Prospective Student-Athletes

Definition of PSA


Bylaw 13.02.13 – Prospective Student-Athlete.  A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):

a)      The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution's regular academic year (excluding summer);

b)      The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term;

c)      The individual officially registers, enrolls and attends classes during the certifying institution's summer term prior to his or her initial full-time enrollment at the certifying institution; or

d)     The individual reports to an institutional orientation session that is open to all incoming students within 14 calendar days prior to the opening day of classes of a regular academic year term.


Bylaw – Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete.  Actions by staff members or athletics representatives that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a recruited prospective student-athlete at that institution are:  

a)      Providing the prospective student-athlete with an official visit;

b)      Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete's parents, relatives or legal guardians;

c)     Issuing a National Letter of Intent or the institution's written offer of athletically related financial aid to the prospective student-athlete. Issuing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospective student-athlete to attend a summer session prior to full-time enrollment does not cause the prospective student-athlete to become recruited.



The Eligibility Center is the new version of what was previously called the NCAA Clearinghouse.  All prospective student-athletes must register with the Eligibility Center – you should do so during your junior year of high school.  You will submit academic information to the Eligibility Center (e.g., standardized test scores and high school transcripts), as well as information about your amateur sports participation.

In order to be eligible for intercollegiate competition, you must register with the Eligibility Center.  Once you register during your junior year, you should check with your high school guidance counselor to ensure that you have enough “core courses.”  NCAA Division I member schools use a sliding scale balancing ACT/SAT scores and your core GPA.  This scale can be found at the link below this paragraph titled “NCAA Freshman Eligibility Standards – Quick Reference Sheet.”  If you have questions about your core GPA and your overall eligibility, please contact the CSU coach who is recruiting you and our Compliance Specialist – Steve Chasey.

Steve Chasey
Athletic Compliance Specialist
(216) 687-4861

Compliance Fax: (216) 687-9242

Visit the Eligibility Center for more information and to register:

ACT: ACT Testing Information

SAT: SAT Testing Information

CSU: Cleveland State University

Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete



Bylaw – Transfer.  To be eligible for competition, a transfer student-athlete must meet the following credit-hour requirements based on attendance at the previous institution(s) for the specified time and may use any hours of academic credit earned at any collegiate institution:

a)      Equivalent of one semester/one quarter: six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit;

b)      Equivalent of one academic year (e.g., two semesters/three quarters): 24-semester or 36-quarter hours of academic credit;

c)      Equivalent of three semesters/four quarters: 30-semester or 42-quarter hours of academic credit; or

d)     Equivalent of four semesters/six quarters and thereafter: six-semester or six-quarter hours of academic credit during the previous term of full-time enrollment, if applicable. Fulfillment of Percentage of Degree Requirements.  A student-athlete who is entering his or her third year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 40 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program.  A student-athlete who is entering his or her fourth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 60 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program.  A student-athlete who is entering his or her fifth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 80 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program.  The course requirements must be in the student’s specific degree program (as opposed to the student’s major).

2017-18 Transfer Guide: Transfer 101

International Student-Athletes: International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility

Extra Benefits

At any time leading up to or during your participation in intercollegiate athletics, accepting extra benefits may strip you of eligibility for competition.  As a prospective student-athlete, you are permitted a total of five official visits.  You are also permitted an unlimited number of unofficial visits (so long as they are in permissible recruiting periods).  During the recruiting process, it is imperative that you decline any offers of extra benefits.

Bylaw 16.02.3 – Extra Benefit.  An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.  Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

Extra Benefits include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Discounts and credits
- Free or reduced-cost services
- Telephones and credit cards
- Entertainment services
- A loan of money
- A guarantee of bond
- An automobile or the use of an automobile
- Transportation (e.g., a ride home with a coach), except as permitted in Bylaw 16.9.1-(e), even if the student-athlete reimburses the institution or the staff member for the appropriate amount of the gas or expense
- Signing or cosigning a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan
- Athletics equipment (directly from a manufacturer)
- Assistance in the payment of bills 

Banned Substances: NCAA Drug Testing | NCAA Banned Substances List (*Most Recent)


Bylaw 12.3 – Use of Agents

12.3.1 – General Rule.  An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport.  Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport. – Representation for Future Negotiations.  An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport. – Benefits from Prospective Agents.  An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she 9or his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from:

a)      Any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability.  The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an extra benefit not available to the student body in general; or

b)      An agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete in the marketing of his or her athletics ability or reputation and does not represent individuals in the student-athlete’s sport.

12.3.2 – Legal Counsel.  Securing advice from a lawyer concerning a proposed professional sports contract shall not be considered contracting for representation by an agent under this rule, unless the lawyer also represents the individual in negotiations for such a contract. – Presence of a Lawyer at Negotiations. A lawyer may not be present during discussions of a contract offer with a professional organization or have any direct contact (in person, by telephone or by mail) with a professional sports organization on behalf of the individual. A lawyer’s presence during such discussions is considered representation by an agent.

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