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NCAA DI Student-Athlete:Do I still need to be in the NCAA Transfer Portal if I’ve been cut from the team or have withdrawn from my school?

NCAA DII Student-Athlete:Do I still need to have “permission to contact” if I’ve been cut from the team or have withdrawn from my school?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.”

OR,

  • 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.

If you have other questions about what you should or should not do when considering a transfer, call us at 913-766-1235 to schedule a Transfer Consult Call.

Student-athletes who are thinking about transferring to another school have many things to consider. Some of these things include when and how to tell the coach and how to find another school.

Here are a few things you should know BEFORE you talk to your coach:

If you’re a current student-athlete on scholarship at an NCAA DI or II school, the one thing you should NOT do is sign a “voluntary withdrawal form.”

Signing a voluntary withdrawal form gives your school the right to immediately cancel your athletic scholarship. This can create all kinds of financial and personal problems that you may not be prepared for.

Another thing to be aware of before talking to the coach is that once you give notice of your intent to transfer to a Division I University, the school is required to place your name and contact info into the NCAA Transfer Portal within 2 business days of your request.

The coach could then tell you to clean out your locker and bar you from the athletic facilities. Click What Happens When an Athlete Files an NCAA Intent to Transfer Notification to read my recent blog about this.

Transferring to another school can result in a fresh start with opportunities to excel both academically and athletically. However, the actual transfer process itself can be very stressful and cause financial and emotional strain.

Over the past 11 years, we’ve helped hundreds of student-athletes successfully navigate the transfer process.

If you’re a student-athlete (or parent of one) who is considering a transfer from your current school, give us a call. In a private Transfer Consult Call, we can guide and advise you through the steps to transfer with the least amount of stress and drama.

Schedule your confidential Transfer Consult online. If you prefer, send an email to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235 to set your consult.

Last Fall, NCAA Division I changed their transfer procedures.  A DI student-athlete previously had to ask for “permission to transfer” before they were allowed to contact other colleges.

Now, student-athletes can file a written “Intent to Transfer” request.   After an “Intent to Transfer” request is submitted, the school is required to enter their name and contact info in the NCAA Transfer Portal within 2 business days.  Other DI schools can then review and contact the student-athlete.

Many student-athletes are eager to voice their plans to transfer earlier than they otherwise would have in the past.  However, some athletes are experiencing difficulties once they file an intent to transfer notification.  In many cases, they are barred from the locker room and can no longer use the athletic facilities.

Most transfers are stressful and made even worse if not navigated properly.  If you or your athlete is considering a transfer to another school, we can advise, guide, and support you through the process.  Schedule a confidential transfer consult online, by calling us at 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Informed Athlete® receives many calls from parents of student-athletes who have transferred from a junior college to an NCAA sports program and then learn they aren’t eligible to compete after they have already started attending classes.

This is because the student-athlete did not satisfy the necessary NCAA academic transfer requirements while attending the junior college.

If you have a junior college athlete who is transferring to an NCAA college for the Spring semester, and are unsure whether they will be eligible for competition this Spring, we can provide a confidential consultation to explain those requirements and discuss options that may be available for your athlete. Click here to schedule a confidential phone consult or email consult, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com

Based on some phone calls we’ve received and some postings we’ve seen on social media, it seems that some college athletes and parents now believe that the transfer process is “automatic.”

When the new NCAA Transfer Portal took effect back in mid-October, it changed ONLY the process that an athlete must follow to contact other universities regarding a transfer. And, it only changed the process for NCAA Division I athletes.

What Didn’t Change:

  • The NCAA Division II and III rules for obtaining “permission to contact” other college coaches didn’t change,
  • The NCAA Division I, II and III rules and academic requirements regarding whether an athlete can be immediately eligible as a transfer athlete didn’t change.

To be fully informed on the steps to follow for a transfer and the possible obstacles that you should be prepared for, schedule a private confidential consultation by calling us at 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

I’ve seen a number of articles in newspaper sports sections or in social media postings about NCAA Graduate Transfer-Athletes who are automatically assuming that they will be immediately eligible at their new university because they have earned their undergrad degree.   In many cases this is true.

However, even the NCAA graduate transfer athletes have rules that they must satisfy in order to be eligible at their new university, and those rules differ between NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA institutions.

For questions about transferring to compete at a new university as a graduate student, click here to schedule a confidential phone consult or email consult online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

Enrolling full-time in the spring at an “interim” college if the student-athlete is not sure where they are going to attend in the Fall will impact their opportunity to use the one-time transfer exception.

