High school athletes that are interested in playing sports at the collegiate level should be registering with the NCAA’s eligibility center. The NCAA governs college athletes and the requirements are different depending on the Division the college is a part of. Requirements are many and governed by the NCAA (not South) and includes athlete registration, outlines contact rules and event provides information on how and when you need to send test scores, etc to the NCAA. Athletes and their parents are encouraged to review this information and seek help from their high school coach or the Athletic Director if they need to identify additional resources to understand what is required.
Two different accounts are available when a student registers at eligibilitycenter.org. Below are detailed instructions for completing both types of accounts.
A student-athlete must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. A student must also be registered with a Certification Account before they can make official visits to a school or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II. The registration fee is $90 for domestic students and $150 for international students. Registration typically takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
If a student-athlete is currently unsure which division they want to compete in or plan to compete at a Division III school, they should create a Profile Page. Creating a Profile Page is free and easy. Students should expect 15 to 30 minutes to complete a Profile Page. If at any time the student wishes to play at the Division I or II level, they can transition to a Certification Account and pay the registration fee to begin the certification process.
Please encourage your student-athletes that want to play college sports to complete their NCAA registration at eligibilitycenter.org. Students can find more information and resources about registering on our How to Register page.