Every year in August or September after classes have started, we are contacted by college student-athletes who have been told that they won’t be eligible for competition. By then, it’s too late to consider other options that may be possible.
If you are transferring to a new college or enrolling as a freshman – especially if you are doing so as a non-recruited walk-on:
- Contact the athletic compliance office to confirm that you have satisfied ALL of the academic requirements to be eligible for competition in your first year of attendance.
DON’T wait until the last minute, do this ASAP! Why?
- Because staff members who are responsible for certifying athletes’ eligibility will likely be focusing more attention on those incoming athletes who have been actively recruited by the coaching staff as scholarship athletes or as “preferred walk-ons.”
- If you have not satisfied the academic requirements to be eligible in your first year at that university, it may be too late to consider possible options (such as taking additional summer courses, postponing your enrollment or returning to junior college for one more semester.)
It’s very important to:
- Know the academic requirements your athlete will need to satisfy to be eligible at their new university as a transfer or as an incoming freshman.
- Get confirmation in writing from the school that your athlete has satisfied all requirements to be eligible.
Do You Need Help?
We can discuss your athlete’s current situation, explain the academic requirements for eligibility in a confidential Eligibility Issues consultation, and we can even review your athlete’s high school or junior college transcript to inform whether they are on track to satisfy the eligibility requirements. Schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues Consultation online, call us at 913-766-1235 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.