On the 15th of October, 2018 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a transfer portal. According to the NCAA, "The Transfer Portal was created as a compliance tool to systematically manage the transfer process from start to finish, add more transparency to the process among schools and empower student-athletes to make known their desire to consider other programs".
The transfer portal is not only for college football, it is open to other sports too. So, you should try using it if you are a student-athlete.
The transfer portal is a database that contains the details of every player that is interested in transferring from his or her current school. The transfer portal has all the collegiate sports.
If you are a student-athlete and you want to enter your name in the portal, all you need to do is go to your school's compliance department and tell them you want to be entered into the transfer portal. Every school has different ways of handling your request. Some schools would ask you to first talk to the coach. The moment a player goes to the compliance department to make a request, they have 48 hours to be entered into the portal. The compliance department and/or the coaching staff don't have the right to refuse to grant your request. They can only delay it for one day or two. And no matter what happens, your transfer request must be fulfilled.
Immediately the name of a student-athlete enters the transfer portal, schools will start reaching out to him or her except he/she puts "do not contact" on the entry. You should also know that being on the portal doesn't mean you are leaving. You can remove your name from the portal at any time.
What happens if a transfer athlete doesn't get a new scholarship?
In a case where a player enters the transfer portal and doesn't find a new school there, he or she can decide to transfer elsewhere as a scholarship player or as a walk-on. The player is free to withdraw from the portal at any time. Or he/she can choose to enter the transfer portal some other time.
The transfer portal is sortable by different things like school, division, conference, name, and sport. And a coach can sort for student-athletes by the most recent players to enter the portal and save names to a "Transfer Watch List."
Usually, every entry on the transfer portal has a "Transfer Tracer," where coaches can find details about a player. There are no phone numbers for the student-athletes, only email addresses are available.
Like we mentioned earlier, as a player, you have the freedom to withdraw your name at any time. But, schools are under no obligation to keep you on a scholarship once you enter the transfer portal.
How do you view which athletes are in the transfer portal?
The transfer portal is not public, it is only administrators and coaches for NCAA schools that have access to it. The moment any player enters his or her name on the portal it becomes viewable by coaches from different schools.
Coaches from different parts of the country use the transfer portal as a platform where they can look for available players while the players see the portal as a platform where they can make recruiting inquiries and explore their options generally.
The transfer platform was established to make the transfer process of student-athletes seamless. It is a database that contains the details of all the players that indicated an interest in transferring from his or her current school.
Who established the transfer portal?
The transfer postal was introduced in 2018 by the NCAA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a member-led organization that is focused on the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.
It is the NCAA in the United States that administers intercollegiate athletics. It was founded in 1906 as the Intercollegiate Athletic Association to draw up competition and eligibility rules for gridiron football and other intercollegiate sports. The NCAA started using its current name in 1910. It was in 1921 that it successfully carried out its first national championship event, the National College Track, and Field Championship, and it slowly expanded its jurisdiction over the intercollegiate competition in other sports and their college associations, or conferences.
The NCAA serves as a general legislative and administrative authority for both men and women intercollegiate athletics. It formulates and enforces the rules of play for different sports and the eligibility criteria for athletes. Also, it monitors both regional and national intercollegiate athletic contests, and it manages up to ninety national championships in some two dozen sports.
The NCAA gathers statistics on about a dozen college sports, such as lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer (football), basketball, baseball, wrestling, track and field events, swimming, skiing, and gridiron football. If you need guides and rule books on any of these sports and more, the NCAA can provide you with them.
It is member representatives that serve on committees that propose the rules and policies that guide college sports. It is the members that choose the rules that should be adopted. They handle anything that has to do with recruiting to compliance to academics and championships and they execute them on campus.
What other sports besides football and basketball have had notable transfers in the recent year?
Every sport that is overseen by the NCAA is open to the transfer portal. Athletes from any of the 23 sports across the three divisions is welcome to enter the portal in order to find a new school.
In recent years, the following sports have had notable transfers: Equestrian, Triathlon, Beach Volleyball, Fencing, Track and Field, Skiing, Gymnastics, Bowling, Water Polo, Rowing, Field Hockey, Swimming, Cross Country, Wrestling, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Volleyball, and Soccer.