NCAA and NAIA Information
The initial eligibility requirements for college bound student-athletes hoping to compete at the NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 level is changing for students entering college after August 1, 2016. Below is a list of resources to help parents and coaches understand the transition in requirements.
- NCAA Initial Eligibility Brochure
- NCAA College Bound Student Athlete Guide
- NCAA Eligibility Center
- NAIA Eligibility Center
NCAA Initial-Eligibility RegistrationHigh school student-athletes who plan to participate in future inter-collegiate athletic competition, especially at the Division I and Division II levels, must monitor the continuing development of their academic eligibility credentials as set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and register these credentials with the NCAA Eligibility Center beginning in their junior year of high school. Note: Division III colleges are not monitored by the NCAA’s initial eligibility requirements and do not require registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Contact your Division III college or university regarding its policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.
Five Steps toward being cleared academically by the NCAA Eligibility Center for initial Division I and Division II intercollegiate athletic competition as an entering collegiate freshman:Step Zero:
Visit the NCAA website to learn how to register.
Throughout your high school years, monitor closely your successful completion of required NCAA academic core courses by comparing your courses of study with those NCAA-approved academic core courses listed on pages seven and eight of the Hempfield High School Curriculum Guide.
Beginning with the class of 2016, Division I and II participation requires successful completion of 16 core courses in specific curricular areas. A minimum 2.30 NCAA core-course GPA is required for both Division I and II participation. Your core-course GPA, established by the NCAA Eligibility Center, will differ from your cumulative Hempfield High School unweighted GPA.
During your junior year in high school, student-athletes will need to complete an online registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Go online to www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on “Enter Here” under “NCAA College-Bound Student-Athletes”. To create your initial-eligibility account, either click on the “New Account” button at the top right of the screen or the cell phone on the left side of the screen. You will need to provide a valid email address, one that will be active after you complete high school. You will be completing requested basic information about yourself, your high school(s) of attendance during your high school career, and the sport(s) you plan to participate in at an NCAA Division I or II college/university. The Eligibility Center will also ask about the high school and/or club teams you have been a part of and events you have participated in during your high school career.
As needed in completing the “My Coursework” section, your current high school information is as follows: Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Avenue, Landisville, PA 17538 Note: If you have attended more than one school (including summer school) during grades 9-12, you will have to have this information for any additional schools ready as well.
Your account can only be processed with payment of an application fee, payable online as you register with a credit card, debit card or e-check. (A fee waiver is available if you have been granted a fee waiver for either the SAT I or ACT exams.)
Plan on taking the SAT I and/or the ACT college entrance exam beginning the second semester of your junior year. The combined sum score of only the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT I exam are used to establish your NCAA academic qualification on a sliding scale comparing your minimum SAT sum score requirement with your NCAA core course GPA.
A sum score of the English, Mathematics, Reading and Science portions of the ACT exam is used to establish your NCAA academic qualification on a sliding scale comparing your minimum ACT sum score requirement with your NCAA core course GPA.
The minimum score sum requirements for the SAT I and ACT exams differ for Division I and Division II qualification.
When registering for either the SAT I or ACT exams, input the NCAA Eligibility Center’s code of 9999 to make sure that you meet the requirement of having the exam score reported directly to the Eligibility Center from the College Board (SAT) or ACT testing center. Scores listed on and reported through your Hempfield High School grade transcript are not acceptable.
At the conclusion of your junior year of high school, request to have your official Grade 9-11 grade transcript sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all schools attended. Hempfield High School transcripts are released only through a student-athlete’s completion of a Transcript Release Form available in the Franklin Counseling Office in the high school AND making completing the transcript release process in Naviance. Note: This filed Transcript Release Form will also serve as a student-athlete’s request to have their final transcript (after graduation) sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center, completing the required submission to the Eligibility Center of all academic core course credits completed in high school.
On or shortly after April 1 of your senior year, you will need to access your personal Eligibility Center account to complete your final Amateurism Certification. This is a required supplement to the questions you had answered when you first registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
NCAA Resources & Informational Contacts
- NCAA Website
- High school counselor, Mr. Rob Bentley, NCAA informational liaison (717) 898-5545
- Hempfield High School’s Athletic Department
- Hempfield High School athletic team coaches
NAIASimilar in some respects to the NCAA eligibility registration requirement, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) requires all high school student-athletes interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics at a NAIA member college or university to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. To play NAIA sports, every student-athlete must be registered with the NAIA Eligibility Center. A one-time registration fee is assessed.
The NAIA is home to nearly 300 member institutions, mostly smaller colleges/universities that resemble some of the Div-III NCAA institutions. Some examples of NAIA member colleges/universities are:
- Carlow College (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Cedarville University (Ohio)
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Arizona, Florida)
- Goshen College (Indiana)
- Houghton College (New York)
- Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina)
- Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Upon graduation from high school, a student-athlete should request the release of their final transcript from Hempfield High School to the NAIA Eligibility Center by filing a Transcript Release Form in the high school Counseling Office.
Eligibility Qualifications for NAIA Intercollegiate Sports Competition
- A student-athlete must graduate from high school, and satisfy two of the three following requirements:
- Achieve a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT exam or a minimum of 860 on the SAT exam (Critical Reading/Verbal and Mathematics sections combined).
- Achieve a minimum overall high school unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Graduate in the top half of your high school class.