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  • NAIA Initial Academic Eligibility

    This guide is for high school graduates, GED earners, and homeschooled wrestlers. 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. Other steps in the overall eligibility process will also need to be completed, which is covered in another guide (coming soon). The NAIA gives wrestlers a lot of flexibility when determining initial freshman academic eligibility by using what it calls a three-pronged approach. With this, there are three different minimum standards, of which you need only… Read More

  • NCAA Initial Academic Eligibility

    What is it? Initial academic eligibility is the academic requirements that must be met to be eligible to compete for your institution as an entering freshman. Other steps in the overall initial eligibility process will need to be completed, which other guides explain. The NCAA eligibility process is a moving target, so to speak because there is no definitive one size fits all scenario. There are too many combinations to be academically eligible as a freshman to layout each one. Because of this, you need to know the requirements and where you are in relation to them. Across every division,… Read More

  • NJCAA 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 NJCAA requirements are one of: High School graduate Earn a GED Complete an HS equivalency test HS graduate HS graduation must be documented with an official high school transcript that identifies: School Student Date of Graduation Administrative Signature. HS Equivalency test The equivalency exam has to be state-approved. If you haven’t been awarded the certificate or diploma, you can submit written proof of the completion to the… Read More

  • NCAA Eligibility Center

    NCAA Eligibility Center The NCAA Eligibility Center is the vehicle the NCAA uses to certify both eligibility and amateurism for competition within the 3 NCAA divisions; D1/D2/D3. While the rules for eligibility and certification are different for each of the divisions, if you are planning on competing in the NCAA, you are going to have to use the eligibility center. Link to the Eligibility Center The NCAA has 2 different types of accounts: Certification Account Used for D1 and D2 – You must have an account before taking an Official Visit or signing an NLI Create a Certification Account Profile… Read More

  • NAIA National Letter of Intent

    A couple of times a year, HS wrestlers and institutions around the country take to the social media to proudly announce they have signed a NAIA National Letter of Intent (NLI). What’s it all about, though? Note – This applies to the NAIA National Letter of Intent only. The NCAA, NJCAA, and WCWA have their own NLI rules that will be discussed in other articles. The Program The NAIA does not actually have a NLI program. It does permit its member institutions to have their own NLI program. Participation by institutions and wrestlers is voluntary. However, some NAIA conferences do… Read More

  • NCAA National Letter of Intent

    A couple of times a year, HS wrestlers and institutions around the country take to the social media to proudly announce they have signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent (NLI). What’s it all about, though? Note – This applies to the NCAA National Letter of Intent only. The NAIA and NJCAA have their own NLI rules that will be discussed in other articles. The Program The National Letter of Intent program is managed by the NCAA with participation by institutions and wrestlers is voluntary. Its purpose is to improve the recruiting process for both the institutions and the wrestlers…. Read More

  • NJCAA National Letter of Intent

    A couple of times a year, HS wrestlers and institutions around the country take to the social media to proudly announce they have signed an NJCAA National Letter of Intent (LOI). What’s it all about, though? Note – This applies to the NJCAA National Letter of Intent only. The NCAA, NAIA, and WCWA have their own LOI rules that will be discussed in other articles. The Program The National Letter of Intent program is managed by the NJCAA. Its purpose is to improve the recruiting process for both the institutions and the wrestlers. The Document The LOI document is a… Read More

  • COVID-19 – NCAA

    COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s life in some way or another. Two of these of interest to 2020 high school graduates is the forced cancellation of the ACT/SAT tests for months and school closures. While both are starting to test again, due to these disruptions, the NCAA has made changes to the eligibility rules. Read about the NCAA Initial Eligibility rules. COVID-19 is constantly evolving and with it, the rules. We will update this page as new guidance and regulation are announced.   Who Do They Affect? Students who graduate in the Spring/Summer of 2020 AND initially enroll full-time for 2020-2021… Read More

  • COVID-19 – NAIA

    COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s life in some way or another. Two of these of interest to 2020 high school graduates is the forced cancellation of the ACT/SAT tests for months and school closures. While both are starting to test again, due to these disruptions, the NAIA has made changes to the eligibility rules. Read about the NAIA Initial Eligibility rules. COVID-19 is continually evolving, and with it, the rules. We will update this page as new guidance and regulation are announced.   Who Do They Affect? Entering freshman for the 2020-2021 academic year. An entering freshman is a wrestler who… Read More

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Your GPA is one of the most important numbers you will ever earn, for better or worse. It is used for both admissions to institutions and eligibility determination. The higher the GPA, the more institutions you can be admitted into, and the higher the likelihood you will be eligible to compete right away as a freshman. Not having a high enough GPA could make you ineligible for admission to your institution of choice and/or eligibility at your desired division of wrestling. Your GPA should be a focus of yours from the very start of your freshman year. The first year… Read More