The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) offers men and women the privilege to participate in following 23 sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Fencing, Crew/Rowing, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Water Polo and Rifle. Recruiting Facts In order to participate, a student must meet certain criteria academically in high school. Recruiting Definitions The NCAA Clearinghouse will verify as to whether a student will be eligible. Students must graduate from high school and have at least a 2.00 grade point average in a core curriculum of 16 academic core courses for Division I participation for the Class of 2008 and after. Eligibility Center
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Division I Initial Eligibility Toolkit
Division I only -- 16 core courses in the following breakdown:

* 4 years of English
* 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
* 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science) * 1 year of additional English, math or science
* 2 years of social studies
*4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)

Note: Computer science will no longer be used as a core course! Quick Reference Sheet

In addition, students must achieve a minimum score on their A.C.T. or S.A.T.; currently this is between a sum of 68 to 86 on the A.C.T.(sum of English, Reading, Math and Science) or between 820 to 1010 on the S.A.T. (recentered score). For the Class of 2005, it ranges from a low of 2.0 core GPA with an 86 total of scores on ACT or 1010 SAT I to a 3.55 core GPA with only a 37 total of ACT scores with a 400 total score on SAT I.

The grade point average is calculated only on courses that meet the core curriculum standards; all other courses taken in high school are eliminated and are not considered for eligibility. Each grade is considered on the following scale: A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points and D=1 point. This means that B+, B or B- grades are given equal weight (3 points) as an example. The eligibility scale shows that the higher the grade point average, the lower the ACT/SAT score is needed. The reverse is true as well; the lower the grade point average, then the higher ACT/SAT score. (GPA=2.5 or greater; 68 ACT/820 SAT; GPA=2.0; 86 ACT/1010 SAT)

NCAA 2015-2016 Guide for High School Counselors

About the National Letter of Intent (NLI)

The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions.

The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program.

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.

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The NCAA has 1,100 schools in three divisions: Division I has nearly 350 schools with over 6,000 Athletic Teams and over 175,000 Student-Athletes; Division II has 300 Schools with over 110,000 Student-Athletes, and Division III has 450 Schools and over 180,000 Student-Athletes. Approximately 24,500 students compete in 89 championships in these 23 sports. History of Multi-Division Differences and Classification There are 485,000 athletes competing nationwide. These numbers vary year to year History of NCAA Sports Participation 1980-2015
Students must file a form with the NCAA Clearinghouse; it is available online. The registration fee is $60 and is is a one-time fee. Students who have registered may log in to check their status. Students who don't register or who don't qualify may not be eligible to play or practice with their college team during their freshman year. The typical student-athlete in college has five years to complete four years of athletic eligibility. How do athletic scholarships work? Unfortunately, students who fail to meet minimum academic requirements or fail to register with the NCAA clearinghouse, may lose one of those years of eligibility to participate. National Letter of Intent FAQ Changes Waivers Application Waiver Instructions
What are the list of 48-H approved high school courses offered at your high school?
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There are also club sports that some colleges offer like: Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Riding, Rodeo, Skiing and Synchronized Swimming. Some of those club sports offer scholarships; for example, in Michigan, both Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech offer skiing scholarships.
In addition, Junior Colleges have their own athletic eligibility criteria. Contact for more information. Also, some colleges aren't affiliated with the NCAA for athletic eligibility. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or N.A.I.A. may be contacted at for more information.
If you are a high school athlete who is planning on participating in competitive sports in college, please consider some of the following recruiting process links:
Recruiting Process Links
2015-2016 Guide for the College Bound AthletExplaining the Recruiting Calendar
Official NCAA Football Division I Recruiting Calendar
Letter of Intent: Unintended Trap
NCAA 2015-2016 Recruiting Calendar
NCAA Football Recruiting Guide

NCAA Fact Sheet

Recruiting Test for Coaches

Another important links for sports camps is the National Strength and Conditioning Association .
As of 2014-2015, there were the following institutions participating in NCAA Sports with over 175,000 athletes competing in Division I and 485,535 athletes competing in all three divisions:
NCAA SPORT DIVISION I Championship Bracket DIVISION II Championship Bracket DIVISION III Championship Bracket
Baseball 295 64 271 32 385 42
Basketball-M 345 64 320 48 424 48
Basketball-W 343 64 289 48 443 50
Field Hockey 73 16 30 2 164 18
Ice Hockey 59-M/35-W 12 6M/4W n/a 74-M/52W 8
Soccer-M  200 32 214 16 413 44
Soccer-W 326 48 265 16 439 45
Gymnastics-M 15 12 0 n/a 1 n/a
Gymnastics-W 61 12 6 n/a 15 n/a
Lacrosse 68-M/106W 12 31 2 114 14
Football 250 n/a 172 16 218 28
Wrestling 76 n/a 59 n/a 94 n/a
Softball 289 48 299 32 415 43
Volleyball-M 21 4 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Volleyball-W 328 64 309 32 434 48
Water Polo 22-M/32-W 4 7-M/11-W n/a 15-M/17-W n/a
Swimming&Diving 134-M/195-W n/a 72-M/98W n/a 221-M/255-W n/a






















