About Eligibility

Commitment to academic achievement and adherence to member-created rules are vital parts of the NCAA’s mission to integrate athletics into the fabric of higher education. NCAA member schools create rules to ensure that the Association’s 430,000 student-athletes compete on equal footing. Various NCAA committees and the national office staff members work to make sure rules are applied fairly.

Becoming Eligible

Initial-eligibility waivers

People behind the decisions

Division I Initial-Eligibility Waivers Committee

Adam Creasy, Texas

Bruce Edward Ellis, Penn State

David Reed, Kansas

Marielle vanGelder, North Carolina

Steve Duzan, Clemson

Chad Hawley, Big Ten Conference

Maria Peden, Houston

Matt Burgemeister, Atlantic Coast Conference

Dominick Giambrone Jr., Sun Belt Conference

Kimya Massey, Central Florida

Andrew Shoemaker, Kansas

Susan Bradley, Mississippi State

Brian Baptiste, Delaware

Jaunelle White, Alabama State

Steven T. Harrell, Murray State

Thomas Destefano, Northern Arizona

Rachelle A. Paul, Monmouth

Kim Callicoatte, Massachusetts

Roderick Perry, Wright State

Holly Trexler, Pacific

Amateurism Fact-Finding Committee

Doug Woolard, South Florida

Jon Jaudon, Virginia Tech

Brian Lutz, Toledo

Jason Leonard, Oklahoma

Anita Hazelwood, Louisiana-Lafayette

Bill Campsey Jr. San Jose State

A. Frank Arredondo, Conference USA

Kelly N. Widener, Princeton

Jennifer Phillips, James Madison

Alisha Tucker, Norfolk State

Jeffrey Roberts, Tennessee Tech

Joshua Snyder, Missouri-Kansas City

Jennifer Cardone, UC Davis

Michael Bitter, Stetson

Harold Bardo, Southern Illinois

The initial-eligibility waiver process may assist student-athletes who do not meet the legislated academic initial-eligibility standards.

Division I or Division II institutions may submit an initial-eligibility waiver on behalf of a student-athlete; however, a student-athlete may not submit a waiver.  The NCAA eligibility center staff reviews the student-athlete's overall academic record and evidence of mitigating circumstances, applies guidelines approved by the Division I and Division II membership and decides whether to fully approve (allowing the student-athlete to receive an athletics scholarship, practice and compete), partially approve (allowing the student-athlete to receive an athletics scholarship and/or practice) or deny the waiver. 

Division I or Division II institutions may appeal the staff decision to a membership committee.

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2013