RUNNING (AND WINNING) THE ELIGIBILITY CENTER RACE

GET OUT IN FRONT EARLY

Encourage all prospects to register with the Eligibility Center and initiate the certification process immediately after they receive their final junior grades.

Include NCAA Eligibility Center information in multiple recruiting letters to each prospect.

Discuss the Eligibility Center during Official and Unofficial Visits.

Remind all recruits to use the four-digit Eligibility Center code (9999) whenever taking the SAT or ACT.

Make sure to provide names and social security numbers to the Compliance Office to ensure that an Institutional Request List (IRL) is completed for all prospects who may attend VT.
PREPARE FOR THE DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE RACE COURSE

Inform the Compliance Office of any prospects with special circumstances, such as:
  • Multiple high school attendance;
  • International high school attendance;
  • Learning disability;
  • Home schooling.
In cases of multiple high school attendance, all grades must be reflected on official transcripts.

In cases of international high school attendance, the Eligibility Center must receive not only the official transcript in the original language, but also the English translation.
FINISH STRONG

Pay careful attention to all Eligibility Center Status Reports circulated by the Compliance Office. The status of all prospects whose information has been submitted to the Eligibility Center via IRL will appear these reports.

Follow-up with the prospect and his/her high school whenever the Status Report indicates that information is missing (e.g., transcript, test score, etc.).

REMEMBER - THE RACE DOESN'T END UNTIL
THE ENTIRE TEAM IS CLEARED

Immediately inform all walk-ons about the Eligibility Center process. A student-athlete who joins the team without final Eligibility Center academic certification may practice for a period of 21 days (if recruited) or 45 (if not recruited) days from his/her first day of practice. He/she may not compete until final certification as a Qualifier and final amateurism certification has been obtained. If this final academic certification has not been obtained by the end of the 21-day or 45-day period, he/she must cease all athletically-related activities. If amateurism certification is not completed in 45 days (recruited or not recruited) he/she she must cease all athletically-related activities.