NCAA Initial Eligibility Guidelines for Potential Student-Athletes
What is the NCAA? The NCAA or National Collegiate Athletic Association serves as the athletics governing body for more than 1,280 colleges, universities, conferences and organizations. The NCAA is committed to the student-athlete and to governing competition in a fair, safe, inclusive, and sportsmanlike manner. In keeping with this mission, they have developed a set of rules and guidelines for athletic eligibility and athletic competition for each of the three NCAA Divisions (Division I, Division II and Division III). Perhaps the key difference among the three divisions is that colleges and universities competing at the Division I and II levels can offer athletic scholarships, while Division III colleges and universities cannot.
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that works with the NCAA to determine a student’s eligibility for athletics participation in his first year of college enrollment. Students who want to participate in Division I or II college athletics during their first year of enrollment must register with the Eligibility Center. Feel free to visit the NCAA Eligibility Center’s website at www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information.
The NCAA staff follows NCAA bylaws and regulations in analyzing and processing a student’s high school academic records, ACT or SAT scores, and key information about amateurism participation to determine the student’s initial eligibility.
As an entering Bridgton Academy student-athlete, what does this mean for you? Athletics have traditionally played a significant role for many students at the Academy. Competing at the college level is a singular achievement in itself, however as the demand for athletic scholarships have grown, so have the NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The vigilance that must exist begins in a student’s ninth grade year at their high school – not only for academic achievement but also in course selection.
If you have already registered with the Eligibility Center or would like to over the summer, please retain your user name and password so that you may access your information while at Bridgton Academy.
Finally, and as further clarification, Bridgton Academy students do not have to have been certified by or registered with the Eligibility Center to participate in athletics at Bridgton Academy.
If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Initial Eligibility procedures and how to register with the NCAA please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Izaryk, our Athletic Director at (207) 647-3322 ext. 1136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Division I Academic Eligibility Requirements
- Complete 16 core courses.
- Ten of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
- Seven of the 10 core courses must be in English, math or science.
- Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.300.
- Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale (see back page).
- Graduate high school.
Division II Academic Eligibility Requirements
- Complete 16 core courses.
- Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.200.
- Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II full qualifier sliding scale
- Graduate high school.
Guidelines for Registering with the NCAA:
• Register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center online at www.eligibilitycenter.org. Please list your high school first and then add Bridgton Academy as a secondary school. Your enrolled entry date is 9/2016 and withdrawal date is 5/2017. Our school code is: 200-720
• Once you have successfully registered, please keep record of your Eligibility Center ID number and/or username and password. You will receive an email from the Eligibility Center upon registration that will contain your ID number.
• Have an official high school transcript sent directly to the Eligibility Center (and remember, you must send one to
Bridgton as well). This document must come from your high school – not from you or from Bridgton Academy. If you have attended multiple high schools since ninth grade, you must submit an official transcript from each school.
• If you have already been certified for eligibility, please bring a copy of your NCAA certification letter so that we may keep it on file.
• If you have an officially diagnosed learning disability, ADD or ADHD please be sure that Bridgton Academy has the most recent copy of this documentation. We will work with you on submitting this to the NCAA for approval.
• Remember to have your high school mail an OFFICIAL final transcript to Bridgton Academy. This will allow us to approximate a core GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Attending Bridgton Academy does not guarantee NCAA qualification, and it is your responsibility to know your status with the NCAA. While we can make a pre-determination of your status, it is important to note that Bridgton Academy does not represent the NCAA and cannot make final rulings regarding eligibility status.
It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to be aware of NCAA Initial Eligibility guidelines. If you have any questions regarding NCAA Eligibility Center procedures please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Izaryk, our Director of Athletics, at email@example.com.