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
Here is a summary of the new D1 academic requirements that are now in place for the class of 2016 and beyond:
- The minimum core course GPA has increased from 2.00 to 2.30
- 10 of the 16 core course requirements must be satisfied prior to the start of the senior year
- 7 of those 10 core courses must be from the English, Math and Science subsections
- Grades earned in the 10 core courses are "locked in" for the purpose of calculating the final core course GPA
- Any retakes of the first 10 core courses must be completed prior to senior year
NCAA ELIGIBILITY UPDATES
- The NCAA’s initial-eligibility academic standards are changing for student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I university on or after here. (this year’s high school sophomore class and younger). A brief summary of the changes can be found
- Additional high school-specific resources are available on the High School Portal Resources page. The NCAA Eligibility Center receives thousands of calls each year regarding hardcopy transcript receipt due to the two- to three-week processing time needed to mail, log, scan, and post transcripts to student accounts. You are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts through one of the approved e-transcript providers (Docufide/Parchment, Scrip Safe, ConnectEDU, National Transcript Center/Pearson Edustructure, USMO ET, and XAP) as these transcripts usually appear in student accounts within 48 hours.