Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

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!

For more information on this and other relevant topics, please call 913-766-1235 or email rick@informedathlete.com.

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About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

1,249 Responses to Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

  • randy ryerson` says:

    Hello, What a mess we are in and soooooo very confused. My son went to an NAIA school (he signed the schools version of a letter intending to go there but this is not an NLI I dont think just a letter saying follow the rules or the partial scholarship we gave you goes away and so does your participation). Anyway here is the best I can explain it all.
    1)This is his first quarter, baseball aside this was a very clear mistake and he is leaving the college.
    2) I am trying to get him to hang with iot long enough to finish this academic quarter but if there is an advantage like saving a years playing time we will do that but need to do soon! I am NOT putting sports first but he is the type to do better in the classroom when athletics is involved.
    3) He had be practicing with the team, doing inner squad scrimmages and mock game this fall when he hurt his elboy pitching. We went to the best there is for this type of injurty and NO surgery is needed. But he will be on rehab for a while. The current coach (whom does not know we intend to leave) said with the time it will take him to recover he may medically be release but if WE desired he would give him a “red shirt” due to the injury making him miss nearly right up to game time. If we wanted him to use him where he could we the family could decide that and he would not give him a red shirt…………no matter what he will not name hime a red shirt until WAAAY after we are leaving the school.
    4) If I just drop him from all classes can he be treated as a freshman next year? If I go from this NAIA school and let him go to a community college for club ball for the “seasoning” is that ok? Can I take him right to (transfer) during the year and let the new coach based on medical situation decide to red shirt or not? (junior college or D3 tops) THEN next fall do a transfer to an NCAA3 school?
    5) I already feel I steered him wrong and need to get him on track……we found a fantastic d3 who wanted him right out of HS but it was just too much money (this is where I feel I let him down)
    help!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Randy,

      You’ve obviously provided a lot of detail here. This is more appropriate for a private consultation. I’ll follow up with a direct e-mail to you regarding your questions.

      Rick

      • Charlotte says:

        My daughter is committed to play basketball at a d1 school but she is starting to like golf. I know they have partials. But she may be able to get a full if she has a really good season. I don’t want her to lose the basketball scholarship but she signs in the next couple weeks. What will be the consequences if she signs and decides in the spring she wants to play d1 golf at another school?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Charlotte,

          If she signs for basketball with school A, but then decides to enroll at school B to play golf, she will have eligibility restrictions and will lose one or two years of eligibility unless school A will release her from her National Letter of Intent commitment. You may want to go to the Store of our website and purchase our downloadable transcript titled What You Should Know About the National Letter of Intent.

          Rick

      • Abbey says:

        I too am wondering about transferring. My situation is going from NCCAA DII to a school that is NAIA. Would I have eligibilty restrictions or not? and what are the contact rules with it. I am currently a freshmen and I want to play volleyball elsewhere. Can you give me some details?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Abbey,

          If you contact an NAIA school and they are interested in talking with you about a transfer, they are required to notify your current school. Your eligibility will depend upon how well you do academically at your current school.

          Rick

      • benson says:

        My son wasted a year by sitting on the bench the whole season last year when he should have redshirted but chose not to because of stubbornness. now he is red shirting this year and the season is quite about over and he has decided that he wants to transfer. do we finish out the season before asking his coach for being released and permission for other schools to contact him or can we leave now?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Benson,

          Don’t let your son leave the school now if classes have started for this semester, as that will negatively effect his ability to be eligible upon transfer. He needs to complete the semester in good academic standing at his school to have a chance to be eligible next year elsewhere. I suggest asking for permission to contact other schools as soon as the season is over.

          Rick

      • Eric says:

        Hi Mr. Allen,

        I am currently at a NAIA school in Kansas if I get a release form from my coach can I talk to multiple coaches in California? And can I transfer to a D 1 2 or 3 and be able to run that first year?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Eric,

          If you get a “blanket release” or “unconditional release” from your NAIA school, you should be able to talk to multiple coaches in California. You can run in your first year if you are released by your NAIA school and meet the academic requirements for transfer eligibility.

          Rick

    • Lewis says:

      Hi is it possible for a DII athlete to transfer to a D1 school since its not a junior college?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Hi Lewis,

        Yes, it’s possible. The end result regarding your eligibility will depend upon various factors.

        Rick

        • Alex says:

          Same question but what are those various factors

          • Rick Allen says:

            Alex,

            All the factors are explained in our new downloadable transcript titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which is featured on the front page of our website, and which can be purchased as a PDF which will then be sent to you as an e-mail attachment.

            Rick

        • D says:

          What factors are considered?

          • Rick Allen says:

            D,

            All the factors are explained in our new downloadable transcript titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which is featured on the front page of our website, and which can be purchased as a PDF which will then be sent to you as an e-mail attachment.

            Rick

        • Ted says:

          Rick, My son is the consummate late bloomer having started HS at 5’11″ and maybe 135 lbs. He just started a D2 College (which he loves!) at 6’8″ and 212 lbs. I may be getting way ahead of myself, but what are the “various factors” to go from D2 to D1?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Ted,

            Asking about the “various factors” is kind of an open-ended question that could have lots of follow-up questions. A private consultation would probably be more appropriate when he is ready to consider such a move.

            Rick

    • Evan says:

      hi i am attending a juco now but would like to move closer to home and attend another juco. I play baseball and am on scholarship what are the rules for me to transfer to another juco and still be able to play baseball this spring for the new juco?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Hi Evan,

        If you signed a Letter of Intent with your school, you’ll need to be released by your school and earn at least 12 credit hours this Fall with at least a 2.00 GPA to play baseball elsewhere this Spring.

        Rick

    • Lou says:

      Hello Rick,
      I understand that the rules restrict direct contact between the “new” coach and the transfer athlete or his parents without written permission for contact but what about unrelated third party contact such as a Close friend or relative?

    • Jesse Stephens says:

      Rick,

      I am a freshmen at a D1 school. I am thinking about transferring to a better fitting and closer school that is D3, as the program at my school is not what I imagined it to be. Do I have to follow the rule of talking to my coach to get a release or since the school I am looking at is D3 that rule doesn’t matter?
      Also, since I am on winter break and cannot talk to my coach directly, could I potentially call him up about the potential release as I do not want to waste time in contacting the other coach.

      Thanks

      • Rick Allen says:

        Hi Jesse,

        You can contact a Div. III coach and they should say that they can’t talk with you about a possible transfer until they receive permission from your current school, but they may choose to ignore that rule. Keep in mind, however, that if the Div. III coach contacts your current coach to ask for background information about you before you have informed him of your plans, that will damage whatever relationship you do have with your current coach.

        Rick

    • Richard says:

      Rick

      Your website is very informative and I appreciate what you do for current student-athletes and their families. Currently I am a sophomore D1 pitcher and because of how the last two years of baseball have gone, I am greatly considering transferring if my coach does not leave. I know that I will have to get released from this current school, but I was wondering, if I get accepted by another D1 program, would I be able to practice with the team during the year that I was sitting out? I am in good health and have already committed to playing summer ball in a very competitive league. I want to transfer because of the restrictions and lack of individuality in pitching styles that this current school mandates. I am not on official athletic scholarship here, but have used up 2 years of my eligibility. Lastly, if I got an athletic scholarship from the new school, would it only be effective the year that I can compete in games?

      Thanks for the help!!!

      • Rick Allen says:

        Hi Richard,

        You would be able to practice during the Fall of your “sit out” year, and could continue in the Spring if the coach keeps you on the 35-man roster. As you probably know from your current school, if you don’t make the 35-man roster, you’re not able to practice with the team. As far as the athletic scholarship, that will depend upon the policies of that school and coach.

        Rick

    • Jamaye says:

      Hello

      My boyfriend is transferring from a D1 football team he wants to transfer to another d1 but does not want to sit out a year he has many d2 schools thT are interested but can he go to a d2 school and transfer to another d1 after a year. Or will he still have to sit out? He’s a red shirt freshman btw

    • Jeremy says:

      My son is almost in the same exact position. He broke his arm durin the last game of his high school season. He has had problems with it and is just now able to fully participate in practices. He has missed all of the fall scrimmages at his current school and since signing, a new head coach was brought in. Obviously this coach has never seen him play and he is worried about being cut. His current school is an NAIA program and if he is cut, would it be possible to transfer to a community college without penalty?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Jeremy,

        As long as he meets the academic requirements this semester at the NAIA school to be eligible at the two-year college (which is basically to earn at least 12 credit hours with a 2.00 GPA), he should be able to transfer without penalty.

        Rick

    • Jonovan says:

      I currently attend a 4 year NCAA school and signed a NLI my senior year in high school. I am now a redshirt freshman and would like to transfer to a juco. Do I need to be released from my current NLI to eventually sign another NLI with a 4 year NCAA school after I complete a semester or 2 at the juco?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Jonovan,

        As long as you complete one full academic year of attendance at your current four-year school as a full-time enrolled student, you have fulfilled your commitment under the NLI, and it is no longer a factor.

        Rick

        • Taylor S says:

          Hello,

          I am currently at a NAIA school I run track here I really want to transfer but do not want to get a release form from my coach. Am I aloud to talk to other coaches over summer and when my season is over? And can I still apply to that school over summer?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Taylor,

            Regardless of whether it is now or the summer, coaches at NCAA schools will need a “permission to contact” form or e-mail from your school before they can talk with you about a possible transfer.

            Rick

    • Jake says:

      Hi Rick,

      I am a Division II athlete looking to go to a D3 school in the Fall of 2014. I am preparing to ask my coach/AD about a release form so I can speak with other coaches about playing baseball and football at their D3 schools next year. That being said, I am currently dealing with an injury and would like a medical redshirt to ensure my full eligibility going forward. Would you predict any problems in me asking for a release and a redshirt at the same time or should I secure the medical redshirt first and then inquire about the release?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Jake,

        I would secure the medical hardship waiver first and then inquire about the release.

        Rick

        • Mike says:

          Hello Mr. Allen! I am currently playing baseball at a D2 college that I am not very happy with. I had one appearance in a preseason scrimmage with one AB and another appearance in a league game as a substitute runner. I know I can no longer receive a redshirt, but I can apply for a medical hardship especially after seein my doctor for knee problems. Do I have to go through my cosh to get an medical redshirt or can I apply for it through other means? I know I have to eventually talk to my coaches for the release but do I have to get the medical through my coach?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Mike,

            You will need to go through your coach to discuss the medical hardship waiver and here’s why. If the coach believes you have recovered sufficiently after a few weeks of rehab and puts you into a game in the 2nd half of the season, then you will not be eligible to receive the medical hardship waiver. You will at least need to talk with your team’s athletic trainer and discuss whether your injury is serious enough to keep you from playing for the rest of the season. If he can’t justify keeping you on the bench because of your injury, then you will need to talk with the coach.

            Rick

  • Angie Ephriam says:

    Rick,

    Hello. I am so concerned for my daughter whom plays for a D1 mid-major school. Her freshman year was a disaster and now the sophmore year has started out even worse. She has been told that her playing time is limited because she is not as fast as the new recruits. Then the next was they are looking out for her health due to a knee injury at the beginning of the season. She is well now. My daughter has cried everyday. She is losing weight and the last game, she did not play at all. I have been up all night with her. I believe that if she asks for a written consent to contact, she would probably be blacked balled. What do we do? She wants to transfer. My hands are tied. Please help us.

    Angie

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Angie,

      I think it would be best if we talk on the phone as soon as the holiday weekend is over to get some additional information on your daughter’s situation. This will allow me to provide the most appropriate information. I will follow up with a personal e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • Ray says:

    Hi, my daughter plays lacrosse and just finished her 1st semester of D2 school. Her current school did not live up to her expectations in her major choice so she transferred.Prior to transferring she informed her coach and asked for permission to speak with her new schools coach and for an exemption for a transfer release. How long does her old school have to grant or deny the permission to speak and transfer release? THX, Ray

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ray,

      Div. II does not have a specific time limit that the school has to abide by when an athlete requests permission to talk to another school or to use the one-time transfer exception. I suggest you contact the compliance office at the school that your daugher was attending and ask if they received the request and if there is any particular reason for the holdup. Perhaps the coach has not passed the request and/or form along to the compliance office.

      If you have additional questions about this, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Clarence says:

        Good Morning,
        My daughter just completed her freshman year on a full D1 scholarship to play basketball. Great School but the basketball is not at all how it was presented to her and her family. There are various reasons why she wants to transfer and one big reason being homesick. She went to the School’s compliance dept. They told her to speak with her coach. She had a 2 hour conversation with the coaching staff and ultimately, they would not release her. They flat out told her that she was a good fit at the school and they wouldn’t release her. As far as her parents are concerned, She has fulfilled her commitment to the school, can they really “Not Release Her”???

        Thank You
        Clarence

        • Rick Allen says:

          Clarence,

          They can deny her request for release, but if they do, they are required to provide an appeal opportunity for her.

          If you would like to discuss her situation and her options, I’ll be glad to do so. I frequently consult with athletes and/or parents on the eligibility rules, and the steps in the transfer process. All consultations are completely confidential.

          If a consultation is of interest, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com and we’ll schedule a time to talk.

          Rick

  • Dakota says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am a freshmen Div. I athlete thinking about transferring to a Div. II college and I was wondering if it is NCAA “legal” for me to contact any of the transfer school’s coaches?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dakota,

      You’ll need written permission from your current school before contacting coaches at other schools about a possible transfer. Talk to your current coach and let him know that you’re unhappy and would like to contact other schools. The reason to do this is he’ll find out as soon as you contact your compliance office for permission to contact other schools, or as soon as you call other schools, because they’ll want to contact your coach to ask about your background and why you’re transferring.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Noel says:

    Hi-
    I’m a junior at a D1 school and really just can’t stand the thought of playing another year here. I’m considering transferring but I am not sure yet– it would really depend on what other schools would be interested because I want high academics/specific major. I know to contact other schools my school has to give consent but how do I go about this with confidentially? Because if I decide to stay and my coaches find out I wanted to transfer there will be major issues.
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Noel,

      According to the rules, other schools are not allowed to talk with you (or a family member or anybody speaking on your behalf) about the possibility of transfer unless they have written permission from your current school. However, it’s fairly common for former coaches, such as a high school or club coach, to talk to other schools for you to gauge their level of interest.

      Keep in mind, though, that it’s common for coaches to talk to each other. A coach who has heard from you, or a friend or family member, inquiring about a transfer might very well contact your current coach to ask about your background, both on and off the field or court, to see if you would be a good fit for his program. It is very difficult to check out transfer options confidentially because of these types of communications between coaches. I suggest you wait until the end of your season or school year, and then determine if you really want to transfer. And don’t think that you can do it confidentially, because that is hard to do.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Corina says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a sophmore DI athlete and I can’t stand playing for my coach anymore. Since I’ve gotten here, I like everything about my school and team except for the volleyball coach and program. The program is very unorganized. I was promised a scholarship beginning my junior year. She’s been promising me that since my incoming freshman year and that is the reason why I came to the school. It was just a couple of weeks ago that she changed her decision in giving me the scholarship. My mom advised me to share this with the compliance because she was upset about the whole thing. The compliance recently had a meeting with my coach about the scholarship problem. Yesterday, I received a call from compliance telling me that they reasoned with coach and I got my scholarship position back my junior year. Afterwards, I called my coach to say thank you but right when she picked up she talks to me in a shady way. I personally want to transfer to a different school. I thought Playing as a scholarship athlete once I’m a junior would make my collegiant volleyball experience bare able but I was wrong. I would like to hear from your point of view of whether I should stay or not.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Corina,

      If you can’t stand your volleyball situation, getting a scholarship won’t make much of a difference. About the only thing it changes is how much you or your family have to pay for your education. It probably won’t change your relationship with the coach, or the way the coach runs the volleyball program. Your time in college is too short to not enjoy the experience as much as possible. With that said, I would advise you to transfer.

      However, finding a place you will be happier is the hard part. How will you determine that? Do you have high school or club teammates that will share their experiences with you? What about a former club or high school coach? How will you determine if a new coach will have a more organized program and one where you can do your best?

      Those are the questions you’ll have to find answers to, and I’m not sure I can answer those for you. To some degree, you’re going to have to use your “gut instinct.” Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you have more questions. I have a couple of other thoughts that might be helpful.

      Rick

  • Jay says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son is in his freshman year at a university. He is playing baseball. The university is in the middle of the process transitioning from NAIA to NCAA div. II. 2011-2012 school year is 2nd year of this transition. The school was hoping next school year they could participate in their new conference and for championships. They recently found out that they will have one more year (2012-2013) in the transition period. In addition, my son got hurt in the fall and is redshirting this school year. What are the guidelines/rules for talking to other schools about transferring? Juco? DII? NAIA? Can he make contact with these coaches?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jay,

      If your son’s school is still operating under NAIA rules, he will need written permission to speak with coaches at JUCO, NCAA Div. II, or other NAIA schools. If they have fully transitioned to operating under NCAA Div. II rules, he will need written permission to speak to coaches at NAIA or other Div. II schools, but won’t need permission to talk to JUCO coaches. Schools in this transition are not required to be fully operating under NCAA Div. II rules until the third year of the transition process, but some schools choose to start doing that during year 2 of the transition, and some are required to start doing that in year 2 by the conference they will be joining.

      Rick

  • Mike Bridges says:

    Rick,
    My son signed a NLI with a Division II school to play football. He traveled a few games and played a few times. He is not happy there and wants to transfer closer to home and walk-on at a Division I school. He asked for a Permission to Contact form a few months ago to speak with some of the college coaches at the schools he may want to transfer to, but his request was denied by the head coach (and AD…same guy). Everything I have read, says that once he completes one academic year, his NLI agreement is fulfilled. Does this mean he can contact other college coaches as soon as he finishes his final exams and the school year is up? I would not think that he still needs a permission to contact form in this case. Thanks for your help.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Your are correct regarding the NLI and the fulfillment of his agreement. However, he must still obtain permission to contact coaches at other schools before those coaches can talk to him about a possible transfer. (This is also true for walk-on athletes with no scholarship.)

      When your son made that request a few months ago, did he do that in writing? If not, have him do that now. His athletic department must respond within 14 days from his written request by either granting him permission, or denying it and informing him that a hearing opportunity is available. Also, since you mentioned his interest in Div. I programs, keep in mind that he won’t be eligible in his first year at a Div. I school.

      Good luck to you son!

      Rick

      • Mike Bridges says:

        Thank you very much for your help! You have a great site!

      • DJ says:

        Rick,

        If my son is a non-recruited athlete who walks on as a baseball player to a D2 school and then decides after a year to transfer to a D1 school and walk on as a non-recruited athlete, does he have to sit out a year?

        Thanks so much. Rules are so confusing.

        DJ

        • Rick Allen says:

          DJ,

          As long as your son is in good shape academically, and his D2 school will be able to state on a Transfer Information Form that he would be eligible if he were returning to that school the following year rather than transferring, he should not have to sit out a year.

          Good luck to your son!

          Rick

      • Rachel says:

        Hey,
        I’m at a NAIA a school for my freshmen year swimming. I honestly just don’t feel very much a part of the team or like the school is a good fit for me. How would I go about transferring to a D2 school? And would I receive penalty for changing schools?
        Thanks

        • Rick Allen says:

          Rachel,

          You need to start by requesting “permission to contact” from your current school. Coaches at Div. II schools can’t discuss a possible transfer with you without it. It would be possible for you to transfer without incurring any penalty.

          Rick

  • Andrew N says:

    Rick,
    I am wondering about the 10 semester rule for DIII lacrosse. I started at a college and attended full time there for 3 semesters, then left after the fall of my sophomore year. I never played while I was there. I did not go to school that spring, then attended community college part time over the summer to get into another 4 year university. I have attended this university full time and played lacrosse coming up on 3 years this may. My question is that I have another year of school to graduate which is may of 2013, but if I count my full time semesters the Fall of 2012 will be my 10th, is there anyway of playing the spring of 2013?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Andrew,

      The only way to extend the NCAA “clock” beyond the 10 semesters is to have your university request a waiver of the 10-semester rule from the NCAA. Historically, the NCAA will only extend the 10-semester “clock” for reasons of very unusual circumstances beyond the control of the athlete, such as being injured for more than one year which prevented the athlete from playing during two seasons, a serious illness in the family that would cause an athlete to withdraw from school in order to care for the family member, etc.

      Rick

  • Barbara says:

    Hi Rick, My daughter is a freshman student athlete at a Div. 1 school (currently with a partial scholarship). If she decides not to play her sport next year (soph year) and doesn’t receive any athletic money, could she transfer and play at another Div 1 school her Junior year? Also would she be able to play a total of 3 additional years once she transferred? Thank you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Your daughter could transfer to another Div. I school (and be immediately eligible) after a year of not playing her sport and not receiving an athletic scholarship, as long as she participates in any sport other than basketball. This would work as long as her current school (even though she was not a member of a team) could certify that she would be eligible for her junior year if she were staying there rather than transferring. If her sport is basketball, she would still have to sit out upon transfer to another Div. I program.

      She would have 3 years of eligibility remaining on her “five-year clock” (for any sport other than basketball) after spending two years at the school she’s currently attending. Her remaining eligibility could be reduced if she transfers to another school within the same conference.

      Good luck to your daughter!

      Rick

  • Alan says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son graduated from high school in 2011. He played baseball the next year (2011-2012) for a 4 year college that started the year as a DII. Early in the beginning of his freshman year, the college merged with another university and became a university. As a result of the merger, (and unbeknownst to the coaches that recruited him) the college lost it DII status and announced that the next 2012-2013 school year that the university would become a NAIA school.

    In a nutshell, he was recruited to play for a DII that (after he was enrolled and attending) suddenly lost it’s DII status because of the merger. Next year, they are going to be a NAIA school. This upset a lot of players on many of the other teams as well. Now my son is interested in playing for a DI or DII elsewhere.

    Is he still bound to ask for permission to be seen and possibly recruited by another school even though his present school was “in limbo” the year he played for them?

    Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alan,

      Yes, your son will still need to request permission to contact other schools about a possible transfer. This would be true even if your son’s school was an NAIA school all along. NCAA Div. I and II coaches are not permitted to talk with athletes from any other four-year school about a possible transfer without first obtaining written permission from the athlete’s current school to do so.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

      • bjm says:

        We had the same situation as above..so my question is..if you are now playing for a NAIA school and transfer to a DII or DI school next year..do you have to sit out a year before you can play?

        • Rick Allen says:

          bjm,

          In the sport of soccer, you do not have to sit out a year if your NAIA school grants you a release and can say that you would be eligible if you were returning rather than transferring. There are additional academic requirements if transferring to a Div. I school.

          Rick

          • Cher says:

            Question: Son, attends NAIA School in Ca.
            1st year Freshman Mens Soccer 2012/2013, played.

            Does he have to be released from NAIA school during summer break to talk to NCAA Div 1 or Div II schools/coaches? Looking at possibility of transfer for Junior and Senior Year.

            Thanks-

          • Rick Allen says:

            Hi Cher,

            Your son needs to receive permission to contact other schools before coaches at NCAA Div. I or II can talk with him about a possible transfer.

            Rick

  • Linda says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son was recruited to play Div II lacrosse this school year. He played “fall ball” and did not like the school. He stayed one semester (school did release him) and then came home in December and is now attending our local community college. Apparently, he has made a big mistake by not checking into what his eligibility would be before he enrolled in the community college. Now, he wants to play and I guess this is not possible. A Div I school is really interested in him and lead him to believe he could play. We had an official visit scheduled only to have it canceled at the last minute because the school got some wrong information about his eligibility. They now say he has to graduate from the 2 year college before he is eligible. My son called the NCAA office and they talked to him about a “waiver of rule”. How difficult is this to get? Does he have any chance of playing without graduating from the 2 year college first? Any help would be appreciated!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Linda,

      If your son enrolled at the local community college as a full-time student for this term, then it is true that to transfer to a Div. I school and be immediately eligible, he will have to graduate with an Associates Degree.

