OT- Qualifiers, Partial Qualifiers and Non Qualifiers- What do they mean?

Role of NCAA Clearinghouse

The NCAA Clearinghouse is an organization that basically looks at your academics and test scores (SAT, ACT) to make sure you are a worthy candidate for a d1 or d2 scholarship. A prospective athlete can become ineligible/non-qualified by not registering with the NCAA Clearinghouse all together or the athlete has not been certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. This process with the Clearinghouse normally starts Junior Year for prospective athletes that way there is plenty of time to let them get through their work while also giving the prospective athlete time to retake SAT/ACT or boost GPA if needed.

Qualifiers, Partial Qualifiers and Non Qualifiers- What do they mean?

A Qualifier is a student athlete that has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse by passing the 13 core classes and meeting the necessary Core GPA and SAT/ACT requirements. Athlete can accept a scholarship, practice right away and can compete immediately with 4 years of eligibility. They have 5 years to play 4 seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.

Partial Qualifier is a student athlete who has missed out on 1 of the 2 requirements either the Core Class GPA, or SAT/ACT scores. This athlete will spend his 1st year in college passing the classes he needs to meet to become a full qualifier or proving with his 1st year GPA he is a proper candidate. This Athlete can accept a scholarship, practice right away but CANNOT compete for 1 full year and is only granted 3 years of eligibility. You have 4 years to play 3 seasons in your sport if you maintain your eligibility from year to year.

Non-Qualifier- is a student athlete who has not met the Core GPA or SAT/ACT scores needed. Athlete CANNOT receive athletic scholarship, practice or compete for 1 year. Athlete is also only granted 3 years of eligibility. They can gain back a year of eligibility as long as they complete at least 80% of their degree prior to the beginning of their fifth year of college.

Who can take Non-Qualifiers?

This is where it heats up. The conferences create their own rules not the NCAA which is interesting. Some conference have rules some do not, some follow them all the time some do not. Basically the conference not the school has the first say in if a school can take a Non-Qualifier or not, then prospective athlete has to get into said school. However if a Non-Qualifier slips through the cracks and does attend classes or practice he/she can never play at that school or any school in the same conference. Yes its happened before.

Feel Free to ask any questions.

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How do the ACC rules regarding non qualifiers compare to other P5 conferences?

What are the ACC rules on taking these kids? I'm assuming we cant take them at all?

added above

So a non-qualifier might actually qualify? BRILLIANT!

So how does Marshal end up with so many?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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their conference does not have a non qualifier rule.. I added a chart above

So it's total BS when Uva fans say it's hard for them to get athletes in school because of their "high academic standards" ?

Tyrod did it, Mikey!

yes and no.. just because a kid gets cleared from the NCAA doesn't mean he meets the schools standards.

Using chart above lets say my GPA is 2.4 and my SAT is 950. I am a Qualifier according to the NCAA. However School of Rock requires students with a 2.4 GPA to have a SAT score between 1100-1800.

Technically I will not be accepted based on the school requirements however schools tend to use a fluctuating scale because shit happens.

Schools also may have different core class requirements. For example, here are VT's - the big sticking point for us is usually the third year of math.

Academic Requirements for Freshmen
Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

18 units of high-school course work
4 units of English
3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
2 units of social science (one must be history)
3 additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)
4 elective units



Just out of curiosity, Do you know what the qualifying standard differences are for athletes between Tech and Uva?

Tyrod did it, Mikey!

I would not know that, only an athletic academic advisor from each school would.

I wouldn't expect a huge gap though

Let's ask Herman Moore

Exactly. He didn't qualify at Tech but did at Uva. Also, I doubt there is a "huge" gap if any. The admission standards for regular students aren't even a big difference any more.

Tyrod did it, Mikey!

Considering the vast majority of the players on our roster from Virginia also held offers from UVA, I doubt there is any difference between the "qualifying standards" of Virginia Tech and UVA.

Joe should put you on staff. Your shit is always quality.

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Are the SAT scores based on the 1600 or 2400 point scale? Also, unrelated, but does anybody know if the new 1600 scores are supposed to be equivalent to the old ones?

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SAT is going to 1600 scale for 2016 school year I think...

That's why I was wondering. If 2016 is first year of the new 1600, wouldn't most 2016 recruits have taken the test in '15 with a 2400 scale?

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." - K

yes.. so if i'm reading properly the 2017 class will be the first class using the 1600 SAT scores..

JUGS this was a really good read. Thanks for everything you contribute and it's obvious you've studied your shit.

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My lip-reading skills see him saying "oh great jugs" which is fitting here, but makes me wonder what he is applauding in this clip

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Can someone refresh me on the difference between prep and JUCO, and how they affect the above? How does playing there affect eligible years remaining in the context above?

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i believe prep school doesn't cut into eligibility and you can leave after .5-1 year. JUCO i believe you have to stay the whole two years and are only able to play two once you leave. (i'm pretty sure this is the basics of it, but not 100%)

and now NCAA has a new set of requirements starting August 1 2016... #GoodStuff