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Will your future college team be banned because of your grades?

If you haven’t heard, academics matter in athletic recruiting. Academics matter for eligibility. And, academics matter for your future.

So, if everyone knows that good grades are essential for high school and college athletes, why do student-athletes continue to ignore this fact?

10 teams, including three-time national champion Connecticut, have been banned from post-season play for the 2013 NCAA tournament. The reason? Poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

The Academic Progress Rate is used by the NCAA to measure the academic achievement of Division One teams. It calculates eligibility, retention and graduation. A perfect score is 1000, and the NCAA demands each team score above 900 to remain eligible and avoid penalties. A score of 900 would equal approximately a 50% Graduation Success Rate.

The ten teams are not only banned from the NCAA tournament due to an APR below 900, but most of the seven affected conferences are also banning the teams from individual conference tournaments. The teams also face additional penalties such as a loss of practice hours replaced with academic activities.

With the NCAA cracking down on its teams, it’s proving to collegiate athletes that academics are just as, if not more, important than athletics. They are holding their athletes accountable. So I ask: who is holding you accountable? The answer should be: ME! Only you can truly push yourself to be strong athletically AND academically. If you want to get recruited to play collegiate athletics, you MUST have good grades and keep your grades up throughout your college career.

Don’t be the reason your future team is penalized for not meeting academic standards. Start looking for help from your teachers, tutors and your parents to help pull your grades up if they are not where you want them to be. Also, look into test prep options such as Kaplan to help you prepare for your standardized tests.

If you want to get recruited to play collegiate athletics in college, and you think your grades are where they need to be, contact NCSA Athletic Recruiting for assistance and to start connecting with college coaches ( or call 888-333-6846).

NCAA Eligibility Center 101

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies that college-bound athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletic programs have met necessary academic credentials and are of amateur status. NCAA colleges and universities set these regulations to ensure all student-athletes meet NCAA standards, including required core courses.


Do I really need to sign up with the eligibility center?

  • You cannot attend official visits if you have not registered or qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center
  • You cannot compete in division I or II if you have not been registered and qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center

When and how do I register with the eligibility center?

To qualify for NCAA eligibility and view core course requirements, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing the Student Release Form and amateurism questionnaire during your junior year.



*** Special notes

Fall 2012 enrolled athletes need to sign final amateur certification on or after April 1, 2012.

Starting August 1, 2013, NCAA Division II student-athletes will be required to take 16 core courses—this applies to any student first entering a college of university on or after August 1. Please note that the 16 core course for DI and DII slightly differ.

The SAT and ACT have changed their writing tests; SAT writing section is mandatory and the ACT writing section is optional.

Official test scores are no longer accepted from high school transcript. Instead, test scores are to be sent directly from the testing agency (use code “9999” to request ACT or SAT test scores).


Offical Visits 101

NCSA’s resident recruiting expert Randy Taylor always says that everything a coach says and does means something. College Coaches will show their interest in you in many different ways through questionnaires, through emails , through phone calls, visits and offers. Each type of communication means something different as far as their interest level in you as a potential recruit and one of the most telling signs that a coach is interested in you is the invitation to take an official visits. Besides receiving a verbal or written scholarship offer the official visit means that a large majority of the time you will be receiving the scholarship offer.

What is an official visit?

An official visit is a visit to a college campus by a student and a parent, the student athletes expenses will be covered by the college.

What Should an Athlete Bring on an official visit?

The student athlete should ask the coach what they should bring to the offical visit. It is important to note that the student athlete needs to send a copy of his transcripts to the school before taking the official visits and be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

What should student athletes know before going on the official visit?

Student athlete need to be prepared to answer questions from the coaches. Coaches will ask a lot of different questions, from your level of play to who else is recruiting them. Remember to talk about the bigger schools or schools on the same level that are recruiting you as well, this will only help the student athlete increase their scholarship opportunities and have the leverage to do so.

Student athletes should also be prepared to ask questions themselves. An official visit should be taken very seriously by the student athlete, this is their time to decide if this could be the right school for them, if they could see themselves there. Make sure to ask all the right questions, from academics to college culture to athletics. Walk around the campus, meet the professors, make sure to imagine yourself walking around that campus for the next four years.

Know the Rules

You can only take 5 total official visits if you want to play at the division one level so make sure you aren’t taking more than that between division one and division two. Also remember that because you only get five, choose wisely make sure those are really the schools you want to visit on an official capacity.

Good Luck!

Life Gains from College Sports

There are many reasons why student athletes and families crave the opportunity to earn a college sports scholarship.  The prestige, desire to keep playing a sport at a high level, the fun, the scholarship dollars,the ability to get in a school where you might not be accepted without sports, and dozens of other reasons.  Most families are focused on the immediate returns on a  sports scholarship, however the benefits can be much longer lasting.

Former WNBA player Val Whiting recently sat down with Microsoft executive Lisa Brummel to talk about the advantages athletes have in the business world.

It is no coincidence that more than 80 percent of the female executives at Fortune 500 companies described themselves as former athletes.

Companies seek employees who can stand out in pressure situations, demonstrate leadership, and react positively to the instruction of superiors.

Lisa Brummel displays these qualities as senior vice president of human resources for Microsoft.

“The single biggest asset I have is not my education, not my experience, but my athletic background,” Brummel said in a phone interview.

“If you look, you will find people doing well in business and who were also athletes. You need stamina and pacing in corporate America, having the stamina to be able to perform.”

Brummel often asks managers to look for athletes when hiring.

“Athletes in companies are universally respected as high performers,” Brummel said. “Playing on a team, the understanding of team dynamics and roles, knowing when to step up or when to let someone else step up, and collaboration – if you come from team sports, you know these things already.”

Its clear that athletes enjoy a wide variety of advantages in college, but it is the longer lasting benefits that truly set athletes apart.