College Recruiting Basics: NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center is a governing body of collegiate athletics that helps determine a player's amateur status prior to starting their freshmen year of college. If you are an athlete that has aspirations of playing at the NCAA division 1 or 2 level, you must first be cleared through the eligibility center before you can continue on the recruiting trail. Here are some quick tips to help you through the eligibility process:

NCAA recommends registering with the Eligibility Center your sophomore year of high school. Once you have set the account up you can continually update, change and submit test scores, official transcripts and answer questions regarding your amateur status

  • Make sure your high school counselor submits official transcripts to the Eligibility Center upon completion of your Junior year and graduation of high school along with your proof of graduation
  • When taking the SAT or ACT make sure to use the NCAA Eligibility code of "9999" as one of your score recipients. This will guarantee your official scores are sent to the Eligibility center
  • Playing at an NCAA Division 3 school does not require athletes to go through the Eligibility Center
  • Once you have submitted all the proper material, the NCAA Eligibility Center then determines your amateur status and clears or does not clear you to play at the Division 1 or 2 level
  • Attending a Junior College (2 year institution) out of high school will NOT require you to go through the Eligibility Center.
  • By April 1st of your Senior Year you need to have finalized your amateurism responses through the Eligibility Center and have requested your final certificate of eligibility.
  • For more information about the NCAA Eligibility Center or to begin applying for your amateur eligibility certificate visit and any questions about the recruiting process or the NCAA Eligibility Center please contact Coach Jamie Quinn ( or Coach Andrew Romanella (

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