NCAA Changing Transfer Rules

The NCAA are once again looking to change the college landscape.

The NCAA has been trying to improve the student-athletes position in the college system over the last five years. In 2018, the NCAA created the transfer portal, allowing student-athletes to transfer colleges without asking their college coach for permission (which previously they couldn’t do). The new transfer rule looks to give student-athlete transfer flexibility.

Old Rule: Student-athletes are able to transfer from a four-year college to another without any consequences. If a student-athlete transfers a second time, they will not be able to participate in college competitions immediately as sit-out penalties will be applied.

The Potential New Rule: Student-athletes may be allowed to transfer as many times as they wish without any sit-out penalties.

This rule could be seen to heavily favour student-athletes and increases their freedom in college. However, we have examined this rule objectively and provided some thoughts on both sides.




If this rule change happens, it will change the college recruiting landscape. Student-athletes will given much more control over their college experience. Whilst college coaches try to keep their student-athletes, they will not stop them from looking over the fence. With an increase in student-athletes transferring, college coaches will also raise their recruiting standards. The NCAA have a big decision to make, it will be very interesting to see which way they proceed.

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