The Student-Athletes' High Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year:

· Meet with counselor to discuss core classes

· Get to know the coaches

· Work on your grades- Grade 9 Counts!!!

· Attend sports camps

· Think realistically about ability

· Think about academic and career goals

· Begin sports resume

· Know NCAA and NAIA rules and regulations

Sophomore Year:

· Keep grades up!!!!

· Take PSAT or PLAN

· Work with coaches regarding ability and ambitions

· Check NCAA and NAIA admission and application process AGAIN

· Research colleges that interest you

· Update sports resume

Junior Year:

· Speak with counselor about career goals and course requirements

· Speak HS or Club coaches about a "Realistic" assessment of which college level

· Attend college and career fairs

· Take PSAT/NMSQT and SAT and ACT

· Update  sports resume

· Create skills video (You Tube it to college coaches - no more than 1 minute)

· Send letter of interest to college coaches with unofficial transcripts (email college coaches an occasionally "hello")

· Return completed questionnaires to coaches or fill out online questionnaires

· Obtain letters of recommendation from HS or Club coaches, possible phone contact

· Register with NCAA Eligibility Center

· Possibly attend sports camp at prospective college

Senior Year:

· Complete graduation/core course requirements

· Make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and transcripts have been sent

· Review carefully the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete available at and the NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

· Retake SAT and ACT in fall, in needed

· Complete Amateurism Questionnaire

· Narrow college choices further: size, academics, location, athletics, finances, etc.

· Apply to schools that you want would be happy at if you did not play a sport or were injured

· Send applications for admission and transcripts, pay attention to individual deadlines for colleges

· Follow recruiting rules/w campus visits

· Send in FAFSA and or/or CSS Profile (financial aid status)

· Sit down with parents/coach and weigh pros and cons of each school

· Send updated letter of interest to coaches with athletic resume and season schedule

· Be sure of final choice BEFORE signing any papers

· Let coaches know when their school is no longer in the running. THANK them! 

How Do You Get Recruited? 

  •   Letter of Interest
  • Sport Resume
  • Skills Video/DVD/You Tube
  • Phone Calls/Emails
  • Being "Seen"
  • Making the Decision
  • Signing Early vs. Signing Late

Recruiting Trip Requirements

· Before you can make an official visit to an NCAA Division I Institution they must have a copy of your HS Transcript and SAT/ACT test scores.

· NCAA Division I and II require that you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center

· You are only allowed 5 expense paid visits to NCAA Division I and II universities (only 1 at a school)

Things to Know about NCAA

· Eligibility Center

· Core Courses and Requirements

· Calculating Core Course GPA

· Required SAT/ACT Scores

· HS must send final transcript and proof of graduation to NCAA Eligibility Center

· You must graduate "on time" in 8 semesters with your class

· Amateurism (the following DQs a student-athlete)

-   Contracts with a professional team(Division I)

-   Salary for participating in athletics (Division I)

-   Prize money (not including necessary expenses(Division I)

-   Playing with a professional team (Division I)

-   Tryouts, practice, or competition with a professional team (Division I)

-   Any type of benefits one might receive from an Agent (Division I and II)

-   Be represented or signing an agreement with an Agent (Division I and II)

-   Participating in an Organized-Competition (Division I and II)

Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Getting to Play

· All Students should still fill out FAFSA and/or CSS Profile for financial aid

· Athletic Scholarships are not for 4 years, they are renewable each academic year

· Athletic Scholarships may be increased, renewed, reduced, or withdrawn each academic year for a maximum of 5 years

· Athletic Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of amounts - full to partial to books

· A scholarship is not the only factor in determining participation and/or playing time

NCAA Eligibility

NCAA Division I Requirements:

1. Graduate from High School

2. Complete 16 core courses in required areas with minimum GPA

3. Earn combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches core course GPA in the   NCAA sliding scale

NCAA Division II Requirements:

1. Graduate from High School

2. Complete 14 core courses in required subjects with 2.0GPA

3. Earn combined SAT of 820 or ACT sum of 68

 NCAA Division III

1. Does not require registration with NCAA Eligibility Center

 NAIA Requirements:

1. Graduate from High School

2. Meet 2 following

3: HS GPA of 2.0, ACT-18 or SAT -860, and graduate in upper half of class

NCAA Core Course Requirements

Division I: (16 Core Courses)   Division II: (14 Core Courses)


4 Years of English 3 Years of English

3 Years of Math (Algebra I or Higher)   2 Years of Math (Algebra I or higher)

2 Years of Natural or Physical Science   2 Years of Natural or Physical Science

(including one year of lab science) (including one year of lab science)

1 Extra year of English, Math, or Science     2 Extra Years of English, Math or Science 

2 Years of Social Science   (3 yrs, beginning 2013)

4 Years of additional core courses   2 Years of Social Science

  3 Years of additional core courses

      (4 starting 2013)


Student-Athlete Resources

· Helpful Websites (determines academic eligibility) (official NCAA website) (research college sport inform, results, news, etc.) (all steps in searching for a college) (free application for Federal Student Aid)