Division I Four-Year College Transfers

Learning Objectives
Recognize and apply appropriate 4-4 transfer
Display ability to apply permission-to-contact
legislation as it relates to a hearing opportunity;
Describe conditions surrounding the academic year
of residence;
Identify and apply appropriate four-year college
transfer exceptions; and
Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate graduate
student transfer legislation.
Permission to Contact.
 Academic Year of Residence.
 Four-Year College Transfer Exceptions.
 Residency Requirement Waivers
 Football 9-semester hour / 8-quarter hour
transfer implications.
 Graduate Transfer Participation.
Permission to Contact - General Rule
An athletics staff member or representative of the
institution’s athletics interests cannot make contact
with the student-athlete (SA) of another NCAA or
NAIA four-year institution, directly or indirectly,
without first obtaining WRITTEN permission of the
first institution’s athletics director (or designee).
NCAA Bylaw
Permission to Contact - continued
 Second
institution has seven business days upon
receipt to grant or deny permission-to-contact
 Automatic grant if seven business days pass with
no action.
Permission to Contact - Outcomes
Permission granted:
 All
applicable NCAA recruiting rules apply.
Permission denied:
 Requesting
institution may not encourage the transfer.
 SA may transfer but second institution cannot award
athletically related aid until the SA has attended
second institution for one academic year.
 SA has a hearing opportunity.
What if permission is denied by the NAIA school?
We have no authority to require a hearing.
Permission-to-Contact Exceptions
Permission to contact is not necessary if:
 SA
withdrew from four-year institution and at least one
academic year has elapsed since the withdrawal.
 SA completed an official religious missions and did not
enroll full time in a collegiate institution within one
calendar year of completion of the mission.
Bylaws,, and
Permission to Contact Exceptions continued
 SA
is looking to transfer from an institution placed on
probation by the Committee on Infractions and
ineligible for postseason competition.¹
 SA in their last year of eligibility is looking to transfer
from an institution whose team is ineligible for
postseason competition due to Academic Performance
Program sanctions.²
¹,² Institution must be notified of recruitment and may establish reasonable
restrictions related to contact.
Academic Year of Residence
General rule:
 4-4
transfer may not be eligible for intercollegiate
competition at a member institution until the SA has
fulfilled a residence requirement of one full academic
year at the certifying institution.
Academic year = two full-time semesters OR three
full-time quarters.
Summer term may not used to fulfill a year of
Bylaws 14.02.13, and
Academic Year of Residence continued
SA admitted after the 12th class day of the term
may not use that term for year-of-residence
SA must pass a numbers of hours that is at least
equal to the sum total of the minimum load of each
of the required terms.
 May
include hours earned at the certifying institution
during the summer term.
Bylaws 14.02.13, and
Nonqualifer Year in Residence
A nonqualifer who attends two four-year institutions
during their first year of enrollment may combine
the terms of enrollment to fulfill their one-year
residence requirement.
Note: this applies for athletically-related financial
aid and practice only.
3/23/2011 Official Interpretation
Eligibility for Exceptions
SAs may be eligible for an exception to year-ofresidence requirement if they:
 Do
not have an unfulfilled residence requirement at the
institution from he or she is transferring; and
 Satisfied the requirements for qualifier status at the
time of initial collegiate enrollment.
NOTE: SA who qualifies for an exception may not be
eligible to compete at the certifying institution if he/she
competed during the segment of the same academic year in
that sport at the previous four-year institution.
Bylaws and
Common Exceptions
Discontinued/nonsponsored sport exception.
Two-year nonparticipation exception.
Return to original institution exception.
Nonrecruited student exception.
One-time transfer exception.
Bylaws,,, and
Discontinued/Nonsponsored Sport
SA’s original four-year institution dropped the SA’s
sport from its intercollegiate program; or
SA’s original four-year institution reclassified the
sport from DI to DIII, and the SA subsequently has
not competed in the sport at the DIII level; or
SA’s original four-year institution never sponsored
the sport on the intercollegiate level while the SA
was in attendance at the institution.
Bylaw and
Case Study No. 1
2010-11: Sean, a football SA, initially enrolled at
Institution #1. Sean practiced, competed and
received athletics aid.
May 23, 2011: Institution #1 announced that it will
discontinue its football program effective
June 7, 2011: Institution #1 provided Institution #2
permission to contact Sean.
Sean enrolled at Institution #2 August 2011.
Can Sean compete during the fall 2011 semester?
