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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • NCAA Recruiting Terms

    Let’s face it: Recruiting rules are virtually impossible to understand. They are written overly complicated, and they vary depending on the sport. Frankly, they aren’t that exciting to read either. Don’t worry; we have done all the reading and complex calculations so that you can learn everything you need to know. We are going to focus on the most important NCAA recruiting terms. This will be a broad overview, and other articles will go more in-depth. Campus Visits – There are 2 types of visits to an institution’s campus: Official and Unofficial.         Unofficial – Visit is paid for by… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • NCAA Initial Eligibility Update 21′-22′ (COVID-19)

    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc all over the world and has changed the way almost everything is done. The NCAA is no exception and has had to update the eligibility process through the 21’-22’ academic year. Read up on the original rules first so you can understand the differences. Who Wrestlers who enroll full-time for the first time in college. Change The significant change with these rules is the ACT and/or SAT are no longer required for eligibility determination. Currently, tests are unavailable or severely limited in most parts of the country, so students are unable to complete a test like… Read More