The NCAA announced two significant changes Wednesday that loosen rules on transferring and football redshirting.

Beginning in October, Division I student-athletes will have the ability to transfer and receive a scholarship from their new school without asking their current school for permission.

The new system establishes a “notification of transfer” system that requires a school to enter the player’s name into a national transfer database within two days of the player informing the school of his/her desire to leave. Once the player’s name is in the database, other coaches may pursue the player.

Under the current system, players must receive permission from their current school to contact another school before receiving a scholarship from the new school. The new rule does not bar conferences from making transfer rules more restrictive than the national one, though the NCAA did not elaborate on that.

The new NCAA transfer rule also makes tampering with a player at another school a Level 2 violation, which is considered a significant breach of conduct.

“This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent,” said South Dakota State athletic director Justin Sell, the chairman of the NCAA’s working group on the transfer rule.

The change in the football redshirt rule will allow players to play in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility in their five-year window to play. Until now, only an injury opened the door for a player a chance to see action in a fifth year — or in rare cases a sixth — of eligibility.

The change should benefit young players who now can get limited playing and coaches who might need a player in a pinch but were reluctant to burn a year of eligibility for it. If the rule had been in effect last year, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, for example, could have gotten a bit of experience in 2017 while still retaining his redshirt freshman status for this year.

“This change promotes not only fairness for college athletes, but also their health and well-being,” said University of Miami athletic director Blake James, the Division I council chair.

“Redshirt football student-athletes are more likely to remain engaged with the team, and starters will be less likely to feel pressure to play through injuries. Coaches will appreciate the additional flexibility and ability to give younger players an opportunity to participate in limited competition.”