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  • CCCAA Initial Academic Eligibility

    What is it? Initial eligibility is the ability to be able to compete for your institution as an entering freshman. The eligibility requirements are based upon your high school (or equivalent) academics. The CCCAA provides a very simple and straightforward determination of initial eligibility – be admitted into the institution. That’s all. It’s the only requirement. Once you are attending classes, there are different standards to stay eligible, but that’s a separate guide (coming soon). Scenarios Wrestler is admitted into the institution – ELIGIBLE (meets the only requirement) Wrestler is not admitted into the institution – NOT ELIGIBLE (doesn’t meet… Read More

  • Core Classes

    Core courses Core courses are the high school courses wrestlers are required to complete as part of the initial eligibility requirements. These requirements determine whether or not you are eligible during your first year of full-time college enrollment. The purpose is to ensure you have the foundation needed to continue your education in college and be successful. The core-course requirement is just one part of the initial eligibility requirement. Meeting the standards doesn’t mean you will be eligible, nor does it mean you will be accepted into an institution. You will also need to meet the academic standards for the… Read More


    What does FAFSA stand for? Free Application for Federal Student Aid Website Click Here What is it? An application that determines the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and eligibility for federal need-based aid. It is the tool the federal government and states use to determine if a wrestler would qualify for grant money, federal loans, and work-study. States may also use the FAFSA for their aid programs. Federal loans are usually a better option for wrestlers as they typically have lower interest rates and student protections built into them in comparison to private ones.  Work-study is a federal program that allows… Read More

  • Representative of Athletics Interest

    There is a common idea out there that recruiting is done purely between a college coach and a wrestler, but that isn’t the case. Other people, besides a coach, can be deemed as recruiting a wrestler.   You’ll notice in the definition of recruiting there are the phrase “representative of athletics interest” but who makes up this group of people? Well, you have probably heard them referred to by their more common name of “boosters.” Let’s take a look at how they are defined by each of the divisions: CCCAA – Doesn’t define. NAIA – Doesn’t define. NCAA – an… Read More

  • Recruiting Timelines for College Coaches (and You)

    Every organization and every division have different rules for when certain parts of the recruiting process can take place. You can talk to an NAIA coach at an earlier in your career than you can a D1 coach. D1 and D2 institutions are the only ones that have restrictions on unofficial visits. It’s essential to understand the recruiting timelines for each organization, so you know when the events are allowed, and you can progress in your recruiting. Definitions are provided below the timelines. Overview of every organization and defined events:   NAIA: NCAA D1: NCAA D2: NCAA D3: NJCAA: Definitions… Read More

  • Recruiting Periods

    A recruiting period is a period of time in which the rules of recruiting are restricted or different from the normal. The rules are usually limited because it is in the best interest of everyone involved. *When we use the term coach, we also include institutional athletic staff members (athletic director’s, recruiting coordinators, etc.) When we use wrestler, we also include family members* CCCAA – Has no set recruiting periods NAIA – Has no set recruiting periods NCAA D1 – Has 5 set recruiting periods: Contact, Evaluation, Quiet, Dead, and Recruiting Shutdown. ONLY the Dead period applies to wrestling.  … Read More

  • Recruiting

    Everyone hears the word recruited thrown around, but what does that really mean? How do the different divisions define it? Why is it important? This article is a broad overview of recruiting, but don’t worry; future articles will go more in-depth on these topics. Let’s start with how each division defines recruiting: CCCAA – any solicitation of an individual, a member of his/her family, legal guardian, or coach by a college staff member or by a representative of the college’s interests to encourage enrollment in that institution for the purpose of athletic participation. NAIA – Doesn’t define. NCAA D1– Recruiting… Read More

  • Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete

    Being recruited by an NCAA school can be the result of years of dedication and hard work. Very few people can make the claim. The NCAA defines what a recruited PSA is, so if you meet the below definition, you can do just that! Actions by a staff member or athletics representatives that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a prospective student-athlete at that institution are: Provide a wrestler with an official visit Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the PSA or the PSA’s family members Issuing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written offer of… Read More

  • Prospective Student-Athlete

    If you look at the definition of recruiting, almost every organization includes the term “Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA).” Thus, this is a term you need to know and understand. Here is how each organization defines a PSA: WCWA – a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. NJCAA – Has no formal definition. CCCAA – Has no formal definition. NAIA – an individual who has never identified or whose previous collegiate identification was with another collegiate institution. [Identification with an institution occurs when an individual enrolls in at least 12 credits (at least 9 at the NAIA institution) and… Read More

  • Identification with an Institution

    The NAIA uses the term “Identification with an institution” with regards to multiple portions of the recruiting process; as a PSA, transfer, eligibility, and more. It’s a critical term to understand when you are considering an NAIA institution to continue your wrestling career. Identification There are two ways in which this can occur: 1. Representing an institution in an intercollegiate contest OR 2. Enrolling in 12 or more institutional credit hours with at least 9 at the NAIA institution in any term except summer AND attend any class. Criterion 1 The first criterion is reasonably straight forward, represent an institution… Read More