New NCAA Requirements Are A New Reality
by Scott Laigo | Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Getting a college scholarship is already a tough enough when you add all the components of skill level, navigating any serious injury, and just competing with all the other student athletes for that elusive spot in any sport, girls or boys.
The NCAA Academic changes coming in 2016 for perspective student athletes is going to be even more daunting. I am always for a higher standard, but in this case it may just cut out some entire populations and socioeconomic group. The inner city, poor rural areas, and underserved communities.
The changes coming in 2016 will require that you have to have 10 core classes completed going into your Senior year.
No loading up on your last year, the year that you have graduation, prom, and just the enjoyment of your senior year. You must have a 2.3 on your core courses, the sliding scale is also going to change.
Your sliding scale numbers for the 2.3 minimum GPA is 1080 on SAT, and 93 on ACT.
The second component of these changes is that it's also changing the requirements into admission to Junior Colleges as well. That we will talk about in another article.
I have talked with college football coaches and College administrators and all agree that these changes will be substantial to the described above communities. Many big city school districts are lagging behind the national and statewide averages of academic requirements. In fact some coaches have come out and said they may not even recruit in areas known for poor academic performances due to these changes.
We have all seen how the opportunity of a scholarship can change the life of any kid but especially the life and circumstances of those from underpriveleged areas. That is why these changes are so important to know about.
Does your district have a plan for these changes? Do they even know about them?
Does you high school coach or more importantly the counselor know of these changes coming?
Many parents and kids are looking to use their athletic abilities to gain a scholarship. That chain of thought could even be debated, but, many people are thinking of this. So make sure if your kid is presently in high school and more importantly in junior high make sure you clearly understand what these changes mean.
Academic Sports Development is a program out of Seattle that helps you ﬁgure out the rigors of these new standards. Please email email@example.com or look at us on Facebook under our name. (our website in under reconstruction). We can help any and all perspective student athletes.
Here is the PDF changes from the NCAA. Feel fee to send them to your coach, counselor or district AD to make sure they have a plan!