The NCAA Eligibility Center consistently hosts webinars to go over initial-eligibility requirements as well as the COVID-19 flexible certification process for student-athletes. Here is a link to the latest webinar: NCAA/Parchment webinar.
Understanding Initial-Eligibility Standards - On Tuesday, January 11, staff discussed the requirements student-athletes must know in order to be eligible to play Division I or II sports. A question-and-answer session was held at the end of the event, with Eligibility Center staff on hand to answer submitted questions.
Click here to watch the recording. The NCAA will be hosting more webinars for student-athletes in the spring.
Want to Play College Sports? As a student-athlete moves semester by semester toward their dreams of collegiate play, initial-eligibility standards help ensure they are prepared to succeed in college. It's vital student-athletes plan ahead and take their high school classes seriously. Student-athletes are encouraged to use this high school timeline as a way to stay on track for meeting NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.
The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is NCAA's most comprehensive student resource.
The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements. Students can learn which NCAA division may be right for them by comparing the three NCAA divisions.
Initial-Eligibility PowerPoint Presentation
College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. Registration tutorial
When student-athletes decide to study and compete at the NCAA Division I or II level, they must have a Certification account, which enables them to be certified by the Eligibility Center once they are on an IRL. Certification ensures they are ready to play when they get to campus. For students with a free Profile Page account, they can simply transition to a Certification account at any time. Click here to learn how students can transition their Eligibility Center account. (Students without a free Profile Page can create a Certification account. A free Profile Page account is not necessary to create a Certification account.) *Please note that a student-athlete should not have more than one Eligibility Center account. If they already have a Profile Page account, transition that account and do not create a new Certification account.
Click here for a checklist students can use during the registration process.
Quick Facts about NCAA Eligibility
Academics - Providing opportunities to earn a college degree is at the heart of our mission. Student-athlete graduation rates are the highest ever, at 80% earning degrees.
Well-Being - We were founded to keep college sports safe. Today, we work hard to promote safety, excellence, and physical and mental well-being for student-athletes.
Fairness - All college athletes deserve a fair shot. We focus on respect, integrity and responsibility, both on and off the field, so that college sports prepare student-athletes for life.}
Because NCAA believes success in the classroom is just as important as winning on the field, they have standards to ensure student-athletes make progress toward a degree – There are set separate standards that reflect the philosophies and goals of each division. https://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/current/staying-track-graduate
A student must be enrolled, attending classes, and be a student in good standing, in a minimum of 12 credit hours at the time of participation. Courses below “100” in the number system and repeated courses do not count toward satisfying the “normal progress” rule. See example… https://catalog.csp.edu/university-information/ncaa-eligibility/ncaa-eligibility.pdf
Parents and our student-athletes can also keep up-to-date on Division I and II initial-eligibility requirements, compliance deadlines, recruiting terms and test dates by following NCAA on Twitter and Instagram. Parents are invited to like the NCAA Facebook page for additional information.