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Why The College Scholarship Is A Pipe Dream (It's Worse Than You Think) & What A Realistic Goal Might Be For Youth Soccer Players

Paul Stinson, 192 Square Feet Blog

Squeaky wheels get the grease. Everyone lauds the kid who grows up in, say, Philly, and stars for LMSC and Delco, then goes Division I at Colgate where he plays for a semester, drops out and signs with the Union. Awesome story. Really nice young man with a ton of talent. And a rare thing.

I'm a dad, I get it. Sam runs around with a soccer ball, and I wonder...But then I watch how he asks the dog, or his mom, or me to kick with him, how he giggles when he makes a "save" (rolls on the carpet) or laughs when he throws the ball up and it hits him on the head (what can I say, he's clearly my son...) In some regard, when creating a great soccer environment for kids, we have to accept the list of things we can't control. And in terms of the variables that lead to a Division I or professional career, that's just about everything. To say nothing of the sheer numbers; 99.5 per cent of kids are finishing their career at DIII or lower. The real question is how to make club and youth programs effective at both advancing the individual player's abilities and provide a fun and fulfilling environment.

Anyway, if your kid has some higher-level aspirations, encourage him or her. Support those goals. But be a responsible parent and understand the long odds. Richard Williams and Earl Woods are grinding their teeth right now - well, Williams is, anyway. There're some specifics here that might help any soccer parent manage expectations a little bit, as well as some food for thought on the value (cold, hard cash value) of youth soccer. The Recruitment Math

It's worth mentioning for readers of 192 Square Feet, that for all the money spent on sport, it's still incumbent on a student to find a school, not the other way 'round. So families, spend with great care; that money will not do the job of college selection for you. It's like the fancy private school route (of which I am full former participant) - junior still has to get the grades earn the recommendations and write the essays. The institution can only do so much for a student. And most families will spend more in youth soccer pursuits than the total dollar value of any scholarship they might be fortunate enough to receive; the vast majority of scholarships are partial, sometimes tiered- 50% scholarship the first two years, 75% the last two = 62% of a full-ride. @50K per year, that scenario comes to $75,050. Jackpot! Right?

Now, @2K per year, a 10-year travel soccer career has cut into $20,000 of that scholarship. Figure the kid goes to three camps a summer after Frosh/Soph/Junior years, at $700 per: $6,300 ($26,300). And before you buy these for $200 each year for five years ($27,300), or calculate the gas money, the meals on the road, the hotel rooms, the flights to the tournaments, the recruiting services, the private coaches, extra training sessions, running shoes, gym memberships...oh, and don't forget the tutors and SAT prep instructors. Doesn't take too long to spend the scholarship. Worse deal than a new car. And heaven forbid your baby wants to play for Penn State...$15,562 for a freshman this fall. The coaches there will treat a 62% scholarship like it's the same thing as that percentage at Duke (just under $57,000 per year!), so be sure to do that math! No one said coaches are smart. Or subtle. Or honest.

That's $9,648.44 to the good if junior goes to Penn State on a 62% ride. $35,340 if it's Duke. For the boys, of course, there's only 9.9 full scholarships per team; women's teams may have up to 14 full rides. But what no one will tell you is that not all programs are fully funded in scholarship dollars. Colgate, for instance, as of spring 2012 had 12 women's scholarships and 9 men's. And most rosters include 25-30 players. But back to PSU and Duke...a family has spent 3X the scholarship at PSU before junior graduates from high school...and it's pretty much a wash on the Duke deal too! What else could that 27-35,000 dollars have got your family over those ten years?

And That's Just The Money

For boys and girls the circumstances are notably different due to the number of programs. Title IX's lasting impact on women's college sports is pretty evident in this little word problem.

There are, roughly, 4 million soccer players registered with the USSF-affiliated programs in this nation. Divide that number by 13 (ages 5 through 18) and we have 307,000 players per year/age group, or 153,500 per gender. Those high school seniors who play the game are competing for spots on 598 teams (men's division I & III) and 735 (women's division I & III). The netherworlds of NCAA division II and NAIA soccer are less-traditional higher education options- comprehensive colleges, small state schools, religiously affiliated, etc. - and virtually none of the top liberal arts or research universities fall into these two categories. Presuming that most players would rather go to Williams or Stanford than Hastings College or Lindsey Wilson College (2011 NAIA Men's Finalists...) we'll work with those numbers alone.

