Requirements for Practice/ Competition Practice: Enrolled in full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree. Competition: Enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester or quarter hours, regardless of institution’s definition of full-time enrollment.
Eligibility for Competition - Exceptions Final semester/quarter. Enrolled in courses necessary to complete degree requirements. Competition while enrolled in graduate program. Enrolled in a full-time graduate program as defined by institution.
Good Academic Standing Determined by the institution for all students. August 9, 1995, interpretation: Definition of good academic standing applied to student-athletes shall be a standard at least as demanding as the minimum standard applied to all students in order to participate in extracurricular activities at that institution.
Progress Toward Degree Designed to move SA toward graduation within five years of full-time collegiate enrollment. Ensures SA is functioning as student during each academic year. Exceptions and waivers are available.
Progress Toward Degree Academic year credit-hour requirements. Six-hour requirement each term. Nine-/Eight-hour requirement during the fall term and APR eligibility point (football). 18-/27-hour requirement each academic year.
Six-Hour Requirement Must complete a minimum of six-semester or six- quarter hours of academic credit in the previous full time regular academic term. Does not apply to part-time terms.
Nine-Hour Requirement Football student-athletes must complete a minimum of nine-semester or eight-quarter hours of academic credit each fall term and must receive the APR eligibility point for the fall term. A student-athlete who fails to meet either requirement is not eligible to compete in the first four contests in the following playing season.
Nine-Hour Requirement If the student-athlete subsequently earns 27-semester or 40-quarter hours of academic credit before the beginning of the next fall term, the student-athlete may regain eligibility to compete in the third and fourth contests of the playing season. A student-athlete in his or her initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment may use credit hours earned during summer terms. One-time exception to regain eligibility in all four contests.
18-Hour/27-Hour Requirement Must earn 18-semester or 27-quarter hours of academic credit during each regular academic year. Cannot use summer hours to meet 18/27. Intercession or “J” term hours during the academic year do count. Certified before start of the institution's third semester or fourth quarter following the SA's initial full-time enrollment.
24-/36-Hour Requirement Must complete 24-semester or 36-quarter hours of academic credit before the start of the SA’s second year of collegiate enrollment. Credits can be applicable to any degree. Credits from summer prior to and summer after first year of collegiate enrollment may be included. Credit-hour requirement is basis for percentage.
Remedial Courses Restricted to counting six hours of remedial credits toward the credit hour requirements. Only count toward the six-, 18- and 24-hour requirements if completed during the first academic year of enrollment. Generally, these courses are not applicable toward the baccalaureate degree and would not be included in percentage-of-degree calculations. If SA is required to take more than six hours of these types of courses, they may not be included in counting toward the credit hour requirements.
Degree Credit At the start of the third year of enrollment, all credits used to satisfy progress-toward-degree credit hour requirements (i.e., six-hour rule, 18/27) must count toward designated degree.
Transfer Student-Athletes One semester = six hours of academic credit. One academic year = 24/36 hours of academic credit. Three semesters/four quarters = 30/42 hours of academic credit. Four semesters/six quarters = six hours. International transfers do not need to meet six-hour requirement. Other progress-toward-degree and transfer legislation applies.
Progress Toward Graduation 24-/36-hour requirement. Must complete the following percentage-of-degree requirements: Before start of third year - 40%. Before start of fourth year - 60%. Before start of fifth year - 80%. Based on SA’s full-time terms of enrollment.
Percentage-of-Degree Calculation Hours required for graduation based on designated degree Hours earned applicable to designated degree = % of degree
Grade-Point-Average Requirements Must meet GPA benchmarks before the start of each regular academic term. Before the start of second year - 90%. Before the start of third year - 95%. Start of fourth year and beyond - 100%. GPA requirement based on minimum GPA required for graduation.
Grade-Point-Average Requirements Transfer students. Applicable for two-year and four-year transfers who have completed an academic term in residence at the certifying institution.
Baseball Eligibility Must meet all progress-toward-degree benchmarks at the beginning of the institution’s fall term. Not eligible for the remainder of the academic year. No opportunity to “get well.”
New Initial Eligibility Standards
Timeline for Implementing New Initial-Eligibility Standards New initial-eligibility standards are effective for students entering any collegiate institution full time on or after August 1, 2016.
New Initial-Eligibility Standards: Three Possible Outcomes 1.Full qualifier = athletics aid, practice and competition in first year. 2.Academic redshirt = athletics aid in first year, practice in first regular term, and potential to practice in subsequent regular term(s) of first year. 3.Nonqualifier = no athletics aid, practice or competition in first year.
