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    Does anybody know where to find NCAA rules regarding college players transferring? I'm normally good at hunting down rules and regulations, but I'm stuck on this one. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDad View Post
    Does anybody know where to find NCAA rules regarding college players transferring? I'm normally good at hunting down rules and regulations, but I'm stuck on this one. Thanks
    Check here. There is a one-time exception rule which is interesting.

    https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes...transfer-terms


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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDad View Post
    Does anybody know where to find NCAA rules regarding college players transferring? I'm normally good at hunting down rules and regulations, but I'm stuck on this one. Thanks
    Here is link to D1 manual with all the rules and regulations: https://www.ncaapublications.com/pro...loads/D118.pdf
    See 14.5 Transfer Regulations beginning on pdf page 190 (document page 178).

    D2 / D3 manuals are D218 / D318.pdf.

    Conferences have additional rules (e.g. intraconference transfers have to sit a year).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55dad View Post
    Check here. There is a one-time exception rule which is interesting.

    Transfer terms | NCAA.org - The Official Site of the NCAA
    Need to be careful with web pages - even NCAA ones - that they are current. NCAA year runs Aug 1 thru Jul 31, so some may not be updated. This particular one has links on the right side to last year's Division Manuals and this year's Four-year Transfer Guide - https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/f...r_20170721.pdf

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    The previous school can make transferring difficult, so make nice with them until you get what you need from them - 1) their permission so other schools can talk to you and 2) their transfer-release agreement for one-time transfer exception (to avoid sitting a year).

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    I had no idea this was possible without losing one year of eligibility.

    So what are some of the reasons allowed? Any and all, or does it have to be a catastrophic fall out of sorts?

    Not getting along with the coaching staff, not getting any playing time, level of play was too high or low for the player?

    What I don't understand is this, with these transfers allowed, if a player turns out to be a phenomenal player, what stops one school from offering a full ride scholarship to the player enticing her to leave her current school where she's getting a 25% scholarship?

    Without losing one year of eligibility, isn't this a thought that weighs on some college coaches minds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slugger3 View Post
    I had no idea this was possible without losing one year of eligibility.

    So what are some of the reasons allowed? Any and all, or does it have to be a catastrophic fall out of sorts?

    Not getting along with the coaching staff, not getting any playing time, level of play was too high or low for the player?

    What I don't understand is this, with these transfers allowed, if a player turns out to be a phenomenal player, what stops one school from offering a full ride scholarship to the player enticing her to leave her current school where she's getting a 25% scholarship?

    Without losing one year of eligibility, isn't this a thought that weighs on some college coaches minds?
    college coaches are not suppose to talk to players who have signed an NLI until they have received their official release from their current school, but college coaches are now verballing 9th graders when they cannot contact players until they are juniors, so who knows what is really happening.
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    And technically there are 6 years to complete 4 years of eligibility if using a medical redshirt along with a redshirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slugger3 View Post
    I had no idea this was possible without losing one year of eligibility.

    So what are some of the reasons allowed? Any and all, or does it have to be a catastrophic fall out of sorts?

    Not getting along with the coaching staff, not getting any playing time, level of play was too high or low for the player?

    What I don't understand is this, with these transfers allowed, if a player turns out to be a phenomenal player, what stops one school from offering a full ride scholarship to the player enticing her to leave her current school where she's getting a 25% scholarship?

    Without losing one year of eligibility, isn't this a thought that weighs on some college coaches minds?
    The one-time exception doesn't require a reason, however the school they're transferring from may want one when the player asks for permission so other schools can talk to them. The reason given may later affect whether that school signs off on the one-time exception. IOW, the school has to separately agree for the other school to talk to the player and later to allow the one-time exception. When Aldrete transferred from Tenn, she said she wanted to play closer to home in NorCal. I can't remember which, but Tenn either only allowed her to talk to NorCal schools or said they'd only agree to the one-time exception if it was a NorCal school.

    Schools aren't supposed to talk to another school's player unless the other school has given them permission, however some players and coaches initially explore potential interest by going through intermediaries (e.g. well-connected TB/skill coaches) like they do to circumvent other recruiting rules.

    Most coaches follow a 'do unto others' policy of signing off on one-time exceptions. SDSU wouldn't sign off on O'toole, so she had to sit out a year at AZ. Many others didn't (e.g. Carlson, Finucane, Lowary, Von Sprechen).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easton33 View Post
    And technically there are 6 years to complete 4 years of eligibility if using a medical redshirt along with a redshirt.
    Not true - a waiver of the 5-year rule requires they missed more than 1 season for reasons beyond their control and regular redshirt is considered within:

    12.8.1.7 Five-Year Rule Waiver. The Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, or its designated committee, by a two-thirds majority of its members present and voting, may approve waivers of the five-year rule as it deems appropriate. (Revised: 7/30/10, 7/31/14)
    12.8.1.7.1 Waiver Criteria. A waiver of the five-year period of eligibility is designed to provide a student-athlete with the opportunity to participate in four seasons of intercollegiate competition within a five-year period. This waiver may be granted, based upon objective evidence, for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, which deprive the student-athlete of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his or her sport within the five-year period. ...
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    12.8.1.7.1.2 Circumstances Within Control. Circumstances that are considered to be within the control of the student-athlete or the institution and cause a participation opportunity to be used in clude, but are not limited to, the following: (Adopted: 8/10/94, Revised: 10/12/95, 10/9/96, 7/30/10, 7/31/14)
    (a) A student-athlete’s decision to attend an institution that does not sponsor his/her sport, or decides not to participate at an institution that does sponsor his/her sport;
    (b) An inability to participate due to failure to meet institutional/conference or NCAA academic requirements, or disciplinary reasons or incarceration culminating in or resulting from a conviction;
    (c) Reliance by a student-athlete upon misinformation from a coaching staff member;
    (d) Redshirt year;
    (e) An inability to participate as a result of a transfer year in residence or fulfilling a condition for restoration of eligibility; and
    (f ) A student-athlete’s lack of understanding regarding the specific starting date of his or her five-year period of eligibility.

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