Many high school athletes dream of becoming an Olympian or professional athlete; parents dream of their child earning a college athletic scholarship, unfortunately, this is a difficult and often unrealistic goal. Our athletic programs emphasize commitment, discipline, and character. However, the academic program is a priority with athletics serving as a valuable companion. These two, coupled with the school’s values, help develop the complete student-athlete.
The specific coach, Athletic Director, and the entire athletic department will support every student-athlete deserving of an athletic scholarship. Our coaches will do everything necessary to assist qualified athletes in their pursuit of a college scholarship. However, we will not emphasize winning at all cost or featuring one player over another to establish records, statistics, or the like. Certain athletes with the potential of earning a college scholarship will be evident. Others simply wish to use athletics as a tool to assist in the admissions process to gain entrance to desired institutions.
Please keep these statistics in mind when thinking of college athletic scholarships:
- 98 of 100 high school athletes will never play in college.
- 1 out of every 1000 high school athletes will receive a Division I scholarship.
- Scholarships are limited at the Division II level.
- No athletic scholarships are offered at the Division III level.
All college freshmen planning to compete in athletics on Division I or II Level must be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was established as a separate organization by the NCAA member institutions in January 1993. The Clearinghouse ensures consistent interpretation of NCAA initial eligibility requirements for all prospective student-athletes at all member institutions.
Students start the process at the beginning of their senior year by picking up the Student Release Form from the college counseling office. Complete the triplicate form as directed and mail the white copy with the necessary fees. The yellow and pink copies should be given to the La Salle College Counseling Office, which will send the proper forms when mailing transcripts. The final copy is sent with the student’s final semester transcript showing the student has completed graduation requirements.
Community College Athletics
The community colleges do not require NCAA clearinghouse registration. Student-athletes can attend any Community College of choice. We suggest that each student-athlete communicate with the community college coaches to gain valuable information regarding each specific program. Students-athletes must write a letter of interest or make telephone contact with a community college coach first. Once the student-athlete has made the initial contact, the coaches are allowed to speak to the student as often as needed.
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? Why is it Important?
The NCAA Eligibility Center took over operations for the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse in November 2007. The Eligibility Center certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all students who want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution as freshmen. In order to practice, play and receive an athletics scholarship, students need to meet certain academic benchmarks. An additional certification process exists to make sure the student is still an amateur, which is necessary in order for the student to compete. Students must register at NCAA Eligibility Center.
Path to the Student-Athlete Experience
If student-athletes wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, they need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students need to qualify academically and will also need to be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. Students are responsible for achieving and protecting their eligibility status!
For a Complete List of NCAA Courses
Visit NCAA Eligibility Center and enter the site as an NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete. Navigate to the “Resources” tab, click “U.S. Students” and then “List of NCAA Courses.” Follow the prompts to search for your high school’s list by name.
Student-Athlete Checklist for College-Bound Student-Athletes
- Register at the beginning of your junior year at NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Ask your high school counselor to send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.
- Take the ACT or SAT and use the code “9999” to have your official scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Check with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class and have the required amount of core courses. Finally amateurism certification during your senior year (beginning April 1).
- Ask your high school counselor to submit your final transcript with proof of graduation.