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So you want to play sports  in college? Whether you’re an All-American, All-State, All-District or just a starter  because you were left off those lists by mistake, in order to play at the next level there are mandatory procedures.

The NCAA considers a  Prospective Student-Athlete as “someone who  is looking to participate in intercollegiate athletics at an NCAA Division I or  Division II institution in the future.” To play in college  ALL Prospective Student-Athletes must sign up with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

As of August 1, 2008, NCAA Division I will require 16 core courses. Division II requires 14 core courses, but  will increase to 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013. View the NCAA  Freshman Eligibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet for more information  on these requirements.

This important step allows for college coaches to verify that you are eligible and provides them academic  information on the student-athlete. You  are encouraged to submit transcripts and test scores (SAT/ACT) for their review. You will be assigned a pin number that they can use to confirm this information.

Just like there are rules to  follow in games, the NCAA is all about rules and guidelines to better serve  student-athletes and their parents.

Once you have registered, it is time to let them know that you are out there. The internet is a great way to create  exposure. Creating an online interactive video profile is a solid way to make that all important introduction to college coaches.

If you haven’t registered  with the eligibility center, do so ASAP.

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