Playing Sports in College

So, your son or daughter wants to play sports in college?  Maybe you are just trying to figure out what is involved?  Here are some of the basics and links to the NCAA Clearinghouse which will give you all of the information you need.

The Basics


The NCAA has a new moniker, “2.3 or take a knee.”

Catchy, eh?

The basics are that the NCAA believes GPA is a better indicator of future success (not test scores).  With that said, they have set the benchmark at 2.3.

The important thing to note is that the NCAA eligibility is not based on a student’s overall GPA, but on the “NCAA Core Courses” that a student takes.  These are typically basic classes such as Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and foreign languages.  Your child’s high school has to maintain a list of eligible courses with the NCAA clearinghouse each year, so check with your school counselor to make sure the courses your child is planning to take are eligible.

There are also certain classes your child needs to take before their 7th semester of high school.

Test Scores

To determine a student’s eligibility, they must also meet a certain level on a college entrance exam, the ACT or SAT.  The score necessary to be eligible is based on a sliding scale.  The student’s GPA determines the minimum score required.  The higher the GPA, the lower the test score required…and vice versa.

Learn More

To learn more about all of this check the NCAA clearinghouse website.

NCAA Eligibility Center – The starting point for prospective NCAA athletes and their families.  Learn about academic requirements for eligibility, scholarship opportunities (Division 1 and Division 2 schools), and other interesting information for student athletes and their families.

“2.3 or Take a Knee” – The best place to find all of the eligibility information and requirements to play freshman year and to be eligible to be a “redshirt” freshman.

NCAA Prospective Student Guide – Complete information for prospective athletes in much more detail than the pages above.  A must-have for prepared parents of prospective NCAA athletes.

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