Division I Full Qualifier Students will need to meet the following requirements to receive athletics aid, practice AND compete during the first year: 16 core courses. Minimum required core-course GPA of in the 16 core courses. 10 core courses must be completed prior to 7 th semester. 7 of the 10 core courses must be in English, math and/or natural or physical science. Standardized test score that corresponds with the core-course GPA on the increased sliding scale.
Division I Full Qualifier To compete during the first year of collegiate enrollment, students must: Obtain a corresponding core-course GPA and test score on increased sliding scale. New sliding scale requires a core-course GPA approximately.500 units higher than the current scale. Examples of coordinates are: core-course GPA requires 900 SAT or 75 sum ACT. core-course GPA requires 820 SAT or 68 sum ACT. core-course GPA requires 640 SAT or 53 sum ACT.
Division I Academic Redshirt Students will need to meet the following requirements in order to receive athletics aid and practice during the first year: 16 core courses. Minimum required core-course GPA of in 16 core courses. Standardized test score that corresponds with the core- course GPA on the academic redshirt sliding scale.
Division I Academic Redshirt To receive athletics aid and practice during the first year of collegiate enrollment, students must: Obtain a corresponding core-course GPA and test score on the academic redshirt sliding scale. Examples of coordinates are: core-course GPA requires 900 SAT or 75 sum ACT. core-course GPA requires 820 SAT or 68 sum ACT. core-course GPA requires 640 SAT or 53 sum ACT.
Academic Redshirt: Requirements for Athletics Aid and Practice If a college-bound student-athlete meets these requirements, he/she can receive an athletics scholarship during his/her first year at an NCAA Division I college or university. If he/she meets these requirements, he/she can practice during his/her first term (e.g., semester, quarter) at a Division I college or university. In order to continue to practice after the first semester/quarter, the student must successfully complete nine-semester/eight-quarter hours each term.
What If A Student Does Not Meet Either Set of Requirements? If a college-bound student does not meet either set of requirements, he/she will be certified as a nonqualifier. A nonqualifier: Cannot receive athletics aid during the first year at an NCAA Division I college or university. Cannot practice or compete during the first year at a Division I college or university.
Two-Year College Transfer Standards Academics as a First Expectation
Timeline for Implementing New Standards New two-year college transfer requirements become effective for students initially enrolling full time in any college on or after August 1, 2012.
Increased Standards Two-year college transfers must: Must have a or better transferable GPA. An increase from the requirement in place for those who initially enrolled full-time in collegiate institution before August 1, May use a maximum of two physical education activity credits in ALL sports. Previously applied to men’s basketball transfers only. Must complete core curriculum (6 credits English, 3 credits math and 3 credits science) – nonqualifiers only.
Educational Outreach Efforts Academics as a First Expectation
Education and Outreach Objective: Educate parties impacted by initial eligibility and two- year transfer academic standards through a variety of methods. Target Audiences: Prospective student-athletes and parents. High school administrators. Two-year college administrators. Coaches (high school, club, amateur team). Coaches associations. Sport governing bodies. Professional associations. General public.
Education and Outreach On-line outreach (website, social media). Targeted outreach to impacted groups of prospective student- athletes (professional organizations, major events, sport camps and events, targeted regional and state education). Public awareness (ad agency, partner coaches and conferences, print adds, high school tv, radio and social media outlets). Corporate champion engagement (EA game, partnership opportunities, use of Turner and ESPN on-air talent). Traditional methods of outreach.
Recent Eligibility Related Interpretations
Nontraditional Course Credit From An Institution Without Traditional Academic Terms The assessment of whether nontraditional course credit from an institution without traditional academic terms is considered credit from an academic-year course, or a summer course is based on the academic calendar of the two-year institution most recently attended by the student- athlete.
Nontraditional Course Credit From An Institution Without Traditional Academic Terms If a student-athlete begins a nontraditional course after the two-year college's spring commencement exercises, the course should be considered summer credit, regardless of how it is classified by the offering institution. If a student-athlete begins a nontraditional course before the two-year college's spring commencement exercises but completes the course after the commencement exercises, the course should be considered summer credit.
Nonqualifier Who Received a Fully Approved Initial-Eligibility Waiver A nonqualifier who previously received a fully approved initial-eligibility waiver (e.g., obvious waiver, automatic waiver, waiver approved by NCAA staff) to permit athletically related financial aid, practice and competition in the initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment is considered a qualifier for purposes of the application of the two-year college transfer requirements.