Walk-on Transfer Rules

Can a preferred walk-on transfer from one D-I baseball program to another D-I without sitting out a year?

As most of you know, the NCAA transfer rule for baseball was changed a few years ago.

The change required athletes transferring from one D-I baseball program to another D-I to attend the second school for one academic year before they would be eligible for competition.  They can be immediately eligible to practice with the team, but can’t play for one year.

However, there is an exception that allows a baseball player to be immediately eligible upon transfer to another D-I program.

A walk-on may use the one-time transfer exception as long as the school he is leaving did not recruit him to their baseball program.

The NCAA uses four criteria to determine if an athlete is a “recruited athlete.”  To view the four criteria, click NCAA rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete.

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939 Responses to Walk-on Transfer Rules

  • S Beard says:

    So, If my son was a preferred walk on in a d1 baseball program but did not make the 35 man roster in the spring, he is free to go to another D1 school to play baseball without sitting out a year? Does he need a release from coach?
    Please advise

    • Rick Allen says:

      He can transfer to another Division I program without sitting out a year, as long as he was not recruited as defined by the NCAA (see post linked above) and meets the other requirements of the one-time transfer exception (current school must agree to his use of the exception). Also, he’ll need a written release from an athletic administrator before he can talk to other schools about a transfer.

      • Malcolm Brown says:

        Hi Rick I have a question about eligibility. I had offers from D2 and NAIA schools but I want to play D1. I plan on going to a JuCo college this fall but they have no spots left on their team so I would have to wait til spring. My question is if I don’t play and I get all my credit hours before next fall how much eligibility will I have left? I will also be training with a personal trainer and position coach while I’m not playing.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Malcolm,

          NCAA Div. I athletes have what is commonly called a “five-year clock.” In Division I, you would have 5 years from when you first enroll in any college as a full-time student to use your four seasons of eligibility.

          NCAA Div. II and NAIA schools use a “10-semester clock.” For those schools, you would have 10 semesters of full-time enrollment from the first time you enroll as a full-time student to use your four seasons of eligibility. The key difference is that Div. II and NAIA do not count semesters in which you are only enrolled as a part-time student. For NCAA Div. I, once your “five-year clock” starts, the only action you could take to pause or stop the “clock” would be to enter the military or to go on an official church mission.

          I’m going to follow up with a private e-mail to you.

          Rick

          • kathy says:

            My son played 1 year of football for a D2 school in 2010. He only went to school the 1 year. He would like to go back and walk on as a basketball player. Would he be eligible to start school again as an athlete?

            Kathy

          • Rick Allen says:

            Kathy,

            If your son returns to the NCAA Div. II level, he should have 8 semesters of enrollment to use his remaining eligibility. If his desire is to go to Div. I, be aware that he only has one year remaining on his “five-year clock.”

            Rick

          • Zac says:

            Rick I was not recruited out of high school by any schools, and am currently going to walk on at a DIII school in the fall to play baseball. I attended college in the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, both semesters taking the minimum to be a full time student, but I dropped a class each semester. Do those semesters count against the 10 semester clock, or am I still eligible for the full 10 semesters? Thanks

          • Rick Allen says:

            Zac,

            If you were considered to be a full-time student during the Fall 2012, and Spring 2013 semesters, even if only for the first day or two of the semester before dropping a class, then those semesters will count against your 10 semester limit.

            Rick

          • andrew says:

            rick, I have a question regarding eligibility. I’ve been attending junior college since fall semester of 2012. i am now interested in playing college football for a D3 college this upcoming semester in fall of 2014. what is my eligibility, including D2, D1

          • Rick Allen says:

            Andrew,

            For information regarding what is required for you to be eligible as a JUCO transfer to NCAA Div. I, II, or III, you may be interested in our downloadable “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers” which can be purchased from the Store of our website. The Guide to Transfers includes the academic requirements to be eligible as a JUCO transfer to each of the NCAA divisions. Here’s a link to the Guide to Transfers:

            http://www.informedathlete.com/informed-athletes-transfer-guide

            Rick

        • Jarrett says:

          I’m a football player who got released from a D2 football school I plan on walking on to a division 1 school will I be eligible.. I had all my core requirements coming out of junior college

          • Rick Allen says:

            Jarrett,

            If you were on a football scholarship at, or were recruited by, your Div. II school, you won’t be eligible in your first year at a Div. I football program.

            Rick

      • Patrick Boyle says:

        Hi Rick. I also have question about eligibility. If I was recruited to play football at a d3 school and then decided to play baseball there as well would I be required to sit out a year if I were to transfer to a d1 school to play baseball?

        Thanks

        • Rick Allen says:

          Patrick,

          If you were not recruited to the Div. III school for baseball, you should not have to sit out a year at Div. I as long as you meet the academic requirements to be eligible in your first year of transfer.

          Rick

      • Tom De Meo says:

        Hi Rick my son is in the same situation, He was cut (grey shirted) a few days before baseball started.
        he was told he had a good chance of making the team next year as a sophomore. He was a recruited walk on, what will be his status next year true walk on or recruited? If he gets cut again would he have to sit out his junior year at a new D1 school? He is at a D1 program. Thanks Tom

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Tom,

          Your son’s status as a recruited walk-on will not change. If he were to get cut again next year, he would have to sit out his junior year at another Div. I program. He could, however, be eligible if he were to transfer to a Div. II program.

          Rick

          • Tom says:

            Thanks Rick you have been very helpful. One more question, can a D1 school release a player and override the NCAA rule to let him play D1?
            Thanks Tom

          • Rick Allen says:

            Tom,

            No, a school can’t override the NCAA rule requiring him to serve a “year in residence” before being eligible.

            Rick

      • kay says:

        Rick,
        My son played at a JUCO. While in his freshman year he was approached by a Div I school about playing once he finished his sophomore year. Towards the end of his freshman year he required Tommy John surgery. Since he knew he would not be able to play his sophomore year he contacted the coach at the DI school and asked if he could go ahead and attend that school his Sophomore year. The coach said yes. He was allowed to practice with them in the fall but was not on the roster for his Sophomore year. He is now a Junior at that school and while on the roster is receiving no money and very little playing time. If he wants to transfer what are his options?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Kay,

          If your son is not classified as “recruited” to the Div. I school, it would be possible for him to transfer to another Div. I school and be immediately eligible next year. Even if he is “recruited” it would be possible for him to transfer to an NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA school and be eligible next year. It will depend upon his academic standing at his current school.

          Rick

    • Dane says:

      Rick,
      I have an eligibility question. I played 3 years of college football. I graduated college and did not finish my last year. I played the 01,02, 03 seasons and graduated May of 04. After graduating I enlisted in the Army and have served on active duty for the last 9 years. I’m getting out of the service and want to enroll in an MBA program. Is it possible for me to walk on and finish my last year of football at my school of enrollment? I know there are exceptions to the eligiilty timeline rules for military service. Can you provide some clarity for me?

      • Rick Allen says:

        Dane,

        Yes, you should have a year of eligibility available to you. Athletes basically have 5 years of college enrollment during which they can compete for up to four seasons of competition. As you know, time spent in the military doesn’t count against the “five-year clock.”

        Rick

  • Del says:

    My daughter plays soccer for a DI school, she is in her freshmen year and is a walkon. She also is a really good basketball player and really misses it and is thinking about playing basketball next year at her current DI school or seeing if any other college are still interested. How do the transfer / eligibility rules apply to her since she is a walkon.

    • Rick Allen says:

      That’s great that she wants to give basketball a try! She’ll need to obtain permission before she can talk to another school about a possible transfer, it doesn’t matter that she’s a walk-on. Since she’s not played basketball this year, there’s a good chance that she can be immediately eligible next year. As you may know, if she were already a basketball player, she would likely have to sit out next year at her new school. Good luck!

  • Del says:

    This might be a dumb question but if my daughter stays at her current DI school to play basketball instead of soccer does she need permission to talk to the basketball coach about joining the team? Thanks for your help Rick.

    Del

    • Rick Allen says:

      No, she doesn’t need permission to do that. But discuss the best way to approach both coaches. Is the basketball coach interested in her, and how will the soccer coach react? I’ll be interested to hear how it goes!

  • AT says:

    Daughter on full scholarship to major DI school. She is currently a Freshman an suffered a significant injury the summer before freshman year. Arrived at college and has not met their expectations and are giving us the impression that she should go elsewhere.

    How difficult is it going to be to find her another program and a significant scholarship this late in the year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      AT, you didn’t mention what sport your daughter is in, so here are a couple of thoughts. If her season has concluded, she should talk to the coaches now about their plans for her for next year. If the season is not over, is she still getting playing time, or has the injury basically ended her season? If the latter, she may still want to have that talk, even though the season is still going.

  • Del says:

    Thanks Rick, your answers are a big help. I grew up playing basketball so I would like to see her play but I also think she would be crazy to leave soccer because she is in a great situation. The problem is she loves playing soccer, loves her school and teammates but loves playing basketball more. After soccer season she started going to her university’s basketball games. Out of the blue she then told me she really misses playing basketball so I am not sure what she will do. I did not know how it would work if she transfered but played another sport. If she decides to play basketball I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again for your help.

    Del

  • Pete says:

    Hey Rick,

    About the one time transfer rule, I checked every possible way this could not effect my son and I could not find one.
    1. We went to there summer camp, thats where he was offered a preferred walk-on.
    2. They never called us, we made the effort to call them or email them.
    The question I have is, They named them GREY shirts, they have some kind of trainer working with them(my son and his Roommate who got Grey shirted as well)they work with a strengh and core work out 4 days a week and a throwing workout 4 days a week. The coaches have found them a place to play summer ball(NYCBL). They have a locker with the team but they cannot suit up or practice with the team. Do you see anything that would not make them elgible to transfer and start playing for another D1 School the coming year? Also if you think they could transfer, when and how would be a good time to make contact with other school? Do you wait for the season to be over with or try asap?

    Thanks,

    Pete

  • Kelly says:

    Hey Rick -

    I would love to know what your response was to Pete as our son is in the same situation. He is a walk-on, was “cut” days before the season began but was given the chance to continue to workout, throw, play during the summer, etc. The word “grey shirt” was mentioned as well. He is transferring to another DI school and we just want to know what he needs to do to get this one time transfer exception. Thanks for helping!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Kelly, the use of the term “grey shirt” by baseball coaches is a new trend that I’ve not heard about until now. In the past, that term was used to describe athletes, primarily football, who would delay their enrollment until the spring term, instead of the traditional fall enrollment.

      Anyway, your son should be able to get the one-time transfer exception if he was not a “recruited walk-on.” The school he’s currently attending must agree to it, so he shouldn’t plan on going to another school in the same conference. Coaches usually won’t agree to that.

  • Ann says:

    Rick–My son was recruited to play baseball at a D2 school. Freshman year went well and he was a weekday starter going 3-1. Sophomore year he was told he was going to start but seems they brought in some transfers with promises to start so they used him in various forms of relief instead. He has not been happy in this role, and there are some other problems that I won’t go into. He was recently called into the coaches office for a meeting and asked if he was going to stay for the following year or if he was thinking about leaving. When he asked to discuss his playing time, the coaches stated they did not want him to leave and that if he decided to leave later on, they would not give him a release to go to another school. Can they do that?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Ann, the coaches can withhold a release and prevent a player from talking to another school. However, the school must provide a hearing opportunity for the player if this occurs. The hearing would be before a group of faculty/staff from outside the athletic department. We should talk about your situation directly. I’ll contact you by private e-mail.

  • Ann says:

    One thing I left out–he has a contract to play summer ball and his college coach told him that if he decides he wants that release now, he will not be able to play collegiate wooden bat without a school affiliation. He is in a lose-lose situation since he doesn’t have the ability to talk to other schools without that release.

  • Paul says:

    Rick- I called a D-2 baseball coach and asked him if we could come to his school for a meeting to see if he would consider allowing him to walk on. The only communication with this coach prior to this meeting was emails back and forth between the coach and I about his high school performance. During the meeting ( which we payed for our own way for travel )…… he did say that he could walk-on for the baseball team and ended up starting 4 games. He now would like to transfer. Does he have to sit out a year if he transfers to another D-1 or D-2 school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Paul, based on what you’ve told me, he should not have to sit out if he transfers – as long as the school he is leaving will certify that he would be academically eligible if he were returning next year. That’s a key point of the one-time transfer exception.

  • cj watson says:

    Rick, I am currently a D1 baseball player. I walked on my freshmen year and made the team and ended up pitching several innings. However I have been cut my sophomore year. Do I still have to sit out a year to transfer to another school

  • Eric says:

    Rick,
    Im a high school senior currently deciding between a DIII and DI baseball program. I went for a visit and had one personal phone conversation with the DIII. The only communication I’ve had with the DI is through my high school coach.
    – If I went to the DIII and decided to transfer to a DI, would I have to sit out a year/lose a year of eligibility before moving up?
    – Could I transfer after one semester or do I have to wait a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Eric! Based on the info you’ve provided, if you transfer from Division III to Division I, you should not have to sit out a year from competition. If you enroll at the Division III this Fall, the earliest you could be eligible at a Division I is the Spring of 2013, regardless of when you transfer. Good luck!

  • Al says:

    My daughter is a scholarship athlete at a D1 school. Becasue she has stayed and completed both summer school sessions each year, she will graduate at the end of this summer. This would have been the completion of her junior year. She still has 1 more year of eligibility. If she has graduated and still has a year of eligibility, can she transfer to another school as a walk-on without sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Al, you don’t mention what sport your daughter is participating in, but if she meets the requirements for the one-time transfer exception, she can be immediately eligible without sitting out a year. If her sport is basketball, she won’t be able to use the one-time transfer exception.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Al, I need to revise the answer that I posted yesterday to your question. If your daughter’s a basketball player, there’s a new rule effective August 1 that will be helpful in her situation. She can transfer to another Div. I school and be immediately eligible as long as she has her bachelor’s degree, has a year of eligibility remaining, and as long as her scholarship is not renewed for next year at her current school. The first answer I posted still applies if her sport is one other than basketball.

  • Martin says:

    Rick, I was a walk-on (not preffered) at a D1 university, but in the fall i broke my hand therefore leading them to cut me from the team. Would I need an official release from the school i was at in order to be able to talk to other coaches?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Martin, if you practiced with the team in the fall or participated in any “countable activities” you will need an official release before coaches at other Div. I or II schools will be able to talk to you. That’s not necessary if you’re going to be talking to junior college coaches.

  • Steve says:

    Rick,
    My son is a recruited scholarship D1 baseball playerat a 4 year school. He wants to transfer to another D1 school or possibly a JUCO for his sophmore year and then transfer to a different D1. My understanding is that he can play his sophmore year at the JUCO and then play his Junior year without sitting out at another D1. If he decides to go from a D1 4 year school to another D1 4 year school am I correct he sits out a year? Is that the same as redshirting? Can he practice? Can he get athletic scholarship money?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      You’re correct that your son can transfer to a JUCO, play his sophomore year, and then transfer to another Div. I and play without sitting a year. Be aware of the academic requirements for transfer from a JUCO. If he goes directly from one Div. I program to another, he will sit a year, and it’s essentially the same as redshirting. He can practice in the Fall, spring will depend upon roster slots. He could get scholarship money, but not likely if he won’t be eligible to play.

      Rick

  • Renee Dillon says:

    My son has the same problem as Ann’s from April 29th. My son has played D1 ball for 3 yrs at this college. The coach is very unbelivably verbal, emotional, and mental abusive. My son, a starting pitcher, could not take it any more. It was mentally affecting him. The coach told the players that if they didn’t want to play for him, then let him know and he would help them transfer. He helped several transfer, but he was VERY upset with my son wanting to leave and refuses to sign a release. He said he would ruin his name and he would never throw a ball again. The AD was no help so far. Do we have any options?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Renee,

      That’s a tough situation for your son to be in. Has he requested permission to contact other schools in writing? If not, have him do that ASAP. The school must respond to his written request within 7 business days. If they deny his request, they have to inform him that a hearing opportunity is available and must conduct the hearing and provide the decision within 15 business days of his written request for the hearing. If the AD hasn’t been any help, your son may need to get to that hearing in front of a committee since the committee members must be from outside the athletic department.

      Is your son wanting to transfer to another Div. I school, or is he considering Div. II’s or NAIA’s? I wouldn’t think the coach and AD would have a big objection to going to another Division where your son won’t be competing against his former team.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Renee says:

    Yes, my son is willing to go to D2 college. He wants to play his senior year. Scouts have been contacting him based upon his last year stats and pitching speed, but he had a horrible year this year he truly believes to stress. He has lost just about all self confidence being around that coach telling him he is a sorry piece of *&^% **&^ **&& (3 words there) even by text, in the showers and in front of the entire team nearly on a daily basis. My son feels he is beginnig to feel that way inside and has to get away from him. He thinks his draft odds are really low since his stats were bad this year and wants another chance for them to see him pitch his senior year. Competition within the same division is not this coach’s problem – he is vendictive. He told my son he would badmouth him to anybody that called him and he wouldn’t throw another ball in his life. Thanks for the info about him needing to put it into writing. I searched NCAA for answers, but couldn’t find any. You are truly helpful. Thanks you again.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Renee, call me at our office number (at the bottom of our home page) at your earliest convenience. Our son went through a similar situation (not this bad, but similar circumstances) and I can share with you some of the things we learned from that experience.

  • Ron says:

    Rick,
    After graduating HS in 2009, our son signed with NAIA school but found out before the season that he had an injury and needed to have a procedure. He never played a game ever at that college. Then transferred to a local DI after the next year after his operation. He hasn’t played since but would like to try once again but is not sure how his eligibility would work at a D1. Would he not have the option of the one time NCAA transfer rule to play immediately or would he have to get some type of release from this previous NAIA?

    Ron

    • Rick Allen says:

      Ron,

      It appears from your information that your son might be able to play immediately by using one of the transfer exceptions for non-recruited students, or those who haven’t participated for a two-year period. Contact me at our phone number (on the bottom of our home page) so I can ask a couple of questions about his situation and explain how these exceptions can be used.

      Rick

  • thomas says:

    hey rick, i am currently attending a d1 school in florida and i was not recruited as part of the baseball team but i do have connections to an naia school near by. i was just wondering am i able to transfer to the naia school and be eligible to play if i have only been at the d1 school for one complete year, im going into my sophmore year academically and want to make sure if i transfer willl i be eligble to play this upcoming year(my sophmore year)

    • Rick Allen says:

      Thomas,

      If you’ve been at the Div. I school for one complete year and weren’t recruited as part of the baseball team, you should be able to transfer to the NAIA school and be eligible to play immediately, as long as you are in good academic standing. You’ll also have to register with, and be certified by, the NAIA Eligibility Center which is new this year. You can learn more about the Eligibility Center and what you need to do to be certified on the NAIA website.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Craig Fielding says:

    Hello Rick,

    My son went to a D1 school with an athletic scholorship. He was injured before school started. From day one he was not allowed to practice, only rehab with the trainer. He had surgery in January and redshirted. He was just notified (6/6/11) that his scholorship would not be renewed. Would he lose 1 year of play and need permission to transfer?

    Thanks Craig

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Craig,

      Your son will need permission to contact other schools about a possible transfer. This is true whether he is on athletic scholarship or not.

      If he transfers to another Division I school, he will need to sit out from competition next year. However, under your son’s circumstances, I suggest he ask the compliance director at his school about the possibility of a waiver to allow him to be immediately eligible next year. Another option is he can transfer to a Division II or NAIA and be immediately next year, as long as he meets the academic eligibility requirements.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • joe says:

    Hi I had a question regarding eligibility based on years. I played D-III baseball for one full season in 2007-2008. After that year I left the school and have not played any collegiate baseball since. I went to a community college and was a full time student for fall 2008-spring 2009 and fall 2009-spring 2010. I then took the fall 2010 semester completely off from school and transferred to a school for the spring 2011 semester. The school I transferred to has a D-I baseball program that I was interested in trying to walk on to. My question is what kind of eligibility do I have left?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Joe,

      You have one year of playing eligibility remaining under the Division I “five-year clock.” Division I athletes have five years in which to use their four years of eligibility. Even though you’ve only played one year of baseball, you have just one year left on your five-year clock. You’ll also have to check with the compliance office at that school to see if you will be eligible academically based on your degree program and the number of credit hours you’ve earned.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • duane says:

    hi my son has just finished his freshman year at a d3 texas college. he is being recruited to a D1 college in california. His GPA is alittle less then 2.o can he play his first year??

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Duane,

      That will depend upon a number of factors. Does he qualify for one of the exceptions that will allow a 4-4 transfer to be immediately eligible at a Division I baseball program? Did he earn the requisite number of hours this past year, and this past semester? Separately from that, will he meet the school’s requirements for admission as a transfer student? You should contact the compliance office of the Division I school that is recruiting him to seek clarification.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Hank says:

    My son played soccer his freshman year at a NAIA school. He decided it was to far from home. Spent the last 3 semesters at a D1 school that does not offer soccer. He wants to play D2 soccer this fall. Can he play this fall or does he need to sit out a year? He has a 3.0 GPA? He has been enrolled in college for 4 semesters (1 NAIA playing soccer and 3 at a D1 school that has no soccer program).

    Thanks for your help?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hank,

      Your son will need to sit out a year because his situation doesn’t fit any of the Division II transfer exceptions. This is because he is a 4-4-4 transfer and played previously at another school. You may want to check with the compliance director at the Division II school he’s interested in to have them assess whether your son has any grounds for an appeal, but based on what you’ve told me, I don’t think so.

      Rick

  • Roger says:

    Hello,
    I had a question about my son transferring from a D-1 program to another D-1 program for baseball. He had his scholarship taking away after this season, we want to file a financial hardship so he can be eligible for this upcoming semester. How do I go about doing this? Do I need a letter saying he had his scholarship takin away? What would be the process?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Roger,

      An appeal to waiver the transfer residency requirement must be submitted to the NCAA national office by an institution. The Division I program that your son transfers to would need to submit the waiver if they believe your son’s situation makes a waiver appropriate. They are under no obligation to submit an appeal if they don’t believe there is a reasonable chance for a successful outcome.

      Rick

  • Roger says:

    Rick,
    So what your telling me is that the institution that he wants to transfer to would submit it? He would not need his current institution to do anything? What are the chances of it being successful if submitted?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Roger,

      In most cases, the school that he’ll be transferring to will be the school to submit the waiver. They’ll be the ones receiving the benefits of his participation. His current school won’t be gaining anything, and therefore don’t have any incentive to prepare the waiver. The current school may be asked, however, to provide a statement that can be submitted with the waiver. Regarding the chances of successful appeal, I think they are probably 50/50 at best.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Marty says:

    Rick,
    What is the best way for a baseball player to change community colleges their sophomore year? How do you find a college in need of their position? He is playing in a summer collegiate league and his stats are good.Is it okay to contact other coaches or is that considered chasing? He was not signed his first year. He only played in JV games but did well. Top academic student in college and high school.

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a walk-on d1 baseball player and i would like to know how the rules work regarding transferring to another d1 or d2. Do i need to get a release to contact other coaches? I can stay at my current school but would transfer if i know the new school will take me.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Ryan,

      Yes, you’ll need to get a release before coaches at other D1 and D2 schools can talk with you about a possible transfer. If you transfer to D2, it’s quite possible that you can be immediately eligible at the D2 school, as long as you meet the academic requirements for transfer. You may also be able to do this at another D1, depending upon whether you were recruited at all by your current school.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • walt says:

    Rick, thanks for all the information on the site, great stuff,
    like many above may son has a situation, he is a scholarship D2 player that was med redshirted his freshman year (This spring). (never played) – During summer ball a d1 coach asked him if he was going back or had other plans.. Question is there a “one time” transfer rule that he could use to transfer to the d1 school and not sit out ?
    Also can he contact the coach at the “Other ” school without getting anyone in trouble? thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Walt,

      Because your son was/is on scholarship at the D2 school, he won’t be able to use the one-time transfer exception. His only other option to get to D1 without sitting out would be if the D2 announced they are dropping the sport.

      He can contact a coach at another school about a possible transfer, but that coach should say “We’d love to talk to you, but we have to get written permission from your D2 first.” Your son would not be violating any NCAA rules, but the coach he calls might be in trouble if he doesn’t handle the call properly. Your son could, however, get in trouble with his D2 coach if the coach finds out your son has been contacting D1 schools without talking to him first.

      Rick

  • shelly says:

    hi rick, my son has played for two years in the naia at a small school for basketball. he has decided to transfer to a larger school and is now considering walking on their basketball team. would he have to sit out? we have not been in contact with any of the coaches. thanks, shelly

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shelly,

      I would need more detail about your son’s situation in order to give you a definite answer. Basically, he can transfer to a Division II program without sitting out, but if going to a Division I, it will depend upon whether he was recruited to the NAIA school.

      Rick

  • Ryan says:

    Hey Rick,

    I am a student at a NJCAA college and started classes there the spring semester of my freshman year. I asked to redshirt for that season and was given that opportunity since I did not have the 12 credit hours I needed in order to play that spring. After that spring semester I was able to obtain those 12 hours but still will not have 24 in the fall. Will I be eligible to play in the fall since I only redshirted for a semester and was able to obtain 12 hours?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Ryan,

      Unless you can provide more detail about your situation, it’s probably best that you take this question to the coach or athletic administrators at your college. It’s unclear from your information if you were enrolled at the NJCAA college only as a part-time student or if you dropped below 12 credit hours of enrollment after starting the semester as a full-time student. I’m also not sure why you are saying that you won’t have 24 hours in the Fall. If you were only enrolled in the spring semester, you shouldn’t need 24 hours by the start of the Fall term.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • I’m currently enrolled in a four-year D1 school and I belong to the baseball team. I have being playing for that school for 2 seasons and almost 4 weeks ago I decided to transfer and enroll a new D1 school for the fall. I was given an athletic scholarship which I kept for these 2 years but the coach took it away completely and said he was not going to renew it.

    Since I want to transfer, I need him to release me so I have the permission to talk to other coaches but my problem is that he does not want to release me because “he cannot replace me at this time” and he will leave the team with one less pitcher.

