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DIVISION I ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Student athletes enrolling in NCAA Division I schools must meet the following academic requirements:

FULL QUALIFIER – College bound student-athletes may practice, compete and receive athletics scholarship during their first year of enrollment if the following requirements are met:

Complete 16 core courses.
10 of the 16 core courses must be completed before the seventh semester (senior year) of high school.
7 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.
Graduate high school.

ACADEMIC REDSHIRT – College bound student-athletes may receive athletics scholarship but may NOT compete during their first year of enrollment if the following requirements are met:

Complete 16 core courses.
Earn a core-course GPA of at least 2.000
Earn the ACT/SAT score matching your core course GPA on the Division I sliding scale.
Graduate high school.

NON-QUALIFIER – College-bound student-athletes cannot practice, recieve athletics scholarships or compete during their first year of enrollment.

SLIDING SCALE

 

DIVISION II ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to compete at Division II schools, incoming student-athletes must complete these 16 core courses:

  • 3 years of English
  • 2 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 years of additional English, math or natural/physical science
  • 2 years of social science
  • 4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy)

Grade-point Average

  • Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, you must earn at least a 2.2 GPA in NCAA core courses along with the corresponding required test score to compete in Division II sports as a college freshman.
  • To be able to practice and receive a scholarship, you must earn at least a 2.0 GPA along with the corresponding required test score in NCAA-approved core courses.
  • Only NCAA-approved core courses will be used in the GPA calculation when determining eligibility. Those courses can be found here.
  • A sliding scale is used to match test scores and core GPAs

Test Scores

  • Only the critical reading and math portions of the SAT will be considered for eligibility purposes. The writing score will not be used.
  • Only the sum of English, math, reading and science ACT scores will be considered for eligibility purposes.
  • A sliding scale is used to match test scores and core GPA
 

NCAA DI AND DII RECRUITING CALENDAR

NCAA Division I Baseball Recruiting Calendar August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017

  • August 1-21, 2016: Contact Period
  • August 22 through September 8, 2016: Quiet Period
  • September 9 through November 6, 2016: Contact Period
  • November 7-10, 2016: Dead Period
  • November 11, 2016 through February 28, 2017: Quiet Period [except for (1) below]:
    • (1) January 5-8, 2017:Dead Period
  • March 1 through July 31, 2017: Contact Period [except for (1) below]:
    • (1) April 10-13, 2017: Dead Period

RECRUITING F.A.Q

What is a contact period?

During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus.  A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.

During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.

The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.

The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports.

Signing an National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.

A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.

What are recruiting calendars?

Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.

 

WHAT DOES DIVISION III ATHLETICS HAVE TO OFFER?

  • Division III athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
  • Division III playing season and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student-athletes to focus on their academic programs and the achievement of a degree.
  • Division III offers an intense and competitive athletics environment for student-athletes who play for the love of the game, without the obligation of an athletics scholarship. However, three-quarters of all student-athletes in Division III receive some form of grant or nonathletic scholarship.
  • Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete’s experience is of paramount concern.
  • Division III athletics departments are dedicated to offering broad-based programs with a high number and wide range of athletics participation opportunities for both men and women.
  • Division III places primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition, while also offering 37 national championships annually.
  • Division III affords student-athletes the opportunity to discover valuable lessons in teamwork, discipline, perseverance and leadership, which in turn make student-athletes better students and responsible citizens.
  • Division III features student-athletes who are subject to the same admission standards, academic standards, housing and support services as the general student body. The integration of athletics with the larger institution enables student-athletes to experience all aspects of campus life.