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What are the Division I Eligibility Requirements?

Requirements needed to be able to practice, play and be eligible for an athletic scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University include the following straight out of high school:

  • Graduate from high school;

  • Complete a minimum of 16 NCAA approved core courses;

  • Present a minimum grade point average (GPA) in your core courses; and

  • Present a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT test.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after the completion of your junior year in high school. Your transcript, which includes three years of grades, should be submitted to the Eligibility Center by your high school. Additionally, you should have your ACT or SAT test scores forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center when registering to take the exam.

DIVISION I 16 Core-Course Rule

Required Core Courses:

  • 4 years of English

  • 3 years of mathematics (at the level of Algebra I or higher)

  • 2 years of natural or physical science (including at least one laboratory course if offered by the high school)

  • 2 years of Social Science

  • 1 additional year of English, mathematics, or natural or physical science

  •  4 years of additional academic courses (in any of the above areas or foreign language, philosophy, etc.

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Amateurism Information

Only amateurs are eligible to participate in NCAA sanctioned athletic competition in a particular sport. Your eligibility status as an amateur is defined by your entire career, including the time spent prior to entering college. Amateur athletes participate in sports for personal and social reasons not directly related to financial gain. When student-athletes receive benefits not allowed by NCAA regulations, they lose their amateur status, thus becoming ineligible for intercollegiate athletics competition.

Amateur Eligibility

An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

  • Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;

  • Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;

  • Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;

  • Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation;

  • Competes on any professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;

  • After initial full-time collegiate enrollment, enters into a professional draft; or

  • Enters into an agreement with an agent.

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Recruiting Information

  Recruited Student-Athletes

You become a "recruited student-athlete" at Southeast Missouri State University if any coach or representative of the University's      athletics interests (booster or other representative) approaches you or any member of your family about enrolling and participating in intercollegiate athletics at Southeast. Activities by staff members or athletics representatives that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:

· Providing you with an official visit;

·  Having an arranged, in-person, off campus encounter with you or your parent(s), relatives, or legal guardian(s);

·  Initiating or arranging a telephone contact with you, your relatives or legal guardians(s) on more than on occasion for the purpose  of recruitment

Recruiting Definitions

·  Official Visit - A visit to an institution that is financed in whole or in part by the institution. Official visits may not exceed 48 hours in length. The college may provide up to three (3) complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes. A prospective student-athlete may take a maximum of five (5) official visits, with no more than one made to any single institution.

·  Unofficial Visit - A visit to an institution at the prospective student-athlete's expense. The college may provide up to three (3) complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event in which the institution's team competes. Transportation to view off-campus practice or competition sites within a 30-mile radius are also permissible. There is no limit on the number of unofficial visits a prospect can make to a particular institution.

·  National Letter of Intent - A binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a member institution, whereby the prospect agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid to the prospect for one academic year.

·  Contact Period - A period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

· Dead Period - A period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes. However, it is permissible for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

· Evaluation Period - A period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with prospective student-athletes are permitted during an evaluation period..

· Quiet Period - A period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during a quiet period.

· Contact - Any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a , prospect's parents (or legal guardian) or relative and a college staff employee or athletics representative; if the conversation goes beyond a greeting.

· Evaluation - Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in any practice or competition at any site.

Additional Links:

·         NCAA Recruiting Guidelines

·         National Letter of Intent

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What is an Extra Benefit?

An extra benefit is considered to be any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a prospect or a current student-athlete, their family/relatives, and/or their friends  that is not expressly authorized by NCAA regulations. Specifically prohibited financial aid, benefits and arrangements include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cash or loan of money in any amount;

  • Special discounts, payment arrangements or co-signing of a loan;

  • Purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments;

  • Involvement in arrangements for free or reduced charges for meals, merchandise, tickets, services, products or rent;

  • Use of automobile or other personal property (e.g., boats, houses, motorcycles);

  • Gift items (e.g., jewelry, electronics, clothes, holiday gifts, long distance phone cards, gift certificates);

  • Any financial aid other than that administered by the institution;

  • Free or reduced cost of housing arrangements;

  • Payment of registration fees for athletic camps;

  • Promise of employment after college graduation;

  • Employment of friends of relatives;

  • Entertaining prospects and/or the prospect's relatives or friends at any site either on- or off-campus.

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Southeast Missouri State University Links

The links below are to assist you and your family when gathering academic and environmental information about Southeast Missouri State University. These links will open in a new window and take you directly to the institution's website and should help answer any additional questions about our institution and community.

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Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete?

  • In sports other than men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete, also known as a recruit or prospect, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade.

  • In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete is any individual who has started classes for the seventh grade.

  • In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.

A Note for Transfers

Under current NCAA guidelines, institutional staff members at Southeast Missouri State University may not respond via e-mail or telephone to four-year institution transfer student-athletes before the first obtaining 'permission to contact' from the first institution. The release may be faxed directly to Southeast Missouri State University Athletic Department at (573) 986-(573) 986-6844.  Generally, four-year transfer students must also obtain an additional release from their previous institution to be immediately eligible for competition at Southeast Missouri State University.

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This website is intended to provide an overview of applicable NCAA rules.  It does not contain all information relevant to prospective student-athletes..

*If you have any questions, please contact the Compliance Office at: (573) 986-6844 (573) 986-6844

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