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1 Ramapo HS & Indian Hills HS Presented by John K. Heck, Jr. Assistant Director of Compliance Rutgers University

2 AGENDA Introduction – Why Are We Here? Different NCAA Divisions General Eligibility Rules NCAA Initial Eligibility Center (formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse) Win-Win is the Goal NCAA Recruiting Rules Financial Aid

3 NCAA SCHOOLS NCAA colleges and universities are divided into three divisions; Division I, Division II and Division III. Diversity within the Divisions (big schools, small schools, different sports). Difference between Divisions Mission/Philosophy Rules Emphasis on competition (i.e., national, regional) National championships Athletic scholarships

4 General Athletic Eligibility Admissions Amateurism NCAA 5-year rule (Division I), 10 semester rule (Divisions II and III) Transfer Rules Mike Flynt (Sul Ross State University) DIII NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements

5 Admissions All NCAA Divisions Student-Athletes must be admitted as a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student Student-Athletes may be admitted under special exception

6 Why does the Eligibility Center Exist? To certify a student-athlete’s initial eligibility to practice, compete and to receive institutional aid during his/her first year of enrollment at a NCAA Division I or II school. The NCAA Initial Eligibility Center now certifies prospective student- athlete amateur status Students should only register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center if they are planning to participate at a NCAA Division I or II school.

7 Amateurism Who needs to be certified? Any individual enrolling at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution for the first time. This includes: Domestic prospects International prospects Transfer student-athletes Two-year institution Four-year institution NAIA institution Foreign institution NCAA Division III institution

8 Scope of Amateurism Questionnaire QUESTION 1 – Agent issues. QUESTION 2 – Pre-enrollment issues. QUESTION 3 – Post-enrollment issues. QUESTION 4 – Organized-competition issues.

9 NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements Does not apply to Division III schools DIII student-athletes need only meet admission requirements and full-time enrollment to be eligible to practice and compete during first year Applies to NCAA Division I & II schools

10 NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements - continued During first year at a NCAA Division I or II school, student-athlete must meet these requirements in order to be: Eligible to receive institutional aid Eligible to practice on a varsity team Eligible to compete on a varsity team Eligible for 4 seasons on competition

11 NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY TERMS Qualifier: High school graduate Presents specific academic qualifications (i.e., minimum core GPA and corresponding test score) Can practice and compete during first year at Division I or II school Has four (4) seasons of competition at a NCAA Division I or II school Is eligible to receive institutional financial aid during his or her first year at Division I or II school Nonqualifier: Not a high school graduate and/or Does not present specific academic qualifications (i.e., minimum core GPA and corresponding test score) Can not practice or compete first year at Division I or II school Has three (3) seasons of competition at a NCAA Division I or II school only after satisfying an academic year in residence at a four-year college/university Is not eligible to receive institutional financial aid during his or her first year at Division I or II school. Eligible for need-based financial aid only. Non-qualifier awarded a 4 th season upon completing 80% of degree prior to his or her 5 th year

12 NCAA INITIAL ELIGIBILITY TERMS NCAA Core-Course: Recognized academic course which qualifies for high-school graduation credit in one or a combination of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science, Social Science, Foreign Language or Non-Doctrinal Religion/Philosophy Must be considered college preparatory Math courses must be at the level of Algebra I or higher Taught by a qualified instructor Course must be taught at or above high school’s regular academic level 48H – List of approved core courses for a specific high school

13 Example 48H List (Ramapo HS) ENGLISH English 1 English 1/H English 2 English 2/H English 3 English 3/H English 3 American Studies English 4 English 4/AP Humanities College Reading Drama/Theatre Art NAT/PHYS SCIENCE Biology Biology 2 CP Biology/AP Biology/H Chemcom Chemistry Chemisty/AP Chemistry/H AP Physics B Course AP Physics C Course Astronomy Earth Science Physical Science Physics MATHEMATICS Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Geometry Calculus Calculus AB Calculus BC Multivariable Calculus H Precalc. Math Statistics & College Algebra

14 Example 48H List (Indian Hills HS) ENGLISH Comm Msg/Media Drama/Theatre Art English 1 English 2 English 3 English 4 English 4 FDU Humanities Journalism Writers Workshop NAT/PHYS SCIENCE Astronomy Biology Biology 2 Biology/AP Chemistry Chemistry/AP Crime Scene Invest. Geo-Physical Systems U.P. Human Anatomy Physics Physics B/AP Physics C/AP MATHEMATICS Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Calculus Calculus AB Calculus BC Geometry Int Math 1/Fund of Alg 1 Pt 1 Int Math 2/Fund of Alg 1 Pt 2 Int Math 3/Fund of Geometry Int Math 4/Fund of Alg 2

