Posts by Rick Allen

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 […]

Notice about NCAA Eligibility Center

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete talks about the NCAA Eligibility Center’s increase in pricing on September 1st. If you have questions related to eligibility, recruiting or transfer situations, Informed Athlete can help! Call 913-766-1235 or email

NCAA Rule Changes Effective June 2012

For high school athletes who just finished their sophomore year, here are some important NCAA rule changes effective June 15, 2012: In the sport of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, coaches will be permitted to make unlimited calls or send unlimited texts to prospects (or their parents or legal guardians) as early as the June […]

Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

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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

Plan for Success Roadmap

I highly recommend the Informed Athlete Program.  It has been such a great help to our family.  As our son was being recruited by Division I, II, NAIA and junior colleges, Rick was able to answer many questions that arose before, during and after the recruiting process.  He was able to give us insight into recruiting time-lines and the numerous NCAA rules.  This was the first […]

Peer Mentoring

I am the parent of a Division 1 college baseball player and have had the pleasure of talking to Ryan in person, by phone and by email. Ryan Allen is the real deal who has been a Division 1 baseball player and knows the questions to ask and is a tremendous mentor to both athletes […]

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