition.

      Rick

  • Yeremia

    I had questions regarding eligibility. Here are the facts first.

    – 2011 to 2012 (Freshman Year) Played 5 games at Division III Basketball
    – 2012 to 2013 Transferred to a Div. I school, did not play any sports
    – 2013 to present Not involved in any sports

    How many years of eligibility do I have left?
    If I transfer to another 4 year DI university will I have to sit out a year?

    Thank you very much

    • Yeremia,

      After this year, you will have two years of eligibility available. You may not have to sit out for a year at another Div. I school if you use the “Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception.” But, you’ll also have to satisfy Div. I academic requirements in order to be eligible and not sit out.

      Rick

  • Peni

    Rick,
    I was a red shirt freshman for BYU football in 2009 and I was released spring of 2010 due to ineligibility and honor code issues. I then tried to get eligible at Utah State University but failed epically. I attended 1 online semester there and was unable to get eligible. I then tried at Snow College and was unable to do the same so I just gave up on football completely.. I am now trying to get back into it… What are my eligibility options for DI FCS and for DII football

    • Peni,

      Based on what you’ve stated here, you’ll probably have to attend a school for at least one full academic year before you can be eligible to play in games, but you may be able to practice with the team during that “sit out” year.

      Rick

      • Peni

        Right on! Would that be for DI FCS and DII schools or just a DII school?

        • Peni,

          That would just be for a Div. II school. Your “five-year clock” has expired for Div. I FBS or FCS schools.

          Rick

  • Peni

    Sweet! One last question.. sorry. If I were to attend a Pro-Day as a guest would I be ineligible for college football?

    • Peni,

      As long as you pay all your own expenses to attend the Pro Day, accept nothing from the organizers of the Pro Day, and have no interaction at all with an “agent”, there should be no problem in doing that.

      Rick

  • Samuel

    Hello Rick,

    I have a question regarding transferring and was wondering if you could help me.

    I am a soccer player and I was at an NAIA 4year school for my first 2 years, transferred to a NCAA DII 4year school for a year. I am now looking to transfer again and I was wondering what my options are. I have heard that I would be ineligible if I went to another NCAA DI/DII school, but to transfer to NAIA I would be fine and able to play.

    Thank you for your help.

    Regards,
    Samuel

    • Samuel,

      It is correct that you won’t be eligible if you go to another NCAA Div. I or II school. You may be able to be eligible at another NAIA school depending upon your academic record.

      Rick

  • mike

    My son is a walk on at a FBS D1 football program. True Freshman now, if he transfers to a FCS program could he receive a scholarship his 1st year there or would he have to wait a yr. to receive it.

    • Mike,

      It would be possible for him to get a scholarship in his first year at an FCS program, as long as the FBS school grants him his release.

      Rick

  • Jeison

    Hey , im a baseball player i played 2 yr in a juco college and im supposed to get my degree spring 2014 nd im transferring in the fall to a d1. i should be good right since im getting my degree???

  • Matt

    I attended a Division 1 school this September for baseball. I was not going to play in the spring due to an injury. I had a problem at the school and was allowed to withdraw from all my classes. It will not show up on my records. I am going to Community College locally this January. Can I transfer after 2 semesters to a D1 school?

    Matt

  • Eric

    My son is on partial track scholarship at a D2 school with comparable stats to D1 athletes. He wanted transfer after freshman year because I was ill. At the time I was still employed. He is now a sophomore and because I’m now totally disabled, he gets to attend a state supported school for free. Now it makes since for him to transfer back home.

    How does he initiate the process given the fact that he doesn’t need the scholarship if he transfers? He can simply walk-on if they would accept him. Would he still have to sit out a year if he is going as a walk-on? He would be going from D2 to D1 after his sophomore year.

    Thank you for your website.

    • Eric,

      Before coaches at another NCAA program can discuss a possible transfer with your son, they must receive written permission from his current school. This is true regardless of his scholarship status. It will be possible for him to be immediately eligible if he meets the academic requirements for a transfer and is released by his school. Contact me directly if you’re interested in a detailed explanation of the process.

      Rick

  • Giovonni

    Hello, out of high school I went to a michigan juco to play ball; hurt my back and did not a game (basically red-shirted) I then transferred to a California juco, (note California Jucos aren’t apart of njcaa), and played one year, I can back for my sophomore season but had to leave for family reasons, I only played 1 game out of a total of three when I left the team, I’m just wondering rather I go D2 or D1 or to another juco, will I still be a sophomore?

    • Giovonni,

      If you’ve attended these JUCOs as a full-time student each semester (I’m assuming that this Fall was your 5th semester of full-time enrollment), then you have 5 more semesters remaining on your “clock.” That is more important than whether you will be classified as a sophomore.

      Rick

  • Bob

    My daughter is currently a freshman swimming at a D-1 school and needs to have shoulde surgery. She is going to come home for the surgery after completing her first semester. During this down-time since it will take 4-5 months to recover can she go to a JC and take required core classes and then return in the fall?

    • Bob,

      She can do that as long as she will be returning to her current Div. I school. Be sure that she checks with the academic support unit for student-athletes at her school, as well as the compliance director, to make sure that she doesn’t do anything with her enrollment at the JC to harm her eligibility.

      Rick

  • Shadi

    Hello, im currently playing football at an FCS school fall 2013 as a nonrecruited walkon, I am waitung to be cleared by ncaa eligibility center to return to team activities. I was enrolled at another div 1 school for spring/fall fulltime 2012 but did not participate in any athletics. Why do I need my academic status reviewed if I am not a freshman and have 3.0 gpa. I have already received my amateur certification and will have my associates at the end of this year. The season is already done I want to return for spring/winter workouts.

    • Shadi,

      The compliance director at your FCS school will be the best person to answer your question, as he or she will know the specifics about your situation.

      Rick

  • Dwayne

    Hello, Because i didn’t meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements i am attending a junior college my freshman year, Can i still play Division 1-A football as a walk on?

    • Dwayne,

      You can still play Div. I football as a walk-on, but since you were a Non-Qualifier out of HS, you’ll need to stay at the JUCO long enough to graduate with your Associates Degree, and satisfy other academic requirements in order to be eligible when you enroll at a Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Rob

    My daughter is currently an athlete at a D1 AA school with a partial scholarship. She is maybe thinking about transferring and not being a student athlete anymore, but most likely will stay at her current school. Is she allowed to just apply to the school (they don’t have her sport anyway), or in order to do so, does she need to talk to the coach and get a release? I don’t want her to do anything to affect her scholarship.

    • Rob,

      If she is not going to be an athlete at the school she transfers to, she doesn’t have to get a release from her coach and current school. However, she should not say anything to any of her teammates about her plans, or the coach may cut her from the team or try to force her to give up her scholarship.

      Rick

  • Tyler

    I have 26 technical college credits with C or higher, I have been on and off with college, currently not in school. I was a good wrestler in Highschool all state 2x, We have a D3 school in my hometown how would I be able to attend that school and be able to wrestle? My Highschool grades were not the best. I have some classes in college with F’s, and D’s ( I didn’t count them in the credits) i left my latest college with a C and a B. I have some withdrawn classes as well. I was just wondering if I would be eligible to attend that college?

    • Tyler,

      For NCAA Div. III schools, their eligibility rules follow the guidelines of the general student body for the particular school you’re attending. In other words, if you would be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities for that Div. III school, then you should be able to be eligible to compete in college athletics. Because there are no standard academic eligibility requirements that apply to all Div. III schools nationwide, it would be best for you to contact the Div. III school directly with your question.

      Rick

  • David

    Ok so I have a question I am currently at a Jr. college which I haven’t played football there and don’t plan on it either. I am right now 19 years old and got done with my first semester of JC. Now I went to a four year college before that for a semester but once again didn’t play and so I haven’t played since 2012 my senior year in high school and I want to play at a four year NAIA school. Would I still be able to play ball or will my age be a factor in that.

    Thanks

    David

    • David,

      If you’re interested in playing at an NAIA school, your age shouldn’t be a factor. What will be a factor is your academic performance at both schools you’ve attended.

      Rick

      • David

        Ok so how long does it usually take for the naia eligibility center to go thru all you info and get back to you because originally I was thinking about play this upcoming fall for a brand new college football program. Also I’m still in JC and I have to pull my GPA up a little bit more before I transfer and my plan was to apply to the college over the summer but I’m not sure if I would have time and if I should just do another semester at my JC and then transfer after the fall semester I’m just so scared that my time clock will expire which I was told by the coach that for NAIA has a time clock of 10 semesters. SO I have no clue what I should do. Helpppp!!!!

        • David,

          Since my experience in working on campus, and as the parent of a college baseball recruit, was at the NCAA level, I’m not aware how the NAIA Eligibility Center will take to process your file. You might consider applying to the NAIA school this summer, and if it is too late (which I don’t think it would be) you could possibly re-apply for admission at mid-year in time to be at the school for Spring practice during Spring 2015.

          I also suggest that you contact the admissions office at the NAIA school to ask them about their admission policies, requirements, and deadlines, rather than just relying on what the coach might have told you.

          Rick

  • Brett

    Hi Rick-

    I am currently playing division 2 baseball. I was originally at a division 1 school playing baseball then transferred to a division 2 institution where I am currently at now. I am thinking about switching sports and playing football. The school I was at and I am now do not have football programs. Would I be eligible to play football at a Division 1 school immediately if I transferred?

