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New NCAA Transfer Rule! This is big…

New NCAA Transfer Rule! This is big...

When you start out your career as a student-athlete, you envision what your goals will look like for the next four years. As with anything else in life, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan – life can be icky. Many student-athletes face the difficult choice of whether a transfer to a new school is the right move for them. Whatever the reason may be as to why your first-choice school isn’t working out, there’s still hope to look forward to when starting a new search.

It used to be that if you wanted to transfer sport programs, then you needed to ask your current coach/school for permission to just be able to speak with other schools and coaches – which on its own is an incredibly daunting situation. It was this way for a long time to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes within the same division from other programs. But, instead, it was creating a seriously restrictive environment for these student-athletes. It became challenging not only to transfer as a student, but to qualify for any scholarship as an athlete. Coaches and schools would actually block a student-athletes’ ability to transfer, sometimes withdrawing their current sports scholarship, and in turn, keep the athlete in a situation they did not want to be in. Sometimes these situations become toxic and not what’s best for that student-athlete.

However, the NCAA has heroes working for them. The Division I Transfer Working Group came to the rescue:

Now, if a student notifies his/her current school of the intent to transfer, the school cannot use that reason to cancel financial aid to that student. Amazing! Also, there is going to be much more transparency that comes along with the “notification-of-transfer” process. Per the website, “this new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days.” TWO! Requires! The control sounds like it’s back with the student, where it ultimately should be.

The NCAA says that the model will then allow other coaches to contact that student-athlete freely. Bravo to the team who helped make this happen.

The new rule will go into effect October 15, 2018.

At Route 1, we help any of our student-athletes with transfer requests. It has always proven challenging in our industry to assist these young athletes with such a request because of the smoke and mirrors that are involved, but this new rule change makes things MUCH easier not only for us, but most importantly our student-athletes.

If you want more information, be sure to reach out to us

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