PALOMAR COLLEGE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAM
intercollegiate athletic program at Palomar College consists of
a combined 21 men’s and women’s varsity-sport teams, including:
baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross
country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s
soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s
tennis, track and field, men’s and women’s water polo, men’s and
women’s volleyball and wrestling.
The objective of
the Palomar College Intercollegiate Athletics Program is to
represent the educational mission of the institution, as well as
the many communities of Northern San Diego County, in spirited
athletic competition with other community colleges. The program
shall provide competitive opportunities for both men and women
students in a wide variety of sporting endeavors.
THE GOAL OF
THE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAM IS TO:
A. Ensure all
student-athletes are provided with opportunity and support to
achieve their academic and athletic goals;
the best possible environment to enable each student-athlete to
compete to the fullest extent of his or her capability;
support systems enabling student-athletes to develop into
well-rounded, responsible, successful and mature individuals;
student athletes to assume positive leadership roles both on
campus and in the community.
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CCCAA)
is a member in good standing of the Community College League of
California’s California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).
As authorized by the State Legislature, the Education Code
provides the CCCAA with the authority to establish the rules and
regulations to administrate the intercollegiate athletic
activities of the California Community Colleges.
Community College system, which is composed of 72 districts and
110 campus sites, annually enrolls nearly 1.5 million students
and employs over 70,000 citizens of the state. Nearly 25,000
student athletes participate annually in intercollegiate
athletics at California’s Community Colleges and the CCCAA
oversees nearly 100 regional and state-final events, producing
champions in 20 men’s and women’s sports each year.
PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
is also an affiliated member of the Pacific Coast Conference,
which provides league competition in the following sports:
baseball, basketball (M/W), cross country (M/W), soccer (M/W),
softball, tennis (M/W), volleyball (W) and water polo (M/W).
Along with Palomar, the PCC membership includes Cuyamaca College
(El Cajon), Grossmont College (El Cajon), Imperial Valley
College (Imperial), Mira Costa College (Oceanside), San Diego
City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College
and Southwestern College (Chula Vista).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
In the sport of
football, Palomar College is a member of the Southern California
Football Association, which was created by action of the COA
Board in April, 2007 as a conference that administers only the
sport of football. The SCFA is composed of colleges located in
the southern region of the state belonging to the Community
College League of California, designated and approved by the COA/CCCAA.
In its competitive grouping of the SCFA, Palomar has been
assigned to the National Division, Southern Conference, which
includes: Grossmont College (El Cajon), Fullerton College, Long
Beach City College, Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa),
Saddleback College (Mission Viejo) and Santa Ana College.
teams participate as “hosted” programs in the following sports:
women’s golf and women’s track in the Foothill Conference; men’s
golf, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s volleyball
in the Orange Empire Conference; and wrestling in the South
NCAA - NAIA
The goal of the
majority of student athletes participating in California
Community College programs is to transfer to a four-year college
or university to continue their academic and athletic careers
beyond their sophomore (second) year. Upon transfer, these
students are required to meet the eligibility standards of
either the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or
National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Palomar College
Intercollegiate Athletic Program recognizes two distinctive
seasons of sport, which coincide with the semesters of the
academic year. The fall sports include men’s and women’s
basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s
golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and
women’s water polo and wrestling. The spring sports include
baseball, men’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming,
men’s and women’s tennis, track and field and men’s volleyball.
Men’s and women’s basketball are recognized to span the regular
semesters of the academic year (fall and spring), but because
the competitive season begins in the fall, it is considered a
tradition of Palomar College intercollegiate athletics dates
back nearly to the inauguration of the institution, which first
opened for classes at Vista High School in the fall of 1946.
Since that time, teams representing PC have won a total of 118
conference championships, 28 southern California regional titles
and 20 state crowns. In addition, Comet teams have captured
mythical national championships five times.
first-ever athletic contest is believed to have been a men’s
basketball game on December 6, 1946, when a team representing
Palomar Junior College defeated a club team from San Dieguito,
42-29, at the Vista High School gym. First Coach Hollis Westfall
started the program in earnest in the winter of 1947, when he
arranged for the same group a schedule that included the San
Diego State junior varsity, San Diego Junior College (later
known as San Diego City College), El Centro J.C. (now known as
Imperial Valley College) and Lancaster J.C. (now Antelope Valley
College). Palomar also sponsored a men’s tennis team in the
spring of 1947.
made a strong commitment to intercollegiate athletics that May,
when the board of trustees announced the hiring of Hueston
Harper as head football coach and director of athletics. Harper,
who had coached the football, basketball, baseball, tennis and
track & field teams to 35 league championships at Hemet High
School, was a former standout athlete at the University of
Southern California. As a Trojan, Harper was an All-Pacific
Coast tackle on the on the great Howard Jones teams of the mid
1930s and also earned three varsity letters in track and field.
