Recruiting, Eligibility, Academic & Community Resources

So much research and preparation goes into ALL successful acheivements...  For a big game or event, you practice to be your best!  We've shared some of the BEST tools and reference materials with you here to ensure your success.  If you don't see what you need, please contact one of our specialists and we'll be sure to get it for you.  LET'S GO!

College Admissions & Financial Aid

For most, an athletic scholarship means a "partial" scholarship, where there is still a portion of money that needs to come "out of pocket" from your parents, student loans, or some other means of financial aid. It pays to not only know WHERE your other monies can come from, but how to handle that college's admissions process! It makes quite a difference on which college offer you can accept with confidence….. Contact Theresa Garratt at NavigateU.com, to learn more!

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What Is The NFHS?

(National Federation of State High School Associations) - The NFHS serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs.

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What Is The NCAA?

(National Collegiate Athletic Association) Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.

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NCAA Eligibility Center

At this site, you'll find the tools and information you need to begin your college experience.  Explore this site to learn more about the NCAA, its athletics divisions, its sports and other information.  The NCAA Eligibility Center encourages you, the student, to take an active role in this process. Take time to complete the registration yourself or jointly with your parents. As a future student-athlete, it is important that you become personally involved.

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NCAA Eligibility Guide

This Guide has been designed to help you, your family and your high school administrators understand the NCAA initial-eligibility process and to prepare you for transitioning from high school to becoming an NCAA Division I or II student-athlete. With more than 1,000 colleges and universities across three divisions, NCAA schools offer a variety of academic and athletics programs to meet your needs. 

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NCAA International Standards

This Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility is to provide criteria for reviewing international prospective student-athlete academic credentials in the initial-eligibility certification process.  International educational systems are complex, and this publication is intended to be a guide, not a comprehensive resource.  Also, please consult the references listed in the country profiles, the multi-country references, etc.

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What Is The NAIA?

(National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) - Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., it is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.  Each year, more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.  The NAIA delivers the promise of integrity by leveling the playing field, guiding student-athlete success, and ensuring fair competition.

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NAIA Eligibility Center

What is the NAIA Eligibility Center?  It's your starting point for your NAIA college sports experience!  Prospective student-athletes can explore the world of NAIA college sports.  Search to see where NAIA colleges are located and which NAIA schools compete in your sport.  Every student who plays in the NAIA for the first time must register with and have their eligibility determined through the NAIA Eligibility Center.

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NAIA Eligibility Guide

This guide will help you as you explore opportunities to PlayNAIA you will discover a community of nearly 300 member colleges and universities, 60,000 student-athletes and an environment that focuses on athletic participation as one part of the total education process.  Our members award more than $450 million in financial aid each year, compete for 23 national championships in 13 sports and offer a wide selection of academic and athletic programs. 

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Show Your Stuff At The NAIA Showcase Events

The NAIA is the only college association that offers this type of official event for student-athletes. NAIA Showcases have directly connected more than 800 prospective students and their parents with NAIA coaches since launching in 2014.  In 2015, 180 coaches representing 60 NAIA schools made more than 150 on-site scholarship offers to participants during the Showcase events in football, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer.

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NAIA International Resources

These are "must have" resources to answer all questions for the international student-athlete looking to compete at an NAIA institution.  Understand the simple definitions of the registration process, be in tune with the academic requirements and know what is expected and needed regarding the complete recruiting process.  There are opportunities to be explored and these resources will make sure you're doing things the right way!

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What Is The USCAA?

(United States Collegiate Athletic Association) - The USCAA exists to provide small colleges the opportnity to compete against like colleges in size and resource for National Championships and student-athlete recognition.  They provide unique services to small colleges, the USCAA allows its members the opportunity to enhance their recruiting capabilities by way of more consistent national recognition and a level playing field for post-season competition.

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USCAA Eligibility Guide

This guide (pg. 41 - sect. 24.5) will break down the eligibility rules and regulations set forth by this association and its Bylaws.  The USCAA attempts to offer the opportunity for the student-athlete to develop mind, body and spirit through athletic competition, and the USCAA will do this while promoting integrity, leadership, scholarship and values of life.  The USCAA believes in striving to place the pursuit of education as the main priority of its student-athletes. 

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What Is The NCCAA?

(National Christian College Athletic Association) Provides a Christian-based college institution that functions uniquely as a national and international agency for the promotion of outreach and ministry, and for the maintenance, enhancement, and promotion of intercollegiate athletic competition with a Christian perspective.  The NCCAA implements a positive and purposeful athletic experience in cooperation with member institutions and their student-athletes.

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NCCAA Eligibility Guide

This guide will detail eligibility rules and regulations (men's and/or women's) on a sport by sport basis within a program and charges each institution with the responsibility of knowing, administering, and enforcing the eligibility standards adopted by the members of this Association in respect to the institution's intercollegiate sports affiliated within the NCCAA.  These rules apply to all student-athletes representing their institution in any manner against competitors. 

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