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Missouri State High School Activities Association Eligibility (MSHSAA)

Knowing and following all MSHSAA standards will enable a student to protect his/her eligibility for MSHSAA interscholastic competition. Activity participation should be for all students making appropriate progress toward graduation and otherwise in good standing.

For students in grades 9-12: Grades received the preceding semester will determine eligibility to participate in interscholastic activities.

  • The student shall have earned, the preceding semester, a minimum of 3.0 units of credit. This means students must pass 6 of 7 classes the previous semester.
  • The student shall currently be enrolled in and regularly attending courses that offer 3.0 units of credit. (Student aides and study halls are non-credit classes)
  • A beginning ninth grade student shall have been promoted from the eighth grade to the ninth grade for first semester of eligibility.
  • A student must be making satisfactory progress towards graduation as determined by local school policies.

There is a maximum age limit for participation.

Dual Enrollment/MOVIP: Students planning to participate in dual enrollment/MOVIP classes should visit with their counselor or Activities Director to make sure they will be eligible to participate in MSHSAA sanctioned activities. More information can be found at:

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

Please visit the website for information about eligibility to play NAIA athletics.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Before a student is eligible to participate in college athletics at the NCAA Division I, or Division II or Division III level, the NCAA Clearinghouse Eligibility Center must certify the student. Part of that certification process includes making sure that the student has successfully taken the required number of core courses. The required number of core courses is listed below. For further requirements to be deemed eligible contact the Guidance Office or visit NCAA Eligibility Center on the web.

Checklist for College-Bound Student-Athlete

  • Register at the beginning of your sophomore year via the website:
  • Send your transcripts to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.
  • Take the ACT or SAT and use the code 9999 to have your official scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Check with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time with your class and have the required amount of core courses.
  • Request final amateurism certification during your senior year (starting April 1).
  • Ask your high school to submit your final transcript with proof of graduation.


(Families need to check the NCAA website for the most up to date information as there are additional requirements such as GPA, etc.)

Division I

  • English Core: 4 years
  • Mathematics Core: 3 years (Algebra I or higher)
  • Science Core: 2 years
  • Social Studies Core: 2 yerars
  • From English, Math, Science: 1 year
  • Additional Core (English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Philosophy, Non-doctrinal Religion)
  • Total Core Units Required: 16

Division II

  • English Core: 3 years
  • Mathematics Core: 2 years (Algebra I or higher)
  • Science Core: 2 years
  • Social Studies Core: 2 yerars
  • From English, Math, Science: 3 years
  • Additional Core: 4 years (English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Computer Science, Philosophy, Non-doctrinal Religion)
  • Total Core Units Required: 16

Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center’s website to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The website is and click on “Eligibility Center”.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center

All high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Information about the Eligibility Center can be found in the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. The NCAA national office does not handle initial-eligibility certifications. Please do not contact the NCAA national office with inquiries regarding an individual’s initial-eligibility status, including whether transcripts, student release forms, etc., were received or about when you will be cleared. The Eligibility Center maintains and processes all of the initial-eligibility certifications. You can go to for more information and click on “Eligibility Center”.