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For a lot of students, playing a sport is more than just a leisure activity. They live and breathe their chosen sport and many consider making it a career. If you are serious about sports and wish to play in college, it is mandatory to first register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

What Is The NCAA?

The NCAA stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, a not-for-profit organization that regulates athletes and organizes more than 90 national championships annually for certain sports.

You will not be allowed to play or practice your sport during your freshman year if you do not register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Registering with the NCAA also makes you eligible for financial help, provided you fulfill certain requirements.

What Are The Eligibility Requirements To Enroll?

To register, you must have graduated from High School and should be able to maintain a GPA of 2.00 in a core curriculum of 16 subjects for Division I and 14 subjects for Division II schools.

You have 5 academic years to complete the 4 years of athletic ability. There are also other academic requirements you need to fulfill during the course of your stay at school. If you do not manage to meet those standards, you risk losing at least one of those years.

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