Back in early June, we wrote about the number of college sports programs that were being eliminated across the country. Many of those programs were/are being dropped at least in part due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on colleges and athletic departments nationwide.

Since then, I’ve continued to monitor the number of programs at the NCAA Division I level that are being eliminated.

Adding my unofficial count to the 19 Division I programs that were previously announced, I’m now counting 59 or 60 programs from Division I. (My count isn’t exact, because a few programs have been reinstated.)

The hardest hit programs were tennis, with 13 men’s programs being dropped and 10 women’s programs. Swimming and diving saw 10 programs dropped (6 men’s and 4 women’s) and golf lost 8 programs (5 men’s and 3 women’s).

What does this mean for your athlete?

If they are a high school senior hoping to be recruited to a college program, or are a current college athlete considering a transfer from a two-year or four-year college to the Division I level, it means that there will be even more limited roster spots in certain sports.

This just compounds even more those roster problems for Spring sport athletes who have already been granted an additional year of eligibility due to 2020 spring sport seasons being cancelled.

How we can help

We can assist by answering your questions, hearing your concerns, and discussing options to consider:

  • For a high school senior whose recruiting opportunities have been severely limited during the past 5 or 6 months,
  • For a two-year or four-year college athlete who is facing a crowded roster but is uncertain whether opportunities at other colleges will be any better.

Schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues consult or a confidential Transfer consult online, or contact us directly at 913-766-1235 or via email at rick@informedathlete.com.

We’ve recently been contacted by several student-athletes who are considering transferring to another college after this Fall term.

In one case, the athlete is looking at a transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college, while the others were considering a transfer from one four-year college to another.

It’s very important to know all the consequences of how a transfer will affect an athlete’s future eligibility BEFORE moving forward.

  • For example, many people think that a JUCO athlete can be immediately eligible when they transfer to a four-year program as long as they have graduated from their JUCO with an Associates Degree. That’s not always the case, especially if the athlete is transferring to an NCAA Division I program. It also may not be enough for an NCAA DII program either.
  • A four-year college athlete transferring from one program to another should also be aware of the steps and requirements that they need to satisfy for a successful transfer, and the potential downside to doing so.

Considering a transfer to another school can be extremely stressful.

We can help by answering any questions you have and explaining the steps your athlete will need to follow for a transfer. We’ll also explain the academic requirements that he or she will need to satisfy to be eligible at their next university.

For athletes transferring from a junior college to a four-year college, we can also provide a Transcript Review and Assessment to review their junior college courses and advise on whether those courses and grades will satisfy the NCAA or NAIA transfer requirements.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion of the steps to follow for a transfer and the rules involved, schedule a Transfer Consult online. Or you can contact us by phone or email: 913-766-1235 or rick@informedathlete.com

It’s being reported that the NCAA Division I Council will vote soon on whether to move forward with a proposed One-Time Transfer Exception for ALL Division I student-athletes.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: This action will not be a final vote but will introduce the rule change into the NCAA’s legislative cycle.

This new proposal includes a specific date by which an athlete will be required to notify their university that they intend to leave and play their sport at another school.

  • The drafted legislation has those dates as May 1 for student-athletes in fall and winter sports, and July 1 for spring sport athletes.

Although the timeline for the “final” vote is not certain, all signs point to a new rule taking effect for the 2021-22 academic year.

Before your student-athlete makes a change, Call us!

If your athlete is considering leaving their current school and would like to have a confidential discussion of the steps to follow and the rules involved, schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online or you can contact us by phone or email: 913-766-1235 or rick@informedathlete.com

We realize that this is a very uncertain time for current college athletes.

  • Your sport rosters may be overcrowded.
  • Maybe your season has been postponed or cancelled.
  • Or perhaps your season is being moved from the Fall to the Spring.
  • You’re not sure whether your classes will be in-person or online as the semester progresses.

If you are a student-athlete who is considering a transfer or is considering taking a term off from college (or the parent of one) and would like to have a complete understanding of the rules that will impact your specific situation, we can help. We will answer all your questions, discuss options and help you develop an action plan to move forward in these uncertain times.

Schedule a confidential Transfer Consult or Eligibility Consult online or you can contact us at 913-766-1235 or rick@informedathlete.com.

When an NCAA D1 student-athlete is considering a transfer to another D1 university, there are two key steps in the process.

Step 1:

Submit written notice to the compliance office at your current university that you want your name entered into the Transfer Portal. The Transfer Portal eliminates the need to first obtain permission from your university to speak with coaches at other programs. However, it is still best practice to inform your coach of your plans to transfer before notifying your compliance office.

Step 2:

The university you’re leaving may choose to object to your opportunity to be immediately eligible in your first year at the new university. Such an objection could force you to sit out from competition in your first year of attendance unless an appeal or waiver is granted by the NCAA.

Why would a university state an objection?

There are a few different reasons that an athlete’s original university may object to the athlete being immediately eligible in their first year.

One reason can be when an athlete is following a former coach to a new job at another university.

Another primary reason is when the student-athlete’s GPA is under 2.60.

When a Division I scholarship athlete transfers,, the school’s team that they are transferring from will lose that athlete’s “retention point” for APR (Academic Progress Rate).

However:

  • When a transfer athlete has a GPA at or above 2.60, their original team can receive an “adjustment” and will be able to receive the retention point.
  • An athlete with a GPA below 2.60 won’t qualify for the adjustment and that will cause their original team to lose the retention point.

To learn more about how the APR can affect an athlete’s transfer, here’s a link to an article on our website: https://informedathlete.com/how-the-academic-progress-rate-apr-can-affect-an-athletes-ncaa-transfer/

Does the transferring athlete have any options?

