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Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Everything parents and prospective student-athletes need to know!

NCAA Eligibility Center

This is your initial eligibility resource. Registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center is mandatory to play at Division I and Division II.

College Board

A great all-around college resource with information on SAT testing, AP exams, and financial planning.

Divisions, what’s the difference?

The NCAA features three different divisions — each division has different rules and offers different opportunities.

Division I

The NCAA has strict recruiting rules at the Division I level that are tied to specific dates.

Training and games — and additional expectations for student-athletes — take up a lot of your time in both the fall and spring. Division I student-athletes commit to 132 days per year of 20 countable athletically related hours per week in-season and 8 hours per week out-of-season.

Maximum 12 scholarships per program — scholarships can be full or partial.

Division I Programs

Division II

Recruiting rules fall between Division I and Division III.

Training and games — and additional expectations for student-athletes — take up a lot of your time in both the fall and spring. Division II student-athletes commit to 20 countable athletically related hours per week in their championship segment (fall) and 45 days of 15 hours per week in their non-championship segment (spring), with five scrimmage dates. Out of season they can participate in up to eight athletics-related hours.

Maximum 6.3 scholarships per program — scholarships can be full or partial.

Division II Programs

Division III

Recruiting rules are the least restrictive.

Training and games — and additional expectations for student-athletes — takes up a lot of time in the fall semester. In the spring semester, all practices and competition are limited to a maximum of five weeks with a maximum of 16 days of activity.

There are no athletic scholarships.

Division III Programs

Key Recruiting Terms

Dead Period

Definition: A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by PSAs to the institution’s campus. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a PSA during a dead period.

Prospective Student-Athlete

Definition: One becomes a prospective student-athlete when they start ninth grade classes. Before the ninth grade, one becomes a prospective student-athlete if a college gives you (or your friends or relatives) any financial aid or other benefits that the college does not generally provide to prospective students.

Also called: PSA, recruit

Quiet Period

Definition: During a quiet period, a college coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents off the college’s campus. A coach may not watch you play or visit your high school during this period. You and your parents may visit a college campus during this time. A coach may call or write to you or your parents during this time.

National Letter of Intent

The official document administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association and utilized by NCAA member institutions to establish the commitment of a PSA to attend a particular institution.

Also called: NLI

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