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NCAA Eligibility Center is a Great Resource For All Recruits

The college recruiting process can feel overwhelming and confusing to many players and parents. They often wish they had a guide to help them navigate all the steps involved.

The NCAA Eligibility Center is a great resource.

Through its Twitter account and online PDF files, the Eligibility Center allows student-athletes to stay on track for college sports participation. It offers explanations of dead periods and quiet periods and reminders of important deadlines.

The Eligibility Center recommends that student-athletes register with the center during their sophomore year in high school. They can upload transcripts and have tests scores sent directly to the Eligibility Center.

The NCAA consists of three divisions and more than 1,100 schools, and downloading the guide for the college-bound student-athlete provides a thorough review of any level a student-athlete may be considering.

The guide also has great tips for how to manage being a collegiate student-athlete and interesting facts and figures to consider.

Student-athletes can create profile pages to see if they fit best at a Division I or Division II school. Still need to learn more about Division I and Division II? Here are quick references guides for Division I and Division II.

Homeschooling is extremely popular in tennis, and there is a homeschool toolkit to learn what documentation the NCAA requires.

Preparing to make a campus visit? Find out what questions to ask coaches and admissions offices.

The Eligibility Center provides a helpful high school timeline for all student-athletes to follow as they progress through each grade:

Grade 9: Plan

  • Take the right courses and earn the best grades you can
  • Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you are in the right courses. Or find your high school’s list of NCAA core courses at eligibilitycenter.org/courselist

Grade 10: Register

  • Register for a Certification Account or Profile Page with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org
  • If you fall behind on courses, don’t take shortcuts to catch up. Ask your counselor for help with finding approved courses or programs you can take.

Grade 11: Study

  • Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time.
  • Take the ACT or SAT
  • At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript.

Grade 12: Graduate

  • Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary.
  • Request your final amateurism certification after April 1
  • After you graduate, ask your counselor to upload your final official transcript with proof of graduation.

It’s a good idea to download all this information or bookmark the pages to help ease the stress of the college recruiting process. Playing in college is a rewarding experience, and the Eligibility Center can help make it more of a reality.


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