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NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY RULES


The National Collegiate Athletic Association is the governing body of most College Sport. Your first step towards playing your sport at college level is to register with the NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER FORMALLY CALLED THE Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

You must meet certain academic requirements before you can become eligible to receive an athletic scholarship.

The academic requirements to maintain your eligibility while competing is college have increased. College coaches and athletic departments are responding by putting more emphases on recruiting athletes who can be better students. If the athletes don’t meet the academic minimums, the NCAA will reduce the number of scholarships that school can offer.

For athletes who receive a scholarship from a Division I university on or after August 1, 2008, their initial eligibility will be evaluated under the 16 core course rule.

(2004-2005 ninth grade)

you will need 16 core courses as outlined below:

4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
1 year of additional science, math or English
2 years of social studies
4 years of additional core courses (they can be from any listed above or from nondoctrinal religion or philosophy or foreign language)

For athletes who receive a scholarship from a Division II university the old 14 core course rule will still apply:

3 years of English
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
2 year of additional science, math or English
2 years of social studies
3 years of additional core courses (they can be from any listed above or from non-doctrinal religion or philosophy or foreign language)

NCAA rule change. Athletes must now be placed on the Institutional Request List IRL.

NCAA College Compliance Rules.

Athletic eligibility rules.

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