Collegiate Athletic Information for Families
At MMSD we are committed to providing quality information to help families navigate the often difficult task of playing collegiate athletics.
From understanding the often complex academic rules to navigating the recruiting landscape the process to play collegiately is not always easily understood. We want to provide quality information to help you better complete tasks and gain an understanding of how to provide the best opportunity to play beyond high school. Playing college athletics is not a one size fits all approach so feel free to take these resources and identify a plan with your family, school counselor, coach and/or athletic director. We hope you are able to develop a plan that works best for you.
If you would like additional assistance or information please contact your school counselor.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. Over 1,000 colleges and universities make up the NCAA. Staff at the member institutions make up committees whose role it is to define the rules and regulations that govern NCAA legislation. The NCAA governs Division I, Division II and Division III schools.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Each year more than 65,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at 250 NAIA member institutions.
As a prospective athlete you should understand the time commitment it takes to play in college. Please find the NCAA informational documents helpful in thinking about whether or not playing collegiately is something you have time for or would like to do.
As a student athlete it is important to consider all the variables associated with collegiate athletics. If you and your family have decided that playing collegiate athletics is the path you would like to pursue please use the following links to register for the appropriate organization.
NCAA Division I & II Profile Account (Free) - A free Profile Page account is the right account if you are a college-bound student-athlete who is:
- Still deciding which NCAA division is right for you.
- Planning to compete at an NCAA Division III school and have only attended a U.S. high school.
NCAA Academic & Amateurism Certification Account Division I & II ($100) - For future NCAA student-athletes, an Academic and Amateurism Certification account is the right account for college-bound student-athletes who are planning to:
- Compete at an NCAA Division I or II school.
- Take an official visit.
- Sign a National Letter of Intent.
To maximize your opportunity to play collegiately every student should make sure they are taking courses that will allow them to graduate and also qualify for all collegiate athletic options. Make sure you are aware and are taking qualifying courses during every year of high school. To find your school's list of qualifying classes please visit: https://web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction?hsActionSubmit=searchHighSchool In the section designated "NCAA HS Code" you will want to type your schools 6-digit code:
Madison East (501150)
Madison Memorial (501157)
Madison West (501165)
Getting yourself recruited is not always easy and requires a lot of work on the part of the student and family. As a student take ownership of the process and make sure you are spending time researching and communicating with schools you are interested in. You want to be kind when passing on a school because you may have to come back to them if option A does not work out. It's also important to remember that in certain divisions like DI recruiting can only happen during certain times of the year. If a coach is not responding it may be during a time where they are not allowed to communicate with you. To better understand the recruiting timelines please see the following link for your specific sport: https://www.ncaa.org/sports/2018/5/8/division-i-and-ii-recruiting-calendars.aspx
- Earn best grades possible in all subjects, especially core subjects (English, Math, Science, History, World Language, etc.).
- Know where to find your high school's 48H list of core-classes.*
- LaFollette (501163)
- Madison East (501150)
- Madison Memorial (501157)
- Madison West (501165)
- Continue earning the best grades possible and stay on track for graduation.
- At the end of 10th grade year, register for an Eligibility Center Account (ask counselor for fee waiver, if eligible)*
- When scheduling classes for 11th, work with a counselor to choose qualifying core-courses.
- Make sure you are taking approved core-courses and they fit with the required subjects for NCAA eligibility.*
- Take the ACT/SAT and obtain the highest score possible.
- Update information in NCAA Eligibility Center portal, as applicable.*
- Have your school registrar submit an official transcript to the Eligibility Center, or NAIA portal.*
- Discuss with your counselor the collegiate options available to you.
- When scheduling classes for 12th, know and choose core-courses as electives.
- Take as many required, and elective core-courses as you can to obtain eligibility and admissions to college.
- Complete the FAFSA (Opens in October)
- Take the ACT/SAT again if necessary.
- Once decided on school, fill out application for admission.
- Update any information in the Eligibility Center portal and complete Amateurism Certification in April.*
- After graduation ask your school’s registrar to download the official transcript to the Eligibility Center, or NAIA portal.*
- Why do I need to get the best grades possible early in high school?
- What if I fail a course during 9th, 10th, or 11th grade?
- If I transferred schools, is the transcript from the school I am currently attending sufficient?
- Should I submit my test score directly to the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Division I and Division II levels require specific subjects to qualify, in addition to matching GPA and ACT score. See below for the current NCAA Division core-course subject requirements.
*(must be in Eng, Math, Sci) - Certain subjects have specific requirements, please see your High School counselor for more information.
If you would like to play as a freshman in college you must graduate in 8 semesters and obtain a minimum of a 2.3 GPA for Division I, a 2.2 GPA for Division II and a 2.0 for NAIA.
The NCAA determines eligibility by a sliding scale, combining core-course GPA and ACT/SAT test scores.
You must make up any graduation requirements immediately. The NCAA expects all student-athletes to graduate within 8 semesters.
NCAA Division I requires that 10 core courses be locked in before the start of 7th semester. 7 credits must be in English, Math, or Science. You may not change the 10 courses once 7th semester begins.
Depends. If you are confident your score will be high enough to qualify and you would like to use one of your four free scores, then please do so.
However, if you are NOT confident in your score and you believe you may take it again, it is advised to wait until scores have been posted to send. With this option, you will have to pay per test score.
ACT Fee Per Test ($13)
SAT Fee Per Test ($12)
NCAA Eligibility Center Code - 9999
NAIA Eligibility Center Code - 9876
*Cut NJCAA athletic programs for club sports starting in 2020-2021 SY
*Cut NJCAA athletic programs for club sports starting in 2020-2021 SY