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NCAA Information and Requirements for College Athletes (From the JCHS Student Academic Planning Guide):
The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requires students to complete the NCAA Clearinghouse Form to determine eligibility for Division I and Division II schools. Eligibility is determined by grades in core classes (approved by NCAA) and ACT and/or SAT exam scores.
NOTE: *****E2020 courses DO NOT count towards eligibility for NCAA.*****
To register, complete the following steps:
- Go to www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Click on: Create an Account (Division I or II) or Create a Profile Page (Division III or uncertain of where you want to complete)
- Jefferson City High School code - 261560
- Have a credit card ready to pay the $80.00 registration fee (subject to change). You may be eligible for a waiver of the registration fee if you have received a waiver of the SAT or ACT fee. This is not the same as a U.S. state voucher. You must have an authorized high school official (your counselor) submit your fee waiver verification online after you complete your registration.
- Before you register with the NCAA, review the Registration Checklist.
- Make sure you remember the email address you register with and the password or pin you create when you register. You will need this information each time you log into the website. *Please use an email address you check frequently and will use after high school. (Note: At the end of your senior year, your @student.jcschools email account will be deactivated. Therefore, it is wise to use an email address other than the student address supplied to you by JCPS.) Having a valid email address is important to receiving information from the NCAA.
NCAA Initial Eligibility Presentation - This link is an extremely informative presentation with the following topics:
- What is the NCAA?
- What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
- High School Timeline for Grades 9 - 12
- Initial-eligibility requirements
- Division I
- Division II
- Sports Participation
Student 9 - 12 Timeline and Responsibilities:
- Visit with your counselor and discuss the approved JCHS Approved NCAA Courses to make sure you take the correct classes. The link provided also has an example schedule for grades 9 - 12. You may also search the NCAA link specific to each high school by using the code for JCHS (261560) or choosing: Missouri, Jefferson City, Jefferson City High School.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA courses (16).
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Finish your last NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Request your final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (fall enrollees) or Oct. 1 (winter/spring enrollees) in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the eligibilitycenter.org.
Please contact the NCAA when you have questions like these:
• What are the rules and regulations related to initial eligibility?
• What are the rules and regulations related to amateurism?
• What are the regulations about transferring from one college to another?
• What are the rules about athletics scholarships and how can they be reduced or canceled?
• I have an education-impacting disability. Are there any other requirements for me?
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222
317/917-6222 (customer service Monday – Friday, noon – 4 p.m. Eastern time)
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the clearinghouse) will certify the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics.
To assist with this process, the Eligibility Center staff is eager to foster a cooperative environment of education and partnership with high schools, high school coaches and college-bound student-athletes. Ultimately, the individual student-athlete is responsible for achieving and protecting his or her eligibility status.
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136
Customer service hours - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.
Toll-free phone number (U.S. callers) - Customer service line - 877/262-1492
Phone number (international callers) - Customer service line - 317/223-0700
Fax number: 317/968-5100
Other Helpful Websites:
- JCHS Website for Requesting a Transcript - Requesting a transcript from Jefferson City High School (Please do not request the initial, official transcript for the NCAA until after grades have been posted at the end of your junior year. The NCAA wants your inititial transcript to include grades through the end of your junior year. The NCAA requires official transcripts to be sent to them for each high school you have attended. This means that you have to contact any other high school you have attended and have them send your transcripts directly to the NCAA. An official transcript will also need to be sent after you officially graduate from high school. After you request your transcripts and test scores (ACT and/or SAT) to be sent, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure they have received your documents.
- JCHS/NCAA Approved Core Courses - Courses approved by the NCAA for JCHS students
- NCAA.org - Main Website
- Division I Initial-Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet - This link provides Division I Academic Requirements. College-bound student-athletes will need to meet the academic requirements to practice, receive athletic scholarships, and/or complete during their first year.
- Division II Initial-Eligibility Quick Reference Sheet - This link provides Division II Academic Requirements. College-bound student-athletes first enrolling at an NCAA Division II school on or after August 1, 2018, need to meet new academic rules to practice, complete and receive athletic scholarships during their first year.
- Website Registration Checklist - Take your first step to becoming an NCAA student-athlete at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Initial-eligibility brochure - If you want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II school, start by registering for a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility enter at eligibilitycenter.org. If you want to play Division III sports or you aren't sure where you want to compete, start by creating a Profile Page at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete - Your NCAA guide from A - Z
- National Letter of Intent - Signing Dates
- NAIA Eligibility Website - If your decision is to play within the NAIA, please use this link.
- NAIA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete - Your NAIA guide from A - Z
- National Junior College Athletic Association - NJCAA Information
- Affordable Colleges Online - Balancing School and College Sports: Extensive list of tips on how to juggle schoolwork with sports, benefits student athletes receive, and student athletes' rights