How to Fill Out NCAA Eligibility Form: Part 1
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When you think of the NCAA, what comes to mind? Packed arenas, high end apparel, endorsements to name a few. Competing in the NCAA is one of the most unique opportunities an amateur athlete can have. No matter if it is Division I, II, or III, competing in the NCAA is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The big question is, how do you get to compete in the NCAA?
Now obviously you need a coach and a school to recruit you, however, one of the main steps in the process is filling out the NCAA Eligibility Form. On this installment of THE BLOG we will take a look at the ins and outs of the NCAA Eligibility Form.
Tip #1: Read Through Each Question Carefully
One of the most common mistakes student athletes make when filling out their information is not properly understanding what information the questions are seeking. Whether you are in a state athlete, out of state, or international, your form is unique to yourself. Make sure you gather all necessary information beforehand such as all personal information, athletic information, and previous high school academic information.
Tip #2: Understand What You Are Filling The Form Out For
There is a big difference between student athletes who are filing out their eligibility form as an incoming first year versus a transfer, graduate student, etc. As a first-year athlete, you will not have to worry as much about rules and regulations in terms of eligibility outside of the academic and financial sectors, whereas transfer athletes or graduate students will have to be much more careful when looking into their eligibility.
Tip #3 Ask for Help Before Submitting
There are lots of resources available for you as an incoming NCAA athlete. Many guidance counselors and coaches are familiar with the process and can aid you in some areas. Contacting the coach of the school you plan on attending is also a great idea as they can either help themselves or connect you with their NCAA Compliance Fffice who are experts on the topic. Asking for help is a much better route than inserting incorrect information.
While filling out these forms may seem like an overwhelming task, if you follow our three key steps above, it will make the process much simpler and less stressful. We have attached some links below to some FAQ’s that come up about the NCAA eligibility forms. These links along with our tips will help your recruitment process to smooth out and allow you to focus on the next steps of your journey!
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks regarding the NCAA Eligibility forms and clearinghouse!