    • Brett,

      It is possible that you can be immediately eligible for football at a Div. I program under the “Non-sponsored Sport” exception, since your first two schools didn’t have football programs.

      Rick

  • Sam

    Rick,
    My son plays baseball. He is a HS Sr. Just recently enrolled at a D3 school. Now a D1 school has expressed interest about a guaranteed roster spot. Is he free to un-enroll with the D3 and enroll with the D1 without and penalty (sit out)?
    Sam

    • Sam,

      Your son is free to do this, and there will be no negative impact from NCAA rules. However, if he has “promised” to enroll at the Div. III school under an “early decision” process, I can’t tell you if there is any downside from a financial standpoint. But, again, there is no downside from an NCAA standpoint.

      Rick

  • Alex

    Hey Rick,

    I am a grade 12 student and have not written my sat or act. Is it possible for me to still attend a Div. 1 or 2 school on a scholarship? If not do you recommend doing a a fifth year of high school?

    Alex

    • Alex,

      It is still possible if you attain a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT test, and if your athletic ability is sufficient to attract a scholarship offer from a coach at an NCAA Div. I or II school.

      Rick

  • Henry

    Rick, I have a question regarding my daughter who is playing basketball at a D 2 school. she is contemplating wanting to go to another d2 school to look to get more playing time. my daughter is extremely distraught and frustrated as are we because we have seen her go from a starter at the beginning of the year to barely few minutes a game with no reasonable explaination to her. She is basically at the breaking point. If she chooses to go cross division to another d2 school would the same apply to forfeiting the first year there and would she lose that year of eligiblilty. we are starting to get a clearer picture of the situation and have been discussing options. is it also possible to request from the ncaa that she be allowed to redshirt freshmen year due to minimal minutes played the entire year. thank you and we would appreciate any feedback you might have

    • Henry,

      It would be possible for your daughter to be eligible at another Div. II school without the need to sit out next year if she is in good shape academically, and is released by her current Div. II school.

      I frequently consult directly with parents and/or athletes regarding the transfer rules and process. If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com, and we’ll schedule a time to connect.

      Rick

  • Kathleen

    Rick,
    Our daughter is on a track scholarship at a D2 university. She would like to complete this first year and transfer to a D1 University. At the new university she would like to walk-on the women’s basketball team. Will there be a conflict?

    • Kathleen,

      As long as she is in good academic standing when she leaves the Div. II university, there should be no conflict and she should be eligible.

      Rick

  • Christopher

    Hi I’m currently a D3 football player. If I want to transfer to a D1 for better school and possibly walk on to the football team. Would I be eligible?

  • Josh

    I’m a freshman at a juco school playing baseball. I’m pretty far away from home and next year I wanted to transfer to another juco in the same league that is closer to home. Would I have to sit out a year next year?

    • Josh,

      You may have to sit out a year depending upon the rules of your conference since you want to transfer to another JUCO in the same conference.

      Rick

  • Sally

    Hello- my son Fr. & is playing D2 lax down south. He is not happy with the school and would like to find a school closer to home. What do we do?

    • Sally,

      Coaches at other NCAA schools will need to receive a “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail from your son’s current school in order to talk with him about a possible transfer. You can find additional info 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:

      http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide

      Or, I frequently provide one-on-one consultations to walk athletes/parents through all the steps and rules involved in the transfer process. If this is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com

      Rick

  • ZCas

    Hi Rick,

    I’m a freshman going into my sophomore year in the fall at a community college in southern California. I’m going out for my first year of football starting this fall and I’m curious about eligibility and transferring. I’m completing my IGETC classes to transfer to multiple California State Universities though my greatest interest is in SDSU and UCLA. Based off using my first year of eligibility at the CC, will I be able to walk on pending me not getting a scholarship (god willing I do)?

    Thank you in advance.

    • ZCas,

      Since your goal is an NCAA Div. I program such as SDSU or UCLA, be aware that if you’re a Non-Qualifier, you’re required to graduate from a JUCO with your Associates Degree (and satisfy other academic requirements) in order to be eligible upon transfer to a Div. I program.

      Graduation from JUCO with an Associates Degree is NOT required to go to an NCAA Div. II or NAIA program, but there will be other academic requirements that you will need to complete.

      Rick

  • Rob

    If I want out of a scholarship and the semester has started what do I have coming to me for the remainder of the semster in regards to the scholarship/ Do they pull the whole thing or do I get the tuition and payment due to me for the remainder of the semester?

    • Rob,

      You would probably have nothing coming to you for the remainder of the scholarship. The school would cancel any remaining payments due to you or toward your student account.

      Rick

  • Casey

    My son is on a visit to a Div2 football team with basically a full offer and against my advise does not want to wait out till Feb to see if any other offers come in. Three Ivy teams, some Big Sky conf teams have interviewed but no offers or visits as of 1/18. With his reasoning being they can pull the slot and he can play one year with the hope of transfer. My advise that you do not want to go with a transfer situation especially if the school is not right for you. Any advise on the FB recruiting schedule and the point of no return?

    • Casey,

      I can understand your concerns/questions about whether this is the right fit for your son. You may want to contact us directly for a phone consultation to discuss your son’s situation and his options.

      Regarding the FB recruiting schedule, Div. I and II schools are in a full-contact period from now through Feb. 1. Obviously, the NLI signing date is on Feb. 5, so I also understand your son’s concern about not wanting to wait any longer to accept this offer, since there’s just a little over two weeks left for him to get another offer.

      If his ultimate goal is to play at Div. I level, be aware that if he signs with the Div. II program, he’ll need to complete one academic year at that school, and then would have to sit out during his first year after transfer before being eligible to play, unless he chooses the JUCO route instead.

      Rick

  • Curt

    My Son is a Medical Red Shirt Freshman at a Div. 1 Baseball Program. He came to the school on a good Scholarship. During his time off last year the coach told him he wanted to take him off of the scholarship for this year but would double last years monies, which they did. Know he’s fighting for a roster spot and it looks like it’s going to be a close call. The coach informed the team today that all scholarship players will make the team. Is that an NCAA rule in Baseball or is that just that coaches rule? We have received a lot of money I’m hoping they consider him a scholarship player because of the money he has received. The coach plans on not posting the roster until the day before they leave for 8 games to start the season??? If he doesn’t make the squad he will loose a whole season of eligibility. That sure doesn’t sound fair or right to me. Thanks for your time.

    • Curt,

      The Div. I baseball roster rule is that any athlete who is receiving an athletic scholarship during the current academic year must be counted as one of the 35 players on the roster. That does not mean that the athlete must be kept on the team for the Spring, it just means that they would have to count as one of the 35 “slots”. So, the coach can cut a scholarship athlete if he is willing to go with a 34-man playing roster for the season.

      If you want to discuss this rule in detail, and your son’s options, contact me directly for a consultation.

      Rick

      • Curt

        Can they be Red Shirt and not count against the Roster? Thanks Curt

        • Curt,

          As long as your son doesn’t play in any games this season, it can count as a redshirt year (although it won’t benefit him if he already redshirted last year). However, if he’s not on the roster, he’s not eligible to practice or workout with the team this Spring.

          Rick

  • Will

    I’m currently on full scholarship at a D1 A school for football. If I want to transfer to a DIII school, is the school obligated to keep me on scholarship for the rest of the spring? Does it depend on if I play for the rest of the spring?

    • Will,

      If you choose not to participate in spring football workouts and practice, the school can argue that you have, in effect, quit the team, and they can immediately cancel your scholarship. However, they can’t take away the scholarship just because you express interest in transferring to another school, as long as you are still fully participating in all required workouts, meetings, and practices.

      Rick

  • I have a son getting ready to play his freshman year of baseball at a Junior College. If we wanted to get info out to various D-I schools, can we reach out to them now? I heard that D-1 schools are not to contact players until after their freshman season. Is this true?

    • Mike,

      Your son can contact Div. I schools now. They are permitted to respond and communicate with him, but some will choose not to because a) they’re getting ready for their own season, and b) they don’t want to damage recruiting relationships with JUCO coaches by interfering with the JUCO season by “distracting” your son.

      Also, if your son is not a Qualifier for NCAA Div. I, Div. I coaches can’t have face-t0-face contact with him until he has completed his freshman year at the JUCO.

      Rick

  • Ms. Thomas

    I am in need of help. My son played two years of basketball at Juco, he is now at a NAIA school. He was ineligible to start the first half of the season, but was now cleared to play the second half by the eligibility center. He didn’t play but was red shirt. What are his options for transferring to another school or what are the penalties. his grades are good. Please clarify his options, thank you

  • Robert

    Hey my name is Robert and my was on scholarship at a d2 university in the fall for baseball but in the spring he transferred to a JUCO. Even though already finished the fall semester the university pulled his scholarship from the fall and are trying to make him pay 11,000 dollars. What do we do?

    • Robert,

      I suggest that you contact the Financial Aid Office at the Div. II university and request to appeal their decision to seek repayment from your son. I would also inquire whether he is being treated in the same manner that the university might treat a theater or vocal performance major on a scholarship (or you can think of other non-athletic examples) if such a student transferred after one semester as your son has done. If you find out he’s not being treated in a similar manner, make sure to make that point to the appeal committee.