      He would not have to graduate in order to be immediately eligible at a Div. II school, but would need to attend the JUCO for at least one more semester and would need to earn an average of at least 12 hours of academic credit that would be transferable to the Div. II school for each full-time term of attendance at the JUCO. He would also need at least a 2.000 GPA.

      It would be difficult to have a waiver request ruled in your son’s favor unless he was given some bad advice by the Div. II school which led him to believe that he could be a 4-2-4 transfer after only one semester at community college. In addition, you would have to have that bad advice documented in some manner to substantiate it.

      Rick

  • Mary says:

    My son attended a D1 school this year on a baseball scholarship. He didn’t get a a lot of playing time but during one game he hurt his pitching arm and now has to have Tommy John Surgery. From my understanding the D1 school now wants him to go to a Junior College since he can’t play his Sophomore year. What does this do to his scholarship and does this mean he will go back his junior year?

    Mary

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mary,

      Your son’s scholarship ended (or will end) at the conclusion of this academic year. Whatever he gets at a junior college will depend upon the coach at the junior college and how much they have remaining in unallocated scholarships for next year. The Div. I school that he attended this year may choose to bring him back after a year of JUCO ball, or he may be recruited by other institutions. Once he enrolls at the junior college, his recruitment opens up again and he can be recruited just like he was in high school.

      His academic requirements for what he needs to achieve at the JUCO will depend upon whether he is returning to his original Div. I school, or is considering going to a Div. II or a different Div. I school. I’ll follow up with a direct e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • Alex says:

    Hey Rick, I currently attend a NAIA D1 school and play basketball on scholarship. I plan on transferring to a NCAA D1 school next year and i have one school that i really wanna go to badly. Can you tell me about the transferring rules between NAIA and NCAA? Does your coach still have to have a written approval for them to contact you? And how would i go about trying to go to that one school i really wanna go to?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alex,

      You will need written permission from your current school before coaches at an NCAA Div. I school can discuss a possible transfer with you. Because you’re on scholarship at your NAIA school, you won’t be eligible in your first year of enrollment at the NCAA Div. I program. If you need additional information, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Brandon Sanchez says:

        Can a scholarship athlete be immediately eligible if they transfer from an NAIA school to a NCAA Div. II school after the fall semester, so they would attend the new school for the spring semester of 2013? Is the athlete’s elligibility effected at all for the next upcoming season in the fall semester of 2013??

      • Mike says:

        Hey Rick, My son was given permission to contact on May 1st of 2013, how long is that letter good for? He just finished his 1st semester of his 2nd year and is thinking about transferring. He redshirted his first year and was given the letter post season, he then played another season and asked for the letter again and the AD refused, so we would like to act on the first letter if it is still active. his coach is aware of the request.

  • Micki says:

    Hi Rick
    My Son just finished his first year at a NAIA school. He had a basketball scholarship, and is being awarded the same again for the upcoming year. My Son is being offered a full scholarship to our local Community College, my Son is thinking strongly of switching. Are there any restrictions for him to play at the Community College, and how long could he play there? He completed 1 full season NAIA, could he play 2 yrs. at the Community College?

    Thank you,

    Micki

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Micki,

      There are no restrictions for your son to transfer from the NAIA school and play at the Community College. However, he’ll only want to play one year there if he makes that move. This is because college athletes are allowed four seasons of competition. If your son were to play 2 years at the Community College, he would only have one year remaining to compete for an NAIA or an NCAA program.

      He’ll also want to plan ahead and make sure that he takes the proper classes at the Community College so that he will be academically eligible to play if/when he transfers from the Community College to an NAIA or NCAA program.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Rocky Melvin says:

    If I signed a letter of intent to only attend a certain school to better my grades because out of high school I was the number one recruited player and I wasnt looking at juco as an option but didn’t play my first year, never attended a practice nor a single meeting, never received any type of scholarship or any type of athletic funds, and never stayed on campus. How can I still be placed on Redshirt?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rocky,

      I don’t know enough details about your situation to give you a specific answer, but in general, the transfer rules require a student-athlete to serve a year in residence before eligible to compete unless the athlete meets one of the transfer exceptions. If you didn’t meet the academic requirements to be immediately eligible when you transferred, the NCAA rules will require you to sit out a full academic year before you can be eligible to compete.

      Rick

  • Chris says:

    Hey Rick, I was thinking about transferring from a D1 university to run track at another D1 university and run next year. i had to sit out this season for eligibility problems already. will i still have to sit out for another season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      It is possible that you might have to sit out another year if you transfer to a second Div. I university. The reason is that to be able to use the One-Time Transfer Exception to be immediately eligible at the next school that you transfer to, your current school must be able to certify that you would be eligible if you were returning to that school rather than transferring. So, a lot depends upon the reason that you were ineligible during 2011-2012, and whether you have achieved the academic goals that you needed to in order to be eligible for 2012-13.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Pete says:

    Rick,
    Is this possible to do?If a NCAA Division 1 college has a 4 year degree program and a 2 year associates degree program in the same major. Is it possible to start in the 4 year degree program then transfer after the first year into the 2 year degree program, graduate with an associates degree and then have the option of moving on to a new school without having to sit out a year

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pete,

      It might be possible, but in essence the athlete would probably just be sitting out the year in the 2-year degree program, rather than their first year at a second Div. I program. This is because it is unlikely that such a college will offer an athletic program for both student-athletes seeking a four-year degree and for student-athletes seeking a two-year degree.

      Rick

  • Shelly says:

    Rick,

    Can a D3 baseball player transfer (at the end of a school year) to a D1 program without sitting out a year? I wasn’t sure if you were allowed to move up without consequences. I believe that if you transfer across or down you have to sit out.

    Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shelly,

      A Div. III baseball player can transfer “across” to another Div. III school without sitting out a year as long as the player’s current school can certify that he would have been eligible had he stayed at the first Div. III school. The same is true of a transfer to NCAA Div. II if the Div. III school has no objection to the transfer.

      If the player was not recruited to the Div. III school (see our article on the Definition of a Recruited Athlete on this website), he could be eligible immediately at a Div. I program as long as the conditions in the paragraph above apply.

      Rick

  • JC says:

    Rick,
    Is there any time considerations for a transfer of a Div. I baseball player to a JUCO. My son was medically redshirted as a freshman at a D1 school. and is thinking about a transfer to a JUCO. What is the latest he can transfer to the JUCO and still play next spring? Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi JC,

      Your son could transfer to the JUCO for the Spring 2013 semester and be eligible to play right away, but that may have implications when he goes to transfer to another Div. I or to a Div. II school after time at the JUCO. I’m going to follow up with a private e-mail to you.

      Rick

      • Wesley says:

        I’m looking to transfer from a D 3 school to a JUCO. I started nearly every game last year so my first year of eligibilty is used up but i still have my sophmore season. Is this possible to do or can you not transfer to a JUCO after already attending a 4 year school.

  • Shannon says:

    Hello,

    Our daughter received a full tuition scholarship (academic and athletic) to play NCAA Div II golf. She received several full scholarships from schools that offered more in her field of study, but she chose this school for the coach and team’s potential. Now we find that the coach is leaving. The new coach should be a fine replacement and we are going into this with a positive attitude. However, if she were to decide to transfer to a Div II school more suited to her academically after her freshman year, does she have to sit out a year?

    Thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Your daughter would not have to sit out a year as long as the first Div. II school would be able to certify on a Transfer Information Form that she would be academically eligible if she were returning to that school rather than transferring, and as long as the first school would agree to let her use the One-Time Transfer Exception to be immediately eligible at her next school.

      The school has the right to object to her request for permission to talk with other schools about a possible transfer, and they also have the right to object to her use of the One-Time Transfer Exception. In either step in the transfer process, if they deny her request, they would have to make a hearing opportunity available to her if she wanted to appeal their decision.

      Good luck to your daughter!

      Rick

  • Jonathan says:

    Rick,
    I played football for the 2011 season at a d2 school and then transfered to a d1aa school that spring semester and planned on walking on. I turned in my release papers to the d1 school but didnt make the team. I am planning on transfering to another d1aa school for the spring 2013 semester. My question is since i didnt play on a team for the 2012 season does that mean i have to sit out another season because i transfered from a d2 school to d1?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      As a two time transfer (from the Div. II school to the first Div. IAA school, and now to a second Div. IAA school), you will have to sit out another season, unless you qualify for another transfer exception, such as the Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception. If you have questions about the various transfer exceptions that may be available, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jonathan says:

    Rick,
    If I transfered to a school but did not make the football team does that mean I still can’t talk to other schools until I get my release papers from the school that I didn’t make the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Jonathan,

      Even though you didn’t make the team, most coaches at other schools will not talk with you about a possible transfer until they receive written permission from your current school. To speed the process along, you should probably be proactive and ask the athletic compliance office for permission to speak with other schools.

      Rick

  • Chris says:

    Can you transfere from D2 school to JUCO after freshman year with no issues? Do you need release form before speaking with JUCO?

  • Jacob says:

    Hey Rick,

    I had committed last February to go to a D2 school and have just recently decided that maybe that was a mistake to commit so soon as my family has been contacted by other schools that are D1 and I would have a chance to play at a higher level.

    How should I go about this? I have sent an email to the head coach of the program at my current school I’m committed to about my release and haven’t seen a reply yet, but what I’m confused about is if I should fill out my form of release and then mail to them.

    Advice would be appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Jacob

  • Laurie says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son just finished playing baseball at a JUCO where he received his associates degree, and will be attending and playing for a D1 school next year. Am I understanding
    it correctly that he does not need to register with the
    NCAA Clearinghouse?

    Laurie

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Laurie,

      Your son will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly called the Clearinghouse) in order to have his amateurism status certified for Div. I eligibility. That’s regardless of whether the Div. I school he will be attending has reviewed his academic requirements by assuming that he is a Nonqualifier (which he officially is since he hasn’t registered with the Eligibility Center to date).

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Steven says:

    Hey Rick,

    I play soccer for a NAIA school and recently decided I wanted to transfer to NCAA DII or DI. With it being so late and close to the new season it is very doubtful I’ll be able to find a school with any athletic money at all to support me. I have spoke to my coach and he has been very supportive and gave me some great advice. I decided the best plan for me would be to stay for now and try again next year. I am about to be a Junior and have already signed my athletic scholarship agreement with my school. If I decided that I wanted to redshirt this coming season so I would have two more years of eligibility at a potential new school, would my coach be allowed to take the scholarship money agreed upon in the contract away? I am an international student and struggle with finances.

    Thanks

    Steven

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steven,

      If your coach needs you to play and you refuse to do so because you want to redshirt, then it would be possible for your coach to take away your scholarship. Look at it from his point of view. Why would he provide an athletic scholarship to somebody who doesn’t want to play and plans to leave after receiving another year of a scholarship? Also, consider how that would look to a coach at another school when he calls to ask your current coach about what type of player and person you are.

      Rick

      • Steven says:

        Thanks for the info Rick.

        I spoke with my Coach about everything and he has been very helpful and understand about my issues.

        I wanted to ask how many schedule games, if possible, can I play for my NAIA college before I can decide to red shirt to preserve my remaining two years of eligibility and sit out the rest of the season? Because I heard I could play 3 or 4 soccer games and then choose to red shirt and preserve my two years eligibility, and that its 6 or 7 for a medical red shirt. Is this right?

        Thanks

        Eddie

        • Rick Allen says:

          Eddie,

          If you are planning to transfer to an NCAA Div. I or II school, you will use a season of eligibility if you play in any amount of competition against another team. The term “redshirt” for NCAA purposes means that you did not participate in any competition during the academic year in which you are claiming a redshirt year.

          Rick

  • Joe says:

    My son will be playing at a local naia school as a freshman this upcoming season without a scholarship. He has told me he wants to “go away” to college by his junior year. After receiving all permissions from his current school to talk to other coaches, how should he go about contacting them? Should he email them a highlight video along with stats and a letter about wanting to attend the school? Keep in mind he would send emails to multiple schools, i am assuming he would contact D1 and D2 schools first.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Joe,

      An e-mail expressing interest in those schools with a highlight video clip or link attached would be a good approach. Also, keep in mind that he will want to work hard and be a good teammate at his local school regardless of playing time, because coaches at those other schools will inevitably ask his coaches about his background and what kind of a person and player they will be getting if he transfers to their school. He will also want to maintain contact with former high school or club coaches who may be able to help him with referrals and endorsements when it is time for him to transfer.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • John says:

    My son attended a D1 school as an invited walk on to play baseball in 2010. He practiced during Fall ball but had surgery in Nov and was redshirted and not on the active roster for the Spring. He transferred to a NAIA school and played as a redshirt Freshman this year. Is he eligible to transfer to D1 and not sit out a year?

  • djemson says:

    Hey Rick
    I was playing soccer for a NAIA school, I enrolled in that school in fall 2007, and i havent graduated yet because i’ve switched major once and took a semester off,in total ive done 9 semesters and only played two years of soccer. now my question would be if i were to transfer to a NCAA d2 school, would I still be eligible to play for the remaining two years i havent played yet or would i have just one semester to play? and is there a way to get 10 semester rules extended?

    • Rick Allen says:

      djemson,

      If you transfer to an NCAA Div. II school, you will only have one semester remaining to play. It is difficult to get the 10-semester limit extended, although it is possible through a waiver submitted by the school with appropriate supporting documentation.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • djemson says:

        I also forgot to mention my reason for transferring is because the school is losing their accreditation, i dont know if that would help any in getting the extension.

        • Rick Allen says:

          djemson,

          That might be a mitigating factor toward receiving an extension, but it would probably depend upon when the loss of accreditation takes effect. You would really need to talk with the school you want to transfer to, because they would be responsible for submitting the extension request.

          Rick

  • Lee says:

    My son is thinking about attending a JUCO this fall to play baseball for one year (he is a Quilifier) then transfering to a DIV 1. what are the requirements thru the NCAA? If he is recruited.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Lee,

      Requirements are that he be there at least one semester, earn minimum GPA of 2.5, and earn at least 12 hours of transferable academic credit for each full-time semester of attendance. If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Kris Escho says:

    Mr. Allen,

    I was a football walk-on for an NAIA school, I played in a few games, however, I wish to transfer to DI school:
    1)Will I have to sit-out a year before being eligible to play at the DI school?
    2) Do I have to obtain a release from my current school even though I wasn’t recruited?
    3) If I transfer to a DII school instead, then transfer to a DI school will I have to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kris,

      1. You won’t have to sit out a year as long as you meet the academic requirements for a transfer to Div. I.
      2. You will still have to obtain permission to contact coaches at the Div. I school, and they will have to agree to your use of the One-Time Transfer Exception.
      3. If you transfer to a 3rd four-year school, you will have to sit out from competition during your first year at the 3rd school.

      If you want more complete information on the transfer rules, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Kris Escho says:

    Thank you so much. This info. was very helpful.

  • Michele says:

    Mr. Allen,

    My daughter chose her school over her sport. Now, she leaves for college in 5 weeks as a freshman playing club fh. She is already considering transferring as she regrets not committing to a school for fh. Her grades and her performance in club will not be an issue. How does she go about transferring and getting a coach interested? Which semester would she transfer?

    Thank you,

    Michele

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Michele,

      Your daughter should start as soon as possible in contacting coaches to inform them of her interest and let them know of her plans. She could possibly transfer after just one semester, but her NCAA Eligibility Center status would be a factor. Did she register with the Eligibility Center, and receive certification as a Qualifier?

      There are a lot of variables depending upon where she will be starting college, and what level of college she may want to transfer to. I suggest that we talk on the phone to discuss these various factors. If you’d like to talk, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

      • Michele says:

        Rick,

        Thank you! I will call you. We did register for the clearinghouse but never got a qualifying status. I never followed up as she wasn’t going where she originally intended. Is it too late?

        Michele

        • Rick Allen says:

          Michele,

          It may not be too late, but a lot of that will depend upon whether your daughter already has some schools in mind, and what type of help she can get from her HS or club coaches. I look forward to talking with you.

          Rick

  • Namrata says:

    Mr.Allen,
    I played one year of tennis at a junior college in 2010, I redshirted 2011 because I had an injury. It was supposed to take me 2 years to transfer but I didn’t get some of my classes so I need another year, problem is I’m injured and can’t play this year, does this mean I’m going to lose a year of eligibility? Is there any way to redshirt 2 years and save 2 years for when I transfer to a DIV. 1, 2 University? Also is it possible my coach is not allowing coaches from other schools to contact me? Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Namrata,

      It is possible that your coach is preventing other coaches from contacting you, but it’s not likely. NCAA Div. I has a “five-year clock” during which an athlete can use four years of eligibility, so if you are injured and can’t play you could lose a year. You would have a better option at an NCAA Div. II school if you manage your enrollment properly. There are additional details I can give you, but it would be best if you contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • rodney says:

    mr.Allen,
    My son signed a baseball scholarship with a jc in TN we found out he had shoulder injury that required surgery.The coach up there dogged him into the ground and told him he wasnt part of the team long story short he left school without dropping classes.he set out of school this spring and rehabed.Two jc here in AL want im for this next year 2012-2013.If he passes all classes this fall will he be able to play.The school said if we proved he was depressed they would drop his classes but now they tell us we owe 2000 dollars and wont release any transcripts.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rodney,

      If your son passes at least 12 semester hours this Fall with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, he should be eligible for competition during Spring 2013. However, you still need to resolve the term when he left school without dropping classes, as this could affect his eligibility when he is ready to transfer from JUCO to a four-year school. If you desire more detailed information, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Lee says:

    Hi Rick,

    If my son goes freshman year to a division 1 to play baseball then sophomore decides to go to a juco. Will he be able to go back to a Division 1 his junior without getting penalized and sitting out for a year.

  • Clark says:

    MR Allen
    I was recently expelled from school and I competed 2 years at a Junior College and 2 years at a D2 school. At the D2 school I red shirted a season so I have one season left. I passed 20 credit hours and I had one D but it was for my major. My question is, will I be able to transfer to a D1 school for my last season? Can I take classes at a Junior College and then go to the D1 next semester to be good to compete?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Clark,

      You won’t be able to transfer to a Div. I school and be eligible for your last season, because to be immediately eligible, the Div. II school would have to be able to certify that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school. It’s also doubtful that you could go to a JUCO for a semester and then to a Div. I school, because you would have to have 80% of your degree requirements completed in order to be eligible.

      Rick

  • DD says:

    My son graduated HS in 2010, plays baseball and is a qualifier. Freshman year he was redshirted at a JUCO. He did not attend school in the fall of his sophomore year, but played at a JUCO in the spring. So far, he has used 1 year of eligibility and has attended school for 3 semesters. He is getting ready to go to another JUCO in the fall to play ball. If he gets an offer from a D1 after the coming year, will he fall under the 60% rule? He will have attended school for 5 semesters. I don’t see how a kid can complete 60% of degree requirements when JUCO does not offer upper level classes.

    • Rick Allen says:

      DD,

      The 60% of degree completion requirement takes effect when the athlete is entering their 7th semester of full-time enrollment. So your son will not be subject to that rule if he enrolls at a Div. I school in Fall 2013, but he will need to satisfy that requirement by Spring 2014.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Termaine says:

    Hello Rick,

    I have a problem with my child okay so he’s going to run cross country at a d2 school for the fall but plans on transferring To a d1 school in the spring semester for a track scholarship would he be able to do this?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Termaine,

      Yes, it will be possible for your son to do this, but it will depend upon a number of different factors. I just sent you a personal e-mail encouraging you to contact me for a consultation so I can explain those factors to you.

      Rick

  • Morgan says:

    Hello Rick,

    I just told a D3 school that I would play for them but had just been contacted by a D1 school. I am not fully enrolled in either but transferred out of another institution last year. The D1 school asked for a release of my previous institution, does this mean the previous one that I had been enrolled in full time (meaning the school in spring 2012)?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Morgan,

      Yes, the Div. I school will need a release from your previous school, as well as your official transcript from any previous college so they can evaluate your admissibility as a transfer student.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Lisette says:

    Hi Rick,
    Is there a form that needs to be completed to request release from a D1 school? Or is it just up to the athlete to contact the coach/athletic department or compliance department their own way? Also this should be done before the athlete completes the permission to contact form? And does that go to the current school or the school that the athlete wants to transfer to? The only thing stopping my athlete from moving forward is getting a denial to be released and the fall out from asking.
    Thanks.

  • TK says:

    Hey Rick,

    My daughter played NAIA basketball, on scholarship her freshman year and only 1 semester of her soph year. She failed to maintain the required academic standards and was dismissed from school after playing a total of 3 semesters. So, she is no longer active on the team, nor is she enrolled in that 4 year school. It’s been nearly 19 months since she attended that school.

    Does she still have to seek permission from the initial school to talk to coaches at other schools?

    Also, she started school in the fall of 2009 and now it is July 2012. After playing for 3 semesters, how much elegibility would she still have if she attended another NAIA school?

    Thanks,
    TK

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi TK,

      Since it has been over a year since she left the NAIA school, she should not have to request permission from that school, unless the conference of which that school is a member has some rules that apply in this situation. You may want to check with that conference office to make sure.

      If your daughter has not enrolled at any other college since her 3rd semester at the NAIA school, she has 7 semesters remaining in which she can use her eligibility. Given that she was dismissed from that school, she will probably have to attend another NAIA school for at least one semester as a full-time student before she can be eligible for competition.

      Rick

  • STAR says:

    My daughter is planning to play golf for an NAIA school. If after a year of playing NAIA and she wants to transfer to an NCAA Division 1 school, what are the sit out rules if any. Or lets just say her level of play far exceeds those players in the NAIA and she would like to step up her level of competition, how would she go about this?

  • Cheyne Graham says:

    Rick, my son played baseball for NAIA last year and his coach told him that another years scolarship was available if he were to come back. My son never signed a letter @ NAIA for the up-coming year. Does my son still need to get written permission from his coach to talk to other schools

    • Rick Allen says:

      Cheyne,

      If you are referring to another NAIA school, your son does not have to get written permission. However, the NAIA school that your son is interested in cannot talk with him about a transfer until they have notified his current school. Written permission is needed before coaches at NCAA-member schools can speak with him about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Amber says:

    I need some help. I made a bad decision this spring do to pressure from family and friends to transfer from a college I love. I was attending a DII NAIA college and got convienced to transfer to a DIII NCAA college for softball. Would it be possible after completing one semester at the DIII NCAA college to transfer back to the DII NAIA school and still be able to play in the spring? I need help ASAP please
    -Amber

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Amber,

      If you have at least a 2.00 GPA, and if the Div. III college will release you and can certify that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school rather than transferring, you should be able to be immediately eligible. If the Div. III college won’t release you, or if you don’t have a 2.00 GPA, or can’t be certified as eligible if you were returning, then you will have to sit out your first semester at the NAIA college, unless they have some kind of waiver for returning to your original institution. I suggest you contact the Faculty Athletic Representative at the school you originally attended.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Amber says:

        Thank you Rick. So let me make sure I’m understanding correctly, so I must let the school I attended to begin with know of my return I will be eligible because my GPA is certainly of no issue. What if I work out with the DIII school and play in like a scrimmage it will still allow me to be able to play in the spring at the DII NAIA school? Isn’t okay since it is two separate divisions?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Amber,

          It is possible to be charged with two seasons of eligibility used if you play in the Fall for one school, and in the Spring for another. I suggest you doublecheck everything with the NAIA school where you desire to end up to make sure you know what you can and can’t do for eligibility.