    So what do I have to do to get the release from him?

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Estaban,

      You don’t indicate whether you requested the release in writing or not. If you haven’t done that, be sure to submit a dated written request for release to the athletic compliance office at your school. Be sure to note the date that you drop it off at the compliance office (or deliver to them by e-mail). If the school doesn’t respond to your request in a timely manner, the release can be granted by default. If they respond within the time limit and deny your request, they must inform you that a hearing opportunity is available to you and they should provide an explanation of how the hearing process works.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Will says:

    Hi Rick,
    I play football and track at a D3 school and plan on transferring to a D1 school for track only. What are the rules as far as talking to D1 coaches from a D3 school? Will the self-release do or do I need a permission form of some sort? Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Will,

      The self-release will only work if you are planning to talk to another Division III school. For track coaches at a Division I school to talk to you about a transfer, they will have to have written permission from an athletic administrator (not a coach) at your current school.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Garret says:

    Hi Rick,
    I have a big question for you. My son is a rising senior who just got released from his baseball team at the D-1 level.It was an out of state institution. He appealed his scholarship loss, but it was upheld that NCAA bylaw 15.3.3.1 was upheld. He wants to transfer to another D-1 that is an in state institution.. The problem is he attended a D-2 his freshman fall of 08 and left in the spring for a JUCO. So he is a 4-2-4-4. Is that possible to go D-1? How would he go on doing this? We need help!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Garret,

      Unfortunately, your son won’t be able to transfer to another Div. I and be immediately eligible to play this year. His options are to transfer to a Div. I and sit out this year, or transfer to Div. II or NAIA and be immediately eligible.

      Rick

      [Rick's note: One of our readers caught an error in my response above. See corrected info below.]

      • Ken says:

        The way the NCAA DII 2011-2012 Manual reads, a 4-2-4-4 transfer is not a candidate to get the one time exception to be immediately eligible because of the fact the student athlete transferred FROM a 4 year college TWICE. After researching the matter, I discovered that there is much confusion over the 4-2-4-4 dilemma and many A.D. misinterpret the rule to mean 4 to 4 ONLY and they put in the application for waiver and it’s denied. So wouldn’t that exclude him from being immediately eligible in Div.II (BASED ON THE ONE TIME EXCEPTION RULE) and the above info Garret provided regarding his son’s 4-2-4-4 transfer? Am I wrong or misguided? There are other waivers that pertain to hardship though, that could make someone immediately eligible.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Ken,

          Thanks for your sharp eyes! You are correct. I was in error in my response above. Garret’s son would not be immediately eligible at a second Div. II school, as the One-Time Transfer Exception is applied in Div. II very similar to the way it’s applied in Div. I.

          The options for a 4-2-4-4 transfer (barring a waiver from the NCAA at the Div. I or II level) are to transfer to an NAIA school and sit out one semester (NAIA has a 16-week sit out rule), or transfer to a Div. III school and be immediately eligible as long as the athlete can be certified that they would have been eligible had they stayed at the previous institution.

          Rick

    • Joe says:

      Hi Rick. I Red Shirted For Golf At A Junior College In 2004 then Played Competitively In 2005. Have Not Played For A School Since But Have TakeN classes Pretty Much Ever Since. No Full Time Semesters Though. Am I Still Eligible At A Junior College Or At A Division II?
      Thanks.

      • Rick Allen says:

        Joe,

        You may still have one year of eligibility at the JUCO level since you redshirted your first year there. Also, NCAA Div. II allows athletes up to 10 semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use up to four years of eligibility. Full-time semesters and seasons used at the JUCO level count toward the 10 semester and four season limit.

        Rick

  • Nigel says:

    I am currently an enrolled freshmen at a DII school but I am not playing any sports this year because I am partial qualifier. My question is, can I transfer to a DI school next fall and not sit out another year if I am eligible for the next year, and can I contact other coaches w/o a release since I am not an athlete at the DII school? By the way my sport is track an field

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nigel,

      You mentioned that you were not an athlete at the Div. II school, but partial qualifiers are allowed to practice with their team. If you were practicing with the team this last year, you are considered an athlete at that school. If that’s the case, you will need permission from your school before you can talk with other schools about a possible transfer.

      When you are talking to Div. I schools about a possible transfer, you’ll want to have those coaches confirm that you can be eligible at their school this year without sitting out another year.

      Good luck.

  • Nigel says:

    So since I am not eligible this year but became eligible next year (2012-2013) I would not have to sit out at a Div. I school as long as the Div. II school proves I am eligible? Also if I don’t practice at all I will not need a typr of release? Sorry for all the questions I’m just trying to get back on track

  • Steve says:

    My daughter is a non-qualifier. Can she walk-on to a D2 track and field team this fall and participate because she will not be taking any money from the athletic program?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      Nonqualifiers are not allowed to participate in practice or competition during their freshman year at the college, so she won’t be able to do this.

      • joe says:

        Hello, I attended a prepatory school for baskeball for a year after I graduated highschool. Then I attended junior college for 3 semesters. Now Im at another university for fall 2013 semester. Im transfering after this semester. My goal is to walk on to a d1 basketball program. Will I be eligible to play right away?How many years of eligibility do I have left?…I have 25 credits from my previous colleges. I was also a nonqualifier out of highschool.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Joe,

          Since you were a nonqualifier out of HS and only have 25 credits after 3 semesters at JUCO, you probably won’t be eligible to play right away at any four-year college. It appears from your info that you have 3 years left on your “five-year clock” for Div. I.

          Rick

  • Alex says:

    My daughter was asked to play soccer fall 2011 at a DI school and even got into the university without taking SAC/ACT tests, due to the school not requiring them if she had an advance diploma, high GPA and required classes. But due to her not taking those tests, she is ineligable to play in the NCAA until Spring 2012 to play.
    A junior college has asked her to come play this season fall 2011 and then just transfer back to the D1 school in fall 2012. The D1 coach said that if my daughter goes to the Junior College to play, then she can not play for the D1 school for 2yrs, is that true. We are trying to figure this out. The junior college coach says he will release her so she can go play for the D1 school, but the D1 coach is saying something different, can you shed some light on this. And a NAIA school asked her to play as well and when we asked about the SAT/ACT tests, we were told if she had two of the three requirements…i.e, high GPA and high ranking in class she could play. We are confused!!! Please help

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alex,

      That’s really unfortunate that your daughter didn’t get better guidance from her high school or club soccer coaches. I’m surprised that they didn’t impress upon her the importance of taking the ACT or SAT test. I’ll address your concerns point by point.

      1. If she chooses to enroll this Fall at the Division I school where she’s been asked to play, it will be Fall 2012 before she will be eligible to play rather than Spring 2012. She must serve two semesters (or three quarters) in residence before being eligible.
      2. The junior college coach is incorrect. As a nonqualifier, if your daughter starts out at a junior college with plans to transfer to Division I, she’ll have to attend there for at least 3 full-time semesters and must graduate from the junior college.
      3. Your daughter can play at an NAIA school without an ACT or SAT test score, since she has the high GPA and class rank. However, she’ll have to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center and be certified as eligible for NAIA competition. Go to http://www.playnaia.org for more information.

      If your daughter’s goal for soccer is Division I and she has a strong desire to do that, she has one other option. If she attends college this Fall only as a part-time student – she must be sure not to trigger full-time enrollment – she could take the ACT or SAT test this Fall to achieve the necessary score to be an NCAA Qualifier. As long as the qualifying test score is achieved before she begins full-time collegiate enrollment, she can still be a Qualifier.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Alberta says:

    Hello my daughter is a student at a D II school but does not play a sport there because she wanted to get her GPA up so she can go to her dream school (UNC) and run track. Since she does not run at the D II school will she need the release to talk to the coaches over at UNC and will she have to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alberta,

      Your daughter won’t need a release to talk to the UNC coaches according to the NCAA rules. However, the UNC athletic department may have a policy where they require a form to be sent to your daughter’s current school to confirm that she is not a student-athlete there. She should not have to sit out a year, as long as she meets the academic requirements for a 4-4 transfer student. I don’t know enough about your daughter’s situation to say for certain, so I recommend checking with the athletic compliance office at UNC.

      Best of luck to you and your daughter.

      Rick

  • Mike L. says:

    Rick,
    I have strange situation regarding my son that I think you’ll be able to help me with. Recently, my son began the process of walking-on to the local D-1 College Football team. He has met with the staff and gone through all of the motions to get this accomplished, however, he has not signed anything or registered for any classes at the local college.
    Due to some connections that we didn’t even know really existed, my son is now on the verge of being offered a scholarship at a different D-1 school for football. The coach at this new school has expressed that he is very interested in my son and wants to get him out to the school ASAP so that he can play this year, as a freshman.
    My concern is that because the contact has already been astablished with the local school, this may fall under the transfer rules and my son may have to sit out a season even though he has yet to even practice with the local school’s football team. Any advice you could give on this subject would be a tremendous help. Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      As long as your son has not participated in any practice activities at the local D-1 college, and has not attended any classes there (even if he was already registered for classes), he will not be considered a transfer student.

      Good luck to your son with this new opportunity!

      Rick

  • corey says:

    I am an amateur mma fighter in want to walk on to play football this spring for a 1-AA school. I already had some amateur fights in want to know if i am still eligible to play college sports.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Corey,

      Without knowing more about you and your background, I can’t give you a definite answer. If you are confirmed as an amateur, and have not signed with an agent for your MMA participation, it would be possible to play college football. However, it would also depend upon whether you’ve already attended college as a full-time student, and if so, for how long. And, it would depend upon your academic eligibility status as determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Matt says:

    Rick,
    I walked on a Division II football team my freshamn year. I did not like it and transfered the next fall to a Division I school and was a full time student. I did not participate in any type of athletics. I have transfered and enrolled into another Division I school within the same conference. If I were to walk-on the football team would I be eligible to play this season?
    Thanks,
    Matt

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Matt,

      The answer largely depends upon how long you participated on the Div. II football team your freshman year. If you were engaged in practice with the team beyond the first two weeks of the season, you probably won’t be eligible to play this year, but could possibly practice with the team. Because you’ve transferred between schools in the same conference, you’ll also need to check on any intraconference transfer rules that the conference may have.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Jourdyn says:

    I started off at a D1 college and was full time and then transferred and was full time.In the fall I will be part time.How many credits do I need to play D1 football?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jourdyn,

      I need more info than what you’ve provided here in order to answer your question. Info that would be helpful would be what level of school you transferred to and how many semesters you were at each place. The more info the better.

      Rick

  • Ben says:

    Rick,
    I was recruited initially by a D1 Baseball School (official visit, phone calls), but I did not ever officially commit to the school nor sign an NLI. I got in on my own, but having not attended the school yet (rising freshman), I am very interested in exploring the possibility of transferring to another D1 school, which is an ivy league school if that makes any difference. I was wondering if A. I need to contact someone in the athletic administration at my current school before even talking to the other school about transfer possibilities and B. Whether I would then have to sit out the following year if that transfer were to go through.
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ben,

      If you have not yet attended classes for your freshman year, you can talk to the Ivy League school now, and can do so without getting permission from the school you’re planning to attend this Fall. However, once you start classes as a full-time enrolled freshman, any other NCAA school you wish to talk to will need to get permission from your current school before they can talk with you about a possible transfer.

      You will have to sit out your first year at the second Division I school if you decide to transfer because you were recruited by your current school.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Joey says:

    Greetings,
    I am a student athlete currently attending a D3 school and I compete on the baseball team. I am in the process of transferring to an Ivy League school (for academic reasons, not baseball) and it is likely I will not be excepted until the Spring semester (unfortunately I don’t think I’ll get in for the Fall). Being that baseball is a Spring sport, would I be eligible to compete on the Ivy League School’s baseball team, having not been enrolled in that Ivy League school the previous semester?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Joey,

      Unfortunately, you will not be eligible to compete for an Ivy League or any Division I baseball team if you are transferring at midyear. Maybe you’ll be accepted for the Fall on short notice.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Carol Hall says:

    My son walked on at a D1 his freshman year for baseball, but was not eligible to play in the spring due to academics. We moved him closer to home to a D3 school where he got his academics back in line and played one season. He didn’t like the small school, so he went to a different D1 school as a walk on, and took the year of sitting out (I guess that was the transfer rule). Once again, he decided he didn’t like that D1 school (13 hours away, etc) and has been accepted at a D2 school. He has been told by the D2 school’s compliance person that he will have to sit out another year. Is that really the case? Is their a process to request a waiver? Who initiates that?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Carol,

      The D2 compliance person is correct. Because your son has transferred multiple times, he can’t use the one-time transfer exception for immediate eligibility. Also, because he has played within the last two years, he can’t use the Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception or the Nonrecruited Student Exception.

      A waiver process is possible, but it is up to the D2 school to determine if they feel there is sufficient reason to submit one. The majority of the time, these waivers are not approved unless the athlete can show that such transfers are due to circumstances beyond their control.

      Rick

  • Kyle says:

    Should a recruited baseball player at a D2 school want to transfer to a D1 would there be any penalty or requirement for this player to play the first season at the new school? Alternatively, could the player also transfer to a D2 school of the same conference and be eligible?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kyle,

      A player who was recruited to a D2 school would have to sit out from competition his first year after transfer to a D1 baseball program. If this player transferred from a D2 to another D2 in the same conference, eligibility would depend upon the rules of that conference. Under NCAA rules, it would be possible for that player to be immediately eligible at a second D2, but conference rules can be more strict than NCAA rules.

      Rick

  • cameron says:

    I just finished up my freshman year at a d3 college and played football and lacrosse. I decided not to go back in the fall and take classes at my local community college for the fall and I am going to enroll to a d1 school in the spring and walk-on to there program to play football.Do i still need a release form from my previous institution and if I do so and receive it can I contact the d1 school I intend to play at to visit and possibly be offered a scholarship.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Cameron,

      Thanks for your interest in our website. Your situation is one that’s more appropriate for an individual consultation. I’ll follow up with a private e-mail to you regarding your questions.

      Rick

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi,
    My daughter enrolled at a D3 school, planning to play lacrosse. Several factors have made her realize she has made the wrong decision (coaching change, social situation at the school, distance). She has contacted a D1 school closer to home and they seem interested. A few questions, are there eligibility issues? Would she be required to sit out/redshirt in the spring?
    If so would she still be able to practice with the team. Also given that she will be staying at the current school for one semester and there is a fall ball season should she participate in that or would that cause issues? She wants to be sure to maintain conditioning and skills but not harm eligibility.
    Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your interest in our services. Your daughter’s situation is one that’s more appropriate for an individual consultation. I’ll follow up with a private e-mail to you regarding your questions.

      Rick

  • Mike says:

    Hi,
    If you are a D1 soccer player and have decided to quit with three years of eligibility and want to transfer to a different college can you keep playing for the rest of the season when you have to enroll into the other college in october?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      As long as you remain enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) at your current college, you can keep playing for the rest of the season even if you will be enrolling in October for classes at another college.

      Good luck with your transfer!

      Rick

  • richard ertel says:

    My son went to a D3 school to play soccer. He withdrew from school 7 days after the start of the semester and 5 games into the soccer season. He attended class and played a little in one soccer game. He was not happy at the school and started to get serious panic attacks while attending class. Since we were not sure how serious his medical conditon was and he said he wanted to come home, we allowed him to withdraw from school before he incurred the full charges at the school. Assuming his medical conditon allows him to play in the future, is there a way for him to go to another school and play sports without sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Richard,

      Your son’s chances of transferring without sitting out a year will be greatly improved if he can obtain a medical absence waiver for withdrawing from school due to his medical condition. However, one key question is whether a medical professional will state for the record that his condition was serious enough to merit totally withdrawing from classes for the semester. Otherwise, if he earns no credit hours this semester, it is likely that he will have to sit out a year (or maybe just one semester if he considers an NAIA school).

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Thia says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son just started his freshman yr at a d3, very good academic school. He is a baseball player and chose this college for both academics and baseball. He had several conversations and emails with head coach regarding his program and the tryout process. After a few captain practices and a few official coach practices, a fall varsity roster was selected. My son was selected for the jv team, no jv practices until march. Since the coach wasn’t upfront with the specifics of the jv team ie no practices for jv until spring and the selection process all together, not being upfront with incoming transfers, other freshman players at same position, my son is thinking about transferring. What are his options. He is thinking about transferring this spring or fall to another d3. Will he have to sit out at all? Need permission to speak with other d3 coaches? are there any ncaa rules for spring transfers to play baseball?

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Thia,

      You obviously have a lot of questions about your son’s situation. This is more appropriate for an individual consultation. I’ll follow up with a private e-mail to you regarding your questions.

      Rick

  • Z Shinall says:

    I am playing for a D3 college and plan on transferring next year to a D2 or D1 program how do you have any tips for me on how to get a D1 or D2 program to look at me other than just sending them e-mails? Also since I did not sign a letter of intent because it is D3 do I have to get a release letter from my coach to transfer next year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Zach,

      Even though you didn’t sign a letter of intent, you’ll still need written permission from your current school before coaches at a DI or DII program will be able to talk to you about a possible transfer. You’ll need to have video that you can send to coaches in order to get them to look at you, either from this upcoming season or from summer league games.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Z Shinall says:

        Thank you,

        New question I have been contacted by a coach, but like you said he said I would need a baseball release form from my coach or the AD what would this do for my upcoming season?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Zach,

          If you request a release before your season even starts, you probably won’t get much playing time. Your current coach will have no incentive to help you improve if you’re leaving after one year. Also, consider how you will get video to show other coaches if you’re not playing this spring.

          Rick

  • mary says:

    Ok my son goes to D2 college was recruited as a pitcher with scholarship. Played out in the field just about every game in freshman year, did not pitch but a very few games! Now a sophomore the coach wants to make him just a pitcher this year! He said he would not be happy to be sitting the bench after playing every game last year waiting to pitch! What would he have to do to transfer him to another D2 college? If they find out he is going to transfer can they take his scholarship away? What is the regulations of scholarships taken away?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mary,

      Walking you through the transfer process and explaining scholarship regulations is more appropriate for an individual consultation. I’ll follow up with a private e-mail to you regarding your questions.

      Rick

  • Rob says:

    My son attended a D1 school in 2010 for 3 weeks and then withdrew from the school as it was not what he had expected. He went through a week of practice for baseball prior to his withdrawing. He was not offered a schlorship at anytime nor did the school pay for his visit. The coach saw he at a local showcase event and called and said they were interested in him playing for the school, he went to this school as a walk on. He is now at another D1 school and would like to try to walk on to their baseball team and we would like to know if he is eligible to play this year.

  • Justin says:

    I redshirted a year at a 4 year NAIA School, then transferred to a 4 year NCAA D1 school but never played. So far I am in my first semester of school at the D1 school and i want to play next year at a D2 school. Will I be eligible my first year at the D2 school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Justin,

      Because you will have transferred twice between four-year schools, you will not be eligible in your first year at the Div. II school UNLESS you can satisfy the Two-Year Nonparticipation or Minimal Participation Exception. This exception requires that during the two years immediately prior to your planned participation at the Div. II school that you have not competed and have not participated in any practice activities beyond a limited 14-day “tryout” period.

      Contact me directly if you need additional information.

      Rick

  • John says:

    My son was recruited and on an academic scholarship at a division 1 baseball school for two full years. The very next fall semester he transferred as a recruited walk on at a division 2 school and practiced for a month in the fall but is wanting to transfer back to the division 1 school he originially started at. Would he be able to participate in games the spring semester right away at the division 1 school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      Your son will not be eligible to compete this spring semester if he transfers back to the Division I school. Because he has participated in practice activities at two schools, he will have to sit out a year from competition, even if he returns to the same school he started at.

      Rick

  • Chris says:

    Hi
    I played at a D-1 football program right out of highschool in 2007 as a preferred walk on and red shirted. I was only there a year and transferred to another D-1 program to play in 2008 but got hurt before spring ball started so i only was there a semester for just school. I have since then just been at a community college getting my 2 year degree but am transferring in spring to a D1-AA school and am wondering how much eligibility i would have left since my only athletic time in college was one year in 2007 as a red shirt.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Because Division I goes by the “five-year clock” during which an athlete can use four years of eligibility, you won’t have any eligibility remaining. Your “clock” will expire at the end of this academic year. If you’ve had semesters in which you were only enrolled part-time, or perhaps not at all, Division II might be a possibility.

      Rick

  • robert says:

    I am currently attending a D2 school for baseball i do not like the school and i am wandering if i could transfer to a juco for the spring semester and can i get in contact with a juco coach without telling my d2 coach?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Robert,

      There is no rule that you must get permission from your current school before talking to a juco coach. But there are other things to keep in mind.

      First off, it is quite possible that the first person a juco coach will call after you speak with them is your current Div. II coach. The juco coach may want to ask what kind of player you are and what kind of person you are off the field. How will that impact the rest of your current semester of practices or scrimmages?

      Also, did you sign a National Letter of Intent with the Div. II school? If so, that might still impact you even after you go to a juco.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Keanolani says:

    Hello Rick,
    I have a son recruited by a NAIA school in 2010 for baseball, did not play in an official game with the school, spent 1 semester on campus. Transfered the next semester to a DII school, did not play in any official capacity, 2 semesters on campus. He has always been a full-time student. Would like to transfer to another school to play baseball. Will he have to sit out 1 year at a NCAA school? At another NAIA school will he also have to sit out 1 year?
    Any advice is greatly appreciated,
    Keanolani

    • Rick Allen says:

      Keanolani,

      Depending upon your son’s amount of participation in practice activities at the NAIA school and at the Division II school, he will probably have to sit out one year because he’ll be a two-time transfer if he transfers to another Division II school. If he transfers to another NAIA program, he may be able to be immediately eligible since he hasn’t played in any games so far.

      Rick

  • John says:

    Rick, My son walked on at a D1 baseball program and is thinking of transferring at semester to a junior college if he doesn’t make the team. The question I have is since he is D1 eligible does he have to complete 2 years and get the 2 year degree before signing with another D1 or D2 school. He was not a recruited walk-on.

    Thanks,
    John

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      Your son will not have to complete two years and graduate from the junior college if he is going to a Division II school. He’ll have to earn 12 hours of transferable degree credit for each term of attendance at the juco.

      If he chooses to go to another Division I program, he won’t have to complete two years, but will have to graduate with an Associates degree.

      Rick

  • Z Shinall says:

    What exactly is a red shirt? also does being red-shirted mean you are on the roster?

    thank you,

    zach

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Zach,

      The term “redshirt” simply means that an athlete did not participate at all against any outside team or competitors in any game or scrimmage and has not used one of their four seasons of competition.

      Being “redshirted” usually means an athlete was on the roster and practicing, but did not play in any games. In reality, however, it’s no different than any other student who was not even a member of the team because they did not participate in any games for their team that season and have not used a “season of competition.”

      Rick

  • kyle says:

    Rick, my son was in his first year at a NCAA D II school, he played as well and in this season he had to transfer to some NAIA college, and he also is playing.However in the next season he wants to play NCAA D II again, but for another college different from the first one. Can you explain for me if he can transfer again, without any issues and still be able to play his next season without sit up? It is possible two transfer, 4-4-4?

    thank you
    Kyle

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kyle,

      It is possible to be a 4-4-4 transfer and be able to be immediately eligible at the third four-year school, but that’s only possible in limited situations. It is not likely in your son’s situation since he played at the first two four-year schools. In this case, he will be ineligible during his first year at the second Division II program.

      Rick

  • Fred says:

    A scholarship athlete at a division 2 redshirts his first semester. Can he transfer at end of semester to Walk on at D1 and be elgible for spring football or next season… Cause of transfer is too far from home

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Fred,

      An athlete in this situation would be able to transfer at the end of Fall semester (assuming he is released by the Division II school) to a Division I school and be able to practice in spring football, but would not be eligible to play in games for the Division I until Fall 2013. At that point, he’ll have three years of football eligibility remaining. Also, since you said he’s a scholarship athlete at the Division II program, he’ll need a release from the National Letter of Intent unless he completes one full year at the Division II.

      Rick

      • Fred says:

        Ok thanks. Is there any type of transfer waiver where he could play that year? Such as a family problem which causes the transfer.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Fred,

          A waiver to allow him to be immediately eligible is possible, but it will need to be filed by the Division I program’s compliance office. Some programs will not submit such a waiver unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

          Rick

  • Lucas says:

    Dear Rick,

    I am brazilian and I studied one year in a college in Brazil, but there is not soccer program over there. This year I transfer to a NAIA College, in Arkansas and I am playing my first season, so I have more three season after that. But maybe I want to transfer to another college. Do you think when I transfer to another U.S. college, i will have any issues? or I will be eligible to play my second season in the first year on the new college?
    Thank you

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Lucas,

      If you transfer to another college that is a member of NAIA, you probably won’t have any issues since they will be under the same set of governing rules as your current school – as long as you make satisfactory academic progress at the school you’re currently attending.

      If you transfer to a school that is a member of NCAA Division I or II, you’ll have to register with and be certified for your amateurism eligibility through the NCAA Eligibility Center. You’ll have to answer a number of questions about your soccer participation in Brazil before coming to the NAIA college. Your ability to play right away upon transfer to an NCAA program will depend a lot upon your answers to those amateurism questions, and as I mentioned before, your academic progress at the school you’re currently attending.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Francis says:

    Hey Rick,

    I’m a Division II baseball player and I want to transfer to another Division II school to play and continue my education. Do I have to redshirt that following year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Good morning,

      You won’t have to sit out (redshirt) during that first year when you transfer to another Division II school as long as your current school will agree to let you use the one-time transfer exception, and as long as they can certify that you would have been eligible if you were returning to their school for the following semester rather than transferring elsewhere.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • MIKE says:

    RICK, NOT SURE IF YOU CAN HELP, BUT THAT IS WAS WORTH A TRY…..I’M 43 AND A GRADUATE OF A D1 SCHOOL. DURING MY TIME THERE, I RED SHIRTED AS A FRESHMAN SOCCER PLAYER AND PLAYED SOPH. THRU SENIOR YEAR. I’M LOOKING TO GO BACK TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AT A NAIA SCHOOL AND WAS WONDERING IF I COULD USE MY LAST YEAR OF ELIGABILITY SINCE THERE IS NO AGE RESTRICTIONS IN NAIA. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE.