15 Four Parts of Initial Eligibility High School Graduation Minimum core grade-point average Minimum Sum ACT or SAT test score Completion of 16 core course distribution

16 Minimum Core Grade-Point Average Pluses and minuses Weighted honors or advanced courses may be used Core grade-point average based on 16 best grades Pass-Fail grades Repeated courses Attendance at multiple high schools

17 Minimum Sum ACT or SAT test score SAT (only verbal and math scores used to determine initial eligibility) Test-Score Limitation Combined Test Scores Nonstandard Test Administration

18 Completion of 16 core course distribution Core-Curriculum Time Limitation (grades 9 through 12) Courses taken after 12th grade (e.g., summer school) Courses taken in a repeated term Students with Learning Disabilities Nontraditional Courses College Courses Courses for Student with Disabilities

19 Courses for Students With Disabilities High-school courses - even if such courses appear to be taught at a level below the high school's regular academic instructional level (e.g., special education courses) If the high-school principal submits a written statement to the NCAA indicating that the courses are substantially comparable, quantitatively and qualitatively, to similar core course offerings in that academic discipline The courses appear on the high-school's list of approved core courses. Students with disabilities still must complete the required core courses and achieve the minimum required grade-point average in this core curriculum. The fact that the title of a course includes a designation such as "remedial," "special education," "special needs," or other similar titles used for courses designed for students with learning disabilities does not, in and of itself, disqualify a course from satisfying core-curriculum requirements.

20 Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities Common Questions 1. What initial eligibility requirements must a student diagnosed with a learning disability meet? Same as all other students, but they are permitted to use approved accommodations. 2. Who is eligible to use the approved accommodations? Those who have obtained the ability to use non-standardized test scores from a testing agency (ACT or SAT). Those with a diagnosed disability who are receiving accommodations from their high school.

21 What Accommodations May be Used? 1. SAT or ACT scores Nonstandardized scores (untimed, test reading, etc.) Approval must be obtained through testing agency 2. Core Curriculum Credits for course work specifically designed for students with disabilities Specific to each high school Course MUST appear on approved course listing 3. Time limitation for completion of core courses Division I only Can complete all courses prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment (e.g. including time after completion of 12 th grade) Division II already has this provision included in bylaws

22 Division I - 16 Core Course Breakdown 4 years of English 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher) 2 years of natural / physical science (1 lab course) 1 additional year of English, math, or nat./phys. Science 2 years of social science 4 additional courses English Mathematics Natural / physical science Social science Foreign language Non-doctrinal religion or philosophy

23 Division I GPA / Test Score Scale Core GPASAT ScoreSum ACT Score & above ABBREVIATED VERSION OF SLIDING SCALE

24 Division II - 14 Core Course Breakdown 3 years of English 2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher) 2 years of natural / physical science (1 lab course) 2 additional years of English, math, or nat./phys. Science 2 years of social science 3 additional courses English Mathematics Natural / physical science Social science Foreign language Non-doctrinal religion or philosophy

25 Division II GPA / Test Score Scale DOES NOT EXIST GPA in 14 core courses Minimum combined SAT score of 820 or SUM ACT score of 68 If student meets one of the above but not both, he/she may practice with the team at home facilities and receive athletics aid, but MAY NOT compete or travel during initial year of enrollment. ONLY FOR DIVISION II.

26 Preparing to be certified by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center Freshman year through senior year Students should register for high school courses in accordance with: Your high school’s graduation requirements. Appropriate college-prep courses. NCAA core-course requirements. NCAA core-course time limitation (only courses completed 9th grade 12 grade). Sophomore and Junior years Students should take the PSAT, SAT or ACT. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center by selecting code This is FREE for students. Sending scores later costs $$$$.

27 Continuing Preparation After Junior year Register with NCAA Eligibility Center Preliminary certification completed upon receipt of six-semester transcript sent directly from the high school. The Eligibility Center will not accept a transcript that is sent by the prospect or the prospect’s parents. The Eligibility Center will not accept a faxed copy of a prospect’s transcript. If a high-school student attended more than one high school, the Eligibility Center will need a copy of each high school’s transcript. Exception: the Eligibility Center will accept a high school transcript with credits and grades from multiple high schools if the schools are in the same school district and the Eligibility Center has documentation that this is the school district’s policy. The Eligibility Center registration fee is $60 for U.S. students and $85 for foreign students.

