National Collegiate Athletics AssociationNCAA Eligibility Center and InitialEligibility Requirements
General Overview   NCAA Eligibility Center   Division III academic eligibility   requirements   Division II academic eligi...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Formerly known as the NCAA Initial-Eligibility   Clearinghouse.   Responsible for all initial-el...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Registration process    Any student who wants to participate in     Division I or II athletics ...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Step #1: Students must complete the   online Student Release Form (SRF).    Website: www.ncaael...
NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Eligibility Center   Step #2: High school must send an official   transcript directly to the Eligibility Center.    ...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Step #3: Test scores (ACT, SAT) must be   sent directly to the Eligibility Center   from the tes...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Step #4: Complete the online   amateurism questionnaire.    Students must request final certifi...
NCAA Eligibility Center   Step #5: Upon graduation, students   must have a final official high school   transcript sent to...
NCAA Eligibility Center                 Contact Information   NCAA Eligibility Center   PO Box 7136   Indianapolis, IN 462...
Division III AcademicEligibility Requirements
Divisions III Academic EligibilityRequirements      Division III certification status       Division III does not use the...
Division II AcademicEligibility Requirements
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II academic eligibility requirements   Graduate from high school  ...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements #1: Graduate from high                 3 years of English     school.        ...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Beginning August 1, 2013            3 years of English the core course       ...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements  Division II certification status   QUALIFIER    ○ Meets the academic requir...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements  Division II certification status   PARTIAL QUALIFIER    ○ Does not meet all...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements      Division II certification status       NON-QUALIFIER        ○ Does not ...
Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II certification status  Early Academic Certification   ○ A student...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I academic eligibility    requirements     Graduate from high sch...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    #1: Graduate from high school     A student must graduate from high school...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements  #2: Complete 16 core               4 years of English    courses             ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements     High school’s list of app...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    #3: Earn a minimum GPA in the 16 core    courses    Calculating core course...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Calculating core course GPA     The following values (quality points) are ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Calculating core course GPA     To obtain a student’s core course GPA:    ...
Course Title   Grade    Points x   Units   Quality   Course Title   Grade       Points x   Units   Quality                ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    #4: Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum    score that matches the core course GP...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Test scores are calculated by adding up    each sub score.     ACT: Math, ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements  Tests may be taken more than one time.  If a student takes either test more t...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    ACT and SAT score requirements     ALL SAT and ACT scores must be reported...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements  National Testing Dates     SAT                         ACT  October 9, 2010  ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I Core GPA and Test Score Sliding    Scale GPA        Core        ...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I certification status     QUALIFIER      ○ Meets the academic re...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I certification status     NON-QUALIFIER      ○ Does not meet one...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I certification status     NON-QUALIFIER     ○ A non-qualifier ha...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Division I certification status     NON-QUALIFIER       #2: Enroll in a tw...
Division I AcademicEligibility Requirements   Division I certification status    Early Academic Certification     ○ A stu...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Students with education impacting    disabilities     A student with a dis...
Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements    Students with education impacting    disabilities     A student with a dis...
Summary – Eligibility   All students planning to participate in Division   I or II athletics as a freshman must register  ...
NCAA Recruiting – Division III
Division III Recruiting No limitations on the number of telephone calls beginning with PSA’s freshman year No limitations ...
NCAA Recruiting – Division II
Division II Recruiting Rules are the same for all sports Recruiting materials may be sent via regular or electronic mail b...
NCAA Recruiting – Division I
Division I Recruiting   When, how often, and through what   methods prospective student-athletes can   be contacted depend...
Division I Recruiting                  Campus Visits   Unofficial Visits    PSA receives no expenses (meals, travel,     ...
Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanFreshman Year    Talk to your counselor about classes    Establish good study h...
Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanSophomore YearKeep your grades upTalk with your coach about ability and ambitio...
Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanJunior YearKeep up your grades.Talk with your coach about a realistic assessmen...
Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanSenior Year    Attend schools “College Night”.    Narrow your college choices d...
Helpful Information  Eligibility Center website:  www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org  NCAA website: www.ncaa.org   Guide for t...
Contact Information  Ryan P. Downey – Assistant Director of  Admissions  Phone: (618) 650-2679  E-mail: rydowne@siue.edu  ...
