Initial eligibility question

<p>If you're a student athlete returning from a two year gap year at 21 are you required to meet the same D1 eligibility requirements as a senior graduating from high school?</p>

<p>The NCAA website might be the place to go, you can even call the eligibility center. Are you saying you took 2 gap years after high school and have not competed at the college level at all? If so I would assume you must meet the basic requirements by the NCAA to compete at the D1 level regardless of when you completed high school. And once you start college I would also expect the 4 years to compete within 5 clock to start ticking.</p>

<p>I would think so. There was recently a story about someone in his 50's? playing on a football team as a kicker. Also, I've heard about people playing pro in one sport and then playing in a different sport in college. As momof2010 says, definitely check the NCAA eligibility center.</p>

<p>They will want to see your most recent transcripts high school/College. They may also require you to take some form of an entrance exam. If your looking to play sports speak to the coaches first, most coaches love older athletes (more mature) also contact the schools directly to see what their admission requirements are. The Athletic department will let you know what the NCAA will require.</p>

<p>what sport? some don't require ncaa clearance, i believe. certainly check their web and contact coaches!</p>

<p>I think this might be important to you as well. It came from another blog, where a foreign athlete was inquiring about being out of school and wondered how much time he could take off before starting college as an athlete. The responder spoke to their compliance dept, (this is at a D1 program) and here is the response.... </p>

<p>the delayed graduation rule is triggered by actual graduation or the date his class should graduate, whichever is earlier. So, if he takes more than a year to enroll from his graduation date and continues to compete after the one-year grace period has ended, he will be charged with a season and have to sit a year if he enrolls at a DI institution. For example, if he graduated in June 2011, doesn’t enroll until after Fall 2012 and continues to compete after classes start for Fall 2012, he’ll trigger the rule.</p>