Case Study No. 1 - Solution
Yes. Sean can use the discontinued sport exception.
Case Study No. 2
2010-11: Charlie, a football SA, initially enrolled at
Institution #1. Charlie practiced, competed and
received athletics aid.
March 30, 2011: Article discusses an appointed council
at Institution #1 recommend whether any teams should
be eliminated.
June 6, 2011: Report released from Institution #1 which
began speculation the football program would be
July 7, 2011: Institution #1 provided Institution #2
permission to contact Charlie.
Case Study No. 2 – continued:
Charlie enrolled at Institution #2 August 2011.
August 20, 2011: Institution #1 announced it will
discontinue its football program at the conclusion of
the 2011 fall term.
Can Charlie compete in fall 2011 at Institution #2?
Case Study No. 2 - Solution
Charlie cannot use the discontinued sport exception.
Charlie transferred to Institution #2 prior to
Institution #1 formally announcing the
discontinuation of football.
Two-Year Nonparticipation
SA has not competed in intercollegiate competition
for a consecutive two-year period immediately
before the SA’s participation date; and
SA has not engaged in other CARA in
intercollegiate athletics in the involved sport beyond
a 14-consecutive-day period; or
SA has neither practiced nor competed in organized
noncollegiate amateur competition while enrolled as
full time student in a collegiate institution.
Case Study No. 3
2008-2009 and 2009-2010: Conor practiced,
competed and received aid in football at institution
2010 fall term: Conor practiced, competed and
received aid in football at institution #1.
2011 spring term: Conor transferred to institution
#2 to play baseball .
Case Study No. 3 – continued:
Institution #1did not object to the transfer and Conor
was eligible at previous institution.
Conor was not recruited in baseball and did not play
baseball at institution #1.
Conor is from the local area of institution #2 and is
transferring home to be closer to family.
Conor initiated the transfer on his own, transferred
without being advised by institution #2 and was
unfamiliar with transfer legislation.
Can Conor compete at institution #2 spring 2011?
Case Study No. 3 – Solution 1
Conor is not eligible to compete in baseball in
spring 2011 term
Baseball legislation for mid-year transfers clearly
states that mid-year transfers are not immediately
Case Study No. 3 – additional thoughts
What if Conor was transferring to run track (and
had not participated in track at the previous
Case Study No. 3 – Solution 2
Conor would be immediately eligible under the
two-year non-participation exception.
Return to Original Institution
SA transferred from a four-year institution to a
second four-year institution;
SA did not compete at the second institution;
SA did not engage in other CARA at the second
institution in the involved sport beyond a 14consecutive-day period; and
SA returns to original institution.
Nonrecruited Student
SA was not recruited by the certifying institution;
SA has not received any athletically related
financial assistance;
SA has not competed for any previous institution;
SA has not engaged in other CARA in
intercollegiate athletics beyond a 14-consecutiveday period at any previous institution.
One-Time Transfer
SA is a participant in a sport other than baseball,
basketball, bowl subdivision football or men’s ice
hockey at the institution to which the SA is
 SA
is transferring from an FBS institution to an FCS
institution, and the SA has at least two seasons of
competition remaining in football; OR
 SA is transferring from an FCS institution that offers
athletically related financial aid in football to an FCS
institution that does not offer athletically related
financial aid in football.
Bylaws and
One-Time Transfer - continued:
NOTE: SA who does not qualify for exception due to
his/her sport, may use the exception if he/she was not
recruited by original four-year institution and has never
received athletically related financial aid from any fouryear institution.
One-Time Transfer - continued:
SA has not previously transferred from a four-year
SA is in good academic standing and meets
progress-toward-degree requirements;
SA’s former institution has certified in writing that it
has no objection to the SA being granted an
exception to the transfer-residence requirement.
 Former
institution has seven business
grant/deny written request for “release”.
Football 9-Semester/8-Quarter Hour
Football requirement: Pass 9-semester hours or 8quarter hours during the fall term and earn the APR
Eligibility point for that term.
What affect does the Football Additional Credit
Hour Requirement have on the one-time transfer
Can a football student-athlete who does not meet
the additional football requirement use the one-time
transfer exception if he is otherwise eligible for it?
 Assume
the SA earned the E point for that fall term and
met all progress-towards-degree requirements.
An SA who does not meet the football additional
credit hour requirements but is eligible under all
progress-toward-degree legislation is academically
eligible for purposes of the one-time transfer
Football withholding condition still applies at
certifying institution.
