November 14 began the early signing period for those 12th grade students in all NCAA Division I and II sports excluding football and water polo to sign their national letter of intent.
Midland High School held a celebration for those students eligible to commit to their school of choice and for student-athletes who’s signing period will occur later in the school year as well as students attending NCAA Division III programs where Letter of Intent are not applicable.
Congratulations to the following Chemics who will take their athletic and academic talent to the next level.
Jeff Landis, Baseball – Hillsdale College
Maya Etienne, Soccer – University of Southern Indiana
Ellie Wardell, Soccer – Winona State University (MN)
About the National Letter of Intent (NLI)
The NCAA manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 650 Division I and Division II participating institutions.
The NLI is a voluntary program with regard to both institutions and student-athletes. No prospective student-athlete or parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program.
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
- A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
- The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
The penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.
An important provision of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.