The two college associations, the NCAA and NAIA, both require there college student-athletes (except for NCAA D3) to become eligible prior to receiving their award, practicing, and competing at the college level:
This is an essential step in becoming eligible to play college sports.
If you want to play college sports and receive a scholarship, you will need to register and be cleared by the NCAA and/or NAIA. This is how they determine the academic eligibility and amateur status for all NCAA DI, DII, and NAIA athletes. They are mainly looking for the following things:
- Grades – The NCAA and NAIA want to make sure that every student-athlete can balance the requirements in the classroom, while competing in their sport at a high level.
- Amateur Status – Since every athlete that participates in college athletics must be an amateur – the NCAA and NAIA research the following items:
- Contracts with a professional team
- Salary for participating in athletics or receiving prize money
- Receiving benefits from an agent or prospective agent
- Agreeing to be represented by a professional sports agent
- Getting financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation
NCAA Eligibility Center:
To start the process to become eligible with the NCAA please visit:
When you receive your NCAA ID#, please send it to us for our records
NAIA Eligibility Center:
To start the process to become eligible with the NAIA please visit:
www.playnaia.org and click on Register Now to Play