Many high school athletes dream of the possibility of being a college athlete. Each level of college competition has different guidelines in order to participate.
College athletic websites have student-athlete questionnaires for interested student to complete during 10th, 11th and 12th grade. This is one way for high school students to communicate to the college their interest in being considered for the athletic program. The counseling center also has informational recruiting materials that can be checked out. See your counselor if you have questions.
NCAA Eligibility Center–Division I or II
Student-athletes interesed in competing at a Division I or Division II college or university must complete an application with the NCAA Eligibility Center. To qualify factors as high school grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, and high school course work are considered. The application is online and there is a fee to apply.
It is suggested that the application for the NCAA be completed at the during the spring semester of junior year. However, it is a good idea for 9th and 10th graders to research the academic requirements needed to qualify by the Eligibility Center early in their high school careers to assure they are on the right track.
The NCAA also has rules about official visits, recruiting, and signing letters of intent that the student-athlete need to consider. The website has all the information needed for potential student-athletes. Look for the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
During the application process, the athlete will be asked to send transcripts to the Eligibility Center. Requests are made online and EHS uses EDocs to send the transcript electronically to the NCAA. ACT scores must be sent directly to the NCAA from ACT.
Division III or NAIA
Student-athletes interested in competing at the Division III or NAIA level should contact the college coach to find out what, if any, forms are necessary to complete to be able to play. In general, the guidelines are less stringent than at the DI or DII level.
CollegeStudentAthletes.com is a free college search website for students looking to combine sports and academics at a Division III (D3) college. Visit http://www.collegestudentathletes.com for more information.
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Student-athletes interested in competing at the Junior College level (JUCO) should contact the coach about eligibility to play and rules for future transfer to a college or university.