      Rick

  • Andrew

    Hey Rick,

    My question is I attended a D1AA school for a semester then I transferred to a juco for a year then transferred for a D2 for a year and a half and I played football a year at the d2 and football a year at the juco. I am transferring to a d2 school or d1aa but the d1aa school dont start playing games until 2015 will i be eligible to play at either division?

    • Andrew,

      Because you’ve already transferred once between four-year schools (even though you attended a JUCO in between), you’ll have to attend the next school for a year before being eligible for competition. You can practice with the team during your “sit out” year.

      Rick

  • Rob

    Hi Rick,

    I am trying to find out how the transfer process would work for my daughter if she wants to transfer from a program where she has a scholarship, but the new school does not have her sport as a varsity sport. Can she fill out the application without notifying her current coach. She is very unsure if she wants to leave or not. Deadline is coming up for transfer and she doesn’t want to upset her coach uneccessarily.
    Thanks,
    Rob

    • Rob,

      There is a risk, although probably not a large one, that her coach could find out about her application to the other school. You may want to contact me directly for more detailed information about this risk.

      Rick

  • Nick

    My son received a partial athletic scholarship for track and field to a major DI school. Prior to starting school, the coaching staff changed and the coaches who recruited him are gone. The new coaches don’t seem to intend to have him compete in the events he was recruited for. If he were to consider a transfer, how would he go about it without jeopardizing his scholarship (if he were to stay) or eligibility (if he transferred)?

    • Nick,

      I frequently provide private consultations for athletes and/or parents on the transfer rules and steps in the transfer process. That would be the best way to explain all the detailed steps your son should follow. If that is of interest, contact me directly and we’ll schedule a conversation.

      Rick

  • Dan

    Dear Rick,
    My son got a full soccer scholarship to DIV1 school. He is a freshmen, after the first semester that he did well in 5 courses. He couldn’t come back to the second semester and he make semester of absence, because he need to finish his army service. My son want to transfer to another school next fall. He has permission from the university. can he transfer? and still be eligible for his next 3 years.

    • Dan,

      With the permission from the university, your son can transfer. He’ll also need to be released from his National Letter of Intent commitment to attend the school for one full academic year since he left after one semester, otherwise it will effect his eligibility at another school. He should still have 3 years of eligibility available.

      Rick

  • Lori

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter currently is on a full ride for basketball at a D2 school four hours from home. Our son, her brother, has a chronic health condition and has had a decline in his health this past year and my daughter wants to be closer to home. She is looking at a D3 school and she would still like to play basketball. She has not made contact with them. We have done nothing about this yet because we did not want her coach to find out and limit her playing time. We just found out her present coach will not be back next year. What is our best course of action?
    Thank you.

    • Lori,

      I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents regarding the NCAA transfer and eligibility rules, and to walk them through the steps involved in the transfer process. I would be happy to talk with you to discuss your daughter’s situation and her options. Contact me directly if that’s of interest.

      Rick

  • William

    Rick,

    I have a couple of questions regarding transfers and their eligibility. These are in regard to a male basketball student-athlete currently on scholarship at D1 institution with GPA above 3.5. He has already 100% decided to leave the program he’s currently playing in, and knows for sure where he wants to transfer, so he doesn’t need time to “shop” around, per se (I fully understand the “can’t speak with other schools until permission is granted” edict).

    1. In your experience, should he wait until the season’s over or near the end of the academic semester to speak with the coach about his release?
    2. In the event the coach grants him “permission to contact”, is it typical of that coach to ban the player from all basketball-related facilities (i.e. weight room, shooting machine, practice gym, etc) from that point on?
    3. Does the NCAA give coaches the power to “grant” permission to a player to leave for another school without incurring the academic year in residence? Something akin to “releasing” him from his scholarship or similar?

    Thanks, in advance…

    Will

    • William, to answer your questions:

      1. I would discuss with the coach as soon as the season is over (rather than wait until the end of the semester) so the coach will know that he has another scholarship to recruit with.
      2. I don’t know that I would use the word “typical” but it certainly can and does happen.
      3. No, the coach doesn’t have the authority to waive the year in residence. I can suggest a possible strategy for that however.

      If you’d like to discuss that strategy in a consultation session, contact me directly.

      Rick

  • Kenneth

    Rick

    How may college credits would I need to Play basketball at different school if I never played basketball at the previous school I attended

    • Kenneth,

      That is a difficult question to answer without knowing more specifics about your situation. However, the general rule is that you should have earned at least 12 semester credit hours with at least a 2.00 GPA for each semester that you’ve been enrolled as a full-time student.

      Rick

  • VP

    Hey Rick, love your site. I have a question if you would be so kind to help me out with. I played football at chowan (d2) and I signed a football scholarship and NLI for this year. I transferred in as a senior and I told the football staff that Ill probably only need one semester which is only the fall term. It turns out I need a second semester which is the spring and I find out that my scholarship is gone. I never got anything in the mail or in writing stating this. Can they do this??

    • VP,

      I suggest that you review the scholarship agreement that you signed and see whether it was written to cover the whole academic year or just the one semester. If it was only written to cover one semester, then it seems that they didn’t do anything wrong. If it was written to cover the whole academic year, then they should have notified you if they were cancelling the scholarship in the middle of the year.

      Rick

  • Z Ray

    hey Rick I have a few question about a tough situation that I’m in. I graduated high school in 2009 with a full-ride scholarship to a four year university to play football. I didn’t use a red shirt or grey shirt played one season with the team and was released from the team with scholarship cancelled during spring because I became academic ineligible. I’ve signed all the paperwork to talk to other schools because I was thinking of trying to find another school close to home. its been three years since I played football but how do I go by becoming able to play and get on the field again, if possible?

    • Z Ray,

      I suggest you start at the JUCO level where you can improve your academic status and get “re-recruited” to a football program at a four-year university. If you do that, you’ll be a “4-2-4 transfer” and will have to satisfy those academic requirements to be eligible when you transfer to another four-year school (NCAA Div. II or NAIA).

      Rick

  • Jordan

    Hi Rick,

    I was wondering if you know of any resources that display amount of athletic transfers from 2 year to 4 year schools? In particular basketball.

    I am planning on going to a Californian Community College and have been contacted by Mount San Antonio College, El Camino College, Chaffey College and College of the Canyons. I am having a hard time evaluating the schools and trying to figure out which school would be the best pathway to end up in a good 4 year school after transferring.

    Thank you Rick.

    Jordan

    • Jordan,

      Ask the coaches at each of the schools to provide you a list of their former players that they’ve helped move on to four-year schools, and evaluate the number and quality of schools that those players have moved on to.

      Rick

    • Jordan,

      Ask the coaches at each of the schools to provide you a list of their former players that they’ve helped move on to four-year schools, and evaluate the number and quality of schools that those players have moved on to.

      Rick

  • Cierra

    Hi Rick,
    I am currently playing at an NCAA D2 school and was wondering if I still need to get a permission from my school to contact NAIA schools?

    Thanks

    • Cierra,

      If you contact an NAIA school, they will send a notice to your Div. II school that they want to discuss a possible transfer with you. So, the NAIA school doesn’t have to wait to get permission from your school, but they must provide notice to the school that they’re going to discuss a transfer with you.

      Rick

  • Tony

    Hi Rick,

    I received a scholarship from a D1AA school granted by waiver. I did not practice nor play because the waiver was submitted to the NCAA incorrectly by the compliance officer. The request to practice and/or play was left out of the waiver. The athletic director never notified me that the scholarship had been granted, I never signed a contract accepting the scholarship and and it was never discussed what I would be receiving from the university. I only found out about the scholarship when I decided to just attend the school just as a student for a year. When I arrived to admissions I was told I had a scholarship.Funds were applied but no one has ever discussed the scholarship with me. I attend classes on scholarship but I did not participate this past season. What are my options to transfer to another D1. The athletic directior was notified that the waiver was filed incorrectly. He ignored all request by the head coach to resubmit the waiver. Their response was they are working on it. People think im crazy because I am on scholarship but I do not have to meet or be involved with the team whatsoever. I was off one point with the ACT from becoming a full D1 qualifier. I passed all of my core classes with a C grade or higher.

    Thank you for any advice you can offer.

    • Tony,

      Because you are receiving an athletic scholarship, if you transfer to another Div. I program, you’ll have to sit out from competition during your first year there. Even if you weren’t getting the scholarship, you would still be ineligible at another Div. I next year if you were recruited to your current school.

      If you ask for permission to talk to other schools (which is required before coaches at other schools can talk with you about a transfer), don’t be surprised if the school denies your request. They might do this because you have received a scholarship, and frankly, haven’t yet done anything to earn it.

      Rick

  • tim

    Can a ncaa d2 University actively recruit a freshman from a junior college? Do they have to obtain a permission to speak?

    • Tim,

      Coaches from NCAA schools can recruit from a JUCO without the requirement to obtain permission. However, many coaches request permission anyway because they want to stay on good terms with JUCO coaches.

      Rick

  • kedon

    Hello i got a scholarship to a d1 aa school for football out of high school started as a true freshman in 2010 i left spring 2011 and havent played since r attended school now i wana transfer to d2 school 2014 and was wondering how many tears would i have left to play?

