Many prep athletes aspire to play their sport at the college level. To be prepared for the recruiting process, student athletes must have the ability to play the sport and, more importantly, they must have the academic background to be a recruitable athlete. If you think you can play at the college level, it is important for you to make an appointment with your guidance counselor so that you can develop an academic plan that will ensure that you take the courses necessary to be cleared by the NCAA. In addition, it would be wise for you and your parents to visit the NCAA Clearninghouse- Eligibility Center website to:
- understand eligibility requirements.
- access the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.
- review Frequently Asked Questions.
- know when/how to file required forms - check on certification status.
- access phone numbers for the NCAA.
Do not wait until your Junior or Senior year to estabish and academic plan; however, it is recommended that students register with the NCAA no later than the summer before their senior year. You may also want to note that prosepective student athletes should take the ACT or SAT in the Spring of their Junior year, as this is an eligibility requirement. To further assist you, the following links will provide more information about recruiting rules, the NCAA Clearinghouse, recruiting calendar and more:
NCAA Student.Org - This website provides student-athletes and their parents and insight as to what life is like and the expectations of being a college student-athlete.
NCAA Resource Center- Guide for College Bound Student Athletes - This website provides the initial requirements for prospective student-athletes, answers to frequently asked questions and further contact information to the various departments within the NCAA.
NCAA Clearinghouse- Eligibility Center - This website provides information on the NCAA, its Divisions and Sports, as well as the necessary steps a prospective student athlete must take to be eligible to be recruited and compete.
NCAA Recruiting Calendar - This website provides prospective student-athletes and their parents information as to when colleges may begin the recruiting process, restrictions on mail and phone calls and official/unoffical visits.
NCAA National Office - NCAA Homepage