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October 22, 2010

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Eligibility Centers

With the recent emergence of the NAIA Eligibility Center, every student-athlete needs to know when and how to register for not only the NCAA Eligibility Center, but now also the NAIA Eligibility Center.

The NCAA and NAIA are two different entities and prospective student-athletes should be aware of this fact. They are both very similar in how they are run, but they are in fact, two separate organizations that student-athletes need to be registered for in order to compete at the next level.

The NCAA requires all student-athletes who compete at the Division I or II level to be registered for the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to verify that they are academically eligible to compete in collegiate athletics. The NAIA just recently launched their own eligibility center and student-athletes who want to compete at the NAIA level will need to be registered with them as well. The only level that does not require prospective student-athletes to be registered with an eligibility center is Division III.

For any student-athlete who wishes to compete at the next level, it is recommended that they sign up for both the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers. In order to register for these eligibility centers, you will need to go to their websites and fill out the respective forms. Below are web addresses for both eligibility centers:

NCAA Eligibility Center: www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.org/

NAIA Eligibility Center: www.playnaia.org/page/process.php

The best time to register for these eligibility centers is at the end of junior year. For NCAA schools, you will need to be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center before you can begin taking "official visits" at Division I and II schools during senior year. There is no way around these eligibility centers, so you must take these steps if you plan to compete at the next level.

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