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NCAA rules - explanations

This thread is to provide and accumulate explanations of various NCAA rules.
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Transfer rule

Tennisace explains transferring

Originally Posted by Tennisace View Post
There are three scenarios of transferring:
1) The home coach grants the transfer the ability to immediately play without the loss of eligibility,
2) The home coach does not grant the transfer the ability to immediately play but the transfer does, resulting in a loss of one year of eligbility,
3) The home coach does not grant the transfer the ability to immediately play and the transfer sits out a year, without the loss of eligibility.

An example of 1) is Cohen and Borsanyi.
An example of 2) is Suzi Fodor (she transferred out of Mississippi St. her freshman year and was only eligibile to play two years at Cal)
An example of 3) is Amanda Craddock (who sat out a year/played on the tour).
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Tennisace explains transferring
Can you also explain what happens to their scholarships? From what I understand, if a person is granted permission to leave or not granted permission to leave, you will lose your scholarship if you transfer to another college in your conference. Is that correct?
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Recruiting tips for players by HS year

9th grade

* Understand the academic requirements for the type of school you plan to attend. For example, the NCAA recently increased the number of required core courses needed to qualify. The list of approved core courses for your school are listed at the NCAA Eligibility Center. In addition to governing body standards, individual schools have standards as well.
* Start keeping track of your complete player record and significant wins.
* It is a good idea to take advantage of reputable free services - like those provided at and If you decide to use such a service, keep your profile updated and current.

10th grade

* Stay on track with your coursework and monitor the approved core courses. (See above.)
* Continue updating your player record.
* Start researching schools that you have heard of in the past and may want to consider.
* You are allowed to take unofficial visits to schools.
* Coaches may not initiate contact with players.
* You may initiate a call to the coach - but the coach may not call you.
* You may receive camp brochures and questionnaires.

11 grade

* Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and take a look at the amateurism questionnaire. if you have interest in NCAA Division I or II schools. Registration - which includes several questions about your sports history - can be done over the Internet.
* Try to take the SAT and/or ACT during your junior year. Request test scores to be sent to the Eligibility Center (the code is "9999").
* Understand the GPA and board scores necessary for admission. Minimum NCAA standards are shown here, but your school may have more stringent standards.
* You are allowed to take unofficial visits to schools.
* You can receive approved recruiting materials starting September 1.
* You may initiate contact with coaches.

Summer after 11th grade

* Make sure that you are registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
* Test scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from either the SAT or ACT (the code is "9999"). You may also want to consider updating this information at
* Coaches may contact you in the summer after your junior year:
o Division I - after July 1 (once per week)
o Division II - after June 15
o Division III - immediately after you complete your junior year.
o NAIA - no limit
o NJCAA - no limit
* Have your high school guidance counselor send a copy of your transcript to the Eligibility Center. This applies to all high schools attended.
* You are allowed to take unofficial visits to schools.

12th grade

* If you have not already done so, you MUST register with the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have interest in NCAA Division I or II schools.
* Can take official visits beginning the first day of school your senior year.
* Only one official visit per college - maximum of five visits are allowed.
* Can take unofficial visits to schools of interest.
* Coaches are permitted 3 in-person, off-campus contacts per prospect (this includes relatives or legal guardians) starting on the above listed summer dates.
* Do not sign National Letter of Intent (NLI) prior to 7:00 am on the first dates listed or after the final signing date:
o November - early signing period. (Nov 12-19, 2008 for this year)
o April - late signing period. (April 8 - August 1, 2009 for this year.)

One other note is that Division III schools are not subject to the majority of these restrictions. Division III schools can send you written materials at any time, there is no limit on the number of phone calls or when they can be made, and there is no limit to the number of official visits you can take (but only one per school).

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Recruiting terms

There are a number of terms that are used in college recruiting. Here is a quick list of terms you should understand.


Any off-campus, face to face meeting with you or your parents - that consists of more than a "hello".

College Visit

Official Visit - You and your parents visit a college campus paid for by the college (including transportation, room and meals).
Unofficial Visit - You and your parents visit a college campus at your own expense.

Contact Period

1. Coaches may have 3 in-person contacts on or off campus with you or your parents. Visitation by you to a college campus is allowed.
2. A visit by a coach to your school or an event is allowed. They may also phone (once a week) or write during this time.
3. At tournaments, coaches may not talk to you once you have registered for the event until you are completely out of the entire event.

Dead Period

The coach may not have any in-person contact with you or your parents at any time. They may call or write you or your parents during this time.
Division I Dates: Monday through Thursday of the week that includes the fall or spring signing of the National Letter of Intent -> Nov 10-13, 2008 and April 6-9, 2009.
Division II Dates: During the 48 hours prior to 7am on the initial date for the fall or spring signing of the National Letter of Intent -> Nov 10-12, 2008 and April 6-8, 2009.

National Letter Signing

55 Conferences and over 500 schools use this binding contract. Do not sign prior to 7:00 am (local time) on the following dates or after the final signing date: Nov 12-19, 2008 and April 8 through August 1, 2009.

