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13 June 2018, 11:42 | Charlene Valdez
NCAA Rule Change Will Prohibit Schools from Blocking Student-Athlete Transfers
"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. At that point, coaches from other schools are free to contact the student.
The new rule could change how college coaches handle playing time for certain players, especially younger ones.
The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee will examine how a similar rule could be applied to other sports and will consult with the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, according to the NCAA. Instead, the NCAA is creating a database in which schools must input a transfer candidate's information within two business days of that player filing their transfer paperwork. Schools would often block permission to conference opponents, rivals or programs that recruited prospects out of high school, which would often force student-athletes to transfer down to junior college before landing at their school of choice.
"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, per the NCAA.
"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being".
Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league.
The NCAA's Transfer Working Group proposed the change in fall 2017 in an attempt to separate a student-athlete's interest in transferring to a new school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new school.
Berry was extremely optimistic about the proposal's chances following the AFCA Convention in January, was less positive in March and cautious in April, when the proposal was tabled over questions about timing, the number of games and potential application to other sports.
Mid-year enrollees will not be allowed to participate in bowl games but, other than that, there are no limitations on the four games redshirt players can participate in. "Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition".
The rule will be put into effect immediately. The NCAA also adopted a new policy this week that prevents schools from telling student-athletes where they can and can't transfer to.
The old rule was meant to discourage other schools from tampering with student-athletes.
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