If an NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 athletic scholarship is your ultimate goal, then there are basic NCAA compliance rules and qualifications that you must know and stick to in order to stay NCAA compliance eligible.
Remember, it’s school first!
Sports is the vehicle to your education and long-term future. US schools will be considering your cumulative GPA from grade 9 through grade 12.
This is a list of basic requirements to help you ensure that you are on the right path and maintain compliance eligible.
1. Ensure that your high school marks and prerequisite courses are in order
These are the 16 core courses you must complete to become compliance eligible *
Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
Natural or Physical Science
Additional English, Math, or Natural/Physical Science
Additional Courses from any above area, foreign language, or religion/philosophy.
*Courses must be at University level. Meet with your guidance counselor to review your choices and ensure the right courses are being taken.
2. Maintain Amateur Status to remain compliance eligible
Do not compete in ANY CHL or Pro exhibition games and do not allow any CHL or Pro team to pay for ANY camp expenses beyond 24 hours.
3. Payments or gifts of any kind are strictly prohibited
from any team, team booster or representative, agent or advisor.
4. Write and successfully pass an SAT test
5. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
6. Do not refer to your Varsity Street Advisor as an “agent”
Agents have completely different jobs and suggestion of a relationship with one will only impede your NCAA eligibility.
7. Entering your “Overage Year” of Junior hockey
If you turned 21 years old before the end of the season, you must be registered full-time in a non-CIS school and attend classes regularly while having appropriate marks to maintain NCAA eligibility. Should you fail to do so, you will either be overlooked or may need to sit out one year of playing at the NCAA level. This applies to D-1 schools only.
8. Do not attend a CIS University full-time before you are done playing
This will start your NCAA eligibility clock and will take years off your eligibility. We recommend a maximum of 2 courses to be taken per semester. Online courses can be taken at the University but check with the school to see if they are transferable before registering.
9. An “Official Visit”, by definition, is paid for by the school
If you pay for it on your own, it is not considered an “Official Visit”.