Academics Info

Play Division I sports

If you want to compete in NCAA sports at a Division I school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure you stay on track to meet initial-eligibility standards.

Get Ready. Get Set. Go!

Grade 9

  • Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.

Grade 10

Grade 11

  • Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.

  • Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.

  • At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Grade 12

Division I Academic Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division I school, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:

    • Four years of English

    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

    • Two years of social science

    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.

  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.

  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.

What if I don’t meet the requirements?

If you have not met all the Division I academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year at college. However, if you qualify as an academic redshirt you may practice during your first term in college and receive an athletics scholarship for the entire year.

To qualify as an academic redshirt, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following academic requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:

    • Four years of English

    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

    • Two years of social science

    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your core courses.

  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible.
     

If you are concerned you may not meet the Division I academic requirements, consider taking the following actions:
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  • Ask for advice and accountability from your high school counselor. Check in with the admissions or compliance office at the college you hope to attend.

  • Get tutoring or other study help.

  • Graduate on time. Division I schools allow college-bound student-athletes who graduate on-time to take one core course during the year after they graduate high school.

  • Avoid quick fixes through credit recovery programs. These courses may not be accepted by the NCAA.

  • Keep your coursework. If the NCAA Eligibility Center needs to review your record due to irregularities, you may be asked to provide your coursework.

  • Follow your high school's policies. The best thing to do is work within the rules.

Division II Academic Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in NCAA sports during your first year at a Division II school, you must meet academic requirements for your core courses, grade-point average (GPA) and test scores:

  • Complete 16 core courses:

    • Three years of English

    • Two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

    • Three additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

    • Two years of social science

    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.

  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your core courses.

  • Earn an SAT combined score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. Remember, if you took the SAT on or after March 2016 you need to compare your score on the College Board concordance table. The 820 score is after the concordance table is applied.

What if I don’t meet the requirements?

If you have not met all the Division II academic requirements, you may not compete in your first year. However, if you meet the requirements to be a partial qualifier, you may practice and receive an athletics scholarship in your first year at college. To be a partial qualifier, you must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:​

  • Complete 16 core courses:

    • Three years of English

    • Two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)

    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)

    • Three additional year of English, math or natural/physical science

    • Two years of social science

    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy

  • Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your core courses.

  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division II sliding scale.
     

If you are concerned you may not meet the Division I academic requirements, consider taking the following actions:
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  • Ask for advice and accountability from your high school counselor. Check in with the admissions or compliance office at the college you hope to attend.

  • Get tutoring or other study help.

  • Graduate on time. Division I schools allow college-bound student-athletes who graduate on-time to take one core course during the year after they graduate high school.

  • Avoid quick fixes through credit recovery programs. These courses may not be accepted by the NCAA.

  • Keep your coursework. If the NCAA Eligibility Center needs to review your record due to irregularities, you may be asked to provide your coursework.

  • Follow your high school's policies. The best thing to do is work within the rules.

Code of Conduct

 

Welcome to Birmingham Sports Academy and congratulations on your choice to participate as a member of our outstanding athletic program. Birmingham Sports Academy consists of a proud successful group of student athletes led by committed and knowledgeable coaches. 

Birmingham Sports Academy Athletic Code of Conduct was developed so that student athletes and their parents may understand important information relating to athletic participation at Birmingham Sports Academy. 

Participation at Birmingham Sports Academy is a privilege. With this privilege come certain responsibilities. Student athletes represent Birmingham Sports Academy in the classroom, in the athletic arena, and in the community. The athletic Code of Conduct is in effect 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. 

Student Code of Conduct set forth the expectations of students as members of Birmingham Sports Academy. 

This code applies to behavior on school property and at all Birmingham Sports Academy sponsored activities held off campus. Each student shall be responsible for his conduct. 

The Athletic Department has established a standard for behavior for all student athletes participating in sports which emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, appropriate conduct, and responsibilities that each athlete must accept when representing Birmingham Sports Academy. 

It is the intention of Birmingham Sports Academy to achieve a level of behavior which reflects the school. This requires a commitment from each student athlete. In addition to the following rules specific team policies may be established which compliment overall departmental goals. The violation of a team or department rules, policies, or regulations may carry a penalty ranging from a temporary suspension, too removal from the team. 

As a member of an athletic team, you represent the athletic department of Birmingham Sports Academy. All team members will conduct themselves in a respectful manner at all times, on and off campus. 

As a member of Birmingham Sports Academy athletic teams you are expected to exhibit outstanding sportsmanship and encourage teammates to do likewise. 

As a member of Birmingham Sports Academy athletic team you will obey all rules and regulations established by the junior college you attend, its department of athletics and the NCAA. 

If a student is arrested it will be treated seriously by the Birmingham Sports Academy. Immediate suspension from the team is a possibility as well as other disciplinary action until all legal aspects of the matter in question have been resolved. 

Team members will follow all academic procedures established by the college and team rules with regard to academic expectations. 

On a team trip, or at any team related function, team members are prohibited from consuming alcohol products, tobacco, or using any illegal drugs. This includes travel to and from an event and any time the team is together in an official capacity. 



placement, engaging in athletic competition under an assumed name, dishonesty in evading or violating NCAA regulations, or knowingly furnishing Birmingham Sports Academy with false information. 

Student athletes are expected to attend all academic classes. In the event a practice session conflicts with a class students must attend the class session. In the event an athletic contest conflicts with a class the student is expected to inform the faculty member of the conflict at least two days in advance, and, if possible, negotiate terms for missing the class in question. 

As an athletic participant it is vital that you check your health insurance status to be certain that you have medical insurance Birmingham Sports Academy does not provide insurance nor will be held responsible for injuries assumed by the student athlete. It is expected that all student athletes will conduct themselves in an ethical manner at all times. As stated in the NCAA manual, unethical conduct includes fraudulence in connection with entrance.