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College Sports

There are many benefits of playing sports in college, such as skill development, physical fitness, teamwork, leadership skills, fun, and the opportunity to compete at a higher level. These skills and experiences can help students in college and beyond.

How it Works:

  • Begin Early: Start thinking about your athletic goals early in high school, if not sooner.
  • Set Goals: Set athletic and academic goals based on your sport and aspirations.
  • Become Eligible: The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) are the two governing bodies of college athletics.  

Understand Eligibility Requirements

  • NCAA Eligibility Center: Student-athletes who want to compete at the NCAA Division I or II level must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This involves meeting specific academic requirements, such as core course completion and GPA standards.  
  • NAIA Eligibility: The NAIA is a smaller association than the NCAA.  It includes two divisions (Division I and II) and Division I in the NAIA is comparable to Division II in the NCAA

Maintain Academic Performance

  • Academic Requirements: It is important to maintain strong academic performance throughout high school. Good grades are crucial for eligibility and admission to college.
  • Plan: Speak with your parent, coach and your school counselor to create a comprehensive plan that addresses both the athletic and academic aspects of pursuing college sports

Research Colleges and Programs

  • Explore Options: Research colleges and universities that offer your sport at the desired competitive level (NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA).
  • Fit and Culture: It's important to find a college that not only matches your athletic aspirations but also fits your academic and personal preferences.
This page was last updated on: June 17, 2024.