    • Kedon,

      If you’ve only attended college as a full-time student for two semesters, then you have 8 semesters left at the Div. II level in which to use your remaining 3 seasons of eligibility.

      Rick

  • Carson

    If you attend a D1 (FBS) school playing football your freshman year and end up redshirting, if you then transfer to a D1-AA (FCS) school will you have to sit out a year?

    • Carson,

      It will be possible for you to be immediately eligible next year if you transfer from an FBS to an FCS school. There are certain academic and other criteria that you would have to meet, but it is possible.

      Rick

  • Mike

    I have a question I was a two sport athlete in high school Baseball was my better sport, but football was my love so I played 4 yrs at a d3 program now if I went for my masters at a d1 school could I try and walk on to baseball team

  • Carrie

    Hey, if a division one soccer player who was a preferred walk on was dismissed from the team, and is planning on transferring to another division one school, is it guarantee that the new coach will find out that she was dismissed?
    Carrie

    • Carrie,

      Most likely, as coaches usually contact the previous coach to ask them what kind of athlete and teammate the athlete was, both on and off the field.

      Rick

      • Carrie

        I am verbally committed to the new school right now and I was told by the coach I will be given my compliance papers and nli soon.. Obviously my nli is my letter of intent but what are these compliance papers?

        • Carrie,

          Compliance papers can mean different things at different colleges. They could include forms that you may need to fill out, such as a historical questionnaire regarding your athletic participation and enrollment history, or they could be explanatory documents explaining the rules on eligibility, amateurism, and athletic scholarships rules and requirements.

          Rick

  • worried mom

    my daughter just transferred from a juco to a four year institute to play ncaa d1 volleyball. since she transferred in the middle of the year she didnt sign a LOI . It hasnt turned out what she thought it would be and wants to transfer. Is she allowed to talk to other coaches? w

    • Mom,

      If she is a member of the volleyball team and has been practicing and working out with the team, then coaches at other schools are required to obtain “permission to contact” from her current school before they can talk with her about a possible transfer. If you want to discuss strategies and the details of the 4-4 transfer process, contact me directly.

      Rick

  • Roy

    I was at a juco last fall (2013) playing football but didn’t go back in the spring. I graduated high school with a 1.8 gpa but at my juco I got a 2.5.. am I eligible to play d1aa or d2?

    • Roy,

      If you’ve only attended a JUCO for one semester, you can’t be eligible at an NCAA Div. I or II school next Fall. You haven’t satisfied the academic eligibility requirements for a 2-4 transfer who was a Non-Qualifier.

      Rick

  • Caitlin

    I am currently a non scholarship walk on volleyball player at a D1 college. I am considering transferring. Am I able to email coaches without getting permission from my school since I am not on any scholarships?

    Caitlin

    • Caitlin,

      You can e-mail coaches, but they can’t respond to discuss a transfer with you until they receive permission to contact you from your current school.

      Rick

  • Chris

    Rick,

    If I attend a NAIA school and I quit during the middle of the semester does the school have the right to cancel my scholarship?

    Chris

  • Eli

    Rick,

    I’m a D1 golfer thinking about transferring to another D1 school out of state. I’m also thinking about taking a year off due to the fact that I wouldn’t be able to play for a year anyways. Are there any repercussions of me doing this? Would I lose a year of eligibility? Any consequences for me doing this?

    • Eli,

      If your current school doesn’t have an objection to your transfer, it would be possible for you to be eligible next year without the need to “sit out” for a year.

      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 walk you through the transfer process. All consultations are completely confidential.

      If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly.

      As an alternative, you may be interested in our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers.” Here’s a link to the Transfer Guide:

      http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide

      Rick

  • Joel

    Hello, I am a Red-shirt freshman at a FCS college. I was on the football team and after the 2013 season they terminated my scholarship for the 2014 season and I was wondering if there is a way I could appeal the termination of my scholarship? I released myself from the team because i do not want to play for coaches that do not want me. Any help on the appeal? Thanks

    • Joel,

      When an NCAA school cancels or doesn’t renew an athletic scholarship, they are required to provide the athlete with an appeal opportunity. I suggest that you contact the compliance office at your school to inquire about an appeal. You should also refer to your student-athlete handbook that you probably received from the school to see if it describes the appeal process.

      Rick

  • Rob

    If i am a NCAA division one soccer athlete and i transfer down to division two, could i transfer again back to division 1?

    Also, the same question only with a NAIA school, if i played one year of division one, could i transfer to a NAIA school and play, then transfer back to a division 1 NCAA school?

    • Rob,

      In either case, you’ll be ineligible during your first year of attendance at the second Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Tom

    Rick,
    My son is about to end his second year playing basketball at a D3 school. He want to transfer to a D2 school with a coach that knows and likes him. As a parent can I talk to the coach at the D2 school to make sure that he has a scholarship to offer my son before he ask for a release? I want to make sure he has someplace to play next year.

    • Tom,

      The Div. II coach is required to obtain “permission to contact” from your son’s school before he can talk with you or your son about a possible transfer.

      Rick

      • Tom

        Rick,
        Thanks so much for your help in answering my questions. So, when my son writes his letter to his coach/AD for his release he should mention all the schools he is looking to transfer to? Then his school will send “permission to contact” to those schools?

        • Tom,

          It will depend upon how the school handles this situation. Some schools will want a list of the schools an athlete is interested in. Other schools will give their athlete a form or e-mail that the athlete can send to schools of their choosing.

          Rick

          • Tom

            One more question Rick. After getting a release from his school. And god forbid he doesn’t have anywhere to go. Can he go back to the school he got the release from and play there again?

  • Sam

    My son is a DII football player who was recruited by both DII and DI FCS programs. He wasn’t sure if he wanted play at the FCS level. After a very successful Frosh & Soph. seasons he would like to transfer up to the FCS level. He knows he must get permission to speak to the FCS level coaches. Will he have to sit out a year if he transfers up?

    • Sam,

      He will have to sit if he was on scholarship at, or was recruited to, the school he’s currently attending.

      Rick

  • Frank

    My son signed a ILI but not a NLI for a football DII school. He has been offered PWO to 3 DI FBS schools and is thinking about attending. Since he only signed a ILI and not an NLI is he free to pursue the DI FBS PWO’s?

  • tim

    Hello so i played one year at the d2 level i want to transfer to another d2 to play hopefully on scholarship of walk on

  • Derek

    Hello, Do you have to have permission from your school or coach to transfer from a DIII school to a DII or DI?

    • Derek,

      Coaches at NCAA Div. I and II schools can’t talk with you about your desire to transfer until they receive “permission to contact” from your Div. III school.

      Rick

  • Henry

    Hey Rick,

    I played baseball for 2 years at a Division 1 school but did not receive a scholarship. I have not played my last 2 years due to injury and am currently a Senior and all healed up. I am looking into an MBA management program at a Division 3 school so I can play 1 or possibly 2 more years of baseball. Is this a possibility? Thanks!

    • Henry,

      You are only eligible at the Div. III level as a grad student if you attended that same school as an undergrad.

      Rick

  • ramirez

    If i play my 2 years at a community college soccer, can i still play 4 years at a D1 university or is it juss 2 years??

    • Ramirez,

      You will just have two years available at a four-year college if you play two years at a two-year college.

      Rick

  • Liam

    Hi Rick,
    I am transferring from a division 3 to another division three. I already sent out my self release but my coach doesn’t know due to the clause. I am wanting to tell him soon but i dont know what he will need to sign in order for me to be elligable next year under the “one transfer exception”

    • Liam,

      Your current coach (or athletic director) will need to complete an information form sent by the next Div. III school to provide information about your academic and athletic background and history during your enrollment so far (how many semesters enrolled, how many seasons of eligibility used, etc.). This form goes by different names at different schools and conferences. It may be called a “transfer questionnaire”, and “transfer tracer”, or may have some other name.

      At the Div. III level, your current school is not required to agree to your eligibility at another school. Your eligibility will be based on how you have performed academically.

      Rick

  • Caleb

    Out of high school i played one year of baseball at a junior college in Iowa and then transferred to another junior college in Arizona for my second year. After my two years of junior college baseball i decided to go to a division 1 school just for academics and didn’t play any baseball for two years. This fall I want to transfer to a division 1 school in Colorado for my fifth year and try to play baseball there. Would i be eligible to play this next year as a super senior?

  • Jon

    I’m a JC football player and am looking to transfer to a FCS school. will i need the same transfer requirements as a traditional d1 transfer?

    • Jon,

      The 2-4 transfer requirements to transfer from a JUCO to either an FCS school or an FBS school are the same.

      Rick

  • dawn

    My son is currently a d1 baseball player who wants to transfer next year? He has practiced this spring but not played in any games yet. Should he ask his coach for a red shirt?

    • Dawn,

      The answer depends upon whether he plans to transfer to another Div. I school, or if he will consider moving to an NCAA Div. II or an NAIA school.

      If your son is a scholarship player at his current school, he’ll have to sit out from competition next year if he transfers to another Div. I program, but he has the chance to be immediately eligible if he goes to an NCAA Div. II or an NAIA school. If he’s going to have to sit out next year, it won’t benefit him to redshirt this year.