          Rick

  • sebastian says:

    Hi Rick ,

    I need to ask you some questions.
    can you give me your email
    Thanks

  • Jonathan says:

    Rick,
    If i’m transferring from a school where I did not play a varsity sport, do i still need a release form from the school i’m leaving to be eligible to play at the school i’m transferring to?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      You probably won’t need a release to talk to coaches at another school if you’re not an athlete at your current school. However, at some point, the school you are transferring to will still send a Transfer Information Form to your current school to confirm that you were not an athlete, have not used a season of competition, etc.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • John says:

    Rick
    I have a partial scholarship for Soccer, I have just arrived at my 4 year Uni and it looks as if my playing time will be very limited, I have seen that if I transfer after freshman year that I will miss the next years games.
    Will I still have three years left after that?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      In the sport of soccer, it could be possible for you to transfer and not miss any of next year’s games. You would most likely have at least 3 years remaining, and possibly four if you don’t use a season of eligibility this year.

      Rick

      • John says:

        Would it make any difference which division that I would transfer to ? I am at NAIA uni now .

        • Rick Allen says:

          John,

          No difference as long as your NAIA school will release you and as long as you meet the academic requirements for the division you are transferring to.

          Rick

          • John says:

            Hello Rick
            I am at an NAIA uni and have not plated one minute of soccer since arriving,(been on the bench for all games)looks like I won’t get a game for two more years( unless the other keeper gets injured), I would like to transfer, will I have to sit out a season?
            I am an internetional student with a scholarship, will I have to apply for a new one ?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Hi John,

            You won’t have to sit out a season if your school provides you a release and if you are eligible at the time you leave your school for another. You can apply for an academic scholarship at another school, but an athletic scholarship will be determined by the coach.

            Rick

  • Becca says:

    Hi Rick:

    I played for an NAIA softball team during my freshman year and the fall semester of my sophomore year. I ended up quitting before the spring semester of my sophomore year because my coach and the program ran by my coach was not good. I loved my teammates and my school, but felt like the situation I was in, wasn’t a good one. I thought about trying the whole ‘normal’ college kid thing, as in not playing sports, but now think I miss playing and I think I might regret not playing when I get older. I will be a junior this fall, so I haven’t played for a college team for 1 semester. I have been looking at schools to possibly transfer to after this coming fall semester to play softball at. I want to know, if I transfer do I have to have permission from my old coach to talk to other schools? It’s been a whole semester since I played and will be a year after this coming semester.

  • Dan Forkster says:

    My son has played at a D3 school his freshman year and sophomore year. He is transfering to a D1 school this fall for academic reasons. Will he have to sit out a year in order to play. Is it different if he accepts a scholarship or doesnt accept a scholarship?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dan,

      Whether your son will have to sit out a year will depend whether he was recruited to his Div. III school (see our blog titled “NCAA Rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete”), and if he would have been eligible if he were returning to his Div. III school rather than transferring. Accepting or not accepting a scholarship will only matter if his acceptance of a scholarship will cause the Div. I to exceed their scholarship limit.

      Rick

  • Mark says:

    My son was just released fro a D-I AA program and is interested in walking on a D-I program. I know he must sit out a year. Can he enroll in school this fall full-time? He currently is a soph. If and when he would join the team next fall would he have 2 years of eligibility or 3? He has not used a red-shirt. Also, what off season involvement could he have with the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mark,

      If your son is entering his sophomore year, and can use this academic year as his “sit out” year, he would have 3 years of eligibility remaining. Whether he can enroll this Fall full-time will depend upon whether he can be admitted as a transfer before classes start and select a full load of courses. If you’d like further information, or want to talk this through, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Mike says:

    Rick-

    I’ve been in school for 2 years as well ascompeting in my sport for 2 years as a walk-on athlete. I found out thatthe school doesn’t have any scholarship money for this upcoming year like they had promised. I would love to redshirt so that I could work for a year, but redshirting requires a student to be at full-time status.
    If I were to go to school only part time (very very cheap) and work full-time, that way I get enough money to pay for school, would I be able to return to the team the next year with 2 years of remaining eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Mike,

      The term redshirting simply means that you have not participated in any competition during that season and haven’t used one of your four seasons of eligibility. You could attend school as a part-time student, or not attend at all, and return with 2 years of eligibility remaining.

      Keep in mind, however, that if you are at a Div. I school, your “five-year clock” will keep counting down during the year that you are only part-time or not enrolled at all.

      Rick

      • Mike says:

        Rick-

        Thanks…I am a Div 1 athlete, and this helps out a lot.

        So as far as the “five year clock” is concerned, because I have only been there for 2 years, I technically have 3 more years to complete my athletic eligibility?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Mike,

          That’s correct. If you plan to be a part-time student, make sure that you aren’t already enrolled for a full-time load of classes when you attend class this Fall. You might want to check with the compliance director or academic advisor for athletes at your school to make sure you’re not overlooking something in order to be eligible when you return and want to rejoin your team.

          Rick

          • Mike says:

            Thanks a bunch Rick! The main thing i am aware of is that we have to be on track for graduation a certain percentage or we can become in-eligible

  • Jay Mendez says:

    Rick- My son played HS varsity baseball but didn’t get recruited, plus he had jumper knee surgery so he wouldn’t be able play this year. He attending a UC college that does have a baseball program but we want to transfer to a NAIA or D2 college as a walk on with baseball in 1 or 2 year, will he lose any eligibility years because the UC doesn’t have a baseball program other than a club baseball and how about red shirting even though there is no baseball team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jay,

      The term “redshirting” simply means that an athlete has not used a season of eligibility. Since your son won’t be playing this year due to his surgery, this can be considered his redshirt year, and he will have four seasons of eligibility remaining. He may want to consider going to school as a part-time student this year, so that his 10-semester “clock” doesn’t start until next year. If you want more detailed information abou this, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

      • Jay Mendez says:

        Thanks for the information Rick, my son is recovering nicely from his knee surgery so hopefully this year he is going to play and use last year as his redshirt year.

        Again Thanks for info.
        jAY

  • John says:

    hello Rick
    Thanks for answering my earlier question, I some advice, I’ve just signed to an NAIA university with a sports scholarship and have been training with the team and been on the bench for two friendly games. I am a goalkeeper but the existing keeper is in soo tight with the coach that it looks like i’ll never get a game, what do you think my best way forward would be regarding transfer ?

    • Rick Allen says:

      John,

      Since the season has already started, my suggestion would be to stick with it this season, see how things go, and consider transferring – if you choose to do so – at the end of the semester.

      Rick

  • Leah says:

    My son is a freshmen at a Division III football school and has participated in 10 days of practice. He has not attended any classes as of yet because classes do not start for another week. They have not had activities against other schools (Scrimmages) at this time. They do have a scrimmage coming up. If he leaves today prior to the start of classes and before games begin does this have any ramifications to him regarding transferring to a school in January.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Leah,

      Because your son has participated in practice, he will be considered a transfer student even though he hasn’t attended classes yet. His 10-semester clock will not start until January as long as he doesn’t attend any classes this Fall. The only consequence of him leaving school after just 10 days of practice is that he probably won’t get a favorable recommendation from his coach if the next school he transfers to contacts them for some background info on him.

      Rick

  • x says:

    I played football at a community college for 2 years on a Scholarship , got injured early in my 2nd season but too late to medical redshirt. I was one credit away from being a qualifier in high school and do not have my AA yet. I have alreaey been accepted to the University I want to walk on to but was told I had to have an AA even though I want to red shirt there this season and that I can’t even attend the school and finish my AA because I would have to sit out an entire year. But if I finished my AA this semester at the local community college I could walk on in the spring.

    Thanks for the help

    • Rick Allen says:

      x,

      If you are transferring to an NCAA Div. I program, you must earn your AA degree and also have the required number of transferable credit hours in order to be immediately eligible. If you are transferring to an NCAA Div. II program, you do not have to complete your AA degree to be immediately eligible if you have the required number of transferable hours.

      The University you plan to transfer to may have additional rules in their conference that are more strict than the NCAA rules that would allow you to transfer and redshirt during your first year at that school. If you want more detailed info about the transfer rules, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Jonathan Moore says:

    Hi, I am a current freshman at a D III college on the baseball team. What divisions can I transfer to without the loss of a year of eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      If you weren’t recruited to the Div. III school (see the blog on our website titled “NCAA Rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete), you are eligible to transfer to any division with immediate eligibility as long as you perform well academically while at the Div. III. If you were recruited, you can transfer to any division other than Div. I.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Jonathan Moore says:

        The coach never called me, however I sent the headcoach an email while I was in high school. He replied once and that was the extent of our conversation. My dad was friends with the AD,which is how I ended up here. My one conversation with the coach on the campus was after a tour. They didn’t pay for anything. I am not sure if that counts according to your definition or not. Can you please clarify for me. thanks.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Jonathan,

          You weren’t recruited, so you can transfer to any other school (except perhaps another school in your current conference) with immediate eligibility as long as you meet the academic requirements for a transfer.

          Rick

  • Leah says:

    Rick,

    I wrote to you the other day about my son leaving school prior to the start of classes or the first game. He is a freshmen and participated in practice. You answered my question the other day, however, I have another question. If he plays in a scrimmage against another D-III school does that change his eligibility if he decides to leave camp after the scrimmage priot to the start of classes. Thanks for your assistance.

  • bjm says:

    My son received a soccer scholarship to a college that was a DII school but due to a merger is now NAIA…Can he transfer to any school for soccer next year without sitting out or are there limitations? It wld most likely be a DII or DI transfer…please advise

    • Rick Allen says:

      bjm,

      In the sport of soccer, your son does not have to sit out a year if his NAIA school grants him a release and can say that he would be eligible if he were returning rather than transferring. There are additional academic requirements if transferring to a Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Jay says:

    Hi,

    I am playing football at a JC, if I redshirt this year would I still be able to transfer to another JC in the spring and play into my sophomore year?

  • soccerfan says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am so happy that I found your website!!
    My son is a sophomore this year on a soccer scholarship at a D1 school. He redshirted last year and it doesn’t look (or sound) like he will see any playing time this year. He is very unhappy at his current school and is quite certain that he wants to transfer at the semester break but the rules seem very biased against the athlete. I understand that neither the athlete nor the parents can have any discussions or contact with schools about the possibility of a transfer until he receives permission from current school. He has trainers and coaches who would like to help him find a new home but it sounds like that is against the rules too. I’m quite certain that once the desire to look at other schools is discussed he will not be welcome to practice or participate in any additional team activities. Are there any other ways to get a feel for the “market” before burning that bridge? What is the penalty for early contact?

  • sam says:

    Hi Rick,
    Son is at a D1 school…on scholarship for baseball. He took a medical red-shirted the first year. Now he is entering his sophomore year. If after this season he decides to transfer, what are his options/restrictions for Division 1 and/or Division II. And how many years of eligibility will he have? I’m a bit unsure of how it works….seeing that he already took a red-shirt year and how that relates to the ‘five year clock’. Thank you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Sam,

      If your son were to transfer to Div. I, he would have to sit out from competition his first year, and would have 2 years left after that. He could transfer to Div. II, play right away, and have 3 years available. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you’re interested in our booklet “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers.”

      Rick

  • JASD says:

    Hi Rick! My daughter was a non-scholarship player for a division II school last year. At the end of the year she signed a scholarship for her sophomore year but has since decided to transfer to a division I school. She contacted her former coach and signed the forms to negate her scholarship. Can she walk on at the division I school, her junior year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi JASD,

      If your daughter is in a sport other than basketball, she can walk on a at Div. I school her junior year and have the opportunity to be eligible right away. If she plays basketball, it will depend in part upon whether she was recruited by the Div. II school.

      Rick

  • Cheri says:

    My son is a sophomore who plays baseball at a D1 school where he is not happy. He is trying to get a medical redshirt for his freshman year and has not heard if it has been approved. He is thinking for transferring to a JUCO program and we aren’t sure how to go about it or if it is possible and/or how it will affect his eligibility. Thanks

  • sue says:

    My daughter is in her 1st semester at a D2 school for softball. She has decided this is not the atmosphere foe her and wants to transfer out at the end of the Fall semester. She received both academic and athletic money but she wants to be closer to home. What is the procedure?? The season doesn’t start till spring? Can she play in the spring at another school? One school option is D1 , the other D2.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Sue,

      If your daughter plans to transfer at the end of the Fall, she shouldn’t compete in any games this Fall (if the school plays any Fall games against outside competition) to make sure it doesn’t impact her eligibility at the next school. For details on the transfer procedure and academic requirements for a transfer, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Brandon says:

    I attended a D2 last year and got poor grades (Sub 2.0 and less than 24 credits). I was redshirted there. I want to transfer to a JUCO to get my grades up. I was told if I go to a JuCo than my past grades don’t matter because I did not participate in any games is this true?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brandon,

      Your past grades may not matter from the standpoint of being admitted to another University under their admission policies, but they definitely do matter in terms of the NCAA academic requirements for a 4-2-4 transfer when you move on to an NCAA Div. I or II school. If you want more information on the academic requirements you will have to achieve, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Alika says:

    Hey Rick,

    Im attending a college in my home town name Maui Community College (MCC) that doesn’t have any sports. But I want to transfer after one year at MCC to another college to play football. Will the one year at MCC affect my eligiblity to play football?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alika,

      In college athletics, you have either 5 years (if NCAA Div. I) or 10 semesters of full-time enrollment (if NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA) in which to play four seasons in your sport. So, if you attend MCC as a full-time student for two semesters, you’ll have either 4 years or 8 semesters remaining to compete in football. If you want more information on the academic requirements you will have to achieve as a transfer to a four-year school, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com mailto:rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jula says:

    I was suppose to go to school in D1 for this fall I also signed NLI but unfortunately the NCAA made me nonqualifier because of my SAT score was not high enough . in this case they offered me to come in january and said that they will keep a scholarahip for me. but all of this time my recruiting video has been available on youtube so it is natural that I have been receive e-mails from other coaches. I got some emails from really good schools so I did ansewered them but I clearly said I need to get a release from the school to continue speaking with them. So I wrote to the coach if I can get a release, but I gave up this idea because I though ‘all of the papers are there you just need to pass the SAT’ but then I got another email and one coach said make sure that you need a release because I think that your school just need to field the paperwork’ and it was true so I have carefuly read my contract with them and there was clearly said that if I am nonqualifier the contract is void. So I wrote to the coach to tell him that I just found it out and I would like to get these paperwork. Then I did even wrote an official letter and then I got the answer ; ‘we do indeed know that u have been in contact with other coaches they have phoned us to inform us, because they did not know that u were signed by us, are next step will be to inform the NCAA that you have indeed been in contact with other schools and we will leave it to them tho handle it further thank you’ so my question is : have you maybe got any idea what can be the consequences if they do write to the NCAA ? I am really affraid.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jula,

      Do you know when you were officially determined to be a Nonqualifier? Your commitment to that school became null and void when it was determined that you were a Nonqualifier for Div. I by the Eligibility Center.

      I don’t think you have much to worry about, other than obtaining a qualifying SAT score.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Christian says:

    Hi, Went through the ncaa handbook and was very confused on what its trying to get at, just wanting direct information on my situation would be VERY helpful. So im a freshman in college at an naia institution, and i play soccer. Currently in-season right now and im a resident in the dorms. Im looking to transfer somewhere where soccer is more competitive and where i’ll actually like it (too small). What are the rules if i transferred to and ncaa d1, d2, or d3? or another naia institution? Basically my main question really is if i’ll be able to play right a way or have to sit out and how im supposed to go about this situation. All i know is i have to get an approval to talk to another institution and thats it. Hope i get some feed back from you, thanks a bunch!!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Christian,

      As long as your current school will grant you permission to transfer, and will be able to say – at the time that you transfer – that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school rather than transferring, you should not have to sit out a year at the next school. If you’d like additional information on the transfer rules and academic requirements, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Aaron says:

    Rick,
    MY current situation is a bit complicated. I am a freshman student a a D1 school. I was going to walk-on to the football team but before I got to practice my academic status was declared as a non-qualifier for D1 but was qualified for D2. I have two question. 1) Will i be eligible to play in the spring at a D1 school if I am a non-qualifier or do I have to wait until the fall. 2) If I wanted to talk to other coaches about transferring to their school would I need permission to contact seeing that I am not currently on the team and have not practiced with the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Aaron,

      You need to complete one year of enrollment at your current school, and need to be eligible at the end of this year so that the school can say that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school rather than transferring.

      You should not need permission from your current school to talk with other coaches if you’re a Nonqualifier and not a current member of the team. However, coaches at other schools may request one anyway in order to follow the policies of their athletic department.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • chanel says:

    Hi rick! My boyfriend went to 2 different JC’s last year but did not play a sport. He then transferred to a D3 to play soccer. It wasn’t what he expected so he wants to come back home after his first semester there. He is playing soccer at the D3 but is transferring back to a JC to finish his gen ed. Can he play soccer at the JC next year and transfer to a D2 or D3 after his gen ed and still be eligible to compete?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chanel,

      You didn’t say specifically whether last year was his freshman year, but I will assume that it was. Assuming that he meets all the academic requirements to be eligible for Div. II or Div. III, he should have two years of eligibility remaining after he earns his AA degree based on the plan that you’ve described.

      Rick

  • Mo B. says:

    Hi, can you explain the rules of a medical redshirt for juco football. Can an athlete medical redshirt if he’s already played in two games?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mo,

      In order to receive a JUCO hardship waiver, you cannot play in more than 2 games or 20 percent of your team’s regular season schedule, whichever is greater. The injury or illness must be serious enough to cause you to miss the rest of the season and must have occurred during the first half of the season schedule.

      Rick

  • Megan says:

    Hello,
    I am a Freshman D1 Athlete attending a school 3300 miles away from home. I did go on an official visit spring of 12′ and i enjoyed myself. However, as of right now. I am red shirting due to foot surgery (which occurred first college game of the yr). I’m very unhappy and uncomfortable and am looking into how things would go about when transferring after the first semester.. Could you help me out on how that would work? And what i would need in order to fulfill this?
    Thanks!

  • Tyler says:

    Hi Rick, I recently went to a JC (received my AA degree) and transferred to a division 1 school. They recruited me in the summer and offered me a scholarship, and I didn’t have any other options so I took it. Ive been here for about a week and do not like it very much. Is there any way I can leave before the season even starts that wouldn’t affect my eligibility? Thanks so much.

  • amy says:

    Hi Rick
    My son is a baseball player and played 2 years at JC and then went to an NAIA school last year where he red shirted. A Div II school now wants him to play for them but tell him he only has one year left because of the total units to date he has taken between JC and NAIA. Why does he not have 2 years left to play D II but has been told he has 2 years to play if he returns to the NAIA school?? I’m so confused. Amy

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Amy,

      NCAA Div. II rules allow an athlete 10 semesters of full-time enrollment during which they can have up to four seasons of eligibility. I don’t know why your son is being told by that particular Div. II school that he only has one year left, unless it has something to do with their academic policies and the number of transferable hours they will accept, or unless it is a rule particular to their conference. I suggest contacting a different Div. II school in a different conference and see what they tell him.

      Rick

  • cheryl says:

    Hi
    My daughter transferred to an NAI school as a jr after 2 years at a JC & is playing volleyball. Is it possible to transfer to another NAI school and be able to play her senior year there? Or does she need to sit out a year?

    Thanks
    Cheryl

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      It would be possible to transfer and play her senior year at another NAIA school, as long as her current school will provide her a release and as long as she meets the academic requirements to be immediately eligible at the next school.

      Rick

  • Chris Theisen says:

    Hey Rick,

    Im a baseball pitcher/outfielder who recovered from shoulder surgery my freshman year of college and am now starting my first year of eligibility as a Sophmore where I walked onto a Div. III school this year, and its going very well. If I was to walk onto a Div. I school next year would I have to sit out a year or could I start right away since both situations would be non-scholarship walk-ons.

    -Thank you for all your help, -Chris

  • Carie says:

    Hi,
    My daughter plays VB for an NAIA school and received a partial scholarship. The school does not have her major and she is thinking of making a change. 2 things, can she transfer to another NAIA school out of her league and not have to sit out a year? When can she start talking to another coach/school? Her scholarship is a year to year basis as well.
    thanks,
    Carie

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Carie,

      Your daughter can transfer to another school out of her league and not have to sit a year, as long as she is released by her current school, and is in good academic standing when she leaves. She’ll need to receive permission from her current school before talking to coaches at another school.

      Rick

  • Jake Murray says:

    Hello rick i am a freshman at a large NAIA school here in TN, I came here on scholarship for baseball from Florida but i have family that is unhealthy and i would like to be closer to home to them and see them as it could be there last year. Also, my grades are slipping and its only the 4th week of classes. I want to drop classes and leave the school and play at a JUCO school in my hometown next season. Is this possible without me sitting out a year? Would i be considered a freshman?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jake,

      Dropping classes now will put you at a disadvantage later on if you hope to transfer to an NCAA Div. I or II school, as you’ll be held accountable for earning at least 12 hours of academic credit this semester. It would be better if you could finish out the semester before leaving, but I understand that your family situation may not allow that. For more details on the academic requirements to be eligible at an NCAA or NAIA school after going to a JUCO, you may want to contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • JJ says:

    Rick
    Please help clarify a debate. How many years of eligibility would a student athlete have left if the student athlete attended 2 years at a JUCO and failed to be academically eligible. Would the 10 semester rule be consecutive? We at one time called the NCAA to explain this and they simply put that once you enroll in college and attend certain amount of weeks your clock starts ticking for the 10 semester rule and you at that point have 5 years to play 4. It is being said that after 2 years of school this athlete is still considered a Freshman for athletics since he has not gotten on the field. Is this true?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi JJ,

      If the athlete has attended 2 years of JUCO as a full-time student, that athlete would have 3 years left on their 5-year clock (if going to NCAA Div. I) or 6 semesters left on their 10-semester limit (if going to NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA). Does this answer your question?

      Rick

  • Catharine Erhardt says:

    Dear Rick,
    My son is a recruited freshman soccer player (NOT being given any financial assistance) at a competitive D1 university. He practiced the full pre-season and played in one pre-season “scrimmage.” After not playing him in the first 5 games of this fall season, his coach has “asked him to redshirt” and has told him that it “would be to his advantage” to have the extra season of eligibility. The configuration of the team is that 7 of the 11 starters are seniors and play all game every game; 2 juniors, 2 sophmores, and 1 freshman play most of all the games. 1 freshman gets on a little. 4 other freshmen recruits and 1 JUCO transfer are not getting on at all. My question is: if my son redshirts, does that mean that he cannot play in any of the competition in spring (about 5 games)? It seems to me, with so many seniors leaving, that logically the coach would use the spring to develop the younger players if he really intended them as viable players next year. Would it really be to my son’s advantage to miss this spring ball if redshirting requires him to sit it out? Thanks so much for your thoughts

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Catharine,

      Basedo on the information that you’ve provided, this coach appears to be “doing right” by your son. The sport of soccer allows an athlete to have a “redshirt” season in the Fall, but still be permitted to play in the spring games. This sounds like a good situation for his development.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Jill says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son is a golfer for a D2 where he was recruited to go and is on athletic and academic scholarship. He is a sophomore and played in tournaments his fresman year and also already this year (golf is a fall and spring sport). His grades are in good standing. He is thinking of transferring to another D2 closer to home (not in the same conference). He has not spoken to his coach yet until he decides for sure what he wants to do. Part of his decision will depend on whether or not he would have to sit out a year and if the new school would offer him a scholarship. Would he be able to transfer at the end of the semester in december and play for another D2 in the spring?
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jill,

      Yes, it would be possible to play for another Div. II school in the spring. Your son will want to make sure that his current school declares their Fall golf season as their “nonchampionship segment” for NCAA purposes. If so, he can then play for another school during the championship segment, provided that his current school will agree to his use of the One-Time Transfer Exception, and that they can say that he would be academically eligible if he were returning to their school rather than transferring.

