NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, NCCAA, CCCAA & USCAA

Difference Between Students & Student-Athletes

The NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA are the largest governing organizations which rule, organize and contribute to University & Collegiate sports within the USA. The rules and regulations of these leagues vary widely. The CCAAA and USCAA are less known University leagues but also present great opportunities for student-athletes. Below is a summary of the different leagues.

NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association
ncaa.com

The NCAA is non-profit membership-driven organization that safeguards the well-being of student-athletes. Most NCAA members are from universities and colleges. The NCAA works to help more than 460,000 student-athletes to succeed academically, athletically and professionally. The NCAA is the largest University Athletic governing body in the world.

3 divisions of NCAA:
Division I, Division II, and Division III. Each of these division have their own athletic and academic requirements. The factors which determine these requirements are enrollment numbers, the financial availability for sports, number of sports in the institution, and the number of tournaments/games played. Division 1 & 2 have athletic scholarships & Division 3 does not offer athletic scholarship. Division 1 has the largest number of institutions and also offers the largest scholarships within all 3 divisions. A very good scholarship offer from a D1 institution will give a prospective student athlete tuition, room & board, flight and a month per diem per month between $200 – $500.

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A., sliding scale, placement test scores & transfer rules. Athletic eligibility is based on gap years, level of talent & playing experience.

Is the binding contract that the student-athlete signs to attend a NCAA institution for a year. This contract details the scholarship amount and the rules of maintaining the scholarship being provided to the student-athlete. The NLI is a renewable contract which is open to negotiating.

NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
naia.org

The NAIA is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Each year more than 65,000 student-athletes in 13 sports who compete in about 26 national championships compete with the NAIA. About $600 million are available to the NAIA for athletic scholarships among all its member colleges and universities. NAIA institutions vary widely on the maximum scholarship offer a student can receive and the scholarship limit is set by the University/College. For more information about the NAIA, how to become eligible, assistance or guidance please contact ASAL. The NAIA is similar to the NCAA but the major difference is the NAIA has less restrictions.

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A., top 33%, placement test scores & transfer rules. Athletic eligibility is based on gap years, level of talent & playing experience.

NJCAA – National Junior College Athletics Association
njcaa.org

The NJCAA has the least restrictions of the other two divisions. NJCAA institutions are two year programs which means the student-athlete must transfer after two years. NJCAA institutions offer varying amount of scholarships and scholarships limits are set by the colleges.

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A. & placement test scores. Athletic eligibility is based on gap years, level of talent & playing experience.

CCCAA – California Community College Athletic Association
cccaasports.org

The California Community College Athletic Association is an integral part of California’s extensive community college system. As authorized by the State Legislature, the Education Code provides the CCCAA the opportunity and authority to establish the rules and regulations to administer the athletic activities of the nearly 25,000 men and women student athletes in the state. The CCCAA only offers academic scholarships.

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A. & placement test scores

USCAA – United States Collegiate Athletic Association
theuscaa.com

The USCAA is a national governing body that provides quality intercollegiate athletic competitions on a national level. The USCAA exists to provide small colleges the opportunity to compete against like institutions in size and resources for National Championships and student-athlete recognition. By providing unique services to small colleges, the USCAA allows it members the opportunity to enhance their recruiting capabilities by way of more consistent national recognitions and a level playing field for post-season competition. Its is possible for a USCAA school to have a dual affiliation within the NAIA, NCAA D2 or NCCAA

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A. & placement test scores.

NCCAA – National Christian College Athletic Association
thenccaa.org

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCCAA) is an association of the Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism, and encouragement. The NCCAA serves its members by setting association standards, developing communication resources, providing regional/national competition, and partnering to outreach to communities and the world. The NCCAA has 94 member schools, over 17,000 student-athletes, 24 championship sports and dual affiliates within the NAIA and NCAA (D2 & D3)

Eligibility
Academic eligibility is based on high school G.P.A. & placement test scores.