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For any student-athlete to be eligible to play and or receive athletic scholarship money he must be cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse. For NCAA eligibility, a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is factored in with his SAT or ACT scores. The higher the GPA the lower the SAT or ACT score needed for eligibility. Check out the Division 1 Core GPA and Test Score Sliding Scale. The GPA is calculated by using core courses only: math, social studies, English, science, and foreign languages (if taken). The core course requirements are as follows:
Year by Year Guideline for Players with Aspirations and Goals to Play College Football
The academic eligibility requirements are slightly different for Division I, Division II www.ncsasports.org and NAIA (www.ncsasports.org/naia-eligibility-center/requirements) athletes, so make sure you check their websites to know the exact requirements.
Freshman Year: Focus on academic performance and time management skills
1. Take challenging academic courses, college prep classes, etc. Make sure to enroll in “Strength & Conditioning” class. 2. Get involved in school. 3. Participate in multiple sports. Play football in the fall, wrestle or play basketball in the winter and definitely run track in the spring to increase your speed. 4. Participate in as many other school activities as you can manage including school clubs, choir, band, orchestra, speech, drama, etc. 5. Enhance your leadership skills in every way possible. 6. Participate in civic duty and community volunteer opportunities. 7. Make sure to sign up for “Strength & Conditioning” class both semesters. 8. Attend spring open gym workouts. 9. Attend all team camps.
Sophomore Year: Focus on academic performance
Take the PSAT test. 2. Stay involved in school. 3. Continue to participate in multiple sports. 4. Continue to participate in other school activities and clubs. 5. Enroll in “Strength & Conditioning” both semesters to ensure you are improving your speed and strength throughout your entire Sophomore year. 6. Begin to gather information on your top 5 colleges of interest. 7. Work on becoming a student of the game of football by watching games or video tape, reading books or magazines and improve your understanding of our offensive and defensive playbooks. Check with your individual position coach for more information. 8. Attend spring open gym workouts. 9. Attend all team camps
Junior Year: Focus on academic performance
1. Retake the PSAT test for scholarships and to further practice for the SAT. 2. Take both the SAT and ACT tests in the spring. 3. Meet with your counselor and stay on track academically. 4. Continue to participate in multiple sports. 5. Continue to participate in other school activities and clubs. 6. Develop an athletic, academic and civic resume. 7. Enroll in “Strength & Conditioning” both semesters to ensure you are improving your speed and strength throughout your entire Junior year. 9. Begin to make a highlight video on Hudl and select your top 2 games from the season. Make sure all the information in your profile is accurate and up to date. 10. Begin to contact your top 5 colleges and let them know you are interested in playing. 11. Schedule visits to your top 3 colleges of interest. 12. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse during the spring. 13. Attend spring open gym workouts. 14. Attend all team camps.
Senior Year: Focus on academic performance
1. Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse immediately during the fall. 2. Retake the SAT and/or ACT tests to improve your scores for scholarships. 3. Provide leadership in the school halls, and both on and off the athletic field. 4. Continue to add to your highlight video on Hudl and select the top 2 or 3 games from your career. Make sure all the information in your profile is complete and up to date so colleges have the correct information as the recruiting process heats up. Make sure to make a premium highlight of your very best highlights from the past 2 seasons. 5. Let Coach Chandler and your position coach know your final plans on playing college football and the top schools you want to focus on so they can talk with them and help with the process. 6. Obtain copies of your transcripts from the counseling office secretary. 7. Complete all college applications before the 2nd semester begins. 8. Obtain 3 letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, and professionals that you know. Give them your resume and provide envelopes for them to seal a letter of recommendation for you. Give them a date that you want to pick it up or have them mail it for you