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New rule prevents schools from blocking student-athletes who attempt to transfer

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The new rule will allow student-athletes to transfer without being given permission by their current school.

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In the very near future, Division I student-athletes seeking to transfer will have much more freedom when it comes to finding their next destination. A new NCAA rule will eliminate the ‘permission-to-contact’ process, which will allow the student-athlete to transfer and receiver a scholarship elsewhere without asking for permission from their current school. The new model will allow a student-athlete to inform their current school of their desire to transfer, and the school with then be required to submit the student’s name into a national transfer database within two days.

Coaches will then be free to contact and recruit the student-athlete once his or her name is in the database. This new rule goes into effect on October 15.

“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”

“This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent,” added Nicholas Clark, who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Council. “This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete.”

The previous transfer rule required student-athletes to obtain permission from their current institution before being able to contact and speak with other schools. Often times, the student-athlete was restricted from transferring to a particular school, especially when it was the current school’s future opponent.

The new rule will end that practice on a national stage, however, conferences can still implement rules that are more restrictive.