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NCAA Eligibility

Photos of four different Clintondale athletes in action: softball, boys and girls basketball, and football.

Many former Clintondale student athletes have chosen to participate in intercollegiate athletics in both the NCAA and NAIA. Any current Dragons wishing to pursue their sport at the next level, should speak with their coach to discuss ability and fit with regards to division.

SO YOU WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE BALL

If you are an athlete and intend to compete in college, you need to plan carefully beginning in the ninth-grade year to ensure that you meet NCAA academic eligibility standards. It is extremely important to work closely with your high school counselor when selecting your courses throughout your Clintondale High School career to ensure you take the right classes. 

THE PROCESS

Potential collegiate athletes need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. During your junior year, contact coaches of programs at specific colleges/universities that you're interested in. To present yourself in the best possible light, it would be wise to submit a highlight video to them. Your high school coaches will be able to provide advice in this area. It is your responsibility to meet with your Clintondale counselor to ensure that you're on track to meet NCAA eligibility. Here is an NCAA Eligibility Worksheet

To have your Clintondale transcript sent to the NCAA or colleges, you'll need to go to Parchment.com to make the request. You'll need your NCAA 10-digit ID number to have the transcript sent to them. To find your 10-digit NCAA ID number, login to the NCAA Eligibility Center (or create an account if you haven't already).  After you login, the "WELCOME" page will appear. Up in the top right corner, you will find your 10-digit ID number to submit to Parchment.com.

NCAA

If you are an athlete who is considering playing at a Division I or Division II college, you must meet academic eligibility standards in regards to your high school curriculum, GPA, and ACT/SAT scores. It is also very important to notify your Clintondale counselor that you are interested in playing college athletics. Your counselor can help you make sure you are enrolled in approved courses each year during high school.

When you register for the SAT or ACT test in March of your junior year, you will need to request that your test scores are sent directly to the NCAA Clearinghouse by filling in their code on the bubble sheet. The NCAA code is 9999. If you have already taken the SAT/ACT, you will need to go to their website and request to have your scores sent to the NCAA.

Division I schools have a sliding GPA scale and SAT/ACT sum score. Division II college have minimum GPA and SAT/ACT sum scores.

The NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide has information regarding Division I and Division II eligibility requirements. NCAA's Guide for the College Bound Athlete is another great resource for prospective student athletes. 

NAIA

Any student interested in playing sports at a NAIA college (Division III) will need to register with NAIA and have their eligibility to play determined.

The following are some of the Michigan colleges that participate with NAIA, though not all colleges may be listed: Aquinas College, Concordia University, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Madonna University, Lawrence Technological University, Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

How to Send Test Scores

Students who plan on participating in NCAA Division I or Division II college athletics must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students who participate in NCAA Division III college athletics do NOT need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. To register, students will visit eligibilitycenter.org where they will create a login and password during their junior or senior year of high school.

GPA: Student athletes must have a GPA of at least 2.3 in NCAA approved core courses.  Generally, these are just core classes (math, science, history, and English). 

ACT and SAT Tests: Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior to full-time collegiate enrollment. All ACT and SAT scores should be reported to the NCAA Eligibility Center. It is best for students to list the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient at the time of exam registration to avoid additional fees. Please note only official test scores sent from the testing agency (ACT/SAT) are acceptable. Test scores on your high school transcript will not be used.

SAT Scores

  1. Log in to the testing agency website.
  2. The code is “9999” to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration).
  3. After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score and status report sections of your account will be updated.
  4. Time frame for the NCAA Eligibility Center to receive scores depends on the testing agency's service standard.
  5. If you need additional assistance, you can contact College Board's customer service at 866-756-7346.

ACT Scores

  1. Log in to the testing agency website.
  2. The code is “9999” to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration).
  3. After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score and status report sections of your account will be updated.
  4. Time frame for the NCAA Eligibility Center to receive scores depends on the testing agency's service standard.
  5. If you need additional assistance, you can contact the ACT's customer service at 319-337-1270.

Requesting Transcripts

Once students have registered with the Eligibility Center, they must request a transcript to be sent from Clintondale High School to the Eligibility Center. This can be done by requesting a transcript through Parchment directly. The NCAA has its own system for transcript management and works with Parchment. Receipt of the document will show up in the "my tasks" section of the student's Eligibility Center account. 

On roughly June 1 of each year, a final transcript will be sent to the NCAA for every graduating senior who has created an Eligibility Center account.  

A Note of Caution

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the classes they are taking will meet the outlined NCAA Eligibility Center needs. The Counseling Department at Clintondale is available to assist students in the process, but cannot guarantee that a student will be cleared by the NCAA. Through the Eligibility Center website, students can see a complete list of all approved courses by looking up each school they have attended and reading its 48H Form.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association contact information is:

P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
NCAA Hotline: 800-638-3731
NCAA Eligibility Center: 319-337-1492
www.eligibilitycenter.org

NCAA REQUIREMENTS

The NCAA is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.  Nearly half a million college athletes make up the 19,886 teams that send more than 57,661 participants to compete each year in the NCAA's 90 championships in 24 sports across three divisions.


Generally, Division I schools have more students and larger athletic departments. Schools in this division can give athletic scholarships.

Division I

Division II emphasizes a life balance in which academically and athletically gifted students can compete at a high level. This division can give athletic scholarships.

Division II

  Academics are the primary focus at Division III schools. The sports seasons are shorter reducing time away from academic studies and other campus activities. This division cannot give athletic scholarships.



 

Division III
 

NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association is committed to providing quality athletic opportunities to enhance the entire collegiate learning experience for its students. The Association and its member colleges strive to provide equal opportunities for all concerned student athletes. The NJCAA is sensitive to the special needs and circumstances of the two-year college student while keeping within the high academic standards of its 500-plus member institutions.

NAIA Eligibility Information
Want to play NAIA? In the NAIA, student athletes have the opportunity to compete for one of 25 national championships. Find out more about the sports offered by NAIA schools across the country.

What are the recruiting rules in the NAIA? How much scholarship money is available? What GPA do I need to be eligible to play? The answers to all these questions, and more, are in the NAIA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete.

What is the NAIA Eligibility Center?
The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student athletes. Any student playing NAIA championship sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions.

Who needs to register? Every student interested in playing championship sports at NAIA colleges for the first time needs to register and receive an eligibility determination.