That leaves us 255 players per year, per NCAA (DI & DIII) team graduating from high school. Over four years, each of the DI & DIII teams have a pool of about 1,000 players to pick from. Gulp.

The Dirtiest Secret

The biggest advantage, then, is in all likelihood the benefit that a sport can offer a student in terms of getting into a college. The top colleges and universities are all sliding underqualified kids into their dorms because they can run, kick, throw, tackle, swim or whatever better than the poor nerd who had really good grades, but not great. It's sadly laughable to see kids suing the University of Michigan for racial bias when they can't get into school...they ought to sue for athletic bias. Far more jocks benefit than any racial, ethnic, artistic, theatrical categories in the admission process. 40% of Haverford College students are varsity athletes, though the college can boast a 37% multi-racial or non-white population. Says a lot about how we value athletic prowess as a virtue, doesn't it? Ditto Williams, Middlebury, etc...

So, when your child is trying to get into schools, the bar will be considerably lower if the soccer coach finds them helpful in advancing the team's cause.

That's probably worth a few bucks to most of us.

Pretty cynical reason to play the beautiful game.


At Haverford we've got a 6' 4" GK from Sherburne, NY coming in next fall. Another GK from Seattle, WA who goes 6' 4", and neither of whom stood a chance of admission on their own. They have to go Early Decision just to be safe; 10 of 11 soccer players went ED in this year's freshman class and that's a normative ratio. But the kid from my former club is totally under the radar because he went in with a club that isn't part of the USSF Academy and plays for a high school (public) with 500 kids. He, 1. wouldn't have looked at Haverford if I hadn't happened to join the staff and discovered they just started an engineering partnership with Penn this fall, and, 2., certainly wouldn't have gotten in without the soccer program's support. Close but not quite. Two cliches pop into mind after this anecdote: It's not what you know, it's who you know; better to be lucky than good.

But he's good because he went to GK training 1 and 2 times per week for the last three years U15/16/17, and he'll be doing it again this year as a senior. No big name clubs. No crazy high fees. One tournament a year (I can hear Main Line parents swooning in shock as I type this) an eight game indoor season, eight match outdoor season in the summer and his scholastic season in the fall (not part of the club organization) for another 18 games. 37 games, 50 GK training sessions, and team training 2X per week for 8 months, or another 60 sessions, give or take. That's a ratio that'll make any kid in America maximize potential (and I specify America because I'm not certain it would be the same elsewhere...we've got some unique cultural challenges in our sports landscape that make it really tough to compare apples to apples). Especially when we consider he played 19 club contests against 110 club training sessions. Such a simple formula to get oneself into one of the nation's most selective schools. And his family forked over $750 bucks a year for the deal (full disclosure: add on the tournament cost, uniform, GK training in 2011-12 $350 - free the previous two years). The club has it's own training facility (indoor, turf) and all the coaches work for local colleges- no weekend warrior coaches there (more swooning....).

Bottom line? Find a fun training environment and create an energetic soccer culture around a kid, give them coaches who can get them to the next level (including contacts at the college level...) and let nature take its course. Just because the Joneses are forking over cash and spending their entire lives in the car sending junior to every competition under the sun doesn't mean their kid is going to be better off...or that it'll make your kid any better. Remember that 110 training sessions and 20 games (per year) will require significant sacrifices; no school play, maybe no second sport for the high school, things like that. But it does leave plenty of time for jobs, volunteering, other extra-curricular activities at school and so on.


PS article 2

Why do you want to play in college?
One of the things I discuss with older players at camps is the whole college recruiting process. When I ask players why they want to play college soccer (or any sport), the answers I heard ranged from scholarship money, to prestige, to wanting to play professional soccer to many other things like these. The answer I heard far to rarely was that they thought it would be FUN. I can say as someone who has been involved in college soccer for a number of years that if a player doesn’t truly love the game of soccer, college soccer will be a total nightmare. The first and really only reason a person should want to play college soccer is because they love the game and want to continue playing at the next level. If this isn’t “sold” to the players, they will have an awful experience.    --Lawrence Fine

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The Scholarship Divide

NY Times Scholarshp divide 1

Expectations Lose to Reality of Sports Scholarships  

By BILL PENNINGTON Published: March 10, 2008 

At youth sporting events, the sidelines have become the ritual community meeting place, where families sit in rows of folding chairs aligned like church pews. These congregations are diverse in spirit but unified by one gospel: heaven is your child receiving a college athletic scholarship. 

