If a student athlete wants to participate in collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I or II level, they must make sure they qualify academically so they can participate athletically. It is never too early for student-athletes to start planning for college. The NCAA defines a prospective student-athlete as a student who has started 9th grade. Call the NCAA's Wanna Play? Know the Rules hotline at 800-638-3731 to hear recorded information that will help you find out if you are on track to meet academic and core course requirements. Student athletes who want to participate in Division I or II sports must register with the NCAA's Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.
To play sports in NCAA Division I or II, a student must meet specific standards. They must graduate from high school and make at least a 2.000 grade point average (based on a 4.000 scale) in 14 core academic courses. Recruited athletes should ask university officials about their policy on renewal and conditions of athletic scholarships.