Many student-athletes think that the NCAA is the only association they can join, and that if they fail to meet the eligibility requirements, then all is lost. This isn’t the case! Don’t let Eligibility Requirements dampen your enthusiasm towards earning a college degree in the USA - you may still be eligible to compete as a student-athlete in the NAIA.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is an athletic association that governs small to medium-sized universities. There are about 250 member schools that help over 77 000 Student-Athletes achieve academic success while competing on the sports fields.
The NAIA requires a student-athlete to meet two of the following three requirements in order to be eligible to practice and compete:
A major benefit of the NAIA is that there are no specific subjects that you are required to take during high school - you have the freedom to choose both subjects that you enjoy and ones that you excel in. On the athletic front, the NAIA offers 13 sports for a student-athlete to participate in (although it’s important to remember that women’s field hockey is only played in the NCAA and not in the NAIA.)
With a strong investment in athletic recruitment and scholarships every year, many NAIA member schools have been able to attract top Student-Athletes into their programs. This allows for the competition level to become more competitive, and as a result, we see many top-level NAIA member schools being compared to schools from the NCAA Division II.
There is no better time to start your college process than today. The earlier you start, the better chance you have at earning a top scholarship and participating at the highest level possible.
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You have a dream of becoming a student-athlete in the USA and wanting to play in the NCAA, only to have stumbled across their academic requirements known as The 16 Core Courses. Below we will walk you through them so you can understand what is required and enable you to compete and study abroad.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the largest sport’s governing body in the United States, with over 460 000 Student-Athletes. Their two main focus points are to ensure all students put their studies before their sports and they guarantee the fairness of competition on the playing field, by making sure no student has played on a professional level.
Core courses are high school subjects that have been reviewed and approved by the NCAA as a course which meets its academic standards. Core courses are the foundation of the NCAA Eligibility requirements and all member schools are required to have their potential student-athletes achieve these requirements.
It’s important to remember that not all High School subjects count as NCAA Core Courses. The more you know about the core courses, the better prepared you will be to ensure you are taking the right subjects.
The NCAA has set standards which differ slightly between Division I and II. Only courses taken from Grade 9 to Grade 12 are counted and they include the following:
NCAA Division I:
What if I don't meet the requirements?
Failing to meet all the academic requirements will result in you not being able to practise or compete in your first year. If you meet some of the requirements, you can be a partial qualifier, where you may practise and receive an athletics scholarship in your first year at college but will not be allowed to compete in sanctioned events.
The importance of starting your college process as early as possible will set you on the right pathway in order to become eligible with the NCAA.
Here are some useful tips:
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