    MIKE

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Based on my review of the NAIA rules, it appears that you won’t be eligible to participate as a graduate student because you didn’t attend the same NAIA school as an undergrad. If you have a particular NAIA school in mind that you’ll be attending, you may want to contact them to see if there are any waivers or exceptions that I didn’t find in their handbook.

      If you’re open to attending an NCAA Division II school for your graduate degree, that might be a possibility for your last year of eligibility. Contact me directly via the contact info on the website if you’d like more info on this.

      Rick

  • Isaiah says:

    Hey Rick,
    I’m a played baseball in high school but my college does not field a team. Because of this I just play in summer leagues. I’m a senior with one semester to go and then ill graduate this may. My friend told me about a similar small school to mine that has a ncaa d3 baseball team. It made me wonder if I transfered there would I still be eligible to play? Also I wondered if I graduated from my school could I go there next year for another undergrad program and still have a year of eligibility left? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!
    -Isaiah

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Isaiah,

      I will need more information from you about your summer league team and about your plans or ideas for transfer in order to give you the appropriate advice. Call or e-mail me directly via the contact info on the website so we can share more info and discuss your options.

      Rick

  • Vincent Smith says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son was recruited to a div 3 college to play basketball. After 4 games into the season he and the coach decided to part ways. His sophomore year he attended same school without playing. Now in his junior year, he transfers to another div 3 program( with sophomore eligibility) to walk on and is cut during tryouts. If he transfers a third time to another div 3 or 2 school, must he sit out if he is not recruited and walks-on? Thanks for your comment.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Vincent,

      Based on the facts you’ve provided, your son would need to sit out if he transfers to a Division II school. However, if he transfers to another Division III, he would not have to sit out if his current institution can certify that he would have been eligible academically and athletically if he chose to stay there.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Linda Hosch says:

    Hi, My son is attending a D11 school on a football scholarship. He has expressed to me that he misses Baseball and is thinking about transferring and then playing baseball this Spring. He is a red-shirt freshman. He is not sure where he would go play. Possible a junior college. Would he be eligible to play on the team as early as this spring? Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, it is quite possible that he could be eligible to play this spring at another school. But there are a number of factors to be considered. I’ll follow up with an e-mail directly to you.

      Rick

  • Charl says:

    My son is a red shirt freshman for baseball at a D1 school. He was recruited his senior year of high school and signed a letter of intent. He was given no money last year but was given a small scholarship this year. He is thinking about transferring to another program. Since he is a red shirt and has not played in any games, #1 does he have to get a release from the coach? and #2 would he have to sit out for a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Charl,

      Your son will need to get permission from his current school before he can talk to other NCAA programs about a possible transfer. This is true whether or not he is getting a baseball scholarship.

      He will have to sit out a year if he is going to another Division I program. If he goes to Division II or NAIA, he can be immediately eligible as long as his academics are in order and his current school can state that he would be eligible if he were staying at that school.

      Good luck,

      Rick

      • Charl says:

        Thank you for your reply. Does this also apply to JuCo schools? And he would have to sit out even if he is a red shirt?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Charl,

          This doesn’t apply to JUCO programs. He can talk to JUCO coaches without getting permission from his current school, and would be eligible to play immediately.

          Even though he is a redshirt, he would still have to sit out if he goes to another Div. I program.

          Rick

  • Chris says:

    Hey, so I’m a preferred walk on red shirt freshman at a DII school but due to distance I am looking to transfer, the school I am interested in is a DIII school. I was wondering if I need to get a permission to contact form filed before I am able to talk to the DIII coach, and if I did transfer would I have to sit out a season.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Chris,

      You will have to have written permission from your Div. II school before coaches at Div. III schools will be able to talk with you about a transfer. You won’t have to sit out a season if your current school can certify that you would be eligible if you were staying there rather than transferring.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Dave says:

    My son is a freshman at a D-3 school playing baseball, he has been asking if he could transfer to a D-2 school next year and if he had to sit out one year if he did. I know the basic rule is yes, but not fully understanding the “exception” criteria. can you help clear this up?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dave,

      Your son can transfer to a Div. II school next year and be immediately eligible as long as his current school will certify that he would have been eligible had he stayed rather than transferring.

      Good luck to your son,

      Rick

      • Dave says:

        Thanks Rick,

        I assume same for D1, not that it is an option!

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Dave,

          Not necessarily the same. It will depend upon whether your son was recruited by his Div. III school. If so, he can’t be immediately eligible at a Div. I program. I know, doesn’t seem to make much sense if a player is going to Div. I from Div. III, but that’s the way it is.

          See our article on the Definition of a Recruited Athlete. The signing of an athletic scholarship agreement or a National Letter of Intent doesn’t apply for Div. III schools, but the other three actions apply the same in Div. III as in Div. I and II.

          Rick

  • chris says:

    Hi Rick,
    Lots to learn here, thanks. I understand the difference between walk on and recruited walk on, but what is preferred walk on?

    1. Son, freshman, attending and playing DI Fall baseball program as a recruited walk-on, was cut (with general reasons, nothing specific-which is hard to learn, grow and get better). From what I’m reading he meets the recruiting criteria so he cannot transfer from one D-I baseball program to another D-I without sitting out a year, correct? If son decides to go to new D1 assuming the new D1 can pave the way to being accepted for the winter/spring semester, what can he do baseball wise for the year sitting out? Just be a student or if the new D1 allows, can he workout with team, etc.

    2. Can He transfer to D2 and play this year? Can athletic $/scholarship be given?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Frankly, the term “preferred walk-on” is defined by the coach using that term. It’s not a term that is recognized by the NCAA rules, so it’s up to the coach as to what they mean by it. It often means that the player doesn’t have to go through a tryout, but there’s not guarantee that they have a spot on the team.

      If you son transfers to another Div. I program, he won’t be able to practice with the team this Spring unless they are willing to have him on the 35-man roster (not likely since he won’t be eligible to play). He can transfer to Div. II and play this year, and can receive a scholarship if available.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Martin says:

    Hey,

    I am a walk on D3 basketball player and I was considering transferring to a D2 program, or a D1 program. Will I have to sit a year or will I be eligible to play next fall.

  • Edwin Arias says:

    My son plays baseball and just had a great offer from Div. II school
    He’s signing early (fall) because he’s afraid he will not get that offer in April.
    My question is; if he sign Div II and them change nge his mind with a Div 1,
    Does he to sits for the whole year?

  • Anne says:

    As a freshman, my son was a non recruited walk-on at a 4 year Div II baseball program. His second year he played at a junior college and graduated with an associates degree. His third year he went to a Div I program as a nonrecruited walk-on, practiced with the team in the fall but was redshirted in the spring. This year (3rd year baseball, 4th year academic) he again practiced in the fall but was told he will probably not be on the 35 man spring roster. Can he transfer to a Div II without sitting or is his only oprion Div III?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Anne,

      Your son’s option for immediate eligibility is Division III as long as his current school can certify that he would be eligible if he were staying at that school. NAIA may also be a viable option.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Anne says:

        Since he wasn’t recruited, couldn’t he use the one time transfer rule?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Anne,

          The One-Time Transfer Exception can only be used when you have not transferred previously from one four-year school to another. Because your son has transferred multiple times, he can’t use that Exception.

          Rick

          • Anne says:

            I forgot to tell you that my son was never on the roster for the Division I team. I had said he was redshirted but actually he only practiced with them in the fall but was never on the roster. Would this help with the transfer exception?

            He played at a Division II for freshman year, then at a JUCO for 1 year and graduated so he had to go to a four year school to continue his education, he didn’t actually transfer to the Division I. He was accepted there for the business school. He was trying to walk on for baseball.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Anne,

            The points you’ve cited won’t make any difference. Because your son is a multiple transfer and doesn’t qualify for the One-Time Transfer Exception, his options are Div. III or possibly NAIA.

            Rick

  • Morgan says:

    I ran track for a DII school for 2 years (2008-2010), started my third season (2011) but decided to move home in February, without competing in any scheduled meets. Could I transfer to a DI school and still have eligibility if I transferred this spring, 2012?

    • Morgan says:

      I just looked into it further and I DID jump at three meets going into my third season (Dec 2010-Jan 2011) (pre-season meets)? I don’t know if that matters. I did get on the national provisional list at them.

      • Rick Allen says:

        Hi Morgan,

        With your updated info about the three meets in the 2010-11 academic year, you’ve got one year of eligibility remaining. If you transfer to a Division I program for Spring 2012, you could possibly be immediately eligible under the one-time transfer rule. However, given the fact that you decided to move home in February, it is more likely that you will have to sit out from competition your first two semesters at a Div. I because you may not satisfy the degree requirements for eligibility. You would still have a season of eligibility remaining for Spring 2013.

        Good luck!

        Rick

  • Diane says:

    Hello – my daughter is being recruited by a D2 college to play basketball. She went on an official visit a few weeks ago. The coach calls my daughter weekly and continues to tell her he is very intrested in her. Tonight when he called be asked her to go online and complete the school application. The reality is that unless she receives a scholarship she can’t go to the school. Is it appropriate for me to contact the coach and ask if she is being considered for a scholarship? And be honest about where we stand? I am a single parent. My daughter has already decided if she doesn’t receive a scholarship she will go to a junior college for two years and transfer. I need advise on how to bring this up with the coach?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Diane,

      I think it would be best if we talk on the phone so I can 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

  • Robert says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshmen and was recruited to play Div 1 soccer and received a partial scholarship. When the season started my son and the coach had a falling out and he only played a total of 45 minutes during the season. He is very upset about his current status on the team and is considering transferring. What are his options were can he go or apply so he does NOT have to sit out next year. Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Robert,

      In the sport of soccer, your son can transfer to any other institution and be immediately eligible to play as long as the school he is currently at agrees to his use of the one-time transfer exception and can certify that he would be eligible if he were returning to that school rather than transferring. Other things to consider are that he may need a release from the National Letter of Intent if he doesn’t stay at his current school for the full academic year, and he may not be able to transfer within the same conference without some sort of penalty or restriction on his first year at the new school.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Robert says:

        Thanks Rick, just to be really clear He has to get released from the current school before he can reach out to a different one, correct? So his future depends on what the current coach wants to do or say? Can I as a parent talk to other school coaches on his behalf?
        Thanks again.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Robert,

          If your son, or you on his behalf, contact coaches at another school about a possible transfer, those coaches should say something along the lines of “we’ll be happy to talk to you when we have written permission from your current school.” If he is denied permission to speak to particular schools, then he must be given a hearing opportunity to appeal that decision.

          Rick

  • Bob says:

    Hi Rick,

    My son is currently a Freshman at a D-1 baseball program and is considering transferring to a Junior College in the Spring. My question is would he be eligible to transfer to another D-1 next season since he would be going to the Juco or would he have to play his Sophomore year as well at the Junior College ? He is currently a non-scholarship player right now because he decided late but was recruited and offered during his Senior Season of High School.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Bob,

      In this situation as you’ve described it, he would have to play his sophomore year at the Junior College, so that he can graduate. He would not have to do so if he were to transfer to a Div. II program.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • pauric says:

    Rick,

    I am currently a freshman in an NAIA school but I previously attended a 4year college in Ireland (Did not compete) and completed 1 year and 15hours of credit transferred over but I got 4 years eligibility from naia clearinghouse. I found out today that my scholarship is being cut for unfair reasons and I was hoping to transfer to a D1 school. I competed the first semester in XC. I was hoping you could tell me What my status stands at?
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      First off, to transfer to NCAA Div. I, your amateurism status would have to be determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Not knowing that, I can’t tell you with certainty what your status would be. I suggest these steps:

      1. Talk to the compliance coordinator at your NAIA school to ask if you can appeal your scholarship being cut.
      2. Request permission to talk to Div. I schools about a possible transfer.
      3. Div. I schools you speak with may ask you to fill out a historical questionnaire and assess your eligibility status.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Adrian says:

    Hi Rick,

    I played soccer and received a half scholarship at a NJCAA school my freshman year. Then I transferred to a NCAA D1 school for my sophomore year but i did not play soccer because they don’t have a soccer varsity team. I am now planning on transferring again to another D1 school to play soccer. If i were to make the team, would i be eligible to play in the fall 2012 at the start of my junior year?
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Adrian,

      Assuming that your academics will be in order and that you will have earned the required GPA and number of hours to be eligible in your third year of college enrollment, you can be eligible to play in Fall 2012. The fact that your current school doesn’t sponsor soccer as a varsity sport will make your transfer process easier.

      Good luck,

      Rick

      • Adrian says:

        Thank you so much Rick! Just to make sure, I need 48 credits and a minimum 2.00 GPA for me to eligible right?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Yes. Also, those 48 credits will need to be transferable to your new Div. I university, and you’ll have to have 40% of the requirements for your chosen degree program completed. You’ll also have to have your amateurism status certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

          Rick

          • Adrian says:

            Thank you again Rick. Also I started filling out the NCAA eligibility center, however I’m not sure whether to put in my current info and all of my college courses I have taken so far or to fill in my info as if I am still in high school? Also could I still have qualifier status if I register now? and if I did, would my qualifier status change any of the academic requirements I need to be eligible to transfer?
            Thank you once again Rick really appreciate it.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Adrian,

            We’re getting into more detailed questions, so I think it would be best if we talk on the phone or via private e-mail. I’ll follow up with a personal e-mail to you.

            Rick

  • Tom says:

    My son has a half scholarship at d1aa for football but wants to transfer and walkon to a d1a program. If this occurs does transferring from a div 1aa to div1a require sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tom,

      If your son transfers from a FCS program (stands for Football Championship Subdivision – formerly called Div. I-AA Football) to an FBS program (Football Bowl Subdivision – formerly Div. I-A football), he will be required to sit out a year, but could still be eligible to practice with the team. He will have to sit out because he is on a football scholarship at his current school.

      Rick

  • Joey says:

    My brother is currently playing on a full-ride baseball scholarship at a D2 school. He does not really like the school and plans on transferring after this year and season. Is he allowed to email the coach of the D1 school he wants to transfer to or is anyone allowed to contact the D1 school since he is still at the D2 school. He knows he will have to sit out a year.
    Thanks,
    Joey

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Joey,

      If your brother (or you) contacts a Div. I coach to inquire about a possible transfer, that coach should say that he’ll have to get permission from your brother’s current school before talking about a transfer. Also, understand that such an inquiry may trigger a call from that coach to your brother’s current coach to ask why he’s considering a transfer.

      Rick

      • Joey says:

        what if he is not trying to tell his current coach yet, what should he do?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Joey,

          You’ve touched on the trickiest part of any transfer situation. Coaches talk to other coaches regularly, so even if your brother sends an e-mail to a Div. I coach and asks him to keep it confidential, it is quite possible that the Div. I coach will call your brother’s current coach and ask what kind of a player he is on the field, and what kind of person he is off the field. If he doesn’t want his current coach to know that he’s thinking about a transfer, then he shouldn’t tell anybody until it’s closer to the end of the season in the spring.

          That is one of the reasons that when a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent with a school, they are committed to that school for one year. They should use the full year to determine whether or not they will be happy at that school.

          Rick

          • Joey says:

            it will be his second year at the d2 school. He has decided to wait until the spring to inform his coach most likely. I guess he will probably wait to contact another coach or have me or his old coach contact the d1 school also
            thanks

  • Evan says:

    I am currently a freshman at d3 school. I participated in 2 weeks of summer football camp at my university before breaking my arm so i was cut. My current university does not have the major i want so i was hoping to transfer to a d2 university and walk on. Am i under ncaa transfer rules or can i transfer and walk on without sitting a year because i am not on the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Evan,

      You might be surprised to learn that the answer to both of your questions is “Yes.” You are under NCAA transfer rules because you participated in practice activities for two weeks. And, you can transfer and walk-on to a Div. II program without sitting a year because Div. II doesn’t have the same rule that Div. I does.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Sean Simmons says:

    Hello My name is Sean Simmons. I am a freshman At Malone University and I want to transfer to a D1 school next semster. I began Malone this august, but I want to leave the school. If obtain 15 credit hours, would I be eligibile to transfer to the D1 school for January and be able to practice and compete right away?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Sean,

      I need more information to be able to provide you some advice. What is your sport (and will you be transferring in the same sport), were you recruited (see our blog on the NCAA definition of a recruited student-athlete), and are you on athletic scholarship? Depending upon your sport, have you competed this Fall?

      Rick

  • RC says:

    Daughter plays Juco basketball 2nd season and is considering transfering next semester (Jan ’12) to a D3 school for academic reasons. She also has a NAIA school interested for 2012/2013 for basketball. Is it possible to transfer mid season from the jc school and play at the D3 or NAIA school in the same yr or would she have to sit out until next season? She will not have her AA but has 56 credit hrs. Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi RC,

      It is possible to transfer from the JUCO at midyear if the JUCO can certify that she would be academically and athletically eligible if she were staying there rather than transferring. Keep in mind that she could be charged with two seasons of eligibility by playing for two schools within the same season.

      Rick

  • mike cherry says:

    How are you doing i went to a JUCO for the last 2 years and i wanted to walk on to play basketball at the D1 school i am at now but i did not graduate from my JUCO will i still be able to play since i am a walk on and i was not recruited here?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Your eligibility to play Div. I basketball will depend upon your credit hours and GPA earned at the JUCO, as well as the degree program you are currently enrolled in. In turn, what you are required to earn will depend upon whether you were classified as a Qualifier for Div. I when you graduated from high school. I suggest you contact the compliance office at the Div. I school you’re attending. They can give you more details.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Mike says:

    Rick,
    my son is currently in his first semester as a freshman at a D1 school. He is there on a baseball scholarship but has been still getting calls from other D1 coaches. Can he transfer to another D1 prior to his 2nd semester and be able to play without sitting out a year?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Any coaches from other Div. I schools that are calling your son (even if they are just doing it because they became friendly during the recruiting process) are violating NCAA rules, unless he has received permission to talk to other schools. Do you want your son going to a school where they violate the rules like that?

      If he transfers to another Div. I program he will not be eligible until Spring 2013.

      Rick

      • Mike says:

        I figured that to be the case, but wasn’t quite sure. Some coaches are willing to cross those lines and as a parent I really don’t need my son getting caught up in the middle of that kind of mess. Thanks Rick!

  • Steve says:

    I am currently playing at a DIII school in the northeast and I want to transfer to a Division II school out west for next year, would I have to sit out a year if I am a walk on or no?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      I need more information to be able to provide you some advice. What is your sport (and will you be transferring in the same sport), were you recruited (see our blog on the NCAA definition of a recruited student-athlete), and are you on athletic scholarship? Depending upon your sport, have you competed this Fall?

      Rick

      • Steve says:

        Ok well I started out at a D2 school in the Northeast for baseball but I had to transfer to the D3 school I’m at now because of my financial situation, I have not contacted anyone or been recruited at all by the school I would like to transfer to and I would be playing baseball, I did compete in fall ball at the Division 3 school I’m at now.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Steve,

          Because you’ve already transferred once between four-year schools, you will have to sit out next year if you transfer to a Div. II school out west as you’d like to do.

          Good luck!

          Rick

          • Steve says:

            What if I were to transfer to another D3?

          • Rick Allen says:

            Steve,

            You can be immediately eligible at a Div. III school if your current school can certify that you would be athletically and academically eligible if you were staying at that school rather than transferring.

            Good luck!

            Rick

  • Mia says:

    My son is a freshman D1 soccer player. He is on partial scholarship. He refused bigger money for because they offered immediate play time. He tested in top 2 in fitmess arriving at school so was ready. He was promised alot during his recruitment and I sat with him at many of the meetings and know what he was told and promised and saw what happened even with lots of injuries on the team. The “we need you now” was appealing and the coach well exprerienced in marketing knew how to do quite a “sell”. Long story short, the coach is not a good fit at all as he has issues and his psychological games exhausting. His experience is miserable and he wants to leave in Spring. The school he turned down at the last minute is where he wants to go. Coach will not release him. Does he under any scenario have to sit our more than 1 year. The coach keeps telling him two, but I think he counts the year of eligibility he loses. I want to make sure that he actually only sits out one year. It is that bad that he will face that penalty and at least practice in a more positive situation than sit through a toxic one. Can they give him both the NLI year sit out and an additional year for not granting one time transfer. Apparently the effect on their APR is also a driving factor. Thanks for response on the max penalty a player can receive leaving after their first semester.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mia,

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

      Rick

  • Brian says:

    Rick:

    Have long been aware of your site and thank you for encouraging me to post this. Am aware of a situation that bodes well for the right candidate. Good athletic scholarship money for an accomplished pitcher who wants to transfer to a warm weather, top tier D2 program (national top 3 in wins over the past 30 years) — eligible Spring ’12. Coach is a class act with a sterling national reputation and has a special group this year. One more quality arm could possibly makes the difference in a CWS appearance…and give a deserving pitcher a chance to end his college career with a bang.

    Frankly, I’m sick of college coaches who dump their senior’s scholly money and assume that the player will stay because he has no other options. Ideal situation for quality D1 senior who had scholarship money cut after giving 3 years to the program or for a pitcher with good stats from a top summer league and was leaving his current school at the winter break. School of 6-8000 is located in one of the most beautiful cities in America.

    I know it’s late and all, but, we’ve been through this particular drill ourselves my son made a similar move to this school (900 miles away) late in July of last year after an all-league selection in his east coast college summer league and batting over .300 soph year at his D1. He is exceedingly happy on and off the field…just wanted to share the wealth. How else is a deserving player going to find out about situations like this one?

    Rick, please share your first hand impressions of this type of “opportunity”. BTW, I may be reached at 443 799 6720 if there is a direct or private question that someone has on this matter.

  • Mike says:

    if joining the military this up coming summer, i will be missing next years fall semester. Will i be eligible to play d3 baseball in the spring? i am currently on the team i will just be taking off one semester

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      As long as you are eligible at the conclusion of this upcoming spring semester so that the school can certify you would be eligible if you were going to be on campus next Fall, you should be eligible and “good to go” for Spring 2013. Check with the athletic administrators on campus to confirm with them, but you should be in good shape.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Jane Howard says:

    My son was recruited by a number of D1 schools and signed a letter of intent and was given a scholarship. In the end it was still not enough money for us to be able to afford fro him to go to that school so he went to another a school as a walk on though they told him he was a preferred walk on. He received no money. The coach had talked to him at a clinic a few years back and told him he was interested. Never got a letter nor did the coach ever call him to pursue him .
    It didnt work out for him and now he wants to try and play at another D1 school. Would he have to Redshirt as a transfer or would he be allowed an exception since he was a walk on and did not make the team.
    Also does he need permission to contact other coaches?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jane,

      I think it would be best if we talk on the phone so I can get some additional information on your son’s situation. This will allow me to provide the most appropriate information. I will follow up with a personal e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • Inquiring Father says:

    Hello, My son currently competes at a large Division I school in a large conference, he competes in xc, and track. He will be graduating this summer and is looking to pursue a masters from either his alma mater or in particular, one of three different ivy league schools. He has a full year of eligibility remaining (xc, indoor track, outdoor track). Since the ivy league is somewhat unique in only four years of eligibility, would he be able to use his last year of eligibility in the ivy league being that it his technically his fifth year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Inquiring,

      I am making some assumptions based on the information you provided. If any of these assumptions are not accurate, my response may change.

      If your son started his collegiate enrollment in Fall ’08, then ’12-’13 will be his fifth year. You stated that he’ll be graduating this summer, so I’m assuming he’s graduating in 4 years (Congrats!). Also, it appears that he’ll have a full year of eligibility remaining AFTER this current ’11-’12 year. So, he can use his last year at an Ivy League school as long as he satisfies the requirements of the one-time transfer rule (hasn’t previously transferred from one four-year school to another, and his current school can certify that he would be eligible if he were returning to that school rather than transferring).

      As I’m sure you’re aware, Division I allows athletes a five-year “clock” during which they can use their four years of eligibility. If your son has had a redshirt year (or different redshirt years in the sports of xc, indoor, and outdoor track separately) along the way, he should be able to use his last year of eligibilty during ’12-’13. If the Ivy League has a rule that is more restrictive than this, you may have to speak with the Ivy League office or one of the schools your son is considering.

      Let me know if there’s other info that should be considered.

      Rick

      • Inquiring Father says:

        Thanks for the quick response. Yes, he will be graduating in four years, (redshirted a full year along the way), but you brought up a point I dont think he has considered either. He transferred from a DIII to the current DI school he is at right now after his sophomore year, (now a senior). Would the transfer rule apply if he had fully graduated, and then used his final year of eligibility elsewhere? Thank you for your time.

        • Rick Allen says:

          If he wants to compete during his 5th year of the “five-year clock”, his best option is to remain at the school he is currently attending for graduate school. He can’t utilize the one-time transfer exception if he’s already transferred from a Div. III school to his current Div. I program. It also is possible that he could use his last year of eligibility if he transfers to another Div. III school, if he’s interested in considering that option.

          Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

          Rick

          • inquiring father says:

            Hey Rick, I found my way may back to this site since you had been so helpful in the past. Just a recap of my son, He transferred from a DIII school to a Div I school after his sophomore year. He is now about to graduate, with a full year left of elgibility. He is looking to grad school and his alma mater only offers an MS, instead of a PHD. He wants to go to a school in pursuit of his PHD, would he still have to sit out a year if he transferred to another Div I institution? I had heard that if his previous school did not offer what he was pursuing than it would negate the double transfer penalty, but am uncertain of the validity of this claim? any help is greatly appreciated as i cannot find any information elsewhere.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Inquiring,

            What you had heard is most likely a misunderstanding of one of the ten Div. I transfer exceptions. There is a transfer exception for situations in which a student-athlete’s declared academic major was discontinued by the school. For postgraduate eligibility at a school other than his alma mater, your son would have to qualify for the One-Time Transfer Exception in order to be immediately eligible next year. If you’d like more detail on this rule, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

            Rick

  • S says:

    Hello, I was recruited out of high school and ended up walking on at a FCS school for my freshman year, quit the team right before spring practice and transferred at the end of the year to a FBS school with the intention of not playing anymore. However after not playing this past fall (my sophomore year) I’m thinking about trying out for my current school’s football team but since I did not think I was going to play again I never got a release from my previous school. I tried to e mail my previous school to try to get my release but no answer was given to me. Do I have to get a release from my previous school to talk to my current school’s coaching staff. If so how do you recommend I go about it? I don’t live in the city where I attended my first school. So an in person meeting would be hard to do. Thanks for any help you can provide and Happy Holidays.
    S.

