Freshmen & Sophomores

  • ACADEMICS 

    Visit Academic Eligibility Overview for information on academic requirements for all five (5) levels of college athletics.

    • See College Bound Student-Athlete Advisor with questions.
    • You are a student-athlete. Grades from every year count equally and can ruin your chances of playing college sports.
    • The NCAA has changed academic requirements.
      • An NCAA CORE GPA under 2.3 can make you ineligible to play. NOTE: Your GPA is tracked starting freshman year.
        • Your CORE GPA does NOT include PE, art, music or other non-qualifying classes. 
        • Your CORE GPA includes specific approved English, Math, Science, Social Science, Language, Religion and Philosophy classes - NOT all core subject area classes are approved. Look for the "N" in your course guide or see NCAA Core Course List
      • A high CORE GPA will make you more desirable to college coaches and admissions offices.
      • Your SAT/ACT score is equally important for eligibility
        • The lower your NCAA CORE GPA the higher your ACT needs to be on the NCAA sliding scale.
        • For NAIA eligibility, you need a minimum 18 ACT composite (no sliding scale) and a minimum 2.0 school GPA.

    After your first semester at ETHS, complete the NCAA CORE GPA Calculator and update it every semester.

    To confirm students are meeting eligibility requirements, email College Bound Student-Athlete Advisor Joyce Anderson, andersonjo@eths.k12.il.us.  


     

    ATHLETICS 

    • Determine your reasons for pursuing college athletics
    • Realistically determine what level you can play, or what is needed to reach the desired athletic level
      • Talk to your coaches and parents/guardians
      • Train, practice, and compete. Summers are especially productive in making local, regional and national connections, as well as building skills
      • Review the 5 Levels of College Athletics
    • Talk with your counselor and the College Bound Student Athlete Advisor about your goals
    • Create an athletic resume and update it every year - keep newspaper clippings, score sheets, tournament programs 
    • You can start reaching out to coaches at anytime by filling out online questionnaires, emailing, calling, visiting college campuses, attending college camps.
    • Know how to maintain amateur status (NCAA Guide)