Point Loma High SchoolStudent Athlete Evening What you need to know to help your student-athlete meet eligibility requirements to play NCAA sports.
Overview • NCAA 101 • Initial-Eligibility Requirements • Year-by-Year Advice • Common Questions • Important Contact Information • PLHS Coach: Alex Van Heuven • Sunset Cliffs College Coach: Laurie Hurl • Sportsforce: Andrew Beinbrink
NCAA 101 • Three Divisions – DI, DII, DIII • Division I & Division II institutions may offer athletics scholarships; Division III institiutions may not • Division I – 331 institutions • Division II – 291 institutions • Division III – 429 institutions
NCAA 101 • Why initial eligibility? • The NCAA member institutions decided it was important to set minimum standards for participation • Commitment to student-athlete academic success • NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the “Clearinghouse”) is the entity that certifies eligibility for Division I and Division II. • Consistent decisions; fair and impartial • At DIII institutions, initial eligibility depends on the policies of each institution.
NCAA 101 • NCAA initial eligibility vs. college admission • NCAA initial eligibility is separate from college admission • Each institution makes its own admission decisions, based on established admissions criteria • A prospective student-athlete may gain admission to an institution but not meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards OR • A prospective student-athlete may meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards but not gain admission
Tracking eligibility is a team responsibility!!!!! • The Student • The Parents • The Counselor • And the Coach, should all be vigilant
Four elements to initial eligibility • 1. Graduation from high school; • 2. Completion of a minimum number of core courses (16); Minimum core grade-point average must be 2.000 with 16 core classes • 3. Minimum core grade-point average; and • 4. ACT or SAT test score don’t need to take writing portion of exam. Minimum SAT score of 820 and ACT sum score of 68.
Division I core-course requirements • 4 years of English • 3 years of math (Algebra I or higher) • 2 years of natural/physical science (one lab) • 1 year of additional English/math/science • 2 years of social science • 4 years of additional core courses (any of the areas above or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion/philosophy)
Division II core-course requirements • 3 years of English • 2 years of math (Algebra I or higher) • 2 years of natural/physical science (one lab) • 3 years of additional English/math/science • 2 years of social science • 4 years of additional core courses (any of the areas above or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion/philosophy) *Beginning in 2013, must complete 16 core courses.
Division I: corresponds to the 16 core-course rule Initial-Eligibility Index (“sliding scale”) This is an abbreviated version of the index. For the full index, see the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete at www.eligibilitycenter.net.
Division II grade-point average and test-score requirements • Minimum core grade-point average must be 2.000 with 16 core classes • Minimum SAT score of 820 and ACT sum score of 68. • No sliding scale
GPA tidbits • GPA is calculated using core courses only • 4.000 scale • A – 4 points • B – 3 points • C – 2 points • D – 1 point • If courses taken are “weighted” honors or advanced courses, those courses may improve core-course GPA. Calculated as part of students overall grade point average.
Test-score tidbits • SAT/ACT must be taken on a national testing date under standard testing conditions • Students with a documented disability may take a nonstandard test if permitted by the testing agency • No need to document disability with NCAA for nonstandard test purposes
Test-score tidbits • SAT/ACT sum score is used, not the composite score • SAT: Add two subscores: Math & verbal/critical reading • If the Eligibility Center has more than one SAT score for a student , the highest subscore from each SAT will be used. • The writing component of the SAT/ACT is not used at the Eligibility Center (but take for college admissions) • Test must be taken prior to initial full-time college enrollment
How to assist your student-athlete • Ninth and Tenth grades: • Help students with course selection to: • Meet high-school graduation requirements; • Adequately prepare them for the rigors of college work; and • Meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements
How to assist your student-athlete • Eleventh grade: • Help students register to take ACT and/or SAT test • When registering, students should select the Eligibility Center as a recipient of their test score • Code 9999 • This will ensure scores are sent automatically to the E.C. • E.C. will not accept test scores from a high school transcript
How to assist your student-athlete • Eleventh grade, continued: • Help students register with the NCAA Eligibility Center • Online: www.eligibilitycenter.org • $70 registration fee for domestic students (fee waivers available if qualify) • Continue to monitor course selection
How to assist your student-athlete • Eleventh grade, continued: • After junior year, mail official transcript to the Eligibility Center (submit electronically) • E.C. must have a transcript with at least six semesters represented to do a preliminary certification • Transcripts cannot be faxed • Look at the transcript carefully before it’s sent. • Are the course titles correct? • Are the grades correct? • Are the units of credit correct?
How to assist your student-athlete • Twelfth grade: • Continue to monitor course selection • After high-school graduation, School will mail final official transcript to the Eligibility Center • Must show proof of graduation • Transcripts cannot be faxed • Request transcript on Naviance • NO SENIORITIS!
Eighth Grade Courses • May eighth grade courses be used to meet core requirements? • Yes: • Must appear on official high school transcript • For example Algebra or Geometry • Must receive credit • Course must be on 48-H (approved core-course list) at the NCAA
New Rules for 9th Grade Students • Full Qualifier must: • 1. Complete 16 core courses (same distribution as in the past); • • Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school. • o Seven of the 10 core courses must be English, math or science. 2. Have a minimum core-course GPA of 2.300; • • Grades earned in the 10 required courses required before the senior year are “locked in” for purposes of GPA calculation. • o A repeat of one of the “locked in” courses will not be used to improve the GPA if taken after the seventh semester begins. • Meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT score (this is a new scale with increased GPA/test score requirements); and • Graduate from high school.
Rumors • True or false: A student must be registered with the Eligibility Center before college coaches can call or come watch the student practice and/or play. • FALSE! The student needs to register after the junior year. Coaches may call or come see the student play even if the student is not registered. • However, a DI or DII school may not provide an official visit or issue a National Letter of Intent/scholarship offer to a student who has not registered.
Rumors • True or false: An athletics scholarship is good for four years. • FALSE! Athletics scholarships are for a period of one year. After the year is over, the scholarship may be kept the same, reduced or even cancelled.
Rumors • True or false: If a student signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) in November for one school and later changes his or her mind, the student may sign another letter in the spring with another school. • FALSE! The NLI is a legal, binding contract. Once a student signs, the student must attend that school for one full year. Make sure you encourage the student to read the letter before signing!
Helpful Resources • www.ncaa.org • www.ncaaclearinghouse.net • www.njcaa.org • www.naia.org • www.national-letter.org • www.collegedirectories.com • NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete • NCAA Graduation Rates Report • Local college athletic department • Your High School Athletic and Counseling Department