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Le Mars Student Athletes

Athletic ability is a specialty that can make a difference in the college admissions

and

financial aid process. At most colleges, athletics are regulated by the rules

established

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 at

www.eligibilitycenter.org o

r

http://www.playnaia.org/

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

your

performance.

• Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to

college coaches at

your

schools of interest.

• Become familiar with the NCAA/NAIA rules regarding the recruitment of

athletes.

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

the process.

• Register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center if planning to play a sport at

college by the end of

your

junior

year.

• Make an appointment with your counselor to assure that you are taking

courses from an approved core curriculum.