      Rick

  • hanah says:

    Hi rick. Im a junior that transferred to an naia school on a soccer scholarship. The team is not how i thought and the coach id difficult. I have played in two games so far so can i no longer redshirt? I want to transfer but most schools probably will not give me a scholarship for one year.

  • Brandon Williams says:

    I’m considering transfering from a NAIA school to a NCAA D1 school. What all do I need to do in order to transfer and be eligble for the next season. I’m also a red shirt freshman.

  • JJ says:

    Yes thank you so much!

  • Tyler says:

    Hi Rick,

    I played NJCAA baseball last spring. I was injured and I had Elbow surgery. My rehab process is a full year. I am currently taking classes to finish my 2 year degree and graduate spring 13′. I want to transfer to a 4 year college in the Fall of 13′ to continue my baseball path. Does taking classes this year and not playing take away a year of eligibility?

  • Cindy says:

    Hi, I graduated high school in 2011. I played womens soccer competively my whole life but did not play college ball my first year of college. I attended a community college and am currently still at a community college. So I was wondering if it is too late to play for a university? If not what are the steps I should make to play in for a D2 or D3 university.

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Rick,
    I was wondering if you could help me. I spent 3 years at a division 1 school, but the situation ended on a bad note. I am now out of school, but want to head to a 1AA football school next summer/fall. I am no longer with my team at the division 1 school nor am I enrolled in school. Do I still have to get a release form from my old school even though I’m not even enrolled anymore? I’ve emailed a bunch of schools that I’m considering but they have all asked if I have a release and I don’t know how to answer them. Please give me any information you can about how I can better my situation.

  • Preston says:

    Hey Rick,

    I played football for a D2 school and was looking to transfer to a D1. However, something happened at the last minute and I wasn’t able to go. I was wondering if I would be able to transfer to a JUCO and then transfer to the D1 college. Oh yea, I redshirted my freshman year and I’m now a sophomore and am not in school right now.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Preston,

      Yes, it would be possible to transfer to a JUCO and then to a Div. I program. You would be considered a 4-2-4 transfer and would have to meet the 4-2-4 academic requirements for transfer to be immediately eligible when you transfer to a Div. I school. You can contact me directly for more complete info at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Rita says:

    Good evening Rick,

    My son currently attends a Division I-A FCS school as a walk on player. He has decided to transfer back to our home state )out of state tuition is causing my family a hardship) my question si can he transfer to a Div I, Div I-A or a Div II school without having to sit out a year and would he still need to receive permission to speak with the other school? And who cna speak to the other school on my sons behalf. Thank you in advance for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Rita

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rita,

      As long as your son was not a recruited walk-on to the Div. I football team (see our blog on this website titled “NCAA Rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete”), he can transfer to another Div. I or Div. II school and play football next season, as long as he meets the academic requirements for transfer. Because he is a member of the team, he will need written permission before coaches at other schools can speak with him about a possible transfer. For more details on the transfer rules and process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Mike says:

    I am a d2 JV basketball player and i have potential to do better things athletically. Im interested in transferring after this year if i am not moved up. How should i go about this?

  • Shondra says:

    Hello Rick,

    My son is still waiting on his qualifying status from NCAA; however, he is attending JUCO in CA as a freshman, but we wanted to bring him home after one semester when the season ends because he won’t be playing. Will it hurt him if we bring him home to finish his first year at a junior college with no athletic programs? He will have 13 transferrable credits by December. This is an effort to save money and bring him closer as we live in South Florida. His NCAA amateur status is “final certified” and his division status says “decision not yet available” for DI and DII, nothing listed for DIII. What does this mean?

    I find your site very informative. It’s really a blessing for students and parents to have someone with your knowledge to turn to. Thank you so much.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shondra,

      Bringing your son back to a JUCO closer to home will not hurt him. Your son should receive a status of NCAA Qualifier or NonQualifier from the NCAA Eligibility Center because he will then know what he needs to achieve academically to be eligible when he transfers to an NCAA school. (Div. III does not use the Eligibility Center.) If you want more detailed info on the transfer rules, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Boe says:

    Hello Rick, My son play D11 football this is his Soph. year played as a true freshman and Soph. Wants to transfer. But also knows he will be denied permission to contact. We will appeal, question is what is an exceptable reason to over turn the denial. What happens at the appeals process? Want to make sure he has all his ducks in a row. Thanks for the help

  • Bill says:

    Rick,
    My daughter signed with an N.A.I.A school following her high school career and is currently in the middle of her first semester of volleyball for that same school . She is not sure if she wants to continue playing volleyball but should she transfer to another N.A.I.A school or D3 N.C.A.A school does she need to notify her current coach before sending feelers out. The current school she is at does not have the major she really wanted ,she signed mostly because they offered her a full tuition scholarship . What would be her eligibility status be and could she visit/talk financial packages with other schools while still under scholarship.

  • Leah says:

    Hello,

    My son is a freshmen football player at a Div. III school who is thinking about transferring to another school. He was recruited by D-IAA (Offered by a patriot -non scholarship school last year),Div. II and D-III schools. What does he need to do regarding contacting other schools? Does he need permission from his current school prior to contacting other schools? Can he transfer to any level?
    Thanks for your assistance,
    Leah

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Leah,

      Yes, he needs permission from his current school before coaches at other schools can speak with him. He can transfer to any level, but there are different rules associated with each level. You can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com for more details on the transfer rules and process.

      Rick

      • jean says:

        hi i came from a junior college and went to a division 2 but i didn’t sign no scholarship im trying out for the team will i get to leave and go to another division 2 school and continue playing football will i need a release cause im technically not on the team

  • Robert Brown says:

    Dear Rick,

    My daughter has a GED and is thinking of attending a local community college, playing lacrosse, and then transferring to a D-1 program. Is there a way for her to just play ONE year of lacrosse at the community college, so that she’d be able to play THREE years for a D-1 team?

    Thanks so much!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Robert,

      Has your daughter registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and submitted a HS transcript and ACT or SAT test score? If she’s not been certified by the Eligibility Center as a Div. I Qualifier she’ll need to attend a two-year college for at least 3 semesters and earn her AA degree to be eligible upon transfer to a Div. I school. For more info on the transfer rules, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • jim says:

    Rick,

    My son is a sophomore playing D1 baseball. He is in the midst of his Fall season and is playing in Fall games. As a freshman he played, collecting over 35 Abs until an illness caused him to stop playing. He is disgruntled with the program and is considering a transfer. My question: I know he would have to sit out a year at another D1 school but if he transferred after this current first semester can he transfer assuming he gets the coach’s permission, to a D2 or D3 school for the second semester (2013)? I assume he could not play that semester but would he be able to practice with the team he transferred to through the Spring season?
    Many thanks for your help,
    Jim

  • Josh M. says:

    Hi Rick,

    I’m a JUCO transfer to a top ranked DI school and I was informed a few days ago that I had to sit a academic year of residence. I’m a track guy and sitting out a full year without being able to practice can really set me back. Is it possible to still be able to be cleared to practice with the team for the year? Using this year like a red-shirt year?

    Thanks alot!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Josh,

      Serving an academic year in residence just means that you are not eligible to compete until you have attended your school for one full academic year. You should be able to practice with your team and consider this year as a redshirt year.

      Rick

  • John says:

    Rick,

    I attended a Div. III university and was apart of the baseball team. As a result of poor grades (to the coaches standard not NCAA) and an injury at the very end of the season I did not play a single inning of NCAA baseball, but I remained with the team for practice and games on the roster. I did not play my sophomore year because of a surgery. I am now at a JuCo, but because I did not record any playing time in NCAA I am not sure if I have one year of eligibility with this JuCo or two?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      The thing to keep in mind is that you have 5 years (or 10 semesters) of college enrollment during which you can use your four years of eligibility. So, you could compete for two years at a JUCO, but it would reduce the eligibility you would have available at a four-year college.

      Rick

  • Deb says:

    Rick:
    My daughter is a junior at a D-1 college and plays volleyball with a full scholarship and she is looking to transfer. If she gets the request letter to talk to other schools now, does she lose her scholarship now? Also, she hasn’t played much and wants to retain this year’s eligibility. How long into the season or how many games do you have to play to lose the entire year of eligibility? Thanks,
    Deb

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Deb,

      She doesn’t lose her scholarship as long as she doesn’t quit the team and as long as she does everything on and off the court that the coaches ask of her. Requesting permission to talk to another school does not constitute “quitting the team.”

      Any amount of playing time, even just a minute or two late in a non-conference match, will count as a full season of eligibility used. So, she may want to talk to the coach about redshirting so that the coach doesn’t put her in for just a few minutes late in a match.

      Rick

  • Charles MacNeil says:

    I have a question that I am seriously stressing about. My freshman year i attended Pacific Lutheran University, a Diii in Washington. I started in every football game, but finished the year with a 1.87 GPA. For numerous reasons I left the school and transferred to a Juco in california, But was not able to play because of my gpa, and then missed deadlines so now i can’t even take classes this semester. I currently only have 28 credits, and will be taking classes at Barstow Community College in the spring and summer to raise my GPA. Will i be able to play at a Juco next fall? Or would i have to sit out another year and take enough classes to be able to transfer to a Cal State school (SDSU, SJSU) and then play there in the fall of 2014? If so how many years would i have left of eligibility? I really need your help.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Charles,

      Part of the answer to your question depends upon the admission requirements of the JUCO that you plan to play for next Fall. However, you can probably assume that you will need at least a 2.00 GPA, and you may also need an average of at least 12 hours of academic credit for each term of full-time attendance in college. If you want more details on the transfer rules to prepare you for moving from JUCO to a four-year school, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • jesus toro says:

    i just graduate from a junior college and im going to a d2 school to play baseball but i didnt take any math classes? i will be playing in the spring? is going to be a problem for my situation

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jesus,

      It’s possible that not taking any math classes could be a problem for you. It depends upon whether you were certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center as a Qualifier and when you began your junior college enrollment. You should talk to the compliance coordinator at the Div. II school.

      Rick

      • jesus toro says:

        mister rick. there is a possibility to me playing next semester? i have 56 credits and 3.0 gpa. i just apply in the school and im waiting for the answer. they will offer me a full ride if everything in the paperwork is good. i took pre algebra but i dont think really matter because it doesnt count like a college class… what can i do? do i have to wait one more semester? or can i take math this semester and still playing my junior year?

  • hey rick im sorry if your answering the same question i didnt have time to read all the Q&A’s- i am at a community college taking enough credit hours to transfer to a D1 school. I wont have enough until the beginning of my sophmore year and will have to walk on in the spring of my sophomore year. By the time im on the team it will be my junior year. Can i redshirt that year to extend my eligibility time?

  • Spencer says:

    I want to transfer schools, i play D3 football and the rules state that as long as i am on a team i cannot have contact with other schools or coaches unless i have a written release. I was wondering if applying at other schools is considered contact. Because the application deadline for transfer students is during my season and i want to finish this season before i get my release.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Spencer,

      Applying for admission at other schools is not considered contact. That rule is referring specifically to contact with coaches or athletic staff members at another school.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Dee says:

    Hi Rick –
    Just wanted to clarify something regarding red-shirting. I thought I read that an athlete could seek red-shirt status if injured or if the athlete has not played in more than 30% of matches/games and has not played in any match/game after the half-way point of their respective season? My daughter transferred from NAIA school her freshman year to D1 school this sophomore year and is not getting much playing time. We would like to request a red-shirt for her this year to preserve her eligibility, however, the coach has put her into 9 games so far this season. The team has played over 50 games this season (but has not yet reached the mid-way point), so 9 games is definitely less than 30% of the season. Did I interpret the rulings correctly regarding red-shirt or am I off base and she is not eligible for a red-shirt this season? Please help! She is extremely miserable at current school, may consider another transfer, so want to preserve as much of her eligibility as we can. Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dee,

      The rule you are referring to is actually the set of guidelines for seeking a Medical Hardship Waiver. Such a waiver provides an athlete an additional year of eligibility if they have already competed, but then become injured or ill to the point that they cannot compete for the rest of the season.

      A season of eligibility is used if an athlete competes in even just one minute, one play, or one inning of a game against an outside team (with a few exceptions for certain sports in their “off-season”). So, your daughter has definitely used a season of eligibility, and would only be able to “get this year back” if she becomes injured or ill within the guidelines you’ve cited.

      Rick

  • Carie says:

    Good morning Rick,
    Thanks for taking the time to answer my question a few weeks ago. I am looking over my daughters financial agreement to attend the NAIA school she is at now. The letter she signed clearly says it is for Volleyball 2012/13 It says the assistance is for one year and will be considered for renewal every year after as long as she is in good standing with the school. My question is, does she need to be released to play for another school next fall or will she need to red-shirt? How willing are schools to pick up a red shirt athlete?
    thanks,
    Carie

  • Nate says:

    Rick,

    I attend a DII school and I was thinking about transferring down a division to a dIII school back home. Would I need a written Permission-to-contact to talk to the coach at the DIII school? And also would I need to sit out a year if I were to transfer down a division?

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nate,

      Yes, you will need written permission before coaches at the Div. III school can talk with you about a possible transfer. If you are in good shape academically, it is possible for you to transfer and not have to sit out a year. If you’re interested in more details about the transfer process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Matt Reed says:

    I’m currently a freshman playing soccer at an NAIA institution. We are currently in the middle of our season. I am sadly failing Chemistry and Pre-cal, Even though i put in all kinds of work it looks as if i’m going to fail. If i was to fail, I would need to go home for the spring semester because i simply can’t afford them taking away my academic scholarships. So my question is if i was to go to a community college for the spring semester could i attend an NAIA, or NCAA D1 or D2 school to play in the fall and be eligible. Or could i just transfer in the spring to a diffrent university for the spring and then be eligible to play again in the fall for that university.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Matt,

      If you’re not in good academic standing when you leave your current school, it is unlikely that you can be eligible next Fall at another university. This is especially true at an NCAA Div. I or II school.

      You can go to a two-year college, but would need to satisfy the 4-2-4 transfer requirements to be eligible in your first year at the next four-year school. If you want more detailed information on the transfer rules, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Nicole Rogers says:

    Good Morning-
    My son played NAIA Basketball last year
    and was a red shirt with a 3.0 GPA and 26 credits.
    It was his choice to transfer this year (sophmore) to be close to home and play at a bible college. He realized this was not a good choice and misses the competitve play. Question for you if he transfers this semesters to a D1 school this Jan for one semester and plays intramural and keeps working out and playing everyday as he always does can he get recruited again for Fall 2013 (NAIA level). Or will it hurt him to not play in college for a semester? He has a true passion for the game and it keeps him focused for his future and grades. Please Advise, Many Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nicole,

      I believe it will hurt him to not play college ball for a semester. Also, that’s not a way to get “recruited again for Fall 2013.” He needs to use contacts such as his HS coach or his former NAIA coach to help him find a place to play and stay there to pursue his degree.

      Rick

  • phil says:

    Hi Rick, 1st question my son is at a D3 school. He was red shirted freshman year, sophmore (freshman as a baseball player)never made team played on JV team this year. (sophmore) this year on the bubble with tryouts. Can he transfer to a Junior College and play his two years, is this allowed? 2nd question If he decides to transfer to another D3 can he talk to coaches and how do they go about transfers after they may have had their own tryouts? Thanks for your time.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Phil,

      Based on your statements, I’m not sure if he’s in his sophomore or junior year as a student. Keep in mind that he has 10 semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use his four years of eligibility. He can do a “self-release” to talk to another Div. III coach (it can be found on the NCAA website), but be aware that the coaches he contacts will probably contact his current coach to ask what kind of athlete/student he is on and off the field.

      Rick

  • Thomas Coyne says:

    Hello my name is Thomas Coyne, I been stuck at a community college for four years. I been told I only have one more year to play anywhere. I red shirted my first year, switch schools played and last year I got hurt, got a medical red shirt. I’m sticking around this year to play and finish my my AA. I been something about how many quarters (school goes by quarters) I take, matters not the many time. Can you please help me

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Thomas,

      I can explain the amount of “time” you have available to use your college eligibility. NCAA Div. I athletes have a “five-year clock” during which they can use their four seasons of eligibility. The “clock” starts with your first semester of full-time college enrollment, and keeps “ticking” even if you are not enrolled, or are only enrolled part-time. The only exceptions would be if you have spent time in the military or on an official church mission.

      NCAA Div. II, III, and NAIA allow 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time enrollment to use your four seasons of eligibility. For this rule, part-time semesters, or semesters when you weren’t enrolled at all won’t count against your limit of 10 semesters or 15 quarters.

      Rick

  • Linda says:

    Hi Rick,

    Is there a specific transfer period for D1 lacrosse? What is the one time exception transfer and who qualifies for that? Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Linda,

      There is no specific transfer period for lacrosse (or any other sport). For information about the One-Time Transfer Exception, you may want to purchase the downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers” from the Store of this website.

      Rick

  • Jim Wilson says:

    If a Division 1 student athlete asks his coach fo a release in the current fall semester in order to look at options for spring transfer. Is the fall athletic scholarship money taken away? I was under the impression that current semester funds were not lost, but after that the scholarship funding is no longer awarded.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jim,

      Div. I schools are not allowed to cancel an athlete’s scholarship as a result of a request to speak to other schools. However, if an athlete quits or voluntarily withdraws from a team, the school has the right to immediately cancel the scholarship at that point.

      Rick

  • M. K says:

    Rick, could I possibly get your email address? My question requires some background information and will take too much space for this

  • Niecy says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son is Jr football player at a Div. I school. He would like to transfer to a smaller school for his final year of college. We have been given mixed messages. My son’s position coach says that he can transfer and our friend, who is a former recruiter and college coach, says our son has to play his final year at this school. Can you shed some light on this for us and lead us to the steps we need to take to make this happen.
    Thanks,
    Denise

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Niecy,

      Unless your son was a non-recruited walk-on at his current school, he can’t transfer to a Div. I program with only one year of eligibility remaining. However, he could possibly transfer to a Div. II or NAIA school. For the steps on how to make this happen, refer to the personal e-mail that I just sent to you.

      Rick

  • Cathy Evans says:

    My son signed his NLI and received an athletic scholarship to play DII football. He was hurt at the very first practice and has not practiced or played in a game since, however he has not been officially redshirted. He is extremely unhappy at the school and would like to transfer to a DIII school. Will he need to get permission to contact the other school first? And can he transfer for the spring semester? I read some where that if you signed an NLI you were not able to transfer within the first year. Also, how many years does he have left to play? Will he be able to play in the fall?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Your son will need permission from his school in order for coaches at other schools to be able to discuss a possible transfer with him. Your son won’t need to worry about his NLI commitment as long as he’s not transferring to an NCAA Div. I or II school. For more details on the transfer rules, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Bill says:

    My son is enrolled at a D3 school for 2012-2013 calender year and is playing Basketball. He played multiple sports in High School and recruited in all. He has pondered the following scenarios:

    1. Transfer to a JUCO in January and play Football.

    2. Transfer after the full year to a D2 or D1 to play Football.(walk on)

    or

    3. Transfer after the full year to a D2 or D1 to play Basketball(walk on)

    What are his requirements for each scenario?

    If he sent an e-mail to a d2 football coach inquiring are they required to report? they did not reply

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Bill,

      If the Div. II FB coach that your son contacted is interested in talking with him about a possible transfer, he will have to seek permission from your son’s Div. III school.

      If your son transfers to a JUCO to play football, he’ll then have to satisfy the 4-2-4 transfer rules to be eligible when he moves on to Div. I or II. If he moves directly to Div. I or II for football or basketball, he could be eligible immediately, or might have to sit out a year before being eligible for competition (but could still practice with the team). For more details on the transfer rules, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Daniel Carrillo says:

    Can a student walk on an athletic team at 20 years old. I have been wrestling for 6 years and had surgery senior year. As a sophomore I attempted to walk on a D1 program but failed. So now I am trying again at a D3 program I am transferring to mid semester. I keeped myself in some form of shape by doing judo and wrestling with my old high school. Is this a route some athletes take when something doesn’t workout in one area?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Your age isn’t as important as the number of years that you’ve been in school. An athlete has 5 years (if at Div. I) or 10 semesters of full-time enrollment (for NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA) in which to use 4 seasons of eligibility.

      Rick

  • Jim says:

    Rick,
    My son is a sophomore baseball player at a D1 school. He wishes to transfer to another D1 school for the spring semester so that he can complete what would be a full year (spring 2013 and fall 2013) at the school and be able to play spring 2014 there. He doesn’t have much time to get this together so if he transferred to a 2 year school for just the spring 2013 so he can play there I assume he’ll still have to sit out until 2015 spring to play at a D1? Please advise and many thanks!
    Jim

  • pam says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son was recruited to play golf at Div 2 school away from home. Has played 1 match as indivual but not qualified for any matches. Now he thinks he wants to come home and maybe go to another d2 team in same conference. Will he lose a year if he leaves after 1 semester and transfer within division

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pam,

      Your son will almost certainly lose a year (or at the least be required to sit out for a year) if he transfers within the same conference. In fact, he may not be granted permission to talk to another school within the same conference.

      Rick

  • Rock Richardson says:

    Hey I am in my second year of playing naia football. I want to transfer to a naia school close to home and finish my career there. If I ask for permission to talk to other schools will they the take my scholarship away? And what is the process. Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rock,

      My understanding is that they won’t take away your scholarship for that semester, but that you may not have it for the following semester.

      You should start by asking your coach, when you are ready, for permission to talk to other schools about a transfer. This is because if you don’t and you contact another school, that school is required to let your school know that you’ve reached out to them. Your coach will probably not be happy if he is caught by surprise and you’ve haven’t given him advance warning.

      Rick

  • tony smith says:

    Does a D3 SA need a written release and permission to contact a D2 program?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tony,

      A Div. III s-a can contact a Div. II program without that, but the coaches at the Div. II school won’t be able to respond to his contact until they have written permission from his current school.

      Rick

  • Erica says:

    Hi Rick

    I am currently attending Colorado State University and I am swimming for the team there as well. I am not satisfied with my choice as much as I thought I would be. I am just curious as to when I can contact another school about transferring and what rules apply to swimming and diving? Also I am on almost a full ride to CSU and I was wondering if there is anyway I can receive a scholarship to another university and if I would have to redshirt? Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Erica,

      You must have permission from your current school before coaches at other schools can talk with you about a transfer. Whether they would have a scholarship available for you is totally up to the coach based on his or her level of interest. Whether you would have to redshirt would depend upon a number of things. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you desire more detailed info.

      Rick

  • Laura says:

    My son is being asked to apply early decision to a DIII school. It could be considered “recruited”, but not for scholarship money or entrance to the school. He is more than qualified. But they do want him to play for them. It is in a rural area which is a plus for my son, but if he ends up really feeling isolated, what are his transfer options. Would he have more options later if he applied regular decision (just do it early) and essentially be a “walk on”?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Laura,

      You didn’t mention what sport your son is in, and the “recruited” status is only a transfer factor in selected sports. I suggest you review our blog titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • Jacqueline says:

    Hi Rick, I was a rower in highschool but now I’m a freshman at an art school where there’s no sport teams. I’m thinking about transferring to a D1 school, am I allowed to contact coaches? Or do I need the permission even though I am not a student athlete now?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Because your school doesn’t sponsor intercollegiate sports teams, you can contact coaches at other schools about a possible transfer. However, don’t be surprised if those schools ask for permission from your school just to verify that you’re not an athlete there.

      Rick

  • Calder says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am currently a freshman at a D3 school playing football and running track. I want to transfer to a small D1 school and walk on for football (no track). Will there be any eligibility problems and what is the date I need to apply for this college?