Other Information

You should also take a look at the official resources put out by the collegiate governing bodies and the NCAA Eligibility Center. There is a great wealth of information here, but it may take some time to sort through it all:

* NCAA Recruiting Guidelines
* NJCAA Guidelines
* NAIA Guidelines
* NCAA Eligibility Center
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Taking time off

Matriculation Eligibility Rules. NCAA rules that allow players to retain their amateur status while playing professional events and not accepting prize money.

The NCAA rule states that the student-athlete is expected to complete high school according to the "prescribed educational path in his or her country". The student-athlete then has one additional year in which he or she must enroll to retain four seasons of eligibility.

In other words, in this country, once you start high school, you are expected to finish in four years and enroll in college within a year after that - period. A student who does not enroll at a collegiate institution after that one year period will lose a season of intercollegiate tennis eligibility. And, after that one-year period, if the student-athlete has engaged in organized tennis (e.g., tournament tennis), the student-athlete must attend school for a year before being eligible to compete.

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Home schooling

Home schooling has firmly positioned itself as a legitimate educational option. There are an estimated 1.5 million home schooled students in the U.S. Given the travel time required to obtain a high USTA national or ITF ranking, it is no surprise that many junior tennis players and their families make the decision to follow this route.

Travel translates to school days missed. Independent study, flexible scheduling, and online classes - the hallmarks of home schooling - can make tennis travel more manageable.

However, when it comes time for college recruiting, I frequently see home-schooled junior tennis players who are both surprised and disappointed to discover that their academic records are insufficient or incomplete.

Home-schooled student-athletes typically don't have access to the traditional sources of college guidance available at public and private schools, and that lack of guidance can lead to future eligibility issues. This unpleasant scenario can and should be avoided by exercising careful advance planning, obtaining accurate information about academic requirements and NCAA rules, and consulting with a college counseling professional or a college athletic consultant.

Start with the NCAA Eligibility Center - the NCAA department that certifies student-athletes who want to participate in Division I and II athletics. The Eligibility Center has specific guidelines for home-schooled students. Anyone interested in home schooling or other nontraditional high school programs (e.g., online, correspondence, private tutoring, etc.) should familiarize themselves with this information very early on in the process.

And, if you're aiming for the top academic schools like the Ivies, keep in mind that the minimum NCAA academic requirements will not be sufficient. Premier institutions will expect your academic credentials to be very close to those of the regular applicants. Home-schooled applicants without a conventional high school transcript may find that their standardized test scores (SAT I, SAT II, and AP exams) take on more meaning than they might be for other applicants.

Home schooling and other forms of independent study are attractive options for junior tennis players. But if you're interested in playing college tennis, make sure to plan ahead and understand the academic guidelines!

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Division 1 2009 regional realignment

From the ITA website

ITA Announces Division I Regional Realignment

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The ITA announced that effective in August 2009, the ITA membership will be aligned into 12 new Regions for all NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tennis programs.

For almost 40 years, the Division I membership of the ITA has been divided into eight regions, based previously upon regional alignments created by the NCAA for the purpose of selection into NCAA championship events.

The discussion about this expansion plan first began last fall with the ITA Realignment Task Force presenting its Regional Realignment Proposal during the ITA Coaches Convention in December. After extensive discussions and careful review, the ITA Operating Committee agreed to endorse this expansion.

The goal of the realignment is to benefit the student-athlete well being and experience while being sensitive to the economic environment. The three main components considered with the expansion were: 1) Geographic location, 2) Increasing participation and recognition opportunities for student-athletes, and 3) Creating competitive balance with consideration to conference affiliation.

The ITA Regional Championships Program is one of the premier ITA programs, and participation in these events is a highlight for thousands of Division I varsity student-athletes. By increasing the number of Regions and further minimizing the area per Region, a larger percentage of institutions will be able to drive to these Regional Championship events, thus helping to reduce travel costs. And at the same time, since a fewer number of schools will comprise each Region, student-athletes from those participating programs will have more opportunities to participate in these prestigious events.
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Admission and transfer requirements

Form explains 4 general rules.

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Admission and transfer requirements vary wildly from school to school.

Four general rules:

a) Must make NCAA minimum on courses taken in HS and you must achieve a minimum GPA vs SAT score.... but many schools require more than that... (Example: Stud Linebacker from Centennial signed with USC football but now going to Arizona State because he couldn't get admitted to USC but he could get admitted at ASU).

b) Transfer: NCAA rules require departing athlete must be academically eligible at the school they are leaving; whatever that schools eligibility requirement is. If on probation, no eligibility if you transfer.

c) Eligiblity: NCAA rules require athlete advances 20% toward degree in their 'major' ... so by end of soph year you must be at least 40% of requirements toward you declared major. 60% after junior year, 80% for red shirt 5th year students.. If not, or if you switch majors and thus are not that far along, then you are ineligble until you catch up.

d) Transfer: 99.9% of conferences have internal rule that does not permit transfer within conference. If you do, you are ineliglbe for one year. (So someone couldn't go from St Mary's to Pepp after freshman year as an example).

Everything else is fluid.