Cross Country 311-M/342-W n/a 277 n/a n/a n/a
Track-Outdoor 278-M/329-W n/a 208-M/231-W n/a 294-M-301-W n/a















Totals-all sports 6,475 n/a 4,915 n/a 7,981 n/a
The State of Michigan currently offers 27 colleges and/or universities that participate in NCAA sports. Some athletes do get full-ride scholarships (tuition/room&board/books paid); most student-athletes receiving grant-in-aid scholarships receive partial scholarships. There are maximum scholarships allotted to each school based upon eligibility status and athletic budget. Title IX (Gender Equity)continues to impact this criteria as well. Currently, this is how many scholarships that the NCAA allows in each sport:
NCAA Sport Scholarships Men Scholarships Women Division I Teams Division II Teams Total Teams HC=Head Count/EQ=Equity Notes
Baseball 11.7 n/a n/a n/a 1600 EQ
Basketball 13 15 679 581 3600 HC
Bowling 5 5 31 17 72 HC
Cross Country 12.69 18 309 218 n/a EQ
Fencing 4.5 n/a n/a n/a 21 EQ
Field Hockey n/a 12 n/a n/a n/a HC
Football 85 n/a n/a n/a n/a HC
Golf 4.5 6 521 335 1957 EQ
Gymnastics 6.3 12 78 n/a 98 EQ/HC
Ice Hockey 18 18 92 n/a 210 HC 18 spread out among 30 students
Lacrosse 12.6 12 144 n/a n/a EQ
Rifle 3.6 n/a n/a n/a n/a EQ
Rowing n/a 20 81 15 138 HC
Skiing 6.3 7 n/a n/a 74 EQ
Soccer 9.9 14 n/a n/a 2600 EQ
Softball n/a 12 286 264 n/a HC
Swimming & Diving 9.9 14 326 127 1040 EQ
Tennis 4.5 8 583 373 1050 EQ/HC
Track & Field 12.6 18 n/a n/a n/a EQ
Volleyball 4.5 12 329 286 1783 EQ/HC
Water Polo 4.5 8 n/a n/a n/a EQ
Wrestling 9.9 n/a n/a n/a 304 EQ
Totals 239 211 3459 2216 14547
NCAA Sport Division I Division II Division III Offer
Baseball 11.7 9 None  
Basketball(M) 13 10 None  
Basketball(W) 15 10 None  
Crew (Rowing) 20 n/a None  
Fencing-M/W 4.5/5 n/a None 43
Field Hockey 12 n/a None  
Football 85 (I-AA:63) 36 None  
Golf (M) 4.5 3.6 None  
Golf (W) 6 5.4 None  
Gymnastics (M) 6.3 6 None  
Gymnastics (W) 12 6 None  
Ice Hockey (New: Women's) 18 13.5 None  
Lacrosse (M) 12.6 10.8 None  
Lacrosse (W) 12 9.9 None  
Rifle 3.6 n/a None  
Soccer (M) 9.9 9 None  
Soccer (W) 12 9.9 None  
Softball 12 7.2 None  
Swimming&Diving (M) 9.9 8.1 None  
Swimming&Diving (W) 12 8.1 None  
Tennis (M) 4.5 4.5 None  
Tennis (W) 8 6 None  
Track-Indoor/Outdoor/Cross Country (M) 12.6 12.6 None  
Track-Indoor/Outdoor/Cross Country (W) 18 12.6 None  
Volleyball (M) 4.5 4.5 None  
Volleyball (W) 12 6 None  
Water Polo (M) 4.5 n/a None  
Water Polo (W) 8 n/a None  
Wrestling 9.9 9 None  
Potential Total-M 215 136.6 None  
Potential Total-W 164 81.1 None  
Totals 379 217.7 None  
Other Sports:
Bowling: 5
Skiing-M/W: 6.3/7 (Northern Michigan/Michigan Tech)
Slow-Pitch Softball:
Squash-W: 12
Synchronized Swimming: 5
Team Handball-W: 10
Water Skiing:
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NCAA History

1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS), later the NCAA, is formed.

1910 – IAAUS is renamed as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

1921 – The NCAA holds its first national championship, the National Collegiate Track and Field Championships.

1939 – The NCAA adds another national championship in basketball.

1952 – The NCAA headquarters are established in Kansas City.

1973 – The NCAA is divided into three subdivisions depending on level of play; Divisions I, II and III.

1978 – The NCAA divides Division-I football into their own subdivisions, Division-IA and IAA.

1983 – The NCAA starts athletic programs and competition for women.

1984 – The Presidents Commission, made of presidents from all divisions in the NCAA, is formed. The presidents set the agenda and plans for the Association.

2010 – The NCAA has approximately 1200 members across the country.