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NCAA: Becoming a College Athlete
Students who would like to continue competing in their sport at the collegiate level need to being preparing when entering ninth-grade in order to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports. .

During this session, presenters express the importance of planning early, attitude, requirements, and recruiting information to parents and students that wish to play collegiate sports. Presenters have included:

  • Amy Scheuneman, NHSD Athletic Director, DI Athlete at Robert Morris University (Soccer/Track)
  • Rick Christensen, Duquesne University, Assistant AD & Director of Compliance
  • Matt Sprinkle, Chatham University Assistant Baseball Coach
  • Deborah Davis, NHHS Guidance Counselor
  • Kim Valeriano, Parent of NH Senior going through the recruiting process
  • Ava Pietrzyk, 2017 NHHS Graduate, Student-Athlete at Duquesne University (CC/Track)
  • Patrick Weber, NHHS Assistant Principal, DI Athlete at Penn State University (Football)
  • Steven Long, NHHS Teacher, DII Athlete at Seton Hill University (Baseball)
  • Elizabeth Cleary, NHHS Counselor, DI Athlete at West Virginia University (Swimming)

The agenda for the evening was as follows:

  • 7:00pm-7:10pm – Introduction, Purpose and Overview of Evening, Amy Scheuneman
  • 7:10pm-7:40pm – Setting a Course to Participate in Intercollegiate Athletics, Rick Christensen
    • NCAA Divisions (Find your fit)
    • DI & DII Requirements (Including Sliding Scales, Full Qualifier, Partial Qualifier and Non-Qualifier)
    • Eligibility Center Registration and FAFSA Submission
    • Amateurism Certification, Semester Restrictions & Final Qualifier Status
  • 7:40pm-7:55pm – Recruiting Information and Tips, Matt Sprinkle
    • What are college coaches looking for?
    • What are: Dead Periods, Quiet Periods, Official Visits, Unofficial Visits?
    • How can you market yourself?
    • When can I sign with a school? What is the National Letter of Intent?
  • 7:55pm-8:05pm – NH High School Help, Deb Davis
    • What students should be doing each year (Handout)
    • NCAA Worksheets & Class Selection
    • Transcripts & Reporting SAT/ACT Test Scores
  • 8:05pm-8:10pm – A Parent’s Perspective, Kim Valeriano
  • 8:10pm-8:15pm – A Student’s Perspective, Ava Pietrzyk
  • 8:15pm-8:30pm – NH Coaches and Advice
  • 8:30pm-8:45pm – Questions   
Handout for students applying to the NCAA
This is a worksheet that can be used to determine core GPA's for the purposes of NCAA eligibility
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