Sign Up for NCAA Athlete Clearinghouse

 Sign Up for NCAA Athlete Clearinghouse

One of the things I am now learning is just because your high school child plays extracurricular activities, it does not guarantee the student an athletic  scholarship or a full ride to a division I, II or III school. It is in the best interest of the student to sign up with the NCAA for a fee of $60 to assist them and the parent with their college experience. I strongly suggest parents who have students in the ninth grade who want their children to participate in college sports or to at least get an opportunity to go professional to start the application process early. That would include monitering their child’s classes and making sure the child is taking the right courses to compete with the pool of active applicants who may have dreamed about going to college all of their natural born lives. You do not have until the child’s 12 grade year to begin your scholarship search. Plus early birds get the worms……I keep telling my husband and teenage son this but for some reason they are lost with this due to their oversize egos and love of football. However, it has not stop me from planning what our child’s objectives are after high school and what will plan B is if the sports opportunity doesn’t pan out. I am the type of parent that believe early planning is required and it is not an option to leave all of the decision making to the teen who has been shelter, clothe and supported by you his/her entire life. It is in the best interest of the parent to start asking questions early on, otherwise you are more than likely going to be sitting there holding that darling child’s hand after they pack away their graduation gown. There is alway the Air Force Academy to consider when all else fails especially if you know within your heart of hearts that you did not prepared for sending your kid to college. Nowadays parents must look at all of their options to get their children an college education.

The first question to ask yourself : What am I grooming my child to become as the child become an adult before your very eyes? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Are they college material? Do my kid want to go to college or start a business? Many parent wait until the child is about to graduate and than start talking about things that sound foreign to the child. Example: When are you moving out on your own because you just turn 18 years old? Are you going to get a job? What are you plans for the future? Those were some of the questions some of us faced within our own homes growing up. Some of our parents did not ask any questions at all they just assumed that your going to move out once you turn 18 years old or graduate from high school. Now do you want to repeat that pattern or do you want to guide your child in another direction?

It can be stressful at the dinner table when approaching the topics of a child’s future. Believe me I am stunned at the dumbfounded responses I have recieved from both of my boys when my husband and I asked questions. They begin to look like the lad in this picture when you start asking questions about school choices and their future. They would prefer to be playing video games and enjoying the fruits of your labor if given the opportunity…..that is why they are call kids. I can’t stress enough to my own lad. It is a lot easier to think your a man when your living in a man’s house. I don’t believe it is in the best interest of a child to give them a false sense of adulthood when they are growing into adulthood under your roof.

The rules still apply in our crib in regardless of your 18 year old status…..we simply don’t care if your 18 years old because we still have to take of you unless of course your moving out into your own dwelling. Than we can come over to your crib, kick our feet up, eat your food, wash ourselves in your showers and enjoy the fruits of your labor. I love that line…! There is only one man of our home and that is the king of my castle who holds it down for his family. Don’t give up, keep pushing because at the end of the day you might have to make the final decision about your child’s future to help push and guide them into adulthood. Ask our oldest child and he will tell you he did not have any choices…! But he did have many options that he choose not to excercise when given the opportunity. He left us no choice but to enroll him in the Air Force Academy and boy we are glad we made that decision. He will graduate May 2010 as an officer with a job. What he chooses to do with the rest of his life is entirely on him.

just being an silly teenager Sign Up for NCAA Athlete Clearinghouse

If you want to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman, you must first register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Refer to the NCAA Academic Eligibility section to determine the initial-eligibility standards that apply to you. If you don’t register you will not be eligible to play or practice during your freshman year.

Athletes who want to compete at College level must file a form with the NCAA Clearinghouse. This form is available from your high school counseling office. International students can Email me for free advice on how to register. Registration is a one-time fee of $50 US. or $75 US for international students

Athletes basically have 5 “College years” to complete 4 years of athletic eligibility Students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements or fail to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse will almost certainly lose one of those years.

Initial Eligibility Requirements The NCAA Clearinghouse will verify your eligibility.

Students must graduate from High School and have a grade point average {GPA} of 2.00 in a core curriculum of 16 academic subjects for Division I and 14 for division II.

It is recommended that student athletes should register with the NCAA clearinghouse at the start of their junior year in high school, There is no actual registration deadline, but you must be cleared by the clearinghouse before you can receive a  scholarship or compete in your sport

Remember that the higher your GPA, the lower ACT or SAT. score is needed; this works both ways of course, the lower your GPA then the higher ACT or SAT. score must be.

A landmark academic reform package has been put together by the NCAA that is expected to dramatically improve the academic results of student-athletes and holds schools and sports teams accountable for it’s implementation.

Once the NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT is signed it is binding on the college or university, not a coach or team. It is binding for only one college academic year. The NLI in itself does not guarantee an athlete a place on the team or playing time.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA, has estimated that the chances of competing in your chosen sport at the college level is not great.

IMPORTANT: The NCAA Clearinghouse is now called the NCAA Eligibility center.

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