    • Rick Allen says:

      S,

      You don’t have to get a release to talk to the coaching staff at your current school since you’re already enrolled there. Your current school will need to send a transfer info form to your former school to request info from them regarding whether you were recruited, on scholarship, competed, etc., so you may want to contact the former school just to inform them of your intentions, but there is no requirement that you do so.

      Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

      Rick

  • R says:

    Hello,
    So i was wondering if i transferred after my sophmore season for spring ball from a D2 school to a D1 school in football without using any redshirt year will i have to sit out the junior year? If so would i be able to use my redshirt year to sit out? Thanks for any information you can provide to me and Happy Holidays!

    • Rick Allen says:

      R,

      The requirement that you sit out your junior year will depend upon whether you were recruited and/or on an athletic scholarship at the Div. II school. (See our article titled “To Be or Not To Be – Recruited or Non-recruited?” for the definition of “recruited.” Although the article is talking about baseball, the same exception can be used in football for an athlete going from Div. II to Div. I.)

      If you do have to sit out your junior year, you will be able to take that as your redshirt year, as long as you have a redshirt season available.

      Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

      Rick

  • Matt says:

    Rick,

    I attended a 4 year university full time for 2 semesters. Since I didnt not participate in Football would I still have 2 years of eligibility at a Community College?

  • Stefanie Dunn says:

    Hi, I played basketball at a Junior College for 2 years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. It is possible for me to walk on to another team next season 2012-2013? I gave birth to a son 2008 and daughter in 2009. Is it to late for me to play again because I am 28 years old and haven’t played in a while?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Stefanie,

      As you may know, NCAA Division I has a five-year limit on eligibility which is commonly referred to as the “five-year clock.” An athlete has five years from when he/she first enrolls at any college as a full-time student. If your first year of junior college was 2005-06, your five-year clock expired in 2009-10. Even with the Division I exception for pregnancy giving you two additional years for the births of your son and daughter, your Div. I eligibility will expire at the end of this academic year.

      NCAA Division II and NAIA schools use the 10 semester (or 15 quarters for quarter schools) rule rather than the “five-year clock.” You are only charged with a semester if you are enrolled at a college as a full-time student. Using these rules, you still have 6 semesters remaining if you have not attended college as a full-time student since the 2006-07 year. You played two years at the junior college, so have two seasons of eligibility left within those 6 semesters assuming that you will be eligible from an academic standpoint (proper number of hours, GPA, etc.).

      I hope this is helpful. Good luck, and Happy New Year!

      Rick

  • Trever says:

    I’m a currently playing baseball at a div2 were I walked on, I want to transfer to another div 2 in the spring and was wondering if I would we eligible to play? I wasn’t recruited by the school I’m currently at. And what actions do I need to take?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Trever,

      If you’ve not transferred previously, you may be able to use the One-Time Transfer Exception to transfer to another Div. II program and be immediately eligible. That will depend upon whether your current school will agree to your use of the Exception and if they can state that you would be eligible if you were returning to their school rather than transferring. The first thing you need to do is seek written permission from your current school to allow coaches at other schools to talk with you about a possible transfer.

      For more complete information, check back in a few days as we’ll soon be adding the Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers to our online store as a downloadable booklet that will cover 2-4, 4-4, and 4-2-4 transfer situations for NCAA Div. I, II, III, and NAIA.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Matthew says:

    I am going into my third year of college next year. I didn’t play ball my freshman year because I red-shirted, this year I got hurt and medically red-shirted. How many credits would I need to be D3 eligible??

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Matthew,

      Div. III does not have a standard rule on the number of credits that are needed each semester or each year for eligibility. Satisfactory progress is determined by each Div. III school based on the standards that apply to all students at that school.

      Rick

  • Nicole Sturges says:

    My son was on scholarship and played two years at a division 1 baseball program. He was injured in the middle of his 2nd season. The injury was bad enough that he was told he would be out 15-16 months so the D1 school told him they would not be able to renew his scholarship for the following season. We could not afford for him to go to that school while he was healing so he transferred home to another university (D2). But he did not attend the university to play baseball just to take classes while he healed. Now he wants to transfer to a D2 school to play baseball. The coach there told him that he would not be eligible to play because he already used his one time transfer to attend the local university this past year. Is that true? He didn’t practice or play with that team. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even know the baseball coach there. How can they keep him from playing at a D2 university just because he was trying to continue his education while he was healing?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nicole,

      What the Div. II coach told you is true. The basic transfer rule that begins the analysis of any transfer situation is that an athlete is required to serve a year in residence before being declared eligible for competition. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. The most common exception is the One-Time Transfer exception. Your son is not eligible for this exception, because he already transferred once between four-year schools.

      Would your son consider returning to his original Div. I program? There is an exception that might allow him to be immediately eligible for competition if he returns to his original institution. If you’d like more info on this possibility, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Frank says:

    Ok heres my question. If a student walks on a four year dI school and gets cut, he then transfers to a 2 year junior college the next year, earns his asscociates comes back to the original 4 year DI school gets cut again. Can he the use the one time transfer to go to another school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Frank,

      In this situation as you described it, the athlete may be able to use the One-Time Transfer exception to be immediately eligible at another school since he has not transferred previously between two different four-year universities. He will have to be sure to meet the other requirements of the One-Time Transfer exception which include release and permission from the school he is attending as well as meeting academic degree progress requirements.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • David Williamson says:

    I have not been a member of any college or university level athletic program. I attended a Div 1-A University for 3.5 years. I am transferring to a Div 1-AA University for spring 2012 (thereby completing a 4th year). I believe I can make it as a walk-on to the Div 1-AA university’s football team, where I can compete at my smaller size. I very much want to have the chance to play, even if only for 1 year. I dont know whether Redshirt rules can help. (1) How much, if any, elibility do I have to play football at the Div-IAA school that I will start attending Spring 2012? (2) Would I need any paper from my former Div-1A school, where I never was a student athlete?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi David,

      Division I allows each athlete five years in which to use their four years of playing eligibility. You’ll have one year of eligibility remaining after this year. The school you transfer to will need to send a transfer information form to your current school to gather information about you, such as the fact that you weren’t an athlete, to confirm your academic status, etc. And, even though, you weren’t an athlete, you’ll need written permission from your current school to talk with coaches at other schools about your transfer plans.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Nick Alvarez says:

    Hi Rick ive been reading some of the posts, and i can see your very intelligible on NCAA rules and guidelines. my friend is a 4-2-4 transfer for football he started at a div11 red shirted his first year, transferred to the jc only played in three halves and got hurt only stayed there for 1 semester and now is at a Div 1a program. my question is there anyway he can be eligible to play in the fall 2012 for the D1a school?

    thanks a lot looking forward to hearing from you

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nick,

      Based on what you’ve stated, I assume that your friend was at the Div. II school for the 2010-11 academic year, was at the JUCO for Fall 2011, and is now at the Div. I program for Spring 2012. Unless your friend graduated from the JUCO, which I’m assuming he did not, he has to serve one year in residence at the Div. I program during which he can practice, but won’t be eligible for competition. The earliest he can be eligible to play will be Fall 2013.

      Rick

      • Nick Alvarez says:

        Thanks for the info Rick and you were correct on all of those assumptions, but there is absolutely no way he can obtain eligibility? like say he got a scholarship from the new school. or gets a waiver from the NCAA, and if he wanted to do that how would you go about doing it?

        thanks again

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Nick,

          Whether or not your friend gets a scholarship from the new school won’t make any difference regarding his playing eligibility. His only possibility to play this Fall is to be granted a waiver by the NCAA. However, those are only granted for unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student-athlete (such as moving closer to home to help care for an ill family member).

          In addition, the school will have to agree to submit the waiver on your friend’s behalf, and they may refuse to do that if there aren’t unusual circumstances that would make it worth their time and effort to prepare the waiver.

          Rick

  • Sandy says:

    Hi, my son signed the letter of intent with a D1 school to play college baseball as a freshman fall 2011. In spring 2011 (high school year), he had shoulder surgery – he was not ready to play ball in fall 2011. He chose not to redshirt, he actually did not attend that college – he is attending a community college. Now he is looking to attend a D1 state university in fall of 2012 and would like to go as a walk on. Because he did not attend any classes or and baseball training sessions or workouts, does he still need a release from the D1 college he was going to attend. If he does not need a release, can he send emails to other D1 colleges to put himself out there for possible recruitment, so he is eligible for scholarship funds? Not really sure how that works for a college freshman to play ball as a sophomore. He is a 6’6.5″ 215lb boy…natural athlete, arm injury came at a bad time (summer of his junior year when he was showcasing himself. He pitches, but due to arm injury, his speed was only low 80′s. He is now topping high 80′s and really want him to be looked at…just want to be sure to do it right. He is taking lessons with an ex-MLB pitcher/university coach. Please assist in any way you can with all my questions. Thank you in advance! Sandy

  • Jordan Sanchez says:

    Hello, my son went to a division 2 school his first year for basketball he was supposed to redshirt but he got hurt and left the school after first semester to study abroad. He then transferred to a division 3 school and played which basketball wise was his freshman and sophmore year. He was then cut this year. Which is his junior year. If he transferred again how many years would he have left at another d3 college?

  • Andre Gooden says:

    Hi, I have a question about my son’s eligibility. He attended a D1-AA school in the Fall of ’08 and Spr ’09 but he wasn’t an athlete, just a student. He transferred to a junior college for Fall ’09-’10 to play football where he was red-shirted. Fall of 2010 he didn’t return to the junor college and took a semester off due to some financial problems we’re having but then received a partial scholarship from a an NAIA in the Spr ’11. This past fall he was prepared to start the season and got ruled ineligible due to some miscommunications between the school and the coach who recruited him (who was no longer there) forcing him to miss the entire season. Unfortunately he’s back home taking another semester off due to financial problems so he’s currently looking for a full ride offer or close to it. I do know that he’d be considered a 4-2-4-4 transfer but he didn’t receive his associates degree out of junior college. I want to know if he decides to look into some D2 schools and transfer would he be eligible to play right away or would he have to sit out another year before he can play?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Andre,

      You’ve provided a lot of information that would be better suited for a private consultation. I’ll follow up with an e-mail to you. Be sure to check your spam filter if you don’t receive an e-mail from me soon.

      Rick

  • Michael says:

    My son is a mid year transfer to a 4 yr. d-1 university. He was going to try out for the track team for spring, but the coach tells him there will be no tryouts. He wasn’t recruited and threw for 2 yrs at a junior college. Can he throw unattached and still retain 2 yrs of eligibility? Is he considered a red-shirt? Can he work out with the team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Michael,

      Your son can throw unattached this spring, and this would be considered a redshirt year (assuming he did not compete for his junior college this past semester). He would retain two years of eligibility.

      As far as whether he can work out with the team, that will be the coach’s decision (you mentioned that he’s not going to hold any tryouts). The NCAA rules would permit your son to practice as long as he is enrolled as a full-time student and completes all the proper eligibility forms and requirements of the school.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • David says:

    My question is in regard to a 2-4-4 transfer in soccer. The player in question attended a 2 year juco and earned his AA. He then transfered to a D1 soccer program and is considering transferring again(to follow his coach)to another D1 program for his final year of eligibilty. How would the NCAA transfer rules impact this scenario?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi David,

      The One-Time Transfer Exception is available in the sport of soccer, so if your son meets all the requirements of the Exception, he could be immediately eligible next year to compete.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Tony says:

    Rick,

    My son is currently playing JUCO basketball. We would like to move on to a d1 program next year but don’t know what would be the easiest route. We don’t believe that his current coach has his best interest at heart to help him get to the next level. Do you know what would be the best way to get looked at? Is it possible to play pickup games in the summer with certain schools or is this not allowed. Is it difficult to be a walk-on? Is he eligible to play without sitting out even though he’s been playing at the JUCO level?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tony,

      It’s unfortunate that your son’s coach may not be doing all he can to help him move to the next level. Where are you located? I’d check to see if there are collegiate summer leagues in your area that have been sanctioned by the NCAA. This would allow your son to play against players from Div. I and II programs to see how he stacks up.

      As far as whether he would be eligible to play immediately without sitting out a year, that will depend upon his academic status coming out of JUCO and how many academic credit hours he will have toward his chosen degree program. Contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com if you have additional questions.

      Rick

      • Tony says:

        Thanks for the reply Rick. We are currently located in Wichita, KS. My son is in good academic standing as of now. I will surely look into finding some summer leagues as you mentioned.

  • Tyren says:

    I signed a letter of intent to an NAIA school where I only practiced and played in 3 JV games, but no varsity games in the previous fall of 2011. I am transferring to a D-1 or D-1AA, and will be enrolled there in this fall of 2012. I am walking on, but will I be eligible to practice 2-a-days in the summer, and be eligible to practice and play in the Fall of this 2012 season without sitting out? I am going to finish the semester at my current school, so I will have 26 credits at the end of the year.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tyren,

      If you were recruited and/or on athletic scholarship at the NAIA school, you will have to sit out from competition during the 2012 season. You could be eligible for 2-a-days as long as the coach has you in the list of those approved for 2-a-days practice (Div. IA or Football Bowl Subdivision – FBS – is limited to 105 players during preseason practice).

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Robby says:

    Hey Rick, I am a walk-on track athlete at a D1 school. I’m wondering what the rules are about transferring to a school in my conference if my dad made contact with the coach that recruited me, only emails with me (who is no longer around). I ran a few preseason meets already, if I start my official season here will I have to sit out a year at the other school? What are ways to go about contacting a coach from the same conference?

  • Gary Kinsler says:

    Dear Rick,

    I’m currently a freshman at a NAIA school where I was recruited to play lacrosse (MCLA D2) and I’m currently looking to transfer to another school since the one i’m at now doesn’t have the major I want. I decided to play here since it was the most economical option. I don’t plan on playing while i’m at the other school, so I was wondering if I would still need to get a release form from the AD?

    Thanks!

    Kevin

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kevin,

      If you aren’t going to play at the next school, you don’t need a release form from your current school. If you change your mind after you enroll there and decide to play or at least try out, they will probably send a form to your first school (the form has many names – transfer tracer, historical questionnaire, etc.) to gather info such as whether you used a season of eligibility, whether you were on athletic scholarship, and other necessary information to determine your eligibility.

      Rick

  • Eric says:

    Rick,

    I walked on to a baseball program at JC ‘A’ in the fall of 2010, was injured and cut.

    I transferred to JC ‘B’ in the fall 2011. Was convinced to tryout, I contacted JC ‘A’ for a release.

    I was told I did not need one (release) since I was cut after injury and never played in any fall games.

    Talk of a grayshirt came up but nothing came of it, but they eventually released me from JC ‘A’ to JC ‘B’.

    I have made the team at JC ‘B’.

    We have played 5 games so far this spring and the local D1 univ suggested a spot on a summer woodbat team.

    The D1 school would then make a decision for the 2012 fall after the 2012 summer.

    I will graduate form JC ‘B’ in the summer of 2012, having used only one year of eligibility, right?

    What are my transfer options? Will I sit out one yr? If D1 cuts me in fall of 2012 what are my transfer options?

    Eric in phx.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Eric,

      As long as you were cut prior to playing in any games (including exhibitions or scrimmages) against other teams when you were at JC “A”, you will have only used one year of eligibility for your current year at JC “B.”

      As far as your transfer options, that will depend somewhat upon whether you were a Qualifier as determined by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Assuming you meet all the academic eligibility requirements, you can transfer to a Div. I or II school and be immediately eligible next Fall. Don’t worry about your transfer options next Fall if you get cut by a Div. I program. Focus on doing your best to get there first.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Johnny says:

    If I played my 2007-08 season at a jc and then sat out a year then played my last jc season in 2009-10 would I be able to play at a d2 after sitting out 2 more years which will make me a junior in the upcoming 2012-13 season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Johnny,

      When you say you were “sitting out”, does this mean you were not attending college, or does this mean you were attending college, but just were not a part of the team? Part of the answer will depend upon how many semesters you were enrolled as a full-time student. Also, it will depend upon whether you met the 2-4 transfer requirements for a two-year college prospect transferring to a Div. II program.

      For more detailed information, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Corina says:

    Hi Rick,
    I did not know about needing the release papers for emailing other schools to transfer to. I am a walk-on for volleyball at a D1 school. Do I just need the permission from the compliance? I have emailed other schools already before realizing that I need a release papers. Will the schools that I have emailed reply back or will I have to re-email them saying that I have release papers signed in order to get a response from them? Thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Corina,

      If the schools that you have already e-mailed are interested in you, they should reply back to ask if you have received written permission to speak with other schools about a possible transfer. If that hasn’t happened, you’ll probably want to write them again after you receive the written permission.

      You should start by talking to your coach and telling her or him that you’d like permission to speak with other schools. The reason for that is if you go to the Compliance office, the first thing they will likely do is to contact your coach to ask the coach if they have any objection to you contacting other schools. Since you are a walk-on, they really should have no reason to object, but it is still part of the process.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Meghan says:

    Hi my fiancé has a complicated situation and I need a little help. He played football 2 years at a juco (2008-2009) then he transferred to a Texas d2 but was red shirted because of a knee injury before the 2012 season. He finished that school year with not so hot grades. He has not been Inroled full time since then (2 years). I was curious on the rules to go to a d1 or to play for the d2 in Texas he was previously at. Either way will be a walk on situation. Please help us. Thank you

  • John Capello says:

    Rick,
    Our son was a recruited baseball player at a DIII school. In 2009-10 he played and two-thirds into the season severely sprained his UCL. In the 2010-11 season he was on the roster while trying to get back to 100% but tore a muscle during the season and never appeared in a game. He is sitting out 2011-12.
    Some DI and DII coaches have expressed an interest in him. We called the NCAA and they told us that the 2010-11 season counts as a “Year of Participation” because he was on the roster and attended practices. He would like to have the option of transferring to a DI or DII school at the end of this year and not have to use the “Year in Residence” so he can play two seasons. We know there is a waiver for this if you sit out two full years. His grades are good.
    On top of this we just read that to be granted a medical redshirt that an AD has to submit the documentation at the end of the season. Does this mean that it is too late to apply for a medical redshirt for the 2010-11 season?
    The NCAA also told us that an interested school must apply to the NCAA for a SAR to get the eligibility. Can you tell us what this means and what our options are?
    Thanks.

    John and Susan

  • Terry Amerine says:

    My son is a graduating senior and a National Merit Finalist, so he can get lots of academic money from many schools. He wants to attend the Air Force Academy and play baseball but missed the deadline for 2012 nominations. He has only been recruited by D3 schools to date. Can he attend a D1 school on an academic scholarship and participate as a “walk-on” in their fall practice and then transfer to the Academy and be eligible to play the 2013 season? We have been told he would have to sit out 1 year if he attends a 4-year school (any division) whether he plays or not.

  • jjbanks says:

    Hi Rick, I am currently a d3 football player. I am not on scholarship( my school don’t give athletic scholarships) and I plan to transfer to a D1 or D2 program as a possible walk on. Will I have to sit out this fall for either? Could i be eligible for a scholarship if I was granted one?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi JJ,

      You could be eligible for a scholarship if granted one. You would not have to sit out upon transfer to a Div. II school as long as you meet the academic requirements for transfer, and the same is true of a transfer to Div. I if you were not recruited to the Div. III football program. See our blog on the definition of a “Recruited” student-athlete.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Erik Chavez says:

    Hey Mr Allen,

    My name is Erik Chavez, I played juco football for two years then I transferred to a d3 football program, I participated in four games then I stopped playing because of medical reasons, I withdrew from the school the second semester when i was diagnosed with a psychological disorder, I felt like playing again so I enrolled at a NAIA school and redshirted the past fall, is it possible I can transfer to the original d3 school I attended and have one year of elgibility left? since I redshirted at the naia school?

    Sincerely, Erik Chavez

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Erik,

      If the NAIA school you’re currently attending can certify on a transfer information form – at the time that you transfer back to the Div. III school – that you would be eligible if you were returning to the NAIA school rather than transferring to the Div. III program, then you may be eligible to play this Fall.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • josh says:

    Hello, I am a soccer transfer. I am a freshman and transferred from one division 1 school to another this semester. I am not feeling the whole D1 atmosphere and am thinking about transferring to a Division 3 school. Would I be eligible in my first year to play at the D3 schools if all my credits transferred?!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Josh,

      If the Div. I school you’re currently attending can certify on a transfer information form – at the time that you transfer to the Div. III school – that you would be eligible if you were returning to the Div. I school rather than transferring to the Div. III program, then you should be eligible to play this Fall.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jay says:

    I run track at a big time division 1 school. I was an invited walk on to the team, so I have no scholarship at all. I am thinking about transferring. Being a walk on do I have to get a release? Am I free to talk to other coaches? Can I transfer in conference without being penalized? thanks for you help! I still have 2 years of eligibility and have not yet used a redshirt year!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jay,

      As a member of the team, you will still need to get written permission to speak with other schools about a possible transfer, even though you are a walk-on. Whether you can transfer within conference without being penalized will depend upon the rules of the conference. Some conferences are more restrictive than others.

      Contact the conference compliance administrator anonymously and ask what the intraconference transfer rule is for track. It may be different than for football or basketball. indicate that you are a walk-on in case that makes a difference.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • CJ says:

    Hello Mr. Allen,
    I am a D1 baseball player in my junior year. I played very little last year, ended up breaking my arm at the end of the year which put me out for the entire fall of 2011. Saying that my coach was NOT happy is an understatement and now that I’m healthy it’s painfully obvious I’m not getting any playing time not because of my athletic performance but due to the issues he was and still is mad at me for. Iv’e tried talking to him which really got me nowhere and fed up with personal issues affecting my involvement. Conference games have not started yet, and I am the only pitcher who has yet to see an inning. My question is if I quit now do I keep my scholarship til the end of the year and most importantly, does it burn a year of my eligibility keeping in mind I haven’t played in a conference/non-conference game this season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi CJ,

      You are in a difficult position. If you quit now, the athletic department has the right to cancel your scholarship immediately. Also, if you quit now, that may be perceived as a negative by other coaches that might be interested in you if you transfer at the end of the year. On the other hand, if you go into a game this season for any amount of time, even if it’s for only one pitch that results in an inning-ending double play, you will have used a season of eligibility.

      Assuming that you have not already used a redshirt year, you could use this as a your redshirt year if you don’t play, and could still have two years to play at the NCAA Div. II or NAIA level. As you probably know, if you transfer to another Div. I program for next year, you would have to sit out a year and then you would just have one year of eligibility remaining.

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

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • dad says:

    my son walked on at a division 2 baseball program. if he redshirts is he eligible to play 4 years at a division 3 program if he transfers after his freshamn year ?

    • Rick Allen says:

      That’s correct. If your son redshirts this year at his Div. II program, he will retain four years of eligibility if he transfers to a Div. III program. Keep in mind that to be eligible immediately upon transfer to the Div. III program, his current school must be able to certify on a transfer information form that he would be eligible if he were returning to the Div. II program instead of transferring.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

      • dad says:

        thanks rick, one last question. is there a redshirt deadline for division 2, and at what point is he ineligible to redshirt. thanks again

        • Rick Allen says:

          There is no redshirt “deadline.” However, be sure to note that any amount of competition against another team is considered to be a season of eligibility used. So if your son goes into a game this season, even if it is for just one at-bat, one defensive inning, or throws just one pitch to get the inning-ending double play, that counts as a full season of eligibility that has been used up.

          Rick

  • Terell ,N says:

    Hello would i be still able to practice i was a walk-on partial qualifier at the Division 2 level for football…?

  • Jordan Davis says:

    Hello
    I have currently transferred from Ball State University to davenport Uniuversity, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I did not play any sport at Ball State besides club rugby and I am now playing rugby here at Davenport University, on a small scholarship. However here the rugby team is considered a club sport but are funded a bit. I am wanting to transfer now to Indiana University for major related reasons because Davenport does not have my major. Would I be eligable to walk on to the football team at Indiana University if I chose to?
    Thank You

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jordan,

      In most cases a student-athlete who is a two-time transfer student would not be eligiible in their first year of enrollment at their third four-year school. However, because you haven’t participated in football so far, you should be able to transfer and be immediately eligible at Indiana under the Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception. Even if you are not eligible for the exception, you would be eligible to practice with the Indiana football team next Fall, you just wouldn’t be eligible for competition in your first year of enrollment.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Jordan Davis says:

        Rick,
        Thank you very much for getting back to me. You stated I should be eligible at Indiana under the Two- Year Nonparticipation Exception. With regards to that, would it matter that I am only a freshman right and transfered after my first semester and now would like to transfer for good my sophmore year?

        Jordan

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Jordan,

          I misunderstood your timeline. There are other Div. I transfer exceptions that should still allow you to be immediately eligible upon transfer to Indiana University. You might ask about the Non-recruited Student Exception. You won’t, however, be eligible for the most commonly used transfer exception, the One-Time Transfer Exception, because Indiana will be your second transfer. I suggest you contact the Indiana Athletic Compliance office and ask them for more info about the Non-recruited Student Exception.

          Good luck!

