NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) offers men and women the privilege to participate in following 22 sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Fencing, Crew, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Water Polo and Rifle. In order to participate, a student must meet certain criteria academically in high school. The NCAA Clearinghouse will verify as to whether a student will be eligible. Students must graduate from high school and have at least a 2.00 grade point average in a core curriculum of 16 academic core courses for Division I participation for the Class of 2008.

In addition, students must achieve a minimum score on their A.C.T. or S.A.T.; currently this is between a sum of 68 to 86 on the A.C.T.(sum of English, Reading, Math and Science) or between 820 to 1010 on the S.A.T. (recentered score). For the Class of 2005, it ranges from a low of 2.0 core GPA with an 86 total of scores on ACT or 1010 SAT I to a 3.55 core GPA with only a 37 total of ACT scores with a 400 total score on SAT I.

The grade point average is calculated only on courses that meet the core curriculum standards; all other courses taken in high school are eliminated and are not considered for eligibility. Each grade is considered on the following scale: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points and D=1 point. This means that B+, B or B- grades are given equal weight (3 points) as an example. The eligibility scale shows that the higher the grade point average, the lower the ACT/SAT score is needed. The reverse is true as well; the lower the grade point average, then the higher ACT/SAT score. (GPA=2.5 or greater; 68 ACT/820 SAT; GPA=2.0; 86 ACT/1010 SAT)

Core GPA ACT Sum of Scores SAT I Total (Verbal+Math)
3.55+ 37 400
3.525 38 410
3.5 39 420
3.475 40 430
3.45 41 440
3.425 41 450
3.4 42 460
3.375 42 470
3.35 43 480
3.325 44 490
3.3 44 500
3.275 45 510
3.25 46 520
3.225 46 530
3.2 47 540
3.175 47 550
3.15 48 560
3.125 49 570
3.1 49 580
3.075 50 590
3.05 50 600
3.025 51 610
3 52 620
2.975 52 630
2.95 53 640
2.925 53 650
2.9 54 660
2.875 55 670
2.85 56 680
2.825 56 690
2.8 57 700
2.775 58 710
2.75 59 720
2.725 59 730
2.7 60 730
2.675 61 740 to 750
2.65 62 760
2.625 63 770
2.6 64 780
2.575 65 790
2.55 66 800
2.525 67 810
2.5 68 820
2.475 69 830
2.45 70 840 to 850
2.425 70 860
2.4 71 860
2.375 72 870
2.35 73 880
2.325 74 890
2.3 75 900
2.275 76 910
2.25 77 920
2.225 78 930
2.2 79 940
2.175 80 950
2.15 80 960
2.125 81 960
2.1 82 970
2.075 83 980
2.05 84 990
2.025 85 1000
2 86 1010

The NCAA has 933 schools in three divisions: Division I has 306 schools; Division II has 254 and Division III has 373. Approximately 24,500 students competed in 81 championships in these 22 sports. There are 380,000 athletes competing in 23 sports at over 1,000 institutions.

Students must file a form with the NCAA Clearinghouse; it is available online. The registration fee is $50 and is is a one-time fee. Students who have registered may log in to check their status. Students who don't register or who don't qualify may not be eligible to play or practice with their college team during their freshman year. The typical student-athlete in college has five years to complete four years of athletic eligibility. Unfortunately, students who fail to meet minimum academic requirements or fail to register with the NCAA clearinghouse, may lose one of those years of eligibility to participate. Waiver Application Waiver Instructions

What are the list of 48-H approved high school courses offered at your high school?

For the class of 2008: Division I only -- 16 core courses

If you plan to enter college in 2008 or after, you will need to present 16 core courses in the following breakdown:

* 4 years of English
* 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
* 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science) * 1 year of additional English, math or science
* 2 years of social studies
*4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)

Note: Computer science will no longer be used as a core course! Quick Reference Sheet

For more information, please contact: NCAA ncaa.org 913-339-1906 or 800-638-3731 6201 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66211-2422 and/or NCAA Clearinghouse at:

NCAA Clearinghouse
301 ACT Drive
Box 4043
Iowa City, IA 52243-4043
Clearinghouse customer service hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday
Toll Free phone numbers (domestic callers only):
Customer Service Line - 877/262-1492
Phone numbers (international callers):
Customer Service Line - 319/337-1492
Fax Number: 319/337-1556

There are also club sports that some colleges offer like: Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Riding, Rodeo, Skiing and Synchronized Swimming. Some of those club sports offer scholarships; for example, in Michigan, both Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech offer skiing scholarships.

