Elite 89 Award
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2011)|
|Elite 89 Award|
|Awarded for||Participating student athlete with highest GPA at each of the 89 NCAA Championship sites.|
|Presented by||National Collegiate Athletic Association|
|Currently held by||89 annually|
The Elite 89 Award or more formally The Elite 89 Academic Recognition Award Program, originally the Elite 88 Award, is an award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizing the student athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average who has reached the competition at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 men's and women's championships across its three divisions (Division I, Division II, Division III).
Students are eligible if they have achieved at least a sophomore in academic and athletics standing and if he or she is in at least the second year of competition (in any sport) at his or her current institution. The student athlete must be on the active roster and a member of the designated squad size for the championship site. Grade point averages are determined using a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. In the event of a tie, completed credits is the official tiebreaker. In sports such as golf and cross country running an individual who qualifies for the individual championship although his or her team is not competing will be eligible for the award. Multi-sport athletes are only allowed to win one award per academic year, even if they would qualify for the award in more than one sport.
The award was established as the Elite 88 Award during the 2009–10 academic year. It became the Elite 89 during the 2011–12 academic year with the creation of the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship. The NCAA owns the trademark to the term "Elite 89". Presumably, the award's name will change to "Elite 90" in the 2015–16 school year, following the approval of the membership of all three NCAA divisions to launch a single all-divisions national championship for women's beach volleyball in the spring of 2016.
Two groups of NCAA student-athletes are not eligible for the Elite 89 Award:
- Participants in what the NCAA classifies as "emerging sports" for women, currently equestrianism, rugby union, and triathlon. These sports are recognized by the NCAA, but do not yet have fully sanctioned status. Beach volleyball had been an "emerging sport" before becoming a fully sanctioned championship sport in 2015–16.
- Players in Division I FBS football. The NCAA has never sponsored an official FBS national championship.
NCAA Elite 89 Eligible Sports
- "National Collegiate" is the official NCAA designation for championships that are open to schools from multiple NCAA divisions. In most cases, the National Collegiate Championship is the only championship awarded in that sport. However, two sports—women's ice hockey and men's volleyball—have National Collegiate and Division III championships. By contrast, the men's ice hockey championships are designated as "Division I" and "Division III", although Division II schools can and do compete in that sport's Division I championship as Division I members.
- The list includes only championships in fully sanctioned NCAA sports.
|Season||Division I||Division II||Division III||National Collegiate|
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