Entries by Informed Athlete

Changes to the National Letter of Intent Signing Period

In some sports, the NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Period timeline is changing with the upcoming November 14th signing date. In the past, the Fall signing period was only one-week long and there was a separate Spring signing period in April. Starting with this signing period, high-school athletes in all sports other than basketball and […]

Proposed Changes to NCAA DI Recruiting Timeline

The NCAA Division I Council recently proposed changes to the Division I recruiting timeline that will adjust key recruiting dates in all sports other than football and basketball.  The proposed changes are expected to be voted on in April 2019. One proposal addressed the sport of men’s ice hockey, while the other proposal addressed all […]

National Letter of Intent Signing November 14th

The NCAA’s National Letter of Intent in all sports other than football can be signed beginning Wednesday, November 14.  Athletes being recruited by NJCAA two-year colleges can sign beginning November 1. When an athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with an NCAA Division I or II program, they are – in effect – signing a “contract” to […]

More Changes to NCAA DI Transfer Rules Proposed

More changes to the NCAA Division I transfer rules were proposed just last week by the NCAA Division I Council at their meeting in Indianapolis. These additional changes are not scheduled for a vote until April so likely won’t take effect until Fall 2019. I will outline these key changes below, but for NCAA Division I […]

Changes to NCAA DI Campus Visit Rules

Official visits can now be offered by most NCAA Division I sports programs to high school juniors graduating in 2020. The only Division I sports that can’t yet offer official visits to 2020 high school graduates include: Men’s basketball (not until January 1 of the recruit’s junior year), Women’s basketball (not until the Thursday after the […]

NCAA Transfer Rule Changes Effective October 15th

The NCAA transfer rules at this time require that student-athletes must request and obtain “permission to contact” from their current college before coaches at other NCAA colleges can speak with them about a possible transfer. If you are thinking about requesting this “permission to contact” in the middle of your Fall sport season, we strongly encourage […]

NCAA Ice Hockey Eligibility Rules

Tyler Johnson (no, not the TB Lightning forward) should be getting ready for his second season of NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Maine. But for 10 minutes and 26 seconds when he was 16 years old. Instead, the 6-foot-3 goaltender is toiling as an Ontario Hockey League backup, the result of running […]


Eligibility and Transfer Problems for JUCO Athletes

We recently consulted with a student-athlete who was planning to transfer to an NCAA Division II college and learned that she won’t be eligible this Fall even though she earned her Associates Degree at her junior college in May. This student-athlete had not been informed that there are multiple NCAA academic requirements that must be satisfied to […]

Medical Hardship Waivers – The Importance of Documentation

While the NCAA, NAIA, and Junior Colleges offer Medical Hardship Waivers for student-athletes who are injured or become ill, the rules and criteria for each organization varies.  However, the most important factor in a Medical Hardship Waiver request is the medical documentation to substantiate the injury.  The best case scenario for a student-athlete to be […]