If you are a incoming freshman athlete and are planning to participate in an NCAA Division I or Division II sports program this fall, you will need to finalize eligibility and amateurism status to be eligible to compete as a freshman.
To obtain final amateurism certification:
1. Log onto http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/ and select the box for “Fall 2010 or After.”
2. Log in using your e-mail address and password.
3. Request final amateurism certification separately for each sport. Track and cross country athletes, for example, will need to request separate certification for each.
If you are an athlete who originally registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center through the old website and have not transferred your account to the new site, you need to transfer your account before requesting final amateurism certification.
Regarding academic certification, athletes must submit all required materials to the Eligibility Center. This includes a final transcript with proof of graduation as well as an official transcript from any other high school that the athlete attended.
1. Be sure that a final transcript is sent by your high school to the Eligibility Center as soon as possible after graduation occurs. Waiting until the middle of summer can result in a delay as many high school offices are closed for a few weeks of summer vacation.
2. Also required is an official ACT or SAT test score sent directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency.
3. Be sure that the proper fee has been paid to the Eligibility Center for processing. Each year there are a significant number of athletes whose certification is delayed because they have not yet paid the fee.
Academic certifications are prioritized by the date that a file is “Ready to Process” and by the date that an Institutional Request List (IRL) is submitted by the college or university for a particular athlete. This is important to keep in mind as the following example illustrates:
If the IRL for a wrestler is submitted to the Eligibility Center by a university a month prior to the submission of an IRL for a soccer player by the same university, the file for the wrestler will be reviewed at the Eligibility Center before the file for the soccer player even though the wrestling season starts two months after the start of the soccer season.
For questions about eligibility requirements, or the eligibility certification process, contact Rick Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 913-766-1235. For more information, register for our free monthly newsletter, or become a fan of Informed Athlete on Facebook.