Parents sacrifice weekends and vacations to tournaments and specialty camps, spending thousands each year in this quest for the holy grail.  

But the expectations of parents and athletes can differ sharply from the financial and cultural realities of college athletics, according to an analysis by The New York Times of previously undisclosed data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and interviews with dozens of college officials. 

Excluding the glamour sports of football and basketball, the average N.C.A.A. athletic scholarship is nowhere near a full ride, amounting to $8,707. In sports like baseball or track and field, the number is routinely as low as $2,000. Even when football and basketball are included, the average is $10,409. Tuition and room and board for N.C.A.A. institutions often cost between $20,000 and $50,000 a year. 

“People run themselves ragged to play on three teams at once so they could always reach the next level,” said Margaret Barry of Laurel, Md., whose daughter is a scholarship swimmer at the University of Delaware. “They’re going to be disappointed when they learn that if they’re very lucky, they will get a scholarship worth 15 percent of the $40,000 college bill. What’s that? $6,000?”  

Within the N.C.A.A. data, last collected in 2003-4 and based on N.C.A.A. calculations from an internal study, are other statistical insights about the distribution of money for the 138,216 athletes who received athletic aid in Division I and Division II. 

Men received 57 percent of all scholarship money, but in 11 of the 14 sports with men’s and women’s teams, the women’s teams averaged higher amounts per athlete. 

On average, the best-paying sport was neither football nor men’s or women’s basketball. It was men’s ice hockey, at $21,755. Next was women’s ice hockey ($20,540). 

The lowest overall average scholarship total was in men’s riflery ($3,608), and the lowest for women was in bowling ($4,899). Baseball was the second-lowest men’s sport ($5,806).Many students and their parents think of playing a sport not because of scholarship money, but because it is stimulating and might even give them a leg up in the increasingly competitive process of applying to college. But coaches and administrators, the gatekeepers of the recruiting system, said in interviews that parents and athletes who hoped for such money were much too optimistic and that they were unprepared to effectively navigate the system. The athletes, they added, were the ones who ultimately suffered. 

Coaches surveyed at two representative N.C.A.A. Division I institutions — Villanova University outside Philadelphia and the University of Delaware — told tales of rejecting top prospects because their parents were obstinate in scholarship negotiations. 

“I dropped a good player because her dad was a jerk — all he ever talked to me about was scholarship money,” said Joanie Milhous, the field hockey coach at Villanova. “I don’t need that in my program. I recruit good, ethical parents as much as good, talented kids because, in the end, there’s a connection between the two.” 

The best-laid plans of coaches do not always bring harmony on teams, however, and scholarships can be at the heart of the unrest. Who is getting how much tends to get around like the salaries in a workplace. The result — scholarship envy — can divide teams.The chase for a scholarship has another side that is rarely discussed. Although those athletes who receive athletic aid are viewed as the ultimate winners, they typically find the demands on their time, minds and bodies in college even more taxing than the long journey to get there. 

There are 6 a.m. weight-lifting sessions, exhausting practices, team meetings, study halls and long trips to games. Their varsity commitments often limit the courses they can take. Athletes also share a frustrating feeling of estrangement from the rest of the student body, which views them as the privileged ones. In this setting, it is not uncommon for first- and second-year athletes to relinquish their scholarships. 

“Kids who have worked their whole life trying to get a scholarship think the hard part is over when they get the college money,” said Tim Poydenis, a senior at Villanova receiving $3,000 a year to play baseball. “They don’t know that it’s a whole new monster when you get here. Yes, all the hard work paid off. And now you have to work harder.” 

Lack of Knowledge 

Parents often look back on the many years spent shuttling sons and daughters to practices, camps and games with a changed eye. Swept up in the dizzying pursuit of sports achievement, they realize how little they knew of the process. 

Mrs. Barry remembers how her daughter Cortney rose at 4 a.m. for years so she could attend a private swim practice before school. A second practice followed in the afternoon. Weekends were for competitions. Cortney is now a standout freshman at Delaware after receiving a $10,000 annual athletic scholarship. 

“I’m very proud of her and it was worth it on many levels, but not necessarily the ones everybody talks about,” Mrs. Barry said. “It can take over your life. Getting up at 4 a.m. was like having another baby again. And the expenses are significant; I know I didn’t buy new clothes for a while. “

But the hardest part is that nobody educates the parents on what’s really going on or what’s going to happen.”  

