Important steps during 9th - grade

Some of the most important steps to take as a student-athlete are the following:

  1. Get yourself a daily planner
  2. Attend school every day
  3. Turn in all required homework assignments
  4. Earn a minimum GPA of a 2.5 freshmen year
  5. Build a college list
  6. Participate in your sport
  7. Have fun

9th - Grade NCAA Core Course Overview

The NCAA core course requirements are part of the DI and DII eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible to compete and receive an athletic scholarship, you will need to take and pass a minimum of 16 core courses, covering the subjects of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy.


Preparing to Play Sports at a Major University

Students who play sports in high school may want to continue these activities in college. Preparing yourself starting in 9th - grade will give you a leg up on the competition. Although the playing field shifts somewhat with progression to collegiate-level sports, many 9th - grade student-athletes continue to participate in organized sports. By learning about the eligibility requirements involved in college sports and the recruiting process, you can prepare for a successful and enjoyable college sports experience.

GPA and Class rank:

Your 9th - grade is a critical year of high school because you are laying the foundation for your GPA and class rank.

What are Core Courses?

The NCAA has established a series of required high school courses that you must take, pass with a certain GPA as Core Courses to be eligible to play sports at either a Division I or II program.

Classes that are counted as NCAA Core Courses include the following:

  1. English 1 - 4, American Literature, creative writing
  2. Math: Algebra 1 - 3, Geometry, statistics
  3. Natural or physical science: biology, chemistry, physics. One year of lab if your school offers it?
  4. Social science: American History, civics, government
  5. Additional: comparative religion, Spanish 1 -4

If you take a high school course such as Algebra 1 or Spanish I before you start 9th grade, the class may count for your 16 core courses if it is on your high school's list of approved core courses and is shown on your high school transcripts with a grade and credit.

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NCAA Core Course Completion

Not all high school classes count as NCAA core courses. Only classes in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion, or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.

Study Skills

Good study skills can increase your confidence, competence, and self-esteem. They can also reduce anxiety about tests and deadlines. Good study skills can improve your ability to learn and retain knowledge. Students who use effective study skills may feel their work and effort is more worthwhile.

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is important because it equips us with the knowledge and skills needed to manage money effectively. Without it, our financial decisions, and the actions we take—or don't take—lack a solid foundation for success. Nearly half of Americans do not expect to have enough money to retire comfortably.

Sample Curriculum

Each month student-athletes are taken through a college and career readiness timeline to help them through the process of becoming eligible to play sports at an NCAA Divison I, II, III, NAIA, or Junior College. This process is done with a team of college admissions, financial aid, and SAT and ACT Prep student advisors. Students are supported on each of the critical steps they will need to accomplish to get into their dream school with a possible scholarship, or with financial aid.

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9th - Grade Student - Athletes College and Career Training

Your payment will give you a one - year subscription to the program including all webinars.

This training course is for all 9th - grade student-athletes that are planning on playing college sports at Division I, II, III, NAIA, or junior college level.