Advising Student-Athletes during COVID-19

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 8, 2020 5:30:31 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on all aspects of education: academic, extracurricular,  athletic, and more. With this webinar, gain valuable knowledge on how student-athletes and their families can engage with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during this atypical time. 

This webinar features Glenn Terry, director at the NCAA Eligibility Center, offering insight on how COVID-19 has impacted student-athletes. We also highlight features in our NCAA/NAIA Academy learning module and hear from Texas OnCourse leader fellow and high school counselor Trisha Fiene-Spain on how she uses this information to advise her student-athletes. Trisha focuses specifically on changes to NAIA and the questions she has heard from students.

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Be sure to bookmark the NAIA site for updates relating to COVID-19. We created an NAIA and COVID 19 FAQ handout, documenting FAQs from the website, that you’ll hear referred to during the webinar.

The NCAA website includes frequently asked questions about NCAA eligibility and COVID-19. High school administrators and counselors can also sign up for the NCAA’s high school newsletter

For more free resources on advising student-athletes, visit the Texas OnCourse Academy and look for the modules under Postsecondary Pathways > Admission and Application Process > NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers.

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The following is a sample of questions and answers that were offered. For more questions and answers, please watch the webinar:

Q: Can we submit transcripts to NCAA via the district portal if our high schools are closed?

A: Yes. Before doing so, please ensure that your district has a district account with NCAA. NCAA customer service can be contacted at (877) 622-2321. 

Q: Will recovery credit classes taken online in the spring and summer of 2020 be evaluated and accepted by NCAA?

A: As long as they are core courses (like Algebra 1, Biology, History, etc.) and they are given grades and credits, NCAA will use those to certify student-athletes for the spring and summer terms. 

Q: If a student was taking a dual credit class and dropped it due to COVID-19 and received a W for the course, will they still be NCAA eligible? 

A: If they received a withdrawal, NCAA will not use that because they did not receive a grade and credit. However, if the student went back and continued that course and received a grade and credit and it is shown that the course was taken in the spring or summer term of 2020, NCAA would use that course.

Topics: Grad Requirements, Distance Counseling