When they received the letter from Delaware informing them of Cortney’s scholarship, she and her husband, Bob, were thrilled. Later, they shared a quiet laugh, noting that the scholarship might just defray the cost of the last couple of years of Cortney’s youth sports swim career. 

The paradox has caught the attention of Myles Brand, the president of the N.C.A.A.  

“The youth sports culture is overly aggressive, and while the opportunity for an athletic scholarship is not trivial, it’s easy for the opportunity to be overexaggerated by parents and advisers,” Mr. Brand said in a telephone interview. “That can skew behavior and, based on the numbers, lead to unrealistic expectations.” 

Instead, Mr. Brand said, families should focus on academics. 

“The real opportunity is taking advantage of how eager institutions are to reward good students,” he said. “In America’s colleges, there is a system of discounting for academic achievement. Most people with good academic records aren’t paying full sticker price. We don’t want people to stop playing sports; it’s good for them. But the best opportunity available is to try to improve one’s academic qualifications.” The math of athletic scholarships is complicated and widely misunderstood. 

Despite common references in news media reports, there is no such thing as a four-year scholarship. All N.C.A.A. athletic scholarships must be renewed and are not guaranteed year to year, something stated in bold letters on the organization’s Web site for student-athletes. Nearly every scholarship can be canceled for almost any reason in any year, although it is unclear how often that happens. 

In 2003-4, N.C.A.A. institutions gave athletic scholarships amounting to about 2 percent of the 6.4 million athletes playing those sports in high school four years earlier. Despite the considerable attention paid to sports, the select group of athletes barely registers statistically among the 5.3 million students at N.C.A.A. colleges and universities.  

Scholarships are typically split and distributed to a handful, or even, say, 20, athletes because most institutions do not fully finance the so-called nonrevenue sports like soccer, baseball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, swimming, and track and field. Colleges offering these sports often pay for only five or six full scholarships, which are often sliced up to cover an entire team. Some sports have one or two full scholarships, or none at all. The N.C.A.A. also restricts by sport the number of scholarships a college is allowed to distribute, and the numbers for most teams are tiny when compared with Division I football and its 85-scholarship limit.  

A fully financed men’s Division I soccer team is restricted to 9.9 full scholarships, for freshmen to seniors. These are typically divvied up among as many as 25 or 30 players. A majority of N.C.A.A. members do not reach those limits and are not fully financed in most of their sports. 

Ms. Milhous, whose Villanova field hockey team plays in the competitive Big East Conference, must make tough choices in recruiting. The N.C.A.A. permits Division I field hockey teams to have 12 full scholarships, but her team has fewer.  

“I tell parents of recruits I have eight scholarships, and they say: ‘Wow, eight a year? That’s great,’ ” she said. “And I say: ‘No, eight over four or five years of recruits. And I’ve got 22 girls on our team.’ ” 

That can mean a $2,000 scholarship, which surprises parents.

“They might argue with me,” Ms. Milhous said. “But the fact is I’ve got girls getting from $2,000 to $20,000, and it all has to add up to eight scholarships. It’s very subjective, and remember, what I get to give out is also determined by how many seniors I’ve got leaving.”

Two Brothers, Two Stories 

Joe Taylor, a soccer player at Villanova, received a scholarship worth half his roughly $40,000 in college costs when he graduated from a suburban Philadelphia high school three years ago. He had spent years on one of the top travel soccer teams in the country, F.C. Delco, and had several college aid offers. 

“It was still a huge dogfight to get whatever you can get,” Mr. Taylor said. “Everyone is scrambling. There are so many good players, and nobody understands how few get to keep playing after high school.” 

In 2003-4, there was the equivalent of one full N.C.A.A. men’s soccer scholarship available for about every 145 boys who were playing high school soccer four years earlier. “

There’s a lot of luck involved really,” Mr. Taylor said. “I can pinpoint a time when I was suddenly heavily recruited. It was after a tournament in Long Island the summer after my junior year. I scored a few goals. The Villanova coach was there, and so were some other college coaches. Within a couple of days, my in-box was full of e-mails. I’ve wondered, What would have happened if didn’t play well that day?” 

Mr. Taylor has a younger brother, Pat, who followed in his footsteps, playing on the same national-level travel team and for the same Olympic developmental program.

“He did everything I did, and in some ways I think he’s a better player than me,” Joe said. “But you know, I think he didn’t have the big game when the right college coaches were there. He didn’t get the money offers I did.” 

