|Information for Student Athletes|
|Athletics is an area of special talent that can make a difference in the college admissions and financial aid process. At most colleges, athletics are regulated by the rules established by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) which divides all college sports programs into three divisions known as Division I, II and III. The recruitment and enrollment of college athletes are governed firmly by the NCAA’s rules for each division. |
To be eligible to participate at the Division I or II level, where full athletic scholarships are awarded, students must be certified as eligible by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse’s pamphlet, Making Sure You Are Eligible To Participate In College Sports explains the academic standards and process needed to be certified. This NCAA form is available online.<http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net>Interested students need to complete and return a copy of Clearinghouse’s three part Student Release Form to the Clearinghouse along with an $18 fee. Additional copies go to the LHS Registrar’s Office.
At a Division III college, where athletic scholarships are not awarded, admission offices generally look favorably upon student athletes who also meet the college's academic entrance requirements.
|Suggestions for the student athlete:|
|•||Inform your high school coach that you are interested in playing that sport in college. Ask the coach if he or she is available to college coaches.|
|•||Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to college coaches.|
|•||Become familiar with the NCAA rules regarding the recruitment of athletes.|
|Below is a list of resources for perspective college athletes: |
A Guide For College-Bound Athletes and Their Parents: This pamphlet has a good sample letter, athletic resume, and bibliography.
NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete: A free publication and the best place to start to familiarize oneself with the rules, philosophy, and organization of the NCAA. Most athletic directors and guidance offices are mailed free copies each year.
National Directory of College Athletics: Separate editions published yearly for men's and women's athletics. Organized alphabetically by college with name and phone number of each coach.
Peterson's Sports Scholarships and College Athletic Programs: Information on scholarships, men’s and women’s sports, facilities, team records, coaches, and advice on how and when to apply and whom to contact.
Official Directory of National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics NACOA
|The Guidance and Counseling Department suggests that student athletes do the following:|
|1||Inform their counselor that they are interested in competing in athletics at the college level. Counselors can outline the athletic recruiting process and what the role of the student should be in that process.|
|2||Inform their high school coach that they are interested in playing that sport in college. Ask the coach if he or she is available to the college coaches.|
|3||Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to college coaches.|
|4||Become familiar with the NCAA rules regarding the recruitment of athletes.|
|5||Register with the NCAA Clearing House if planning to play a sport at a division one or division two college <http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net>|