College Sports

Everything you need to know about Eligibility Centers: how, when and why.

Some of the most important collegiate sport associations in the USA use an external agency to assess each prospective student-athlete academic and amateurism status. The role of the NCAA Eligibiity Center and the NAIA Eligibility Center (PlayNAIA) is to determine whether a PSA respects all of the rules to compete in the league, division and sport chosen.

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If you qualify as a Prospective Student Athlete then all you need to know is whether you can get an athletic and/or academic scholarship that will help you pay some or all the costs of attending a college in the USA.

You will need to:

Amateurism

Being a non professional athlete (an amateur) is one of the most important athletic requirements to compete for a college or university in the USA.

Student-athlete

It is called a PSA (Prospective Student-Athlete) the person intending to become a university student and defend the colors of his or her school  in one of the sports sponsored by the institution. From the moment in which the PSA is admitted into the university and into the college sporting system (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.), he or she becomes officially a student-athlete (SA).

American system

American colleges (2-year and 4-year schools) have generally an internal Athletic’s Department containing a full administrative structure that goes from the Athletics Director up to a complete marketing and communication staff, events coordinator and athletic material office

What are they

Athletic scholarships are given to those individuals who can demonstrate athletic abilities that could help a college team reach the goals set by the head coach and his or her coaching staff. 

Therefore, only the Head Coach and his staff (assistant coaches) can decide who and in which percentage will receive an athletic scholarship. 

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