If you want to play at the college level, there is more than just your athletic ability to consider.  First, you need to make sure you meet the NCAA* eligibility requirements and second, you need to know (and follow) the rules.

Eligibility requirements are fairly simple and straightforward:

1. You must meet minimum academic standards: Graduate from high school, earning a minimum GPA in core course requirements and earn a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT.

2. You must meet amateurism criteria: High school juniors are encouraged to register at the eligibility center, answering a series of questions to determine their amateur status.

There are also official rules involved with the recruiting process.  Things like when you can have contact with a college coach, what is contact, when you can make an official visit and even how many phone calls you can have with a recruiting coach.

These requirements and rules are put into place to protect student athletes and the integrity of college sports.  Ensuring your eligibility and following the rules are just as important as training and playing well in your sport and it is your responsibility to ensure you know and follow the rules.  If you do not, it doesn’t matter how good you are in your sport, you won’t see college playing time if you are excluded from recruitment.

*This blog entry focuses on NCAA rules and regulations, which governs a larger majority of college athletic teams.  If you plan to play at a smaller college, the NAIA may be the governing body over their sports teams and has its own rules and regulations.

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