In addition, Junior Colleges have their own athletic eligibility criteria. Contact njcaa.org for more information. Also, some colleges aren't affiliated with the NCAA for athletic eligibility. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or N.A.I.A. may be contacted at naia.org for more information.

If you are a high school athlete who is planning on participating in competitive sports in college, please consider some of the following recruiting process links:

Recruiting Process Links

2007-2008 Guide for the College Bound Athlete

National Letter of Intent (Also, look at this)

Explaining the Recruiting Calendar

Official NCAA Football Division I Recruiting Calendar

NCAA Division I Manual-By Laws

NCAA Clearinghouse

Letter of Intent: Unintended Trap

Benefits Schools, not Athlete

Explaining the Recruiting Calendar

Official NCAA Football Division I Recruiting Calendar

Probability of Competing

NCAA Fact Sheet

http://www.portacage.com/links.htm

Another important links for sports camps is the National Strength and Conditioning Association www.nsca-lift.org .

As of May, 1999, there were the following institutions participating in NCAA Sports:

NCAA SPORT DIVISION I Championship Bracket DIVISION II Championship Bracket DIVISION III Championship Bracket
Baseball 277 64 232 32 338 42
Basketball-M 312 64 291 48 380 48
Basketball-W 306 64 289 48 409 50
Field Hockey 73 16 26 2 141 18
Ice Hockey 52 12 n/a n/a 66 8
Soccer-M  191 32 169 16 358 44
Soccer-W 250 48 179 16 362 45
Gymnastics-M n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Gymnastics-W n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Lacrosse 52 12 31 2 114 14
Football 119 n/a 119(I-AA) 16 218 28
Wrestling 89 n/a 42 n/a 310 n/a
Softball 232 48 244 32 356 43
Volleyball-M 79 4 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Volleyball-W 299 64 272 32 392 48
Water Polo 43 4 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Swimming&Diving n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Rifle n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cross Country n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Track n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tennis n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Totals-all sports n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

The State of Michigan currently offers 27 colleges and/or universities that participate in NCAA sports. Some athletes do get full-ride scholarships (tuition/room&board/books paid); most student-athletes receiving grant-in-aid scholarships receive partial scholarships. There are maximum scholarships allotted to each school based upon eligibility status and athletic budget. Title IX (Gender Equity)continues to impact this criteria as well. Currently, this is how many scholarships that the NCAA allows in each sport:

NCAA Sport Division I Division II Division III Offer
Baseball 11.7 9 None
Basketball(M) 13 10 None
Basketball(W) 15 10 None
Crew (Rowing) 20 n/a None
Fencing-M/W 4.5/5 n/a None 43
Field Hockey 12 n/a None
Football 85 (I-AA:63) 36 None
Golf (M) 4.5 3.6 None
Golf (W) 6 5.4 None
Gymnastics (M) 6.3 6 None
Gymnastics (W) 12 6 None
Ice Hockey (New: Women's) 18 13.5 None
Lacrosse (M) 12.6 10.8 None
Lacrosse (W) 12 9.9 None
Rifle 3.6 n/a None
Soccer (M) 9.9 9 None
Soccer (W) 12 9.9 None
Softball 12 7.2 None
Swimming&Diving (M) 9.9 8.1 None
Swimming&Diving (W) 12 8.1 None
Tennis (M) 4.5 4.5 None
Tennis (W) 8 6 None
Track-Indoor/Outdoor/Cross Country (M) 12.6 12.6 None
Track-Indoor/Outdoor/Cross Country (W) 18 12.6 None
Volleyball (M) 4.5 4.5 None
Volleyball (W) 12 6 None
Water Polo (M) 4.5 n/a None
Water Polo (W) 8 n/a None
Wrestling 9.9 9 None
Potential Total-M 215 136.6 None
Potential Total-W 164 81.1 None
Totals 379 217.7 None
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Other Sports:

Archery:

Badminton:

Bowling: 5

Cheerleading:

Cricket:

Equestrian:

Judo:

Pistol:

Polo:

Rodeo:

Rugby:

Sailing:

Skiing-M/W: 6.3/7 (Northern Michigan/Michigan Tech)

Slow-Pitch Softball:

Squash-W: 12

Synchronized Swimming: 5

Team Handball-W: 10

Triathlon:

Water Skiing:

Note: NCAA institutions offered over 70,000 grants-in-aid during the 1999-2000 school year totalling nearly $1 billion dollars, and over 350,000 students participated in all divisions and all sports including over 44,000 in the various championships.

NACDA/Sear's Director's Cup Trophy

NACDA/Sear's Director's Cup Previous Winners