FIELD HOCKEY - WOMEN
NCAA Div. I
NCAA Div. II
NCAA Div. III
NCAA is the largest collegiate athletic association with the largest number of scholarships among its disciplines, as well as the largest athletic facilities. It is composed of 3 different divisions:
Formed by more than 200 large institutions and where the average level of the player is higher, since it represents the previous step to the big professional events. Most of the major universities in the USA belong to this division. To qualify for a scholarship in this division, you must have a high level and versatile profile.
Composed of smaller universities compared to Division I (between 5000 and 10000 students enrolled), these are institutions where education is closer and more specialized. The level of the average player is somewhat lower, but still high. However, it is very common for top Division II universities to be able to beat Division I college teams. To qualify for a basketball scholarship in this division, you must have a high-level athletic profile.
Formed by universities that are more defined in terms of academic programs and for which there are no athletic scholarships, but there are academic scholarships, scholarships to international students and loans. They have competitions, but are not part of such professionalized programs. The level is lower compared to the previous ones, so it is ideal for good students with an acceptable sports profile.
NAIA is a collegiate athletic association made up of more than 300 institutions, which have fewer enrolled students than those belonging to the NCAA and have smaller campuses. However, the requirements are lower and it is made up of universities with high academic and athletic recognition. The level of the average player may be lower when compared to NCAA Division I, although there are very similar cases. In fact, there are some really competitive teams.
Popularly known as Junior College or Community College, these are 2-year academic programs that serve as a stepping stone to college enrollment. At the athletic level, it serves as a showcase for those athletes who found it difficult to be admitted to the NCAA or NAIA.