Two questions that we are frequently asked by DI and DII student-athletes regarding the transfer process are:
NCAA DI Student-Athlete:Do I still need to be in the NCAA Transfer Portal if I’ve been cut from the team or have withdrawn from my school?
NCAA DII Student-Athlete:Do I still need to have “permission to contact” if I’ve been cut from the team or have withdrawn from my school?
In most cases, that answer is “yes.”
In both of the above cases, if a student-athlete is cut from team or withdraws from the school, they have 2 choices:
- An NCAA DI Student-Athlete should inform their coach and compliance office in writing that they want to be placed into the NCAA Transfer Portal.
- An NCAA DII Student-Athlete should send an email to their coach and compliance office to request “permission to contact.”
- If either the NCAA DI or DII student-athlete chooses not to do the above, then they must wait one full academic year after withdrawal from their school before contacting other coaches about transferring.
So, even if your athlete left their team 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 or request permission to contact other universities if they’re planning to transfer to a Division I or II program.