College Bound Athletes
If you are interested in playing sports at the collegiate level, you should obtain a copy of the NCAA's "Guide for the College-Bound Athlete". The Guide is updated annually so search for the current school year copy. This information can be found at various websites... http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CB11.pdf
Your eligibility for Division I and II is determined by your academic classes (there are a required number of academics in each of the cores that you must take to be considered eligible), your GPA and your ACT/SAT scores. See your counselor for details or visit www.eligibilitycenter.org .
NCAA Division I: If you want to play a sport at the Division I level, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse before you may receive a scholarship or represent a college on the playing field. Some coaches may not even recruit you until you are registered, so register early, i.e. between your junior and senior year.
NCAA Division II: Similar to Division I, you must register for the NCAA Clearinghouse if you want to play a sport at the Division II level.
NCAA Division III: If you want to play a sport at the Division III level, you do not need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Division III schools cannot offer athletically-based financial aid/scholarships. Instead, student-athletes can receive financial assistance based on their academic merits and/or financial need.
NAIA: NAIA can offer prospective student-athletes scholarships based on athletic ability. For more information on recruiting/regulations, please visit www.playnaia.org.