      Rick

  • Ollie

    My son signed an NLI last year to play soccer at a D2 school. He received a partial scholarship for the 1st year with a written letter (but not sign by) from the coach that the next 3 years would be virtually at a full ride situation. The coach decided to leave. My question is, what is the likelihood that the written letter will be honored for the 2nd year or for that matter 3rd and 4th. This was both a verbal and written commitment, but not signed.

    thx Ollie

    • Ollie,

      Because the coach that made that offer is no longer at the school, there is very little chance that the written letter will be honored, even if it was signed.

      Rick

  • dawn

    My son plays for a four year school (NCCAA) a small christian non scholarship school. He just finished his freshman season. He’d like to look to transfer to an NAIA or NCAA school. Does he just have three years of eligibility left? or can he still play 4 years since his school was not a part of the NCAA. He will be transferring 32 credits and has a 4.0, so he is eligible in other ways. Just want to know how his first year has affected his eligibility. THANKS!

      • dawn

        but could play immediately if transferring to a D-2 or D-3 since he was not a part of the NCCAA or NAIA? right?

        • Dawn,

          This would be possible if he meets the academic requirements for transfer eligibility.

          Rick

      • dawn

        but he would NOT have to sit out a year going from a NCCAA to an NAIA or NCAA school?

        • Dawn,

          This would be possible if he meets the academic requirements for transfer eligibility, and depending upon his sport and his recruited status.

          Rick

  • Darren

    My daughter has played 2 years of D1 basketball and is thinking of transferring to a D2 school after the season. She is an excellent student. my questions are:
    1) Does she need written permission to talk to the D2 coach?
    2) From whom does she need permission?
    3) Can a friend of hers on the D2 team talk to her coach unofficially about the possibility of her transfer?
    4) Will she need to sit out a year at the D2 school?
    5) She has not played much this year, can she be considered red shirted and play for 3 years at the D2 School?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Darren,

      Given the number of questions that you have, and because the answer to a couple of them is not a simple yes or no, it would be a good idea for you to contact me directly for a consultation in which I can answer your questions, and provide some other information for you. My contact info is on the About Us page of our website.

      Rick

  • j

    Hi my son received a full baseball scholarship to a juco he has been attending since aug 2013 however his coach is not following through with promises and my son has yet to play in a game. He has a GPA of 3.65. he is 1.wondering if he will be able to transfer to another juco for the up coming year and if so 2. will he be able to play ball right away. 3. will he have to pay back scholarship money he has already received and used from the college he is at now. 4. can he contact other colleges

    • J, to answer your questions:

      1. That will be possible if released by his current school.
      2. If he meets the academic requirements for transfer, yes.
      3. That is up to the school.
      4. Four-year colleges, yes. Other jucos, not until his season is over.

      Rick

  • Dan

    Hey

    I have been going to school for 11 semesters now with the first one being part time (under 12 credits). Would I still be eligible to play basketball at a school of any division even after the last 5 years of college?

    Thank you.

    • Dan,

      Since you have completed (or will be completing) 10 semesters of full-time enrollment at the college level, you have no eligibility remaining.

      Rick

  • Beth

    Hi Rick. I am a student at a D3 school and will be graduating in May. I have played four years at NCAA for soccer and track. I am going to be going to a community college for the next two years to become more specialized in my field of study. I would like to continue to play college sports. Coming from a NCAA school is there any affiliation? Or can I play at a community college no problem? Thank you!

    • Beth,

      If you’ve already competed for four years in soccer and in track, you have no more eligibility remaining in those sports. It might be possible for you to compete in another sport, however, depending upon the rules of the community college and their national organization.

      Rick

  • William

    Hi.
    I’m currently playing D2 baseball, but I’m not on any sort of scholarship. If I’m looking to transfer to play at another school do I still need permission to talk to other coaches even though I’m not on scholarship?
    Thanks.

    • William,

      Yes, you will need “permission to contact” before coaches at other NCAA schools are permitted to discuss a possible transfer with you.

      Rick

  • Kelsey

    My daughter is playing basketball in d1 school. A week after spring semester started, she decided to leave the school and went home. She was still able to take 2 classes online at another school. If she transfers to a d2 school next year, will she be eligible to play immediately?

    • Kelsey,

      The key question is would she be eligible to play for the Div. I school if she were returning there next year instead of transferring to a Div. II school. If the Div. I school can state that she will be eligible next Fall, whether at the end of this semester or at the end of summer school, then she has a good chance of being eligible next Fall for a Div. II school.

      Rick

  • Ryan

    Rick,
    I am currently at a D1-A school playing football. I am a walk on and am considering transferring. If I am considered a non-recruited athlete, will I be eligible to play immediately at another D1-A school?

    • Ryan,

      That will be possible if you meet the academic requirements for transfer and are released by your current school, as long as you don’t transfer to another school within the same conference.

      Rick

  • Jay

    Rick,
    I graduated High school in 2012 and went to play football at a d2 school but left and withdrew from classes before the semester began. I then enrolled at a community college for 2 full time semesters and then transferred to a different d2 program for the fall semester of 2013. I did not have to sit out any and played during the season and i am still playing football at this d2 school. Also Rick, I have never received any scholarship money.

    Now I would like to transfer to play baseball at a D1 school closer to my hometown. What are the chances of my being eligible right away? I know when transferring to a higher level in football you would have to sit out a year but are there different rules for wanting to transfer to a higher level and a different sport?

    • Jay,

      Since you aren’t getting an athletic scholarship at your current school, you may be able to be immediately eligible next Fall at a Div. I baseball program if you meet the academic requirements for Div. I eligibility.

      For information on the academic eligibility requirements for transfer to a Div. I program, 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

  • Manny

    My son was on a D-1 baseball program and red-shirted his freshman year.. He received a 50% scholarship and was told last week he would not be receiving his scholarship for the upcoming year. Because the coach red-shirted my son and took away the scholarship, my son appealed to the coach to receive some type of funding for the next season or he may not afford to return to the school on the following year. Needless to say the coach told my son to pack up and turn in his gear if he was not coming back next year on a 0% scholarship. We were floored …

    If other schools are very interested in my son what steps do we need to take? I’m assuming that my son does not have to sit out another year from a D-1 transfer because he never got to play this year. Please advise..

    Thanks !!

    M

    • Manny,

      Unfortunately, because he was recruited to, and on scholarship at, his current school, your son will have to sit out from competition during his first year if he transfers to another Div. I school.

      I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the eligibility rules, and steps involved in the transfer process. If a consultation is of interest to discuss your son’s options, 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

  • Keith

    Rick,
    I’m currently at a D2 school as a freshman. Despite some offers from D3, NAIA, and a few D1 walk on offers, I decided to stay close to home at D2 although they hadn’t recruited me whatsoever. I’m not very happy with how things have gone, as I’ve been bounced around from OF, IF, C, and P. I settled at pitcher 2 months before the season, and ended up getting redshirted. So, in short, I passed up walk on opportunities at bigger D1 schools due to fear of not playing only to come here and get redshirted. I’m not happy with my current situation, the team communication, or the leadership, and I’m thinking of transferring to a D1 school next fall for a fresh start. First, will there be any complications with my transfer situation? Second, do you think it is the right move?

    I know it’s a lengthy question, but I’m really trying to get some advice.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Keith,

      Since you weren’t recruited to the Div. II school, you would have the chance to be immediately eligible at a Div. I school if you are in good shape academically, and are released by the Div. II school. However, you may be better served to go to a JUCO and get some playing time, so you can be “re-recruited” to a Div. I program.

      If you want to discuss your situation in detail, and have me walk you through all the steps in the transfer process, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents regarding transfer situations. All consultations are completely confidential.

      If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly and we’ll schedule a time to talk.

      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

  • Taylor

    I played two years of indoor volleyball at a juco and am now considering transferring to a D2 school to play my last two years or indoor. The school is planning to start a sand volleyball program during what would be my 4th year of indoor. Can I play for the sand team? Assuming I was part time for a couple semesters and time-wise still have eligibility, how many years could I play sand?

    • Taylor,

      If you’re eligible for the Div. II indoor team, you should be able to play for the sand team. You are allowed four seasons of competition (with your two years at JUCO included) within your first 10 semesters of full-time enrollment if you will be going to a Div. II school. So, since you played two years of indoor at JUCO, you have two years of indoor remaining, but could possibly have more for sand volleyball within your first 10 semesters of full-time enrollment.

      Rick

      Rick

  • cody b

    Hi. My question is if I started at a d2 on full scholarship trans to a juco played 1 season and sat out for 2 years (family issues) what would be my best options for getting back in school or in a football program I’m 22

    • Cody,

      If you played one season at the Div. II school, and also at the JUCO for one season, you have no more JUCO eligibility available, so the same or another Div. II school may be the best option. Once you’ve played two seasons of college ball, you have no more JUCO eligibility available.

      Rick

  • Jake

    Hello Mr. Allen,

    I am currently attending a private D3 college to play baseball. I am looking to Transfer after my freshman year I am completely new to all of this and so are my parents and I just want to do everything right so I don’t step on anyone toes.I am not getting the playing time and also I have a GPA around 2.0. I am looking either to go to D2 or JUCO. What do I need to do to get everything started. I was planning if I transferred to a D2 is to sit out so I don’t waste the year and to get my GPA up and if I went JUCO route I was planning to get my GPA up and playing baseball and basketball. I just need to know what I need to do.

