NCAA Eligibility Update

by Apr 24, 20200 comments

We cannot begin to understand the difficult and uncertain time these past weeks have been for you and your family. The disruption in your sporting and academic schedules have been immense. We want to Salute every student who has started to implement constructive and creative ways to remain positive and took action to face these challenges to continue to keep mentally and physically strong during this period. 

In today’s blog, we focus on a very important aspect that has implications for student-athletes who are looking to start at NCAA DI and DII Institution this coming Fall. If you are a South African student, the following will be applicable to you only if you graduated Matric in 2019.

Academic Records:

  1. The Access to student’s transcripts and records are limited as schools are closed, students can upload unofficial transcripts using the email address that is associated with their specific NCAA Eligibility account.​

2. The NCAA has waived the official proof of graduation for students finishing this Spring or Summer – this is not applicable to most South African students as you would have graduated from high school in December 2019.

3. The NCAA have adapted their approach to schools that follow a pass/fail grades system due to school closures. Under normal circumstances, a passing grade is most often a D on a student’s report card and awarded 1.0 point. All courses completed in spring/summer will be credited by the NCAA and the student will receive that credit toward the core course requirement.​

4. If a student missed out on completing subjects due to school closures and receive the minimum credit of 1.0 and this results in an overall decrease of a 2.3 GPA. The core-course GPA will only be calculated using other term results where that core course was completed. (Current Gr 12 students do not have to worry about at this, at the moment although we don’t know how the South African academic year would end and when it will end).

Eligibility Extension:

  1. The NCAA DI and DII Eligibility council has decided to permit universities and colleges to allow all student-athletes who competed in Spring related sports to add an additional season to their period of eligibility or eligibility clock.

2. Universities are allowed to adjust financial aid rules which allow teams to have more students on scholarship. This is to give student-athletes who missed out on their final season due to Covid-19 to stay if they choose to do so and to allow incoming students to start with their collegiate careers.

3. Universities are allowed to self-apply for a waiver to restore one season of competition for athletes who were eligible and lost out on competition time due to the shortened Spring 2020 season.

4. All students have a five-year eligibility clock (4 competition years), all Spring sports students can apply for a one-year extension, this is fantastic news for athletes who have finished all 5 eligibility years in 2020.

5. It is important to note that all winter sports and sports who have completed 100% or close to 100% of their season have not been included in this extension.

We would like to encourage all our students who are currently building relationships with coaches to verify if their respective university or college will incorporate these decisions. If you have any questions or uncertainties you are most welcome to contact us and we will be happy to guide you through.

The reason why you are here today, embarking on a future student-athlete career internationally just goes to show that you have the character and will to succeed no matter what the world throws at you. We believe in you and we will be every step of the way, helping and giving advice during this time.


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