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College Bound Student Athlete

We are proud of the fact that we have 35 - 40 former players playing college football!

"One of my roles is to help our players play at the next level;  I am always available to talk regarding your son's college path."

Head Coach Dave Nelson

Click on the image to open a PowerPoint Presentation given by Coach Nelson on May 5th.


What do I need to do to be eligible?
 

If you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics:

  • You need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • You need to qualify academically and be cleared as an amateur student-athlete.
  • You are responsible for achieving and protecting your eligibility status! 

Read a copy of the 2016-2017 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete on the web site of the NCAA.  www.eligibilitycenter.org


Steps to Take:  

Freshmen and Sophomores Must:​

  • Start planning now! Communicate your interest in collegiate athletics to your coaches, your guidance counselor and your family.
  • Work hard to get the best grades possible.
  • Take classes that are on the NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only use approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility. You can access and print our approved core course list at eligibilitycenter.org

Juniors Must:

  • Continue to get the best grades possible and stay enrolled in approved core courses.
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org ($80 fee; fee waivers are available for qualified students)
  • Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and list the NCAA Eligibility Center (code 9999) as a score recipient. Test scores must come directly from the testing agency.  You may take the ACT and/or SAT as often as you feel is necessary. The NCAA Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score (the NCAA uses a sum score rather than an average).
  • Work with your counselor to determine the number of core courses that need to be completed your senior year.
  • Request that an official transcript be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of junior year.

Seniors Must:

  • Continue to get the best grades possible and stay enrolled in approved core courses.
  • If you haven't already, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org ($80 fee; fee waivers are available for qualified students).
  • Review your amateurism questionnaire responses and request final amateurism certification beginning April 1.
  • Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).

Note:

  • Freshman year is not too early to be concerned with initial eligibility.  Some students will need to take summer classes to make up for core course deficiencies.
  • You make take the ACT and/or SAT as often as you feel is necessary.  The NCAA Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score (the NCAA uses a sum score rather than an average).
  • your final transcript will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.After graduation,

Other Considerations:


Definition of a Core Course

  • A course from one or more of the following: English, mathematics, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy;
  • Is considered four-year college preparatory;
  • Is taught at or above the high school's regular academic level;
  • For mathematics courses, is at the level of Algebra 1 or a higher level mathematics course;
  • Taught by a qualified instructor as defined by the appropriate academic authority.

Recruiting

  • Before a NCAA Division I college or university may invite you on an official visit, you must provide them with a copy of your high school transcript and SAT or ACT score(s). You must also register with the NCAA Eligibility
  • NCAA Division II colleges and universities require official SAT or Act scores, along with registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • You may take a maximum of five expense-paid visits with no more than one permitted to any single college or university. This restriction applies only for expense-paid visits to NCAA Division I institutions. There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

Financial Aid​

  • All athletics scholarships awarded by NCAA institutions are limited to one year and are renewable each academic year and may be reduced or withdrawn.
  • Athletics scholarships are awarded in a variety of amounts, ranging from full scholarships (including tuition fees, room, board and books) to partial scholarships (e.g., books only).

Note: Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into college. Athletic ability does not guarantee admission to college.

Steps You Must Take to Participate in NAIA Athletics


To be eligible students must graduate from high school and meet two out of three of the following requirements:

  • Minimum 18 ACT or 860 SAT (Critical Reading and Math combined score)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.0/4.0
  • Graduate in the top half of your class
  • Seniors register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at playnaia.org ($80 fee; fee waivers are available for qualified students).
  • List the NAIA Eligibility Center (code 9876) as a recipient of your ACT or SAT score. Test scores must come directly from the testing agency.

 

Resources:
 

www.ncaa.org               www.eligibilitycenter.org
www.naia.org                www.playnaia.org