Once the name is in the database, other coaches can contact that student.
Previously, players that competed in any games lost a full year of eligibility unless they suffered an injury.
In a news release posted Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA confirmed a slate of hugely significant rules changes to how players transfers and the highly debated "redshirt rule" that would allow players an easier path to maintaining an extra season of eligibility.
The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.
Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.
Schools have drawn criticism for preventing a student-athlete from transferring to a program that better suits them, either academically or in their chosen sport. Previously, college coaches were able to block the transferring athlete from certain schools, and the athlete was required to obtain permission for schools to contact him.
"This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being", Miami AD Blake James said in a statement to the NCAA on the redshirt rule change.
American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry lobbied for the redshirt rule change for years and reiterated it had "unanimous" support from the coaches.
Perhaps the bigger overarching rule that was adopted by the NCAA Division I Council earlier in the week was a new "notification-of-transfer" model.
The NCAA's Division I Council approved the new rule this week.
Nicholas Clark, a former Coastal Carolina football player and member of the Division I transfer group, offered up these comments on the new rule.
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.
"Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressured to play through the injuries". "This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete".
Even with the new rule, conferences could still restrict athletes from transferring within the league. Conferences, however, can still put rules in play that forbid student-athletes from transferring within the conference without sitting out a year or some other stipulation. Now, coaches will be able to use a true freshman on a limited basis in up to four games and that player would still have four years of additional eligibility.