Information for Parents
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Academic Eligibility - If your son plans to compete and receive and athletic scholarship from a Division I or II college he must meet the eligibility requirements.
Eligibility Center Registration - The NCAA encourages seniors to register with the Eligibility Center online. To register online the fee must be paid by credit card, and a transcript request form must be submitted to the Guidance Secretary.
Financial Aid - If your son is academically eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics and is accepted as a full-time student at a Division I or II school he may receive athletics based financial aid from the school. Division I or II financial aid may include tuition, fees, room, board, and books. Division III schools do not award financial aid for athletics.
Other Important Information
- All athletic scholarships awarded by the NCAA institutions are limited to one year and are renewable annually. There is no such thing as a four year athletic scholarship.
- Athletic scholarships may be renewed annually for a maximum of five years within a six year period of continuous college attendance. Athletic aid may be reduced or canceled at the end of each semester.
- Athletic scholarships are awarded in a variety of amounts, ranging from full scholarships (including tuition, fees, room and board, and books) to very small amounts (ie. Books only).
- You must inform the college financial aid office about scholarships received from all sources, such as local civic or booster clubs.
SOME STATISTICS FROM THE NCAA
"There are nearly one million high school football players and about 500,000 basketball players. Of that number, about 150 make it to the NFL and about 50 make an NBA team."
"Less than 3 percent of college seniors will play one year in professional basketball."
"The odds of a high school football player making it to the pros at all -- let alone having a career -- are about 6,000 to 1; the odds for a high school basketball player -- 10,000 to 1."
The message? Instead of focusing on which college can lead to a career in the pros, focus on which college can provide the best education.
Agents - During high school, your son might be contacted by an “agent” who is interested in representing your son in contract negotiations or for commercial endorsements. Some “agents” may identify themselves as such others will simply state that they are interested in your son’s general welfare and athletic career. They may offer gifts or other benefits to you and your family. Please understand that your son will endanger his NCAA eligibility if he or any family members accept gifts or benefits from an “agent."
Scouting Services - During high school you or your son may be contacted by a scouting agency or service. The NCAA does not endorse or support any of these services. Remember that if you choose to use such a service that the service or agency may not base their fee on the amount of a student’s scholarship. In addition understand that every coach at La Salle High School will promote your son as much as possible provided that your son expresses interest in being involved in college athletics.
Recruiting - The amount and type of contact that a college may have with your son varies depending upon his academic year in high school, the sport your son is being recruited for, the month of year, and whether the school is NCAA Division I, II or III. To be sure that your son is being recruited legally, please see the NCAA Website for recruiting regulations