The National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association values academic success and achievement. With an academics-first focus, all athletes participating in any NCSSAA events must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must have a cumulative 2.3 GPA. First-semester undergraduate students must have graduated high school with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
- Must be in good standing with their university, both academically and socially.
- Must be actively enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students, and 6 credit hours for graduate students. Exceptions will be made for graduating seniors at Division I - IV schools that are taking less than 12 credit hours to complete their degree and for students at Division V schools that have policies in place that prevent students from being enrolled in 12 credit hours. In these cases, documentation must be provided to NCSSAA and the exception must be approved prior to competition.
- All athletes are limited to 10 semesters (or 15 quarters) of eligibility. Please note that semesters and quarters are aligned with the competitive season; Summer/Winter semesters do not count against the number of eligible semesters. A semester of eligibility will be used whether or not the student is actively competing or enrolled in school. If a student goes to school part-time or does not attend school for a semester, one semester of eligibility will still be used. Exceptions can be made by NCSSAA staff for personal and/or financial hardships that require a student to temporarily attend part-time or withdraw from school.
Coaches will be required to sign-off on academic eligibility without submitting proof of eligibility prior to attending a regional competition. NCSSAA staff reserves the right to require proof of eligibility of any student at any point. At the National competition, proof of eligibility for all competitors will be required prior to the competition. Teams hosting NCSSAA sanctioned events will not be required to verify competitor eligibility.