NCAA institutes new 'academic redshirt' policy beginning in 2016

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NCAA institutes new 'academic redshirt' policy beginning in 2016
NCAA institutes new 'academic redshirt' policy beginning in 2016

The NCAA is instituting some new academic policies beginning in 2016.

Student-athletes who enter a Division I school “on or after August 1, 2016” will not be eligible to play if their grade point average is below 2.3 when they graduate from high school. Additionally, a student-athlete must complete ten of their 16 “core courses” before their senior year. If they do not meet these requirements, the student-athlete will take an “academic redshirt”

Of course, athletes must also continue to meet the minimum 2.0 GPA while attaining the sliding scale requirement for SAT and ACT scores, but when the GPA falls between 2.0 and 2.3, the academic redshirt comes into play.

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From the NCAA, the stipulations for an academic redshirt are:

A college-bound student-athlete may receive athletics aid (scholarship) in the first year of enrollment and may practice in the first regular academic term (semester or quarter) but may NOT compete in the first year of enrollment. After the first term is complete, the college-bound student-athlete must be academically successful at his/her college or university to continue to practice for the rest of the year.

Ultimately, this gives student-athletes who  may struggle with academics in high school to make a bit of a smoother transition to a college course load without having to worry about their level of play on game day.

(H/T Coaching Search)

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