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Monday, March 20, 2006
One-Time Transfer Exception

NCAA By-law is known as the One-Time Transfer Exception. This by-law permits a student-athlete at a four-year college or university to transfer to another four-year college or university without being required to sit out a year in his or her sport.

There are certain requirements for this exception to apply. Specifically, the exception can only be used once for an athlete, the athlete must be in good academic standing and meet certain progress towards degree requirements, and the institution from which the athlete is transferring must state in writing that it has no objection to the waiver (often referred to as a "release").

In addition, the student-athlete may not be a participant in basketball (men's or women's), men's ice hockey or Division I-A football at the institution to which the student-athlete is transferring. In other words, the exception does not apply for football, basketball and men's hockey players. These student-athletes are generally required to sit out a year. The reason for this is that participants in these sports traditionally do not do as well academically as other student-athletes, as measured by graduation rates. There have been recent proposals to extend the transfer exception to these sports, but they always seem to get shot down.

Another proposal has been brought up recently to eliminate the exception for baseball student-athletes. This proposal has evidently been through the management council twice, being opposed both times, but will be looked at again in April. I spoke to an NCAA representative today, who believes the chance of this proposal passing is unlikely. The proposal keeps popping up, though, because there is a higher transfer rate in baseball than in most other sports, and many in the baseball community believe the ease of movement in baseball contributes to a lack of academic success.

I am interested to hear (1) whether anyone has heard anything else about the exception being eliminated for baseball, and (2) whether people believe it should be eliminated in baseball, or other sports for that matter.

If the baseball proposal goes into effect, the effective date would not likely be until at least August 1, 2006, so I would expect an increased amount of transfers this summer (assuming that the athletes can get their coaches to give them their releases).


I know it is slightly off the subject of the original post, but . . . Food for thought:

Maybe the problems with the NCAA lie in all of the rules. Look at your by-law number -- ""!?!?
How is a coach, athletic director, compliance officer, etc. supposed to remember what is allowed and what is not when it takes FOUR sub-subsections (or whatever one wants to call them) to enumerate the rule?

It reminds me of the time a Colorado College hockey coach tried to recruit a goaltender here and was in breach of NCAA rules; if I remember right, the section quoted had SEVEN sub-subsections, plus two letter sub-sections! (I think it was something like "Rule 1.2.2.(a).3.2.4(c).1", . . . or something like that.)

Methinks it may be time to rewrite all of the rules so that Rule #1: "K.I.S.S." applies!

Melvin H.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 3/21/2006 12:44 PM  

OK wondering - is this transfer exception only for D1 schools? This is so hard to understand. My son is D3 wants to transfer to D2 (football) Does he have to sit out a year? Can he use the transfer exception? Would love to have some feedback

Anonymous Donna Fairhurst -- 7/21/2009 7:06 PM  

I will be going to a d.3 school to play soccer, can i transfer the next fall to a d.1 and play right away?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 8/02/2012 1:30 AM  

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