Reading our newspaper the other morning, an article in the sports section mentioned that a local high round baseball draft choice had recently signed a letter of intent with an area Junior College. He’s keeping his options open, may play there for one year, and have the opportunity to be drafted again in 2012.
Players who do this should keep in mind the NCAA eligibility and transfer rules that may apply to them should they end up being recruited from the JUCO to an NCAA Division I or II program.
Why? What will happen if you get injured and your draft stock goes down? Or if the coach you hoped to play for took a new job?
All high school athletes – in any sport – who desire to play at the college level should strive to achieve the academic requirements to be a Division I “Qualifier.”
If you’ve graduated but haven’t yet achieved Qualifier status, you still have the opportunity to do that if you don’t enroll this Fall as a full-time student. This gives you more time to improve your ACT or SAT test score to achieve Qualifier status.
If you’ll attend a JUCO before moving to an NCAA program, becoming a Qualifier will make the transfer process easier as you will have fewer academic requirements when the time to transfer arrives.
A non-qualifier who attends a JUCO and then plans to transfer to a Division I or II program is required to graduate from the JUCO and/or will be required to attend the JUCO for at least three semesters and will be required to have at least six-semester hours of English and four semester-hours of math.
Also, if you’ve signed a National Letter of Intent with an NCAA Division I or II program for enrollment this Fall, but decide to enroll in a JUCO instead, remember that the NLI that you signed remains binding upon you until you graduate from the JUCO or until you are released from the NLI by the school that you signed with.
If you have questions about NCAA rules, contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 913-766-1235. Sign up to receive our newsletter & get the latest in news and updates from Informed Athlete!