NCAA Initial Eligibility

DIVISION I & II ELIGIBILITY

NCAA Initial Eligibility        2016-2017 Guide for the College-Bound Student- Athlete

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? 

The NCAA Eligibility Center is the organization that certifies the eligibility and amateurism status for all prospective student-athletes who have a desire to compete at any NCAA Division I or Division II institution during their first academic year of collegiate enrollment. Without such certifications, the individual will not be allowed to practice or compete against outside competition during their first academic year of attendance.

The LSHS courses listed below do NOT meet criteria for NCAA eligibility:

Communications: Broadcast Media 1, Broadcast Media 2, Introduction to Drama, Journalism 2, Technical Theatre Arts, Yearbook Journalism

Math: Intermediate Algebra Concepts, Geometry Concepts, Algebra 2 Concepts, Computer Programming 1, Computer Programming 2

Social Studies: AP Art History

NCAA Eligibility Worksheet for Lakeville South High School

What are the qualifications needed to compete at the Division I and Division II level?

Division I requires:

1)      Academic Requirements (grades 9-12): 16 core courses (recognized academic) consisting of:

English 4 years
Math 3 years at a level of Algebra I or higher
Science 2 years (to include a “lab” course if offered by the school)
Additional course 1 in math, English or science
Social Studies 2 years
Addition courses 4 years of any of the above subject areas or foreign language, philosophy or non doctrinal religion (no computer science)

These requirements must be achieved not later than the high school graduation date of the prospective student athlete’s graduation class as determined by the first enrollment in 9th grade.

(A Core course must be a recognized academic course used towards graduation, must be considered college preparatory, must be taught by a qualified instructor at or above the high school level. Any course to be used to meet initial-eligibility standards must appear on the high school’s core course list which has been accepted and approved by the NCAA).

2) GPA/Test score:

Division I uses a sliding GPA/Test Score index ranging from a 3.550 with a 400 SAT or 37 ACT to a 2.00 and a 1010 SAT/86 ACT.

Test must be taken prior to attending class at a post secondary institution and can be taken multiple times with the best sub score of each section being used.

Test must be a national test or a state administered ACT test may be used. No residual tests.

3) Graduate from High School

Division II requires:

1) Academic Requirements (grades 9-12): 14 core courses (recognized academic) consisting of:

(For those first entering college in the Fall 2013, 16 course courses will be required)

English 3 years
Math 2 years at a level of Algebra I or higher
Science 2 years (to include a “lab” course if offered by the school)
Additional course 2 (3) in math, English or science
Social Studies 2 years
Addition courses 3 (4) years of any of the above subject areas or foreign language, philosophy or non doctrinal religion (no computer science unless it is programming)

2)  GPA/Test score:

Minimum of an ACT score index of a 68 or an SAT score of an 820.

Test must be taken prior to attending class at a post secondary institution and can be taken multiple times with the best sub score of each section being used.

Test must be a national test or a state administered ACT test may be used. No residual tests.

2) Graduate from High School

Both Division I and II

Non Traditional courses can be used as core courses if:

Require teacher/student access and interaction
Must be frequent with opportunity to provide individual instruction for duration of course
Student work must be made available for scrutiny.
Course must have a defined framework for completion so NCAA staff can compare/contrast with what was actually completed
Correspondence courses generally do not meet this definition

Pass/Fail Courses: Can be used to meet the core course requirement, and shall be assigned the lowest passing grade the high school assigns for all other courses

Repeat Courses: Courses can be repeated one time with the best grade being used to meet the gpa requirement

Eligibility Status:

Division I

Qualifier:  

Meets all eligibility standards and is eligible to practice, travel, compete against outside competition, and receive athletically related financial aid. Has 4 years of eligibility.

Non-qualifier:

Has not graduated or, at the time of graduation, did not present the necessary core curriculum, grade point average and/or minimum ACT/SAT score. Cannot receive athletically related financial aid during the first academic year of residence nor practice or compete against outside competition the first academic year of residence.

Has only 3 years of eligibility*

*Can acquire the 4th year by satisfying the requirements for an undergraduate degree by the end of their fourth year in school.

 

Division II

Qualifier:   

Meets all eligibility standards and is eligible to practice, compete against outside competition, and receive athletically related financial aid. Has 4 years of eligibility.