    Thank you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Calder,

      As far as your admission question, that depends upon the college you will be applying to. All colleges determine their own deadlines. As far as your eligibility, you should be able to be eligible at the Div. I school as long as the Div. III school can say that you would be eligible if you were staying there rather than transferring.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • DeAndre Maxwell says:

    My Daughter is currently a freshman on a Basketball Scholarship at a Div 2 school. She just recently decided what she wanted to major in but her current school doesn’t have that major. Could she transfer to another Div 2 school at the end of the school year and be eligible for Basketball at the new school the following year?

  • Nikki says:

    I am currently at an NAIA school playing soccer but decided that its not the right fit for the athletic program and want to transfer to a D1 or D2 school. But, I don’t know what the rules are as far as contacting coaches, etc.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nikki,

      You must have permission from your current school before coaches at an NCAA Div. I or II school can talk with you about a possible transfer. You may want to go to the Store of our website and purchase the downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers.”

      Rick

  • Tyler says:

    I am a freshman and play baseball at a NAIA school on a partial scholarship. I am thinking about transferring to a D2 school, or D1. I’ve tried looking up the transfer rules from NAIA to NCAA, but I’ve only found different answers. So what would I need to do to be able to transfer next year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tyler,

      As a scholarship athlete at your NAIA school, you would not be able to be eligible during your first year of enrollment if you transfer to a Div. I program, but you can be if you transfer to Div. II. Contact me directly for detailed information on the transfer rules and process.

      Rick

  • Alex says:

    Hi Rick,
    I currently need some help understanding the NCAA Division 2 transfer rules. I’m currently a division 2 soccer player, playing in the GLIAC. The first season went alright but I’m considering transferring. I need help explaining the rules, preferably what are all the steps in being able to transfer to another division 2 without having to sit out a year? I’m a bit confused about if I have to have a certain amount of transferable credits or not.

    Thanks,
    Alex

  • Malcolm says:

    I’m a division 2 football player in a nightmare of a transfer situation. I’m very stressed over finding a solution and hope you can help. I recently transferred from one d2 program where I walked on and spent 2 semesters on the team, a spring semester and a subsequent redshirt yr in the fall. I just transferred to a new d2 school where I’m on scholarship however everything is going wrong I feel the coaches have been dishonest with me as far as aide they would provide and chances at playing time, on top of that now there is a high likelihood the staff that recruited me will be fired after the season. Needless to say I’m in a bad spot at this new institution. I used my one time exception transfer to go to the school so now I’m wondering if there’s any way I can transfer again without penalty of sitting out due to circumstance of them being fired and everything else. I really want to return to my old school and play there. I haven’t got on the field at this new school during this current season. Im a college student with limited funds and resources so I would appreciate your assistance in this situation, on what my options are?? Thank you so much in advance! I know this is a long winded question

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Malcolm,

      If you return to your old school, or transfer to any other NCAA Div. I or II school, you won’t be able to be eligible in your first year since you have already used the One-Time Transfer Exception. It is possible that you could transfer to an NAIA school and be eligible by next Fall, as the NAIA rules often require that an athlete just sit out for one semester. Your chances at that are much better if you are in good academic standing, and have earned an average of 12 hours for each semester of enrollment, and have a GPA of at least 2.00.

      I suggest that you wait until the end of the season and see what happens with your coaching staff, and then think more seriously about your options.

      Rick

  • Kyle Tucker says:

    I am a freshman and currently attending a junior college and I want to play college golf. I have a solid resume and I was wondering if I would have to sit out a year if I go play for an NAIA team or any divion I,II,III school next fall?

    Thanks, Kyle

  • Jim says:

    Rick…my question is two fold. My son is a frosh on a basketball scholarship at a NCAA D2 school.Last spring he was diagnosed with a rare eye disease. In the summer he had surgery to halt the progression of the disease,and is now in the recovery stage (6 months to a year).He elected to play this year, however, due to his current eye condition and recovery he is very frustrated and not playing up to (what he feels) his ability. If he could now, he would consider red-shirting this year, would he be a candidate to medical-red shirt? Second, because of his condition he also has considered leaving school and transferring to a local community college next semester so he could be closer to home and our doctors until the recovery period is over. If he left his current school now, before the end of the semester and then went to a CC next semester would he lose a full yesr of eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Jim,

      Your son could be a possible candidate for a medical hardship waiver if he has not played in more than 20 percent of his team’s games, and if the team physician will document that he should not play any more this season. In effect, stating that he has tried to play through the injury, but that he’s not able to do so.

      If he leaves school now and does not earn any academic credit hours this semester, it could cause him to lose eligibility at the two-year college. I suggest talking on a confidential basis to the coaches at the two-year college to inquire about their eligibility rules, as their conference may have additional rules over and above the NJCAA rules.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Higgins says:

    What is the best “timing” to ask for a release to transfer? My daughter is in her sophomore year and plays volleyball for a DII school. She wants to transfer to another school. She knows what school and we are confidant that the new coach will welcome her to the team as she played for that coach on a club team. She must transfer mid year due to having 63 hours already and the new school will only transfer up to 65 hours. We have not contacted that school or coach but feel like we need to submit applications and apply for scholarships ASAP. Should we wait to tell the coach at DII school until after conference tournament or does it matter?

    She was on partial scholarship at DII school and will be transferring from DII to NAIA school. Should she talk to compliance officer first? coach first? The coach is barely civil to my daughter, it has been this way since mid season freshman year, so much so that the other athletes have commented about it. It seems like she is trying to make her quit but my daughter felt that she should stick it out and honor her commitment. very uncomfortable situation!

  • Zeke says:

    I’m in a bit of a dilemma. In Fall of 2006, I went to a DI university but did not play any sports. I have since graduated (May 2011) to be exact, but now I have the opportunity to play DII football due to playing well on the club level. My intent is to enroll in a graduate program, and then hopefully spend two or more years playing for the school. What issues will I run into, and if so what are ways around it as I’m sure there are? I have heard of the 10 semester rule, so I am looking for advice on what to do in my situation. Thanks in advance.

  • Crystal says:

    Rick
    My daughter plays NAIA basketball and is in her 3rd yr. The 1st yr went as expected,a good amount of time for a frosh, 2nd yr she was a Red Shirt,being told that she would save her playing time for the next 3 yr, and here we are in the 3rd yr on the bench with 1-2 min evey other game. She is on a full ride and no stats to speak of…..
    She is upset and lossing her love for the game, can she transfer????
    Where can she go ???
    She is a great student 3.8 GPA..
    Crystal

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Crystal,

      If she were to transfer to an NCAA Div. I school at semester break, she could not be eligible to compete until next academic year. If she were to transfer to an NCAA Div. II school, she also could not be eligible until next year because she has already played in games this semester at the NAIA school. The same is also true if she were to go to a JUCO.

      Rick

  • Shane says:

    Hi Rick
    I was a recruited wallk-on at a D1 but because of financial and family problems i had to leave the team. I want to play at a D1 closer to home. I asked for my release to talk to other coaches and recieved it, but i am unsure if i talk to coaches first then give them my permission to contact form, or do i give the athletics office a list of schools let them send them to the schools, and then contact the schools i wish to transfer to?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shane,

      If you already have your signed permission to contact form, what are you waiting for? Contact other coaches, and when they ask if you have received permission to contact, you tell them you have and that you can fax it to them, or scan it and send it as an e-mail attachment.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Hayden says:

    Hi Rick,
    My name is Hayden and I am a sophomore swimmer at a D1 school. I am extremely unhappy at my current school. I love everything about it except for my coaches. I don’t agree with their coaching style and I am not getting better. This semester I decided that I really want to transfer somewhere else, but I am worried about the financial aspect of it, since the school I would like to transfer to is out of state. So my question is, if I transfer next semester would I not be able to get any kind of scholarship? And also, am I allowed to go and speak with my Athletic Director about the situation?

    Thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Hayden,

      The ability to get a scholarship at another school is totally up to the coach, but since many scholarships are issued for the full academic year, there aren’t many that are available in the middle of the year.

      You can speak to your AD about the situation, but he’ll probably want to know if you have talked with the coach first, and if you haven’t, he will probably tell you to do so.

      Rick

  • anthony stevens says:

    hi rick
    I play football at a division 2 schools and Im just ending my first semester. I want to transfer to another division 2 school because, the school im at now doesn’t have the major I want. Will I be eligible to play if I transfer

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Anthony,

      You may be eligible if you transfer if you meet the academic requirements for a transfer. You may want to purchase our downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be found in the Store of our website.

      Rick

  • Wes says:

    If I leave D11 water polo and transfer to club water polo do these rules apply?

  • Aaron says:

    Hi Rick,
    I was suspended from my div II college and I was redshirted there. I want to transfer to a local div 1aa as a walk on. Do I still need permission? How should I approach this ?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Aaron,

      Unless you have been withdrawn from the Div. II college and not in attendance there for at least one full year, then you will need permission from that school before you can talk with a Div. I school about a transfer. You should approach the compliance coordinator at the Div. II school to request permission to speak with other schools.

      Rick

  • Chelsey says:

    Hi, Mr.Allen
    I’m a freshman and a partially qualified tennis player at D2 school. What do I need to do in order to be able to play and recieved scholarship after I transfer?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chelsey,

      You’ll need to receive permission from your current school to transfer, and will need to be eligible to compete at the time that you transfer in order to be eligible at your next school.

      Rick

      • Chelsey says:

        So I can start talking to another school coach and start the transfer process immediately after I receive the permission and
        by the time that I really moving to the next school after my freshman year end I would have completed all the courses requirement so that I will be eligible for my second year at the next school. Am I correct?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Chelsey,

          That’s correct, except for one possible roadblock. You didn’t state if you are receiving an athletic scholarship as a partial qualifier. If you are, consider that your coach will probably not be real happy to hear that you plan on leaving when he/she has provided a scholarship for you and now you plan to leave before you ever compete for them. So be very careful about how and when you ask for permisson to talk with other schools about a possible transfer, because your coach may object to that and may object to your use of the One-Time Transfer Exception at the end of this year.

          Rick

          • Chelsey says:

            Thank you a lot for clearing me up. One more question.Could my coach take away my scholarship after I discuss with him about transfer? I think it might be a good idea to wait and discuss with him at the end of the year but I don’t want to keep waiting around while I could be moving forward.

            I have been considered about this partial qualifier situation too but I’m really unhappy here. Also, I don’t think it is all my fault that this happened because when I got into here my coach didn’t help me with any admission process and he didn’t tell me what I need to do at all.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Chelsey,

            Your Partial Qualifier status has nothing to do with the fact that your coach didn’t help you with the Admissions process or tell you what you needed to do. It is based on what you did during your time in high school.

            Your coach should not be able to take away your scholarship after you discuss a transfer with him, as long as you don’t quit the team, and keep attending all practice and workout sessions, and study halls that are expected of you.

            Rick

  • Dom says:

    Hi Rick,
    I signed a letter of intent last February for a D1 soccer scholarship. I am currently a freshman and would like to transfer at semester to a D2 school seeing as my first semester was awful here…is it possible for me to transfer down and not lose anytime of eligibility? I know they say that you will lose two years or it can be reduced to one season but I would like to see if there is a possibility that I could not lose anytime for the transfer. It would free up more money for my current school I’m at and I wouldn’t have to waste Spring here too. What can I do to not lose that time? If that’s even possible

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dom,

      You’ve obviously already reviewed some of the information regarding a release from the NLI since you know about the penalties if you leave before completing one full year at your school. The only other thing you can do is come up with compelling reasons why the school should release you so that you don’t have a penalty at your next school. Those reasons should show how your transfer won’t hurt the school, and, in fact, could be beneficial to them.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Robert says:

    Rick,
    My son received a baseball scholarship to a Juco college and signed a letter of intent. This is his first semester of college. He and the coach did not see eye to eye and the coach cut him from the team.

    The coach has said he has no hard feelings and said he would do the paperwork for a transfer and would even help him find another school.

    The day after he was cut my son was contacted by a NAIA school about a scholarship this same year. He was contacted so quickly because he knows some ex pro players who directed him to college contacts.

    What problems or pitfalls are we looking at from going from Juco to NAIA in the same baseball year. I would appreciate any advice.

  • Ray says:

    Since you seem to be very knowledgeabale about elgibility rules and regulations I have a question for you. I pleyed one year of college soccer at the NAIA institution(stayed for fall and spring semester) and then had to quit for some time and work to support my little brother! While taking time off from soccer I took some classes the following spring semester(skipped fall) and then decided to come back to playing soccer next fall again after 2 years of absence! Please tell me how many units(credit hours) do i need to have in order to be eligible to play soccer at naia institution!? Thank you so much

  • Samantha says:

    Hi Rick,
    My daughter now a HS Senior, verbally committed to a DII school, they were offering a scholarship. Right before signing with the DII her first choice school who she had not heard from in a while offered her a spot on their team. The first choice school is a better fit in all area’s. But, with tomorrow being the last day of early signing the coach has not mentioned anything about a NLI, and is now saying her SAT scores are too low. He says she has a spot on the team and may have to red shirt. She gave up the DII a bit too soon I think. For now I’m worried with no NLI in hand, how do we know the coach will hold to his word and hold a spot for her on the team?
    What should we do?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Samantha,

      You don’t know that the coach will stick by his word. Many parents who have been in a situation like yours would tell your daughter to take the scholarship offer that she has (or had) available. That coach is more likely to play your daughter, and give her more chances, if he or she has invested a scholarship in your daughter.

      Rick

  • Jim says:

    If a division 2 athlete cannot make grades to be eligible or to even stay in school, could that athlete transfer to a juco at semester and be eligible to play? Or must you sit out a certain amount of time since that athlete failed out.

  • Daniel luna says:

    Hey my brother and I are playing basketball at this bible college, it is a NCCAA Div. 2 school and we transferred here after playing our first year at a Juco. We already used our red shirt year so we are sophomores. We were wondering if we were to leave after the first semester how much eligibility would we have left? Also would it be possible to transfer to another NCCAA or NAIA college next semester and be able to play out the rest of the season there? thanks very much!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Daniel,

      I’m not familiar with NCCAA rules, so can’t answer your question with certainty. However, it would be unlikely that you can compete for two different institutions during the same sport season (especially a sport like basketball that crosses over both semesters). As far as how much eligibility you have left, the NAIA rules limit you to four years of eligibility within 10 semesters of full-time enrollment. The NCCAA rule may be similar.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Kim says:

    My son is a freshman at a D1 FBS school and was red-shirted this season. He doesn’t like it and wants to transfer to D1aa or D2. When is the best time to ask for permission to talk to other schools? My concern is if he does it before the spring football game he will be even more miserable because they will not have him participating due to thinking he will be transferring. If he waits until after spring game, is it too late? Also, does he have to sit out a year if he goes D1aa as opposed to D2?

    Thank you-

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kim,

      He doesn’t have to sit out if he goes to either an FCS or a Div. II school, as long as he meets the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception and is released by his current school. If he signed a National Letter of Intent with his current school, it is best that he complete the school year and ask for his release near the end of the year. If he didn’t sign an NLI, he can ask for the release earlier.

      Rick

      • Kim says:

        Thanks, Rick. Since you answered the above question, the head coach has resigned. We’ve been told at least 4 of the current coaching staff are leaving with him, including my son’s position coach. Given this latest turn of events, when would be the best time to ask for permission to speak to other schools? He signed a NLI and is not asking to be released from that, just wants to see if there is any interest from other programs. Is it still best to wait until after spring football? Is there harm in asking sooner rather than later? If he were to ask now, for example, who would he need to ask since there aren’t currently coaches.

        Thank you in advance for your assistance…

        • Rick Allen says:

          Kim,

          It’s best to wait until after spring football. If he’s already asking for permission before the new coaches have even arrived, how much of a chance are they going to give him to show what he can do in spring ball if they think he’s not fully committed to the program?

          Rick

          • Kim says:

            That’s what I was thinking, just wanted to confirm I had the right thought process. I really appreciate your help! Thank you!

  • Alvarho Guzman says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am currently a freshman (graduated high school last year) at a California community college. I am a full time student and will have an estimated 31 units done by the fall 2013 semester. I was recruited by some colleges for basketball my senior year but chose the JUCO route due to personal reasons, and I was wondering if it is still possible for me to play two more years so I could transfer on an athletic scholarship to a college? I am highly aware that I will have already completed a full year of credits by the time I would start playing and I think that you must be an enrolled full time student in order to play sports, but this would mess up the whole “transfer” process. Anything helps, thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alvarho,

      You can still play two more years at the JUCO, and that would leave you two years to play at a four-year college. It may hurt your ability to transfer and be immediately eligible, however, as you may lose transfer credits in the process if you take too many at the JUCO. So consider leaving after playing just one year of JUCO basketball.

      Rick

  • rita says:

    Hi Rick, When a student transfers and has enough credits for the 40/80/60 rule but the university only accepts 66 hour maximum what course of action does the student athlete take to become eligible?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rita,

      The athlete should speak with the athletic compliance office to see if a waiver of the Progress-Toward-Degree rule is possible.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • rita says:

        What does the NCAA generally look for when deciding should they grant this waiver for a student? Student had a 3.3 gpa at the time of transfer along an associate degree. What else might they look for to determine if the grant the waiver?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Rita,

          One thing they will look for is whether the athlete was recruited, and were they (or should they have been) informed about the transfer rules and requirements. Along with that, they will look for whether there was possible misadvisement by a coach or academic authority regarding what courses the athlete should have been enrolled in.

          They will also look for whether the athlete made any effort on their own to know what the transfer rules require. Or, what efforts, if any, did the athlete take to remedy the situation, such as whether he/she took additional summer hours.

          Rick

  • Russ says:

    Rick,

    I will have been playing D1 tennis for 3 years at the end of this up coming spring. I was red shirted my first year and have played this past year and this year. Since coming to the school, I have not been satisfied with my coach and have contemplating quitting for a while. If I were to quit at the end of this season, but continue at the school for one more year to graduate, would I be eligible to play for two years if I went directly to graduate school at another school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Russ,

      If you stay at your current school for one more year after this one, you would have only one year remaining on your “five-year clock” to be able to play while in grad school at another university.

      Rick

  • Brooke Thompson says:

    Hi Rick, I am a D II basketball player, and have transferred this year for my senior year. Ran into some injury early and getting off to a slow start. I have only played 3 games and none of which are conference games. I would like to consider red shirting this year, because I do have more school left next year. Is this a possibility for me?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brooke,

      Because you have already played in 3 games, you can only “redshirt” if you qualify for a medical hardship waiver, which requires the submission of medical documentation which shows your injury to be serious enough that you can’t compete for the remainder of the season. You should ask the compliance coordinator at your school about the rules for a medical hardship waiver.

      Rick

  • Hugh says:

    Rick,

    This is my first year I played JUCO soccer this semester. I want to move to a DII school next Fall without graduating at the NJcaa. Do I need some kind of release so the coaches can talk to me? none of DII coaches replied me, only the DIII coaches that I will leave as my last options in case I dont find a DII school.
    thank you very much!
    Hugh

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Hugh,

      No release or permission is needed for Div. II coaches to talk to you as a JUCO athlete. You should review our blog here on our website titled “Attending Junior College? Make Sure You’re a Qualifier.”

      Rick

  • rodney pierce says:

    My son was recruited to a D1 school for cross country/track for a partial scholarship. He signed a NLI. Recruiting coach left for another school. New coach comes in and was VERY unreasonable to work with so my son quit along with seven male runners and six female runners. The AD did not seem concerned that so many runners quit. My son competed in one race (the first of the season) and then quit the team because he wanted to keep his grades up. He ended up tranferring for an NAIA school for a generous scholarship for cross country/track. We recently found out that his former school charged him with a full season of competition in cross country even though he only competed in one race. My understanding is that he only needed to sit out one meet the next season and he had his full four years of eligibility remaining. An NAIA contact person said they followed NCAA as far as “face value” crediting/charging of full seasons to determine remaining eligiblity. Is that standard practice or can schools be vindictive and charge athletes with full seasons just because they can? Can we appeal this to get a full three years of competition beyond this season for cross country? He has four years left for track. Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rodney,

      The NCAA rules state that any amount of competition during a season against an outside team (for example, one special teams play by a football athlete, or one inning of relief pitching) counts as one season of eligibility used. This is the standard rule for both NCAA Div. I and II.

      You can try to appeal to the NAIA, but if they are following the rules of the NCAA since that’s where your son was enrolled at the time of his competition, then the appeal may not be successful.

      Rick

  • Spencer says:

    Rick,
    I was wondering if I were to transfer from a D3 school to another D3 school at the end of the year, would I have to sit out a season if my sports season is in the fall?

  • WARTH says:

    Can a parent that is an asst HS coach contact a D1 coach telling him that his son is tranfering to the school and is in process of getting permission to speak to them?

    • Rick Allen says:

      WARTH,

      Yes, that is possible. However, be aware that if that Div. I coach contacts the son’s current coach to inquire about him before the son has spoken with his current coach, that could hurt the situation because coach’s don’t like to be caught by surprise in that type of situation.

      Rick

  • Mike says:

    My daughter is a JUCO (NJCAA) freshman basketball player. For various reasons, but not grades, she has had a falling out with the coach and is no longer on the team. Can she transfer to another JUCO at the semester break in 3 weeks? or does she need to wait until the end of the school year? I know she can transfer, but would she be eligible and if not, how is it generally done?

    Also I know that etiquette usually would dictate that my daughter make contact with prospective new colleges. But would it be frowned upon if her mother was to make some inital telephone calls to find out who has any possible interest and set up a telephone “interview” for her with those who have interest?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Your daughter could transfer to another JUCO at semester break, but would not be eligible to participate at the next school until next academic year. Regarding your other question, yes, it would be frowned upon by most coaches for her mother to set up phone “interviews.” She should make those contacts on her own.

      Rick

  • Jamil Modaffari says:

    Rick,
    I am a D3 student athlete and I am looking to transfer for academic reasons to a D1 or D2 school but I would also like to continue playing my sport. I have contacted the AD at my current school and he says there is no form for him to fill out and so on. could I obtain his written permission to contact other coaches? If you could email that would be great, there are a few more details that I don’t want to publish on this site. Thank you!

  • David McKissic says:

    Hello Rick,

    My little brother is playing at a Community College and it is his last year there. He is good enough to play D1 and had some D1 looks his senior year of High School but got into trouble so was unable to play his freshmen year. He plans to begin to talk to D1 schools what is the best way to go about this? He is in season now and but wants to get the ball rolling on this process as soon as possible!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi David,

      The best way for him to get in touch with Div. I coaches is to have his current JUCO coaches contact Div. I coaches on his behalf and/or send recruiting video on him to the schools he is interested in.

      Rick

  • Tay says:

    Rick,
    I’m currently a sophomore at a D1 school for xc and was thinking about transferring to another D1 school in the spring for track. If I get a release from my current coach, can I be immediately eligible to compete in the spring or will I have to sit out a year? Thanks

  • Anna says:

    Rick,

    I am currently enrolled and on scholarship for basketball at a NAIA university. Here is the problem: I currently hate the program/coaching staff/school size and am considering transffering to a NCAA DII school and play soccer (wierd i know). What restrictions would there be? Would I have to sit out a year? Do i still have to get a release if its a different sport? Also, I am fine academically, so there wont be a problem there.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Anna,

      You need to have permission from your current school to talk with a Div. II school, even if you’re leaving for a different sport. You probably would not have to sit out a year since you would be playing a different sport at the next school.

