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NCAA--main site
The NCAA has once again completely revised its website. The new site has a simpler introduction to the important areas of interest to student athletes and college sports fans. It is harder to link to specific pages than in the past but it is easier for you to browse the site. Choose "Academics and Athletes" and start exploring the subject of eligibility and recruiting.

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NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

The NCAA seems to change yearly how they link this important guide. You can usually find it from the main NCAA home page by following links to information for student athletes and parents.
Information for student athletes and their parents. This page has numerous links to helpful information for student athletes and their parents. It is a great place to start searching the NCAA site.
This brief overview of the recruiting process is essential reading for student athletes. You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader to view and print the online version. Some details of recruiting rules and dates change every year. Always get the most recent version. New versions for the coming school year are usually available online in August or September.

Please keep in mind that the NCAA Guide tells the recruiting story from the NCAA's idealized point of view. Actual recruiting practices vary from this idealized picture and so you should get additional perspectives like those in The Sports Scholarship Handbook.

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
This is where you establish your academic eligibility for NCAA Divisions I & II.

NCAA database of colleges and universities sponsoring sports
This link provides access to the NCAA database of schools sponsoring various sports. It allows you to select by NCAA Division, conference and region of the country and then gives you a list of schools with links to some information about the schools. You can also find the competition schedule for a particular sport at a particular school. The database does not provide direct links to the schools's webpages or the schools sports pages. For that you should look at the American Colleges and Universities link or perform a "google" search.
NCAA Sports News
This site provides news stories and photos from NCAA competitions. It is a lot of fun, but it does not provide links back to the schools' sports websites or to their main webpages.
NCAA Divisional Manuals and other references
This is a mother-lode of NCAA rules and information. Much of it is pretty technical but it is the authoritative source when you really need to know an NCAA rule.
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NCAA College Transfer Guide
This guide is for student-athletes who plan to attend a junior college and then transfer to a 4 year school or student-athletes attending one 4 year school and planning to transfer to another. There are several different rules for different situations. Check the guide available online, and then if you still have questions you should make a call to the NCAA support phone line.

National Letter of Intent
The college recruiting scholarship agreement that most Division I and all active Division II schools use when offering scholarships.

NAIA--main website
College recruiting and athletic scholarship information for students considering NAIA schools.

NAIA Guide for the College-Bound Athlete
Information and advice from the NAIA for student athletes considering NAIA schools.

Getting started
If you are interested in competing in college sports and in receiving a sports scholarship it is never too early to start.

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