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Have you met the NCAA initial eligibility requirements?

By Admin, 10/28/15, 2:30PM CDT


Rick Allen is the founder of Informed Athlete. Rick has over 25 years of NCAA experience in rules, transfers, academics, etc.

We are proud to say he is apart of our team here at CGC. “Rick’s experience in NCAA rules is exceptional. Any student-athlete or family of a student-athlete would greatly benefit from speaking with Rick.” says CGC President, Nick Rook.

Recently Rick wrote a blog on NCAA eligibility requirements for student-athletes. Rick’s website is here you will find volumes of NCAA information that will surely benefit your family.

Are you confident that your son or daughter meets, or will meet, the new NCAA Division I eligibility requirements for Fall 2016 incoming freshman?

If you’re a high school athlete or parent of a high school athlete who will graduate in 2016 or after, it’s important to know that the NCAA Division I eligibility requirements are changing!

What happens if an athlete is not certified as a “Qualifier” for Division I freshman eligibility? If your athlete doesn’t meet the NCAA Division I requirements for freshman eligibility because they didn’t take the required core courses, or don’t have the necessary GPA, or ACT or SAT test score, the consequences are:

  • Your athlete cannot receive an athletic scholarship during their freshman unless the requirements for “Academic Redshirt” are met
  • Your athlete will NOT be eligible to compete during their freshman year.
  • Your athlete will not be eligible to practice with the team or attend weight training with their team.

If your athlete goes to a JUCO their freshman year as a non-qualifier:

  • They will NOT be eligible to transfer to a Division I program after just one year.
  • Your athlete will also have more extensive academic requirements at the JUCO

Don’t be on the outside looking in!
The hardest thing I had to do when I worked on campus was tell an athlete they weren’t eligible to play their sport because they hadn’t met the core course requirements for eligibility.

This is why we created Informed Athlete’s Freshman Eligibility & Transcript Review service, so we can help high school athletes and parents be better informed and prepared without unpleasant surprises!

With Informed Athlete’s Freshman Eligibility and Transcript Review, we will:

  • Explain the freshman eligibility requirements and how they affect you.
  • Compare the courses completed with your high school’s “core course” listing.
  • Provide an assessment of the subjects that need to be completed to satisfy initial (freshman) eligibility requirements.
  • Review your son or daughter’s ACT or SAT test scores, and determine the GPA that will be needed for eligibility, and
  • Suggest steps and discuss a plan of action that may be available to satisfy the eligibility requirements.