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:
- English 1 - 4, American Literature, creative writing
- Math: Algebra 1 - 3, Geometry, statistics
Natural or physical science: biology, chemistry, physics. One year of lab if your school offers it?
- Social science: American History, civics, government
- 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.
Coming soon 9th - Grade 2021 Student-Athlete Syllabus