Bylaw and 2/15/2012 Official Interpretation
Case Study No. 4
Maddox enrolled as a freshman for Fall 2012 at
Institution #1 – an FBS institution
Maddox earned only eight hours in Fall 2012
Maddox decides to transfer to Institution #2– an
FCS institution, for the Spring 2013 term
Case Study No. 4 continued
Can Maddox meet the football one-time exception
using hours from both institution #1 and institution
Are the hours completed at institution #1 required
to be degree applicable to institution #2?
Case Study No.4 - Solution
page 38
Yes, a transfer SA can combine hours from the two
institutions to meet the 27-hour rule.
No, the hours earned in the Fall 2012 term can be
applicable to institution #1 or institution #2.
Case Study No. 4 – Solution
Fall 2012 institution #1 - eight hours (only six
transferable & applicable at institution #2)
Spring 2012 Institution #2 -12 Hours
Summer 2013 institution #2 – seven hours = 27 hours
Maddox meets the exception.
Case Study No. 4 - continued
Assume Maddox stayed at institution #1 for both
the fall 2012 and spring 2013 terms.
Maddox completed eight hours in fall 2012, 12
hours in spring 2013 and four hours in summer
2013 (24 total).
Maddox then took a year off to work.
Case Study No. 4 - continued
Maddox transferred to institution #2 for the fall
2014 term.
Is Maddox eligible to compete immediately at
institution #2? (Assume all other transfer and
progress-toward-degree requirements are met.)
Case Study No. 4 – Solution
Maddox is eligible for competition immediately.
Ineligibility for competition under this rule applies to
the immediately ensuing playing season.
Because Maddox did not participate in fall 2013,
he satisfied his withholding condition.
4/5/2012 Official Interpretation
Residence Requirement Waivers
One-year residence requirement may be waived
 Health
 Certain amateurism or recruiting violations if SA is
innocent or an inadvertent participant.
 On recommendation of the Committee on Infractions.
 On recommendation of the Committee on Academic
Bylaw 14.8.2
Residency Requirement Waivers –
Committee on Academic Performance
Only applies to SA’s whose teams are ineligible for
postseason competition during their final season of
Criteria will include:
 The
student-athlete’s career APR eligibility and retention
point history;
 The student-athlete’s grade-point average and credit
hours earned; and
 The impact of the transfer on the student-athlete’s
anticipated date of graduation.
Graduate Transfer Participation
SA who is enrolled in a graduate or professional
school of an institution other than the institution from
which he/she previously received a baccalaureate
degree may participate in athletics if:
 The
SA earned his baccalaureate degree;
 The SA fulfills the conditions of the one-time transfer
exception; and
 The SA has eligibility remaining.
Bylaw 14.1.9
Graduate Transfer Participation Exception
If SA is not meeting one-time transfer exception due
to the sport limitation (Bylaw (a)),
If aid is not renewed,
Then the SA can play right away.
Case Study No. 5
2007 fall term: Claire, a women’s soccer SA,
enrolled at Institution #1 (Division I).
 Claire did not practice, compete or receive
athletically related aid.
 2008 spring term: Claire enrolled at Institution
#2 (Division II).
 Claire did not practice, compete or receive
athletically related aid.
Case Study No. 5 – continued:
2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11: Claire enrolled at
Institution #2; Claire practiced and competed but did
not receive athletically related aid.
May 2011: Claire earned bachelor's degree at
Institution #2.
2011 fall term: Claire enrolled at Institution #3
(Division I) as a full-time, degree-seeking graduate
Can Claire compete during the fall 2011 semester?
Case Study No. 5 - Solution
Claire does not satisfy the graduate
student/postbaccalaureate participation legislation.
Specifically, Claire ( a 4-4-4 transfer) has
previously transferred from a four-year institution.
Case Study No. 6
2007-08: Jackson, a football SA, initially enrolled
at Institution #1 (FBS institution). Jackson practiced
and received athletics aid.
2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic
years: Jackson attended Institution #1; Jackson
practiced, competed and received athletics aid.
2011 winter term: Jackson graduated from
Institution #1.
Case Study No. 6 – continued:
April 2, 2011: Jackson was informed that his
scholarship will not be renewed for the 201112 academic year.
May 31, 2011: Jackson was provisionally
admitted to a specific graduate degree
program at Institution #2 (FBS institution).
Can Jackson compete in the 2011 fall term at
Institution #2?
Case Study No. 6 - Solution
Jackson meets the graduate student one-time
transfer exception
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