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  • Male Folkstyle Options After HS

    We will be focusing on Male Freestyle options after HS in this guide. Oddly enough, despite being the most practiced style, if you would like to continue your Folkstyle career past HS, you have the ‘fewest’ options. You can go to college, and that’s it. Within this option comes the greatest variety, though. There are currently over 500 schools across 5 different organizations to choose from. This guide will provide a brief overview, and subsequent guides will go more in-depth about each organization. Organizations NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA, and NCWA. Each of these organizations is governing organizations in which they… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • College vs. University

    You’ve heard both the terms “college” and “university” before, but what’s the difference? Bottom Line There is a distinct difference between the two; there are times when the rule isn’t followed, and the terms are often used interchangeably. College Colleges are those institutions whose highest degree offered is an undergraduate degree. This includes both 2 and 4-year colleges. For example, Franklin & Marshall College doesn’t offer degrees beyond your bachelor’s. If you would like to continue to a Master’s, you will have to attend another school. University Universities are those institutions whose highest degree offered is a graduate degree. Many… Read More

  • Undergraduate vs Graduate

    You’ve heard the terms “Undergraduate” degree and “Graduate” degree before, but what’s the difference? Bottom Line Undergraduate degrees are offered by colleges, and Graduate degrees are offered by Universities. Undergraduate Undergraduate, commonly called undergrad, degrees are those degrees up to and including a Bachelor’s. More than 2/3rds of all degrees handed out every year are undergrad. These degrees are often broader, as the school is focusing on teaching you how to learn and think while making you more well rounded knowledge-wise. Certificates and specialized training are a little bit different. They offer entry-level training specific to your career field. They… Read More