Get Off to a Good Start Academically
Too many promising players lose college opportunities for failing to do the right things in the class room. Remember: an A as a freshman counts the same as an A as a senior. You don’t HAVE to play catchup.
While a C in high school keeps you eligible to play via the No Pass No Play rule, a C usually hurts you in recruiting. Make sure you go to the NCAA website: www.ncaa.org and print off the NCAA sliding scale. Notice that a 2.5 gpa (half B’s/half C’s) requires you to score at least an 820 on the SAT test. The Scale slides according to your grade point average (GPA) and your test score. The higher your GPA, the lower your test score has to be. This is really important for any student who has any type of learning disability. You and your parents should both know your GPA (in core classes only) and how it fits into the NCAA Initial Eligibility (aka Clearinhouse) Sliding Scale.
Make sure you sign up and take an SAT/ACT test as a Junior. As a junior you should try to schedule that in January through April, giving you a couple of more opportunities later in the spring in case you need to take it again. The NCAA allows you to mix and match different components of different tests. Don’t wait until your senior year to take the test for the first time. College coaches cannot wait on you to get around to doing that.
Make sure you sign up with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center as a junior. Colleges cannot accept “unofficial transcripts”. Usually the best time to sign up is when you take your first ACT/SAT test