          Rick

  • Eddie DeMarchi says:

    Hello, i play football at a d2 school and thinking about transferring to a d3 school. Do i need to get a release form from my athletic director or can i get a self release form because im going down a division?

    thankyou

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Eddie,

      You do need to get a release from your athletic director to have permission to talk to other schools about a possible transfer. The self-release process is only available for student-athletes who are currently attending a Div. III institution.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Mm says:

    I use to wrestle d1 walkon(not preffered) I got cut days before the season and I was wondering does that cost me a year of elgiblility? Because I wanted to go to medschool and the medschool I wanted to go to has a d1 team and does this count as graduate school and would I even be able to compete from UVAs medschool?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Division I student-athletes have a “five-year clock” in which to use their four seasons of eligibility. When you were cut before the season started, that would not have been counted as a season of eligibility since you didn’t compete for your school against any outside competition. You can be eligible to compete as a post-baccalaureate student as long as you meet the academic requirements for eligibility, which I’m going to guess that you do if you’re going into med school! :-)

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Keya Brandon says:

    I’m Keya and I’m at a D3 school playing softball. I would like to know if I could transfer to a D1 school and play softball or basketball?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Keya,

      Yes, you can transfer to a Div. I school to play softball or basketball. As long as your current school can certify at the end of the school year that you would be eligible next year if you were returning to their school rather than transferring, you can be eligible at a Div. I school. You also may have to meet other academic requirements based on the number of full-time college semesters you have completed.

      I encourage you to think about your reasons for doing that, however. I’m not trying to discourage you from pursuing that opportunity if it’s a dream of yours. But keep in mind that there is often a large difference in the skill level of your teammates and your opponents if you’re making the move from Div. III to Div. I, not to mention the amount of commitment that most Div. I coaches will require compared to your Div. III coaches.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Khalil says:

    Dear Rick,
    My name is Khalil, I am from Brazil.
    My first season i played for NCAA D2 college, but for money matters i had to transfer for NAIA college.
    I am happy here, but i decided to chance my major for engineering, and here does not have.
    I would like to know if stop college right now, stay one year in Brazil working full-time, and in the next year comeback to college again for my junior and senior, but for engineering college in NCAA, there is some rule that would make me ineligible? I will not be enrolled in college in Brazil.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Khalil,

      The rules on this subject are different between NCAA Division I and Division II. Student-athletes in NCAA Div. I have a “five-year clock” in which they can use their four seasons of eligibility to compete in their sport. The five-year clock can normally only be extended for pregnancy, military service, or a required church mission.

      NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA follow the ten-semester rule. Under this rule, student-athletes have up to ten semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use their four seasons of eligibility to compete. When a student-athlete is not enrolled in college at all, or is only enrolled as a part-time student, this does not count toward the ten semester limit. This would be to your advantage for your plans to work full-time next year.

      However, when you ask if you can “…stop college right now…” I strongly recommend against that. The reason is because if you come back after a year away from school hoping to be immediately eligible, that eligibility will be based on what you do academically this semester. So don’t stop college “right now” if you can avoid it, but finish out this semester strong and earn as money academic credit hours as you can.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Jean says:

    My son is playing baseball for a Jr college and he is not happy there. As a first baseman he is sitting the bench while the other first baseman is batting 230 after 57 at bats. Once he has his starters, he does not make the change even if they are not hitting. He told the players that a week ago. He wants to play for another Jr college next season. We want to know the right way to handle the transfer. Should he inform the coach after the season is over or should he just move on? Any advice you can give me will be great. I don’t think he can be Red Shirted. My son had 14 at bats and thats about all he will get.

  • James says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshman playing D1 baseball and was recruited and signed a NLI at the school he plays at. He is not happy with the program for a range of reasons and may want to transfer. He is committed to play summer ball in a collegiate league that his college team assigned him to. If he waits until the end of the season to request his release can the team pull him from the summer league? Also, though I recognize there is no crystal ball, from your experience is it best to transfer to another D1 and sit out a year or transfer to a JUCO and play right away with hopes of being recruited agin to a D1? Just curious.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi James,

      The contract or agreement that your son should have signed with his summer collegiate league team should prevent his college coach from pulling him from that league. However, some of the relationships that the college coaches have with these summer teams are pretty tight, so I can’t assure you that it won’t happen.

      In my opinion, it is better to transfer from a Div. I program to a JUCO or to a Div. II or NAIA program where the player can play right away and not sit out for a year with no game competition. Of course, there are many other factors that play into such a decision, such as:

      1. Is an athletic scholarship available, and if so, how valuable is it?
      2. How important are academics in this decision, and how will the classes at a JUCO fit into your son’s educational goals?
      3. What is your son’s ultimate goal? Does he want to play at a high level in front of big crowds at a southern Div. I program, or does he just want to find a program where he knows the coach will have him in the lineup every day?
      4. Does he desire to be a two-way player so he can pitch and hit? If so, there’s a better possibility of that at a level below Div. I.
      5. Is your son’s personality such that attending three different colleges in three years is no big deal, or is he the type that would much prefer to go to another school with the goal of finishing there?

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Annie says:

    Rick,
    My son is currently a third year student at a Division I school to which he was recruited to play baseball. The coach that recruited him was fired and he is not happy with the new coach who now plays favorites with his own recruits treating the players he “inherited” as nasty step children. Can he transfer to a Division II school without sitting out?
    Thanks for your input. It is difficult to get a straight answer.
    Annie

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Annie,

      Yes, a Div. I baseball player can transfer to a Div. II school without having to serve a year in residence. Just make sure your son is academically eligible so that the Div. I school can certify on the transfer information form that he would be eligible if he were staying at the Div. I school rather than transferring.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Benjamin Gates says:

    Hi Rick,
    Im currently a medical redshirt sophomore at a junior college, but I didn’t play this year so If I transfer to a D3 school I will still be considered a Sophomore. My question is, if I play that sophomore at a D3 school then try to transfer to a D2 or D1 school my junior year will I have to sit out and lose a year of eligibility or whats the rule on that?

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Benjamin,

      If you play one year at a Div. III school, and then transfer to a Div. II school, you won’t have to sit out a year of residency as long as you meet the academic requirements to satisfy the One-Time Transfer Exception. If you transfer to a Div. I school instead of a Div. II school, the answer to your question will depend upon what your sport is and whether you will meet the definition of a non-recruited student.

      Rick

  • jalesha says:

    hey Rick
    If you have already used 3 years of eligibility in track and field and now realizes that you want to play basketball at another school do you stikk have your 4 years of eligibility for that sport left?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jalesha,

      That’s a really interesting question. In theory, yes, you would have four years of eligibility available for another sport.

      However, a student-athlete has either a “five-year clock” or the “ten semester, fifteen quarter” limit in which to complete athletic eligibility (depending upon what level you are competing at – NCAA Div. I, Div. II, Div. III, or NAIA). Since you have used 3 years of eligibility already, you have two years (or 4 semesters, or 6 quarters) of eligibility remaining at the most.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • roody says:

    Hi Rick
    If I transferred from a Div I 4yr to a Div III 4 yr then back to a Div I 4yr school in track n field, would I have to sit out my first year at that 3rd school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Roody,

      Yes, you would have to sit out from competition your first year at that 3rd school, unless, in the previous transfer from the Div. I to the Div. III, you utilized the Discontinued/Nonsponsored Sport Exception instead of the One-Time Transfer Exception.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • james granton says:

    My son attends a small div 2 school. He was not recruited. He wishes to transfer to a div 1 or another div 2 school.
    He has played a couple of innings during the exhibition season but none so far during conference play.
    Can he still qualify for redshirt status? Will he have to sit out a year if he does transfer?
    thanks,

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi James,

      The answer to your questions depends largely on what you mean by “exhibition season.” If your son only played during the Fall, but has not played since the start of the spring “traditional” season, then he can be a redshirt, as long as he isn’t used in any games this spring. He can transfer to another Div. II school without sitting out a year as long as he meets the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Rule, and the same is true of transferring to Div. I since he was not recruited.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

      • james granton says:

        Hi Rick,

        His team went to Phoenix earlier this month where he did play a couple of innings.
        He has a 3.4 gpa so academically he should not have an issue surrounding grades.

        • Rick Allen says:

          James,

          Unfortunately, since your son played a couple of innings earlier this month, he won’t be able to qualify for a redshirt season, so he might as well speak up with the coach and try to get as many opportunities as he can to show what he can do. That’s great that he has a 3.4 GPA! Just be sure that when he transfers, that his current school can certify on a transfer information form that he would be eligible next Fall if he were staying at his current school rather than transferring.

          Rick

  • George says:

    Alright so if my son was a wrestler at a d3 school and wanted to transfer to a d1 school is it illegal to talk to other coaches from d1 schools?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi George,

      Your son will need written permission from his Div. III school before he (or you) can talk to coaches from Div. I (or Div. II) schools about a transfer. If you contact coaches from Div. I schools before obtaining permission to speak with them, they should respond by saying “We’d love to talk to you about this possibility, but we can’t until we receive permission from his current school.”

      Good luck to your son on finding a good fit!

      Rick

  • Jeff says:

    Rick,
    My son is a freshman division 2 baseball player and considering transfering at the end of his freshman year to a division 3 school. He signed a national letter of intent and received scholarship funds his freshman year and meet all 4 of the criterias of a recruited athlete. My question is will he have to sit out a year if he receives a transfer release and transfers to a division 3 school? Also there is rumors that the coach will be fired and I wondered if he was fired would that have any impact on him sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jeff,

      As long as your son’s current school can certify at the end of the year that he would be eligible next Fall if he were remaining at that school rather than transferring to the Div. III school, he can be immediately eligible without serving a year in residency. Whether or not the coach is at the school next year will have no bearing on your son’s transfer.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Mark says:

    Rick,
    My son is a junior at a DII school playing baseball on a scholarship. His current scholarship expires May 1 2012. He wants the opportunity to try out for a DI school as a “walk on”. When and/or how should he contact the DI school? I have read where he can email the coach, but they cannot discuss the recruiting process. Is he “released” after May 1st? Does he need permission from his current school to contact the DI school? Would he have to sit out his first year?

  • toney says:

    my brother plays football at a D1 school he is a walk on can he go to another D1 school and play with out setting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Toney,

      If your brother was not recruited to his current Div. I school (look for our blog post on the Definition of a Recruited Athlete), then he can transfer to another Div. I program without sitting out a year as long as he meets the requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception.

      Rick

  • jane says:

    I have a former student who went off to a junior college after graduating high school in 2008. He has been in and our of eligibility based on grades since then. He called to say he has 2 years of eligibility left and wants to come back home and find a place to play. He has only accumulated 40 credits. I’m not sure how this semester of classes is going. Is he actually eligible to play at any level if he was not a qualifier back in 2008 nor earned an associates degree in all this time?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jane,

      It is highly unlikely that your former student could be eligible to play next Fall at any level. As I’m sure you know, to simply earn his associates degree, he will need approximately 60 credit hours, meaning he needs at least another 20 based on what he’s told you. In addition, the general guideline is that student-athletes should be earning 12 credit hours per term of full-time enrollment, and he is far from that.

      Do you know how many semesters he has been enrolled as a full-time student? That could make a diffence in his eligibility as NCAA Div. II and NAIA limit eligibility to the first 10 semesters (or 15 quarters) that a student-athlete was enrolled as a full-time student. He could possibly be eligible at an NAIA school after attending there for one semester if he would pass the required number of courses in the Fall and have at least a 2.00 GPA.

      Rick

  • Pithers Dad says:

    Rick,

    My son is a sophomore D1 baseball player. He was a preferred walk on and made the team. In his Freshman year he made the starting rotation and is not being used much his sophomore year despite having pitching performance and stats in the top three in pre-season. His fastball is 90-94 mph and he has the “dirtiest” change up according to the catchers and hitters. Several major league teams have had him fill out paper work for the upcoming draft. Four other pitchers are also looking like they may go in the draft. It seems like the coach is not using my son so he won’t get noticed.

    We would like to know his optons. He has received no scholarship money or offers to date. We believe many schools would offer some scholarship money and more opportunities to play. With the lack of playing time getting drafted seems out of the picture.

    We are not sure if he was recruitd by definition. From our research this seems to be a critical factor in determining my son’s options.

    We contacted the coaches by email and phone while my son was in high school. We requested a visit to the campus and visited the campus and received a tour of the baseball field and facilities. We spoke to the recruiting coach and reviewed what it would take to get admission and then be a preferred walk on. We are not sure if this meets the definition of recruiting trip as we requested the visit and paid for all of costs of the trip.

    Upon requesting and scheduling, we made a second visit to the campus with the head coach and staff. Again, we paid for all costs. The coach was able to get my son into the school (a very tough University to get into and my son’s 23 ACT and 3.6 GPA was not good enough).

    My son also attended a near by camp at a community college and the pitching coach from the university came to watch my son pitch. I approached and spoke to the pitching coach at that camp.

    If you can let us know our options we would really appreciate it.

  • Wilson says:

    My son is a Freshman at a D1 school and is on the baseball team. He was offered a baseball scholarship to this D1 school; however, He didn’t make his decision in time to receive the scholarship so he is a walk -on. He has only pitched 4 innings as of today and the season will be over in about 6 weeks. Do you know the rules or can you please direct me to the rules on what he can do as far as transferring to a JUCO school? I was told by a friend if he transfers to a JUCO he can play immediately come the next school year; however, I am not clear if that means he only can play one year or two years at a Juco. Whether one or two year can he play immediately the following year at a D1, 2, 3 if recruited? His GPA is 3.0…Thanks for your help.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Wilson,

      Keep checking back for updates to our website, as we’ll be adding our Informed Athlete’s Guide to Transfers to our store within the next few days. It will answer your questions about a 4-2-4 transfer. Your son will have one year to play at the JUCO level. To go back to the Div. I level with immedate eligibility, he’ll have to graduate from the JUCO unless he returns to the same Div. I where he is now.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Rey says:

    I am a high school senior and have been asked to walk on at a DI school and go to summer football camp with the team. If I “win” the starting long snapping spot there is a possibility of scholarship fall next year. I will be playing for a full year as a walk on. Does my 5 year NCAA clock start when I start practicing with the team? If I do not get scholarshipped and decide to go to another school the following year do I still have to get a release from my current coach?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rey,

      Your five-year clock begins when you first attend classes this Fall while being enrolled as a full-time student. If you enroll in classes this summer at the Div. I school, that does NOT start your five-year clock.

      If you decide to transfer to another school, after your first year at this school, yes, you would need to get written permission before coaches at other schools would be able to talk with you about a possible transfer. And, if you were to transfer to another Div. I school, it is possible that you would have to sit out your first year before being eligible for competition.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • manny says:

    Hi Rick, I am a considered a senior at college because of the amount of hours i have taken. As a matter of fact I am 3 classes away from graduating with a business degree. However, i have decided to transfer to an engineer school to purse that degree. With that being said, I have always played baseball but tore my arm my senior year of HS. I would like to know if i was still eligible to try out for a D-1 baseball team as a fifth year senior? and if i make it( when i make it lol) how long of eligibility do i have?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Manny,

      It would be possible for you to try out for a Div. I baseball team. You would have one year of eligibility remaining under the Div. I “five-year clock” rule, which limits you to five years from when you first enrolled as a full-time student at any college.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Chris Cabins says:

    Hello Rick,
    I am entering my junior year in my college. I have played soccer at my D-2 school for 2 years now. My school will not give me a release. Are there any exceptions or rules that I would not have to sit out a year if I transferred to another NCAA D1 or D2 school ?
    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      Unless you are able to obtain your release from your current school, and their agreement to your use of the One-Time Transfer Exception, you will have to sit out if you transfer to a Div. I or II school. Did you submit your request in writing? Were you informed of your opportunity to appeal their denial?

      If you submitted your request for permission to contact other schools in writing, and they denied your request, they must inform you within 14 days that you have the right to an appeal before a committee of college personnel who cannot be athletic department employees.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Chris Cabins says:

        I did submit it in writing. However, they told me that it is the school’s policy to do give out releases. It is not fair because before I signed the letter of intent, I specifically asked my coach that if he would give me my release if I wanted to transfer, but now he is saying that he will not give me a release. I was also forced to also play water polo and cross country because there wasn’t enough players. I have been on the Dean’s list for the past 2 years as I am in excellent academic standing with my institution. I do not know if that affects my situation in any way.
        Thanks,
        Chris

        • Rick Allen says:

          Chris,

          Based on your response, I’m not clear on whether you were provided a hearing opportunity as you should have been. If you weren’t, I suggest you find out who the Faculty Athletic Representative is for your school and talk with him or her. They are supposed to serve as an advocate for student-athlete rights and welfare.

          We may need to get on a phone call to discuss. I believe you may have some good reasons for a successful appeal.

          Rick

  • Chris Cabins says:

    I never was provided with a hearing opportunity. I hope I can appeal this. My friend at my school actually appealed and had a 100% scholarship to another school, but could not get the release after his appeal. I really could use your expert advise so I could have a successful appeal.

  • Mike says:

    If I was to play 2 years of baseball at a Division III school then transferred to a D I school to play would I have to sit out a year? If so could I use my redshirt year so I would still have 4 years of eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      As long as you were not recruited to the Div. III school (see the post on our website with the definition of a recruited athlete), you could transfer to a Div. I program and be immediately eligible as long as you met the academic requirements at the Div. I program. If you did have to sit out for one year, you could use that as your redshirt year as long as you still had it available to you.

      Rick

  • lauren says:

    i am at a D1 college. i redshirted for volleyball this year, my freshmen year. i didn’t like how the team was so i decided that i wanted to go to community college so i didn’t need to focus to much on my grades. but now another D1 college wants me and is offering full money.. would i still be able to go to this D1 if i didn’t pass my classes being that i would basically be an incoming freshman again..?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Lauren,

      In order to be immediately eligible upon transfer to another Div. I volleyball program, your current school must be able to certify that you would be eligible next Fall if you were staying there, rather than transferring to another school. If they can’t do that, you can still transfer to another Div. I program, but you won’t be eligible to compete for them until you’ve attended there for one year. Also, keep in mind that if you are considering transferring to another school within the same conference, there often are additional penalties involved.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Tom says:

    My nephew from Senegal came to D2 school as a transfer student. He played basketball this year at d2 school. He said he would go somewhere else because he didn’t like this university at all, so he decides to try in d1 school.
    So I’ve got few questions.
    1. he passed SAT exams only for D2. Does he have to write it again and get better results for D1, or are there some other academic rules for coming to D1?
    2. When and how can he contact coaches of D1 schools? Or on the other hand, can D1 coaches contact him anytime?
    3. In which case, if he is coming from d2 to d1 school, he could play and practice immediately next season, without sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tom,

      Your nephew does not have to take the SAT again, in fact it would not benefit him for NCAA eligibility even if he did. He must obtain written permission from his current school before coaches at Div. I or other Div. II schools can talk to him about a possible transfer. Assuming that your son was recruited and/or on scholarship at the Div. II school, he will have to sit out a year at a Div. I school before he can be eligible to play, but he could practice with the team during his “sit out” year.

      Rick

  • Shelby says:

    My daugghter is a D-1 softball player under a full scholarship. Things have not been going so well with her on the team. Is it true that if she transfers she is no longer eligible for another softball scholarship. That we would have to pay/loans the rest of her school years?
    Thanks,
    Shelby

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Shelby,

      No, that’s not true. In fact, the only reason why that might be true is if she transferred to another school within the same conference. Most conferences have a rule that places some kind of restriction or penalty on a student-athlete that transfers within the same conference.

      Your daughter can receive an athletic scholarship at any other school she transfers to if the softball coach at that particular school chooses to award a scholarship to her.

      Good luck to your daughter!

      Rick

  • Tom says:

    Hi, my son received a four year scolarship, is it true, that if he wants to go somewhere else or he doesn’t want to attend that school, does he have to pay back the rest of scholarship (for another 3 years)? Or is there any other possibility to withdrawn that 4-year scolarship at this school and go somewhere else?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tom,

      I don’t mean any disrespect, but first of all, are you sure he received a four-year scholarship? My past experience is that many people think their child received a four-year scholarship, but in reality, multi-year scholarships were only approved by the NCAA last Fall for the first time.

      Because multi-year scholarships are so new, there are a lot of unanswered questions about how they will be administered. However, if your son doesn’t want to stay at that school, I can’t imagine that he’d have to pay back something he didn’t receive (for the years that he doesn’t attend there). If he chooses to leave that school, in effect, he’s voluntarily withdrawing from the team, in which case, the school has the right to cancel his scholarship immediately.

      Rick

  • James says:

    My son will be a walk-on football player. Can he participate in their summer football workout program, if he is not enrolled in summer class.

    • Rick Allen says:

      James,

      Since you didn’t specify, I’m going to assume that you are talking about a Div. I football program. Because your son will be a walk-on, he can only participate in the summer workout program if he has enrolled in summer school class(es). And, he will only be allowed to participate in the workouts during the period of time that he is enrolled in his class(es).

      Rick

  • Jim says:

    Hi,the past three years I’ve gone to a small college called Albany College of Pharmacy. They did offer a limited number of sports, which competed in a division that included other professional schools and some junior colleges I believe. I am considering a transfer to a division III college that has a baseball program (a sport that my previous school did not offer). Would I be eligible to play baseball at the DIII school I transfer to, considering I’ve completed 3 years at a six-year school without participating in any organized athletics?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jim,

      Yes, you can be eligible to play baseball at a Div. III school. Assuming that you’ve been enrolled as a full-time student during your 3 years at your current school, you have two years remaining in which to compete. Actually, you have 4 semesters remaining, because Div. III allows a student-athlete 10 semesters of full-time enrollment within which they can use their four seasons of eligibility for competition.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jay says:

    Hi my question is if i were to walk on for a D-1 college basketball team and then went to another D-1 school and walked on there would I have to sit out. And if in the same situation were i walk on to one team but i am offered a scholarship to another would i have to sit out then too?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jay,

      As long as you were not recruited to the first Div. I team (see the post elsewhere on this website titled “Definition of a Recruited Athlete), you could attend there as a walk-on, and still be immediately eligible upon transfer a second Div. I school, as long as you meet the academic requirements for a 4-4 transfer to be immediately eligible.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Lucas says:

    Crazy question here. I ran track at a division 1 school and completed my eligibility in 4 years and then graduated the next year. This all happened from 1999-2004. I am currently getting my MBA at a NAIA school. Starting in June I will have 6 hours left to complete my MBA. Can I transfer my credits to another NAIA school so I can play 1 year of basketball? Is this possible? If so, what hoops do I need to go through to make this happen? Thanks.

  • pablo jones says:

    Hi Rick

    Since all scholarships are one year agreements that can
    change year to year. so if the first year was med red shirt with
    scholarship, the second was scholarship on the active roster, the
    third was no scholarship (walkon) . can this student transfer without
    having to sit out one year?

    Thanks Pablo

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pablo,

      You didn’t indicate if you’re talking about Div. I rules, nor did you identify the sport. As long as this student satisfies the academic requirements for a One-Time Transfer, he/she should not have to sit out a year as long as they are transferring in a sport other than Div. I baseball, basketball, football, or ice hockey, and as long as their current school agrees to the transfer.

      Rick

  • Teresa says:

    Hi Rick- If my son is just finishing his freshmen year at a division 3 college where he played baseball -can he transfer to a division 2 or 3 school and play right away next year as a walk on? He did have a scholarship at 3 school for academics since they can not give athletic scholarships.

  • David Ertter says:

    My son as a freshman, went to a DIII school for football and baseball. He did not make the 35 man roster for baseball or play in any varsity games. He did play in a shortend what the coach called a JV schedule. He is transfering to a DI school due to a tuition hike at his DIII school in which we can no longer afford. He has spoken to the baseball coach about getting a walk on try out in the fall. If he makes the team would he have to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi David,

      He won’t be required to sit out a year as long as he meets the academic requirements for a transfer to be immediately eligible, and as long as he wasn’t recruited to the Div. III school. See our post elsewhere on this website on The Definition of a Recruited Athlete.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Lauren says:

    I went to a four year college and rowed crew for one year. I graduated 2 years ago and am now looking into grad school. Can I play lacrosse at a division 3 school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Lauren,

      NCAA Division III (as well as NAIA and NCAA Div. II) utilizes the 10 semester/15 quarter rule. This rule limits the time period that an individual can compete as a student-athlete to their first 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time enrollment at any college institution. If, for example, you’ve only attended college as a full-time student for 8 semesters so far, you still have 2 semesters remaining in which you can compete in a sport.

      Rick

  • Alec WIckey says:

    I played golf my freshman year at a D2 school and then transferred to a D1 school but didnt play sports. Do I still have to sit out a year and lose a year of eligibility if I transfer to another D2 school? If so is that loss only for golf or is all athletics?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alec,

      If you have only attended the Div. I school for one academic year, you will probably have to sit out if you transfer to another Div. II school. If, however, you were at the Div. I school for two years without playing any sports, it’s possible that you could be immediately eligible upon transfer to a Div. II school.

      If you do have to sit out a year, that would only apply to the sport of golf. If you pursue a different sport that you have not previously practiced or played at the college level, you could probably be immediately eligible under either the “Nonrecruited Student Exception” or the “Two-Year Nonparticipation Exception.”

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Eric Alcantara says:

    Hey Rick, I play D1 baseball and I redshirted my freshmen year. Is it possible to go play at junior college after my sophmore year academic wise and play a year of D1 baseball which I will be a freshmen on the field. Can I still do a year of junior college after my freshmen season on the field if I was offered a scholarship ?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Eric,

      The way you have worded your questions has me confused. List year by year what you have done and what you hope to do. That would make it more clear and allow me to answer your question.

      Rick

      • Eric Alcantara says:

        Ok well I redshirted my freshmen year at a D1 school. I will be returning to the same D1 school as a sophmore this fall and I will be a freshmen on the field. Would I be eligible to transfer and play one year at a junior college after my spring semester of 2013 on a scholarship ? Hope that’s more understanding. Thanks again

        • Rick Allen says:

          Eric,

          Yes, you would be able to play one year at a junior college after your second year at the Div. I program. Keep in mind that to then be eligible as a 4-2-4 transfer if you go back to the Div. I level after the JUCO, you would need to graduate from the JUCO and you would need to have at least 60% of the requirements completed for your chosen degree at the Div. I school.

          For example, if you choose to pursue a degree at the Div. I school that requires 120 degree credit hours, you would need to have 72 of those specific hours as transferable degree credits when you transfer from the JUCO in order to be immediately eligible.