Pat Taylor is a freshman at Loyola College in Baltimore. Though recruited, he did not make the soccer team during tryouts last fall. 

“I feel terrible for him — he worked as hard as I did for all those years,” Joe Taylor said. Their father, Chris Taylor, said he once calculated what he spent on the boys’ soccer careers. “

Ten thousand per kid per year is not an unreasonable estimate,” he said. “But we never looked at it as a financial transaction. You are misguided if you do it for that reason. You cannot recoup what you put in if you think of it that way. It was their passion — still is — and we wanted to indulge that. 

“So what if we didn’t take vacations for a few years.” 

Pat Taylor, who started playing soccer at 4, said it took him about a month to accept that his dream of playing varsity soccer on scholarship in college would not happen. He looks back fondly on his youth career but also wishes he knew at the start what he knows now about the process.  

“The whole thing really is a crapshoot, but no one ever says that out loud,” he said. “On every team I played on, every single person there thought for sure that they would play in college. I thought so, too. Just by the numbers, it’s completely unrealistic. 

“And if I had it to do over, I would have skipped a practice every now and then to go to a concert or a movie with my friends. I missed out on a lot of things for soccer. I wish I could have some of that time back.”


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List of NCAA Women's Soccer - All Schools - All Divisions
If you click on the link it will take you to the NCAA website where you can see a list of all colleges that offer women's soccer. Drop down menu to select your sport.

As the number of soccer players in the United States continues to increase where do all of these players look to play at the next level? As a player have you ever asked yourself where you might, with hard work on the field and in the classroom play in college?

Do you know how many collegiate soccer programs exist at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels?

Number of Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Soccer Programs in Division I, II and III:

Women 945 (DI - 301, DII - 227, DIII - 417)

Men 765 (DI - 196, DII - 174, DIII - 395)

The NCAA Division I allows 9.9 scholarships for men's soccer and 12 scholarships for women's soccer. Division I schools only average 7 men's scholarships and 9 women's scholarships. The majority of the athletic scholarships that are handed out are partial scholarships.

Good grades are always a great way to get scholarship money from college institutions.

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NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

You are at an age when the last thing you probably want is more advice. But there is only one thing to do with good advice--pass it on.

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College-Bound Student-Athletes

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Registration

High school student-athletes planning on participating in future inter-collegiate athletic competition, especially at the Division I and Division II levels, must monitor the continuing development of their academic eligibility credentials as set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and register these credentials with the NCAA Eligibility Center beginning in their junior year of high school.

Note: Division III colleges are not monitored by the NCAA’s initial eligibility requirements, and do not require registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Contact your Division III college or university regarding its policies on admission, financial aid, practice and competition.

Five Steps toward being cleared academically by the NCAA Eligibility Center for initial Division I and Division II inter-collegiate athletic competition as an entering collegiate freshman:

Step 1.  Throughout your high school years, monitor closely your successful completion of required NCAA academic core courses by comparing your courses of study with those NCAA-approved academic core courses listed on pages 7 and 8 of the Hempfield High School Curriculum Guide.

Division I participation requires successful completion of 16 core courses in specific curricular areas. Division II participation currently requires successful completion of 14 core courses, but starting with the high school graduation Class of 2013 and beyond will require completion of 16 core courses. A minimum 2.00 NCAA core-course GPA is required for both Division I and II participation. Your core-course GPA, established by the NCAA Eligibility Center, will differ from your cumulative Hempfield High School unweighted GPA.

Step 2.  During your junior year in high school, student-athletes will need to complete an online registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Go online to and click on "Enter Here" under "NCAA College-Bound Student-Athletes". To create your initial-eligibility account, either click on the “New Account” button at the top right of the screen or the cell phone on the left side of the screen. You will need to provide a valid e-mail address, one that will be active after you complete high school. You will be completing requested basic information about yourself, your high school(s) of attendance during your high school career, and the sport(s) you plan to participate in at an NCAA Division I or II college/university. The Eligibility Center will also ask about the high school and/or club teams you have been a part of and events you have participated in during your high school career.

As needed in completing the “My Coursework” section, your current high school information is as follows:
                                    Current High School
                                    Street Address
                                    City, State Zip Code

Note:  If you have attended more than one school (including summer school) during grades 9-12, you will have to have this information for any additional schools ready as well.