    -jake

    • Jake,

      Since you and your parents are new to all of this, 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

  • Rick

    I am novice to the whole transfer process. Have a son playing baseball at a JUCO as a freshman. After the school year he wants to transfer to possibly another JUCO or DII school to get better playing time/exposure and to be closer to home. He received a scholarship for this year at the current JUCO. Does he need permission to talk to another JUCO/DII before the end of the school year. Does he need a release to go to either a JUCO or DII after the school year.

    • Rick,

      The NJCAA rules prohibit your son from talking with other JUCOs, or from other JUCO coaches talking with your son, until his season is concluded. He will need a transfer release to transfer to another JUCO.

      He won’t need a release to transfer to an NCAA Div. II school, and doesn’t need permission to talk with their coaches, but will need to meet the academic requirements to be eligible at a Div. II school next year.

      Since you are new to all of this, 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

  • A.M

    Hello,I have a question.My son is at a Div 1 school on a basketball scholarship.There are whispers that the coach is going to release several players including my son to make room for incoming players.If the coach releases my son can he go play right away at another D1 school?or does he have to still sit out 1 year? He is a sophomore.Since the coach/school is the one not renewing his scholarship would my son be punished and have to sit out?it’s not like he is requesting the transfer.Thank you for your time.

    • A.M,

      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, and I have specific information for this type of situation that I can share in a paid consultation. If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com mailto:rick@informedathlete.com . All consultations are completely confidential.

      Rick

  • A.M

    Also I have another son who is at a Div 1 school just attending.no scholarship or anything just loan and grants.If he wants to transfer to another Div 1 to play basketball will be be able to play right away?

    • A.M,

      Since this son has not been playing basketball, he could possibly be eligible next year at another Div. I program if he meets the academic requirements for a transfer. You may be interested in downloading our “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website. It provides the academic requirements an athlete must meet to be eligible if transferring from one school to another. Here’s a link to the Transfer Guide:

      http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide

      Rick

  • Jordan

    I have a question. Long story short I attended a d2 school to play football and ended up leaving. I still have a bill of about 2000 dollars at that school. Im now at a juco. Will I have to pay that money to the previous school before I can step on the field here?

    • Jordan,

      If you have to pay the bill before you can get an official transcript from that school, then yes, you will probably have to pay the bill before you can step on the field.

      Rick

  • Katerina

    Hi, I am a exchange student this year in high school and I am 18 years old. First time I was a senior because this is my twelfth year in high school but they don’t wanna let me graduate so they talked with my organization and they put me to junior. I play tennis such a long time and after few tournaments I am number 32 in the state of Tennessee. And my dream was go to collage with scholarship this coming August. What can I do now? I think that I already have all the credits what I need and I did act on December I did 18 and on April I will do it again. My grades here are really good. I had two B and two A first semester and this second I have three A and one B. Please help me

    • Katerina,

      If you have sufficient grades to go with your ACT score, you may be able to be eligible this Fall at an NCAA school if you have all the course requirements to enable you to graduate. You may want to talk to a guidance counselor at your school about the requirements to graduate from your high school. You should also register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at http://www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org, and review the information they have on that website for exchange student athletes.

      Rick

  • RJ

    Hi Rick,I played one semester of JUCO(Basketball) in 2009. I came on as a walk on and since then I have been in and out of school because I had to work and pay for it on my own. Is there still a fighting chance for me to play D1 or D1-AA any where in the country with all the time that has passed.

    • RJ,

      Div. I basketball is no longer an option for you because your “five-year clock” (the Div. I rule that limits your window of opportunity to play Div. I ball) has expired, or will expire at the end of this semester. You may be able to play at the NCAA Div. II, III, or the NAIA level, as they follow a rule that only counts the semesters that you’ve been enrolled as a full-time student toward a 10 semester limit.

      Rick

  • Missing the game

    I had the opportunity to play college softball right out of high school but chose not to due to injuries. I am currently attending school at a D1 school just as a student but miss the game very much! I am looking into transferring tone of the schools that showed interest before to play am I going to have to sit out a year? I’m not sure of the regulations in this particular case!

    • Missing,

      If you are in “good standing” academically, it’s unlikely that you would have to sit out if you transfer to another school since you haven’t been a member of a college team.

      Rick

  • Deonta

    Hey how are you Mr. Allen, I have some personal question I would like to ask you about transferring and redshirt. Could you please email or I email to discussion some situation that I need clarification about?

  • LJ

    Hey Rick,

    I currently run track (as a walk on) at a Div 1 school. I was not a recruited walk-on, but I am looking to transfer to a Div.1 school to play basketball because that is my passion. Do I have to be granted permission to speak with another school before I talk to them and if so then If I quit track do I have to attain permission to speak with another school?

    • LJ,

      Since you are a member of an athletic team at your school, you will need to obtain “permission to contact” before coaches at other NCAA schools can talk with you about a possible transfer. It doesn’t matter if you quit the track team, you will still need to obtain that permission because you have been an athlete at your current school.

      Rick

      • LJ

        ok thanks! Would I need permission to talk to the basketball coach at my own school or no?

        • LJ,

          No formal permission is needed to talk to the coach at your own school. I still suggest letting your track coach know first, however, so that he or she doesn’t get caught off-guard if contacted by the basketball coach to ask about you.

          Rick

          • LJ

            Thank you, also one last question…would i have to sit out a year if i transferred to another D1 school for basketball? (I have not competed in any meets or events for my current school, i was redshirted the indoor season for track and have not competed in any events so far for the outdoor season due to some injuries.)

          • LJ,

            Since you are a non-recruited walk-on in another sport, you should be able to be eligible next year without the need to sit out, as long as you meet the academic requirements for transfer.

            Rick

  • Bianca

    Hello. I currently go to a D1 junior college and received a scholarship to play soccer. I am basically finishing up my second year and getting ready to graduate. I was hoping to move on to a four year and still continue to play soccer. The thing is, during the season my coach never contacted any schools and no one came to our games so this means i wasnt scouted. I never really received any help from him either looking at other schools because now the school that i am currently at is turning into a 4 year school and he wants me to stay. Im not sure if thats what i want to do because i want to play at a higher level. But i was told i am only eligible to play for 2 more years and i dont know if i want to waste it. Is it too late for me to be recruited to a good soccer school and receive a good amount of money for scholarships? or do i just have no choice but to just stay?

    • Bianca,

      I don’t believe it’s too late to be recruited to a soccer program, but you’re going to have to work hard to “market yourself” by sending out e-mails and any video of yourself if you have any. Also, enlist the help of past coaches, such as HS or club coaches to reach out to four-year schools on your behalf. Also, consider quality NCAA Div. II schools as options because they are allowed to offer you a tryout opportunity on their campus if they choose to do so.

      Rick

  • Steve

    I have a niece that is attending a Div 1 school on a softball scholarship. She will be leaving the school after 1 year and not returning. Can she attend another school close to home starting her sophmore year?

    • Steve,

      She can certainly attend another school next year. Whether she can be eligible to play for the new school next year will depend upon her status when she leaves her current school.

      Rick

  • Michsl

    I have a daughter at a D1 school running track as a freshman. She is not receiving any scholarship. If she takes off from college for her upcoming sophomore year as a “gap year”, when she returns as a year later as a sophomore, would she be eligible to compete if she decided to go to another school? Would she be eligible for consideration for scholarship?

    • Michsl,

      She would likely be eligible as long as she is eligible at the time she withdraws from her current Div. I school. The scholarship decision would be totally up to the coach at the next school.

      Rick

  • Eric

    My son is a sophomore on a partial D2 track scholarship. He wants to transfer in state to a D1 school. This decision came about because I am a disabled veteran and he can go to a public state supported school for free. This will relieve a huge financial burden. His current coach denied the request today. What can be done at this point? Can he just walk away from the D2 scholarship, attend the in-state college for a year, and then walk-on to the new school the following year? If he walks away from the D2 scholarship will he never be able to compete again? If he can go to an in-state and sit out on his own, will he still have 2 years eligibility left? Essentially can he self impose a sit out year and compete the following year?

    • Eric,

      If your son submits a written request to transfer and the coach/school denies, the school must provide him an appeal opportunity. In a “worst-case” scenario, yes, he can self-impose a “year in residence” and have two more years to compete as long as he is within his “five-year clock.”

      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 NCAA eligibility and transfer rules. All consultations are completely confidential.

      If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Sue

    Hi, my son is attending at D2 school on a partial scholarship.in the off season he got hurt and most likely won’t play in the fall.will his scholarships still be honored if he withdrawls from the football team.thanks

  • Will

    Hi,

    I was a qualifier out of high school and chose to goto a junior college. The next year out of high school I started and earned a scholarship to a D1AA program. I left after the fall semester of my freshman year and was a mid year transfer. After going to the school in the spring and participating in spring practice, if I wanted to transfer back to the junior college and play fallowing fall for my sophomore year there will I be able to do that?

    • Will,

      You should be able to do that and be eligible back at the JUCO as long as you have a GPA of at least 2.00, and 24 semester credit hours earned before you return to the JUCO.

