<p>Hi Imafan, </p>
<p>"interesting new NCAA rule that I wasn't aware of. What about kids who reclassify (sometimes for academic and sometimes for personal/behavioral) and what about kids who graduate HS and then go for a PG year at a Prep school?"</p>
<p>It is confusing for tennis juniors and parents as the NCAA changed the rules mid game, and unfortunately many juniors got tripped up in the process.<br>
(I think if you are going to change any rule, it should be done with enough notice)</p>
<p>The rule I am referring to is the 4 year rule, in that the clock starts ticking to do high school in 4 years, and not 5 years. Now, this is either interesting or I would say punitive as it only applies to Americans, not foreigners. </p>
<p>So, just to digress, you can have a 20 year old foreigner who comes onto a team and perhaps has to sit out his first year for eligibility reasons. His second year, he might only have one year of eligibility left. You are probably asking why would a coach waste a spot on a young man who only has one year of eligibility, well that young man might be ranked 300 in the world….. And that is a far cry from a blue chip junior. Check out Division 1 Mens tennis, 70% foreign now....Some state schools are 100% foreign too.</p>
<p>But, back to the American rules. You have 4 years, and the clock starts ticking with that first class the first day of school. If you fail a grade, go back a grade for behavioral issues, or want to kick up your TRN by going back, you will be penalized as you will lose eligibility. And you can’t count the last 4 years of high school for eligibility either if you have been doing high school classes for 5 years. Definitely, unfair to the kid who is struggling in high school.</p>
<p>How does that hurt, well coaches would rather have a kid who can play all 4 years, unless you have a world ranking. Sad, but true.
What is the trick then.....
You should go back in 7th grade, or repeat 7th grade, and you will be fine.<br>
Zero risk here.</p>
<p>While, the NCAA is busy scouring your kid’s course selection to make sure it is up to par ( friend’s son had some online courses disallowed – yep they checked every course!), they have foreigners coming into school who can not read or speak a word of English…..</p>
<p>The rules are very strange, unfair, and catching a lot of people by surprise.
I would think the NCAA would focus on revenue sports, but their compliance office must have time on their hands.</p>