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D25 NCAA Eligibility Center and the Student-Athlete

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Navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center can be a difficult process for any prospective student- athlete.The majority of high school student-athletes are unaware of the minimum core course requirements to participate in competition beyond their senior year of high school. This session will decipher registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, determining core- course requirements and calculating core-course GPA’s.This session will also provide tools to high school counselors and admission representatives to assist prospective student- athletes in navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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D25 NCAA Eligibility Center and the Student-Athlete

  1. 1. National Collegiate Athletics AssociationNCAA Eligibility Center and InitialEligibility Requirements
  2. 2. General Overview NCAA Eligibility Center Division III academic eligibility requirements Division II academic eligibility requirements Division I academic eligibility requirements Recruitment Strategies
  3. 3. NCAA Eligibility Center Formerly known as the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Responsible for all initial-eligibility certifications for prospective student-athletes entering Division I and II institutions. Initial-eligibility certification includes an academic AND amateur certification. Determines whether the prospect is eligible for practice, competition and athletics aid his/her first year of college.
  4. 4. NCAA Eligibility Center Registration process  Any student who wants to participate in Division I or II athletics must register with the Eligibility Center.  Students are encouraged to register after their junior year in high school.  There is no deadline to register; however, a student must be registered before: ○ He/she can make an official visit to a DI or DII institution. ○ He/she can receive an offer of athletics aid at a DI or DII institution.
  5. 5. NCAA Eligibility Center Step #1: Students must complete the online Student Release Form (SRF).  Website: www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org  One-time registration fee ○ $50 for domestic students ○ $75 for international students  Fee waiver: Available to students who received a waiver of the ACT or SAT fee.
  6. 6. NCAA Eligibility Center
  7. 7. NCAA Eligibility Center Step #2: High school must send an official transcript directly to the Eligibility Center.  Transcript should be mailed in a sealed envelope marked with the school’s information.  Transcripts cannot be faxed or submitted online.  A student who attends multiple high schools must submit an official transcript to the Eligibility Center from each high school. Transcripts can come directly from each school or from the high school from which the student is graduating.
  8. 8. NCAA Eligibility Center Step #3: Test scores (ACT, SAT) must be sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency.  Test scores on official high school transcript will not be accepted.  Eligibility Center code is 9999.
  9. 9. NCAA Eligibility Center Step #4: Complete the online amateurism questionnaire.  Students must request final certification during senior year (Apr. 1 for fall enrollees).  Effective Aug. 1, 2010: Student must complete the amateurism certification questionnaire before he/she may receive a written offer of athletically related financial aid.
  10. 10. NCAA Eligibility Center Step #5: Upon graduation, students must have a final official high school transcript sent to the Eligibility Center.  Transcript must show graduation date.  Again, your High School must submit your transcript directly to the Eligibility Center.
  11. 11. NCAA Eligibility Center Contact Information NCAA Eligibility Center PO Box 7136 Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136 Website: www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org Customer Service Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday U.S. Callers (Toll-Free): 877.262.1492 International Callers (Toll-Free): 317.223.0700 Fax Number: 317.968.5100
  12. 12. Division III AcademicEligibility Requirements
  13. 13. Divisions III Academic EligibilityRequirements Division III certification status  Division III does not use the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students should contact the Division III College or University regarding its policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.
  14. 14. Division II AcademicEligibility Requirements
  15. 15. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II academic eligibility requirements  Graduate from high school  Complete 14 core courses  Earn a minimum 2.00 GPA in core courses  Earn a minimum 820 SAT or 68 ACT Division II certification status  Qualifier vs. Partial Qualifier vs. Nonqualifier  Early academic certification
  16. 16. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements #1: Graduate from high 3 years of English school. 2 years of Math (Algebra I or #2: Complete 14 core courses. higher) All core courses must be 2 years of Natural or Physical completed before full-time Science (including 1 year of enrollment may be used lab if offered by H.S.) by the Eligibility Center. 2 extra years of English, Math, #3: Earn a 2.00 GPA in core Natural/Physical Science courses. 2 years of Social Science #4: Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or ACT sum 3 years of additional score of 68. There is no coursework from any category sliding scale in DII. above or Foreign Language, non-doctrinal Religion or Philosophy
  17. 17. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Beginning August 1, 2013 3 years of English the core course 2 years of Math (Algebra I or requirement will increase higher) from 14 to 16. 2 years of Natural or Physical Science (including 1 year of lab if offered by h.s.) 3 extra years of English, Math, Natural/Physical Science 2 years of Social Science 4 years of additional coursework from any category above or foreign language, non-doctrinal religion or philosophy
  18. 18. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II certification status  QUALIFIER ○ Meets the academic requirements (high school graduation, 14 core courses, GPA, test score). ○ Can practice, compete and receive athletics aid during first year of college. ○ Has four seasons of eligibility, provided student maintains eligibility from year to year.
