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1 NCAA and College Athletics Matt Gruhler Assistant Director of Admissions St. Martins University Matt Stevens Counselor Timberline High School

2 General Overview NCAA –Divisions I, II, III Recruiting Process NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center –Formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse

3 NCAA Divisions Division I –329 schools –FBS, FCS, and non-football –Offer Athletic Scholarships –More scholarships available –Have more sports required (7-m, 7-w) –Attendance requirements (FBS teams) Division II –282 schools –Offer Athletic scholarships –More restrictions on # of scholarships –Require certain # of sports (5- m, 5-w) Division III –422 schools –No athletic scholarships –Require certain # of sports (5-m, 5-w) –Focus is on participation and enhancing SA experience

4 Pacific Northwest D-1 Schools AlaskaIdahoMontana Boise St. University Idaho St. University University of Idaho Montana St.University University of Montana OregonWashington Oregon St. University Portland St.University University of Oregon University of Portland Eastern Wa University Gonzaga University Univ. of Washington Washington St. Univ. (from

5 Northwest/Rocky Mountain D-2 Schools Colorado New Mexico Washington Adams State College CO Christian University CO School of Mines CO State Univ. – Pueblo Ft Lewis College Mesa State College Metropolitan State College Regis University Univ. of CO – CO Springs Univ. of Northern CO Western State College of CO Eastern NM University NM Highlands University Western NM University Central WA University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University St Martins University Western WA University Arizona Grand Canyon University Oregon Alaska Western Oregon Univ. Univ. of AK – Anchorage Univ. of AK – Fairbanks Idaho Northwest Nazarene Univ. (from

6 Northwest/Rocky Mountain D-3 Schools WashingtonOregonColorado Pacific Lutheran Univ. Univ. of Puget Sound Whitman University Whitworth University Eastern Oregon Univ. George Fox University Lewis and Clark College Linfield College Pacific University Willamette University Colorado College (from

7 NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Founded in 1937, the NAIA has 283 schools and Thousands of athletes. MontanaWashingtonOregon Carroll CollegeThe Evergreen State CollegeCascade College Univ. of Great FallsNorthwest UniversityConcordia University MSU-NorthernCorban College Montana TechIdahoEastern Oregon U Univ. of Montana-WesternAlbertson CollegeOregon Inst. of Tech Rocky Mountain CollegeLewis & Clark St Southern Oregon U Warner Pacific Coll

8 Estimated Probability of Competing Beyond H.S. Level Student/AthleteFootball Mens Basketball Womens Basketball HS Student/Athlete 983,600549,500456,900 HS Senior Student/Athlete 281,000157,000130,500 NCAA Freshman Positions 16,2004,5004,100 NCAA Athletes Drafted Percent HS to NCAA Percent HS to Professional

9 The Myth of the Full $ Ride SportUWWWUSPUSUSMU Mens BB Womens BB Mens Soccer Volleyball12346 (stats from HECB) 4 -Cost of Attendance at State schools vs Private schools affects the $$$ amount of your scholarship

10 The Recruitment Process There are two reasons high school students do not get recruited: 1.They are not good enough. 2.The right college coaches who may need their talent have not heard of them.

11 Three Step Process Assess Athletic Ability (high school or club coach) Identify Appropriate Colleges (find the right fit) Communicate with the college coach (phone, or letter)

12 Student Questions for their High School/Club Coach How good do you think I am? What level and size school do you recommend? What colleges and college coaches do you know? Do you have any search suggestions? Might I have problems at the collegiate level? Could you prepare a letter of recommendation? Would you be willing to contact college coaches on my behalf?

13 Recruiting Process Prospective Student Athlete –Anyone who has started classes for the 9 th grade Sophomore year (D1 only) –Camp brochures, questionnaires –No phone calls from coaches –No off-campus contact by coaches

14 Recruiting Process (cont.) Junior Year –Recruiting Materials (includes s) Sept. 1st (DI/DII) –MBB – June 15 DIII – anytime –Phone calls Mens Basketball –1x per month starting June 15 th thru July 31st after his Junior year Womens Basketball –1x per month in April, May, June 1-20, June –3x in July (no more than 1x per week) Football –1 call from April 15 th thru May 31 st No limit on # of calls or when made (DIII) –No off-campus contact by coaches –Register w/NCAA Initial Eligibility Center (summer after junior year)

15 Recruiting Process (cont.) Senior Year (D1 and D2) –Recruiting Materials –Telephone calls D1 – varies per sport –FB (1x week after 9/1) –MBB (2x week starting 8/1) –WBB (1x week starting 8/1) D2 – 1x week starting June 15 th –Off Campus Contacts D1 (MBB – 9/9, WBB – 9/16, FB – 11/27) D2 (All Sports – 6/15) D3 (All Sports – after Junior year)

