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NCAA Eligibility




NCAA Eligibility 


Any student-athlete interested in competing in sports at the collegiate level is required to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse to establish eligibility.  It is highly recommended that parents and students familiarize themselves with the rules governing athletic eligibility.  

What is the NCAA?


The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, was established in 1906 and serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The national office is in Indianapolis, Indiana, but the member colleges and universities develop the rules and guidelines for athletics eligibility and athletics competition for each of the three NCAA divisions. The NCAA is committed to the studentathlete and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive and sportsmanlike manner.

The NCAA membership includes:
• 346 active Division I members;
• 291 active Division II members; and
• 439 active Division III members.

One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges and universities in Divisions I and II may offer athletics scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities do not. For more information about the NCAA or its members, please visit NCAA.org.

The publication below is a great start to understanding the NCAA Eligibility process.  Please familiarize yourself with this process.  Contact a member of the coaching staff if you have additional questions.

Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete:  http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA.pdf

Eligibility Quick Reference Guide:  http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf

2Point3 or Take A Knee:  New Eligibility Guidelines for the Class of 2016 and beyond: http://2point3.ncaa.org