For student athletes interested in getting athletic scholarships from NCCA sports programs, there are some rules and regulations they need to be aware of. The most important thing is eligibility. In order to qualify for any scholarships, students must be and stay eligible. Next it is important to understand proper recruitment rules.The first step to being eligible is meeting certain academic requirements. First off, students must graduate with a high school diploma with a minimum GPA that varies depending on what division you are looking to get a scholarship for. Likewise, there are minimum scores for either the SAT or ACT that student athletes must meet.
Second, student athletes need to meet requirements of amateurism. Because college athletics are all amateur sports, those wishing to play in them must be amateurs. This means that they may never have played previously in exchange for compensation. It also means that student athletes may not accept compensation from schools that are trying to recruit them. Violations of amateurism are taken seriously and can jeopardize a student’s chance to play in the NCAA.
In order to protect student athletes from over aggressive recruiters, there a number of limits in place for when and how often students can be contacted. Make sure to follow these rules even if schools or recruiters are not. Any violation has the potential of costing an athlete their scholarship even if it isn’t his or her fault. Make sure to understand the rules, as there are periods when schools can contact an athlete, but there are often dead periods where no contact is allowed. Getting a scholarship can be jeopardized by a number of regulations. For that reason, it is important to be an educated and proactive student athlete to increase one's chances of getting an athletic scholarship and decreasing the risk of being ineligible to receive one.