16 Recruiting Process (cont.) Text Messaging –Banned at all levels now Unofficial Visits –Unlimited #, at your own expense Official Visits –Starting 1 st day of class senior year –Can be paid for by school Travel, lodging, entertainment, etc… –Limits to the # of visits 1 per school 5 visits total

17 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center Formerly NCAA Clearinghouse –Oversight of certification, NLIs, waivers, amateurism, and anything to do with initial enrollees All DI/DII student athletes must apply Decides freshman eligibility

18 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) Main Components –High School Graduation –Core Course Completion –Minimum GPA in Core Courses –Test Scores –Amateurism

19 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) High School Graduation –Official transcripts with proof of graduation must be sent –GED tests can also be used to satisfy graduation requirement

20 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) Core Course Completion –Classes must appear on high schools approved classes list (48-H form) –Only 9 th -12 th grades used –Summer school after 12 th grade DII can DI cant –College courses can count Must be accepted by high school Meet all core course requirement Appear on transcript (DI), college transcript should be sent into Initial Eligibility Center as well

21 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) D1 = 16 core –4 english, 3 math, 2 science, 1 addtl (from english, math, science), 2 social science, 4 extra from any of those areas D2 = 14 core (tuning to 16 in 2013) –3 english, 2 math, 2 science, 2 addtl (from english, math, science), 2 social science, 3 extra from any of those areas

22 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) Core Course GPA Requirement –Best grades in 14 or 16 core classes –Lowest scores accepted = D –Pass/Fail classes can count Assigned schools lowest passing grade –D2 = straight 2.00 or better –D1 = sliding scale based on Test Score

23 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) Test Scores –Before full-time enrollment –No limit on # of times taken –Taken on a national testing date –May use best subscores on different tests –Scores MUST come directly from testing agency (code 9999) –Writing component is not used

24 NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.) Test Scores –D2 = 820 (SAT) and 68 (ACT) –D1 = sliding scale with Core GPA Rule of thumb = for every.025 GPA increase, test score requirement goes down 10 (SAT) and 1 (ACT)

25 What should I be doing? JUNIOR YEAR –Register with the eligibility center. –Make sure you are still on course to meet core-course requirements (verify you have the correct number of core courses and that the core courses are on your high school's 48-H with the eligibility center). –After your junior year, have your high school guidance counselor send a copy of your transcript. If you have attended any other high schools, make sure a transcript is sent to the eligibility center from each high school. –When taking the ACT or SAT, request test scores to be sent to the eligibility center (the code is "9999"). –Begin your amateurism questionnaire.

26 What should I be doing? (cont) SENIOR YEAR –When taking the ACT or SAT, request test scores to be sent to the eligibility center (the code is "9999"). –Complete amateurism questionnaire and sign the final authorization signature online on or after April 1 if you are expecting to enroll in college in the fall semester. (If you are expecting to enroll for spring semester, sign the final authorization signature on or after October 1 of the year prior to enrollment.) –Have your high school guidance counselor send a final transcript with proof of graduation to the eligibility center.

27 NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility Process Go to and click prospective student athlete link. Go to the Domestic Student Release link and fill out the form. Print two copies of the Student Release Form. Give Copies #1 and #2 to guidance office (copy #1 is sent with 6 th semester transcript while copy #2 is sent with final transcript upon graduation). Have ACT/SAT scores sent to the Clearinghouse (#9999)

28 Qualifier –Met all requirements –Practice –Compete –Travel –Receive athletic scholarship Partial Qualifier –Graduated –Met either test score or GPA, but not both –Only in D2 –Practice –Receive athletic scholarship –No competition, and no travelNon-Qualifier –Did not graduate –Did not meet # of required core courses, GPA, or Test score (D2), sliding scale (D1) –No Practice –No Competition –No Athletic Scholarship NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center (cont.)

29 NAIA Eligibility Requirements An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry level requirements: –A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT (on the Critical Reading and Math Sections combined). –An overall high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. –Graduate in the upper half of the student's high school graduating class.

30 Information Student-Athletes Need to Know NCAA Approved Courses What their transcript looks like How to calculate NCAA Core GPA How to complete the Clearinghouse Form How to develop a pin number Where can I get help? DEADLINES, DEADLINES, DEADLINES

31 Recruiting Advice Do not hesitate to call or coaches. If you dont, someone else is. BE PROACTIVE! Use . It gives the coach the ability to contact on their own time. Do some research on your own. You can get a good feel for the school/team/coach by looking at their website. Use contact time wisely – Prepare a list of good questions. Answer the questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. Beyond yes, no, and um. There are no dumb questions. Get to know the coaches and see how youd feel being with them for four years. They want to talk with the student and get an idea about who they are – not the parents!

32 RESOURCES High School Coaches High School Guidance Office College Coaches College Compliance Directors NCAA Initial Eligibility website –was Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

33 Matt Gruhler Assistant Director of Admissions Saint Martins University

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