What is the NCAA?

    The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is an organization that determines a student's eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college enrollment. Students who want to participate in college sports during their first year of enrollment in college must register with the NCAA.


    The NCAA will determine the amateurism eligibility of all freshman and transfer prospective student-athletes for initial participation at an NCAA Division I or II member institution. In Division III, certification of an individual's amateurism status is completed by each institution, not the NCAA.


    If you plan to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or II institution in fall 2010 or thereafter, you must have both your academic and amateurism status certified by the NCAA before representing the institution in competition.


    When should I register with the NCAA?

    Register with the NCAA no later than the beginning of your sophomore year of high school. The athletics participation section should be updated regularly so that institutions recruiting you will have up-to-date information about you.


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     * Students and parents should continually check the eligibility center for the most up to date list of approved core courses for Central Dauphin High School and if applicable, courses offered through CAOLA as they are subject to change.


    For more questions visit www.eligiblitycenter.org or visit the guidance office.