Spring sports are ending and some college athletes are considering, or have already decided, to transfer to another school for next year. Sometimes it is their choice, and sometimes they are encouraged to leave during their exit meeting with their coach.
If an athlete is planning to transfer to an NCAA Division I or II school, they need to remember that coaches cannot speak to them about a transfer until they receive written permission from their current institution. So, the first thing the athlete should do is talk to their coach and explain that they would like to request permission to speak with other schools. One of the things that upsets many coaches is when they receive a “permission to contact” form from another school and the student-athlete has not given them any indication that they are considering a transfer. The key to remember – coaches don’t like surprises.
It also can be helpful if the athlete and his/her parents are on the same page. A father once contacted school B to say that his son wanted to transfer from school A, and asked school B how to accomplish the transfer. School B assumed that the athlete was interested in their school and sent a “permission to contact” form to school A. The compliance person at school A contacted his counterpart at B and said that the athlete wanted to know why the form was sent because he had no interest in transferring. I told my counterpart at A that the athlete should talk to his Dad!
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