Will Your High School Athlete be Eligible for NCAA Sports?

Three families recently contacted us because they had just found out that their college freshman athletes aren’t eligible because they didn’t earn 16 “core courses” in high school. 

  • In one case, the athlete was ready to compete for his university but was told just as his season was ready to start that he wouldn’t be eligible this season. 
  • Another athlete who was planning to transfer to an NCAA university this Spring from an NAIA college was told that he will need to attend another semester of college before being able to transfer to the NCAA university. 

In each of these cases, the athlete had believed or been led to believe that they had enough “core courses” on their high school transcript that would qualify for NCAA eligibility. 

Unfortunately, one or more of those courses were not approved by the NCAA or hadn’t even been submitted to the NCAA for consideration by their high school. 

While many high school coaches and guidance counselors do a good job of advising their athletes about college academic and athletic opportunities, we frequently hear about high school athletes who “fell through the cracks.” 

In those situations, it’s common to hear that the coaches thought that advising on NCAA eligibility was the responsibility of the high school guidance office, while the guidance counselors thought it was the coach’s responsibility because the student was a member of their athletic team.  

Do you have concerns as to whether your athlete has completed the required courses so they will be eligible?

If you’re the parent, relative or coach of a high school athlete who wants to compete in college, don’t let them be the victim of a situation as described above. In a confidential consultation, we will discuss your athlete’s particular situation and answer any questions you have regarding eligibility status and other issues. We can also provide a High School Transcript Review to ensure your athlete is on track to be eligible or advise/provide options as to what is needed to get them back on track. Contact us about these services by calling 913-766-1235 or writing to rick@informedathlete.com.