While some Division I Spring Sport Transfer Portal Windows have closed, the Window for some Spring Sports are still open.

  • Baseball: Through July 2
  • Men’s Golf: Through June 6
  • Lacrosse: Through June 10
  • Women’s Rowing: Through June 26
  • Softball: Through June 17
  • Outdoor Track and Field: Through June 21

Other reminders for Division I athletes:

  • Under the new Transfer Eligibility and Transfer Portal rules that were adopted by Division I in late April, a student-athlete who has received or will be receiving their undergrad degree by the end of the summer and will be transferring as a Postgraduate student, must enter the Transfer Portal by the closing Portal date for their sport.
  • The exception to the Transfer Portal dates that had previously existed for Division I student-athletes who are transferring as a non-scholarship athlete is no longer available. D1 walk-on student-athletes who are planning to transfer to another NCAA university must enter the Portal by the closing date for their sport.
  • There is still a 30-day Transfer Window available for Division I student-athletes immediately following their coach being fired or leaving to take another job.

There is also a 30-day Transfer Window available for Division I student-athletes after they have been officially notified by their school’s financial aid office that their athletic scholarship is being cancelled, reduced or not renewed.

Do You Have Questions?

Schedule a confidential Transfer consultation online for an explanation of the steps, rules and academic requirements to be eligible as a transferring student-athlete, or by calling us at 913-766-1235 or writing to rick@informedathlete.com

Both NCAA Division I and II governing boards recently took action to eliminate the “year in residence” requirement for student-athletes who transfer more than one time between four-year universities. This is a rule that had been in place for many years.

The Division I and DII Councils unanimously adopted a rule change that will permit a student-athlete transferring from a four-year university to an NCAA DI or DII institution to be immediately eligible regardless of how many times the athlete may have transferred previously. This rule change has been ratified by both Division I and Division II Board of Directors and is now effective.

In order for a NCAA DI student-athlete to be eligible:

  • The student-athlete must be in good academic standing at their time of transfer and the university they are leaving must be able to indicate that the athlete would be eligible if they were staying at that university rather than transferring.
  • This includes the requirement to earn at least 6 academic credits each semester, at least 18 hours during the regular academic year, and satisfy the “percentage of degree completion” requirement.

For a NCAA DII student-athlete to be eligible:

  • The key academic requirement is that an athlete must be earning at least 9 credit hours each semester to be eligible the following semester.

If an athlete is not academically eligible for their very first term of attendance at their new university under this new rule, they will have the opportunity to regain eligibility after they have completed one term of full-time enrollment and have satisfied all academic eligibility requirements.

For both Divisions I and II:

One exception is that Division I baseball athletes who are not eligible at the start of the Fall term will not be eligible until the following academic year.

Do You Need Help Navigating the Transfer Process

We specialize in explaining all of the rules and academic requirements for an athlete to be eligible as a transfer to a new college. Schedule a confidential Transfer Consultation online, contact us at rick@informedathlete.com or by call 913-766-1235.

The NCAA recently provided updated guidance regarding the December 2023 court injunction that is in place regarding the Division I transfer rules.

The court injunction:

  • Currently prevents the NCAA from enforcing their “year in residence” requirement for any athlete who is transferring a second time to a 3rd Division I program.
  • Permits any Division I athlete who is currently serving a “year in residence” at a Division I university to be immediately eligible for competition.

The recent updated guidance from the NCAA indicates that:

  • Student-athletes who transfer to a Division I university for the 2024-25 academic year will be able to be immediately eligible, even if the normal application of the “year in residence” requirement would prevent them from being eligible.

However, those athletes will still need to satisfy other transfer eligibility requirements, such as needing to be academically eligible at the time that they depart their previous university to be eligible in their first year at a new university.

Here are two key reminders about this court injunction:

  • Student-athletes who are transferring from a four-year university for the first time should not need to worry about this court injunction. As long as you satisfy the “One-Time Transfer Exception” you will be allowed to be immediately eligible next year.
  • This court injunction only applies to the Division I transfer rules, not those of Division II or III.

Do you have questions?

If you have questions or concerns about how this court injunction might impact your athlete’s transfer to a Division I university for next year we can help. Schedule a confidential Transfer Consult Online, or by calling our office at 913-766-1235.

As Winter sports are winding down, here are the opening and closing Transfer Portal dates for NCAA Division I Winter sport athletes:

Men’s Basketball: March 18-May 1
Women’s Basketball: March 18-May 1
Women’s Bowling: April 3-May 17
Fencing: March 19-May 2
Men’s Gymnastics: April 16-May 30
Women’s Gymnastics: April 1-May 15
Men’s Ice Hockey: March 31-May 14
Women’s Ice Hockey: March 17-April 30
Rifle: Feb. 26-April 10
Skiing: March 5-April 18
Men’s Swimming/Diving: March 20-May 3
Women’s Swimming/Diving: March 13-April 26
Indoor Track and Field: March 5-April 18
Men’s Wrestling: March 20-May 3

Exceptions:

  • There are exceptions for Division I student-athletes who will be transferring as a postgraduate student and for those who are transferring as a non-scholarship athlete.
  • There is also a 30-day Transfer Window available for Division I student-athletes immediately following their coach being fired, retiring, or leaving to take another job.

