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Students are recognized at a ceremony for signing letters to play sports at the collegiate level


          Estimated Probability of competing in college athletics……..

There are 3 things that you need to do when making this all important decision and it may surprise you that sports should be the last consideration:
  1.       Does the school have the academic program I’m interested in?
  2.       Does the school meet my expectations socially/emotionally? (i.e. size- large or small, location- close to home or far away, setting-urban/rural, etcetera)
  3.       Do I have an opportunity to play a sport and how soon will I be able to contribute?
If playing a sport is an important part of the college experience for you, there are some things you can do to prepare:
  •          GRADE 9: PLAN Work hard to earn the best grades possible. Ask your counselor for a list of your school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you are taking NCAA-approved courses. Register for a free Profile Page at to receive reminders about NCAA academic and amateurism requirements.
  •          GRADE 10: REGISTER Register for a Profile Page or Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center at If you fall behind academically, ask your counselor for help finding approved courses you can take.
  •          GRADE 11: STUDY Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to complete the required number of NCAA-approved courses. Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center using code 9999.  At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you took classes at more than one high school or program, ask each to submit an official transcript. Make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class.
  •          GRADE 12: GRADUATE Complete your final NCAA core courses. Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center using code 9999. Request your final amateurism certification in your Certification Account at April 1 (fall enrollees).  Oct. 1 (winter/spring enrollees). After you graduate on time, ask your counselor to upload your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reminder: Only students on an NCAA Division I or Division II school’s institutional request list will receive a certification.
Below you will find some helpful information when it comes to navigating NCAA eligibility and the recruiting process.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your coach, school counselor, or the athletic department with questions or for more information.
Good luck in your search!
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Eric Knuth
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152