Did you know that the NCAA’s initial-eligibility academic standards are changing for student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I university on or after August 1, 2016 )? For more details, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center’s website. College-bound student-athletes and their families need to become familiar with upcoming changes in the NCAA Eligibility Requirements for Division I & II institutions by reading the NCAA Quick Reference Guide for 2016 and Beyond.

MomsTeam suggests that parents can help their high school student-athletes prepare for college by doing to the following:

  • Help students realize they’ve already got what it takes
  • Encourage a positive mindset
  • Help develop time management strategies and skills
  • Encourage healthy habits
  • Make the most of NCAA resources

According to Taking It to the Next Level, establishing a game plan for preparing to be a collegiate student-athlete begins prior to the freshman year of high school. Students and families should begin by building a strong academic foundation which will assist in taking a rigorous college preparation course load during high school to meet the NCAA’s eligibility requirements. In addition to academic preparation, other factors which contribute to whether potential student-athletes will be recruited and offered athletic scholarships include: 1) Athletic Performance; 2) Academic Ability; and 3) Attitude. Attitude encompasses such traits as student-athletes’ work ethic, self-discipline, team player, competitive drive, integrity, positive life skills, and ability to make good decisions on- and off-the court|field. One wrong choice can destroy a student-athlete’s chance of being recruited and losing out on scholarships valued at thousands of dollars.

In today’s competitive environment for athletic scholarships, it is essential for a student-athlete to successfully balance a challenging academic schedule with participation in athletics, volunteer experiences, and other-extra-curricular activities throughout high school. Only 5.7% of high school football players continue playing at a NCAA school, with only a portion of that percentage receiving a full-ride scholarship covering tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, which has an approximate value that ranges from $50,000 per year at public post-secondary institutions to $80,000 per year at private schools

Resources for Student-Athletes