          Good luck!

          Rick

  • Andres says:

    Dear Rick,

    My name is Andres, I am going to my junior year right now, I played my sophmore year for a NAIA college. I came back to my home country, Spain, and I am having some financial issues to get money for next year. I will not have money for next year at my currently college, but I assigned my scholarship paper, not a letter of intention, just a paper saying my scholarship for next year. Can I quit my enrollment by distance and find a college that will be good for my new budget for next year? Still play without sitting one year?
    I already called the business office and they are knowing that i will not come back. Should i do something more? or i am free to look for colleges quickly, before august?
    Thank you
    Andres

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Andres,

      You can quit your enrollment by distance, but I recommend that you first see if there is another college you can go to before cancelling your current enrollment. To talk to other schools about a possible transfer, you will have to have written permission (e-mail acceptable) from your current school to speak with coaches from other schools. You should make this request first to your current head coach, and then via e-mail to the Athletic Director or Faculty Athletic Representative at the NAIA college.

      If your current school will grant you that permission, and if they can certify that you would be academically eligible if you were returning there this Fall rather than transferring, it will be possible for you to play for another college next year without sitting out.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Rafael says:

    Dear Rick,
    Please see if you can help me.
    here is my situation, a little bit complicated.

    Well I play soccer for NAIA college, and after the season ended up on november, I decided to tell my coach that I was not happy with the college and the soccer program, so I asked my release to find another college. He gave it to me on february. I contacted other colleges from february until may and applyed for some that showed interest ,but my coach was still trying to keep me. He said the things would change and all those things to convince me to stay and I assigned my scholarship paper for next year right before the summer term began.
    But now I decided to change my major for pre-med, and my currently college does not offer this major. However one of the colleges that I contacted and applyed before offers this major and are still interested in recruiting me. So since I sent my release to this college when I applyed I am free to go, or after I assigned the scholarship paper I have to get another release?
    Thank you So much
    have a great day.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Rafael,

      Based on your circumstances and the fact that I need more information about your situation, it would probably be better for us to discuss this over the phone. I will follow up with an e-mail to you.

      Rick

  • trevaughn says:

    hey i currently go to u of h and missed the tryout for walk ons so is it ok if i transfer to a nother d1 school and not sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Trevaughn,

      If you are a general student at U of H and have not been a student-athlete there in any other sport, you can transfer to another Div. I school and be immediately eligible under the Nonrecruited Student Exception. You’ll also have to meet the academic requirements for eligibility depending upon how many terms you have been enrolled in college as a full-time student.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Chris says:

    Dear Rick,
    I am transfering to NAIA college that is in a transition to DIII. I know that at DIII they do not offer soccer scholarship. But since they are in a transition and they gave me a letter of intent with soccer scholarship I want to know until when they have to honor that scholarship.
    Until I graduate?, or after one year I am gonna lose that?
    Thank you
    Chris

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      It is possible that you may not have a soccer scholarship after one year. However, it is also quite possible that you could receive an academic scholarship in an amount that would be about the same. Many Div. III schools have substantial endowments and provide significant academic scholarships even if they can’t provide athletic scholarships.

      It might work out just fine for you. Give it your best and enjoy your experience there!

      Rick

  • Brooke says:

    Rick,

    I played DI basketball my freshman year, with a full scholarship, and then transferred to a DII school and played immediately, on scholarship again. I am now trying to transfer to a second DII school, but the institution does not allow redshirting transfer athletes to be given athletic money. I have broken my foot and will be having surgery in August (of my academic junior year) and will be out for 6-8 months. For this reason, I will be unable to participate in team workouts or practice. I cannot afford the full tuition of this school and would like to greyshirt and take fewer classes in order to cut down on my cost of attendance. Is it possible to use a greyshirt year when transferring rather than redshirting?? Would I be eligible to play the following two academic years and finish my career within 5 years?

    I need any advice you can offer!

    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brooke,

      If you transfer directly to a second Div. II school after having already been at two four-year colleges, you wiil have to serve an academic year in residence at the next Div. II school (two semesters as a full-time student) before you can be eligible for competition. A better option might be to go to junior college for a year since you won’t be able to play anyway, pay less to go to school, and then transfer as a 4-4-2-4 transfer to the next Div. II school.

      You may want to inquire about that option with the Div. II school you are considering, or contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com for further info.

      Rick

      • Brooke says:

        So by transferring directly to a Junior College and redshirting for one year, I would be immediately eligible and have two years left when I returned to Division II???

        • Rick Allen says:

          Brooke,

          As long as you satisfied the academic requirements for a 4-2-4 transfer (the rule that would affect you as a 4-4-2-4 transfer), you could be immediately eligible with two seasons available at Div. II.

          Good luck!

          Rick

  • Keith Barrett says:

    Dear Rick,
    I attended a juco last year and they dropped the football program. I didn’t go back to the school after that and have been out of school since then, since december. But i do have film. I was wondering if i could go to a university and walk on or somehow obtain a role as a preferred walk on?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Keith,

      The first thing I believe you need to do is assess your academic situation and what you need to do to be eligible since you’ll be transferring from a JUCO. Did you register with the NCAA (or NAIA) Eligibility Center? If so, are you a Qualifier for Div. I, Div. II, for NAIA? Will you meet the academic requirements to be eligible when you transfer?

      Keep in mind that NAIA schools and NCAA Div. II are a permitted to have prospects tryout on campus before enrolling. You may want to contact schools and ask for a tryout so you can see if they would have a spot for you on their team.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jeff Clement says:

    After my sons senior year of High School he received a baseball scholarship to a D1 school. In the fall he decided it was not going to work out there for him. So he decided to transfer to another D1 school in spring, which he did. Now he is going into his sophomore year in the fall. He was contact by a junior college about playing baseball. My question is will he be considered a freshman as far as eligibility or a sophomore?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Your son will be considered a freshman in terms of his playing eligibility, whether he goes to a JUCO or stays at the Div. I school. If he chooses to go the JUCO route, keep in mind that he will have to graduate from the JUCO and have the required number of transferable degree credits in order to be immediately eligible at a Div. I school following JUCO. If you have additional questions, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Jaye Richard says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son is a senior and plays football with D1 talent and recruited by some of the schools. He is not eligible for D1 or D2 due to a Gpa of 1.9 and his SAT score is 920- reading/math. He has an opportunity and was accepted to Hargrave Military Academy PG program to Achieve eligibility.
    What is your opinion on post grad programs?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Post-grad programs such as Hargrave can be very beneficial for student-athletes. They get that year to improve their study habits, their NCAA eligibility standing (when necessary), their strength and conditioning, and their skill level. In addition, it gives them a year to adjust to being away from home for the first time, and the stress level that often occurs for college freshmen who are trying to balance their academic load with their athletic time commitment. As a result, they can be better prepared to compete as a freshmen.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Nate says:

    I have a question. I got a scholarship from a NAIA school that was in the processes of going D2 for football. I was at the camp for about 5 days before i left, i never went to the school or anything. After i went to a community college, and after a year i want to play for a different D2 school, my question is would i have to sit out? The school was NAIA in the process to becoming a D2 school. If i did have to sit out, does that mean i cant practice with the team or what can or cant i do if i have to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Nate,

      It really doesn’t matter whether the first school was officially considered an NAIA school or an NCAA Div. II school when you were in their camp. What will be more important is what you did academically at the community college and whether you have completed the required number of degree credit hours that will be transferable to the Div. II school you plan to transfer to.

      If you do have to sit out, that means you won’t be eligible to compete or travel with the team during your first year of enrollment. You can still practice with the team as long as the coach has room for you on the team and as long as you are enrolled as a full-time student.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Daniel Carrillo says:

    I am going to be a sophomore next year. I was injured my senior year from wrestling and had to have surgery which didn’t allow me to tryout for the college wrestling team. I have been with the team in their off season practices and the coach told me I could come to the summer practices but since I live out of state I figured it’d be better to train with my old high school team and club. I’ve been working out, training, running and lifting everyday. Am I at a disadvantage? Do I have an equal chance like any other person trying out?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Daniel,

      To be honest, my initial reaction when I read your questions was “Yes, you are at a disadvantage.” and “No, you don’t have an equal chance.” But, there are too many variables to be able to determine that, including the types of workouts you’ve been doing, the quality of opponents you’ve been working out with, and whether the coach will show favoritism to those who are working out on campus. In many cases, the coach would feel that you are more “committed” to the program if you were working out on campus with the other guys on the team. But, again, that may not be true in this case depending upon the coach, and on the workouts you have been doing and on the quality of wrestlers you have been working out with.

      Give it your all, and good luck!

      Rick

  • Sheldon says:

    I am a walk on division 2 baseball player and I want to transfer to a division 1 school. Will I need to sit out a year? I originally played at a Juco before going to a division 2 school.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Sheldon,

      As long as you were not a “recruited walk-on” to the Div. II school (see our article on the “Definition of a Recruited Athlete”) and as long as you would be eligible if you were returning to the Div. II school, you should not have to sit out at Div. I.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Jerry Buster says:

    2 year baseball player in Div 3 program. Was recruited. Desired major study program was discontinued after enrollment. Hoping for reinstatement of program, but it will not happen. Want to transfer to Div 1 and be immediately eligible. Can the “major discontinuation” help justify eligibility and avoid sitting a year?
    Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jerry,

      That depends. You state that “Desired major study program” was discontinued. The decision may come down to whether the degree program had been officially declared with the Registrar’s office at the Div. III school. If yes, then immediate eligibility is a definite possibility. If no, then I think a “sit out year” would be required. If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Gary says:

    Rick

    My son originally went to URI to play baseball. His grade were terrible and we made him transfer to a local JC (I also didn’t let him play baseball till his grades improved). He took 14 credits at the JC and pulled a 3.75. Because only a few credits transferred from URI he now has only 22 credits. He enrolled in a summer class but had a seizure and needed to drop the class. My question is can he play baseball for the JC beginning this year even though he was not fully matriculated last year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Gary,

      The fact that your son had a seizure while he was trying to gain additional credit hours this summer makes this more appropriate for somebody at the NJCAA, who may be able to tell you if a waiver is possible. I’ll send you a private e-mail with some info on who to contact.

      Rick

  • David says:

    Rick,

    I was originally a walk on baseball player, non-recruited out of high school, at a D1 program. I red shirted my freshman season, and have competed the past three seasons, this past spring being my first on athletic scholarship money. I completed my undergraduate degree this spring after my 4th year, and have one remaining year of eligibility this spring. I have been accepted into graduate school at my current institution, however I was just made aware that my scholarship is not being renewed this season and am no longer on any money. Would I be free to transfer to any D1 program without sitting out? Do I need a release before contacting other coaches? Can I have a third party discuss interest on my behalf with other teams before getting my release if I am not allowed to? Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      David,

      Based on your situation, you should be eligible to transfer to a Div. I program as a Grad student and be immediately eligible if your current school will agree to your use of the One-Time Transfer Exception. You will need a release before contacting other coaches.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Donnie says:

    I was a senior at a D1 school for baseball. i failed a school drug test and was released from the team. how do i go about playing my senior year? LSU Mathieu can, so why have i been told that i will not be able to play my senior year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Donnie,

      If you’re considering transferring to another Div. I school, and are or were recruited or on athletic scholarship at your current school, you won’t be able to be eligible as you would have to serve a year in residence. It might be possible for you to transfer to an NAIA program.

      Rick

  • Brad says:

    Hi Rick,
    One of my friends plays football and baseball at a D1 school. He is on a full scholarship for the football team and a walk on for the baseball team. It has come to the point where he has decided to play baseball but he will have to transfer because he won’t be able to afford the school he is currently at. If he was to transfer to another D1 baseball program would he have to sit out a year even if he uses the one year transfer exception and wasn’t a recruited athlete at his current school for baseball because he was on a full ride for football? Or can he transfer without having to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brad,

      Since your friend was on a football scholarship and wasn’t recruited at his current school for baseball, he should be able to transfer and be immediately eligible without sitting out a year. If your friend plans to stay at his current school for football this Fall and then transfer at midyear for baseball, be aware that midyear Div. I baseball transfers can’t be immediately eligible. This is true of any midyear baseball transfer, whether coming from a JUCO or another four-year school.

      Rick

  • tom says:

    Hi
    My daughter was released from a D2 school for cross country. She was on a scholarship and she was a red shirt.She quit the team, and was granted a release. So she would be able to run this year.
    She then talked to another D2 school for cross country. the new school wants to give her a scholarship. Can she run with out the scholarship( turn it down because its not much) and then transfer at the end of that year, with out sitting out a year. to a school that will have more scholarship money at the start of the new year. And that school is the school that has her major.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tom,

      If your daughter transfers a second time to a Div. II school (so Div. II A to Div. II B and then to Div. II C) she would have to sit out a year before being eligible to compete. She might, however, be able to transfer with eligibility from the second Div. II school to an NAIA school, or perhaps a Div. III school (although they can’t offer athletic scholarships).

      Rick

  • Garret says:

    Hey Rick, my son straight out of high school was listed as a preferred walk on by a D1 school. When he got there they did not accept him because they changed the coaching staff and a new head coach was hired and changed the program. They didn’t take any players except their recruited ones so now my son is wanting to transfer schools to play somewhere else. He has been off the diamond for a year but playing in a local adult wood bat League. He came from a smaller school with low exposure and was recruited through his pitching coach to the D1 school.
    He’s happy to play anywhere, just wants to play baseball. He is a Junior now in college by credits but can he still play 4 years at any school? Any tips for getting started in getting this goal moving or getting his name to other smaller colleges even though he is in college? Hes a Righty submarine pitcher with good movement if that helps any.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Garret,

      If your son is now a junior in college and has been a full-time student every semester, he will have two years of eligibility remaining for a Div. I school after this year, and could have three years remaining for a Div. II or NAIA school, if he transfers at midyear. For more details on all the transfer requirements and exceptions, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Markie says:

    Hi

    I use to play soccer for a college, I just quit not so long ago and wanting to play somewhere else. do I still need to sign a release form or no? because the coach never ask me to sign a release form after quitting. the school I did play for was NAIA

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Markie,

      If you are still attending that school, or if you’ve been withdrawn from the school for less than one full year, you still need permission from that school before coaches at an NCAA school can talk with you about a possible transfer.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Billey says:

    Hi Rick,

    I have question that doesn’t nessecarily pertain to the exact topic. Hope you answer anyways!

    What if a player walks on for a basketball team in october when his classes are already scheduled and once on the team he finds out that some of his classes conflict with the team practice schedule? what will “usually” (because I know you dont know every situation) happen?

    The reason I ask is I have my classes set in stone and will tryout in october. I wanted to know wether or not they would just cut the walkon or basically disqualify him completly? Because I do understand that you can’t skip class for practice.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Billey,

      That’s a tough question to answer, because it will depend upon the coach. However, I do have to say that if your classes will conflict with practice, it will be tougher for you to be selected. Look at it this way – if you and another walk-on candidate are exactly equal in skill and ability, and the other candidate doesn’t have a schedule that conflicts with practice, he’s going to be selected for the team over you.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Thomas says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am a walk-on at a D1 school and am being red-shirted, but because of money issues and health problems in my family i am wanting to transfer at the semester to go to another D1 closer to home. Will I be able to transfer with out penilty because the schools are moving to the same conference next season? Do i have to ask for permission to transfer? and can my current school deny me transfering to the D1 school closer to home since they will be in the same conference next year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Thomas,

      To answer your questions:
      1. Your ability to transfer without penalty will depend upon whether you were recruited to your current school (see our blog on the Definition of a Recruited Athlete), and on the policies of the conference.
      2. You will have to have written permission from your current school before coaches at other schools can talk to you about a transfer.
      3. Your school can restrict your ability to talk with other schools and your ability to transfer to another school, but they must provide you with an appeal opportunity if your request is denied.

      Rick

      • Thomas says:

        I took a look at that and it seems like i was recruited. So i guess my next question would be after i get permission to talk to other schools hows would i go about contacting schools?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Thomas,

          Phone or e-mail coaches at the schools you’re interested in to let them know of your interest in transferring, and have former coaches, such as a high school coach, call coaches on your behalf.

          Rick

  • Thomas says:

    okay thanks. and my last question is, is it normal for other schools to accept recruited walk-ons? or do they normally shy away from accepting them?

  • Zoltan Schmirnov says:

    I dropped out my 1st semester in fall 2008 of a two-year school (did not play sports). I started again going full-time in fall 2010, spring ’10, fall ’11,spring ’11, fall ’12 (not playing sports). This semester (fall ’12) I started playing baseball again.
    I intend to play fall ’12/spring ’13 at the junior college.
    If I sit out school and work for tuition money during the fall ’12 semester would I have eligibility under the D2 10 semester rule to play baseball spring ’14, fall ’14, and finally spring ’15? Thanks so much.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Zoltan,

      First off, I’m assuming that you meant that you would sit out and work during the Fall ’13 semester (not Fall ’12). I can’t speak to whether you would be academically eligible for those 3 semesters, but yes, you should have 3 semesters remaining under the 10-semester rule, according to your plan.

      Rick

      • Zoltan Schmirnov says:

        Oops, yes I meant sit Fall ’13, sorry. I’m not sure what you mean ‘academically eligible’? I will have over 74 credits from the community college, my current GPA is 3.2, is there something I’m missing??

        • Rick Allen says:

          Zoltan,

          When you decide which Div. II school you are transferring to, you’ll have to have the required number of hours of transferable degree credit that will apply toward your chosen major at that school (usually 12 credit hours per term of full-time enrollment at the JUCO must apply toward your chosen major). That school will have to determine your academic eligibility.

          Rick

  • John says:

    Rick,
    My daughter was a prospective walk on at a 4 yr institution. She was not recruited and eventually became a qualifier. She was clearly given an erroneous written answer (misinterpretation of 2011 bylaw 14.1.8.2.3 – concurrent courses at two institutions, which he quoted) by the 4 yr institution Compliance Officer to a direct question about eligibility if she used a cross enrollment option between an associated 2 yr institution and the 4 yr institution. The 2 yr is not a branch school and does not offer an athletic program. Upon his advice, she enrolled in 9 hrs at the 2 yr and cross enrolled 6 hrs at the 4 yr, thinking that this would count as full time regular enrollment at the 4yr because of a particular enrollment agreement between the two institutions. Turns out, though she does have 15 hours of enrollment that will count toward a degree program at the 4 yr, the 2 yr is claiming full time enrollment and the 4yr is claiming part time enrollment this semester. After walking into first classes, she is now being told by the new Compliance Officer (hint, hint) that she is ineligible for first semester athletics and that she will be required to follow 2 yr transfer rules to participate in the spring semester.
    My question is:
    1. Do you think this situation is worthy of a waiver request for relaxation of 2 yr transfer rules because these are circumstances beyond her control. Turns out that the universities would immediately reverse the enrollment for her if it would help. But at least is seems that she should not be subject to any rules when she obviously transfers to join the team in the spring.
    2. It would seem that she is clearly worthy of a waiver of the 5 year rule based on bylaw 14.2.1.5.1.1(c) in the 2012-2013 manual.
    Further more, the school is refusing to file for a waiver, in my opinion, because in the written response, the Compliance Officer says that they have seen this before. Obviously indicating that they have had season long eligibility problems. Is there anything she can do about their refusal to attempt to correct their own error?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      It appears based on what you’ve stated that your daughter’s situation may be worthy of a waiver for misadvisement, but unfortunately, only the school can file the waiver. Your daughter can’t file a waiver as an individual.

      I suggest you have your daughter contact the Faculty Athletic Representative for her school. The role of the FAR is that they are to serve as a liason between the athletic department and the academic interests of the campus. They are also supposed to be an advocate for student-athlete welfare. Perhaps he or she can be helpful in your daughter’s discussions with the athletic department.

      Rick

  • Cameron says:

    hello Rick I am a student athlete that got recruited out of high school and signed a football scholarship to a division 1 (FCS) school. I was redshirted that whole calendar year. At the end of the spring semester I left because of academical suspension that i would face in the fall. so during the summer i took three online classes to continue building my gpa and now i am taking 4 classes this fall. I am planning on accepting a football scholarship to a junior college in january ( spring semester). My questios are 1. how long would it take me to graduate from the school. 2. could i leave after any semester that i want and walk on to any four year school to play football?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Cameron,

      I don’t know how long it will take you to graduate from the junior college, because it depends upon how many of your hours you’ve taken so far will transfer to the junior college. As a 4-2-4 transfer, you’ll need to graduate from the junior college in order to be eligible at a Div. I school, but that would not be necessary if you are going to a Div. II school.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • bob says:

    a freshman scholarship player breaks team rules and is suspended from the team for the remainder of his freshman year. He tried to make the team as a walk on in the fall but did not make the cut. What are his transfer options and waiting periods for D1.D2 or Juco

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Bob,

      It would be possible for the player to be immediately eligible upon transfer to a Div. II or JUCO program, but if he transfers to Div. I, he’ll have to sit out from competition during his first year at that school. For more information on his transfer options, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Michele says:

    My daughter has been offered a scholarship to an naia school to play on the jv squad for basketball. She has a few naia schools very interested in her for softball. My question is, the basketball coach wants her to sign now but she is reluctant because she wants to see what someone will offer for softball. can she sign right now with basketball school and change her mind later and be ok. She is a hs senior right now

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Michele,

      You mentioned that the basketball offer to your daughter is for the jv squad. I realize that the scholarship may be very important to you as a family, but frankly, from an athletic competition standpoint, a jv offer is not much of an offer.

      What is the level of interest in your daughter for softball? Is it also just for the jv squad, or would they be looking at her as a potential starter next year? If they are recruiting her as a varsity starter (or significant contributor) for softball, I would wait on the softball offers.

      Rick

  • Allen says:

    Hi, I’m a out of state student that walked-on to a D1 track and field team last year and before that I was at a JUCO. I had a great season last year but didn’t get a Scholarship for this upcoming school year which is my last year. My bills for the year our already crazy and as of right now I wont be able to come back for next semester which is when the season starts do to the costs of school. So my question to you is can I transfer to another school and be able to Throw without having to wait because this is my last year.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Allen,

      Yes, you can transfer to another school at mid-year and be immediately eligible for the spring semester as long as your current school will be able to say – at the time that you transfer – that you would have been eligible if you were returning rather than transferring. For more details on the transfer rules and process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Derrick says:

    Hi Rick,
    I’m a out of state student that walked on to a D1 Football team last year and redshirted. Before that I was at a JUCO for 2 years. The head coach told me I was going to be put on scholarship for spring before he got fired at the start of this year. With my new coaches they did not carry that offer. After a good spring and fall camp I expected to play and compete this season with the new current coaches but that is not what it is looking like. After this season I will not be able to afford another semester here at this university. Will I be able to transfer to another D1 univirsity and play football next season without sitting out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Derrick,

      As long as you were 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”), you can transfer to another Div. I school and play football next season, as long as you meet the academic requirements for transfer. However, you might benefit from transferring to an NCAA Div. II school, because you could possibly get another season of football by attending school only part-time during a spring semester. For more details on that possibility, and the transfer rules and process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Cameron says:

    this is cameron again, well i have 25 hours so far but i am taking 12 hours right now until i go to a junior college in january. I believe it shouldnt take more than 3 semesters to graduate from there wouldnt you agree?

  • Matthew says:

    Hello Rick,
    Son was recruited to div 1school for baseball, he sustained an injury in the fall of 2011 and did not participate in any fall games. At mid-term moved back home for surgery and over break decided not to return to that school. He took 12 hours of credits at a local CC and concentrated on his PT and healing. He then transferred to another div 1 school in the fall 2012 and in another conference and will probably make the team as a walk on. They are going to contact the NCAA but what are his chances he can play spring 2013 considering he needed to be home for surgery.
    Thank you

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Matthew,

      Assuming that your son was enrolled full-time at the local CC, it’s unlikely he can play spring 2013, because the rules for a 4-2-4 transfer require that the athlete graduate from the two-year school in order to be eligible in their first year at the second 4-year school. If you’d like more details on the 4-2-4 transfer rules, you can contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

      • Matthew says:

        Hello,
        Does that mean he could have played if he hadn’t enrolled in 12 credits at the CC? That seems like punishment, if he had known he would have taken less credits.
        Thank you for your time.
        Matt

        • Rick Allen says:

          Matt,

          You mentioned that your son was recruited to the Div. I school for baseball. In that case, he still wouldn’t be eligible to play for the second Div. I school in Spring 2013. Had he only been a part-time student at the CC last Spring, he would have then been a 4-4 transfer from the first Div. I school to the one he’s at now, and he would have to serve a year in residence before being eligible for competition.

          Rick

  • Wes says:

    Hello Rick,
    My question/problem is as follows, my son was recruited to a D1 lacrosse program over a 2 yr. period official visit phone calls etc. When decision time came the coach informed him that his Athletic money was used up but he assured us that he had a “spot on the team” and there would be no tryouts. He also said he would support my sons application through admissions process. His freshman year he did not play. My son returned sophomore yr. to find out there would be tryouts to make the team. He was injured during practice leading up to tryouts, subsequently he missed 1/2 the tryouts and was dropped from the team. If he decides he wants to transfer will he need a release to talk to other schools ? As I understand it he will be considered a red shirt for his freshman year leaving 4 years of eligibility. Would he be immediately eligible to play his sophomore year if he transferred. If he doesn’t play Sophomore year he will he lose a second year of eligibility leaving him with 3 years. Does it change eligibility if he transferes to D2 or D3

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Wes,

      Your son will need permission to contact other schools before coaches at other schools will be able to talk with him about a possible transfer. It is possible for him to transfer to Div. I, II, or III and be immediately eligible at the next school. If you’d like more details about the transfer rules and process, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • Norm says:

    Rick,

    My son is a preferred walk-on at a D1 school. He was told he would have an opportunity to prove himself during the fall season. More players came back than the coaches expected, so he was cut after conditioning, before games began due to a numbers issue – he is still considered on the team since he is on the fall roster. If he transfers to a D1 school to begin second semester, will he be eligible to play ball next fall 2013?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Norm,

      As long as your son satisfies the rules for the One-Time Transfer Exception, he can be eligible at another Div. I school next Fall. For more info, you may want to purchase the downloadable transcript “What You Should Know About Transfers” from the Store of the website.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Ira says:

    Hi Rick,
    I also have a question. My son attended a D3 school in Fall 2010 with intentions to play basketball, but decided not to at the last moment. He transferred to a local JUCO
    school in Winter 2011. During his sophomore year he played on the JUCO basketball team. This Fall (2012) he transferred to a large school (D1) and decided to tryout as a walk on. If he makes it , will he have to sit out or can he play right away ?