Partial qualifier:

A high school graduate who does not meet the required core gpa/test score requirement.

Cannot receive athletically related financial aid during the first academic year of attendance.

Can practice only on-campus, but cannot travel or compete against outside competition.

Has 4 years of eligibility.

Non-qualifier:

An individual who meets neither the core-curriculum gpa nor test score requirements.

Cannot receive athletically related financial aid during the first academic year of attendance and cannot practice, travel or compete against outside competition during the first academic year in residence.

Has 4 years of eligibility.

Division III

There are no minimum NCAA standards.

Early Academic Waiver

An individual can be certified as a “qualifier” prior to graduation if:

a) A minimum combined score on the SAT critical reading and math sections of 1000 or a minimum sub score on the ACT of 85, and:

b) A core course gpa of at least 3.0 in a minimum of 13 core courses in Division I, including 3 English, 2 math, 2 science and 6 additional core course and in Division II, in 12 core courses consisting of 3 English, 2 math 2 science and 5 additional core courses.

c) If an individual receives an early academic waiver, they still must provide a final official transcript to the Eligibility Center not later than November 15 following high school graduation.

Time Limits for meeting requirements:

Division I: by the end of the 12th grade year. However, one course may be taken after high school and prior to the completion of the next academic year.

Division II: completion of test score requirement and core course requirements prior to first matriculation at a two or four year institution.

Both: From the time the student-athlete first reports to an organized practice at the four year institution, he/she has 45 days in which to receive final certification. If final certification is not obtained in the 45 days, the student-athlete must be withheld from any further practices and cannot participate against outside competition until such certification is obtained.

How can one apply?   $65 registration fee

1) The prospective student-athlete can register on-line by completing the Student Release Form at: www.eligibilitycenter.org This can be done beginning February 1, of their junior year.

2) Once this is done, the student-athlete must contact their high school guidance office to have an official transcript reflecting all course taken in grades 9-12 sent to the Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center will only accept official transcripts and will only accept them from the high school in a letterhead envelope. An official transcript must be provided from all schools attended, included courses taken PSEO at a post secondary institution.

3) ACT/SAT scores must come directly from the testing agency. EC’s code is 9999. Can be requested at time of taking test (no additional charge) or going on-line to testing agency web site to request it to be sent (fee required).

4) After graduating, the student-athlete must request that a final transcript, reflecting the date of graduation, be sent to the Eligibility Center.

Role of High School Deans

1) Make sure Form 48 H is current and up-to-date;

2) Know the eligibility requirements of each Division;

3) Know NCAA gpa is in core courses, not overall gpa;

4) NCAA starts looking from Grade 9.

5) Beginning with the 2013 graduating class, Division II will require 16 core courses.

Electronic Data Transfers: There are several types of electronic data transfers that can be used to submit official transcript to the Eligibility Center. They are:

Docufide
e-Scrip Safe
ConnectEdu
National Transcript Center
XAP
Transcripts from these providers are received and processed within 24 hours.

Educational Impact Disabilities: There is special consideration given to a individual with a disability. Courses for students with educational impact disabilities may be used to fulfill the core course curriculum even if they appear to be taught at a level below the high school’s regular academic instructional level (i.e. special education courses), if the principal submits a written statement to the NCAA indicating that the courses are substantially comparable quantitatively and qualitatively to core course offerings in that academic discipline and the courses appear on the approved core course list of the high school. Students must complete the required core courses and achieve the minimum required grade point average.

Amateurism:

Each Division I and II individual must be certified by the NCAA before they can participate against outside competition. The registration for this is done at the same time the individual registers for initial-eligibility by answering a series of questions regarding their participation in sports, both during high school and any amateur competition. Prior to April 1, the individual can only provide the information requested. On or after April 1, the each individual must electronically sign the amateurism statement, and in so doing, request final amateurism certification.

Eligibility Center Mailing Addresses:

For transcripts, 48H, Core Courses, etc.

NCAA Eligibility Center

Certification Processing

P.O. Box 7136

Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

 

General Eligibility Center Mail

NCAA Eligibility Center

P.O. Box 7110

Indianapolis, IN 46207-7110

 

Overnight/Express Mail   

NCAA Eligibility Center National Letter of Intent
Certification Processing
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Information derived from:

Bill Haller
Director, Student-Athlete Services/Compliance Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Duluth
218-726-8720
February 18, 2011

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