28 Final Preparations Early Senior year Students should audit/reconcile high school transcripts and respective preliminary Eligibility Center certification to determine deficiencies in satisfying the NCAA core-course requirement, core- course grade point average and test score. Test-score time limitation. Post Graduation Review final high school transcripts very carefully before sending to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center (i.e., date of high school graduation included, ensure course titles on transcript are consistent with course titles on high school’s 48H that is on file at the Eligibility Center.

29 Transcript Accuracy is Vital!!! Once the NCAA Eligibility Center receives a final transcript, a revised transcript may not be used. All transcript changes after graduation must be handled through the initial-eligibility waiver process. The NCAA Eligibility Center MUST receive a transcript from each high school the student attended (even for summer classes).

30 Changes to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements Division I 2008 and after 16 Core Courses Division II 2005 and after 14 Core Courses

31 Changes to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements Core-Curriculum Time Limitation Must graduate with high school class (8 semesters from start of 9 th grade). Can use one additional core course completed within one year following graduation. If student does not graduate with class, he/she can not use additional core course. Core Courses increase from 14 to 16 As of graduating class of 2008

32 Changes to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements (cont.) Early Academic Certification for Initial Eligibility Center Must have achieved 3.0 core GPA through 13 completed core courses; 3 - English, 2 - Math, 2 - Natural/Physical Science, 6 – Additional; 1000 SAT or; 85 ACT

33 JUCO Transfers Qualifier A JUCO transfer who was certified as a qualifier may participate as long as he/she has passed an average of 12 credits with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA during each full time semester of enrollment. May be eligible immediately at second institution. 5 year clock starts upon first term of full-time JUCO Non Qualifier A JUCO transfer who was not certified as a qualifier must graduate from the JUCO The student must pass a minimum of 48 transferrable credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 Must transfer in 2 English courses and 1 Math course May be eligible immediately at second institution 5 year clock starts upon first term of full-time JUCO

34 NCAA Recruiting Rules Principles Governing Recruiting Telephone Calls Off-Campus Contacts Evaluations Recruiting Materials Official Visits

35 Recruiting Principles Eligibility Effects of Recruiting Violation Usually results in the prospective student-athlete becoming ineligible Entertainment Entertainment can not be excessive and must be comparable to that of normal student life Permits entertainment of prospect and parents or spouse (i.e., during Official Visits) Prohibits entertainment of other relatives or friends Off-Campus Recruiting Only college coaches can recruit off campus Recruiting by Representative of Athletics Interests Booster ban

36 Telephone Calls When can college coaches contact me by telephone? Football – One call in between April 15 th and May 31 st of prospect’s junior year, then only one call per week after September 1 st of senior year (except football coaches can make unlimited calls during their contact periods). Men’s Basketball – One call per month starting on or after June 15 th of sophomore year through July 31 st of the prospect’s junior year in high school. Starting August 1 st before start of senior year, two calls per week. Women’s Basketball – One call during each of the months of April and May of junior year. One call can be made on or after June 1 st thru June 20 th and one call can be made on or after June 21 st thru June 30 th after the prospect’s junior year. In addition only three calls in July, with not more than one call per week. After July one phone call per week All other sports – Can start July 1 st after junior year and generally only one phone call per week. All sports - A prospect or his or her parent may call a college coach at his or her own expense as often as they wish.

37 Off-Campus Contacts Earliest date a college coach can contact (i.e., face- to-face encounter) me off-campus contact? July 1 st following the PSA’s Jr. year in HS for most sports. How many times may a coach contact me off- campus? – Three (3) in my senior year

38 Evaluations An evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to access academic qualification or athletic ability of a prospect, including any visit to a high school. A coach can evaluate high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors within their sport’s respective recruiting calendar.