      Be aware that to be eligible when you return back to the Div. I level after your second stint at the JUCO, that you’ll need to graduate from the JUCO with your Associates Degree and satisfy other academic requirements.

      Rick

  • Lacrosse Parent

    Hello, Rick. I am the parent of a Sophomore Lacrosse player at an Ivy League school. This player is currently a starter for the team. The player maintains a very high GPA in Economics and plans to attend Grad School in Business.

    My hypothetical is: If this player foregoes the Senior season at X Ivy, in hopes of getting a scholarship from the lacrosse coach at School Y while attending grad school in pursuit of an MBA, what hazards would this player face from current coaches, his current school, or the NCAA? We are aware that the player would have only one year of eligibility remaining. Thanks for your help.

    • LP,

      The basic rule we start with in analyzing transfer situations is that the athlete is not eligible in their first academic year of residence at the new school UNLESS they meet one of the transfer exceptions in the NCAA Manual. To be immediately eligible as a transfer at School Y in this situation, School X will need to agree to let this athlete be eligible at School Y.

      Rick

  • AUSTIN

    Hey Rick,
    I am planning on transferring away from my college when my four year academic scholarship ends. I then hope to transfer to an NAIA college to play soccer.Even though by then I will have attended college for four years already, I haven’t played any sports in college yet so I should still be eligible for my four years of college athletics correct? I also want to compete for an athletic scholarship, for soccer at NAIA colleges is there a limit on the scholarships that are awarded? Thanks.

    • Austin,

      If you complete the requirements to graduate from your college before transferring to the NAIA school, you will have no mre eligibility. You must attend the NAIA college as an undergrad in order to be eligible at that same college as a grad student. Also, once you have attended college as a full-time student for 10 semesters, you have no more remaining athletic eligibility.

      Rick

  • Confidence E.

    Hello Rick, I’m in need of your expertise. I was at a D1 institution for basketball on full scholarship, I was there for 3yrs. I was injured my second year there and sat out/redshirted. I came back and competed my 3rd year there, then transferred to a D2 school which was my 3rd year of competition, but 4th year of school & was on full scholarship for the entire year. I have 1yr of eligibility left after this year and would like to go somewhere else. Do I have any options?

    • Confidence,

      If you will be able to graduate from your Div. II school by the end of this semester or this summer, you may be able to be eligible at another Div. II school next year as a graduate student. If you DON”T graduate from the Div. II school, but are in good academic standing, you might be able to be eligible at an NAIA school, or an NCAA Div. III program.

      Rick

  • rick

    If you enroll in a 4year school can you go back to prep school if you never played

    • Rick,

      You might be able to do that if you enroll at the four-year school only as a part-time student, but if you’ve been enrolled as a full-time student, I think that would be highly unlikely. I’m not familiar with prep school competition rules.

      Rick

  • Chris

    Hi Rick,

    I have a question for you. I competed for 4 years at a Division 2 level in cross country. I will start a masters program this fall at a Division 1 school. Will I be eligible to try out for a different sport at this Division 1 school (for example, trying out for track. I did not compete in varsity level track at my Division 2 undergrad school). Thanks for your help!

    Best,

    Chris

    • Chris,

      As long as you are within your “five-year clock” (the five-year period that begins with your first college enrollment at any college or university and the period within which you must complete your college athletic competition), you should be able to be eligible in a different sport at a Div. I university.

      Rick

  • Cheryl

    My son got scholarship to swim. (signed NLI) Is quite disillusioned with the degree of verbal and emotional abuse on the team from the coach. Requested a meeting to discuss and was phoned by coach and yelled (and swore) at for more than 20 minutes. Then told not to show up on deck until “further notice.” What recourse or protection does my son have? What is the next step to take?

    • Cheryl,

      As long as your son is academically eligible and hasn’t had any conduct issues at the school, the coach can’t cancel his scholarship in the middle of the academic year unless he voluntarily quits the team, or violates some “team rule” that should be stated in a documented list of rules, or in his scholarship agreement that he signed with the school. Your son may want to contact the Assistant or Associate Athletic Director to whom the swim coach reports.

      If your son chooses to transfer to another school, and you would like assistance in navigating the transfer process, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Anne

    Rick-
    I’m a division one lacrosse player looking to transfer for multiple reasons. Can I receive my release forms before the season is over but still play?

    • Anne,

      That is entirely up to your coach. Some coaches have been known to kick an athlete off their team if they’re already thinking about transferring to another school.

      Rick

  • Luke

    I played d3 football my freshman year, then transferred to a d1 school for my sophomore year. I haven’t played sports here, but I have decided I want to transfer somewhere and play the next two years. Will I be eligible my junior year, next year? If so at what levels, D1? Also, do I need to get a release form from this school since I haven’t participated in sports?

    • Luke,

      If you are doing well academically, you should be able to be eligible next year at an NCAA Div. III program, or an NAIA program. If you transfer to NCAA Div. I or II, you’ll be ineligible at those schools until you attend their school for one full academic year.

      You aren’t required to obtain a release form from this school, but the other schools you contact may request one anyway, just to confirm that you are not an athlete at your current school.

      Rick

  • Luke

    I played d3 football my freshman year, then transferred to a d1 school for my sophomore year. I haven’t played sports here, but I have decided I want to transfer somewhere and play the next two years. Will I be eligible my junior year, next year?

    • Luke,

      If you are doing well academically, you should be able to be eligible next year at an NCAA Div. III program, or an NAIA program. If you transfer to NCAA Div. I or II, you’ll be ineligible at those schools until you attend their school for one full academic year.

      Rick

  • Roger

    Hey Rick

    My son attended a 4 yr University and recieved his degree. He was on a pretty decent athletic scholorship however, He suffered injuries throughout his attendance at that school. He declared a red shirt his fresman yr and didn’t compete over the 30 percent rule his senior yr. My question is can he go to another university and compete. While furthering his schooling/ and could he be eligable for a athletic scholorship at the new school?

    • Roger,

      This may be possible at an NCAA Div. I or II school depending upon a few factors, including his sport and whether he has time remaining on his five-year or ten-semester “clock.” It is more likely to be possible at a Div. II school. If you would like to contact me directly to discuss his options, I can be reached at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Liz

    My son is playing baseball in a NAIA school currently. He looking to transfer to a JUCO school in the fall. Since the JUCO is a 2 year school. Will he be able to play 1 year or can he play 2 years?

    • Liz,

      If your son is playing in his first year for the NAIA school, he’ll have one year of eligibility at the JUCO level.

      Rick

  • Erich

    Hey Rick,

    Just a quick question. If i went to a community college to pay football but i wanted to transfer to a D1 school to play. Would i be able to transfer after my first year or do i need to wait 2 years? And if i did transfer how would i be sure to make the team? would i automatically just be on the team?

    • Erich,

      Whether you transfer after your first or second year will depend upon whether you were a Qualifier for Div. I based on your HS academic performance, as well as your academic performance while at the two-year college. Whether you make the team is entirely up to the coaching staff.

      Rick

  • Jimmy

    Mr. Allen,

    My son is a freshemn wreslting at a D2 school. His scholarship was raised as he broke the school record for freshmen wins. The coaches said he exceeded their expectations as he was one place away from going to nationals. The problem is that there are several wreslters in the $4-$6k range that did not have wininng records, and he had the most wins on the team by a long shot, there was no on really close to his record. Should he ask the coach for an increase and if so what is a good way to do this, and we have other NAIA schools that will offer substantially more money so what would it take for him to get released?
    Thanks for your time.
    Jim

    • Jim,

      Since your son’s scholarship was already raised, my hunch is that they won’t raise it much more, if any. However, if he does ask the coach for an increase, he should explain, as you did, that he is asking because of his record compared to others on the team.

      To be eligible immediately at an NAIA school and not have to sit out from competition during his first 16 weeks, he’ll need to meet the academic requirements for a transfer, and be granted his release by his current school.

      Rick

  • SoccMom

    Hi Rick,
    My son will be an incoming freshman playing D1 Mens Soccer in the fall. For Sophomore year he is interested in transferring schools to another D1 school (same conference!)I understand he will need written permission from his coach first. Should that be granted,will he be able to play for his new school Sophomore year provided he has is in good academic standing with the proper amount of credits to transfer? I understand he will first need to be accepted to the second school and the coach would want to recruit him for their program?
    Thanks!

    • SoccMom,

      If your son transfers to another school within the same conference, he most likely will NOT be eligible in his first year at the second school. Also, depending upon the rules of that particular conference, he may lose a year of eligibility as if he were playing that season, even though he will not he eligible to play.

      Rick

  • gardner

    My son is a scholarship freshman baseball player at a D1 school. The coach just said since you are only going to get a few innings this season because of older kids ahead of you, would you like to redshirt? The season is half way over and he did not get in a game yet so he can still redshirt.
    If he redshirts this freshman season can he transfer into another D1 school without sitting out another year. Are there any cons to redshirting

    • Gardner,

      Because your son is on a baseball scholarship, he’ll have to sit out from competition during his first year of attendance if he transfers directly to another Div. I program. That is the “con” of redshirting – two straight years (in this scenario) of no game competition.

      Rick

  • Roy

    Rick,

    Thanks for an informative site. I have a relative that is a top flight D-1 basketball player at a top ten program. They were outstanding this year on and off the court but internal team turmoil and issues with the coaching staff have resulted in this player asking for a release.