  19. 19. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II certification status  PARTIAL QUALIFIER ○ Does not meet all the academic requirements, but has graduated from high school AND meets one of the following:  Combined SAT score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68; OR  Completion of 14 core courses with a core course 2.00 GPA. ○ Can practice and receive athletics aid during first year of enrollment. Cannot compete during first year. ○ Has four seasons of eligibility remaining, provided student maintains eligibility from year to year.
  20. 20. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II certification status  NON-QUALIFIER ○ Does not graduate from high school, or, if the student graduated and is missing both the core courses GPA or minimum number of core courses and the required ACT or SAT scores. ○ Cannot practice, compete or receive athletics aid during the first year of enrollment. Student can receive need-based financial aid. ○ Has four seasons of eligibility remaining, provided student maintains eligibility from year to year.
  21. 21. Division II Academic EligibilityRequirements Division II certification status  Early Academic Certification ○ A student will be certified as a qualifier, provided he/she has achieved the following academic criteria:  Earned a minimum combined score on the SAT of 1000 or a minimum sum score on the ACT of 85; and  Earned a core-course 3.00 GPA or higher in a minimum of 12 core courses upon completion of 6 semesters. The 12 core courses must include the following: 3 English, 2 math, 2 natural/physical science and 5 additional courses.
  22. 22. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements
  23. 23. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I academic eligibility requirements  Graduate from high school  Complete 16 core courses  Earn a minimum GPA in the 16 core courses ○ Calculating core course GPA  Earn a minimum SAT and/or ACT score Division I certification status  Qualifier vs. Non-qualifier  Early academic certification
  24. 24. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements #1: Graduate from high school  A student must graduate from high school no later than the high school graduation date of his/her ninth grade class.  If the student graduates in eight semesters, he/she may use up to one core course completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year) to meet eligibility requirements. ○ The student may complete the course at a location other than the high school from which he/she graduated.
  25. 25. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements #2: Complete 16 core 4 years of English courses 3 years of Math (Algebra I or  Only courses higher) completed in grades 2 years of Natural or Physical 9-12 will count. Science (including 1 year of lab  High school’s list of science if offered by the H.S.) approved core 1 extra year of English, Math or courses (48H) is Natural/Physical Science available on the 2 years of Social Science Eligibility Center’s website. 4 years of additional coursework from any category above or Foreign Language, non-doctrinal Religion or Philosophy
  26. 26. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements  High school’s list of approved core courses (48H)
  27. 27. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements #3: Earn a minimum GPA in the 16 core courses Calculating core course GPA  Only the best grades will be used.  Credit is based on high school’s grading system: ○ 1 quarter = 0.25 units ○ 1 trimester = 0.33 units ○ 1 semester = 0.50 units ○ 1 year = 1.0 unit
  28. 28. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Calculating core course GPA  The following values (quality points) are assigned to each letter grade: ○ A = 4 points ○ B = 3 points ○ C = 2 points ○ D = 1 point  Plus and minus grades are not used when calculating GPA. [“B” and “B+” are each worth 3 quality points.]  Numeric grades will be changed to a letter grade.  If a high school normally weights honors or advanced courses, the high school must notify the Eligibility Center of such weighting.
  29. 29. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Calculating core course GPA  To obtain a student’s core course GPA: ○ List the courses, grades and credits on eligibility worksheet. Only include courses on the high school’s list of approved core courses. ○ Determine the quality points for each course. ○ Multiply the quality points for the grade by the amount of credit earned. ○ Divide the total number of quality points for ALL core courses by the total number of the core course units completed.