39 Recruiting Material Coaches are permitted to send printed materials to prospects, coaches of prospects or any other individuals responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospect is involved. Earliest date to send recruiting materials to prospects: Men’s Basketball – On or after June 15 of prospect’s sophomore year All other sports – September 1 of prospect’s junior year Recruiting material that may be sent to prospects before September 1 of the prospect’s junior year: Camp brochures NCAA produced Educational Information (e.g., Guide to College Bound Student-Athletes). Questionnaires

40 Official Visits An official visit is an expense paid visit to a college campus A prospect is allowed one official visit to a particular college A prospect may only take 5 official visits to a Division I or II college during his/her senior year The earliest a prospect may take an official visit is the first day of classes of his or her senior year A prospect can not take an official visit prior to a high school contest on the same day of the high school contest Academic Requirements for Official Visit A PSAT, SAT, or ACT Test Score Academic Transcript Registration for the NCAA Eligibility Center

41 Am I being Recruited? Are college coaches in the stands? Are they asking your high school coach for film? Are you receiving letters or other recruiting materials? If Yes, how frequent? Receiving regular phone calls (you or your high school coach)? Has a college coach made a face-to-face contact with you off-campus (at your high school or your home)? Been invited for an official paid visit?

42 National Letter of Intent and Athletics Scholarships National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a voluntary agreement that a prospect signs to signify his or her commitment to attend a college or university. Prospect must also be awarded an athletics grant-in-aid at the time he or she signs the NLI agreement. Agreement – College awards the prospect a scholarship for an academic year. The prospect agrees to attend that college for one academic year. There are penalties if the prospect does not fulfill his or her part of the agreement Benefits of signing a NLI Secure athletics scholarship for one year No more recruiting stress Negatives of signing a NLI Penalties (loss of eligibility)

43 NLI Signing Dates Sport(s)Initial Signing DateFinal Signing Date Basketball (Early Period)November 12, 2008November 19, 2008 Basketball (Regular Period)April 15, 2009May 20, 2009 Football (Regular Period)February 4, 2009April 1, 2009 Field Hockey, Soccer, Track, Water Polo (Regular Period) February 4, 2009August 1, 2009 All Other Sports (Early Period) November 12, 2008November 19, 2008 All Other Sports (Regular Period) April 8, 2009August 1, 2009

44 Changes to Recruiting Rules Registration with NCAA Initial Eligibility Center a requirement for Official Visits & Athletics Aid Elimination of text messages and instant messenger Use of Myspace and Facebook is limited but permissible

45 Financial Aid What does a full athletics scholarship cover? Tuition and fees, room and board, and required text books. What is the range of athletics scholarships awarded? Athletics scholarships could be for as little as required text books or as much as a full grant-in-aid. However, academic scholarships may be available at the school as well. Can athletics scholarship be awarded for less than two semesters (i.e., academic year)? No, athletics scholarship should be awarded for an academic year. Are athletics scholarship guaranteed for 4 years? No, athletics scholarship must be renewed after each year.

46 Financial Aid Am I eligible for additional financial aid? Are there any restrictions? Sometimes a student-athlete cannot accept a certain type of scholarship because of NCAA limitations. If you will be receiving other scholarships, let the coach and financial aid officer know so they can determine if you may accept additional dollars. Who is financially responsible if I am injured while competing? Ask schools about its insurance policy. Under what circumstances would my scholarship be reduced or canceled? Coaches should be able to give you some idea of how players are evaluated from year to year and how these decisions are made. The institution may have a policy governing renewal of athletics aid. Ask if such a policy exists and read it.

47 Financial Aid Are there academic criteria tied to maintaining the scholarship? Some institutions add academic requirements to scholarships (e.g., minimum grade-point average). What scholarship money is available if I suffer an athletics career-ending injury? Not every institution continues to provide an athletics scholarship to a student-athlete who can no longer compete because of a career-ending injury. Will my scholarship be maintained if there is a change in coaches? A coach may not be able to answer this, but the athletics director may.

48 Win - Win Student-Athlete should view recruiting process as a win - win. Getting as much information as possible Division I school’s graduation rate? Division I school’s APR? School’s policies (summer school, 5 th year, policies for athletics aid, grievance procedure for athletes, etc) Find a link to college/university in addition to the sport and the coach of the team

49 Where will I go to college? Do your Research Visit all types of different schools during sophomore and junior year in HS Meet with or speak with an admissions counselor Speak with current students Know all paperwork and fee deadlines

50 What questions should I ask? Education Majors, minors, general eduation requirements Honors program, internships, etc. Length of are class periods Size of School Student-Teacher ratio Transportation Housing/Social Life Dining Dorms Student Activities/Organizations

51 Any questions? To contact the Rutgers Athletics Office of Compliance, please call (732)


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