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Old shirt, new shirt, red shirt, blue shirt??

Rick Allen explains how college athletic teams assign high school and college athletes designations such as “red shirt athlete,” “gray shirt athlete,” “green shirt athlete,” and “blue shirt athlete” as part of their recruiting and eligibility strategy. Understanding what these terms mean and understanding how they are used is especially beneficial to high school athletes who are being actively recruited.

What is the NCAA sliding scale?

Rick Allen

To be eligible to receive an athletic scholarship, and to be able to practice and compete, an athlete who will be enrolling at an NCAA Division I school as a freshman must be certified as a Qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center. As part of the determination of a student-athlete’s eligibility for Division I, the […]

Important NCAA Eligibility Requirements

Rick Allen

If you’re a 2016 high school grad or younger (or the parent or coach of one), are you on track to be eligible for competition as a freshman at an NCAA Division I program? The NCAA has revised the academic requirements that incoming athletes must meet to be eligible to compete during the freshman year […]

National Letter of Intent Reminders

Congratulations to those prospects who have committed to a school and will have the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent with their NCAA Division I or II future school during the upcoming signing period.  Here are some NLI general reminders and points to keep in mind: Signing the National Letter of Intent commits the […]

NCAA Rules – Definition of a Recruited Athlete

How does the NCAA define whether a prospect is considered a recruited athlete? A prospect is considered a recruited athlete if the college takes one of the following actions: If they provide the prospect with an official visit. If they have an off-campus contact with the prospect or the prospect’s parents or legal guardians. If […]

What You Should Know About Transfers

What you Should Know about Baseball Transfer Rules

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete, shares insight into the NCAA rules that govern the athletic transfer process.

Both Sides Of The Plate

Both Sides of the Plate

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete & former Director of Compliance at 2 major universities, shares stories and advice that are based on situations he encountered in his 20+ years on campus and his own personal experience when his son was recruited to play baseball at a Division I University.
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The Donnie Webb Story – Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

The Donnie Webb Story

If you’ve ever been told you are too short, not fast enough, or not good enough, read this true story about one athlete who persevered through incredible odds to make his dream come true – The Donnie Webb Story.

To Be or Not to Be – Recruited or Non-recruited?

Can it actually be better to be a non-recruited walk-on to a Division I baseball team compared to a player who’s been actively recruited to join that team? It can be when a baseball player desires to transfer from one Division I program to another!  As many of you know, in Division I baseball, a […]

College Recruiting – The Importance of July 1st

Rick Allen, Co-Founder of Informed Athlete

For high school athletes in many sports who are upcoming seniors, July 1 is an important date.  July 1 is the date when it is permissible for coaches in most NCAA Division I sports to begin to have off-campus face-to-face contact with high school recruits who will be entering their senior year.  July 1 is […]

Attending Junior College? Make sure you’re a qualifier!

Rick Allen, Co-Founder of Informed Athlete

Reading our newspaper the other morning, an article in the sports section mentioned that a local high round baseball draft choice had recently signed a letter of intent with an area Junior College.  He’s keeping his options open, may play there for one year, and have the opportunity to be drafted again in 2012.   […]

Walk-on Transfer Rules

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete, talks about the NCAA college baseball transfer rules and one-time exception.

Junior College Letter of Intent

January 15th is the first day that athletes in selected sports can sign a Letter of Intent Scholarship Agreement with a junior college.  Those sports are baseball, men’s & women’s golf, ice hockey, softball and men’s & women’s tennis. The National Letter of Intent and the NJCAA Letter of Intent/Scholarship agreement are separate documents, so […]

When should you take the ACT and SAT tests?

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete, talks about WHEN & WHY a high school athlete should take the ACT & SAT Tests.

Mid-year Transfer Reminders

Rick Allen, Co-Founder of Informed Athlete

It is common for athletes to transfer from one school to another in the middle of the academic year.  Here are some general reminders about midyear transfer situations.     1. Baseball players transferring TO an NCAA Division I program at midyear cannot be eligible until the following academic year.  This is true regardless of whether the athlete […]

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