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What is Honest Game?

Honest Game is committed to bringing equal access to college sports and beyond for all. We are former college athletes who believe in the power of sport and the opportunity of a college education. We have seen what high school student-athletes can achieve when given the motivation and a clear path to academic success. We aim to bring that vision to every high school student.

What does Honest Game do?

We build academic roadmaps for high school student-athletes who want to play sports in college. Our College Athletic Report on Eligibility (CARE)™ provides individualized guidance to students based on their high school transcript on how they can maintain and/or gain qualifier eligibility for NCAA and NAIA sports.

How does Honest Game work?

3 steps to get your CARE™

  • Set up a profile through your high school club team or on your own! Sign up HERE.
  • If your account is through your club or your own, email your counselor for a pdf of your unofficial transcript and screen shot your PSAT/SAT/ACT score from the Collegeboard or ACT website
  • Upload your info to your Honest Game dashboard and wait for your CARE™!
    • If your profile is through your high school, just sit back and wait for your high school to provide your transcript to Honest Game!

When should I contact Honest Game if I am considering college sports?

Freshman year is the best time to join the Honest Game team, so you can track your progress and identify eligibility issues early. The sooner you understand your status, the more time you have to take courses and get eligible. But we can help any high school aged student-athlete with academic eligibility planning!

Who does Honest Game help?

We help high school counselors, athletic directors, coaches, clubs teams and training facilities, parents and individual high school student-athletes!

What GPA do you need to be NCAA eligible?

The minimum core GPA for an NCAA DI qualifier is a 2.3. Your core GPA is based on only the NCAA approved courses that you take. A minimum 980 SAT or 75 ACT sum score is required to match a 2.3. The minimum core GPA for a NCAA DII qualifier is a 2.2. A minimum 920 SAT or 70 ACT sum score is required to match the 2.2 core GPA.

What is my NCAA eligibility number?

When you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, they assign you a number. This number is how the NCAA EC tracks your eligibility status and certification. College coaches will ask for your number to confirm you’ve submitted your transcript and test scores. Log into your NCAA Eligibility Center account to find your number.

Do I have to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

High School student-athletes who want to compete at the NCAA DI or DII level must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. In order to take an official visit, high school students must have registered and also had a copy of their school transcript submitted by a counselor. In order to compete and earn a scholarship, you must be first certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

What are the requirements to get an athletic scholarship from an NCAA or NAIA college/university?

  • Get recruited: to get an athletic scholarship you have to make yourself known to college coaches as an athlete who will impact their team. This will be through getting seen in competition, sending your highlight reel, filling out recruiting questionnaires, going to camps and showcases, reaching out to college coaches and visiting college campuses.
  • Be academically eligible to compete: college coaches want to recruit students who can compete under the NCAA rules and who will be academically successful at their college – academic redshirts are allowed on the DI and DII sliding scales, but each coach will decide if he/she/they want to take the penalty of you not competing your first year.
  • Be academically admissible: College coaches can’t recruit students whose academic record is not strong enough to pass admission standards. In the end, you still have to apply to the college and be accepted. Each college has a different set of admissions standards.
    • NCAA DI, DII, NAIA and NJCAA all can give some form of athletic financial aid. NCAA DIII does not give athletic financial aid, however, they are able to give other forms of financial assistance. Money is money! The NCAA has a great infographic on scholarship statistics. We find it most interesting that the average NCAA DIII student-athlete receives $17,000 in financial aid.

How many courses can I take after graduating from high school to achieve academic eligibility?

You may take up to 1 unit (two semesters or three trimesters) of NCAA approved core courses after high school graduation before enrolling as a college student. If you have a documented Education-Impacting Disability that is approved by the NCAA, you may take up to 3 units (6 semesters or nine trimesters) of NCAA approved core courses after high school graduation. See more details in the NCAA College Bound Student Athlete Guide.

How do I get approved for an Education-Impacting Disability (EID)?

  • First, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Second, fill out this NCAA EID application
    • The Application requires you to provide the following documentation
      • Current, signed documentation of your EID by the treating professional
      • Copy of your most recent IEP or 504 plan, or private school’s summary of accommodations
      • Signed Buckley statement; If a parent/guardian would like to discuss your EID with the NCAA, their name must be on the Buckley statement

Can I raise my NCAA core GPA after high school graduation?

NCAA DI allows you to take 1 unit (2 semesters or 3 trimesters) of NCAA approved core courses after high school graduation (4th year of HS) and before enrolling full-time as a college student. These units cannot replace grades that are locked in by the 10/7 rule (DI).

  • NCAA DII allows you to take unlimited NCAA approved core courses before enrolling as a full-time college student.

When do I have to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center?

The NCAA EC recommends high school students register sophomore year. Some students choose to wait to pay the $80 fee until they are sure they are going to compete in NCAA DI or DII. You can register with the NCAA Eligibility Center with a “free” account if you are unsure you will go DI or DII and transfer that account to a paid account later.

How do I avoid making common academic eligibility mistakes?

  • Choose courses in core subject areas that are NCAA approved
  • Choose credit recovery courses that are NCAA approved
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT test; Know what score you need; Use your PSAT as a predictor
  • Take the SAT/ACT more than once, and don’t wait until the last minute. Some students take the SAT/ACT four or five times until they get the score they need
  • Know that your grades count starting DAY 1 freshman year
  • Tell your counselor about your dreams to play college sports
  • The higher your grades and test scores, the more financial and athletic opportunities you will have at the college level.

How can I do better in school?

Spend the same amount of time and effort on academics as you do on your sport. You would never go into a game without doing drills, workouts, practices, scrimmages, etc. Think of your daily/weekly assignments as drills, workouts and practices and the midterm or final like the championship. If you don’t achieve academically, you have fewer options to get to the next level of college athletics.

What does it mean to get recruited?

If you are “recruited” to a college team, it means the college coach identified you as a student-athlete who is possibly/likely admissible to the college based on your academic record and that coach believes you will make an impact on the team’s performance.

How do I know if I will get recruited?

Getting recruited is a trial and error process for many student-athletes. It is up to you to be proactive in reaching out to college coaches and to be realistic about your academic and athletic potential. Don’t be afraid to send your video and statistics out by email. Do research about college teams, their team roster, schedule and evaluate their statistics against your own to find the right fit. The ideal fit would be a great academic fit where you are one of the top recruits. If you are at the bottom of the roster, you will be unlikely to get recruited.

Can I supplement my partial athletic scholarship with other types of scholarships?

If you are on an athletic scholarship, you are considered a “counter”. A counter’s additional non-athletic financial aid could be counted towards the athletic scholarship amount the college team is allotted. You will need to check with your college financial aid office to confirm what type of merit or grant-based aid you may receive.

  • NCAA DIII does not give athletic scholarships, so you have more flexibility to piece together different forms of financial aid together