CHN Staff Report
The NCAA’s Division I Management Council approved legislation that will allow players to transfer once without having to sit out a year, as was required in the past.
The new legislation is pending final approval by the Board of Governors on April 28, though that is usually a formality.
Previously, athletes in all sports except men’s hockey, baseball, football and men’s and women’s basketball could transfer freely. Now that will apply to all sports, including hockey.
“Allowing student-athletes a one-time opportunity to transfer and compete immediately provides a uniform, equitable and understandable approach that benefits all student-athletes,” said Council vice chair Jon Steinbrecher, who chairs the Working Group on Transfers and is commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “The decision is consistent with Division I’s goal of modernizing its rules to prioritize student-athlete opportunity and choice.”
This legislation is separate from this year’s temporary waivers that were already in effect, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those rules allowed free transfers this year, plus another year of eligibility was added to every player currently in the NCAA.
The combination of these factors has led to a massive amount of players in the NCAA’s transfer portal, and numerous players already announcing intentions to switch teams.
In order to take advantage of the transfer, players must announce their intentions by May 1 each year. For this year, that is being extended to July 1. The May 1 deadline will have an exception if a team switches head coaches.
Coaches at the old and new schools must certify that no tampering took place, and schools cannot object to a player’s desire to transfer.