When does the college eligibility clock begin?
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When does the college eligibility clock begin?
Posted by DrakeLSU on 1/18 at 4:35 pm
This may be better suited on the recruiting board, but I figured I would ask it here and if it needed to be moved it could.

When does a college athletes eligibility clock begin? Does it begin when you start your first semester of classes wether playing or not? Can you finish four years of school as a non-athlete and then have 5 years of eligibility while completing a masters, etc?

Anyone ever gone back and played sports after just being a regular student?



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Posted by Golfer on 1/18 at 4:37 pm to DrakeLSU
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Posted by TigerintheNO on 1/18 at 4:40 pm to DrakeLSU
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When does a college athletes eligibility clock begin? Does it begin when you start your first semester of classes wether playing or not? Can you finish four years of school as a non-athlete and then have 5 years of eligibility while completing a masters, etc?


when you atttend you first class, you then have 5 years to play 4



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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 4:40 pm to Golfer
no.. You have five years from the date you enter school to play four (sans medical redshirts)

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Posted by DrakeLSU on 1/18 at 4:47 pm to threeputt
So even if you never set foot on an athletic field involved with any team, you're eligibility runs out when you graduate with your bachelors?


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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 4:48 pm to DrakeLSU
It runs out after five years no matter if you have a degree or not


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Posted by DrakeLSU on 1/18 at 4:50 pm to threeputt
Gotcha, thanks.


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Posted by Golfer on 1/18 at 4:59 pm to threeputt
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no.. You have five years from the date you enter school to play four (sans medical redshirts)



NVM I read it wrong/misunderstood.

5 to play 4.



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Posted by bayoutiger08 on 1/18 at 5:45 pm to Golfer
The only exception that I know of is in NAIA baseball. It is a really weird rule, but I befitted from it. Basically I played 2 years of juco ball get drafted and floated around the minors for a few years. I was able to go an NAIA school, sit out one year, and play my senior year.


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Posted by VerlanderBEAST on 1/18 at 5:50 pm to bayoutiger08
I am pretty sure you have to actually be on a roster/practice with the team to start exhausting eligibility.


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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 5:59 pm to VerlanderBEAST
And I am certain you are not correct


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Posted by DrakeLSU on 1/18 at 6:09 pm to threeputt
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I am pretty sure you have to actually be on a roster/practice with the team to start exhausting eligibility.


This is what I had initially thought as well. After hearing what threeputt had to say and looking some stuff up online, it is not the case though. Your eligibility clock begins the second you enroll in a full time schedule for a semester (12hrs or more). The only way you can attend college and not exhaust your eligibility is to take less then a full load per semester.



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Posted by Indiana Tiger on 1/18 at 6:14 pm to TigerintheNO
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when you atttend you first class, you then have 5 years to play 4

You also have to be enrolled full-time. Part time attendance doesn't start it.



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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 6:18 pm to Indiana Tiger
Correct but then I THINK it becomes an issue of hours earned vs years in college. I.E. you would not be eligible anyway because not enough hours were passed.

Believe me, if they were a way around it more people would be doing it.



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Posted by VerlanderBEAST on 1/18 at 6:33 pm to DrakeLSU
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This is what I had initially thought as well. After hearing what threeputt had to say and looking some stuff up online, it is not the case though. Your eligibility clock begins the second you enroll in a full time schedule for a semester (12hrs or more). The only way you can attend college and not exhaust your eligibility is to take less then a full load per semester.


You sure? I think that might only apply to athletes, a person who wasn't at all recruited can walk on as a junior then play on scholarship for 3 more years.



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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 6:43 pm to VerlanderBEAST
That's right IF he is entering his third year at school .. I.E. Five years to play four ...

If the op were correct, your example you be elgible to play for four years (which is not the case)


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Posted by Tiger1242 on 1/18 at 7:27 pm to threeputt
So say you went through school and didn't play on any sports team. You graduate and get a job, work for several years ect... Meanwhile you're playing more golf and getting better at it. You decide you want to get your masters to further your career options. You can't go to a school with a shitty golf program and get like a partial scholarship or something and play for them while getting your masters?
Because that may or may not have been a pipe dream of mine (you know, if I ever actually improve my golf game from a 10 )



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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 7:28 pm to Tiger1242
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So say you went through school and didn't play on any sports team. You graduate and get a job, work for several years ect... Meanwhile you're playing more golf and getting better at it. You decide you want to get your masters to further your career options. You can't go to a school with a shitty golf program and get like a partial scholarship or something and play for them while getting your masters?
Because that may or may not have been a pipe dream of mine (you know, if I ever actually improve my golf game from a 10 )



sorry, you are out of luck



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Posted by Tiger1242 on 1/18 at 7:30 pm to threeputt
Thanks for crushing my dreams


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Posted by threeputt on 1/18 at 7:32 pm to Tiger1242



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