In order to compete for NCAA D1 and D2 college teams, athletes need to get certified by the NCAA eligibility center, a body that reviews athletes’ high school records, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status in order to determine eligibility.
Now, let’s walk you through the process. In order to get certified by the NCAA, athletes need to 1) register, 2) meet academic requirements, and 3) submit amateurism questionnaire.
1) NCAA registration.
Before registering for in the NCAA eligibility center, you need to have a valid email address that you plan on having after high school, because NCAA will be sending you important information while determining your eligibility.
If you want to compete for Division 1 or 2 schools, you need to create an account, which cost $80 for U.S. and Canadian athletes and $135 for international. If you want to play Division 3 sport or are not sure where you want to compete, then you need to create a profile page instead of an account, which is free. (Majority of athletes create accounts rather than profile pages).
2) Academic requirements
80% of athletes meet academic requirements with confidence, but they need to be taken very seriously, because your athletic scholarship heavily depends on your academic eligibility. There are 2 academic requirements that prospective student-athletes must meet:
Core Course Requirement.
What is a course course? In order to be considered a core course, it has to be an academic course in the following subject areas: english, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, and comparative religion or philosophy. You are required to pass 16 core courses throughout high school with GPA of minimum 2.3 for D1 schools and 2.2 for D2.
SAT, ACT, and NCAA Sliding Scale.
In order to gain academic eligibility, prospective student-athletes need to take either SAT or ACT test. However, there is no exact score that ensures meeting tests’ requirement. Rather, NCAA provides a sliding scale that combines GPA scores and SAT/ACT results. For example, if your GPA is 3.5, then it’s enough for you to have SAT score of 420 for reading or math section. However, if your GPA is as low as 2.3, you need to score at least 900.
You can find sliding scale for Division 1 on page 13 and page 16 for Division 2 by clicking this link.
An international student is one who has taken coursework outside the United States from school years 9 and up. International students must submit the following information:
• Transcripts for years 9 and up in the native language.
• Proof of graduation in the native language, including certificates, diplomas or final leaving exams.
• Certified line-by-line English translations of these documents if they are issued in a language other than English.
After you take SAT or ACT test, send your scores to NCAA using the code 9999.
In order to send your high school transcripts to NCAA, use the following information:
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
PHONE U.S. and Canada except Quebec
(toll free): 877-262-1492
International callers: 011-317-917-6222
Submitting an amateurism questionnaire
The last step before getting certified by NCAA is completing an amateurism questionnaire. In order to determine your athletic eligibility, NCAA will ask you a series of questions, such as amount of prize money received while competing, whether you ever worked with or was represented by an agent, whether you ever participated in product commercials or not.
In 90% of the cases, NCAA confirms your ammateur status, yet sometimes they ask you to provide additional information.
To learn more about your ammateur status, read page 29 of the document attached.