You will only need to file with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you will be participating in a Division I or Division II NCAA Sanctioned Sport when you attend college.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the governing body of just about all College Sport.
Student Athletes who want to compete at Collegiate level must register with the NCAA clearinghouse. This form can be obtained from your school’s counseling office or you can register online. You must register and you must qualify, if you do not you will not be eligible to play or practice during your college freshman year. Registration with the NCAA clearinghouse is a one-time fee of $65 US (in 2010).
The eligibility standards vary, but all NCAA students must graduate from High School and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher in a core curriculum of fourteen academic subjects. Their are also minimum scores required on the ACT and SAT. For up to date info check out the NCAA Eligibility Center or download the Freshman Eligibility Standards – Quick Reference Guide (pdf). NOTE: You may need to visit the NCAA Eligibility Center for the most recent eligibility requirements.
When Should Students Register?
Students may register at any time, but the NCAA recommends they register by their Junior year. The Eligibility Center will evaluate a student’s academic credentials once the following information has been received, and the student has had their status requested by an NCAA member institution:
- Complete online registration
- Pay $65 Fee
- SAT or ACT test score on file from the respective testing agency
- Transcript(s) from all schools or programs attended
NCAA Website – Includes Registration and lots of additional information.
NCAA Resources from the NCAA Website
Freshman Eligibility Standards – Quick Reference Guide (pdf)