The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary organization through which the nation's colleges and universities govern their athletics programs. It is comprised of institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals committed to the best interests, education and athletics participation of student- athletes.
The overwhelming majority of student-athletes will never earn a dime as a professional athlete. That's why the terms "student" and "athlete" are synonymous within the NCAA: When the athlete can no longer play, the student can still succeed.
All high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This site also contains links to resources that will help your student-athlete locate colleges and universities that sponsor baseball and compare graduation rates of the schools they are considering.
The NCAA Eligibility Center provides academic certification to member institutions. You must make sure you are in compliance with the Freshmen Eligibility Standards for the different divisions. It is imperative that you know the rules. Be sure to look at your high school's list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center's Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. You must also know how the sliding scale works for your test scores and grade-point average. NOTE: All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.