NCAA _ NJCAA Regulations and the International Student by wuzhenguang


									  NCAA & NJCAA
  Regulations and the
  International Student

Robert Watkins
Assistant Director of Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin

Mike Donahue, PhD
Director of Admissions
History of the NCAA
Foreign Student Records
• 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
• 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
• Constant e-mails and faxes.
NCAA Regulations on
Bylaw 14.3 (initial
• 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
   •   The clearinghouse will evaluate transcript(s) to determine
       whether 14 (now 16) core-course requirement is satisfied.
Format of the Guide
– 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
Revision of the
International Guide

• Research each country’s secondary
  systems for 16 units.
• Check entries for accuracy/recent
• Update resources in each entry.
• Cite GPA calculation methodology.
Initial Eligibility -- NCAA
• Foreign student-athletes must register
  with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility

• Register online by completing the
  Foreign Student Release Form.
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
• 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
Seasons of Competition --
• 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 --
• Roberto has used one season of
• 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
• To a Division I institution, to play
  – 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
• To a Division II institution to play
  – 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
• To a Division III institution, to play
  – Academically and athletically eligible at the
    two-year school, as certified by the two-
    year school.
Four-Year College
• 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.
• Division I
  – No pay for play or salary.
  – No contracts.
  – No agents.
  – No competition with professionals, or
    expenses from a professional team.
• Division II and Division III
  – Tied to expected date of high-school
     • 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
• 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
  – 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
  – What has the student-athlete done since
    secondary school?
     •   Examine all postsecondary documents carefully.
• NCAA Guide to International Academic
  Standards for Athletics Eligibility
  – Click on “Academics and Athletes.”
  – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.”
  – Click on “International Student-Athletes.”
  – Click on link to the guide.
• NCAA amateurism rules
  – Click on “Academics and Athletes.”
  – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.”
  – Click on “Agents and Amateurism.”
• NCAA Transfer Guide
  – Click on “Academics and Athletes.”
  – Click on “Eligibility and Conduct.”
  – Click on “Eligibility.”
  – Click on link to Transfer Guide.
• NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse:

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