  • Ira says:

    Understood , do you know of there is an appeal process or waiver exception possibilities ?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Ira,

      A waiver request is possible, but would need to be submitted by the school (so they would need to agree that there are sufficient reasons to request the waiver), and will most likely be denied unless you can demonstrate with supporting documentation that your son did not meet the requirements due to circumstances beyond his control.

      Rick

  • David says:

    I have a question. Currently I’m attending a junior college. I supposed to play soccer my freshman year and sophomore year. But I was hit with an injury. That caused me to red shirt for two season. Now, I want to transfer to a division 1 school. So, do I need a release form from my community college coach? And are my eligible to transfer to division 1 school if I don’t have 90 credits?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi David,

      You don’t need permission from your coach to talk with coaches at Div. I schools. Whether you can be eligible to transfer depends upon a number of things. Among them:

      1. Did you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, and if so, were you classified as a Qualifier or NonQualifier?
      2. Did you earn you Associates Degree at the JUCO?
      3. Will you meet the Div. I progress towards degree requirements, of which there are 3 or 4 different ones.

      I suggest you contact the athletic compliance office at the Div. I school that you’ve been accepted to, and have them evaluate your JUCO transcript.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Martin says:

    My son is in his freshman year at a D2 school on a baseball scholarship. After fall workouts he has decided he does not like the school and program is not what he thought is was going to be. He wants to transfer to a JUCO after his freshman year and play his sophmore year there. Does he have to get permission for contact from current coach or AD? What restrictions will he have in school selection following JUCO?

  • Joseph says:

    Hi,
    I am currently in a D3 college and am considering running track. I enrolled in 2010. My would I be eligible to run at a D1 school if I have not participated in any sports and was not recruited.

  • JB says:

    Rick, my son committed to a D1 out of high school and signed a NLI for baseball. Before attending classes, he asked for and was granted a release. He immediately enrolled into another D1 and walked on, unrecruited. He has attended fall practice. He may be interested in transfering between the Fall and Spring semester.
    Now, if he doesn’t make the team as an unrecruited walk-on, 1. Does his initial release count as a transfer? 2. Could he use the one-time waiver to walk on to another D1? 3. What would you recommend, thinking forward, as he would like to compete and complete his education at D1 level before a potential draft.

    • Rick Allen says:

      JB,

      To answer your questions:

      1. His initial release doesn’t count as a transfer as long as he didn’t attend any classes or any practices at the school that he signed with.
      2. He can use the One-Time Transfer Exception to walk on to another Div. I program.
      3. If he wants to compete as well as complete his education before a potential draft, find a Div. I school with an academic program that he prefers, and with a baseball program that wants him there and will invest a scholarship in him.

      Rick

  • Margie Richmondq says:

    Hi, my son is graduating from high school this year and is considering is options for next year. Can he play 1 of baseball and our local junior college and then move on to play at another school? Or if he plays 1 year of Junior College is he required to play the 2nd year before moving on?

  • Mike says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am a non-recruited walk-on a D1 football team. I am considering to transfer to another D1 team. If I somehow “Get on the field” (participate) in these last games of this season will I be able to transfer to another D1 without sitting out a year? If I transfer Will I be able to participate in the upcoming spring ball at another D1?
    thank you!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Mike,

      Whether you play in the remaining games of the season does not effect your ability to transfer without sitting out a year. You will be able to participate in spring ball at another Div. I program.

      Rick

  • Pam Burnett says:

    My son is at a NAIA school playing basketball on an academic scholarship. He is a freshman and this is his first semester. The school is facing an issue with their accredidation. What are the rules for transfering from a NAIA to a NCAA D3 school mid year (after his first semester)?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Pam,

      As long as the NAIA school can say that your son would be eligible if he had stayed there rather than transferring to the Div. III school, he can transfer at mid-year and be immediately eligible. A separate question that I can’t answer for you (because it isn’t an NCAA matter) is whether the accreditation issue will cause a problem with his admission to the Div. III school.

      Good luck to your son!

      Rick

  • Robert says:

    My son was invited to walk on to play at a four year school. He didn’t sign anything. The school got a new coach who cut him from the team. Can he stay at the four year school and play at a JC , or does he have to take 12 units at a JC to be eligible ?

  • Kris says:

    Rick, in water polo if a freshmen student is redshirted for the 1st year at a Div 1 university, can they transfer to a JC school for the fall of the next year and play, and then how long can they play at a jc school before going back to a university

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Kris,

      The athlete could compete two years at the JUCO, with two years then available at the university level. However, from an academic standpoint, it may be better to only compete one year at the JUCO, to then have three years available at a university.

      Rick

  • Pat says:

    I am planning on transferring from school A to school B. I run indoor and outdoor track at school A. Before winter break and the transfer happens I will have run in 2 races for the indoor season. Does this make me ineligible to run indoor track at school B?

  • Joseph S. says:

    Hey Rick,

    I ran xc,indoor and outdoor track my freshman year for School A(division II) and transferred to another division II school and ran for them my entire sophomore year and one season my junior year(xc). I decided to quit the team and give up my scholarship due to financial difficulties(scholarship wasnt much) and also there were many personal issues between coach and I so I decided to leave and work. However I did attempt to rejoin the team this year and my attempt was denied(Dont know if this is legal or not but the coach didnt let me rejoin because of his ego. still have the email if it matters). Nonetheless, I first enrolled in college on sept. 2009 and I am set to graduate dec. 2013(2 part-time semesters caused me to grad a semester late) including not participating in any sports this year. Would I still have elgibility to run all three sports for another DII school for the school year of sept 2014- may 2015? maybe even DI? A grad school of course. Thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Joseph,

      You could not run for a Div. I school in the 14-15 school year, because your “five-year clock” will expire at the end of 2013-14. However, since this is your 7th semester since your initial college enrollment, but 2 of those are part-time semesters, you should have 5 semesters remaining on the Div. II “10-semester rule” so running in 2014-15 is possible.

      Good luck!

      Rick

  • Dashawn Goodwin says:

    Hey Rick I’m a walk on at the Div 1AA was not recruited out of high school. played in 3 games in my career I want a to transfer to another Div 1aa or a Div Fbs school will i be able to.

  • james says:

    I played at a D1 school my freshman year and transferred to play at this D3 school that I am at now. I want to transfer back to a D1 school next year (my junior year). Do i have to sit out a year if i transfer from a D3 school to a D1 school? and do i need a release for coaches to talk to me? Also i do not want my coach here finding out that i wish to transfer before the spring season starts for baseball. what should i do and when should i contact other schools?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi James,

      If you transfer from the Div. III school to a Div. I program you will have to sit out a year from competition. Also, you will need permission from your current school for coaches at Div. I or II schools to talk with you. So, you should wait until late into your spring season before asking for permission to speak with other schools.

      Rick

  • Alex says:

    Hi Rick,

    I’m currently a freshman D-2 football player on scholarship and I dislike the college life here. I want to transfer to a D-1 school and try to walk on. I played this past season for my D-2 team but would I be eligible to try and walk on? If I can, when would I be eligible?

    Thanks,

    Alex

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alex,

      If you transfer to a Div. I program, you will have to attend there for one full academic year before you can be eligible to play, but you could practice with the team. Also, if you aren’t staying at your current school until the end of the year, you’ll also need a release from the NLI you probably signed.

      Rick

  • WARTH says:

    Hi Rick
    My son was a football walk-on without any scholarship D1AA, He was asked to sign a scholarship starting the Spring Semester. He asked for permission to contact other schools and did not sign scholarship. What would his options be or not be at the next institution if he leaves to a D1 School to play football this next semester?
    He would not be able to participate for a total of 3 semesters?
    Can he be given a scholarship?
    Thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Was your son recruited to his current school (you may want to review the blog on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete”)?

      If that’s the case, the One-Time Transfer Exception can be used by him to transfer “down” with immediate eligibility to a “lower level” of football, such as FCS scholarship program to FCS non-scholarship program or two Div. II. Otherwise, if he is going from FCS to another FCS at the same level, or from FCS to FBS, he’ll have to sit out a year at the next school.

      Rick

  • Rebecca Young says:

    I am a softball player at my NAIA school, but I am transferring schools next year to a D1 school for academic reasons. I still want to play softball but I am not sure if I am allowed to contact the coach at the D1 school? & if I am able to join the team will I loose a year of eligibility?

  • Dana says:

    I current play at an NAIA division college. Before signing with an NAIA division college,I qualified with NCAA I have my ID number and paperwork from early 2012 but I did not attend a NCAA Div I college. If after my season is over at the NAIA college and get picked up by a Div I or Div II team/college. Will I have to reaply again to NCAA to be qualified to play?And will I have to sit out any amount of time,and why? Will it be easier to walk-on a Div I or Div II team after transfering from an NAIA team?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Dana,

      You will have to log in to your NCAA Eligibility Center account and complete the Amateurism questions since you haven’t yet attended an NCAA school. As far as whether you will need to sit out for a year, that depends upon whether you are released by your NAIA school, your academic standing. Probably easier to walk on to a Div. II team rather than Div. I.

      Rick

  • Frank Hammer says:

    Rick: Great site. If a military academy football freshman (Air Force, Navy, Army) practices and suits up for games, but never gets in a game, wants to transfer to another D1 school as a PREFERRED WALK-ON at the end of his first semester, does he lose a year of eligibility?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Frank,

      He won’t lose a year of eligibility if he qualifies for the One-Time Transfer Exception (academically eligible when he leaves, and is released by his academy) and was not “recruited.” You may want to check out our blog titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • Bill Plan says:

    My son tried to walk on at a D1 school and didn’t make it. He is transferring to a JC for the spring. Can he transfer to a different D1 the next fall? He doesn’t fit the recruited athlete definition.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Bill,

      For your son to be eligible for competition during his first year of enrollment at another Div. I school as a 4-2-4 transfer, he’ll have to graduate from the JUCO and meet other academic requirements.

      Rick

  • WARTH says:

    Hey Rick
    My son was granted permission to contact two universities that are closer to home. He wants to be able to transfer this next semester but it looks like the AD told the players that they are not going to give an athletic release until after the new coach (just began looking for replacement) has a chance to talk to them. My son was a freshman non-scholarship walk-on this past semester and we had to pay for everything and now the AD has the right to hold up his release even though next Friday is the end of the term and he will not be going back to that school? Another reason he wants out is the Institution has lowered a failing grade to a .85. This will cheapen his diploma that we are paying money for.
    The AD is out for the rest of the week (looking at candidates) so he can not personally speak to him so I am writing an email to ask for the release. What can I ask of him? I need to put in that email that if he will not give the release right now that I need an immediate hearing with “Who”?
    Thanks

  • bill plan says:

    even if he wasn’t recruited to the 1st d 1 school? Wh doesn’t the non recruited walk on rule apply here?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Bill,

      That rule only benefits non-recruited athletes in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey going directly from one Div. I school to another. It doesn’t apply to 4-2-4 transfers.

      Rick

  • John says:

    Dear Rick ,

    My son is playing D2 basketball and wants to transfer to a D1. My sons stats are very impressive for a freshman and has a gpa of 3.7. The school he is attending does not give out release papers. I know that if coachs say no then he will have a speech with people on the campus. If they deny him and he does not receive his release papers, what are the rules for him transferring? I know he must sit out a year but during that year can he still practice with a d1 team? He is also on a full scholarship thanks!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi John,

      Without permission to contact other schools, your son would need to apply for transfer admission as a general student without any contact with coaches or athletic staff at the school(s) he might be interested in. Also, since your son is on scholarship and probably signed an NLI, check out the NLI rules at http://www.national-letter.org if he doesn’t plan to fulfill his commitment to attend his school for at least one year.

      Rick

      • John Cirk says:

        Dear Rick,
        He will be staying for the entire year, just the school does not release many people. Was wondering if there is anyway around a release paper, or anyway to get it if school denies him.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi John,

          In your earlier post, you referred to the appeal process that the school must make available to your son. If his request is denied at that level, he can still transfer, but will have restrictions as to how he can transfer and what he will be eligible for.

          Rick

  • Hasan says:

    Dear Rick,

    I am a full time student who is attending community college. I’ve recently completed my freshman year of college and now I am currently in my sophomore year. I am highly interested in playing for a Division 1 Basketball team as an walk on athlete. I planned on transferring from my community college to a 4 year university after this year, but due to the fact that I changed my major I may have to stay an additional semester at my community college when I head into my junior year, in order to have enough credits to transfer. This would mean that I wouldn’t be able to transfer to a university nor walk on the basketball team as a junior. So, when I do transfer to a 4 year university I will be able to walk on as a senior. What I would like to know is that if I do walk onto the team and make it as a senior, would I still have 3 more years to play ball, in terms of eligibility? Would I be able to continue playing while attending grad school? I would like to add that I did not participate on the basketball team while attending community college. I would really love and appreciate your help, thanks a ton.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Hasan,

      If your goal is to play NCAA Div. I basketball, keep in mind that all Div. I athletes have a “five-year clock” during which they can use their four seasons of eligibility. This means that your five-year period started with your first semester of full-time enrollment at any college. Since you’re currently in your sophomore year, you will have 3 years remaining on your “five-year clock” after this year.

      Rick

  • Jeremy says:

    Hey Rick, I’m currently a sophomore academically at a UConn campus in Hartford (which doesn’t have a football team).. I was wondering if I transferred to a division III school, would I still be able to play 4 years of collegiate football?
    Thanks, Jeremy

    • Rick Allen says:

      Jeremy,

      As a Div. III athlete (or Div. II or NAIA), you will have no more than 10 semesters of full-time enrollment (including semesters in which you’ve already been enrolled as a full-time student) in which to use your four seasons of college eligibility.

      Rick

  • Grant says:

    Hey Rick,
    I’m currently attending a division 1 school and I am planning on walking on/trying out for the basketball team. I am a sophomore right now but wouldn’t be on the team until I was a jr. With the 5 year clock for division 1 would I be able to play for three more years since I wouldn’t have started until my jr year which would mean ive only used 2 years of my clock so far? Thanks for your help.

  • Tony says:

    I was wondering about the 5 year clock rule. I enrolled in 2005 for full time but withdrew from classes for personal reasons. I ended up with less than full time credits that semester. I had a few semesters like this but eventually transferred in 2009 and was full time for a year then was forced out for a few years due to finances and have never been a full time student since. I wanted to walk on for the football team. So my question is do I have any eligibility left to play D1 football at all? If not what about D2? Thank you.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tony,

      If you attended classes in Fall 2005 as a full-time student and then withdrew from classes after the semester started, then your five-year clock for Div. I has expired. NCAA Div. II, III, and NAIA follow a ten-semester rule in which they only count the semesters in which you are enrolled as a full-time student. But keep in mind that attending even just one day at the start of a term as a full-time student and then withdrawing or dropping below full-time is still counted as a full-time term.

      Good luck,

      Rick

  • Gerald says:

    Hey Mr. Allen, my child plays tennis at a d-2 school and is thinking of transferring after this upcoming semester…is he allowed to contact d-1 schools? He is a walk-on athlete and signed a non-scholorship LOI with the school before the fall season. Thank You! We need your help!

  • Gerald says:

    Ok thank you for your help. Do you think it would be smarter for him to not go back this upcoming semester so he could get a head start on the process of transferring and visiting schools since he is planning on playing tennis in the fall of 2013? I know its a long process that is not especially easy. Thanks Mr. Allen. -Gerald

  • Faustino says:

    I finished my freshman year with a D3 football team. I am looking into transferring to a D2 school in the fall and walking on to the football school in my home state. What steps should I take to accomplish this? thank you

  • Robert says:

    Hi Rick -
    I have a question about my eligibility to play on the D1 LEVEL. I first went to a D2 College on scholarship in which I was redshirted (never played). I left and went straight to a junior college for four semesters. I am one class short of my AA in fine Arts, in which I am taking an eight week class to complete by this March of 2013. My question is that I want to enroll at the D1 College this spring 2013 and will pay out of pocket for this spring. My degree will be awarded by late March 2013 on my transcript. I want to try out for the team as a walk-on or try to earn the scholarship for fall 2013. Can I enroll at the four year D1 now or do I have to wait?

    Please help,
    Robert

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Robert,

      You will have to wait until after you have earned and been awarded your AA degree. Per NCAA Bylaw 14.5.6.6, “All transfer requirements … must be met prior to the student-athlete’s transfer to the certifying institution.”

      Rick

  • Tony says:

    Hi Rick

    My son received a baseball scholarship to a Juco out of HS. He enrolled and played the fall season, however, only completed 9 credit hours and was ineligible to participate in the spring. My question is “Assuming he can get his academics back on track how many years of eligibility does he have left? Did his participation in the fall cost him a year of eligibility?Thanks in advance
    Tony

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Tony,

      I’m not certain how the JUCO fall season is counted, but based on your info, your son should have at least 3 seasons left, and possibly four. He has up to four years available during his college enrollment, with no more than two years at the JUCO level.

      Rick

  • Derrick says:

    Hi Rick.
    I am a walk on and plan to transfer from d1 football team to another. I passed all my classes fall semester 2012 but I am currently not enrolled in school (spring 2013). By taking this semester off will I still be eligible to play this upcoming season at another D1. How much units passed do I need to have to be eligible for this upcoming season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Derrick,

      If you weren’t recruited to your first school, you can be eligible at another Div. I program this Fall. You will be in great shape if you passed 12 credit hours with at least a 2.00 GPA last Fall.

      Rick

      • Derrick says:

        Great to hear, I have passed 12 credit hours with a 2.6 GPA last fall. So that means I can take this semester off from school and still be academically eligible to play in fall?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Derrick,

          That is correct, unless there are specific school or conference rules that exceed the requirements of the NCAA rules. I suggest you doublecheck with the compliance person at the school you attended in the Fall, or at the school you plan to transfer to next Fall to confirm.

          Rick

  • Garrett O. says:

    If I graduate from a Division 2 institution and still have eligibility in Track and Field can I continue my eligibility at the D3 level?

  • Brian S. says:

    Rick,
    I walked on to my DI basketball team first semester, got hurt before the first game and did not participate after that first semester. I am now in my 8th semester and am thinking of transferring to a DIII and playing basketball, how much eligibility do I have?

  • Sherard says:

    I have a question about eligibility. I enrolled in a college in 06 fulltime but only went for the first semester, now I am trying to play football for my college but in danger of being ineligible because of the 5 year eligibility regulations. Is there any way I could still play or is there something I can do to become eligible again?

    Thanks

  • brendan quinn says:

    Rick my son played 3 plus years division 1 football and in the 4th year he got hurt!ncaa gave red shirt but new coach release him from football team. he can go back to school just for school ,so he can graduate in two sermesters but he cant play football! question 1 can coach not let him on team without a valid reason! 2 can he play for d1 at another school without sitting because of the 5 year deal?or does he have to go to a 1aa school

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brendan,

      1. The coach doesn’t have to have a reason to dismiss your son from the team. May not be fair, but there’s no rule that requires a coach to keep any athlete on their team.
      2. I’m assuming since your son played three plus years that he was recruited and on scholarship at his school. If that’s true, then he would have to sit out at another FBS school.
      3. He could be eligible next year if he goes to an FCS school.

      Rick

  • brian says:

    Hello Rick, My daughter is in her first year at D3 womens hockey school. She is looking to transfer to a D1 school and try to make the team as a walk on. What does she need to do to talk with the 3 different coaches? Thanks, Brian

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Brian,

      Before coaches at the Div. I schools are permitted to talk with your daughter about a possible transfer, they’ll need to receive a “permission to contact” form or letter from her Div. III school. I suggest that she talk with her coach as soon as the season is over to request the “Permission to contact” so that her coach isn’t caught off-guard by an e-mailed or phoned-in request from another school.

      Rick

  • Jeffery says:

    Rick,

    My son plays basketball for a NJCAA DI school. It is his freshman year. He is unhappy and wants to transfer to another NJCAA school. He hasn’t talked to any other schools but would like to stay in the area and possibly within the same conference if possible. I know he will need a release signed by his AD to transfer. Is this possible and what issues does he need to consider?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jeffery,

      If he wants to stay within the same conference, he needs to consider the possibility that he may be required to sit out from competition for one year, depending upon the policies of the conference. He also will need to earn at least 12 credit hours per semester and have at least a 2.00 GPA.

      Rick

      • Jeffery says:

        Rick, one more quick question. Where would I find out the conference policy/transfer rules without contacting the conference or school? Thanks for your help.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Jeffery,

          You would need to see if there is a website for the conference and see if they make their conference handbook available on the website, or you could call anonymously and speak to the conference Commissioner.

          Rick

  • Simm says:

    I’m a track athlete at a D1 school. This is my first year and I have had a horrible experience at this school thus far. I am planning on transferring but my coach won’t release me until the end of our outdoor season in May. Can my former club coach contact schools for me? Also, what can I do to let coaches know that I am trying to transfer NOW! And is there any way that I can contest my release date? Should I have asked the Athletic Director for a release or my coach?

  • Charles Sr says:

    hi,Rick

    My son graduated high school in 2009. He’s been in and out of college full/part time since then.he’s 22. He’s only been to school 4 fulltime semesters and the rest were part. He’s been to two division 1aa school(he didnt play any sports) and now is at a community college. This upcoming fall he’ll have his associate degree and he’s looking to transfer once again to a four year school to finish up.would he be eligible to play football or baseball?

  • Ricky says:

    Rick,
    I graduated in 2012. After graduation I went up to Montana State for one semester as a full time student. Then in the spring I transferred to a community college in my home state and am completing a semester as a full-time student. This community college doesn’t have a team. I’ve never played a season of college baseball. Am I eligible to transfer to a DII school for next fall and play next spring.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ricky,

      Since you’ve been at two schools that don’t offer baseball, you should be able to transfer and be eligible under the Nonsponsored Sport Exception. You’ll also need to be in good academic standing at your current school and have a GPA above 2.00 when you transfer.

      Rick

  • Aaronn Norris says:

    I am considering transferring from an NAIA school to either division 1 or a JUCO. I walked on to my current school and I redshirted for a year and played 4 games last season. I keep up a good GPA and I qualified for the NCAA before I attended my current school. What would I need to do in order to contact a future coach and to not sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Aaronn,

      You will need a “permission to contact” form or letter to speak with a coach at an NCAA Div. I school, but that is not necessary to speak to JUCO coaches. 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

  • Tyler says:

    I played 2 years of baseball at a junior college and spent this past fall at a D3 and told them I was done playing baseball. I left that school after fall and now am enrolled taking classes at a 4 year school with no athletics. I figured out that I didn’t want to stop playing, but I was just not having fun where I was at. I am wanting to play baseball again and was wondering if I walked on to a D1 school would I have to sit out a year?

  • Jake says:

    I tried out for my university, a Division 1 school in the Big East and made it. Weeks later they told me I had to have a year in residency and then only be allowed to practice and never play in a game. So i guess I am a non-qualifier and I was wondering if I would still be a non qualifier in Division 1 AA, or if I get my Bachelor’s degree and still have a year remaining can I play in the Big East then?

  • joseph b says:

    I read this entire Q&A thread to avoid wasting your valuable time answering a repeat question. I hope that these questions are new …

    1) Joined a 4-year college’s D2 baseball program after JUCO D3. I received no athletic scholarship nor did I sign any letter of intent. I see the definition of what constitutes usage of a year of eligibility. There’s been no scrimmages/games thus far; however, deep into preseason practices, it’s obvious that the coach will rarely use me. If it’s late in the season and the coach instructs me to pitchrun (because of my speed) and I refuse (which I guess means that I quit the team before a single play on the field), does this play a role in the years of eligibility that I have remaining?

    2) Who determines a “medical redshirt”? I had an experimental procedure down on my arm to avoid Tommy John. If the pain becomes too unbearable to continue playing this season, is it enough for my hometown physician/surgeon to state this or does a college-affiliated doctor need to sign-off on me stopping play due to injury in the eyes of the NCAA in terms of getting a medical redshirt?

    3) Can I tryout for summer league semi-pro teams and if I refuse to sign-on before any renumeration occurs (money, travel/meal allowances, equipment, etc.), does this affect my NCAA eligibility?

    Thanks.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi joseph,

      1. It should not, if you didn’t participate in any games or scrimmages against outside competition during the Fall term.
      2. In terms of the NCAA, it doesn’t matter if it’s a team doctor or your personal doctor. However, the school could choose not to submit the waiver if you don’t use their school doctor. I’m not saying this would happen, but it’s possible.
      3. Check with the compliance administrator at your school. There could be other factors affecting your eligibility other than just compensation.

      Rick

  • Tom says:

    Rick does playing on the club team of the school that my son was grey shirted this year count as a year of eligibility against his 5 year clock?

    Tom

  • scott says:

    My son plays d1 baseball. He did not sign a NLI and does not receive athletic scholarship money; he does get academic scholarship money. He did not have any paid official visit. The coaches did not call him more than once. The coach did come to our home to explain the academic scholarship arrangement. He would like to transfer and try to walk on at another d1 school – different state; different conference; no athletic money at new school. Does the fact that the coach came to discuss it at our home mean he was “recruited” and needs to sit out a year?

    I should give you some additional info. He is a freshman this year and has not played in a game yet. Not sure if it will matter if he plays or not.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Scott,

      The visit by the coach to your home makes your son “recruited” so he will have to sit out if he transfers to another Div. I school next year. That is not affected by his playing time.

