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NCAA Eligibility

Initial Academic Eligibility Requirements


If you want to play Sports in college, you’ve got to get started early and meet these NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA initial-eligibility requirements.

If you are a College-Bound Student-Athlete, there are many factors that you’ll need to consider when thinking about which school to attend. One of the most important things that you must understand are initial-eligibility requirements, which are the academic prerequisites that must be met prior to being eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Each of the three college athletic governing organizations, NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA, have developed rules establishing the athletic eligibility of athletes in their schools. This Book tries to explain these rules in a simplified fashion. Each organization publishes a book that completely explains their policies governing not only eligibility, but recruiting rules and regulations. The publications, listed below, can be obtained on-line or by contacting the appropriate organization. **Contacting the organization will always allow for the most up-to-date information. **

NCAA   “Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete”

NCAA Eligibility Center – Certification Processing

P.O. Box 7136

Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136


NAIA   “NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete”

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

1200 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 64106


NJCAA   “Information for a Prospective NJCAA Student Athlete”


1755 Telstar Drive, Suite 103

Colorado Springs, CO 80920 


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