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Friday, November 8, 2013

NCAA acidemic standards getting tougher

The need for athletes to be outstanding students has never been more apparent than it is today.  It is only becoming more and more so.  Part of the changes are being run as idealist are fighting against academic scholarship, saying higher education is where all the funds should be going, and working hard to reallocate those athletic dollars.  Two associated changes are in place.  one the growth of self funded athletic programs.  Where by donations are mounting, that eliminate all to nearly all school money from the athletic program.  Two, the higher academic standards.  Lol the third action by the idealist is to eliminate logos that the NCAA finds offensive...it is only a matter of time until the autobahn society steps in and on behalf of the avian that are being offended.

read the following excerpt
"The new requirements could result in athletes being NCAA DI Nonqualifiers before their senior year of High School even begins. In other cases, some athletes who would have been Full Qualifiers in previous years will now only achieve Academic Redshirt status or even be Nonqualifiers. Here are a few examples of the impact these changes have:
  1. Prior to 2016: 2.299 core course GPA + 910 SAT or 76 ACT = Full Qualifier
  2. 2016 and after: 2.299 core course GPA + 910 SAT or 76 ACT = Academic Redshirt
  3. Prior to 2016: 2.125 core course GPA + 960 SAT or 81 ACT = Full Qualifier
  4. 2016 and after: 2.125 core course GPA + 960 SAT or 81 ACT = Nonqualifier
The NCAA does not include the writing component of the SAT or ACT.   The ACT score is a total score of the English, math, reading and science sections.
Remember, just because a student-athlete meets the minimum NCAA initial-eligibility standards, it doesn’t mean they will be admitted to play sports at the college of their choice. Many universities have academic standards for incoming freshman athletes that are much higher than the NCAA minimum requirements.
So what does this all mean?
Student-athletes must start tracking courses early. A student-athlete should calculate their initial core course GPA at the conclusion of their first semester in high school and continue to do so each semester thereafter.  It no longer matters how good of an athlete you are.  The “wiggle room” is gone, and there is no appeal process that I am aware of for a student athlete that does not qualify under these new rules."
The Junior Hockey News, Joseph Kolodziej – Publisher
http://thejuniorhockeynews.com/?p=19046

Coaches and athletic directors should all be in the know about these changes.  It is however the sole responsibility of the student and parent to meet with the schools guidance offices and to make certain the student athlete is keeping doors open in his future.  As I have said, and others time and time again.  The most important things the young athelet need to concern themselves with is that they are doing everything with in their power, every day, with those things they  can influence.  The rest takes care of itself.