    Leaving the school would make Sportscenter and be big news and would have everyone questioning the program more so the player because this player was outstanding this year despite all of the internal turmoil. The school has denied their request. The player does not want to be there and is willing to just leave, sit out, go to another school and find a way to pay their own tuition if they need to.

    When a request for release is denied, what options does the athlete actually have that would allow them to go play elsewhere? And what are the NCAA rules regarding leaving after a request for release is denied?

    Thank You,
    Roy

    • Roy,

      Given this athlete’s status at a top-ranked program, and the nature of your questions, I think it would be best if you (or the athlete’s family) contacted me directly for a phone consultation. I assure you that all of our consultations are confidential, and I don’t even need to know the name of the athlete or the school. In fact, in most of my consultations, I don’t know the identity of the school the athlete is attending, and it doesn’t change the detailed information that I provide.

      If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Gracelle

    Rick,

    I’m a track athlete and started running track at a community college then transfered to a D2 university after two years. I only spent a semester at the university the left back home after the fall semester becausr I absolutely hated the school. I was on a partial scholarship and ran in only one indoor meet with the team. For the spring semester I’m currently not attending college but plan to go back to a different school in the fall I want to run track at the new school so my question is would I still need permission from my old school to run even though I don’t currently attend that school anymore

    • Gracelle,

      Since it has not been at least one full academic year since you left the Div. II school, you will still need their permission before coaches at other NCAA schools can discuss a transfer with you.

      Rick

  • Austin

    Dear Rick,
    I went to a D2 school out of high school in 2011 for 1 semester in the fall. I left the school and went to a community college for the hole year of 2012. In the spring of 2013 I came to the JUCO I now attend. Do I need to graduate from here to go to another D2? Also my father is a quadriplegic and was in and out of hospitals all of 2012 am I able to receive a hardship for 2012 because i had to help with him for that year, cause it was out of my control?

    • Austin,

      To transfer from JUCO to another Div. II school and be immediately eligible, you will need to satisfy certain academic criteria during your time at the JUCO, but graduating from there with your Associates Degree is not required. It is one option, however.

      As far as receiving a hardship for 2012, the school would have to submit that on your behalf, so it will be best to talk to the compliance coordinator at the Div. II school you plan to attend.

      Rick

  • Jordan

    Hi,
    My name is Jordan and I have received offers from D3 schools and 1 NAIA school to be a football kicker. I’m currently attending a Junior College. I wanted to know if I attend a D3 school or a NAIA school will I be eligible to play in the fall semester of 2014 and also will I be able to transfer out of that school the followin year to a D1 or D2 school without being penalized? I have a lot of questions considering I’ve never done this before.
    Thank you

  • Debby

    My daughter is an D1 athlete in a fall/winter sport (POM Squad). She is listed as a sophomore to graduate in Spring of 2016. She will actually graduate 1 semester early with her nursing class. She receives a scholarship. Can she finish out that basketball season on the POM Squad if she graduates a semester early?

  • Jake

    Rick,

    I did have competed in college (in this order):
    2 years of Soccer (NAIA)
    1 Year of Soccer – Fall & Track – Spring (NCAA D2)
    1 Year of Soccer – Fall & Track – Spring (NAIA)
    I am looking to do my masters at NCAA D1/2. With the Graduate Exemption I would be Eligible for 1 Year of Track correct? (Due to my 5 Year NCAA clock.)

    Thank you,
    Jake

    • Jake,

      Because you’ve already transferred multiple times, you won’t be able to be immediately eligible at a Div. I program without a waiver from the NCAA. However, because you will be pursuing your Masters, you should be able to be eligible at a Div. II program. The Division II rules are more flexible for postgraduate eligibility.

      Rick

  • TheJucoMan

    Hey just one quick question, my son played two years of junior college basketball in California already. He has a 2.5 decent grades but he needs a little bit more exposure he’s always been a big fish in a small pond at his schools. Can he transfer to a prep school for a year even wih him playing those two years of Juco basketball?

    • JUCOMan,

      I don’t know what the rules are for prep school participation, but I doubt that will be possible.

      Rick

  • Rick,

    Can a division 1 basketball player transfer from a 4 year school (school A) between the Fall and Spring semesters to another 4 year school (school B) and then transfer back to the original 4 year school (school A) after that Spring semester?

    • Mike,

      The athlete can do that, but probably will have to sit out during the first year back at School A, unless the athlete doesn’t participate in basketball at School B.

      Rick

  • Cassi

    Hey rick, are cross country, indoor and outdoor track considered different sports by ncaa rule?

    • Cassi,

      The answer is part yes, and part no. They are considered three different sports for the purposes of determining an athlete’s eligibility, and whether an athlete has used a “season of competition” in that sport. However, if an athlete, for example, has a scholarship for indoor track, then they also have the same scholarship for outdoor track.

      Rick

  • Steph

    Hi Rick,

    I played DII softball for 2 1/2 yrs during my undergraduate career. I graduated in May of 2013. Is it possible to play as a graduate student for the 1 year eligibility I am assuming I still have left?

    • Steph,

      As long as you still have time left on your “ten-semester clock”, that would be possible. If you’ve already attended college as a full-time student for ten semesters, then you have no time remaining to use that last year of eligibility.

      Rick

  • hjj

    Hi: What happens if your division 1 (pac 12) school cuts your sport? What are your transfer choices? Can you transfer to another Pac 12 school? HOw do you ask for a scholarship this late in the game? thanks

    • HJJ,

      You should be able to be immediately eligible at another Div. I school under the “Discontinued/Non-Sponsored Sport Exception.”

      Rick

  • Billy

    Hi Rick,

    I played my freshman year on scholarship at a D2 school, and ended up redshirting. We are about to finish up school and I am interested in transferring to a junior college in California. I am wondering what I have to do in order to transfer, and if or any problems I may have. (Obviously I want to play immediately at the Junior College.)

    Thanks

    • Billy,

      You just need to contact the coaches at the JUCO and follow their instructions. No special permission is needed when transferring from a four-year college to a JUCO. You should be able to be eligible next year as long as you’ve earned at least 24 semester or 36 quarter hours this year at your Div. II school with a GPA of at least 2.00.

      Rick

  • T.

    Hi Rick,
    I received a football scholarship to attend a Division 1 school in the fall. I did not graduate high school on time this year and NCAA rules say if you do not graduate on your designated graduation day then you are not eligible to receive the scholarship for the following year. I am taking those classes now during the summer and plan to attend prep school in the fall and transfer to the original school I was committed to and planned on attending. Will taking the classes over summer and attending prep school again qualify me to be Division 1 eligible?

    • T,

      Depending upon how you do in the summer classes and at the prep school this next year, you will have the chance to be eligible for Div. I for the Fall of 2015. I suggest you stay in contact with the compliance office at the Div. I school that you signed with on your plans to make sure you, compliance, and the coaches who recruited you are all on the same page.

      Rick

      Rick

  • Eric

    Hi Rick,
    I am currently attending a D3 school playing both football and baseball, both of which I was recruited for, but I would like to transfer to a D1 school and play only football. I would most likely join the team for spring practices, as I have been told by a friend on the team that the roster is already set for the fall. I have been accepted to the school, but I have not been in contact with any of the coaches, as I do not have permission-to-contact yet. Will I eventually need permission-to-contact from my previous school even after I am enrolled at the D1 school?
    Thanks

    • Eric,

      That won’t be necessary after you’re enrolled and attending classes at the Div. I school. Be aware that since you were recruited to the Div. III school, that you’ll be ineligible for competition during your first year in the Div. I program.

      Rick

  • Chip

    Hi Rick,

    Here is my question. our Daughter was recruited by a D1 school for Track and Field. She recieved a partial Scholarship for her sport and Seemed to struggle her freshman year. Now she has already signed for her 2nd year but know has second thoughts on going back. What recourse do we have if she really does not want to go back?

    Any advice would be apreciated

    Chip

    • Chip,

      If she doesn’t want to go back, she can inform the coach and turn down her scholarship, but if she wants to transfer elsewhere, she’ll have to go through all the steps of the transfer process. If you’d like a consultation to help her navigate the transfer process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Ben

    Dear Rick,
    I had knee surgery my senior year of high school and not only missed my senior basketball season, but also had to spend my first year after graduation rehabbing because of how severe the surgery and recovery process were. I then participated in a post-grad basketball program (now my 2nd year after graduation) and from there received a scholarship to a junior college, where I have played the last two seasons. I now have a Division I scholarship offer, but the NCAA Eligibility Center just sent me an e-mail saying that I am “Final Certified with Conditions.” It states that I have used a season of competition and would have to serve an academic year in residence. There is no way the Div I school will want me if I can’t play for them this coming season, not to mention only get one year of competition after that. Any advice or experience with this will be GREATLY appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Hi Ben,

      I suggest that you talk with the compliance director at the Div. I school that has offered the scholarship, and ask if there is any case precedent for a waiver given the severity of your injury, and the need for extensive rehab and lengthy recovery. If you were a strong student academically that will be a plus, but may not be helpful enough to change the outcome from the Eligibility Center.

      In the meantime, you may also want to check out any Division II options that you might have, as their rule is different and may not require a year in residence.

      Rick