Going the junior college route gives you the opportunity to improve your athletic skills while earning credits toward a degree. You can transfer after two years, and still have two years of playing eligibility. Many coaches are now looking for junior college prospects to come in and compete right away.
The NJCAA serves as the national governing body for two-year college athletics in the United States and is the nation’s second-largest national intercollegiate sports organization (second to the NCAA). Each year nearly 60,000 student-athletes from 525 member colleges compete in 28 different sports.
What are the eligibility requirements for junior college?
- Every student must be a high school graduate with an academic diploma, general education diploma or a State Department of Education approved high school equivalency test.
- Each institution is different when it comes to academic eligibility requirements. It is recommended that each potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the specific college.
What are the junior college recruiting rules?
- No institution shall permit an athlete to be solicited to attend by the promise of a gift or inducement other than an athletic scholarship.
- An institution may pay for one visit to its campus by direct route, for a stay not to exceed two days and two nights. The paid visit must be limited to the campus and local community where the college is located.
- A student-athlete must have completed his/her junior year in high school in order to receive an official recruiting visit by a member NJCAA college.
- While recruiting a potential athlete on campus, a college representative may purchase meals for the athlete. The value of the meals may not exceed the amount provided to a college employee while traveling on college business.