Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3427 Playing a sport in college is a lot different from playing a sport in high school. Colleges expect more from their athletes and the competition is much tougher. The NCAA is the organization that oversees most college athletic pro- grams. NCAA colleges are divided into three divisions. Division I and Division II colleges can offer athletic scholarships. Division III colleges (usually smaller, private colleges) cannot. Athletes who aren’t able to play a sport at a Division I or Division II college often go to a Division III college. These colleges are usually much more expensive, but be- cause the competition isn’t as great, more athletes are able to play at a Division III college. In order to make sure that athletes are ready for college level work, the NCAA has very strict rules about who can play a sport in college. High school athletes who want to compete at a Division I or II college must have a minimum GPA in a certain number of core courses. They must also have the required ACT or SAT score. Students thinking about playing a sport in college need to see their counselor to make sure that they’re taking the right courses. They should also take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year. For additional information on NCAA requirements, go to www.eligi- bilitycenter.org. Some colleges belong to the NAIA instead of the NCAA. To learn about NAIA colleges and their eligibility requirements, go to www.playnaia.org. Information for Athletes PART V Additional Information