About Playing College Sports

About Playing College Sports


How do I know if I am eligible to play DI or DII?
Eligibility is based on a number of factors including amateur status and academics. Students must have completed 16 core courses by graduation and meet a particular GPA and ACT/SAT score based on a sliding scale.
Colleges are stepping up their standards. Here are the requirements for GPA, core courses, and test scores to be able to play as a freshman in college.
List of the courses by subject area that have been approved by the NCAA as core courses
Find out in a snapshot how many core courses, GPA and test scores are needed to be NCAA eligible

How do I register with the NCAA for DI or DII?
You will then need to create an account and register with the NCAA at the end of your junior year or during your senior year of high school. http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/

What are the rules regarding the recruitment process?
There are different rules for each division.

The calendar of recruitment is accessible in this handbook as well as the rest of details of the recruitment and eligibility process.

Questions about questions?
If you are being recruited, you may not know what is even important to know from the recruiter. Review the list of questions (below) regarding playing a sport in college prior to speaking with college representatives. You may also want to consider asking questions geared towards the admissions process, campus life, academic programs, etc., which there is a list of those questions available under “College Planning”.

Click here to download a list of questions that may be helpful for you to ask specifically regarding athletics in college.

What if I want to play for a Division III school?
The individual institution determines eligibility for Division III athletics. Division III schools are not permitted to award athletic scholarships to students.

What is the NAIA?
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA is another organization like the NCAA that manages collegiate athletics. Some schools may be an NAIA school, so they have their own eligibility procedures. Find out more about which schools are part of the NAIA here. To find out additional information and/or register, go here.

What are my chances of playing at a NCAA DI or DII school or professionally?
Sports have many benefits to students within high school, but the chances of playing at a DI or DII school and especially professionally are much smaller than what many students may