Tag Archive for: NCAA Waivers & Appeals

When an NCAA university is preparing a waiver on your athlete’s behalf to go directly to the NCAA national office, such as an Academic Eligibility or Extension of Eligibility Waiver, it is important to have a candid conversation with the compliance administrator at your athlete’s university prior to the waiver being submitted.

One important question to ask the compliance administrator is: “if the initial waiver is denied, are you willing to submit an appeal to give our athlete one more try for approval?”

On waivers submitted to the NCAA, there is an item with the initial decision that states: “If you accept this decision, click “I Accept” below.”

  • If that item is checked, then the case will be closed. It’s important to not check “I Accept” if your institution intends to appeal the decision.
  • An appeal generally must be submitted within 30 days of the date that the original NCAA decision was issued.

We have seen situations in which an athlete or family wanted to know about their rights to appeal the denial of a waiver decision by the NCAA, only to have the university tell them “It’s too late to appeal, we’ve already accepted the NCAA’s decision.” It then becomes just that much harder to gain the opportunity to appeal.

If you’re interested in a confidential consultation regarding a possible waiver situation, schedule a Waivers and Appeals Consultation online, by calling 913-766-1235 or by writing to rick@informedathlete.com.

Academic Eligibility issues affect student-athletes at all levels from high school, to junior college, and 4-year universities. Not knowing, understanding, and meeting the eligibility rules can have serious short and long-term consequences. Problems meeting the eligibility standards can set back and even derail a student-athlete’s entire athletic career.

Academic Eligibility Rules are different at each level (NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA), each division (NCAA Division I, II, III), and even at different conferences and schools.

The worst thing I had to do when I worked on campus was tell a student-athlete they weren’t academically eligible and couldn’t play their sport.  It’s one of the primary reasons we started Informed Athlete over 12 years ago.  

Some of the questions we are frequently asked include:

  • What are the consequences if my student-athlete doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements as an incoming freshman?
  • What are eligibility requirements for my student-athlete to compete at the Division and level they desire?
  • What happens if my student-athlete accepts a scholarship offer, enrolls and begins classes, and then is told they aren’t eligible to compete?
  • What other ways can a student-athlete lose their eligibility?
  • Can a student-athlete extend their eligibility if they have extenuating circumstances?
  • What if my student-athlete has a learning disability that was undiagnosed or they didn’t want to share?
  • Will my student-athlete lose their scholarship money if they lose their eligibility?

Do you have questions about your athlete’s eligibility? 

Here are some ways we help student-athletes and their families.  ALL information shared is private and confidential – nothing is shared with schools, coaches, etc. unless you specifically ask us to contact someone for info on your behalf.

In a Confidential Eligibility Issues Consult, we will review the eligibility rules that specifically pertain to your athlete and answer your questions. We will also discuss the options that are available depending on the situation – including the possibility of an academic eligibility or extension of eligibility waiver (see Waivers & Appeals).

With a Freshman Transcript Review Service, we will:

  • Compare the courses completed with the courses approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Review your ACT or SAT test scores, and determine the GPA that will be needed for eligibility,
  • Provide a written assessment of the subjects that need to be completed to satisfy initial eligibility requirements.
  • Suggest steps and discuss a plan of action that may be available to satisfy eligibility requirements.

With a college athlete transcript review, we will:

  • Inform you of the changing NCAA and/or NAIA transfer requirements,
  • Compare courses you’ve taken with the academic requirements for a transfer athlete,
  • Inform you of any specific subject requirements or limitations for your transfer situation, and
  • Review consequences and options for your situation based on completed courses, deadlines, and any rules that apply specifically to certain sports (such as mid-year transfers in Division I baseball or basketball)

Give us a call at 913-766-1235 or send an email to rick@informedathlete.com if you have questions about our services.