NCAA ELIGIBILITY SEMINAR
May 2013, Toronto, Ontario
On May 3, 2013 Holly Smith, Assistant Director of International Academic Certification at the NCAA, and Layth Gafoor, Managing Director of Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law, were keynote speakers on a panel looking at NCAA Initial Eligibility.
Jason Bogle, Managing Director of Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law, and Naki Osutei, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games, facilitated the seminar. The event was sponsored by IGNITE Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games. The seminar had representation from provincial sporting associations, government officials, guidance counselors, parents and of course athletes.
We would like to send a special thank you to Robert Harris, Athletic Director at the Toronto District School Board, and Susan McMahon of the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is home to the best collegiate athletes from around the world. For many families, having their son or daughter compete within the association represents a significant accomplishment in their emerging athletic career. While the basic NCAA principle of amateurism is straightforward on paper, the details can sometimes be dizzying.
At the seminar, many topics were discussed, including the newly updated 2016 initial eligibility requirements, amateurism legislation and issues, and Division I and II academic requirements. For instance, beginning in 2016, for a prospective student athlete first entering a Division I college or university to be labeled a “full qualifier”, the student must complete sixteen core courses, have a minimum core course GPA of 2.3, meet the competition sliding scale requirement of GPA and ACT/SAT, and graduate from high school. A prospective “full qualifier” student athlete for a Division II school must graduate from high school, earn a minimum of 2.0 in sixteen core courses and earn a SAT of at least 820 or ACT sum score of 68. A student who does not meet these requirements (a “non-qualifier”) is not eligible for athletic scholarships, nor can they compete in their first year of university/college. Please consult the resources below to learn more about core courses.
Understandably, parents and athletes can be misinformed about NCAA rules and regulations. This lack of awareness can sometimes jeopardize the athlete’s amateur status. In addition, athletes and families sometimes have to contend with unscrupulous agents and other parties seeking to exploit the athlete. This may include the provision of “prohibited benefits” such as cell phones, rent/house payments, clothing, cash, plane tickets and/or vehicle use and payments – all of which are strictly prohibited. Therefore, it is very important for athletes and families to get the correct information well in advance of recruitment.
Lucentem Sports and Entertainment has expertise in NCAA bylaws, rules and regulations. We also have the experience and relationships to address complicated questions regarding eligibility for Canadians. We’ve seen far too many cases where agents, coaches, teams or individuals prey upon the naivety of the athlete and/or family members. These scenarios can have disastrous consequences. Our initial approach is to encourage the athlete and family to connect directly with the eligibility centre at the NCAA. If clients have more complex questions, our firm can schedule a consultation with an organization, team or individual to resolve those concerns.
Feel free to contact us to request a seminar/presentation on the NCAA or if you have any other questions about the NCAA
(L-R) Jason Bogle, Holly Smith, Layth Gafoor, Greg Parkin, Christine Bailon, Paul Waldron
For more information, please refer to the following NCAA eligibility materials