In order to be eligible for practice and competition, all incoming first-time college students wishing to be a member of any University of Alabama athletic team MUST register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The NCAA Eligibility Center is responsible for the evaluation of high school academic records to determine whether they meet the NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines per Bylaw 14.3.
The basic guidelines for becoming eligible to practice and compete at the Division I level during the first academic year are as follows:
- Graduate from high school
- Attain a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 in 16 core curriculum courses as specified by Bylaw 126.96.36.199, and
- Achieve a corresponding sum ACT or SAT score as specified by Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1.
The Athletic Compliance Office is responsible for tracking initial-eligibility status with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA Eligibility Center provides our office with daily updates on current and potential student-athletes. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to consult with their high school academic counselor to ensure their academic records are forwarded to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
A student-athlete must successfully complete at least six credit hours (exclusive of correspondence, extension, independent study, intersession, or summer credits) in each regular academic term to be eligible for competition during the next academic term. This rule also applies to postseason competition and between terms, which takes place between terms. These required hours must be earned during the fall or spring semesters.
In addition to the six credit-hour requirement per term of full-time enrollment, you must complete the following credit-hour requirements:
- 18 degree credit-hours during each regular academic year (i.e., between the first day classes in the fall semester and spring commencement) in which you were enrolled as a full-time student; and
- 24 degree credit-hours prior to the start of your second year (third semester) of full-time enrollment.
Grade-Point Average Requirements
A student-athlete is subject to grade-point average (GPA) requirements at the beginning of the second year (third semester) of enrollment. After this time, GPA requirement must be me each semester. The requirements are as follows:
- Entering the second year of collegiate enrollment: At least 90% of the institution's overall cumulative grade-point average required for graduation.
- Entering the third year of collegiate enrollment: At least 95% of the institution's overall cumulative minimum grade-point average required for graduation.
- Entering the fourth year of collegiate enrollment and thereafter: 100% of the institution's overall cumulative minimum grade-point average required for graduation.
For example, if the minimum GPA requirement for graduation in a degree program is a 2.0, you will need at least 1.80 entering into your second year, a 1.90 entering into your third year, and a 2.0 entering your fourth year of enrollment and every year thereafter.
Percentage of Degree
Entering into your third year of collegiate enrollment, you will be required to meet percentage of degree benchmarks as follows:
- Entering the third year of collegiate enrollment: 40%
- Entering the fourth year of collegiate enrollment: 60%
- Entering the fifth year of collegiate enrollment: 80%
In order to calculate your progress for this requirement, take the total number of degree-applicable hours in your degree program and divide by the total number of hours required and the result is the percentage of the degree you have completed.
In sports other than baseball, student-athletes who are not eligible at the start of the fall semester may become eligible following the fall examination period by completing the necessary requirements for the previous two terms (e.g., 18 hours during the fall semester and previous spring semester). Except for the 18-hour requirement, summer sessions may be utilized to satisfy academic requirements of eligibility. If a baseball student-athlete is not academically eligible for the fall term, he cannot be eligible to compete in the spring.
SEC Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to represent a SEC institution in postseason competition and an SEC championship event a student-athlete must pass six hours of degree credit in the academic term that concluded immediately prior to the postseason competition, regardless of whether the competition occurs at the end of the term or during the subsequent term. The requisite credit hours must be earned during the academic year. If a student-athlete is declared ineligible to represent an institution in a SEC championship pursuant to this rule, the student-athlete shall not be eligible to represent the institution in postseason competition as well. (Effective Date: January 2003).