  30. 30. Course Title Grade Points x Units Quality Course Title Grade Points x Units Quality Pts PtsEnglish Additional Courses (4.0)(4.0)) World C 2 1.0 2Eng. 9 A 4 1.0 4 HistoryEng. 10 B 3 1.0 3 Spanish 1 A 4 1.0 4Eng. 11 A 4 1.0 4 Spanish 2 B 3 1.0 3Eng. 12 A 4 1.0 4 Physics B 3 1.0 3 Total 4.0 15.0 Total 4.0 12.0Math (3.0) Subtotal 16.0 50Algebra B 3 1.0 3Geometry C 2 1.0 2 To calculate the core-courseAlgebra 2 B 3 1.0 3 GPA, divide the total number of Total 3.0 8.0 quality points by the totalNatural/Physical Science (2.0) number of units completed.Biology A 4 1.0 4Chemistry B 3 1.0 3 Example: Total 2.0 7.0 Core courses: 16English/Math/Natural/Physical Science(1.0) Quality points: 50Speech C 2 1.0 2 Total 1.0 2.0 GPA = 50 QP/16 core courses =Social Science (2.0) 3.125 GPAUS History B 3 1.0 3Government A 4 0.5 2Economics C 2 0.5 1
  31. 31. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements #4: Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core course GPA and test score sliding scale  Students must achieve the required test score (based on a sliding scale) Before full- time collegiate enrollment.  The required SAT or ACT score must be achieved under national testing conditions on a national testing date. A state administered ACT may be used to meet the test score requirement.
  32. 32. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Test scores are calculated by adding up each sub score.  ACT: Math, Science, English, Reading  SAT: Math, Verbal/Critical Reading  The writing component of the ACT and SAT will not be used to determine a student’s initial eligibility certification. ○ Note: Collegiate institutions may or may not require the writing component. Students are encouraged to take the writing portion of the ACT/SAT.
  33. 33. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Tests may be taken more than one time. If a student takes either test more than once, the Eligibility Center will use the best sub score from each test to meet the minimum test score requirement. Math Critical Total Score Reading SAT (10/6/07) 350 470 820 SAT (12/1/07) 420 440 860 Scores Used 420 470 890
  34. 34. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements ACT and SAT score requirements  ALL SAT and ACT scores must be reported to the Eligibility Center directly from the testing agency.  Test scores will not be accepted if reported to the Eligibility Center on a high school transcript.  Eligibility Center Code: 9999
  35. 35. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements National Testing Dates SAT ACT October 9, 2010 September 11, 2010 November 11, 2010 October 23, 2010 December 4, 2010 December 11, 2010 January 22, 2011 February 12, 2011 March 12, 2011 April 9, 2011 May 7, 2011 June 11, 2011 June 4, 2011 sat.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org
  36. 36. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I Core GPA and Test Score Sliding Scale GPA Core SAT ACT 3.550 & above 400 37 3.525 410 38 3.500 420 39 3.475 430 40 --- --- --- 2.025 1000 85 2.000 1010 86
  37. 37. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I certification status  QUALIFIER ○ Meets the academic requirements (high school graduation, 16 core courses, GPA/test score requirement). ○ May practice, compete and receive athletics aid first year of college. ○ Has four seasons of eligibility, provided student maintains eligibility year to year. ○ Example: Student completed 16 core courses with a core GPA of 2.900 and a SAT score of 675. [2.900 GPA = SAT 660 or ACT 54]
  38. 38. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I certification status  NON-QUALIFIER ○ Does not meet one or more of the academic requirements (high school graduation, 16 core courses, GPA/test score requirement). ○ May not practice, compete or receive athletics aid first year of college (student may receive need-based financial aid). ○ Has three seasons of eligibility remaining. May earn a fourth season provided student meets NCAA progress toward degree requirements. ○ Example: Student completed 16 core courses with a 2.725 GPA and ACT score of 56. [2.725 GPA = SAT 730 or ACT 59]
  39. 39. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I certification status  NON-QUALIFIER ○ A non-qualifier has two options regarding Division I eligibility: #1: Serve a year in residency at the DI institution (no athletics aid, practice or competition). Eligible for athletics aid, practice and competition second year of enrollment, provided student meets institutional, conference and NCAA academic requirements.
  40. 40. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Division I certification status  NON-QUALIFIER #2: Enroll in a two-year college. To be immediately eligible for athletics aid, practice and competition upon transfer to a DI institution, student must earn AA degree, complete 48/72 hours of transferable degree credit with a 2.00 GPA and complete a minimum of 3 semester/4 quarters (summers excluded) at the two-year college. - Effective August 1, 2009: 2-4 transfers must complete 6 sem/8 qtr hours of transferable English credit and 3 sem/4 qtr hours of transferable Math credit.
