NCAA On the Verge of Transfer Rule Change
By admin - April 14, 2021

What concerns a lot of colleges outside of sports is the smooth transition between transferring from one school to another. It’s especially difficult when we’re talking about doing this from one sports team to the new one. Here are the highlights:

  • Division 1 Council is meeting to vote on a proposal to grant transferring undergraduate college athletes the ability to play without having to sit out a season.
  • When this proposal passes, athletes for football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and hockey will all be able to play immediately without any special permission.
  • Prior to this, the penalty of giving up a year of playing actually deterred athletes from transferring schools.
  • Due to this becoming a thing of the past, it’s expected that a boom in transfers will occur because players will be able to play immediately.
  • Not to mention, there’s a bit of a conflict because some sports already allowed players to get in the game right after transferring while others were simply benchwarmers.
  • South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell said that they’ve been trying to make substantial changes for over 3 years. Now coaches will no longer be able to stand in the student athlete’s way of transferring to another school. 
  • By giving student-athletes this option, it may create a better environment for them. Some students may not like the school or have trouble learning whereas, in another university, it may be the better option for them both academically and athletically.