If you’re a college athlete (or parent of one) considering a transfer, but are uncertain about what you’re going to do for the Spring term or quarter (attend another college full-time, part-time, or not at all?), we highly recommend you contact us for a fee-based consultation to discuss your options and how part-time vs full-time enrollment could impact your future eligibility and potential opportunity to use the one-time transfer exception.

In one of our confidential phone consultations, we’ll guide you through all the steps in a transfer and inform you of the rules and academic requirements to give you the best opportunity to be immediately eligible at the next college. We’ll also inform you of your rights if your coach tries to block your transfer or places limits on the other universities that you can contact.

To schedule a confidential consult online click here, call 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

As the Fall semester winds down, we are being contacted by a large number of student-athletes who are trying to decide whether to transfer now or at the end of the Spring semester.

For those sports that cross over both the fall and spring semester – such as basketball, swimming, diving, indoor track, or wrestling – an athlete who competed in that sport during the fall semester, will most likely not be able to be immediately eligible if they transfer to another college for the spring semester.

Transfers are not one-size fits all. Many times a student-athlete has more than one option to accomplish their goals and retain or possibly extend their eligibility.  In that case, we recommend at Transfer Assessment Summary.

  • Transfer Assessment Summary lays out all the options available and includes “what if” scenarios so that the athlete and their family can review and make the decision that’s in their best interest going forward.  If you’re interested in this services, please call our office at 913-766-1235.

If you don’t feel you need a Transfer Assessment Summary but would like to discuss your particular situation confidentially, we recommend a phone consult with Rick:

  • Confidential Transfer Phone Consult where we discuss your particular situation and guide you through the required steps in a transfer to another college with the least amount of stress.  Schedule your consult online or call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com.

 

Last week, an NCAA Division I football athlete called our office and wanted to confirm what “somebody” had told that if his coach was fired at the end of the season, then he could transfer and be immediately eligible at another Division I program next year.

I’m glad he called as this athlete was given bad information.

A coaching change (whether the coach is fired, or leaves of their own choosing to retire or take a new job) doesn’t change anything about the steps to follow in a transfer or about whether an athlete can be immediately eligible at their next college upon transfer.

A coaching change at an NCAA Division I school CAN possibly change some things about an athlete’s scholarship, but nothing about the transfer rules.

If you’d like to have a detailed discussion about your personal situation and the steps involved in transferring to another college including whether you can be immediately eligible, schedule a confidential phone consult online, or by calling 913-766-1235 or sending an email to rick@informedathlete.com

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 athletes who are on an athletic scholarship, nothing will be changing about the rules that determine whether a student-athlete can be immediately eligible if they transfer to another Division I program.

The first proposed rule change will impact new incoming student-athletes to a Division I program (freshmen or transfers) who are attending summer school classes on an athletic scholarship (thereby triggering their status as a “student-athlete” at that university). Those athletes will be allowed to transfer and be immediately eligible IF their team has a head coaching change before Fall classes begin.

The second proposed rule change will allow more opportunities for walk-on athletes who have not received an athletic scholarship to transfer and be immediately eligible at another Division I university. There are current transfer exceptions that already allow that to happen, but those exceptions have conditions that restrict the number of athletes who can benefit from the exception. This proposed change will remove some of those restricting conditions.

The third proposed change should slow down the number of athletes in football and in men’s and women’s basketball who are transferring to Division I programs as graduate students. There has been a sense among many in NCAA leadership positions that some of these athletes (and the universities that bring them in) aren’t focused on the completion of their graduate degree, but are simply transferring to play for a different coach in their final year of eligibility.

As a potential consequence, football and basketball graduate transfers with just one season of eligibility remaining will be counted against their team’s scholarship limits for TWO years, unless the transferring athlete completes their graduate degree before the next academic year begins.

Here are a couple of points to keep in mind regarding these proposed rule changes:

First, these proposed changes will be reviewed by Division I universities and conferences which may result in amendments being proposed for these proposals. The impact of these changes on Division I athletes could be revised by the time the proposals are brought up for a vote in April.

Second, these proposed changes don’t address whether scholarship athletes who are transferring as undergraduates will still need the permission or agreement of the program they are leaving in order to be immediately eligible at their new university. Therefore, scholarship athletes should remember that their current coach and athletic department will probably still have the option to object to their immediate eligibility at a new university and might need to seek an appeal of such an objection.

To discuss these new, proposed NCAA transfer rules and how they could impact you or your student-athlete, schedule a confidential phone consult or email consult online, send an e-mail directly to rick@informedathlete.com or call us at 913-766-1235.