General Information

Thinking about Division I or II Sports in College?

The NCAA Clearinghouse was organized as a means to insure that a student athlete is academically clear to compete in intercollegiate sports at the Division I or II level. If you are interested in playing sports at a Division I or II school, it is your responsibility to be sure the NCAA Clearinghouse has the documents it needs to certify you. These documents include:

Your completed and signed Student Release Form and Fee.
Your official transcript mailed directly from every high school you have attended.
Your SAT or ACT scores.
Q: Why do I need to register and be certified?

A: If you intend to participate in Division I or II athletics as a freshman, you must register with and be certified as eligible by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility. Initial eligibility certification pertains only to whether you meet the NCAA requirements for participation in Division I or II athletics and has no bearing on your admission to a particular Division I or II institution.

Q: When should I register?

A: You should register with the Clearinghouse as soon as you decide you would like to participate in athletics as a college freshman .

Q: How do I register?

A: Complete the registration form on the NCAA web site and complete the required information. Bring your Student Release Form to the Registrar's office at L-S and the Registrar will send an official copy of your Transcript directly to the NCAA.

IMPORTANT: Arrange to send your SAT scores by entering '9999' on the SAT Registration form in Section 11. If you have already taken the tests, arrange to send your scores on-line under the code '9999'.

Q: What will the clearinghouse send to my colleges?

A: The clearinghouse will send your eligibility status to any Division I or II college that requests it, provided you have given permission on your student release form for the school to recieve the information.


Thinking about Division III Sports in College?

If you are interested in athletic competition at the Division III level, registering with the NCAA clearinghouse is unnecessary. However, you may wish to be in contact with a coach or coaches at your schools of interest in their school and athletic program.

The Counseling Department suggests that student-athletes do the following:

-Inform their high school coach that they are interested in playing that sport in college. Ask the coach if he or she is available to college coaches.

-Prepare and mail a short letter of introduction and an athletic resume to college coaches.

-Browse the web pages many college athletic departments have on the Internet.

-Become familiar with the NCAA rules regarding the recruitment of athletes.

-Visit the NCAA website to familiarize yourself with the pertinent information presented there.

Consumers need to investigate for fee sites thoroughly to insure that they provide services commensurate with their cost. These sites are listed soley for informational purposes. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

Be wary of organizations that will promise to find a student sports scholarship. The only athletic divisions that give scholarships have very clear academic ACT/SAT guidelines. Work with your counselor to determine your eligibility and the process for registering with the NCAA. You will first register for the NCAA Clearinghouse after your junior year final grades are recorded.

On-line resources

Athletic Aid (

The goal of this site is to help high school athletes find information and advice that can guide them through the college sports recruiting process.


This site contains valuable information for the potential college athlete including eligibility requirements for Division1, 2, & 3 schools.


The National Junior College Athletic Association provides opportunities for student-athletes to continue their athletic careers. The NJCAA is divided into three divisions just like the NCAA. The schools that are members of this organization are two-year community and junior colleges. After completeing their eligibility, a student-athlete may choose to continue their academic and athletic career at a NCAA or NAIA school.


The small, private colleges and universities that are members of NAIA offer most of the same opportunities as NCAA schools.

So you want to be a college athlete. That's great! Now, you have to learn the process to actually be a college athlete. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) has developed a process that ensures that all participating colleges and universities and their student-athletes are competing on a "level playing field" and that all prospective athletes are academically eligible to participate.



When a high school athlete daydreams about playing sports at college, does he see himself sitting humbly on the bench waiting for the coach to send him in? Probably not. Instead he sees himself acknowledging the cheers of the fans, granting an interview in the locker room after the game, and weighing the merits of an attractive offer to go professional. In short, he has the same fantasies that thousands of other young men and women have: that college will be the springboard to fortune and the big leagues.

