Do you know the changes to the academic standards that the NCAA has made for Division I and II student-athletes? I would say that about half of my followers here on my blog are high school coaches and I have had a few emails asking what the changes were. I highly suggest that any high school coach, AAU coach, parent, guidance counselors and potential student-athlete go to: http://bit.ly/11AwmSp and keep this information in mind as you move through high school. There is also a link on the site for the Eligibility Center that has even more information. Below is what I have copied and pasted from the NCAA website that explains in full detail what the new standards are:
The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics.
College-bound student-athletes who want to practice, compete and receive athletically related financial aid during their first year at a Division I or II school need to meet the following requirements:
• Graduate from high school.
• Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or 14 core courses for Division II. After August 1, 2013, student-athletes who wish to compete at Division II institutions must complete 16 core courses.
• Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.
• Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.
• Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.
For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, prospects must:
• Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.
• Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.5 high school core course GPA)
• Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their senior year in high school. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science.
Prospects that earn at least a 2.0 GPA but not a 2.3 GPA and meet the current sliding scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.025 high school core course GPA) will be eligible for practice in the first term and athletically related financial aid the entire year, but not competition. Freshmen who are academically successful in the first term will earn the ability to continue to practice for the remainder of the year.
Division III college and universities set their own admission standards. The NCAA does not set initial eligibility requirements in Division III.
Please take time to learn these new standards and share them with other high school coaches, AAU coaches, parents, guidance counselors and potential student-athletes.
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