Do you have questions?

Schedule a confidential consultation online for an explanation of the steps, rules and academic requirements to be eligible as a transferring student-athlete, or by calling us at 913-766-1235 or writing to rick@informedathlete.com

Student-athletes who start their college career at a junior college and plan to transfer on to an NCAA university should be fully aware and informed of their academic eligibility status and what specific academic requirements they must meet as they prepare to move forward.

Academic eligibility issues can create delays and roadblocks and if these issues aren’t discovered until AFTER the JUCO transfer has already started attending classes at their NCAA university, the athlete won’t be eligible to compete during their first year of attendance.

Knowing your eligibility status ahead of time can allow a student-athlete to make the adjustments that are needed to avoid disappointment and possibly financial problems down the road.

Some of the types of things than can derail a JUCO athlete’s athletic and academic career and ends up costing them personally and financially include the following:

  • Was the junior college student-athlete a “qualifier” or a “non-qualifier” (as defined by the NCAA) based on their high school academic record? The answer to this will affect
    what a transfer athlete must achieve academically during their time at a junior college to be eligible to compete in their first year at an NCAA university.
  • How many semesters did the junior college student-athlete attend the junior college as a full-time student? (It can be a good thing to take a part-time course load at a junior college in some situations.)
  • Was the junior college student-athlete required to earn their Associates Degree to be academically eligible upon transfer to an NCAA university?

If you are a junior college transfer athlete (or parent of one) and you are uncertain about your NCAA academic eligibility status, Informed Athlete can help.

Schedule a confidential phone or Zoom Transfer consultation online to discuss your student-athlete’s specific situation and learn what options are available to consider.

We also can provide a personalized College Transcript Review to make sure your athlete is on the right track or needs to fulfill other requirements in order to be eligible when they transfer.

Contact Rick Allen at rick@informedathlete.com or call our office at 913-766-1235 if you have questions about these or other services that we offer.

NCAA Division I Transfer Portal Windows for Fall sport athletes:

  • FBS Football: Dec. 4 through Jan. 2
  • FCS Football: Dec. 4 through Jan. 2
  • Men’s Soccer: Nov. 20 through Dec. 19
  • Women’s Volleyball: Dec. 3 through Jan. 1
  • Men’s Water Polo: Nov. 26 through Dec. 25
  • Cross Country: Closed December 17
  • Field Hockey: Closed December 11
  • Women’s Soccer: Closed December 12

Exceptions to the above listed dates:

  • A 30-day Transfer Window is available for Division I student-athletes immediately following their coach being fired or leaving to take another job.
  • It is also possible for Division I athletes who are not receiving an athletic scholarship (or who were not recruited to a non-scholarship program, such as the Ivy Leagues) to enter the Transfer Portal at any time that they choose to do so.

If you have questions about the steps, rules, and academic requirements for your athlete to be eligible at a new university as a transferring athlete, schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online or call 913-766-1235 for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Division I Transfer Portal Windows are closing soon for the 2023 Spring sports listed below:

  • Women’s Beach Volleyball: June 14
  • Men’s Golf: June 17
  • Lacrosse: June 21
  • Tennis: June 15
  • Women’s Water Polo: June 15

To learn and understand how all the steps and rules involved in a transfer will impact your student-athlete, schedule a confidentialTransfer Consult online.

An NCAA Division I 2023 Spring Sport athlete who wants to be eligible at another Division I program next year must notify their current school that they want to enter the Transfer Portal during the Periods listed below.

  • Baseball: May 30-July 13
  • Women’s Beach Volleyball: May 1-June 14
  • Men’s Golf: May 4-June 17
  • Women’s Golf: April 27-June 10
  • Lacrosse: May 8-June 21
  • Women’s Rowing: May17-June 30
  • Softball: May 15-June 28
  • Tennis: May 2-June 15
  • Outdoor Track and Field: May 19-July 2
  • Men’s Volleyball: April 24-June 7
  • Women’s Water Polo: May 2-June 15

Do You Have Questions?

Considering a transfer to another school can be very stressful and frustrating. To learn all the steps and rules involved in a transfer, schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call our office at 913-766-1235.

One of the questions we receive on a regular basis is whether an athlete must be added to the “Transfer Portal” to contact a coach at an NCAA athletic program when the athlete has already been cut from their current team or they have completely withdrawn from their university.

In the majority of cases, that answer is “yes.”

When an athlete at an NCAA university has withdrawn from their university, the NCAA rules state that the athlete can’t be contacted by coaches at other programs unless the athlete has been withdrawn from their previous college for at least one full academic year!

So, even if your athlete left their NCAA school at the end of the Fall semester, or were cut from the team by their coach, they still need to be added to the Transfer Portal to have contact with coaches at other NCAA universities.

If you have other questions about what you should or should not do when considering a transfer, schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.