      Rick

  • ryan says:

    Hi what if I got recruitted to play a sport at the current d3 school that i attend but am recovering from an injury so I have yet to play in any practices or anything can i contact a d2 coach without requesting a permission to contact form

  • Guy says:

    Our child’s D1 coach has suggested that our daughter quit the team because of poor play. Our daughter was injured her first year and was given a medical redshirt and did practiced but did not play this year (her second) because the spot was given to a high-level transfer student from a larger program. Our daughter is an A student, Dean’s List every semester, and has had ZERO disciplinary issues. In truth, the coach wants her to quit so he can give her athletic scholarship to this other player or the players coming in next year because he has only 1 senior graduating. We now know that this coach has a pattern of doing this same thing to players for over a decade! Our daughter is being treated poorly because she committed early (junior year of high school) to a 100% scholarship (mostly athletic), but by doing this the coach took a chance and so did our daughter as she was being looked at by larger D1 schools. Our daughter honored her commitment early and informed the schools she had committed and she stuck to this commitment. The coach had told us that their policy was never to reduce the athletic offer unless the player broke team rules and did something (MIP, DUI, etc.) to make the program look bad. Our daughter has done nothing wrong — other than perhaps ask what she needed to do to improve so she could play. (By doing this they say she has a bad attitude…LOL.) We expect the coach and school to honor their commitments also!

    I presume her athletic scholarship will likely be revoked before July 1. IF this happens, how successful might we expect to be when we appeal this to the university? Will a state-supported university ever modify a player’s scholarship to a 100% academic scholarship to make up for the coach having caused the player to turn down other offers and then not keep their promises? Has anyone ever successfully sued a coach or university for not keeping their promise to never reduce an athletic scholarship? HELP!!!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Guy,

      If there is a way that you can document or substantiate from other athletes/parents (especially if they would be willing to put something in writing – most likely if their eligibility has expired or if they’ve gone elsewhere) what you’ve stated about the coach’s pattern over the last decade, your daughter may have a chance for a successful appeal. Also, if you have statements from the coach during the recruiting process about how the scholarship would not be taken away or decreased, that would be in your daughter’s favor as well.

      I believe it is unlikely that the school would modify her scholarship to a 100% academic scholarship because it would likely still need to be classified as an athletic scholarship for team limitation purposes. As far as a successful lawsuit, I can’t answer that question.

      Rick

      • Guy says:

        Rick,

        Thanks for the help. The coach and the assistant coach both made those statements to us in person and also over the phone. When the coach finally made the verbal offer to us I mentioned in my email back that one of the things we liked about this program was that the coach who honored commitments of not lowering the future athletic scholarships unless a player did something to put the program in bad light — as I KNEW this was the sort of positive envirnoment where our daughter (and ever player, I think) would be more likely to shine. While the coach never confirmed this in writing, the coach also never corrrected me… and the coach eventually put the verbal commitment in writing along with my email from earlier which mentioned this policy. I think any reasonable administrator would see that while the coach never put this in writing, by not correcting me the coach implied this was correct.

        Do you think we are better to address this now with the university or wait to see what happens in July? My concern is that if we wait until July, the scholarship will be spent elsewhere. BUT, if we begin to address it now, they might have the time to get all their ducks in a row. Also, how strict is the July 1st date? Last year the school’s scholarship was delivered about a week late. IF we are not officially informed by July 1 might this also force the school to rule in our behalf?

        In the meantime we will start pulling the information together. It seems on average about 25-35% of the girls actually stuck around for all 4 years of eligibility — we have access to perhaps 7 years worth of data from the team website, but the coach has been in charge much longer.

        BTW, I have also noticed another pattern. This school prides itself on the fact that our daughter’s team often has a top 10 average GPA in NCAA D1 soccer programs. It seems this policy also allows them to cheat the GPS system a bit too. It seems most girls are on the team when they have the easier classes, but by the time they would be upperclassmen the majority are no longer here — replaced by freshman with easy classes and higher than average GPAs. Would the school even notice this? I have also heard that a few of the better players never even make much advancement towarrd a degree… so when their eligibility does run out about 1/2 of the girls who last all 4/5 years do not graduate.

        The bad part in all of this is that our daughter is the academic type — seemingly the true “student-athlete” that most teams claim they desire. She likes her school program, she likes the girls on the team, and she does not want to transfer elsewhere where the program she is in may not be as good.

        Thanks again,

        Guy

  • TN II says:

    I am a current sophomore/ freshman on the field. I redshirted last year and I played my first season this year. I am needing to transfer from an NAIA school to a Division 1 for both academic and financial reasons. I was never recruited, nor did I sign a letter of intent & receive a scholarship. I was already accepted to a division 1 school before coming down to play for my current school and I have a strong GPA at my current school (3.6). What would I need to do in order to not lose any years of elegibility?

  • John Cirk says:

    Hello Rick ,
    My son is playing d2 basketball right now on a full scholarship. After this year he wants to transfer d1. Once he gets the release papers, what are the rules of transferring there? I know he must not play for one year but can he still be redshirted and practice with the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      John,

      If your son is granted permission to talk with Div. I schools about a transfer, it’s like being recruited out of HS all over again. If he hasn’t already used a redshirt year, he can be redshirted next year and practice with the team while he serves his “year in residence.”

      Rick

  • Ed1520 says:

    I attended a DI school my first year of college. I redshirted and transferred to a D3 school. I am finishing up my bachelor’s degree after attending the D3 school for 3 years. Can I transfer back to DI school to pursue another bachelor’s or master’s degree and play my redshirt senior year?

  • Tim Reddy says:

    My son is currently a freshman at a DIII school. I have two questions:
    1)He played this year on the JV team, would he still have 4 years to play? Or, does the JV year count towards his 4?
    2)We live in Florida and his school is in Ohio, he wants to come closer to home. His coach resigned at the end of the year and another was given the interm tag. I advised him to contact the interm coach and tell him he wants to transfer. One of the schools he would like to talk with is a start up program that will play on the lower FCS level. Being that he’s going from DIII to I-AA, would he have to sit a year if he decided to go to this school? What other things do we have to do regarding the transfer?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tim,

      Participation on a JV team will count as one of his four seasons of eligibility. Unless he was recruited to the Div. III school, he shouldn’t have to sit out a year if he transfers to an FCS school. Coaches at Div. I or II schools will have to have permission from his current school before they can talk with him about a possible transfer.

      Rick

  • Pete says:

    My Brother is a High School Senior and he’s getting a lot of interest from NAIA schools to go play at their schools in the fall. One school has called him a few times and have told him he has a very strong chance of playing as a true freshmen. We’ve thought about him signing with them and have him attend for 2 years and finish his basic courses and then transfer to a larger school, possibly a NCAA D2, D1-FCS or even a D1-FBS school. My brother’s current High School Coach says my brother has the ability to walk on and make the team at a D1 School. My brother and I have seen a few of his older teammates from previous seasons sign to play NAIA schools only to find out they only had partial scholarships and forced to come back home. If his NAIA offers are only partial should my brother just take on the walk on route at a D1 school closer to home to save our family more money since most NAIA schools are private and more expensive while our in state schools are a lot less costly? We’re debating on what route to take, my brother has received a few D1 interests but no official offer yet.

  • Tanner Hiatt says:

    I am currently trying to transfer to a 1AA school. I was at a D2 school during the 2011 season. I did not play this past season, will I have to sit out next football season or will I be eligible to play?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tanner,

      If you were recruited to the Div. II school and/or on scholarship, you will likely have to sit out next season from competition if you transfer to a Div. I-AA (FCS) school. If you were not recruited or on scholarship, you may be able to be eligible next season depending upon your academic status during your last semester of full-time enrollment. You can learn more by purchasing our downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers” which can be found in the Store of our website.

      Rick

  • Chris B says:

    I am currently at a D3 school. I was redshired in football my freshman year. My sophomore year my position was eliminated in the offensive scheme. I never played and never practiced with the team. I am transferring to a D1 school and would like to “try to walk on” I was told that coming from a D3 to a D1 I would have to sit the 2013 season. Is this true? again, I was never on the roster for 2012.

  • John says:

    Hi Rick,

    My brother is a sophomore at an FCS program and was given a release and permission to talk with other schools. He is talking with other FCS schools. He played in a league that does not permit redshirts, so he has yet to use his redshirt. I realize that he would have to sit out a year, but would he be eligible for scholarship aid from the new school during the year he is sitting out?

    Thanks Rick,

    John

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      Since your brother has been given his release and permission to talk with other schools, it would be possible under NCAA rules for him to receive and accept a scholarship during his “redshirt” year at the next school. However, there may be other restrictions in addition to those from the NCAA (as you have learned at his current school). Plus, FCS schools have fewer scholarships available, so the next school may choose to not award a scholarship during a redshirt year.

      Rick

  • bob says:

    My son just completed his 1st semester at a D1 school to play baseball, he only had 4 classes and his gpa came in under 2.0 is he eligible to play in the spring? what will happen next

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Bob,

      Was he an NCAA Div. I Qualifier, did he pass at least 6 credit hours this semester, and is he still considered in “good acaddmic standing” as defined by that school for the upcoming semester?

      Rick

      • bob says:

        Thanks Rick i believe he did 2 of his grades were an A & C he was a very good student coming out of High School , but got overwhelmed and probably took the hardest classes available. Im not sure about the school’s academic standing. I believe he is 1.80

        • Rick Allen says:

          Bob,

          If he is considered by his school to be in good academic standing for any freshman entering their second semester, he should be able to be eligible for Spring. You may want to check the school’s general academic catalog for all students to see if it includes a definition of “good academic standing.”

          Rick

  • John C says:

    I am currently a freshman at an NAIA school. I am a walk on baseball player at my school. However, I am planning to transfer after this year to play football at a d1 or d1AA school. The baseball season at my current school has not started yet and I am considering a redshirt so I don’t lose a year of eligibility for football. Will I be eligible to play once I transfer if I redshirt this spring at my NAIA school? Would I be eligible if I did not redshirt? I am really confused about what exactly to do so that I can play football the first year I transfer to my new school.

  • Ann says:

    Hi Rick, I would appreciate your input. My son was recruited to Div ll school to play football as a starting freshmen in fall 2011. He has played two football season at the Div ll school, fall 2011 and fall 2012. He’s transferring from Div ll to Div I hopefully this Spring 2013. He has been given his release form from the Div ll school. His new coach at Div I school has already informed us that he will have to sit out a year, as his red shirt year. Due to limited housing at the Div l school, he may not be able to enrolled until Fall 2013. My question, if he has to wait till fall 2013, can he attend a jr college at home this Spring 2013, just to take some classes towards his major, but do not participate in any sports.
    Thanks, concerned Mom

  • Jeff Newberry says:

    Hey. I recently played division 1 basketball with the Unibersity of Mississippi in which I red shirted. I then transferred to a JUCO which I’m currently at. I’m trying to figure out would I have to graduate from the JUCO and go back division 1 seeing as that I have already qualified through clearing house to play division 1…

  • Krisopher says:

    If I am at a Division 1 school, do I need to get written permission to transfer to an NAIA school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Krisopher,

      It isn’t a requirement, but it is a good idea to do so, because the NAIA school will notify your school that you have contacted them about a possible transfer. You don’t want your coach to be caught off-guard and unaware when he receives that notice from the NAIA school.

      Rick

  • John says:

    I just finished my first semester at a DI school. I was there for just Track but the coach put me in one XC race. Anyway, I’m now trying to transfer out to either a D1 or DII school for next semester, but the coach at my current school is “taking my eligibility” for next semester. Is there any way around this where I could compete at a D1 or DII college this coming semester?

    • Rick Allen says:

      John,

      Sorry for the delayed response. If you signed a National Letter of Intent with your school, you’re committed to attend there for one academic year, and will need to seek a release from your NLI commitment. It would be possible for you to compete in outdoor at least at another school this Spring, if you are granted a release from the NLI, as well as permission to use the One-Time Transfer Exception. If your school denies you these releases, you do have an appeal opportunity available, if you have time to pursue such appeal.

      Rick

  • Barrett says:

    I was a walk on at Auburn for football i redshirted in 2011 and participated in spring 2012 i then decided to transfer to Florida State just for school for fall of 2012 and went there and DID NOT participate in any sports. But have decided to play football again.

    Why am i not eligible to play football at another 4 year school other than FSU , I did not participate on a team at all and just chose to go to a 4 year institute for good schooling. What can i do to be eligible for fall 2013 for football at a school other than FSU and what kind of waiver do i apply for or how do i fight it?

    I should be Eligible for the Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception correct?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Barrett,

      You can be eligible to play football at another four-year school other than FSU. However, you will need to serve a year in residence at the next school before you can be eligible because, as a two-time transfer, you won’t be eligible for the One-Time Transfer Exception.

      The Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception only works for you if you wait two years from your last participation in any football practice activities. That would be the date in Spring 2014 that would be two years since you last participated in Spring practice at Auburn in 2012.

      Rick

  • Terry Harrison says:

    Rick,

    My daughter just finished her freshman volleyball season at a D1 university. The head coach was fired/resigned at the end of the season in November. No coach has been hired yet and school starts in another week. She would have opportunities at another school but would like to also see what happens at her present school once a new coach is hired. Since no coach has been hired to replace the one that left, would it jeopardize her scholarship to request permission to contact another school? I have heard so many horror stories about new coaches coming in and either not renewing scholarships or essentially forcing players out to allow them to bring in their own recruits. If she does request permission to contact, does she direct it to the AD or the compliance officer? Thank you for your help.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Terry,

      My apologies for the delayed response. Your daughter shouldn’t request permission to contact another school, because the new coach may question her commitment. Also, many schools won’t grant the permission to contact other schools until the new coach has been hired, and has had a chance to meet the players at the school, so why risk the coach questioning her commitment. Since she would like to see what happens with a new coach, I suggest she be patient and see how things go during the spring season.

      Rick

  • Quentin says:

    Hey Rick,
    My son recently lost one of his DIV. 1 football eligibility years due to a miss understanding between the his Academic consular and coaches, about the classes he was suppose to take over the summer of his red shirt year. When he came home for the summer to take classes due to expenses His coaches and consular said all right “Great”. He passed the class and was able to go to their training camp that up coming fall. Just days before the first game his academic consular called him in and told him their sorry but he wont be able to suit up this weekend. The reason was that he was suppose to take two classes not only one. Somehow a class that ended in the spring did not count. My question is what can we do in this sort of situation is their a waiver in which he gets a year back since he didn’t touch the field at all, or is It just his lost. What advise can you give us in deciding in what we should do next?: he already is a walk on at his current university.
    Please Help,
    – Quentin

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Quentin,

      It is possible to request a waiver of the eligibility rules for “misadvisement.” However, the potential difficulty with this approach is that the school must submit the waiver (your son can’t do it as an individual), and somebody at the school will have to admit that they misadvised your son. Also, if the bad advice came from a coach, the chances for a successful waiver are not good, because they are not supposed to be advising on academic matters. A successful waiver is more likely if an academic advisor or counselor is the one who gave the bad advice, and if they will admit to doing so.

      If you want to discuss this in detail, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Charlotte Campbell says:

    What is the waiting period for a current student athlete when they have asked for a transfer release and it has been denied, but they are still not returning to the school? What does this do to their eligibility to play in the future?

    Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Charlotte,

      NCAA Div. I requires that a school respond to an athlete’s request for permission to contact other schools within 7 business days of a written request. If they don’t respond within 7 business days, the request is granted by default. Div. II doesn’t have that same time limit, but in both cases, if the request is denied, the school is supposed to offer an appeal opportunity.

      Rick

  • Derek Dovolis says:

    Hey Rick,

    I got a full scholarship to a school in virginia that just started their program, the school was on a two year probation for just starting their program. The coaches say we have our year back because we are considered as a club team, do you know if this is true? Also if I want to transfer to a different school how do i get released if im not on campus and not in the state and would my spring classes still be paid for? Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Derek,

      As far as “getting your year back”, I’m not sure what they are referring to. Keep in mind that most athletes get one “redshirt year”, as you have five years of full-time enrollment during which you can use four years of eligibility. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you have additional questions.

      Rick

  • SAMMIE SMITH says:

    question, i ws a member of the spring team at a d1 football team. didnt make the fall roster, i plan on leaving to go to another d1 school to walk on. do i need proof that i was enrolled in the fall? i have 37 credits and i am a sophmore in my 2.5yrs of college

  • Comzie says:

    Can a D1 soccer player who plans on graduating early (playing all 3 years) transfer to a different institution and play D3 soccer for their last year of eligibility while starting masters? Can’t fully understand the compliance rules for D3. Thanks.

  • Comzie says:

    k-Thanks. I thought it read that graduate students could play if at the same institution as undergrad so I was hoping a waiver could get around this for my transfer.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Comzie,

      Perhaps I misunderstood the question. If you were attending a Div. III school and graduated from there with your bachelor’s degree and then were staying at the same school to start your Master’s program, you can do that. But you can’t graduate from the Div. I school with your bachelor’s and then transfer to a Div. III school to compete while working on your Master’s.

      Rick

      • Comzie says:

        You had it right-D1 trying for D3 as a grad student. Hoping a waiver would still let me play. I know no athletic money but trying to give my dad one more year.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Comzie,

          A waiver request would need to be submitted by the school to the NCAA, and would need to demonstrate through supporting documentation that you were making that move for academic reasons and not for athletic reasons. School would need to agree to submit the waiver for you, and may choose not to do so.

          Rick

          • Comzie says:

            Wait – you mean a waiver could be tried? My school only has online graduate programs which was reason for transferring. Thanks for your help.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Yes,

            A waiver could be tried, again, if the school will agree to submit it. You would need to show non-athletic reasons why you have chosen that school.

            For example, if I’m on the NCAA waiver committee, I might be looking at your waiver request saying “This athlete could have gone to many different NCAA Div. I or II schools in the country where participation while pursuing a Master’s degree would not require a waiver. What makes it necessary for him to be at this particular school and need to request a waiver?”

            Rick

  • Dontae says:

    Hey how you doing Rick i’m at a juco in i only been here for one year in i was wondering if i could transfer to a D1 school in start playing football

    • Rick Allen says:

      Dontae,

      You can transfer to a Div. I school, but whether you will be able to be eligible for competition will depend upon whether you’ve been certified as an NCAA Qualifier, and meet the academic requirements for a 2-4 transfer.

      Rick

  • Chris B says:

    Hi:

    My son is leaving a d3 school and attending a d1 this spring. He would like to try to walk on. Should he write a letter to the coach(s) regarding his intention? Also, would emails from past coaches help put his name “out there”?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      If enrolling at the Div. I school this spring anyway, it would better to go by the coach’s office in person. E-mails from past coaches certainly won’t hurt, but film, tape, or DVD would be better.

      Rick

  • Kyle says:

    I have transferred from a d3 to a d1 this spring. I was recruited in football. My freshman year I was redshirted. The summer before my soph year I participated in summer camp along with the team and other hopefuls. Before the roster was set, I discovered my position for which I was recruited, would not be utilized. I left the camp. I was never on the roster and never played, officially practiced or suited up with the D3 school. I would like to try out for a small D1 team. Tryouts are this Feb. Am I eligible to play?

  • Ian Steele says:

    I currently attend an NAIA college and play for the golf team, I’m just entering the spring semester in my sophmore year.
    I’m not happy where i am and have spoken to my coach he knows i want to transfer (for my junior/senior years) and am contacting several colleges who have all requested my release.
    What im wondering is am i still eligable to play the spring semester even though ive requested a transfer.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ian,

      Yes, as long as you’re meeting the NAIA academic requirements, you are eligible to compete this semester. Hopefully, you have a good relationship with your coach and he is understanding of your desire to do well this spring. I know of similar situations at other schools where the coach would have already cut you from the team for your desire to transfer.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Rick! Im a sophomore (soccer player) currently attending to a Div.I school looking to transfer next year. I was wondering, is there a requirement of credits that I need to have to be able to transfer? Also if my school is moving to another conference next fall, can I play with a school that plays in the same conference that my school is moving to? Finally, in case that I don’t find any school that I like, could I go to a community college for the fall semester and join in spring to a division 1 or 2 school and play in fall? Thank you so much for your help.

  • Chris says:

    My son currently plays basketball at a division 2 school but is looking to transfer after the year is over. he has decided that basketball isnt for him and is going to try to play baseball in college. before he decided basketball was what he wanted to do he was told by many coaches he could always come play baseball for them also. he would be going to a division 1 school to play baseball most likely. what does he need to do in order to make this happen? does he need his coaches letter of permission to talk to other schools even if it is a different sport? his season isnt over so when could he begin talking to other schools? when do you think the best time to tell his coach would be?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Even though your son is considering a different sport, he still needs permission to talk with Div. I coaches about a possible transfer. As far as the best time to tell his coach and request permission so he can start contacting other schools, I think that depends upon how much playing time he is getting, and the relationship he has with his coach. If he’s a contributing member of the team, getting substantial playing time, it’s best to wait until the season is over.

      Rick

      • Chris says:

        Thanks Rick, another question. Will the school he is currently at be able to deny him a transfer or i guess a better way of putting it would be, hold his papers and control his options? Is there a way for them to do that and try to hurt his chances of playing?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Chris,

          His current school could deny him permission to talk with other schools, but if they do, they must inform him that he has the right to appeal that decision. Even if his appeal was denied, he could still transfer to another school, but would have to transfer as a general student (no help from coaches or athletic staff at next school) and would have to attend the school for a year before he could be eligible.

          Rick

          • Chris says:

            Thanks for the info, if his current school denies him his transfer, could he still talk to the other coaches and not receive any benefits? my other question is what Could happen if he appealed his current schools denial of transfer?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Chris,

            If his transfer is denied, coaches at other NCAA schools shouldn’t be talking with him or any member of your family if they’re following the rules. If he appeals the denial, the appeal might be an in-person hearing or in writing, depending upon the policies of the school. If his appeal is upheld, he will be open to recruiting just like he was in HS again. If denied, refer back to my first sentence.

            Rick

  • Mike says:

    Hello Rick,

    Appreciate your blog.

    Our son is currently enrolled as a Junior at a D-1 college and is receiving a 30% scholarship. He played baseball for two years at a Junior college. He returned to school Friday and had a meeting with his coach today. His coach informed him that he is not expected to play much in the spring and will be the bullpen catcher (maybe get some at-bats).

    Can he be redshirted (non medical) as a Junior? To be redshirted, would he not be able to play at all? Will he have to sit out if he looks to transfer to another D1 and how would the five year rule work in this case? Would he have another option whereby he could transfer to a school next year and play right away and then transfer back to a D-1 and play as a fifth year senior?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      I just responded directly to your personal e-mail, but will copy my reply here for others who might be reading this.

      Your son can be redshirted, and would not be able to play at all – not one at-bat, not one inning behind the plate – if he wants to preserve this year of eligibility. Because he is on scholarship, he would not be able to play next year if he transfers to another Div. I school.

      However, he could transfer to a Div. II, III, or NAIA school and be immediately eligible at the next school, as long as this school will give him a release and as long as he is in good shape academically and would be eligible to return to his current school next year if he were staying there. (This is called the One-Time Transfer Exception.)

      Rick

  • Ray says:

    Division 1 question. Is the actual method of calculating credits allowed for mid year certification when calculating academic credits for D1? If you have accumulated 24 credits since leaving the old school are you eligible with the new school? Assuming not more than 6 credits during the summer.

  • Jordan says:

    Hi Rick,
    I live in Australia and planning on coming to America to play collegiate basketball. Due to the core subjects I have studied, I do not meet the requirements to get into NCAA College, and my two options are NAIA or JUCO. I would really like to play at a NCAA DII school and I can keep up my grades with no worries, but what I was wondering was, is transferring to a 4 year NCAA school from a JUCO as a student-athlete as easy as applying and enrolling or is the only way to go from a JUCO to a NCAA DII school is being scouted?

