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NCAA & NJCAA Regulations and the International Student Presenters: Robert Watkins Assistant Director of Admissions The University of Texas at Austin Mike Donahue, PhD Director of Admissions IUPUI History of the NCAA Foreign Student Records Committee • Origin of the group. • Membership (Founding Fathers). • Creation of the NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility. Transition to Committee Status 2000-Present • Official committee status obtained. • Second generation follows Founding Fathers. • Terms and representation. • Current membership. • Staff support. Committee Meetings • Two in-person meetings annually, with two out of every three in Indianapolis. • Teleconferences monthly while on latest project. • Constant e-mails and faxes. NCAA Regulations on Bylaw 14.3 (initial eligibility) • Evolution: increased unit requirements over time. • Sliding scale grades/SAT or ACT. • Latest change: 16-unit requirement. • Implications for international Guide. Format of the Guide – Category One: Document satisfies the graduation and core-curriculum requirements. • Generally, not evaluated for core-curriculum requirements. – Category Two: Document satisfies graduation, but not core-curriculum requirements. • The clearinghouse will evaluate transcript(s) to determine whether 14 (now 16) core-course requirement is satisfied. Format of the Guide (continued) – Category Three: Documents do not, by themselves, satisfy graduation. However, may be combined with Category one or two documents to determine whether the core- curriculum was satisfied. – Category Four: Documents indicate that the foreign student-athlete must satisfy the transfer requirements instead of initial- eligibility regulations. Full-time attendance triggers the start of the five-year period of eligibility. Revision of the International Guide • Research each country’s secondary systems for 16 units. • Check entries for accuracy/recent changes. • Update resources in each entry. • Cite GPA calculation methodology. Initial Eligibility -- NCAA • Foreign student-athletes must register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. • Register online by completing the Foreign Student Release Form. – www.ncaaclearinghouse.net Initial Eligibility • The clearinghouse calculates the grade-point average based on the grades on the senior or leaving certificate, not on the transcripts. • The clearinghouse does not provide foreign student-athletes with a preliminary certification report. – Evaluation is performed on the coursework/ grades that appear on the graduation document. Initial Eligibility – Clearinghouse Process • Send the following documents to the clearinghouse for review: – Original records or true copies certified by the appropriate educational authority; • Leaving certificate. • Transcripts. – English translations of the original records; – Student-release form and fee; and – ACT and/or SAT test scores. • TOEFL cannot substitute for ACT/SAT. Clearinghouse Numbers • Roughly two percent of all students who register with the clearinghouse are foreign. • Top three countries of origin: – Canada – Australia – Germany Initial Eligibility -- NJCAA • Graduate from high school (or international equivalent) or present the GED. • Meet established institutional admission and other academic requirements. • Non high school graduates can establish eligibility by: – Completing one term of college work with 12 hours passed and a 1.75 GPA. – Term must occur after student’s high-school class has graduated. Seasons of Competition • Two seasons allowed in NJCAA. • Four seasons allowed in NCAA (within a five-year time frame). – Seasons used at NJCAA count as seasons used in NCAA. • Any amount of competition counts as a season. Seasons of Competition -- example • Roberto attends an NJCAA school in 2004-05 and pitches in one inning of one baseball game. • He plans to transfer to an NCAA school in fall 2005. • How many seasons of competition does he have left? Seasons of Competition -- answer • Roberto has used one season of competition. • Had he stayed at the NJCAA school, he could have played one more season. • Upon transfer to an NCAA school, he has three seasons left. Transfer Issues • General rule: Any time a student-athlete transfers from one school to another, the student-athlete can’t play at the second school until he/she has served an academic year in residence at the new school. – Two-year college transfers. – Four-year college transfers. – 4-2-4 transfers. – Foreign student transfers. Two-Year College Transfers • To a Division I institution, to play immediately: – Qualifier: One academic term of full-time attendance, 12 hours transferable degree credit per term of attendance, 2.000 GPA. – Nonqualifier: Three semesters/four quarters of full-time attendance, AA degree, 48-semester or 72-quarter hours of transferable degree credit, 2.000 GPA. Two-Year College Transfers • To a Division II institution to play immediately: – Two semesters or three quarters of full- time attendance AND one of the following: • AA degree OR • 12 hours of transferable degree credit per term of attendance and 2.000 GPA Two-Year College Transfers • To a Division III institution, to play immediately: – Academically and athletically eligible at the two-year school, as certified by the two- year school. Four-Year College Transfers • Same general rule applies: transfer students can’t play for one full year at the second school. • Exceptions exist, but student-athletes must be eligible to use an exception. – Qualifier as certified by the clearinghouse. – Spent one full academic year at the institution from which they are transferring. Transfer Exceptions • Most commonly used: – Discontinued/nonsponsored sport. – Two-year nonparticipation. – One-time transfer. • Does not work in Division I football, basketball or men’s ice hockey. • No previous four-year transfer. • Academic eligibility must be certified. • Previous institution must release student. 4-2-4 Transfers • Division I – One calendar year lapse; – AA degree; – 24-semester/36-quarter hours transferable degree credit; and – 2.000 GPA. 4-2-4 Transfers • Division II – Same as 2-4 transfer. • Division III – Eligible at the first four-year OR – Two semesters/three quarters as a full time student at the two-year college AND 24- semester/36-quarter hours of transferable degree credit. Foreign Transfers • All foreign students are considered four- year college transfers, even if they are coming from a two-year college in a foreign country. • Allows for ease in certification. • 4-4 transfer rules apply. Amateurism • Division I – No pay for play or salary. – No contracts. – No agents. – No competition with professionals, or expenses from a professional team. Amateurism • Division II and Division III – Tied to expected date of high-school graduation. • Must enroll in college at first opportunity after expected date of graduation. • Delay of enrollment may result in loss of seasons of competition. • No pay for play. • No agents. 21-Year Age Rule (Division I only) • Student-athlete loses one year of competition for every year on/after 21st birthday that the individual engages in organized competition. • Applies if individual does not enter college before age 21. Division I Tennis, Swimming/Diving Rule • After high-school graduation, an individual has one year to matriculate (“grace year”). – Organized competition after “grace year” results in a loss of a season of competition for each year, PLUS the individual can’t play in his/her first year at the DI school. – 20-year age rule in tennis only. Initial Eligibility – Amateurism Issues • Review a foreign student-athlete’s expected graduation date to assist in determining amateurism status. • See pages 230-238 in the Guide. Initial Eligibility – Amateurism Issues • Do a thorough examination of the documents. – How old is the student-athlete? • They should be about the same age as a U.S. high- school graduate. – When did the student-athlete complete secondary school? • What is the length of the secondary-school system? Did the student-athlete finish in the prescribed time frame? – What has the student-athlete done since secondary school? • Examine all postsecondary documents carefully. Resources • NCAA Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility – www.ncaa.org – Click on “Academics and Athletes.” – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.” – Click on “International Student-Athletes.” – Click on link to the guide. Resources • NCAA amateurism rules – www.ncaa.org – Click on “Academics and Athletes.” – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.” – Click on “Agents and Amateurism.” Resources • NCAA Transfer Guide – www.ncaa.org – Click on “Academics and Athletes.” – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.” – Click on “Eligibility.” – Click on link to Transfer Guide. Resources • NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse: – www.ncaaclearinghouse.net • AACRAO: www.aacrao.org • NAFSA: www.nafsa.org • UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk • NJCAA: www.njcaa.org • NAIA: www.naia.org Questions?
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