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  • Family

    Family is mentioned everywhere in the recruiting rules and is often right there when student-athlete is. What qualifies as family? Why does it matter? CCCAA – No definition NAIA – No definition NCAA D1 – A family member is an individual with any of the following relationships to the prospective student-athlete: spouse, parent or legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, domestic partner, or any individual whose close association with the prospective student-athlete is the practical equivalent of a family relationship. NCAA D2 – No definition NCAA D3 – No definition NJCAA – No definition WCWA – No definition Equivalent of a… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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