If you want to play NCAA Division I or II sports, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. And that means that you need to be more than a good enough athlete. You need to be a good enough student, too.
NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. But beginning August 1, 2016, 10 of those courses will need to be completed prior to your seventh semester. For most of you, that’s the start of your senior year.
Also, beginning August 1, 2016, Division I student-athletes will be required to graduate with a minimum 2.3 GPA in those core courses.
If you don’t meet the academic requirements when you graduate, it’s still possible to receive athletics aid. And you may still be able to practice. But you’ll be stuck riding the bench. And who wants that? For the full list of initial eligibility requirements, visit 2point3.org and make sure you’ll have the grades to play.
For more information on NCAA Eligibility Requirements, visit: www.eligibilitycenter.org. To review the NCAA's list of approved courses for Abraham Lincoln High School, visit: https://web3.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction. Lincoln's NCAA High School Code is 161180.