The NCAA has once again completely revised its
website. The new site has a simpler introduction to the important areas
of interest to student athletes and college sports fans. It is harder
to link to specific pages than in the past but it is easier for you to
browse the site. Choose "Academics and Athletes" and start exploring
the subject of eligibility and recruiting.
overview of the recruiting process is essential reading for
student athletes. You will need the Adobe
Acrobat reader to
view and print the online version. Some details of recruiting rules and
dates change every year. Always get the most recent version. New
versions for the coming school year are usually available online in
August or September.
Please keep in mind that the NCAA Guide tells
the recruiting story from
the NCAA's idealized point of view. Actual recruiting practices vary
from this idealized picture and so you should get additional
perspectives like those in The Sports Scholarship Handbook.
This link provides access to the NCAA database
of schools sponsoring various sports. It allows you to select by NCAA
Division, conference and region of the country and then gives you a
list of schools with links to some information about the schools. You
can also find the competition schedule for a particular sport at a
particular school. The database does not provide direct links to the
schools's webpages or the schools sports pages. For that you should
look at the American Colleges and Universities
linkor perform a "google"
This guide is for student-athletes who plan to
attend a junior
college and then transfer to a 4 year school or student-athletes
attending one 4 year school and planning to transfer to another. There
are several different rules for different situations. Check the guide
available online, and then if you still have questions you should make
to the NCAA support phone line.