The recruiting game is heating up as some sports seasons are finishing up and others are getting started, coaches are evaluating what they need for the future. Below are some initial steps to get you in the game. For Canadian student-athletes most University options are presented by USports and NCAA.
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USPORTS Central – usportscentral.ca/StudentCentre
All recruits or prospective student-athletes should begin their registration by selecting the PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE tab. In the sport of football, a Prospective Student-Athlete must register with U SPORTS Central prior to making an official visit to a U SPORTS university. In all other sports, registration will be required prior to signing a Letter Of Intent or participating for that university.
- Academic requirements vary from university to university
- Note from Captain Obvious: the better your grades, the more opportunities you will have
New NCAA Division I Requirements as of August 1, 2016
You must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
- Complete 16 core courses:
- Four years of English
- Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
- One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
- Two years of social science
- Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
- Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
- Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.
It is important to know these changes and share them with coaches, counsellors and teachers if you are pursuing being a student-athlete. There is greater emphasis on the student demonstrating their academic abilities by their 7th semester and then not being able to repeat or upgrade courses to improve.
NOTE: changes will be coming to Division II requirements in August, 2018