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So what happens if a D2 athlete transfers to D1? 

Assume 2019 high school grad.  Played 25 games spring 2020 (true freshman season.)  Allowed another season of eligibility, so lets call him a Corona Freshman when he plays the 2020-21 season. If he then wants to transfer to D1, he has to sit out a year, so 2021-22 is his year-of-residency season, and his actual 3rd year on the clock.  But he has 3 seasons of eligibility remaining.

By transferring D2 to D1, does he now get the extra year of participation, or would he still be limited to the original 5 year/10 semester clock?

@T_Thomas posted:

So what happens if a D2 athlete transfers to D1? 

Assume 2019 high school grad.  Played 25 games spring 2020 (true freshman season.)  Allowed another season of eligibility, so lets call him a Corona Freshman when he plays the 2020-21 season. If he then wants to transfer to D1, he has to sit out a year, so 2021-22 is his year-of-residency season, and his actual 3rd year on the clock.  But he has 3 seasons of eligibility remaining.

By transferring D2 to D1, does he now get the extra year of participation, or would he still be limited to the original 5 year/10 semester clock?

Why would a player who played 25 games in 2020 want to transfer and sit out a year? 

Also, do not assume that coaches will give any  player that extra year unless they have made an significant impact. 

My 2021 who was headed D1 (kids in his travel organization were verbally committing in freshman year and he was right there with them skill/ability wise) had an injury that sidelined him sophomore year. He came back stronger than ever but had lost the recruiting momentum.  Then COVID hit and HS junior season shut down.  He was able to play some travel over the summer, but even those tournaments were always dicey given COVID. He did start to get "re" interest from D1s, but most were "we like you, but we're not sure what's going on bc of COVID" and thus summer was agony.  Along the way he had attracted a D3 RC who basically wouldn't leave him alone.  Turns out its a highly competitive baseball school (but not HA) that wasn't on my son's radar bc it was D3.  After visiting the school and meeting the HC (who continued to "show him the love") my son started coming around.  We also realized he could get great merit money.  It took a while longer, and some of his D1 buddies getting their offers cut or rescinded, but he finally decided to commit to the D3.  We had many talks about what it meant to pursue his dream vs the reality of having to make a living.  While it's not the path he thought he'd be taking, it seems like the right one given everything going on.  The clock ticking definitely contributed.

Whoknew,

Unless a kid is a top twenty draft pick pro prospect college baseball is about getting an education to set up the next forty years of his life and having a quality baseball experience.

A friend’s son played for a D3 national champion. The dog pile looked just as fun as the one in Omaha. Ten years later I guarantee the kid is out performing most former D1 baseball players professionally and financially on Wall Street.

Good luck to your son.

Last edited by RJM

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