      Rick

      • katie says:

        In Scott’s scenario – if the coach did not come to the athlete’s home but did come to watch games but never spoke to the athlete except on the campus of the university – does that constitute “contact off campus”? If the player has had significant playing time does that affect anything? Still D1 baseball.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Hi Katie,

          If the coach did not speak face-to-face with the athlete or the athlete’s parents/family/legal guardians except on the campus of the university, that would NOT constitute “contact” which would classify the athlete as “recruited.”

          I’m not sure what you mean by “..does playing time affect anything?”

          Rick

          • katie says:

            What I meant was – that whether the player was a starter or pitched 2 innings or had 2 at bats – none of that affects that ability to transfer with instant eligibility as long as player does NOT meet the criteria for a “recruited” athlete. The walk on just can not be a “recruited” athlete – regardless of playing time. Sorry for the confusion.

          • Rick Allen says:

            Katie,

            That’s correct.

            Rick

  • Roger says:

    I attended a juco on partial football scholarship (never signed a LOI) my freshman year and redshirted…unfortunately I was dismissed from the college because of an off-campus incident, never finishing my first semester and 0 credits earned…

    I enrolled at a local community college for the spring and summer semester to get back on track credit wise.(earning 26 credits with 3.0 GPA in that span)…

    Entering into this past fall semester the basketball coach at my school asked me to play for him on the basketball team and informed me that it would not affect my eligibility for football because my school does not offer a juco football program. (Is this true?) …How many years of eligibility do i have?

    Also during this time I contacted a D1 school interested in me as a walk on for football. They asked me where I stood in receiving my associates and told them I was earning my degree in the summer but never heard from them again…I was wondering if this was because of NCAA rules or because maybe their new found disinterest?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Roger,

      You have four total years of college eligibility available to you in each sport, so the basketball coach is right. Participating on the basketball team didn’t affect your eligibility for football. However, generally, you must use that eligibility within a five year period. So, you basically have three years remaining after this year.

      You probably haven’t heard from the football school because of disinterest. They may have chosen to look at other prospects since you haven’t played for two years.

      Rick

  • alec says:

    I was recruited out of highschool but decided to go to a school where there was no baseball team. I am 23 and graduated in 2008. I attended a tech school for 1 year and graduated, then a 4 yr school for a year starting spring 2010 . I have never played a college sport ncaa or otherwise and Im curious where that puts my juco or 4yr school eligibility thanks

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alec,

      It appears that you would have 2 years of eligibility at the JUCO level, and 6 semesters of eligibility for NCAA Div. II, III, or NAIA (if you spend time at a JUCO, that will count against your time at Div. II, III, or NAIA).

      Rick

  • Site-R says:

    My daughter runs track for a D-1 program, on a full academic/track scholarship. She was notified by her coach that he will be releasing her from the team. My question is since she is being release by the program can they stop her from transferring to another D-1 school in the same conference. Also will she be able to run the next year are will she have to sit out.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Even though they have released her from the team, they can make it difficult for her to transfer to another school, especially if it is in the same conference. In addition, be aware that most conferences have restrictions for athletes transferring within the conference, even if her school doesn’t try to block her transfer.

      If you want to discuss your daughter’s situation in detail, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com.

      Rick

  • chris says:

    My son is a walk on football player at a D1 school. He ended up red shirting last year and being on the scout team and this spring is not getting many reps. Can he transfer to another D1 football program this summer and play in the fall or will he have to sit out a year.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Chris,

      It will be possible for your son to be eligible at another Div. I school next year if his current school does not have him classified as a “recruited” student-athlete. If considered “recruited” at an FBS school, he could still possibly be eligible next year at an FCS school.

      Rick

  • Ty says:

    I went to a DII college last year for baseball, I only played in JV games against JUCOs and NAIA schools, then I transfered to a DIII this past fall. Since I didnt play in any varsity games, does that year I was at the DII count as a year of eligiblity?

  • Mark Smith says:

    Hi Rick! I have a very important question….. okay so my situation is that I went to a junior college played 2 years. got a scholarship to naia for junior year. got cut after fall.. then decided to go to another naia for spring without telling coach.. he let me walk on after school started and I got 9 at bats in beggining and now I am about to medical redshirt…. Since my spring semester I had no athletic money or anything could I transfer to a NCAA division 1 program this fall……. to recap. 2012 fall got cut, 2013 spring showed up to another naia once school started coach let me on team after two weeks got hurt and sat out rest of season. Can i play D1 next fall without sitting out?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Mark,

      You will have to attend an NCAA Div. I school for one year before you will be eligible for competition. This is because 1) you received a scholarship to the first NAIA school, and 2) because you will have transferred a second time from one four-year school to another.

      Rick

  • Mark Smith says:

    What about Division 2

  • Jediah says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am sophomore at an NCAA Division 1 college. I transferred from another Division 1 NCAA school where I was a redshirt on the cross country team. I took off a year from school before I transferred to my current institution. I walked on the team for indoor and outdoor track, but not for cross country. For academic reasons, I am thinking of returning to my original institution. However, I am wondering that since I think I used my one-time transfer exception, will I have to sit out a year in residence if I want to run cross country next year at my original school? Since cross country, indoor track and outdoor track are separate NCAA sports, I am also wondering if this affects the situation. I have competed in a total of 2 track competitions because of injury this year, and would like to try to compete in cross country right away if I end up going back to my old school.

    Thanks,
    Jediah

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jediah,

      Since you took a year off from school last year, and did not participate on the cc team at your current school this year, you may be able to be eligible next year under the “Two-year Nonparticipation Exception.” You may be able to use this Exception if you haven’t particpated at all in cross country for a two year period. However, it is possible that the distance running for track may make it difficult to argue that you haven’t done any practicing for cross country for two years.

      You will probably have to discuss that with your old school to find out for certain.

      Rick

  • Jediah says:

    Hi Rick,
    Thank you very much for the helpful insight. I will look into it with my old school.
    Best,
    Jediah

  • Jay says:

    I am a preferred walkon at a FCS school playing football. The coaches asked me to walkon but i received no scholarship money nor was on the roster. I did good in the spring game but still did not receive scholarship money and I assume it is too late too transfer. If I play this next season and am still not on scholarship, could I transfer to another school and play admediately? What are the academic requirements to transfer to another school. and since I am not on scholarship, am I still required to contact my athletic director before contacting another school? Thank you for your time.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Jay,

      You are still required to obtain “permission to contact” before coaches at other NCAA schools can discuss a possible transfer with you. Also, it is not too late to transfer from the standpoint of NCAA rules, but may be late depending upon the admission deadlines of the school(s) you’re interested in.

      If you want additional details, contact me directly at rick@informedathlete.com for a consultation.

      Rick

  • ron says:

    Was wondering if you could give some insight. Daughter played JC two years and then joined division 1 team. First year of Division 1 she was injured the entire year and did not play or practice at all. Second year (senior year) she is almost to end of season and has pitched to 2 batters all year (she doesnt hit or play any other position). If she wanted to transfer to another school, would she still have any eligibility left and could she go down in division? thanks for any info.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Ron,

      Your daughter has one year of eligibility remaining since she didn’t play at all last year. She can be eligible at Div. I or II next year if her Div. I school releases her, and she meets the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Rule.

      Rick

  • Glenn says:

    I’ve read what I can regarding DIII to DIII baseball transfers. This pertains to my son who is a sophmore. He began his second year on the team but before the season ended he was off the roster. Does this impact the rules regarding self release and does he need to sit for one year. He was released from the team by the coach. This was not his choice.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Glenn,

      The fact that he was off the team before the season ended doesn’t impact the rules regarding self-release. He won’t need to sit for one year as long as the school he is leaving will be able to state that he would be eligible next year if he were returning there rather than transferring.

      Rick

  • Ryan T says:

    Say I was academically ineligible for the spring season at a Division III baseball powerhouse and I was looking to go DI because my coach just retired. Would I have to sit out a year? I never started to spring season and I picked up my grades a lot this semester.

  • Eliot says:

    Dear Rick,
    I am currently at a d3 school playing baseball and I would like to transfer to a d1 state school. My coaches are not going to help me with this process, so if you could inform me with the types of steps I should take in contacting potential coaches, applications, etc. I know I need to get a written release from my AD of my current school so coaches can talk to me. How do I go about getting this release?

    Thanks,
    Eliot

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Eliot,

      I would start by talking to your coach. However, the “permission to contact” form, letter, or e-mail must come from the AD or another administrator (not the coach). Or, your school may tell you to contact the schools you are interested in and to have them send their “permission to contact request form” to your current school. They will then fill it out and send it back.

      Good luck!

      Rick

      • Eliot says:

        Also Rick, If I was not considered a recruited baseball player at my D3 school but still pitched a significant amount of innings would I have to sit out a year if I were to transfer to a D1 school in the BIG East?

  • Nick says:

    I was a preferred walk on at a d1 school. I severely hurt my groin at the beginning of fall camp as a kicker and got released from the program due to being hurt and being treated unfairly and finding out i only get 1000 in financial aide. I am now at a juco part time to keep my five year clock without enrolling full time. School did not start yet so i would not be considered a transfer to another school. I have release papers also. Am i able to go to a d1 school and start right away next season?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Nick,

      If you were not considered “recruited” to the first Div. I school, you may be able to be eligible next Fall at another Div. I program. You may want to review the article on our website titled “NCAA Rules: Definition of a Recruited Athlete.”

      Rick

  • Steve says:

    My son was recruited to play baseball at a NAIA school, he started every game last season. He wants to move to a D1 or D2 school would he have to sit out a year?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Steve,

      He would not have to sit out at the Div. II level, but since you mentioned that he was recruited to his NAIA school, he would have to sit out a year if he transfers to a Div. I program.

      Rick

  • Keith says:

    My son went last fall to a Division 1 JUCO program. He didn’t like the area and this spring returned to a local Division 2 school just to take classes. He is not playing baseball here nor was he recruited here. He wants to attend a division 1 college this fall and play baseball. What are the rules and his options. Thanks for all your info.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Keith,

      Your son should be able to be immediately eligible this Fall at a Div. I school as long as he meets the academic requirements for a transfer. He must have passed 6 credit hours in most recent semester, 24 since the start of this academic year, have at least a 2.00 GPA, and have completed at least 40% of the requirements for his chosen degree that he chooses at the Div. I school.

      Rick

  • Duane says:

    Hello, last August I walked on to a division II football team that just started their program last fall which meant they were a club football team because the were not under the NCAA I plan on walking on to a Division I program this fall I wanted to know if I had to sit out this year under any circumstances?

  • JUCO player says:

    Hello Rick,
    Just finished my freshman year at D3 level JUCO playing baseball. I was not recruited to go there, I was a walk-on. Tried to recently take matters into my own hands by e-mailing another D3 JUCO closer to home to see if I could play for him my sophomore year, unfortunately not knowing that this was a njcaa violation. I would just like to know what procedure I might have to go through to be able to transfer to the new JUCO as a walk-on as well without breaking nany violations. Hope you can help, thanks!

  • Bonnie says:

    Daughter transferred from a D1 Softball team (at the end of her sophomore year); to another D1 softball team. Reason for release/transfer: she was assaulted by a football player and no longer felt comfortable at the school. After the assault she sat out the final 3 weeks of her season; was not mentally capable to compete. The university released her and asked absolutely NO Questions!! They knew it was a bad situation. Could she request a hardship waiver (and acquire 1 more year of eligibility). Will I need to hire an attorney to help draft a letter/request/documentation? Thanks, Bonnie:)

    • Rick Allen says:

      Bonnie,

      A hardship waiver is a possibility, but will need to be submitted by a school to the NCAA, your daughter can’t submit it on her own. In addition, supporting documentation to support her position will need to be submitted with the waiver.

      You may need to hire an attorney as the school may not present the waiver in the best manner possible.

      Rick

  • John says:

    Hey, I was wondering if I could transfer D2 to D2 without sitting our a year. I play football. I did not participate in spring ball activities.

  • John says:

    I am a Walk-On for D-1 football would I be able to play Walk-On or On Scholarship with a transfer to another D-1 School out of Conference?

    • Rick Allen says:

      John,

      This is possible as long as you are not a recruited walk-on to the first school. If you’re recruited to the first school, you’ll have to attend a second Div. I school for a year before being eligible for competition.

      Rick

  • Alek says:

    Hi Rick,

    I have good starting time for 400 ( lover 50:00)for freshman college track and field. I would like try to walk on but coach said it will be difficult as roster is full and rules are tough. I am already accepted in school n academic base and would to keep competitive.. what are my options so late in spring?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hi Alek,

      You could choose to attend another school, but that might be difficult at this time. You could also attend that school for a year, and then possibly transfer to another school. This would allow you more time to find another school, as you could be researching schools this Fall, and then apply elsewhere as a transfer student in the spring.

      Rick

  • JD says:

    Rick,

    I recently graduated from a D-III college where I was enrolled full-time all four years while I was there. I played 3 years of lacrosse before getting injured my final year. I have received a medical hardship from the NCAA and am planning on walking on to D-I team this fall, where I am already enrolled in a one year graduate program. However, I originally opted to play D-III I was a non qualifier coming out of high school. My college GPA is well above a 3.0 but would I be eligible to play D-I lacrosse with some sort of exception?

    • Rick Allen says:

      JD,

      You’ll need to use the One-Time Transfer Exception to be eligible at the Div. I school. That means that your Div. III school will have to agree to your use of the Exception, and must be able to say that you would be academically eligible to compete if you were returning to their school rather than transferring.

      Rick

  • MAC says:

    My son was offered a scholarship at a NAIA school. Because it is a private school and they did not offer a full scholarship he will not be able to attend because of finances. He tried out for a division two team but nevrr heard from them so apparently he did not make the team. He is so determined to play college football. He is a division II qualifier but not division I. He wants to sit out of college for a year and tryout again next spring for a team so that his eligibility won’t be affected. Is this a wise thing to do?

    • Rick Allen says:

      MAC,

      Obviously, only your son and your family can make that decision, but there are some positive’s that could be gained by that approach:

      1. He won’t start his “five-year clock” (if talking Div. I) or his “ten-semester clock” (NCAA Div. II, III, and NAIA) if he sits out for a year.
      2. He can work a job to earn more money for school.
      3. He can work out to get in better shape, whether that is to get bigger and stronger, or whether that is to lose weight and increase his speed and quickness.

      Another option is to consider a JUCO that would be less expensive, and where he could practice and work out with the team, but could redshirt and preserve his four seasons of eligibility.

      Rick

  • Devin says:

    Hello I transferred to a D1 school from a JUCO and things messed up in the athletic department with my schoalrship where i was supposed to recieve 35% scholarship but the new coaching staff didn’t realize they only had 19% and the minimum scholarship you can give is 25%. so technically i went as a walk on. after this season i did not like it and recieved my release. I have primarily been in contact with d2 schools but in talking with a friend he made me aware of this. Am I elgibile to transfer to a d1 school next year?????

    • Rick Allen says:

      Devin,

      Because you were recruited to the Div. I school, you will have to serve a “year in residence” at another Div. I school before you can be eligible to compete if you transfer to Div. I rather than a Div. II program.

      Rick

  • john says:

    Happy 4th Rick,

    After completing my AA at juco level, 2006-2008, I was admitted with an athletics admission into a PAC12 university with the intent to sign me to a financial aid package(chp. something) because there were no more full scholarships available. Long story short, I ended up withdrawing from all my classes because I didn’t want to take out any loan, 2 weeks into school in 2009-2010, and then I decided to drop out of the university completely. It was an awesome school all around and I still love them for the opportunity, but I was more afraid of loans than anything. Last year I attended a university in CA, with no football program, to finish my BA. However this year I’ve been invited to walk-on at a Div. 2 school. How much time do I have left, if any? I did not use a red shirt in juco.

  • Chris says:

    I was attending a div.2 four yr institution as a walk on for track. I competed in 2 meets before the semester ended. Going into the second semester I found out that I would not be able to attend school for the second semester due to a financial situation. So I did not attend school for my second semester. I am now transferring to a div.1 school and want to resume my athletic career. Do I need to request permission to talk to my new school?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Chris,

      Since you have been gone from the Div. II school for less than a year, you will need to request permission to talk to the coaches at your new school.

      Rick

      • Chris says:

        Hey Rick I have another two part question. Will I still have my freshmen year of eligibility,and will I have to sit out a year at my new school?

        • Rick Allen says:

          Chris,

          You will still have your freshman year of eligibility for outdoor track, but not indoor track. You won’t have to sit out a year at the Div. I school if the Div. II school will release you, and you meet the academic requirements for the One-Time Transfer Exception.

          Rick

  • Hank says:

    Rick,

    I played 2 years of college baseball at a D1 program but then decided to quit because the coach was mentally and verbally abusive. He made me absolutely sick every time I saw him I would get absolutely sick to my stomach. He was constantly belittling me in front of the team and after my freshmen year (when he didn’t play me much) I asked if I should transfer. He said that I was the most selfish player he’s ever had just for asking that. I told him I really wanted to stay at the school cuz I loved it so much and that I wanted to stay and help the team. He said if I had a good summer then I’d play. I was an all-star in my very good collegiate baseball league but then I came back to school and he treated me terribly. He completely affected the way I played and ruined the fun out of the game I loved so much. I decided to quit because I really could not be around this man anymore. I am about to be a senior at my university and I want to finish my degree here because of its high standing academically but I really want to finish up my last 2 years of eligibility in a graduate program. Would I be able to play my last 2 years at a D3 baseball program while also being enrolled in one of that schools graduate programs? I miss the game so much and hate how much this coach ruined it for me at my current school school. I was just wondering what my options are as far as playing my last 2 years of baseball?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Hank,

      NCAA Div. III doesn’t allow participation as a graduate student, unless you attended that same Div. III school as an undergrad. You may be able to compete for one year after graduation at a Div. II program if you have time left on the Div. II “10-semester clock.”

      Rick

  • Minhaj says:

    Hi Rick,

    This is about to be a loaded and really complicated question, but I really hope you can answer it for me and it would mean a lot!! So here it goes:
    I am currently at a D3 school. Just finished 4 years as a full time student each semester of those 4 years. I still have 1 semester left to officially graduate. In the fall of 2103 I will only take 1 class (4 credit hours) and will be a part time student and will not be competing in any sports that semester. During my 4 years I participated in track for 4 seasons. I also, competed in 2 full seasons of Football and 1 season I quit after the 3rd game of the season (personal issue). During my full seasons of football I only got varsity snaps in one of those seasons (Freshman year). In my other complete season of football (Junior Year) and my incomplete season of football (Senior Year) I did not play a single varsity snap during a game. After, the Fall 2013 semester (part-time student) I will be graduating and joining the Air Force.

    After I have served in the Air Force will I have an eligibilty left for football at the Division 1 level? How many seasons?

    I know I will have at least 1 season eligibilty at the D2 and D3 level. Also, does my incomplete season of football count towards my eligibility? Also, does my Junior Year season of football count towards my year of eligibilty (Did not play a single snap during a varsity game)?

    I know this is a lot of info, but I hope you can get back to me soon. Since, I still have the dream to go walk on at a D1 school after my military service. Also, when I come out the Air Force I will be enrolling as a Graduate student. Also, can you particiapte inside spring football drills as a part time student at the D1, D2, or D3 levels?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Minhaj,

      1. You will have no eligibility left for Div. I after this Fall due to the “Five-year clock” rule.
      2. You will have one semester of eligibility left for Div. II (under the “10-semester” rule.
      3. You will have no eligibililty left for Div. III, unless you return to your current Div. III school.
      4. You must be a full-time enrolled student to participate in practice and workouts.

      Rick

  • anthony says:

    If I signed to play naia this.year but got an offer from a d2 school and school has not started, would I be able to go to the d2 school?

  • Joe says:

    Hi Rick,
    My name is Joe I’m a freshman going to a community college in Illinois. I have torn my shoulder 2yrs ago and have come back from the injury.. unfourtunately I can’t play at the school because I have a fulltime job so I can pay through school.. I still play in fall and summer leagues and im hoping to transfer to a D1 school as a junior.. what I’d like to know is will I still get a fair chance, what can I do to help me get there, and if im doing the right thing and if being a junior is too later just to try and walk on.. the school is Cincinnati

    • Rick Allen says:

      Joe,

      To be honest with you, I think that trying to walk on at a Div. I program as a junior is too late. I don’t think there are many Div. I coaches who are going to give you a chance if you haven’t been playing in a high school or collegiate program on a daily basis where you are immersed in organized practice, workouts, and games in your sport for 2-3 hours each day.

      It might be possible, however, at an NCAA Div. III level program where many schools don’t actively recruit players to their schools and where don’t award athletic scholarships.

      Rick

  • Abrad15 says:

    Hi Rick,

    I am a division two athlete and have been at my school for two full years. I am going into my junior year academically. I participated my true freshmen year but did not participate my true so. year cause of being academically not able to participate. I want to know if after I participate at my current school this year which will be my rs. sophmore year. I am also back in good standings with the confrence and school. will I be able to transfer to another school after the 2013-14 year?

  • Megan says:

    My son wants to transfer to a division II School to play basketball as a walk on. He has been in school for 6 semesters. He has played 4 semesters, and redshirted 1 semester. How many credits will he have to have to be able to play immediately?

  • scott says:

    Hi Rick,
    My son was told by D1 baseball coach they will get him in the school and have a fall roster spot, then see if he earns spring position. What does this make him – walk on or preferred walk on, or something else, and what benefits or restrictions are there with this.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Scott,

      First off, there is no “official” designation when it comes to a walk-on or a preferred walk-on – it only means whatever the coach wants it to mean. With that said, for most coaches “preferred walk-on” means that he will have a fall roster spot without going through a tryout during the first few days after classes start.

      The main benefits are what I just stated – no need to go through an open tryout, and apparently the school will help him with the admission process when they say they will “get him in the school.”

      As far as “restrictions”, there really are none, other than the fact that he will have to earn a spot on the spring 35-man roster, unlike a scholarship player who must be counted as one of the 35 on the spring roster.

      Rick

  • Brett says:

    If I am at a Division 2 school in North Carolina, and I transferred to another division 2 school in California, would I be eligible for competition right away?

    • Rick Allen says:

      Brett,

      That would be possible if:

      1. You have not transferred previously between four-year schools,
      2. Your current Div. II school will release you, and
      3. Your current Div. II school will be able to certify that you would have been eligible this Fall if you had stayed there rather than transferring.

      Rick

  • MF says:

    Hi,

    I am a lacrosse player that just finished up my freshman year. I played one semester at a division 1 school and one semester at a division 3 school. However I am looking to return to a division one school. If I do not play this fall at the division 3 then transfer to the division one do I still have to sit out?

  • Reese says:

    what are the rules from transferring to a division 3 to a division 2 school? how can you be qualifier? I was a non qualifier at a division 2 school before but I want to transfer back

  • Ty says:

    Hi Rick, I’m attending a D1 school this fall and have a walk-on tryout to kick/punt. I’ve been in contact with coaches through email but haven’t spoken over the phone or in person. If I don’t make the team, and I choose to transfer am I eligible to contact any team or coach or for that matter play the next fall?

  • Aaron says:

    Rick, I transferred from a D1 school to a D2 school for football because I was not cleared for the clearing house at the D1 school but I was for the D2. I am currently at the D2 school now and we are a few days into fall camp. A situation has come up where I am now trying to go back to my original D1 school before they start fall classes. If i went back to my original school would I have to sit out a year or would I be eligible? I did not sign an NLI at either school.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Aaron,

      That depends upon how long you’ve been at the Div. II school, and what your level of involvement has been during that time.

      Rick

      • Aaron says:

        Rick,
        This is my first year here at the D2 school. I havent even taken a class yet. We are about 5 days into camp and we have only practiced with helmets.

        • Rick Allen says:

          Aaron,

          Depending upon your academic standing when you left the Div. I school, you may be eligible upon return to that Div. I school under the “Return to Original Institution Exception” as long as you leave the Div. II school before you have been involved in practice for 14 consecutive days.

          Rick

  • Nick says:

    If I transfer from a Community College to a Division 1 University will I be eligible to play right away?

  • Dwayne says:

    Rick
    My son was a walk on at juco for football , because they can only can take 20 outside players .He was told he would be red-shirted this . He was a qualifier coming out of high school what are his s now.

    • Rick Allen says:

      Dwayne,

      He has very few options with the season about ready to start. If classes have not started yet, and if he wants to delay the start of his five-year clock, he could consider not attending school this Fall, or only attending as a part-time enrolled student. If classes have already started at the school, it’s probably too late for that.

      His other option could be to stay at this school for the Fall and transfer elsewhere at mid-year.

      Rick

  • Michael says:

    Rick<
    My son John was a heavily recruited High School Junior. His Senior Year was a bust because a new coach came in .John made the team was voted captain and he was released after 5 games because coach wanted to go with younger players. Needless to say John was very hurt and frustrated by these circumstances and his character was tested by 2 other life altering situations. needless to say he lost over 25 lbs . John underwent therapy for a couple of years and was diagnosed with severe depression. John was still recruited by a couple of schools and 1 of them really recruited him hard. John still wanted to play and he did but the first two years he didn't play much and finally his Jr year he became the captain and had a very productive year and sr the same. My question is could he play another year under the hardship waiver. Its D3 basketball and he has another year there until he graduates. Thank You

    • Rick Allen says:

      Michael,

      The hardship waiver is a possibility if the school will submit the waiver on your son’s behalf (he can’t submit it on his own), and if there is sufficient medical documentation to show that he was not able to complete the freshman or sophomore seasons because of his depression.

      Rick

  • Sandy says:

    Rick,
    My son was recruited to a D3 school to play baseball. He played his freshman year, and he is just starting his sophomore year, over the summer his coach took another coaching job at another school. He is willing to stick it out and play baseball this year but is considering transferring his junior year to another D3 school closer to home and play baseball as a walk on, will he have to sit out his junior year?

    Thanks so much!

    • Rick Allen says:

      Sandy,

      Sitting out for a year is not a requirement at the Div. III level as long as he is in good academic standing, and his current school can state on a transfer questionnaire that he would have been eligible had he stayed there rather than transferred elsewhere.

      Rick

  • Ricky says:

    If I don’t play in a college football game do I lose a year of eligibility?