Here are some things to consider:

Only two out of every 100 college basketball players make it to the pros.
The professionals for any major sport are usually drawn from big institutions, which are treasure troves of first -rate athletes playing on outstanding teams.
The average pro football career lasts only three years.
These realities indicate that the college-bound ahtlete must think ahead to when the cheering stops. Careers in sports can end abruptly. Starting spots can evaporate after only one year. More often, college athletes have problems with eligibility. Practice schedules are hard on grades. Some players spend more than four years trying to graduate and eventually their eligibility expires.

If you are a high school athlete who wants to play college-level sports, keep two priorities in mind: COLLEGE FIRST, SPORTS SECOND. Avoid situations that might leave you without a degree or even a team to play on.

This is a free webinar designed to educate high school student-athletes and their parents about the recruiting process.




Research the colleges that fit your academic and athletic needs. College reference books and search engines on the Internet can assist you. Establish a tentative list of colleges that you woulld like to contact. Make sure you are academiically eligible for admission to each school on the list. Also make sure that your grades, ACT/SAt scores, and class rank will allow you to be eligible athletically, as well. Your high school counselor can help you if you are not sure.


Show your list to your coach and ask for feedback on how realistic your chances would be for each school. Ask if he/she would be willing to make/receive contacts on your behalf. If the answer is yes, provide your coach with the following information:

  • A list of the colleges you plan to contact with each college's coach, phone number, email address, and mailing address
    Copies of the documents you are sending to each college
    A copy of your current high school transcript and resume


  • A copy of your college/career goal statement
    Copies of your letters of recommendation from other adults
    These documents will allow your high school coach to advocate for you knowledgeably. it is important to have his/her support.


Send an introduction letter - either from yourself or your coach - and your athletic resume to each college coach. Spring of junior year or Fall of senior year can be good times to send these. You can also send a skills tape and game tape with this initial information, or you can offer to send them "upon request".


Make sure to take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of your junior year. Most college coaches will insist on knowing your scores before considering you.


If you are pursuing NCAA Division I or II programs, file a completed NCAA Clearinghouse release form at the end of your junior year or beginning of senior year. You can find the release form at


Colleges will often respond by asking you or your coach to complete an athletic questionnaire. If you recieve a questionnaire from a random school, take the time to fill it out! You never know when an unexpected opportunity might come your way.


Keep in mind that summer sports camps and tournaments provide excellent opportunities for networking with college coaches. Just be sure that you are familiar with the rules that regulate such contact. Your cooaches or counselors can provide information booklets from the various athletic associations to assist you. Not knowing the rules will not be an excuse for a recruiting violation



1. Go to

2. Click on "Prospective Student - Athletes"

3. Click on "Domestic Student Release Form"

4. Complete the online form. Be prepared for the following:

You must have a Social Security Number.

You will need to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Our school code is "221835".

You have the option to recieve communication from the NCAA Clearinghouse either by the email/web option, which requires a valid email address, or the paper option, which can delay notification up to two weeks.

You will need a Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card or check to pay the processing fee. Do not send cash.

If you qualify for a fee waiver, please see your RHS counselor on how to send the necessary form to the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Both student and parent (if student is less than 18 years old) must check the box certifying that they have read and understood the NCAA agreement.

IMPORTANT! After you have submitted your form, be sure to print out the Release: Copy 1 and Release: Copy 2 forms. Sign and bring these forms to the RHS Guidance Office and complete a Transcript Request Form. We will send your transcript to the NCAA Clearinghouse upon receipt of the release.

Go to the NCAA website and download the Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete for detailed information on GPA/test score requirements and recruiting.


NCAA Clearinghouse

P.O. Box 4044

Iowa City, IA 52243-4044

FAX: (319) 337-1556

Clearinghouse Customer Service Representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST, Monday through Friday by calling (877) 262-1492.

Rockland High School Athletic Website



As a prospective student-athlete at a Division I or II institution, you have certain
responsibilities to attend to before you may participate. Information concerning who needs to register with the Clearinghouse and what documents should be submitted can be found in The Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes.

