Gearing up for Fall Semester- Athletically and Academically

At first glace coaches evaluate you by numbers: height, weight, vertical or 40 yard dash. Which important number is missing here? Can you guess?

Your GPA.

In the name “student-athlete” student comes first. As summer winds down it’s time to start thinking about your schedule for the fall. When checking your schedule you want to make sure that you are not only signed up for subjects of interest to you but also making sure that those classes contribute to the NCAA requirements.

For eligibility to play at DI and DII schools a student must:

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or II.
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.
  • Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.
  • Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center

These rules for DI athletes will be updated for students enrolling August 1, 2016 and beyond, most importantly updating the GPA requirement for the sliding scale. You can find more details in the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide.

If you are trying to run a faster 40 yard dash you should have the same dedication to bettering your GPA. You compete against other student-athletes in all of these categories, the higher your GPA, the better you look to college coaches- just like your 40 yard dash. When trying to receive scholarship money, coaches can use your academics as a pull with administrations to prove that you are a good candidate for their school.

No matter your age, it is helpful to plan out the year, or even better, couple of years ahead. Keep a list of the requirements you must fill and check them off each semester, this way you won’t overlook any of these important requirements!

Just like in sports, the more you enjoy something, the more you are inspired to work hard and excel. When choosing classes try to find classes that fit the requirements that you are also interested in. If you have any ideas about your college major, try and take a class in high school to see if you truly like the subject.

Now, I can see the parents reading this smiling and the student athletes frowning… but guess what? The more prepared you are the more fun you will have and the less stressed you will be (both of you!). We know how busy student-athletes are in high school, and we also know they will be even busier in college! Practicing good study techniques and habits as well as organization skills and forward planning is crucial to your academic and athletic success.

Always remember that although your sport may seem like the most important thing right now, academic achievements will help you succeed in the long run.

We are gearing up for a great semester! Get organized, have fun, and start becoming an Athleader today.



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Aaron Sorenson