NCAA advises KY High School athletes to consider ‘overhaul’

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky today

LEXINGTON, Ky., (KT) – A recent ‘do-over’ bill passed by the Kentucky General Assembly could have ramifications for high school athletes who decide to resume the 2020-2021 school year due to the current pandemic.

NCAA advised in “Important Message for Future NCAA Kentucky Student-Athletes” that current first year and sophomore high school students could risk their college athletic careers at the Division I level for completing 10 core course requirements before entering their seventh semester of high school. Ten of the 16 compulsory core courses – seven in English, Math or Science – are compulsory before starting the seventh semester of high school.

“The impact of repeating a year varies greatly depending on the academic class and the student’s file; however, there could be an adverse effect on a student’s ability to meet the Division I core course requirements under certain circumstances, ”the NCAA said. “Specifically, freshman or sophomore students in 2020-2021 should make sure they have a plan to meet the Division I requirement to complete 10 core course units before starting the seventh. semester.”

The NCAA also added that “As a general rule, NCAA law allows students to continue participating in their sport one year after the expected date of their high school graduation (based on four years / eight semesters after). the initial start of year 9) without affecting their NCAA eligibility. “

“The only shorter grace period is men’s and women’s Division I tennis, which allows participation for six months after the expected date of graduation,” said the NCAA. “Therefore, if students are repeating a year of high school, they should be aware of the potential impact on their qualifying seasons. Participation in their sport beyond the grace period could result in the loss of one or more seasons of eligibility. “

The NCAA Division I eligibility requirements are as follows:

• 16 credits of core courses, to be completed within four years / eight semesters from the start of the 9th year.

• 10/7 Core Course Progress Requirement: 10 of the 16 required core course units (including seven units in English, Math or Science) must be completed before starting the seventh semester.

• Full-time graduates can also complete an additional core unit within one year of graduation and prior to initial full-time enrollment.

• For students who initially enroll full-time in college during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 academic years, additional flexibility has been provided due to COVID-19.

“In short, we strongly advise students and families considering this path to work with their high school counselor, the athletics compliance office of the NCAA school they would like to attend, and the customer service center. of the NCAA to make sure they have the best information available. make decisions about their college future, ”the NCAA said. “The following information provides key points that student-athletes and their families should consider when evaluating an additional year.”

Academic eligibility in NCAA Division II or III should not be affected, the NCAA said in the memo.

Keith Taylor is the sports writer for Kentucky Today. Contact him at [email protected] or Twitter @ keithtaylor21.

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