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Le Mars Student Athletes
Athletic ability is a specialty that can make a difference in the college admissions
financial aid process. At most colleges, athletics are regulated by the rules
by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) or NAIA (National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). The recruitment and enrollment of college
athletes are governed firmly by the NCAA's and NAIA's rules.
To be eligible to participate at the NCAA Division I or II level and NAIA, where full
athletic scholarships are awarded, students must be certified as eligible by the
NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center. Additional information is available atwww.eligibilitycenter.org o
At a NCAA Division III college, where athletic scholarships are not awarded, admission
offices generally look favorably upon student athletes who also meet the college's
academic entrance requirements.
Suggestions for the student athlete:
Inform your high school coach that you are interested in playing
that sport in college.
Ask the coach when he/she would be available to
meet with college coaches to discuss
• Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to
college coaches at
schools of interest.
• Become familiar with the NCAA/NAIA rules regarding the recruitment of
The School Counseling Department suggests that student athletes:
• Inform their counselor that they are interested in competing in athletics at the
college level during their junior year. Counselors can outline the athletic
recruiting process and what the role of the student should be in
• Register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center if planning to play a sport at
college by the end of
• Make an appointment with your counselor to assure that you are taking
courses from an approved core curriculum.