Examples I know of:

CSU's and UC's require a high TOEFL (English test for ESL kids) while Clemson does not require the test at all. Thus Clemson is very easy for Euro kids to get into. TOEFL requirement varies by school system or even by university.

For int'l students, many schools (incl. all but one in the Big West) have special international fee waivers that makes the fees in state level. LB requires a 3.6 gpa or tea/parents has to cover the differnece.. while CSUN only requires NCAA eligibility (mid 2.5) to qualify so their intl's are pretty cheap.... so that makes budgets and recruiting widely different. And in sports like baseball or men's volleyball, that is an even bigger deal since most are on partial scholarships and the parents make up the difference. The difference can be $12K per year. So CSUN should be kickn a** more than they are, as an example.

Other than a, b, c and d... it is all over the place....
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ITA Indoor Championships

Selection Process (NEW):
The ITA Operating Committee updated the automatic selections due to the expansion from 8 to 12 Regionas at the convention meetings in December 2008. Only the Regional Champions (singles and doubles) will receive automatic entry into the tournament. Also, last year's Intercollegiate Indooor Champions will NOT receive an automatic entry.

A singles player who reaches the semifinals at the ITA All-American will receive an automatic berth. For doubles, an automatic berth will be given to the team that wins the ITA All-American Championship.

The single and doubles Super Bowl Champions from the ITA National Small College Championships will receive an automatic berth as well.

Singles: (32 draw)
- 12 regional champions
- 4 All-American semi-finalists
- 1 super bowl champion
- 2 host wildcards
- 12 at-large bids
- 1 ITA wildcard

Doubles: (16 draw)
- 12 regional champions
- 1 All-American champion
- 1 Super bowl champion
- 1 host wild card
- 1 at-large

Wildcards (NEW):
The Host School receives a wild card into each draw. As decided by the Operating Committee in December 2008, the host school is guaranteed 2 players in Main Draw Singles. If one player qualifies and only one wildcard is needed, the 2nd host wildcard will become an at-large selection. If the host site qualifies 2 players, they will still receive on wildcard and the 2nd wildcard will become an at-large selection.

An ITA wild card in singles can be given for any reason. The selection committee can also decide not to use the ITA wild card, in which case an "at-large" candidate would fill the spot.

Seeding for the event will be based on Pre-Season ITA Rankings and fall results.

At-Large Selections:
To be considered for an at-large selection in singles, a player must have reached at least the quarterfinals of an ITA Regional Championship. From this pool, the ITA National Tournament Committee will select singles players in order of preseason ITA national ranking (once the ranking lists has been exhausted, the committee will make the selction based on fall results/performance.) Wild card selections do not have to necessarily meet this criteria.

For doubles, the selections will be made from the pool of teams that have reached at least the Quarterfinals at an ITA Regional Championship (but not necessarily in order of ranking).

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Re: Transfer rule

Form explains a new transfer rule.

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PASSED: This is the last year a mid year transfer in January is allowed in tennis. Next year, none of these January moves after having started fall at another school.
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Re: Taking time off

Form explains a proposed new rule.

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PROPOSED: Change tennis rule to require first enrollment within 6 months of high school graduation. So, if you grad in Spring 2010... you have to start no later than January 2011. You get one extra semester (to decide or clean up academic shortfalls). If you delay longer, you lose a year of eligibility and have to sit a year in residency.

This is designed to cut down the:

• the int'l kids (and a growing number of US kids) trying a year of pro tennis and then doubling back to college

or the

• "I didn't get the offer Top 20 offer I wanted so I'm gonna try the pro's while I wait for a better offer" gambit
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Re: NCAA rules - explanations

Can you explain club tennis rules, and especially in terms of accepting any money from a USTA tournament?

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Re: NCAA rules - explanations

In regards to accepting money from either a USTA tournament, WTA or international ITF professional event, a prospective junior player may retain amatuer status, by not delaring professional status, and completing a NCAA/ITA form in which the tournament director signs off on that itemizes the expenses of the player only, and then may accept the prize money as a form of expense reimbursement. The payment can not exceed the amount of the itemized expenses to play in the event. The NCAA needs the forms as proof. So if the prize money was $1,580, but the itemized expenses only totaled $800, then all you can collect is $800. It's easy for the NCAA to see the amounts, since the WTA player pages shows each tournaments prize money by individual player, so you have to have the proof that you didn't report the money as expenses.
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ITF women's circuit vs WTA women's tour

I explain the difference between the ITF women's circuit and the WTA women's tour.

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) women's circuit is like the minor leagues of tennis.

The ITF events have 5 levels. $10,000, 25k, 50k, 75k and 100k tournaments.

Finalists of the 25k tournaments get entry into the qualifying draw of a lower WTA Tier 4 or 3 event.

Finalists of the 50k or higher tournaments get a wild card into the main draw of a lower WTA Tier 4 or 3 event.
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The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour events have 5 levels in rising order. Tier 4, Tier 3, Tier 2, Tier 1 and Grand Slam events.

So 5 tiers for the minor leagues, ITF women's circuit, and 5 tiers for the major leagues, the WTA women's tour!
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