(PRWEB) September 04, 2012
Coaches, teachers, and parents all want what’s best for their future athletes. The Division I Board of Directors have set a date in order to ensure that college athletes are prepared academically as well as athletically. By taking these measures, students now have ample time to prepare for the upcoming eligibility standards. The effective date was initially 2015 but has been extended another year since current eighth graders are expected to enter college in 2016.
Why Raise Standards?
As a society we place high standards on our national athletes. These new regulations seek to push the academic level to a higher standard as well. The president at South Florida and Board Chair, Judy Grenshaft, states, “The presidents have every confidence that future student-athletes will do the work necessary to be academically successful in college.” Athletes put much hard work and determination into their athletic abilities and it serves them well. However, if a student athlete wishes to continue competing at the college level, they will have to prove themselves in the classroom as well. This will not only ensure their success on the field, but will also prepare them for a prominent place in the workforce.
What Do the New Standards Entail?
The new standards include GPA, SAT scores, and core high school class completions. By merging these two metrics, freshmen entering college life will already have an advantage to their schooling and the momentum to keep it going. All student athletes must have a 2.3 GPA and an increased sliding scale. The SAT scores will determine what GPA a student must have in order to compete and / or practice. The new standards also require that 16 core courses are required for NCAA eligibility and at least 10 core courses must be completed by their senior year. To see all the requirements visit espn.com.
Now is the time to start preparing. MyRecruitScoop.com is an online tool for both parents and players to engage in meaningful conversation regarding current recruiting topics. These new eligibility standards won’t go into effect for a while, but they need serious consideration now if you expect to have a successful high school career that transfers into college. Sooner than later, all college athletes will have the skills and capability to show their determination both in the classroom and on the field.