NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers

NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers

"The new exception allows football players to preserve a season of competition if, for example, injuries or other factors result in them competing in a small number of games".

This proposal has been working its way through the process for almost a year and goes into effect on October 15.

The NCAA has approved a massive change to transfer rules as student-athletes will no longer be required to gain permission to contact schools once they decide to leave their current institution, essentially ending the practice of blocking transfers by schools.

As we've seen in recent weeks with the SEC voting to allow inter-conference graduate transfers, the Power Five conferences can implement their own nuances to a national rule.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday a change to its redshirt rules, which will now allow a player to participate in up to four games without without losing his redshirt.

Previously, only players who did not play a snap in a season or were sidelined by injury before playing in more than four games were generally granted redshirts by the NCAA. Under the new rule, that could continue but coaches will have the opportunity to play freshmen in up to four games during their first year on campus.

"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being".

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The new rule could change how college coaches handle playing time for certain players, especially younger ones.

"Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressured to play through the injuries".

To address one specific concern, the Council specified that midyear enrollees can not use the exception to play a bowl game before their first academic term.

Tampering by schools in transfer situations has been upgraded to a potential Level 2 violations, per the NCAA. More often than not, it limited players from speaking to other schools in the same conference or on future schedules.

Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league. As of now, schools can not cut off an athlete's financial aid based on intent to transfer at the end of a term - but the NCAA will vote on two different proposals that would allow institutions to end aid after an athlete's intent to transfer has been made clear.

"This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent", Nicholas Clark said.

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