NCAA Eligibility Center


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What is the NCAA?

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, was
established in 1906 and serves as the athletics governing body
for more than 1,300 colleges, universities, conferences and
organizations. The national office is in Indianapolis, but the
member colleges and universities develop the rules and guidelines
for athletics eligibility and athletics competition for each of the
three NCAA divisions. The NCAA is committed to the studentathlete
and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive and
sportsmanlike manner.

One of the differences among the three divisions is that colleges
and universities in Divisions I and II may offer athletics scholarships,
while Division III colleges and universities may not.

How to find answers to your questions!

The answers to most questions can be found by:
• Accessing the NCAA Eligibility Center's resource page:  www.eligibilitycenter.org

• Contacting the NCAA Eligibility Center by way of phone number listed below.

In addition, if you are sending transcripts or additional information
to the NCAA Eligibility Center or have questions, please use the
following contact information.
NCAA Eligibility Center Contact Information
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certification Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
877-262-1492
317-223-0700 (international callers)
317-968-5100 (fax)







































Resouces for Athletes
Resources for Athletes
Created by Kim Swords, Counselor

Many students dream of playing sports past high school. Below are some statistics on athletes:

• Football – 482,629 seniors – 6.5% college, 1.6% drafted into the NFL
• Basketball – 541,054 seniors – 3.4% college, 1.2% drafted into the NBA
• Woman’s Basketball – 433,344 seniors – 3.8% college, 0.9% drafted
• Baseball – 482629 seniors – 6.9% college, 8.6 drafted into the MLB
• So as the student dreams of playing professional sports, a college degree will be very important in the long run.

What Can Parents Do?
• Help your athlete remain eligible to play during the school year.
• Be informed on the NCAA Clearing house changes www.eligibilitycenter.com
• Help your son/daughter with selecting the college and coach.
• Market your child’s skills and contact college coaches.
• Work with your counselor through this process.

NCAA Clearinghouse
Potential college athletes must be certified through the NCAA Clearinghouse. They must take a certain amount of core courses. The GPA for the core courses is compared to the ACT/SAT sum of scores in which the student must fall within the comparison. The NCAA Clearinghouse has increased the number of core courses for the Division schools. The NCAA website has details information.

OTHS school code is 143340

Testing
• ACT or SAT can be taken
• The sum of the sub scores: English, math, reading and science are calculated
• Can use the sub scores on different ACT national test dates

Comparing grades with test scores
• ACT or SAT sum of scores are compared to the core courses GPA
• No weight is added to any GPA
• A sliding scale issued: the lower the GPA the higher the ACT score is needed


How Can I tell if I will be eligible?
• Talk to your counselor.
• Download approved course handout that lists acceptable OTHS courses.
• Registering through the NCAA Clearinghouse will give absolute answer!

How and when do I register?
• You do not need to register until the end of the 2nd semester of junior year or 1st semester senior year.
• Prospective athletes can register online at the NCAA website.
• Register prior to taking the national ACT.
• NCAA will generate a report indicating deficiencies.


I Want to Attend College and Play Intercollegiate Athletics
WHAT TO DO?

Selecting a college requires careful thought and foresight on your part. What are you looking for?
• School size?
• Curriculum/major?
• Geographic location?
• Strength/competitiveness of athletic teams?

Believe it or not, there is a college that can meet nearly all of your academic and athletic needs. The challenge is finding that institution. It will take some effort on your part, but isn’t your life worth the effort? Don’t settle for mediocrity, find what you want and need.

Talk with your coach, parents, teachers, and counselors about your academic and athletic goals. Keep an open mind, listen to the viewpoints of everyone you talk to, but remember you are the one who has to decide because you are the one that will be spending the next 4-5 years of your life at the chosen college. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance in your search.


WHERE DO I START?

RESEARCH Compile a list of schools you have an interest in. Write to several schools, not just your first couple choices. Start your research early; preferably the spring semester of your junior year. You can get addresses of colleges from your school counselor who has access to college guidebooks. Use the internet as a tool to locate, research, and contact admission counselors/coaches at schools you are interested in attending.


MAKE CONTACT Write the coach of each institution. Your initial contact should include a typewritten letter and short resume. The letter should be brief and to the point. Its purpose is to make the coach aware of you, your interest in their college, and in their athletic program. Locate college athletic team websites to contact coaches via e-mail.

Include: Personal Information: name, address, telephone #, e-mail, age, position, height, weight. They are eligible to offer financial
Education: GPA, ACT/SAT scores, class rank, senior year program, extra-curricular activities.
Athletic Accomplishments: honors/awards, stats, camps/clinics attended, (Also include coach’s name, address and phone number #)
Season Schedule: Send a game schedule so the coach can possibly attend.
Video: Send a video of competitive footage or let the coach know if one is available. Highlight videos are great, but make sure to include some actual competition.


VISIT. After receiving academic and athletic information from the colleges, you must decide which you prefer to attend and wish to visit. See as many colleges as possible-big, small, public, private DI, DII, DIII, close, or far. Coaches will welcome your visit. You need to make sure you like the whole package-not just the athletic part. Go to a class, tour the campus, talk with an admission counselor, meet the players and coach, explore and ask questions. This will be the best way to narrow down your list.







THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS

Division I schools may offer full athletic scholarships, (tuition, fees, books, room and board).
Division II schools are eligible to offer partial scholarships.
Division III schools and non-scholarship colleges have full-scale athletic programs. They are eligible to offer financial assistance based solely on need, regardless of athletic ability. Research academic scholarship options if applicable. Under NCAA rules, DIII institutions are not allowed to give athletic scholarships. Similarly, the Ivy League does not allow its member schools to give scholarships, even though it has DI status.


WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?
Questions to Ask

The Athletic Program
How do you qualify for the team?
What conference/league?
If you accept a scholarship, are you guaranteed a spot on the team?
What is the game schedule?
What is the traveling schedule? Accommodations? Transportation?
What types of off-season activities are expected of you?
What is the team’s past record?
What are your expected time commitments? (Practice, weights, film, study table)
Does the coach’s require a certain type of behaviors, dress or diet?
Do you like the coach? Agree with his/her philosophy? Style?
Do you like the players?
What are the athletic facilities like? Availability?
Can you participate in more than one sport? Or extra-curricular activities?
Have you seen me play? Where would I fit into your program? Role? Position?
Describe your team offensive and defensive style?

Academics
Does the school have the academic curriculum you want?
Can you meet the admission and academic requirements?
Is academic support available to you?
Do professors allow tutoring and make-up tests when the team schedules conflicts?
Are athletes housed together?
What is the overall attitude of the student body toward athletics?
What is the number of courses and GPS you will be required to maintain to remain eligible?

Financial Aid
If no scholarship, what forms of financial aid are available? Is the same amount guaranteed every year?
If a scholarship is offered, what is exactly included? How much will you be paying?
Is the scholarship renewable? By term? By year?
Does the school include a letter of intent? (A letter, if signed, is your promise that you will attend the particular school.)
Does the school provide a written contract stating the amount, duration, conditions, and terms of the scholarship?
If you choose not to play, will you lose all or part of your scholarship?
If you are injured, can your scholarship be withdrawn?
Can you lose your scholarship due to poor grades?
What student-employment opportunities are available?




IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Be sure to fill out every athletic questionnaire you receive from a college you are interested in, even if you are only remotely interested. Do not wait until after your season because it may be too late.

Keep your options open! Have a plan, especially if you are looking for a Division I athletic scholarship. You never know what might happen, and it’s always a good idea to be prepared and know what your second option is before you come to that obstacle.

Communicate with coached. Call or e-mail them if you have questions, want to update them on your season, want to tell them you are very interested in their school, and especially if you are not longer interested!! The earlier you let a coach know your institution, the better for you and the coach.

Begin planning ahead to visit colleges. As a student-athlete, you are trying to juggle a busy schedule, but exploring your options needs to be apriority in your life.

As soon as you apply to an institution, be sure to follow up with you guidance counselor and the institution to which you applied. Give your high school guidance counselor ample time to meet deadlines and be sure to call the college Admission Office to ensure that both your application and file are complete. Also, as a follow-up, be sure to find out what financial aid paperwork you and/or your parents need to fill out. Complete this as early as possible.

Explore all your options and remember you are the one who decides. It will not be an easy decision, but once it’s made, feel good about it and make the best of your college experience!

Procedures for registering for the NCAA Clearinghouse

All student-athletes expecting to play NCAA Division I and Division II athletics must meet initial eligibility requirements established by the NCAA Clearinghouse located in Iowa City, Iowa. These requirements include a minimum grade point average on approved core courses and a minimum score on a standardized test (ACT/SAT). A student’s grade point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale. The sum of the four sub scores of the ACT or the sum of the SAT verbal and math scores are used in the eligibility index.

Certification/Registration

It is necessary for a student to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse for certification. Students may register after the end of their junior year. The NCAA clearinghouse registration is online at www.eligibilitycenter.com

1. Select Prospective Student Athlete
2. Select Domestic Student Release Form

Provide the requested information:
Part I. Student information
Part II. Current high school enrollment - OTHS School code 143340
Part III. List other high school attended if necessary
Part IV. Learning Disability information
Part V. Personal Identification Number (PIN)
Part VI. Output option
Part VII. Payment -
Part VIII. Authorized signature





Websites that may be useful for students who desire to participate in intercollegiate athletics:

Campus Champs http://www.campuschamps.com
This free website is a reference tool for high school student athletes that contain information on playing high school sports and preparing for college.

Link Athletics www.linkathletics.com
This site has links to over 13.000 websites for men and women’s athletics programs at universities.

NAIA www.naia.org
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

NCAA www.ncaa.org
This site has information for the potential college athlete. The initial clearinghouse section will take you to the academic application athletes must submit to determine eligibility.

NCJAA National Junior College Athletic Association www.njcaa.org
This website provides opportunities for student-athletes to continue their athletic careers at the junior college level.

Many of the above organizations can be accessed in the counseling center. Students are able to use our computers to view or do research. We also offer several handouts from these organizations.
How to Create a College Recruiting Resume
Guide to Preparing for the Recruiting Process
Guide to Communicating with College Coaches
NAIA Eligibility Center
NCAA Eligibility Center

The external websites listed below are not controlled by OTHS and are subject to change at any time. Their inclusion with the district website does not in any way reflect the policies of OTHS. These links are made on good faith that the people in control of them have only the best of intentions.