Posts by Rick Allen

What is the NCAA sliding scale?

Rick Allen

To be eligible to receive an athletic scholarship, and to be able to practice and compete, an athlete who will be enrolling at an NCAA Division I school as a freshman must be certified as a Qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center. As part of the determination of a student-athlete’s eligibility for Division I, the […]

Important NCAA Eligibility Requirements

Rick Allen

If you’re a 2016 high school grad or younger (or the parent or coach of one), are you on track to be eligible for competition as a freshman at an NCAA Division I program? The NCAA has revised the academic requirements that incoming athletes must meet to be eligible to compete during the freshman year […]

Recruiting Calls Now Permissible!

This is an exciting time for many 2015 HS grads (and their loved ones) because July 1 is the date when they can begin receiving recruiting phone calls from NCAA Division I coaches in most sports. This is also the date when those same HS grads and their families can receive face-to-face contact from coaches […]

Division II Recruiting Rule Changes

If you are a parent of a high school student-athlete who is entering their junior year of high school this Fall (2016 graduating class), there are new NCAA Division II recruiting rules that take effect June 15th!   The rules are listed below. I’ve also created a FREE Q&A Division II Recruiting Rules Info Sheet […]

How NOT to approach the transfer process

Here are two recent examples of how NOT to approach the transfer process: In one case, the parent of a student-athlete sent out e-mails to other schools stating that their child was considering a transfer from School A.  Some of these schools sent “permission to contact” request forms to School A to speak to this […]

Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits

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Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits gives important advice and information that will help you make a more informed decision about which school to select.

Informed Athlete’s Transfer Guide


Informed Athlete’s Transfer Guide provides comprehensive information and step-by-step instructions in layman’s terms that will help you navigate through the transfer process to a NCAA or NAIA institution.

National Letter of Intent Reminders

Congratulations to those prospects who have committed to a school and will have the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent with their NCAA Division I or II future school during the upcoming signing period.  Here are some NLI general reminders and points to keep in mind: Signing the National Letter of Intent commits the […]

What to do if your Freshman Wants to Transfer

Recently, I’ve had consulting calls with parents of student-athletes who are in the first month or so of their freshman year at their chosen college, but they are unhappy and want to transfer.  That’s a tough situation for parents, because you want to support your child, but at the same time, you may be feeling […]

Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

Rick Allen

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 […]

NCAA Rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete

How does the NCAA define whether a prospect is considered a recruited athlete? A prospect is considered a recruited athlete if the college takes one of the following actions: If they provide the prospect with an official visit. If they have an off-campus contact with the prospect or the prospect’s parents or legal guardians. If […]

What You Should Know About Transfers

What you Should Know about Baseball Transfer Rules

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete, shares insight into the NCAA rules that govern the athletic transfer process.

Both Sides Of The Plate

Both Sides of the Plate

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete & former Director of Compliance at 2 major universities, shares stories and advice that are based on situations he encountered in his 20+ years on campus and his own personal experience when his son was recruited to play baseball at a Division I University.
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Recruiting Process Assistance

“Hi Rick,  I can testify to the fact that the recruiting process was a path with unexpected twists and turns and it was comforting to have you alongside to help navigate.  I can’t imagine any parent trying to go it alone.”                                                                                   Parent of a Division I Volleyball Player

4-4 Transfer Assistance: DI to DII

“Thanks for all the input and guidance you gave us when our son decided to transfer.  Having a “third party” to discuss options with helped him make a good decision.”                                                                                                             Parent of a 4-4 baseball transfer

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