  • The athlete may be able to take a summer course to raise their GPA above 2.60. However, where they take that summer course and when the grade is posted to their transcript can impact whether that will resolve the issue.
  • Also, if the university to which the athlete is transferring agrees to file for an NCAA waiver, the athlete has the potential to be ruled immediately eligible if the waiver is approved.

Do you need help?

If your student-athlete is considering a transfer at this point in the year and their GPA is a concern, or if you have other transfer questions, we can discuss the athlete’s options and help develop a plan to navigate through the process.

Schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online, or contact us at 913-766-1235.

Now that the use of the NCAA Transfer Portal has been approved for Division II student-athletes (effective Aug. 1, 2020) neither Division I nor Division II student-athletes are required to obtain “permission” from their current coaching staff or university before they initiate their plan to transfer to another university.

  • As a result, NCAA Division I and II coaches can’t block a student-athlete from contacting coaches at a rival school, or from transferring within the same conference.
  • However, in many cases, coaches can still choose to object to an athlete’s use of the “One-Time Transfer Exception” and block them from being eligible during their first year of attendance at the new university.

Transfer Portal Entry Timelines

For Division I student-athletes, their university is required to enter their name into the Transfer Portal within two business days of receiving written notification that the student-athlete is planning to transfer.

At the Division II level, athletic departments have up to 7 consecutive calendar days in which to enter a student-athlete’s name and contact info into the Transfer Portal (where that student-athlete can be “found” by coaches at other NCAA colleges.)

Confusing? We can Help!

Don’t let your athlete be the one to make a mistake in the Transfer process and damage their eligibility. Schedule a confidential Transfer Consult online, contact us by phone at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com

Effective August 1, student-athletes at NCAA Division II programs will no longer need to ask for permission from their university to contact coaches at other colleges about a possible transfer.

It has been a somewhat common misconception that all NCAA student-athletes have been able to use the Transfer Portal and that they simply needed to notify their school that they want their name and info entered into the Portal to be able to speak with coaches at other colleges.

But that hasn’t been the case.

That will change for Division II student-athletes starting August 1 when the “notification of transfer rule” takes effect.

Once a Division II student-athlete provides their athletic department with written notification that they want to contact other coaches about a possible transfer, the university will be required to enter the student-athlete’s information into the Transfer Portal within seven calendar days.

It is important to note that once a student-athlete provides transfer notification, the college has the right to take away their scholarship.

This can happen immediately if notification is provided in the summer or between semesters. If notification is given during a semester, the scholarship can be cancelled at the end of that semester.

To make sure you know how this new rule could impact your NCAA Division II student-athlete:

Schedule a confidential Transfer Consultation onlinesend an email to rick@informedathlete.com or give us a call at 913-766-1235.

That depends.

The final decision to transfer must be made by an athlete and family based on a number of factors. But we can help you to consider the pros and cons of a possible transfer by having a confidential discussion of the factors to consider.

Such factors/questions include:

  • Do the rules applying to your sport and situation give you the opportunity to be eligible next year with a new team? (Baseball, basketball, football, and men’s ice hockey can be more difficult.)
  • How many seasons of eligibility do you have remaining?
  • Will you satisfy the academic requirements to be eligible as a transferring student-athlete?
  • Are you transferring to another four-year college, or to a junior college to be re-recruited to another four-year college?

Do you need assistance?

If you want to discuss your specific situation as it relates to these questions and the options your student-athlete can consider, schedule a confidential transfer consultation online or by calling us at 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com

I recently consulted with the parent of an NCAA Division I baseball player who has been told by his coach that he won’t have a spot on the roster next season.

This is a player who was highly recruited by multiple “Power Five” programs and is on a large baseball scholarship.

The coaching staff coerced the athlete into submitting his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal even though he didn’t want to transfer. In an hour-long exit meeting where it was the player meeting with all three baseball coaches, they continually told him “you need to transfer” and “you won’t play here.”

Athletes in this type of situation should make sure that they know exactly what it means to submit their name into the Transfer Portal and the possible consequences of doing so.

  • That’s because doing so may hurt the athlete’s chances for approval of a waiver to be immediately eligible at another Division I program as a transfer athlete.
  • It could also hurt their chances if they later choose to appeal the loss of their scholarship.

Schedule a confidential Transfer Consult to discuss ALL things that your student-athlete should know and be prepared for in case a situation like this should happen. We have 3 ways to set up a consult:

  • Call us at 913-766-1235 to set a time.
  • Send an email to rick@informedathlete.com and include a few times that are convenient for you.

In recent months, there had been building anticipation that the NCAA may grant a one-time transfer opportunity to scholarship athletes in the Division I sports of baseball, basketball, football and men’s ice hockey.

The current Division I transfer rules prohibit immediate eligibility at a new Division I school when a scholarship athlete in those five sports transfers. However, comments by the Transfer Waiver Working Group led many of us to believe that a Transfer Waiver might be approved to help those athletes have immediate eligibility upon transfer to a new university.

Unfortunately, due to pressure from the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, action was recenlty taken to postpone any action on Division I transfer rule changes until the next NCAA Convention in January 2021.

As a result, any athlete in baseball, basketball, football or men’s ice hockey who is receiving or has received at any point an athletic scholarship from their current university, will be required to serve a “year in residence” at their new Division I university before they can be eligible for competition.

There are still NCAA waivers possible for transferring athletes to become eligible in their first year at their new university, but those waivers are received for particular situations when documentation supports a reason for transfer that is outside the control of the student-athlete.

Do You Have Questions?

Schedule a Transfer Consultation to make sure you are fully aware of the rules that will impact your transferring athlete’s eligibility at the new university that they are planning to attend. You can also call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.