    I really want to play DII basketball, but at the same time, moving from Australia to America to play basketball and earn an education is a big move and I would like some sort of security. Should I settle for NAIA?

    Also, because I can’t apply straight for a NCAA DII school, would me going to a NAIA school help me in terms of getting a transfer to a NCAA DII school or if I should bother or not?

    Thank you.

  • Pete Simon says:

    Hello Rick,
    My daughter is in her second semester at a Div II school who signed a NLI and received a partial scholorship. She was put on Academic Probation after the first semester. She’s back this semester to increase her cumulative GPA to over 2.0. Currently she has had her scholorship revoked and is ineligible to play with her team. (Spring sports program). Subsequenty she is not losing a year of eligibility.

    Her first choice in applying for an undergraduate program at this school was not approved; given the reason that her educational choice and participating in her sport would not work out due to time constraints. (This program is located on another campus). She choose a different program and failed to earn a 2.0 GPA.

    Lets say for arguments sake, if both Div II and Juco schools were interested and offered both the academic and athletic programs, AND after she received permission to contact, what would be the better choice in order to be immediately eligible to play? Also assume her GPA is above 2.0 after the second semester. If this is the case she will have passed 18 of her 24 hours she completed.

    Is there any other advise she will need to know based on her current situation?

    Thank you very much

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pete,

      Your daughter can be immediately eligible at another Div. II school as long as, at the time that she leaves her current school, the school will be able to say that she would have been eligible had she stayed at their school rather than transferring. Also, the coach and school will need to agree to let her use the One-Time Transfer Exception at another NCAA school.

      Since they provided her a scholarship, but she was not eligible to compete for them this year, don’t be surprised if they deny her request for the One-Time Transfer Exception.

      Rick

      • Pete Simon says:

        Hi Rick,
        Between this last post and today, my daughter received her permission to contact and release. Checking with the school, in order for her to be eligible next year, she would have to finish 24 credits. She’ll have 20 after this semester, not making her eligible. Summer school is not an option, as she’s 14 hours (800miles) away. Does the same rule apply to junior colleges? I’m assuming if it does, then she will have to sit out for one year regardless of school she goes to?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Pete,

          I believe that a similar rule applies if she transfers to a JUCO, but I suggest you contact a JUCO in your area directly to confirm that.

          Have you checked to see if she can take an on-line course this summer? Many schools are now offering those as an option. If she takes an online course through a school other than her current school, be sure to check and see if the course will be acceptable to be placed on her current school transcript.

          Rick

  • Jack says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son has transferred once from D1 to D1 and sat a year, he now wants to go to school at home (current school is 6 hrs away) He still wants to play baseball and the school he is looking at is a D2 program. He was not recruited at the D2 School or the last D1 School. He still has 4 years of eligibility left. Will he have to sit again or can he play right away.

    Thank you
    Jack

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jack,

      As a 4-4-4 transfer, your son will be required to sit out another year, unless he has circumstances “beyond his control” that led him to transfer for a third time. There are 9 or 10 different transfer exceptions that an athlete can use to be immediately eligible when they transfer, but for a multiple transfer who has participated in their sport while at the previous schools, the chance that one of those exceptions will help them is pretty slim.

      Rick

  • David says:

    My daughter is at a D1 school for volleyball. She was red-shirted her freshman year and was injured and did not play her second year. She is considering transferring to another D1 for basketball. Does she have to sit out a year to transfer to basketball? Does the same apply to transfer to D2? Does it affect her if she wants to participate playing basketball in a club sport at her school before transferring?

  • Mike says:

    Hi Rick,

    I play baseball for an NAIA school and I want to transfer to an NCAA div. I or II. I have a full academic scholarship, but I deliberately refused any athletic scholarship funds. Would I be eligibile to play immediately, or do I have to sit out one year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      It will be possible for you to be immediately eligible upon transfer to an NCAA Div. II school. Whether you can be eligible at a Div. I program will depend upon whether you were considered “recruited” by your NAIA school. You may want to review the blog here on the website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • Michael says:

    My son plays baseball at a D1 school on a full scholarship. He played his freshman year and is just beginning his Sophomore season. After his Sophomore year if he decides to transfer to a D2 school can he play right away or does he have to sit out?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Michael,

      He’ll be eligible to play without the need to sit out if he meets the requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception and the Div. I school will grant him his release.

      Rick

      • Michael says:

        When I read the NCAA Transfer 101 booklet it states that for a one-time transfer exception to play “you must be playing a sport other than baseball in Division 1…). He meets the other qualifications (ie good academic standing, eligible) but the booklet makes it sound like you cannot get the one time transfer exception if you play D1 baseball.

  • Matt says:

    Hello,

    I’m french.Got enrolled (transfered) in my american university in August 2011 with 39 transfer credits (I attend two years of college in france).Played the Fall 2011 and just finished the Fall 2012 season. I would like to know how many years of eligibility do I have left please?

    Thank you,
    Matt

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Matt,

      Without knowing the details of your enrollment, based on the information you’ve provided, I would guess that you have at most one year remaining. If you are at an NCAA Div. I school, you have five years from when you first began full-time college enrollment at any college in which to use your eligibility.

      If you are at NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA, you have 10 semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use your four seasons of eligibility.

      Rick

      • Matt says:

        You’re right. I’m currently in a NCAA div II… So, even if I transferred 39 credits (2 semesters=30 credits) I can still have a total of 4 years of eligibility? My main concern is to know if they count the years in France like years of eligibility or if once that I got here I started with 4 years of eligibility…

        • Rick Allen says:

          Matt,

          The way semesters are counted in France, may not be the same way that semesters are counted here for NCAA rules. You mentioned in your earlier post that you attended school in France for two years, and then implied that you have completed 3 semesters at your American university. If a year of school in France is counted as two semesters, then you have 3 semesters remaining from this point forward by my count. (10 semester limit minus 4 semesters in France, and 3 semesters here so far.)

          Rick

  • Joseph says:

    hello,

    I am currently playing soccer at a division 3 school and want to transfer to a naia school but don’t know the rules about transferring from one to another. I dont want to make any mistakes so i was just wondering what i need to do. Thanks.

  • darryl says:

    I have a daughter as mentioned earlier by one of your post in the same exact situatuion she plays div 1 basketball her freshman year was a disaster she worked hard but rarely played which considering being a freshman was not out of the norm soph year has started starting to be the same pattern apparently not one of the favorites playing limited time does very well when in the game when she does play but one mistake and out compared to others whom double the amt of mistakes or has a good game scoring rebounding etc etc plays a good amt of time then next game sit out entire game or plays limited time practices hard very fustrated has lost the love of the game cries all the time stressed she wants to transfer but afraid she will be black balled by coach if she ask for permission to contact other schools what do we do

  • Sharon says:

    Rick,
    My daughter just finished her first semester at an NAIA DII school, playing soccer with a partial scholarship. She would like to transfer for her sophomore year (is still attending the NAIA school this semester to finish her freshman year) and is considering NCAA DII schools. I understand she’ll need a release from her current coach, but am confused as to her eligibility to play her sophomore year at another school. Her academic standing is solid. Any information on transfer and eligibility would be appreciated as the various websites confuse the dickens out of me. Thanks!

  • Theresa says:

    My son is unhappy with his first year of college. He plays basketball for a D2 school. So, he really doesn’t get any playing time even though they promised him in the begining that he would get lots of playing time. THe program itself is very unprofessional and unorganized.What steps or how do we go about getting him recruited/transferred to another school with a scholarship to another D2 school? With no film to provide due to lack of playing time. And will he loose a year of eligibility?

  • Patrick says:

    Rick,
    My son plays baseball at an NAIA school and recently he was diagnosed with a SLAP legion tear, so he is done for the year. He wants to transfer to play football at an NCAA D1-AA, D1, or D2 school next year. (Question 1)-> If he redshirts in baseball this year, will he still have a redshirt available in the future if he were to get hurt playing football at his new school? (Question 2)-> Also, would he still be eligible to play 4 years of football at his new school if he redshirts in baseball this year… or should he just quit baseball for the year? Basically, I’m asking what my son should do so that he can transfer after this year and play football somewhere next year (for 4 years)

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Patrick,

      Because your son will be transferring for a different sport, he should be able to be eligible next year regardless of whether he redshirts in baseball this year, as long as his academics are in good order at the end of the year. Also, keep the following in mind:

      1. If he goes to Div. I, they follow a “five-year clock” rule that gives athletes 5 years from their first full-time college enrollment in which to use four seasons of eligibility per sport.
      2. NCAA Div. II uses a “10-semester rule” where they only count the semesters that an athlete is enrolled as a full-time student toward the 10 semester limit. The same four seasons of eligibility per sport within that 10 semester time limit are allowed.

      Rick

  • Brooke says:

    Hi. My son started attending a D1 college playing football in fall of 2008. He was recruited and signed by a coach who later got fired before he started attending. The new coach told him he would be a senior before he saw any playing time before they even started practices. He wanted his degree from this university so decided to stay. He red shirted his first year. When the season of fall 2011 started they had him sign a written letter saying he would not participate in practice or in any games that year but would still be offered his scholarship. It also said he would not receive any tickets to away games or bowl gifts, or bowl tickets. He graduated May 2012. Now, one year later, he is wanting to play football at a DII school for one semester. Is he eligible? If not can we submit an appeal because he never “competed” his entire career at that school. He never stepped foot on the field during a single game. His last year he signed that he would not attend any practices or games.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brooke,

      It would be possible for your son to compete at a Div. II school as a graduate student, or while seeking a second bachelor’s degree. Keep in mind that NCAA Div. II has a rule that limits athletes to competition during their first 10 semesters of full-time college enrollment.

      Rick

      • Brooke says:

        Even if his “5 year clock” has expired since he started in fall 2008?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Brooke,

          The “five-year clock” rule applies to athletes at NCAA Div. I only. If your son is interested in NCAA Div. II or NAIA, they follow the 10-semester rule rather than the five-year clock. So if he hasn’t been enrolled anywhere as a full-time student since his graduation last May, he has 2 semesters remaining yet.

          In addition, if that is the case, he could actually get two more football seasons yet. He could do next Fall 2013 as semester 9, could sit out from school, or only go part-time in Spring 2014, and then have the last semester available for Fall 2014.

          Rick

  • Francisco says:

    Hi, my name is Francisco i am a Sophomore in high school, my question is if i didn’t play Freshman or Sophomore year in high school because of grades. What are my chances of playing college football and getting a scholarship?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Francisco,

      Many athletes, even if they are on the team in their freshman and sophomore year, don’t get much playing time, so don’t stress out over not playing during your first two years. Your chances will depend upon your ability (both academically and athletically) and the level of school you hope to go to. You may not have great chances at an NCAA Div. I scholarship, but you can still pursue Div. II, III, or NAIA schools.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Chris says:

    I currently play on a D3 women’s basketball team and would like to transfer to another D3 or NAIA school. Can I talk to those coaches during the active season or do I have to wait until the season is over? Thank you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      It is possible to talk to those coaches during the active season, but it is best to wait until the season is over so that your current coach doesn’t think that you’ve “given up” on his or her program during the middle of the season.

      Rick

  • amin says:

    Hi,

    I have a question regarding player eligibility under NCAA rules. I will be heading to a university with a storied division I basketball team during the 2013-2014 academic year, as an exchange student from Sweden. I am 26 years old, too old to join the team per se. But suppose that the coaching staff collectively determines that my skill set is at a high enough level when I arrive to campus next autumn, is it legally possible for me to be involved in their program in any way? Is there any point at all in letting older student-athletes practice with the ordinary players? Thank you very much for your time.

    Most sincerely,
    Amin

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Amin,

      If the coaches believe that your skill set is high enough to help the team, even if it is only in practice, they will find out if there are rules that will allow you to participate. Also, if your exchange program is a formally-established, and long-standing exchange program, there is a reasonable chance that you could be eligible to participate, depending upon how long you have already attended a college institution.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Kyle says:

    Hi,

    I’m currently at a D3 college but I am looking to transfer to a D1 school. I was wondering how I could obtain permission to speak to coaches. I know the other schools can contact my school and ask for permission but is there anyway I can obtain permission to contact other schools myself then forward it on to prospective schools?

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Kyle,

      Simply talk to your coach or athletic director to request that an e-mail be sent to you, or directly to the schools you are interested in speaking with, giving you “permission to contact” regarding a possible transfer.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Cori says:

    Rick,
    I played women’s basketball for 2 and a half years at a d2 school, then decided to give it up and did not play at all my senior year.
    I graduated last May, and now looking at a d3 school to get my MBA.
    Can I play my final year of eligiblity at this d3 school?
    Thank you.

  • Simm says:

    I had a talk with my coach about transferring from our D1 school to another institution. He said that he will not release me until the end of the outdoor season. Does this mean that I can’t contact other schools until the end of the season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Simm,

      You can actually contact other schools, but those schools are not allowed to respond to your contact until they receive a release from your current school. Also, if you do choose to contact those schools after your coach has said that he won’t release you, then he may choose not to release you at all, even after the season is over.

      Rick

  • C.A. says:

    My daughter has been granted a one time transfer exception from a D1 volleyball program. We are requesting a NLI release to bring her home at the end of the second quarter rather than waiting until the 3rd quarter ends. If it is granted, can she enroll in summer school to earn additional credit hours and be eligible in the fall? She will be going from a quarter school to a semester school (regardless of the NLI release. She is earning A’s and B’s and will have 30 hours of quarter credits although I do not know the how many semester credit hours that will translate into.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi CA,

      If she will have 30 quarter credit hours at the end of two quarters, she should be eligible because 36 quarter hours are equal to 24 semester hours (in terms of the NCAA rules) that are required at the end of the first academic year. If you want her to take additional summer hours to be safe, just be sure that the summer classes are either taken from her current Div. I school, or that the courses will be acceptable to be transferred back to her current school and placed on her transcript there.

      Rick

  • Travis says:

    hi if I play one year of football at a naia and transfer to a juco will I have to sit out? also if I play one year at a naia then 1 year at a juco how many years of eligibility will I have left at a d1,d2,d3

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Travis,

      Whether you would have to sit out would depend upon a number of things including whether you were an NCAA Qualifier, whether you graduate from the JUCO with your AA degree, and whether you are going on to NCAA Div. I, II, or III. In your example, you would have two years of eligibility remaining.

      Rick

  • Johnny says:

    Rick,my son goes to a private university. He tried out for baseball as a walk on, didn’t make varsity but made JV program but the coach told him he would probably be pulled up after a few games. My son is a little unhappy, can he talk to another coach since he was not recruited and hasn’t played on the varsity program.

  • Morgan says:

    Hi Rick,

    I have a question about JUCO and years of eligibility. For economic reasons, my son (who is NCAA qualified) is considering attending JUCO from high school. If he does, what are the rules and number of years he would have to keep playing baseball or football after a year at a JUCO? Would he have to sit out any years if he transfers to a D-1 college after a year or will he have to get his A.S. to avoid sitting out(assuming he remains academically qualified which I am sure he will)?

    Thank you -
    Morgan

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Morgan,

      If your son is an NCAA Div. I Qualifier, he will be able to transfer from JUCO to a Div. I program after as little as one semester if he does the following:

      1. Earns a minimum GPA at the JUCO of at least 2.50
      2. Completes an average of at least 12 transferable credit hours (credits that will be acceptable upon transfer to the Div. I school) for each semester of full-time enrollment at the JUCO.

      If he plays one year at a JUCO, he’ll have 3 years left to play at the Div. I level. Or 2 if he plays 2 years at the JUCO.

      Rick

  • John Richardson says:

    Hello Rick,
    My son a 2010 HS Grad, transferred (after one red shirt and a full year of basketball at JUCO with 3.5 GPA) to an NAIA division II school in Iowa with three years of eligibility left. He played 1 semester of Basketball on what was supposed to be a “full ride scholarship”, he attended the school in part because the basketball coach was ok with him also playing baseball (he has not played any collegiate baseball to this point). He took over 12 units and passed all of them with over a 2.0 gpa. At the end of the semester the school presented him with a bill for over 3,000.00 for miscellaneous charges and he was not allowed to register for the second semester until this bill was paid. We were unable to pay the bill in time and he was then barred from playing and is now in limbo, stuck at a friends house in the mid-west. He wants to return to California and attend a DII school that had recruited him (and even offered him a partial scholarship, which we foolishly did not take) out of High School.

    My questions are: Could he return to a JUCO next year (Fall 2013) and play basketball for 1 semester then transfer to a DII school for basketball and still have 2 years of eligibility left? Could he sit out next fall (having been forced to sit out this spring) and enroll in the spring 2014 at the DII and be eligible to play for the DII team immediately. If he were to switch sports to Baseball could he attend a JUCO for 1 or 2 years and play baseball and still have DII eligibility left in either sport?
    Thanks you
    John

  • Dres Whitlock says:

    Hey Rick,

    I will be attending a Division II school on a scholarship to play football but i would like to transfer after the first year or two to play Division I football, will i be eligible to play after that first year or two or do i have to sit out ?, and do you think this would work ?

  • Katelyn says:

    Hello Rick,

    I am an NAIA athlete, and I am looking to transfer to a DII school. If I play through my sophomore year and Red Shirt my third year to finish my degree early, what will happen to my eligibility? Will I still have two years left, or will I end up with a shorter collegiate career?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Katelyn,

      Under both NAIA and NCAA Div. II rules, you have 10 semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use your four seasons of eligibility. As you describe your plan, you should still have two years left at a Div. II school after you transfer.

      Rick

  • June says:

    My son is on a scholarship to play Div 1 baseball. He played his Freshman season and is just getting ready to start his Sophomore season next week. He just got injured in a scrimmage over the weekend. Is he able to take a medical red shirt if he is unable to play this season even though he played in 3 pre season scrimmages? (He played in more scrimmages but they were all inter-squad scrimmages). Also, could he transfer to a Junior College (community college) next year to play his red shirt Sophomore season?

  • kevin says:

    Rick- My son who is playing D1 BBall is a freshman. He is getting a full scholarship. He is not happy cause of lack of playing time. He feels he may just be a 4 yr practice player. So I told him to wait until the end of the season in a few weeks and ask the coach to sign a release so we can contact some of the schools that previously offered him a scholarship. If he gets the written permission to contact other schools does he automatically lose his scholarship?? And if no other schools are still interested would he be able to still play for his current team? If he doesn’t lose his scholarship would the coach “blackball” him and be insulted and never give him a chance?? BTW- it does appear that the coach likes him. He compliments his play, tells him to be patient but NEVER gives him a chance to prove himself. We think that the coach is not exactly truthful, and has no major plans for him… What should we do without messing up his future???

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kevin,

      I actually just spoke to a parent about his daughter who is in almost the exact same situation – coach is complimentary, says to be patient, but no playing time other than a minute near end of game. They think the same thing about that coach.

      If your son gets his “permission to contact”, he doesn’t automatically lose his scholarship. However, the coach may question his “commitment” and “loyalty” and may not renew his scholarship for next year even if your son chooses to return. If that’s the type of coach he is, does your son really want to play for him anyway?

      Can your son still be redshirted at this point? Has he played in any games? As I’m sure you know, if he transfers to another Div. I school, he would have to sit out from competition next year. He could be immediately eligible at a Div. II program, however.

      Rick

  • Christine says:

    My daughter played on semester for a D3 school where she was not happy. She receied permission from her coach to talk to a NAIA coach and transfered this spring. She is currenly receving a scholorship to play soccer at the NAIA school. How long will she be required to sit out before playing in compititions? She applied to the NAIA Elig. Center and is still waiting on the final approval. She applied in early December. They have contacted her and eligibility indicates “under evaluation” She did play varsity and played in about 1/2 of the games last season. She is a freshman. She transfered with 9 eligible credits from the D3 school. She also transfered 22 dual credits from high school.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Christine,

      If she earns 24 credit hours before next Fall with at least a 2.00 GPA, I think she could be eligible for next season. In some cases, when athletes can’t be immediately eligible at an NAIA school, they only have to sit out for one semester compared to the full year they would need to sit out if they were at an NCAA school.

      Rick

  • jim says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son is a college sophomore. He was a walk on last year at a Div. 2 school. He recorded 1 at bat in March. He did not play again. It is my understanding that 1 at bat cost him a year of eligibility and so has used one of his four years of eligibility.
    He has yet to get off the bench early in this season and is quite sure he wants to transfer as the freshman infielder already has more plate appearances so far this year than my son did all of last year.
    His team goes to Arizona next weekend and my son is dreading the thought that the coach may give him one at bat again, use up another year of eligibility and not play him again.
    He is attending school as a international student and feels the school may be using him due to the extremely high fees international students pay.
    He plans to ask for permission to talk to other schools on Monday.He has a 3.4 gpa so academically he would qualify for a transfer from what I understand.
    He has no schools identified yet that he wishes to transfer to and i am wondering if he needs to identify a school when he seeks permission to talk to other schools?
    Also if he quits the team prior to playing does he still retain his eligibility, allowing him 3 more years of competition?
    And finally, should he transfer to another Division would he have to sit for a year and would that year count against his eligibility? I am understanding that should he transfer to a NAIA school no sitting out time is required.

    I would appreciate any advice you could offer.

    Thanks,

    Jim

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jim,

      You are correct that the one plate appearance last year used up one of your son’s years of eligibility. If he quits the team prior to playing, he will still retain three years of eligibility. I will reply to your private e-mail directly regarding additional details.

      Rick

  • pat oslon says:

    What are the ramifications if a redshirt freshman transfers from a D1AA FCS school (that does not offer scholarships,only an in-state waiver) to a JUCO closer to home? When does the player become eligible? Do you need release form before speaking with JUCO? How many years of eligibility remain?

    Thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pat,

      No release is necessary to speak to a JUCO, but the athlete may want to first speak to his FCS coach just so the coach isn’t caught off-guard if the JUCO coach calls to inquire about the athlete. All college athletes get four years of eligibility, basically within a five-year period. For more details on the transfer process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • J says:

    My son is a freshman baseball player at a D1 school. He is considering a transfer–most likely a bounce-back to a JC. We know there is no problem in doing that and he will decide after the season.

    It doesn’t look like he will play much this year. He needs to have a medical procedure done. He is trying to hold off having the procedure done until after the season, but it is making it difficult to not just practice, but to even sit in classes. The recuperation period for the procedure is typically a couple of months.

    We would like to keep as many options open as possible, especially with years of eligibility. We know that he cannot do a redshirt year if he even gets into a game for one pitch. We are wondering if he can do a medical redshirt if he has the procedure done during the season rather than afterward. We realize he has to play in at least one game. What we question is whether he can do it if he transfers schools. It appears that his current school has to process the paperwork for a medical redshirt and there wouldn’t be any incentive if he has left the school.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi J,

      Based on what you’ve told me, I think it all boils down to whether you think his coach will try to throw him an inning or two and possibly burn his redshirt, therefore requiring him to have the surgery in order to get the medical hardship waiver. If his coach will agree to redshirt him due to the injury, then I think I would consider having the surgery during the summer. However, if he has the surgery now (which he may need if it even affects his classroom performance) then he won’t be pitching and ends up getting a “forced” redshirt year (you won’t have to “trust” the coach to not throw him for an innning or two).

      Rick

      • J says:

        Thanks, Rick. Actually, he isn’t a pitcher. I just meant that if he was in the game for even one pitch.

        I think the coach would agree to play him in at least one game to qualify for a medical waiver. From the coach’s standpoint, this allows my son to play summer ball to prepare better for next season. If he waits until summer for his procedure then he can’t do anything over the summer.

        The key component here is that my son may transfer to a JC. My understanding is that the school has to process the application for a medical waiver with the conference. What incentive would they have if my son leaves the school?