IMPORTANT! There are new eligibility rules – make sure you are familiar with and understand them.

Division 1 or Division 2:

• Graduate from high school and earn the equivalent of a C (2.0) in a core curriculum of
16 college preparatory courses
• Achieve a minimum composite score of 820 on the Critical Reading and Math sections
of the SAT Reasoning Test. For Division 1 colleges, this score will vary according to an
eligibility index that includes Grade Point Average.

Domestic Student Release Form - For students who have attended a U.S. high school for all academic years, and have or will graduate from a U.S. high school (including home school or an American school abroad), fill out the Domestic Student Release form. Note: the Clearinghouse only performs certifications for students currently in their senior year or already graduated from high school.

Registered Student Login - For students already registered with the Clearinghouse. If you previously have registered with the Clearinghouse (using either a paper application or online submission) and would like to access your information.

The List of Approved Core Courses - Review the list of approved core courses and make
sure your courses count toward eligibility.

For more information:
Phone: 877-262-1492 or 317-917-6222


For general information on:
Academic Eligibility for Divisions I, II, and III
Recruiting Policies for Divisions I, II, and III
Information on Approved Core Courses
Information on Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
And much more!

Go to
Click on “General Information”
Click on “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete” in left-hand column
Click on “View Online”
Click on “Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete” PDF 488KB (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download from web page)
We recommend that you print out the Guide for future reference.

For the most up-to-date list of Rockland High School’s Approved Core Courses:
Go to
Click on “General Information”
Click on “List of Approved Core Courses (formerly 48H)” in left-hand column
Enter RHS’s 6-digit code of “221835” in box and click on “Submit” below
You may select a specific core area or “All Subject Areas” and click on “Submit” below. (Courses are listed by subject area: English, Social Science, Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science, and Additional Core Courses, which includes Foreign Language and some elective courses)

To find information on what schools sponsor your sport, as well as access athletic contacts at individual schools:
1. Go to
2. Click on “Schools Sponsoring NCAA Sports” in left-hand column
3. You may choose from the following four options:
Schools sponsoring each sport sorted by institution name
Schools sponsoring each sport sorted by division
Schools sponsoring each sport sorted by conference
Schools sponsoring each sport sorted by region
4. You may also choose “Number of schools that sponsor each sport”
5. You may also access a database of names, addresses, and phone numbers for athletic contacts at colleges and universities by clicking on “College and University Athletic Contacts”



Students who wish to participate in collegiate athletics at the Division I or II level must apply for certification with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Clearinghouse after their junior year in high school. Rockland High School staff can assist students in completing the paperwork necessary in this process.

To be certified by the Clearinghouse, you must:

Graduate from high school.
You should apply for certification after your junior year in high school if you are sure you wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics as a freshman at a Division I or II institution. The Clearinghouse will issue a preliminary certification report after you have had all your materials submitted. After you graduate, if your eligibility status is requested by a member institution, the Clearinghouse will review your final transcript to make a final certification decision according to NCAA standards.

Complete the core courses listed below – 16 for Division I, 14 for Division II.

Core Units Required for NCAA Certification

  Division I Division II
English Core 4 years 3 years
Mathematics Core (Algebra I or higher) 3 years 2 years
Science Core (including at least 1 year of lab science) 2 years 2 years
Social Science Core 2 years 2 years
Additional English, math, or science 1 year 2 years
Additional Core    
(from any area above or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion/philosophy, computer science*) 4 years 3 years

Present a minimum required grade point average in your core courses. Only courses that are on Rockland High School’s “List of NCAA Approved Core Courses” can be used to calculate your NCAA g.p.a. No special values are allowed for “+” or “-“ grades.
Achieve a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade point average in the index listed on the NCAA Website.


NCAA Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 4044
Iowa City, IA 52243-4044
FAX: (319) 337-1556

Clearinghouse Customer Service: Representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST, Monday through Friday by calling (877) 262-1492.