There is a lot of information floating around. Be aware of your options.
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
As a current high school athlete looking to qualify for college scholarships and college athletics, you need to know where you stand.
There are current seniors who are in excellent shape academically and know where they’re headed. If you already have the grades you need to be academically eligible by NCAA standards and you’ve been accepted by the college of your choice, you should be in good shape. Make sure that your second semester grades are in line with what you expected to graduate with.
As for everyone else, you need to be on your toes.
The VHSL announced last week that many high schools are implementing pass/fail grading for the current academic year. If your school system is doing this, you may need to start looking at your options.
With the NCAA, you’ll need to have a 2.3 core GPA and a qualifying test score in order to be academically qualified for NCAA Division I athletics. Division II qualifications have a different sliding scale, but also require a 2.3 core GPA. Here’s the link to the NCAA Eligibility Center, which can answer a lot of your questions.
If your school institutes a pass/fail grading system for the 2019-20 school year, it will negatively affect your core GPA for any course that are to be applied to your core GPA. A grade of “pass” is counted as a “D” by the NCAA. That’s a 4 point equivalent to a 1.0 added into your GPA.
Last week, an announcement was sent from VHSL Executive Director Billy Haun to school administrators across the state. The VHSL is working with the NCAA to clarify and work on a resolution to the situation.
In addition to this issue, some parents have asked if student athletes could elect to repeat the grade they’re in. That would create eligibility issues with the VHSL, and no one wants to see their athletic eligibility run out at the end of their academic junior year.
I’ve reached out to the VHSL for answers to these issues and more. VHSL Director of Communications Mike McCall responded quickly to let me know that the VHSL is working on answers to many of these questions and should have an official statement available on Tuesday.
We’ll keep an eye out for that and will share the news once we get it.
– Andy Hilton
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