Your account can only be processed with payment of an application fee of $60, payable online as you register with a credit card, debit card or e-check. (A fee waiver is available if you have been granted a fee waiver for either the SAT I or ACT exams.)

Step 3.  Plan on taking the SAT I and/or the ACT college entrance exam beginning the second semester of your junior year. The combined sum score of only the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT I exam are used to establish your NCAA academic qualification on a sliding scale comparing your minimum SAT sum score requirement with your NCAA core course GPA.

A sum score of the English, Mathematics, Reading and Science portions of the ACT exam is used to establish your NCAA academic qualification on a sliding scale comparing your minimum ACT sum score requirement with your NCAA core course GPA.

The minimum score sum requirements for the SAT I and ACT exams differ for Division I and Division II qualification.

When registering for either the SAT I or ACT exams, input the NCAA Eligibility Center’s code of 9999 to make sure that you meet the requirement of having the exam score reported directly to the Eligibility Center from the College Board (SAT) or ACT testing center. Scores listed on and reported through your Hempfield High School grade transcript are not acceptable.     

Step 4.  At the conclusion of your junior year of high school, request to have your official Grade 9-11 grade transcript sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all schools attended. Hempfield High School transcripts are released only through a student-athlete’s completion of a Transcript Release Form* available in the Franklin Counseling Office in the high school.
*This filed Transcript Release Form will also serve as a student-athlete’s request to have their final transcript (after graduation) sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center, completing the required submission to the Eligibility Center of all academic core course credits completed in high school.

Step 5.   On or shortly after April 1st of your senior year, you will need to access your personal Eligibility Center account to complete your final Amateurism Certification. This is a required supplement to the questions you had answered when you first registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Resources & Informational Contacts 

NCAA Eligibility Center website:

NCAA Quick References (Division I / Division II core credit requirements, Division I Sliding Scale, Tips / Worksheets for monitoring your eligibility progress, Hempfield's approved NCAA core course listing)

The Comprehensive NCAA Eligibility Center’s Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete can be viewed and downloaded from an NCAA informational website under "Resources".


Similar in some respects to the NCAA eligibility registration requirement, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) requires all high school student-athletes interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics at a NAIA member college or university to register with the NAIA Eligibility Center at To play NAIA sports in
2011-12 and beyond, every student-athlete must be registered with the NAIA Eligibility Center. A one-time $60 registration fee is assessed.

The NAIA is home to nearly 300 member institutions, mostly smaller colleges/universities that resemble some of the Div-III NCAA institutions. Some examples of NAIA member colleges/universities are:

Carlow College (Pittsburgh, PA)                                           
Cedarville University (Ohio)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Arizona, Florida)     
Goshen College (Indiana)
Houghton College (New York)                   
Johnson & Wales University (Rhode Island, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina)
Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA)

ACT or SAT scores are required for eligibility certification, and must be requested to be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center directly from the testing service using the NAIA Eligibility Center code number, 9876.

Upon graduation from high school, a student-athlete should request the release of their final transcript from Hempfield High School to the NAIA Eligibility Center by filing a Transcript Release Form in the high school Counseling Office.                     

Eligibility Qualifications for NAIA Intercollegiate Sports Competition

A student-athlete must graduate from high school, and satisfy two of the three following requirements:

1.     Achieve a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT exam or a minimum of 860
on the SAT exam (Critical Reading/Verbal and Mathematics sections combined).
2.     Achieve a minimum overall high school unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3.     Graduate in the top half of your high school class.

Helpful links for prospective NAIA student-athletes are provided on the website under Students-->How to Register:  Prospective Student-Athletes.  Further links on this page are at the bottom:  Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete and Am I Eligible?  

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National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of intercollegiate athletics for two-year colleges. As such, its programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a diverse group of student-athletes who come from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds and whose purpose in selecting a two-year college may be as varied as their experiences before attending college.

It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges.

National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

Mission Statement:

The NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement.

We serve our members by setting association standards, developing communication resources, providing regional/national competition and partnering in outreach to our communities and the world.

We are committed to equipping student-athletes and coaches to make a positive impact for Christ.

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Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree granting universities in the country. Its equivalent body for organized sports at colleges in Canada is The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (or CCAA). Some institutions are members of both bodies for different sports.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
The purpose of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletic participation. Member institutions, although varied and diverse, share a common commitment to high standards and to the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the total educational process.

Mission | The NAIA exists to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics.


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