  41. 41. Division I AcademicEligibility Requirements Division I certification status  Early Academic Certification ○ A student will be certified as a qualifier, provided he/she has achieved the following academic criteria:  Earned a minimum combined score on the SAT of 1000 or a minimum sum score on the ACT of 85; and  Earned a core-course 3.00 GPA or higher in a minimum of 13 core courses upon completion of 6 semesters. The 13 core courses must include the following: 3 English, 2 Math, 2 Natural or Physical Science and 6 additional courses.
  42. 42. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Students with education impacting disabilities  A student with a disability must meet the same academic requirements (e.g., high school graduation, core course, test score) as all other students.  A student must graduate from high school no later than the high school graduation date of his/her ninth grade class.  If the student graduates in eight semesters, he/she may use up to three core course completed in the year after graduation (summer or academic year) to meet eligibility requirements. ○ The student may complete the course at a location other than the high school from which he/she graduated.
  43. 43. Division I Academic EligibilityRequirements Students with education impacting disabilities  A student with a disability may receive the following accommodations: ○ Use courses for students with disabilities that are designated on the high school’s list of approved core courses. ○ Use approved core courses taken before the student enrolls in college (including courses taken the summer after high school graduation). ○ Take a nonstandard ACT/SAT on a date other than a national testing date.
  44. 44. Summary – Eligibility All students planning to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students must receive both an academic AND amateurism certification. Division I: High school graduation, 16 core courses, core GPA/test score sliding scale. Division II: High school graduation, 14 core courses, 2.00 core GPA, 820 SAT or 68 ACT Division III: Students are not certified by Eligibility Center.
  45. 45. NCAA Recruiting – Division III
  46. 46. Division III Recruiting No limitations on the number of telephone calls beginning with PSA’s freshman year No limitations on printed recruiting materials Off-campus contact can occur after conclusion of the PSA’s junior year Official visits can be made after the PSA’s first day of classes in senior year
  47. 47. NCAA Recruiting – Division II
  48. 48. Division II Recruiting Rules are the same for all sports Recruiting materials may be sent via regular or electronic mail beginning September 1 of PSA’s junior year Off-campus contact can be made starting June 15 after PSA’s junior year (no more than 3 off-campus contacts per PSA) Telephone calls can be made once per week starting June 15 prior to PSA’s senior year Official visits can be made after the PSA’s first day of classes in senior year
  49. 49. NCAA Recruiting – Division I
  50. 50. Division I Recruiting When, how often, and through what methods prospective student-athletes can be contacted depends on the sport Prospective student-athletes (PSA) cannot be called, texted, or e-mailed until after their sophomore year in high school  For sports other than men’s basketball and men’s and women’s ice hockey, phone calls cannot be placed until after the PSA’s junior year
  51. 51. Division I Recruiting Campus Visits Unofficial Visits  PSA receives no expenses (meals, travel, lodging) from the university  No limit on the number of unofficial visits Official Visits  University pays some or all of PSA’s expenses relating to the visit  PSA limited to one official visit per institution and a total of 5 official visits to Division I schools
  52. 52. Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanFreshman Year Talk to your counselor about classes Establish good study habits Attend sport camps Start to think about classes and subjects you like Work with your coach on continuous improvements
  53. 53. Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanSophomore YearKeep your grades upTalk with your coach about ability and ambitionsMake preliminary inquiries about colleges that interestyouTake the PLAN TestStart to visit schools while you are at tournaments
  54. 54. Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanJunior YearKeep up your grades.Talk with your coach about a realistic assessment of which collegelevel you can play.Take the PSAT and ACT.Log on to the NCAA Eligibility Center.Start looking at colleges. Think about what you want in a college.Think about what you want to study.Attend a “College Night”
  55. 55. Student Athlete’sHigh School Four-Year PlanSenior Year Attend schools “College Night”. Narrow your college choices down. Visit Schools. First semester – apply to colleges through the their Office of Admissions. Take the ACT/SAT again if needed. Make your list of extra-curricular activities. Pay attention to deadlines. January- File your FAFSA (Preferred deadline – March 1st).
  56. 56. Helpful Information Eligibility Center website: www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org NCAA website: www.ncaa.org  Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (Spanish version is also available)  Transfer Guide for Divisions I/II/III
  57. 57. Contact Information Ryan P. Downey – Assistant Director of Admissions Phone: (618) 650-2679 E-mail: rydowne@siue.edu Katie Zingg – Lead Compliance Specialist Phone: (618) 650-5475 E-mail: kzingg@siue.edu
  58. 58. Questions

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