Students who plan to attend college and participate in Division I or Division II athletics must be certified by the NCAA Intra-Eligibility Clearinghouse. To be certified by the Clearinghouse, students must successfully complete a core curriculum of approved academic courses. Detailed eligibility requirements are listed on the Clearinghouse website at https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/.
Seniors who are considering participating in Division I or II sports in college should submit a Student Release Form to the Clearinghouse this fall. These forms are available online. Student athletes are encouraged to speak with their guidance counselors and their coach to learn as much as they can about the process of certification, as well as the opportunities and responsibilities that await them. Freshmen, sophomores, and junior athletes should also realize that the courses they choose and the grades they earn now will determine their future eligibility.
Male students must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. It is their obligation, it's the law! They can submit their Selective Service registration information when they turn 17 years and 3 months. Registration takes only a few minutes on the Internet at www.sss.gov
or a registration card can be picked up at the post office. Once a young man registers, he stays eligible for programs and benefits connected to registration, such as college loans and grants, federal jobs, job training, and citizenship for immigrant men seeking to become U.S. citizens.
President Bush signed into law the "No Child Left Behind Act" on January 8, 2002. The law, which is now in effect, requires school districts to disclose names, addresses, and telephone numbers of high school students upon request by military recruiters and institutions of higher education, unless individual students or their parents have requested the information not be released.