High School and College Eligibility Standards

High School Eligibility

In order to play sports at the high school level, a student must earn a minimum of 3.0 credits in the prior semester to participate in MSHSAA sanctioned Activities and Athletics.  In addition, the student must have a Pre Participation Physical Evaluation completed by a physician, parent and student.

The simplest way to avoid losing your eligibility and playing in college is to maintain good grades.

Here are some common questions about high school eligibility:

When do we calculate the credits? Credits are calculated on the last day of the semester. This means that once the semester is over, a student can not turn in more work to get a passing grade.

Can I take an incomplete to make up work and still be eligible? No, an incomplete means that you did not earn a credit. Therefore, you would not be eligible for the next semester.

How does E2020 work? These courses must be completed by the last day of the semester to count for next semester. However, these courses do not count toward your NCAA eligibility.

What about summer school? During the summer you can earn up to one (1.0) credit toward eligibility for the next semester. However, the course must count toward a graduation requirement and if it is an elective, it must be in a core content area: science, social studies, math and/or English. You can not take an extra P.E. class during the summer to count for eligibility purposes. E2020 must be completed by the last day of summer school in order to count for eligibility.

I regained/lost my eligibility, what now? On the fifth day of school on the next semester, you will be eligible/ineligible to participate in games.

College Eligibility

Your college eligibility starts on the first day of school as a high school freshmen.  If you do not take care of your grades, your ability on the court, field or pool will not matter.

NCAA Eligibility

The first step on your path to playing for an NCAA Affiliated College or University is to set up your four year plan to graduation.  You must contact your counselor and ask for the list of approved NCAA core courses offered here at the high school.  Essentially these are your core classes only:  English, Math, Science and Social Studies.  In addition, Foreign Language generally will count toward the classes that you need. You must take 16 core classes to be eligible.  Generally, electives do no count including: finance, P.E. music or non-academic in nature.  For specific details please visit the requirements for Division I, II or III for they are different.  This is a summary from NCAA Core Courses web-page. You must have a 2.300 G.P.A. in those cores only.  For instance, you may not factor in your grades from Gym and Art to help raise your science grade.

Your sophomore year you should enroll NCAA Eligibility Center.

During your junior year you should be taking your ACT/SAT tests.  The score that you need in order to be a full qualifier is determined by your GPA.  The higher your core GPA, the lower of a test score that you need.  If you have a 3.550 GPA in your NCAA Core Classes then you would need to score ACT SUM (English+Math+Science+Reading) of 37.  However, if your NCAA Core Classes GPA is a 2.300 then you would need an ACT SUM score of 76.

During you senior year you need to complete all of your core classes and take the ACT/SAT again if you did not earn the score that you needed.

A complete summary of what you need to do is found in the NCAA High School Guide.

NAIA Eligibility

To play at an NAIA affiliated College or University you will need to visit the NAIA Eligibility Center website.

In order to be eligible to participate in NAIA athletics you will need to meet two or the following three conditions:  a minimum score of a 16 on the ACT, earned at least a 2.0 GPA in high school and/or graduate in the top 50% of your high school’s graduating class.

For more information please read the NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student.

Junior College Eligibility

To play at a Junior College that is a member of the NJCAA the student must meet the entrance requirements to attend the institution.  For more information please read the NJCAA Prospective Student Brochure 17-18