One of my jobs as a professional high school counselor is to talk to student athletes regarding the new NCAA academic rules and regulations. At first, I was really resentful that I would have to speak to students about these regulations…isn’t this a coach’s job? However, after carefully thinking about my bad attitude, I realized that part of my job is to prepare students for any post secondary options and this includes athletics. I quickly realized that many coaches, parents, and students are not aware of the new regulations and working to educate them is a great way to promote the value of the professional school counselor.
I want to share the methods our department uses to educate parents, students, and coaches regarding NCAA regulations for Division I and Division II schools.
- At the beginning of the year, a counselors covers the academic rules with our coaching staff and administration.
- Each Fall, a counselor presents at a parent night to go over the regulations and answers questions.
- During advisement, our counselors go over the academic regulations with parents. Each parent and student is asked to sign a NCAA informational form stating they are aware of the policies.
- We give each student a handbook that includes the NCAA information.
- During the 2013-14 school year, we will post the NCAA information and website on our guidance site.