Athletics News
Illinois State Compliance Office Opens

Sept. 9, 2009

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State Athletics Compliance Office has announced a seven-stop, educational tour featuring its "Got 16?" NCAA initial-eligibility seminar, beginning Wednesday night at Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Mo. The seven dates are the most ever for the series, which is entering its eighth year under the supervision of ISU Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Certification Cindy Harris.

Harris and ISU Assistant Compliance Coordinator Tessi Taylor will speak to interested high school student-athletes, coaches, parents, athletics directors and guidance counselors on a variety of subjects including the NCAA's 16 core courses - from which the program gets its title - and eligibility requirements, tests scores (ACT and SAT), registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, and official visits.

"We really enjoy doing this seminar for high school students, their coaches, guidance counselors and parents," Harris said. "We feel that this is information that will guide and assist them as they make their way toward meeting NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. It's presented in a way that is easy to understand and participants can feel free to ask questions."

Although hosted by Ritenour High School, Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. seminar is free and open to any interested party from any St. Louis-area high school. The event features a thorough presentation by ISU's compliance staff and a question-and-answer session for anyone seeking more assistance.

"We deal with the complexities of these requirements, along with the headaches and frustrations of parents and counselors, on a daily basis in our office," Harris said. "I think we are in a unique position to tell some anecdotal stories and share others' experiences at this session, along with rolling out the NCAA rules, and getting the information to the folks who clearly need it and can use it."

Harris and her staff will also visit John Marshall Metro High School in Chicago (Sept. 28), Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Ill. (Oct. 14), Lisle High School in Lisle, Ill. (Oct. 21), and host a Springfield School District 186 sponsored event at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Ill. (Nov. 2). Dates and times have yet to be determined for seminars at Bloomington (Ill.) High School and Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Ill.

"We want to emphasize that the seminars are open to anyone from any high school," Harris said. "Administrators at each school have stepped up to request and arrange for the programs, but we hope everyone in each community understands that they're open to anyone looking to learn more about the process of becoming eligible and meeting NCAA requirements."

2009 Got 16? Seminars

Date School Time
Sept. 9 - Ritenour High School (St. Louis, Mo.) - 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 - John Marshall Metro High School (Chicago, Ill.) - 3 p.m.
Oct. 14 - Alan B. Shepard High School (Palos Heights, Ill.) - 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 - Lisle High School (Lisle, Ill.) - 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 - Lanphier High School (Springfield, Ill.) - 6:30 p.m.

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