NCAA Information Night November 30, 2011 Mt. Hebron High School
The Basics • NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association • Eligibility Center certifies academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play at an NCAA Division I or II institution as freshmen • To practice, play and receive an athletics scholarship, students must meet: • certain academic benchmarks • amateur status Academic Credentials + Amateurism Status = College Eligible • The student-athlete is responsible for achieving and protecting his or her eligibility status
Divisions • Different number of sports offered at each level • Contest and participant minimums for each sport, and scheduling criteria • Must meet minimum/maximum financial aid awards • Athletics Departments are financed differently Excerpts taken from: What's the difference between Divisions I, II and III? http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/NCAA/About+The+NCAA/Membership/div_criteria.html
Eligibility Requirements • Graduate from high school • Complete NCAA-approved core courses • Earn a minimum required core-course grade-point average (GPA) • Earn a required SAT or ACT sum score
Core Courses • English • Math (Algebra I and beyond) • Natural/Physical Science • Social Studies • World Language • Religion/Philosophy (none offered in Howard County) • Credit-by-exam and vocational courses MAY NOT be used to satisfy a core course. Some online courses are acceptable. • To find the list: http://eligibilitycenter.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.html • Enter as a student • Click on Resources --> US Students --> List of NCAA courses • Follow prompts for your school
Division I Initial Eligibility Index This is an abbreviated version of the full scale showing the high end, the low end and some points in between.
Division II Considerations • 2.000 grade-point average in 14 core courses • Achieve a combination SAT score of 820 or a sum score of 68 on the ACT • There is no sliding scale in Division II
Division III • Division III does not use the NCAA Eligibility Center • Contact the Division III college regarding its policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition
Which test scores will be used? MATHVERBALTOTAL SAT (10/10) 350 470 820 SAT (12/10) 420 440 860 Scores Used 420470 890 ACT scores – will also combine the highest of each section over multiple dates
Which grades will they use? • They will use our weighted grades • If a student repeats a core course, the NCAA will use the higher grade to incorporate into the Core Course GPA • If more than the required number of courses are taken, the highest 16 (or 14) will be used
Preparing for Eligibility Grades 9-12 Be careful in course selection to ensure you are: • Meeting graduation requirements • Fully preparing for a four-year college • Meeting NCAA core-course requirements • If you fall behind, use summer school courses before graduation to catch up
Preparing for Eligibility Junior year • Take ACT or SAT test. Report test scores to the Eligibility Center (Use code 9999 to send scores directly) • Register online at www.eligibilitycenter.org (if you wish to participate at any Division I or II institution). There will be a one-time fee of $65. Review your sports participation responses and request final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees). • Make sure the courses you are taking match your school’s approved core courses After Junior Year • Request a transcript with six semesters worth of courses and grades (after junior year is complete) be sent to the Eligibility Center (hard copy – no faxes)
Preparing for Eligibility Senior year • Prior to W date, make sure you will have met the core course requirements if you complete all of the courses for which you are registered • Maintain good grades in college-prep courses • Check your List of Approved NCAA Courses • Take the ACT or SAT if necessary After Graduation • Request a final transcript with graduation date listed be sent to the Eligibility Center
When Should Students Register? • Recommended: during junior year • The Eligibility Center will evaluate the academic credentials once the following has been received, AND the student has had their status requested by an NCAA member institution: • Completed online registration • Fee payment • SAT/ACT test score on file from the testing agency • Transcript(s) from all schools attended
Transcript accuracy is vital!! • Once the NCAA Eligibility Center receives a final transcript, a revised transcript may not be used • All transcript changes after graduation must be handled through the initial-eligibility waiver process • NCAA Eligibility Center MUST receive a transcript from EACH high school you attended
Sports Participation (amateurism) • The NCAA Eligibility Center encourages you to update your sports participation (amateurism) information often, especially if you participate in events outside of the normal high school season • Stay college eligible – always ask before you act!
Things to remember… • Follow the “trail of interest” • There are many different levels of skill and demands on your time in each Division, no matter what sport you play • Find your academic fit and then determine if the athletic component will be compatible • Only a very small percentage of all NCAA athletes go “Pro,” most will not
Common App Supplement • Athletic Supplement: If you would like to be recruited by one or more athletic teams as part of the admission process, this institution will accept the Common Application Optional Athletic Supplement Note: If you answer yes to this question, the Athletic Supplement will become a required part of your application to this institution, and must be submitted before your application can be submitted.
Graduation and Academic Success Rates • GSR: measures graduation rates at Division I institutions. Includes students transferring in; allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained • ASR: measures graduation rates at Division II institutions • The difference: the ASR also includes freshmen who were recruited to the institution but did not receive athletics financial aid (accounts for the use of the partial-scholarship model in Division II)*
Questions? • Phone line for students/families: 877/262-1492 • www.eligibilitycenter.org
Expert Panel • Peter Bradley, Marriotts Ridge High Student-Athlete • Lindsey McDonnell, Assistant Director of Athletics, Compliance, Towson University • John Plevyak, Men’s Soccer Coach and Director of Recruiting, Stevenson University • Natalie Rau, Former UMBC Lacrosse Player • Scott Robinson, Howard High School Women’s Basketball Coach • Donna Schaaf, Parent