        What we would like to have IF he transfers is for him to retain as much eligibility as possible. If he went to a JC and got a medical waiver, it appears that he could play at a JC for a year and still have three years of eligibility at another D1. He has several AP courses from high school and a full year at his current school, so I don’t think he would have any trouble earning his AA in one year at a JC.

        • Rick Allen says:

          J,

          You may have a misunderstanding of the “season of eligibility rules” that we may want to talk about. There is very little reason for him to play in “at least one game” just to qualify for a medical hardship waiver. If he just redshirts this year (as long as the coach will agree to redshirt him and not put him in a game), or goes ahead and has the surgery now so that he’s healed up by summer, he still retains four seasons of eligibility and no waiver is needed. If you still have questions, you may want to contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

          Rick

          • J says:

            Thanks, Rick. I appreciate your time and won’t take up any more of it. My reasoning behind taking the medical waiver is two-fold. First, he could play in a few games prior to getting the surgery in order for his coaches to get a better look at him against competition. I’ve apparently mis-read that he had to have competed in at least one inning to qualify for the medical waiver. Secondly, I thought the medical waiver would keep the 5-year clock from starting, enabling him to use a redshirt year at a later date if needed.

          • Rick Allen says:

            J,

            The “five-year clock” starts when an athlete first begins full-time enrollment at any college (even if that school doesn’t sponsor a sports program), so the medical hardship waiver won’t affect that at all.

            Rick

  • Elizabeth says:

    Rick,
    If a D1 baseball player asks for a release at the end of the season, and it is granted, how does he gain admission at another school for the fall in the case that a scholarship isn’t offered at another school? Can/should a player send a regular transfer application in March by the regular deadline to a school he would like to attend, and potentially hope to walk on (take the risk) to the team if admitted as a transfer student?
    Elizabeth

  • Jim says:

    Hi Rick,
    I scanned through the forum but did not see this exact situation. Trying to help my daughter out here a bit. She is a red-shirt freshman (sat out last year after ACL surgery), playing this year but is considering transferring to a juco. She is at a D II 4 year university now and is considering a D I or D II juco for next year. She is playing softball, if the sport matters.

    Thanks, Jim

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jim,

      No permission is necessary to contact a JUCO about a possible transfer. If your daughter’s plan is to try to go on to an NCAA Div. I program as a 4-2-4 transfer after the JUCO, she’ll need to plan on graduating from the JUCO with an Associate’s Degree. That won’t be a requirement, however, if she will be going to an NCAA Div. II school after the JUCO.

      Rick

      • Jim says:

        Thanks Rick for the quick response. A follow on question is that since she red shirted last year, and this year being 12 months out from surgery is nearly 100% but has not played in a varsity game yet. If looking to transfer to a juco, could she still have 4 seasons of eligibility. I don’t believe they didn’t do a medical redshirt last year, even though they could have? I think this might make her more attractive to a juco because she would have 2 seasons of eligibility.

        Can they go back and take a medical red shirt for the previous season and just red shirt this year as well? Thanks again, Jim

        • Rick Allen says:

          Jim,

          In order to still have 4 seasons after this year – in effect giving her 6 years of college for sports – the school would need to request an extension of her “clock” and would have to demonstrate with documentation that she has not been able to compete for two seasons due to injury. Such waivers are rare.

          A more likely option is for her to manage her enrollment to take advantage of the Div. II “10-semester rule” and only attend school as a part-time student in the Fall to maximize her eligibility during the softball season. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you want to discuss this in detail.

          Rick

  • Nicole Covella says:

    Hi Rick,

    I have played women’s lacrosse at the division 2 level for 3 years and decided to not play this year. I did not participate at all this year and I am graduating in May. I am looking into grad school and found one that I could play at, but it is in the same conference as my undergrad school I am currently attending. Will I have to sit out next year if I transfer to the grad school in the same conference even though I did not play at all this year and I am graduating from the school?

    Thanks, Nicole

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Rules for transfers within the same conference vary from one conference to another, so I can’t answer your question without knowing what the rule is for your particular conference. You may want to check the conference website to see if their conference handbook or policies are posted on the website. Or, you may want to call the conference office and ask them about their intra-conference transfer rule.

      Rick

  • Liam Miller says:

    Rick,

    I played 1 year of D1 college football as a preferred walk on. I left the school and have now been out of football for 1 season. I redshirted the 1 year I did play. I really want to get back into football preferably at the D1-aa or D1 level. What’s the best way for me to do this in your opinion?

    Thank you, Liam

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Liam,

      I believe your best way to get back into football at the Div. I level is to find a quality JUCO program where you are almost assured of getting playing time, so that you can get recruited by Div. I schools as a 4-2-4 transfer. Keep in mind the Div. I “five-year clock” and the rule that as a 4-2-4 transfer, you’ll need to graduate from the JUCO with your Associates Degree and meet other academic requirements to be eligible when you get to the Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Jeff says:

    Hello Rick,

    My son went to a community college his freshman year (fall) and transferred to a D-1 tennis school on full scholarship for tennis. He got hurt in the spring of his freshmen year (acl tear). His scholarship got reduced to 80% and is playing out the rest of his sophomore year. He is homesick and doesn’t like the athletic program. Can he just leave the school once summer hits and go to our community college(no athletic program) in the fall (junior year) for his AA degree for a year? Then transfer after a year with his AA degree to a d1 or d2 school? Does he need a release(I don’t think so)? Will he still have his 2 years of elgibility to play(he never red shirted his injury)?

    Does he need to let the coach know? Can he apply to the community college while at his d1 college now? He is planning to sit out a year at the community college then transfer.

    Thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Your son would have the chance to be immediately eligible at a Div. I or II school with 2 years remaining to play after a year at a community college (since they don’t have an athletic program) and earning his AA degree. He would also have to meet other academic requirements.

      He doesn’t need a “release” or “permission to contact” and doesn’t need to let the coach know since the community college doesn’t have an athletic program. He can apply now, but may want to let his coach know in this situation so that an athletic contact person in the Registrar’s office doesn’t question why he is having a transcript sent to a community college.

      Rick

      • Jeff says:

        Can my son talk to coaches in the summer or once he leaves the d1 school for community college? Or does he need to enroll and register for class in the cc school first?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Jeff,

          He would need to be enrolled and attending classes at the community college first.

          Rick

          • Jeff says:

            Will my son have to pay back the school for acl surgery and rehab if he leaves? (I dont think so) All he has to do is inform the coach and transfer transcripts to the community college? No payment to leave after spring seasons over and scholarship ends?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Jeff,

            Should be nothing to pay for other than incidental and other expenses that aren’t covered by his scholarship. He informs the coaches and completes the application process for the community college.

            Rick

          • Jeff says:

            Sorry for another question. If my son was going to leave his D1 school this summer 13 to transfer to the community college for the fall 13. And talk to his next tennis coach at a d2 school. Could he transfer to the D2 school in the spring 14 from cc? And sit out still for his inelgibility of transferring from d1 to cc to d2. And play out his last 2 years as a senior and 5th year senior.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Jeff,

            Please contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

            Rick

  • Julie Davis says:

    Rick,
    I have a daughter who is graduating after 4 years 8 semesters, from a Div II GLIAC school. She was injured before season and did not play her senior year. She is beginning to search for graduate schools and would like to understand the possibility of playing at a different school. Does she have to be red-shirted? Receive permission from her current school? Can she contact other schools? There are schools that have one year MBA in our conference, are those possibilities?

    Thanks, Julie

  • Jake Ozarka says:

    Rick,
    My son is currently at the D3 college running cross country and plans to transfer to a D2 college next school year. Is he allowed to contact the D2 coach or does he need a release form? And also, what are the eligibility rules for transferring from a D3 to a D2 college?
    Thanks, Jake

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jake,

      Your son needs to get a “permission to contact” form or letter from his current school before Div. II coaches can talk with him about a possible transfer. He has the chance to be eligible next year if he is released by his current school, and meets the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception.

      Rick

  • CF says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am currently a Senior Baseball player at a Division II institution. I have used 3 years of eligibility thus far playing. However, I do not want to play this season for academic reasons. My question is, can I choose to not be a member of the team this season and preserve a year of eligibility that I could use for graduate school at a separate institution, DI, II or III? And, if I’m not a member of the team this year (I have no athletic scholarship) do I need to still get a release from my current school or go through some process to “redshirt”?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can give me, I really appreciate it! It looks like you run a great service here.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi CF,

      As long as you don’t play in any games this spring (and didn’t play in any games against outside competition in the Fall), you can preserve this season of eligibility. You will still need a “permission to contact” form or letter to speak to coaches at other schools since you have been a student-athlete at your school.

      Keep in mind that Div. III won’t be an option for you to play, as you can’t be eligible as a grad student at the Div. III level if you didn’t attend the same Div. III school as an undergrad.

      Rick

      • CF says:

        Hi Rick,

        Thanks for your prompt reply!

        Unfortunately, we did scrimmage other schools this fall.

        Does this now count as using a year of eligibility unless there is an injury?

        Thanks Again,

        CF

        • Rick Allen says:

          CF,

          It will ultimately depend upon whether you participated in those games and how your school classified the games this Fall, whether they were classified as practice scrimmages or actual games that counted against the permissible number of games that Div. II allows. You may want to contact the compliance coordinator in your athletic department to get a ruling on how/if those games count as a season of competition.

          Rick

          • CF says:

            Hi Rick,

            Thanks so much for your help!

            I did indeed participate in the scrimmages but I am not sure if they were classified as practice scrimmages or actual games. I will consult with my athletic department to determine what the classification was.

            I think I will likely have more questions for you after I find out, how do we go about setting up the phone consultation service you offer if so?

            Thanks again!

          • Rick Allen says:

            CF,

            Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

            Rick

  • Pepe says:

    If you graduate early from a D1(not ivy) and have a year left of eligibility can you be a grad student at an ivy and still play?

  • Dawn says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son is currently a freshman at a DII school (football). He was “recruited” by the NCAA definition through coach contact and an unofficial visit, but was not on the roster, did not participate in any of the competitions, had no athletic financial aid, and had did not sign an NLI. In fact, he was not even allowed to suit up for any of the games. However,he did practice with the squad. He would like to transfer to a DI AA Pioneer League (no athletic scholarships) school. Is there any way that he may be eligible to play immediately upon transfer with a waiver/exception? He has a 3.5 GPA.

    Thanks
    Dawn

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dawn,

      It will ultimately come down to the recordkeeping of the school, and whether they have him classified as “recruited.” If they do, then he won’t be able to be eligible next year at any Div. I school. However, if he’s not, then it would be possible.

      Rick

  • Steve says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am currently playing for a d2 volleyball team, I am interested in transferring to a NAIA school. I am in my junior year and have played all 3 years what kinda rules could I have tranfering in?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      I believe that you will need to earn at least 24 credit hours during this academic year at your current school, and have at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in order to be eligible at an NAIA school next year. You may also have to average at least 12 credit hours earned per term of full-time attendance during your 3 years at your school (72 total hours).

      Rick

  • Evan says:

    I am a sophomore currently at a D2 school playing baseball. The coach doesnt believe im ready to play along with the fact that I will be in school for 5 years anyways. My freshman year I went to a junior college. My sophomore year I went back to my junior college for the fall but then after the fall semester decided to go to the D2 school I am currently at. I played in fall ball and we scrimmaged numerous other teams. Im wondering if I am elidgable for a redshirt still?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Evan,

      As I understand your situation, you were at a JUCO this past Fall, and while enrolled there, you played in numerous scrimmages. Based on the following rule, as copied from the Div. II Manual, it appears that it is too late for you to redshirt. However, you should check with the compliance administrator at your school.

      “Bylaw 14.2.4.1.1 Exception — Two-Year College Scrimmages. A two-year college prospective student-athlete may compete in a scrimmage as a member of a two-year college team without counting such competition as a season of competition, provided the competition meets all of the following conditions: (Adopted:
      1/11/94, Revised: 4/4/07)
      (a) The scrimmage is approved by the two-year college;
      (b) No official score is kept;
      (c) No admission is charged;
      (d) No official time is kept;
      (e) The scrimmage is played before the two-year college’s first regularly scheduled outside competition;
      and
      (f ) The student-athlete participates in not more than two such scrimmages or dates of competition per academic year.

      Rick

  • teresa sauer says:

    Hello, my son is finishing up his sophmore year at a div I NCAA school. He is a thrower on the track team and has scored now 18 points and made it to nationals next week. He was on a two year academic aware and the coach picked up the rest except no housing or meal plan, so his additional after the academic is somewhere around 20 percent. My son has done very well and is expected to finish out the year on a high level but we are hearing rumors from some assistant coaches that he will not be offered a full scholarship for the next two years. This simply isnt going to be acceptable. He would be picked up by another coach i am sure with full ride offer. If he did this, would he be eligable to play next year or have to wait. His original scholarship offer was a two year agreement. Thanks,Teresa

    • Rick Allen says:

      Teresa,

      It would be possible for him to be eligible next year if his school releases him, and as long as he is academically eligible at the end of the term (eligible as if he was staying at his school for next year).

      Rick

  • Carole says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a division 1 athlete playing soccer. I’ve had some problems with my coach and want to transfer, but the thing is that I transferred from France to get here, and I also am in my junior year. Would it be possible to find a div 1 or 2 school that would give me a scholarship for only one year? And do you think I can get an extension since I only played in a club team in France, not as a college athlete?
    Thank you for your help

  • Alan Marks says:

    My niece wanted to play two sports at college. She had to goto a D3 to accomplish this. She is a student athlete, received no scholarship and played Ice Hockey 1st semester. Because of her fairly extensive ice time, strapped in ice hockey skates, her ankles weakened. They played extra games post regular season. Lacrosse tryouts were immediately after (2 days) and she severely strained a weakened ankle and went for x-rays and orthopedic surgeon. She is being given a “second” chance to tryout by Lacrosse coach on “crutches,” so she can cut her.
    The orthopod does not want her trying out 1 1/2 weeks post injury.
    Question 1 – she wants to transfer from that D3 school.
    If she fills out self release – does she just send that out to schools she wants to contact or does she have to have permission of her school.
    Question 2 – can she go directly to another D3 school if they are interested?
    Question 3 – Can she elect one of the two sports and goto a D1 school if they accept her.
    GPA is 3.93

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alan,

      #1. The self-release states that the school(s) she sends it to are supposed to keep her inquiry confidential. However, I know some schools are not honoring that requirement. Meaning that a coach at another school might contact her current coach when your niece hasn’t spoken with them yet. So, it’s still a good idea to talk with her coach(es) first before sending out the self-release.

      #2. It would be possible to do that.
      #3. Same as #2.

      Rick

  • Kate says:

    My son was recruited/signed a letter of intent to play baseball at a D 1 school and is “playing” this spring. Just prior to the season, the coach left the program and as a result his freshman year has been a disaster. I realize the NCAA rules require him to sit out a year if he transfers to another D-1 school. But are there any other transfer options for him other than transfering to a Community College?

    Thank you

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kate,

      He could transfer to an NCAA Div. II or III school, or to an NAIA school, and possibly be immediately eligible next year. However, if he would then transfer again to another Div. I program, he would still have to sit out from competition during his first year at the Div. I school.

      Rick

      • Kate says:

        Thank you for answering my question and for providing such invaluable insight. Just to make certain I understand here is a little background info. My son was provided a full academic scholarship as well as a smaller athletic scholarship. His GPA is 3.7. He was offered two D-2 scholarships but opted for the D-1 experience which was closer to home. With the coaching leaving the program simply has fallen apart. The new coach does not value his abilities and from our perspective is trying to break his confidence.
        He will stay and finish this year and hopefully learn and grow from the experience. If his athletic scholarship is not renewed, will he still need to ask permission to talk to other schools? If cut will he need to ask to be released from his letter of intent or are they one in the same??

        Again, thank you so much for the information.

        Kate

        • Rick Allen says:

          Kate,

          He will still need to get permission to talk to other schools, even if his scholarship isn’t renewed. As long as he completes this year at his school, he will have satisfied the NLI requirement, and will not need to be released from that.

          Rick

  • Ann says:

    Hi Rick,

    Does your coach signing a release form hold you to anything? Does it mean you HAVE to transfer? Or if you end up deciding against transferring, can you still stay at the same school?

    Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ann,

      Requesting a release does not mean that an athlete must transfer. However, it will depend in large part on the attitude of the coach. If the coach doesn’t feel that the athlete isn’t fully committed to his/her program, the coach may not welcome the athlete back to the team.

      Rick

  • stanley says:

    I have a freshmanson son that was redshirted at a d3 juco because the returning soph SS may be a draft guy. The coach considered putting him in the OF but he would still have limited playing time and the coach was nice enough to ask us what we wanted to do. We liked the redshirt because it gives him an extra year and he needed more time to get bigger anyway. Based on his abilities the coach and asst coach have told him he will start up the middle for them next year and then after that if he does not get bigger they think he will be a d2 player, if he does get bigger they think he could play d1.

    If he does not want to return next year and go ahead and find a D3, D2 or D1 school how can he go about talking with coaches, trying out or can he even contact the coach?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Stanley,

      Because your son is at a JUCO, the only NCAA restriction on contacting coaches at a Div. I, II, or III school would be that, if your son is an NCAA Div. I Non-Qualifier as determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center, Div. I coaches can’t have in-person contact with him until he has completed his freshman year at the JUCO. Also, NCAA Div. II schools are allowed to offer tryouts on their campus, but Div. I and III can’t.

      Rick

  • Jax says:

    I play D1 baseball on scholarship. I am in my sophomore season. I have played in 4 games (54 game season). An orthopedic surgeon just diagnosed me with a torn UCL and I will be out for the season. I am gettin conflicting answers on a “medical redshirt”. I was told I can’t have played in more than 11 games (20% of games) then someone else told me the rule changed to 30% (16.2 games) Is it 20% of the regular season games or 30%?

    I was also told the rule applies to how many games I have actually competed in and someone said it was the number of games the team has played. Help! I’m in a time crunch and need to know today if it’s the number of games the team had played.
    So:
    1) does rule apply to games I have played in?

    2) is the rule 20% or 30% of games?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jax,

      The rule is that you can not have played in more than 30% of your team’s scheduled or completed games (and not past the half-way mark of the season). The school has the option to use the number of scheduled games, or number of completed games.

      Good luck with your recovery!

      Rick

      • Jax says:

        Just to clarify….it is the games I have actually played in NOT the games my team has played while I was on the bench. I have to actually get in for an at bat or inning to count toward the 30% played correct?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Jax,

          That is correct.

          Rick

          • Jax says:

            Thank you for your help…one last question. Even though the orthopedic surgeon diagnosed a torn UCL I still have to get the MRI to confirm the diagnosis and insurance is slow to approve the procedure. Its finally scheduled for next week but we are getting close to the 1/2 way point of the season. I know there is paperwork involved. So does everything have to be complete (paperwork submitted) prior to the 1/2 point of the season or do they go by the date the doctor diagnosed the injury?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Jax,

            You just have to make sure you have not played in a game past the halfway point of the season, and it is preferable that the diagnosis occur before the halfway point of the season.

            Rick

        • Jax says:

          Sorry for another question…promise this will be my last. Another player told me today that I also can not have played in a conference game. He seems to think that if I played in a conference game I cannot medical redshirt. ??

  • Anne Roy says:

    So my daughter transfered out of a 4 year college into another 4 year, then back to her original one. She lost that year of playing completely without it being declared a redshirt. It is division 2 women’s lacrosse. I wanted to know if there was a way I could appeal this or try to waive it. Please let me know if anyone has information on this!

    Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Anne,

      An appeal or waiver will be difficult to “win” unless her reasons for transferring were for something other than the sport and outside of her control, such as she needed to get back closer to home because of a serious illness in the family, or a parent’s loss of job and income, and she needed to move back in state where it’s less expensive.

      Rick

  • CB says:

    My Junior year son is playing at a D1 college baseball team. On scholarship. Recruitted from Jr. College. Pitcher. He just found out he is not on travel squad for team’s Division play beginning now. He has only pitched 1 inng. in spring and 3 or 4 games in fall. He was injured and very sick during fall and begining of spring. Should he red shirt? Should he ask coaches to red shirt? Do coaches frown on this? Dosnt look good for his Junior year and playing time. Afraid if dont play this year coach will cut him senior year. Afraid to request red shirt as afraid coach will for sure cut him next year. Need advice

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi CB,

      It’s too late for your son to redshirt. Any amount of competition counts as a season of eligibility used, unless your son’s school seeks, and receives, a medical hardship waiver for him. In order for that to happen, they would need to submit medical documentation to support the argument that your son is injured or ill to the point that he can’t compete any more this season.

      Rick

  • joliemarie says:

    My daughter is talking a walk on position next fall at a D II school. Coach said no money this year maybe next year though if she contributes. There is depth in her position and she does not expect play time. as a freshman. Would it be wise for her to red shirt her freshman year so she saves a year of elligibility? She may need 5 years to graduate so I was thinking this might be a good way to go and if she does get scholarship money she could get it for 4 years.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi joliemarie,

      It may be wise for her to redshirt if she doesn’t expect to get much playing time. However, think also about what the coach told you. “…no money this year maybe next year if she contributes.” If she’s not playing, she won’t be contributing to winning on the field, and what incentive does the coach have to give her a scholarship the following year?

      She should also consider going to a JUCO for a year or two to work on improving her skills (while paying lower tuition) and then possibly being recruited on a scholarship from the JUCO.

      Rick

  • Dave says:

    Hi Rick,

    My kid recieved a full ride scolarship at a division 2 school for sports. We were all very excited about the school he picked, do to the fact they had a great program in his chosen career. Now after two years of playing they have dropped the program. He must now transfer to finish his degree, are they on the hook to help us in any way?

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dave,

      As far as your son’s academic program and the pursuit of his degree, I would check with the Provost or VP for Academic Affairs at his school. Regarding athletic eligibility, it may be possible for him to transfer and be immediately eligible at another school under the “Discontinued Academic Program Exception” as long as he had officially chosen that field as his major.

      Rick

  • Dave says:

    Thanks Rick, I will start there.

  • Steve says:

    Hey Rick,

    I was cut from my division 1 baseball team this past winter. I am currently doing an internship and not attending that school anymore. I then decided to transfer and I officially put my deposit down at my next school and will be attending there in the fall. They are Division 1 and I want to see if I could play for them, but I know I need some type of release. How do I exactly get that release?

    I also never signed a National Letter of Intent when I was recruited that, thus I was a “recruited walk-on”. I also never received any baseball money. I’m not sure if that mattered or not.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      You get the release by contacting the compliance office of your former Div. I school. If you were recruited to that school, you won’t be able to be eligible in your first year at another Div. I program.

      Rick

  • Connor says:

    Hi Rick here is my situation

    I play baseball
    First year of college baseball: JUCO (played the whole year)
    2nd year of college baseball: transferred to another JUCO and then red-shirted
    3rd year of college baseball: (Now a RS-Soph.) I was hurt in my 4th appearance and am out for the season, so I’m eligible for a medical red-shirt at the end of the season when i can file for it.

    However, I want to transfer from this current school which is a D2, to a D1 school next year. I’m a walk-on which makes it easy as the coaches did not invest any money in me and I have the medical red-shirt which also confuses me. Will I be able to transfer to a D-1 from a D-2 and not have to sit out based on my circumstances? (medical red-shirt and walk-on transfer) Please e-mail me back if possible for assistance. I’m confident I will be able to since this season for me doesn’t really count as a season since I was injured in a game and I will have that medical red-shirt. Does the one-time transfer rule apply here? does it help that I am a non-recruited walk-on?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Connor,

      If you aren’t considered a “recruited walk-on” to your school (don’t meet the definition of recruited) it would be possible for you to be eligible next year at a Div. I school. You will have two years of eligibility remaining under the Div. I “five-year clock.”

      Rick