Do I need to enter the Transfer Portal if I’ve been cut from the team or withdraw from school?

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coach at an NCAA athletic program when the athlete has already been cut from their current team or they have completely withdrawn from their university.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When an athlete at an NCAA university has withdrawn from their university, the NCAA rules state that the athlete can’t be contacted by coaches at other programs unless the athlete has been withdrawn from their previous college for at least one full academic year!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