Under his direction, Palomar’s first football game was played
against the San Diego State Frosh before an estimated 1,500
spectators at Escondido High School on Oct. 4, 1947. PC’s first
win on the gridiron came two weeks later in a 7-0 decision over
received its’ first conference invitation in March of 1948, when
the South Central Junior College Conference was founded in a
meeting of the small Southern California schools at Citrus
College. Participating members included Palomar, Citrus,
Lancaster (Antelope Valley), Blythe (Palo Verde), El Centro
(Imperial Valley) and Oceanside-Carlsbad (MriaCosta). Dean
Stanford Bale of Palomar was appointed to draw up the league’s
first constitution and by-laws and M.A. Myers of Lancaster was
named the first commissioner. Member schools were directed to
abide by the eligibility rules of the California Junior College
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
By the spring
of 1948, Palomar was already sponsoring programs in baseball,
track and field and tennis, in addition to the established
football and basketball teams. The Comets won their first three
baseball games and participated in the first conference track
and field championships on May 22, 1948 along with Blythe,
Citrus and Lancaster. That summer, coach Harper added Ken
Williams to the athletics staff as an assistant football coach
and head basketball coach.
athletics were officially initiated at the institution in the
mid 1970’s, but the forerunners were fabulously successful
forays in the since-discontinued club sports of archery and
bowling. A Palomar team won consecutive national junior college
championships in archery in 1966-67 under Coach Mildred Ayers,
and a co-ed bowling team, also coached by Ayers, won
back-to-back state championships in 1971 and 1972. Women’s
volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer soon followed. The
late Vi Jeffery inaugurated the Comets’ first women’s basketball
team and went on to become the institution’s first director of
women’s athletics. In 1977, the Palomar softball program, under
the direction of head coach Mark Eldridge, began one of the
state’s greatest sports dynasties ever, winning 26 conference
championships, 18 Southern California Regional titles and three
state championships in 1989, 1993 and 2000. Under coach Nan
Haugen, the Palomar women’s tennis team produced state team
championships in 1983 and 1986 and also won the state duals
tournament in 1986. Women’s tennis also produced 12 conference
titles and eight state runner-up finishes. Most recently,
first-year Head Coach Sheri Jennum guided the 2007-08 Comet
women’s basketball team to a perfect (14-0) conference record,
the Pacific Coast Conference Championship and an appearance in
the State Southern Regional semifinals.
Coach Tom Craft, the Palomar football program kicked into high
gear in the mid-1980s. Craft’s teams brought home 10 conference
championships and four Southern California regional titles. In
1991, 1993 and 1998 the Comets not only went on to win the
California Community College State Championship, but were also
proclaimed national champions by the J.C. Grid-Wire, USA Today,
and the National Community College Football Coaches Alliance.
Comet wrestling teams under Head Coach John Woods produced five
state championships between 1973 and 1986 and no less than 58
community college All-Americans. Woods went on to serve the
institution as director of athletics from 1986 through 2007. In
the fall of 2007, Coach Byron Campbell directed the Comet
wrestlers to the California State Dual Team Championship.
of Palomar College sport championships for all time include:
National Champions – Football (3), Archery (2); State Champions
– Wrestling (7), Football (3), Softball (3), Women’s Tennis (3),
Co-ed Bowling (2), Men’s Archery (1), Women’s Archery (1), Men’s
Cross Country (1), Men’s Track & Field (1); State Regional
Champions – Softball (18), Baseball (4), Football (4), Men’s
Golf (2); and Conference Champions – Softball (27), Football
(12), Women’s Tennis (12), Men’s Basketball (10), Women’s
Swimming (10), Baseball (9), Men’s Soccer (6), Men’s Golf (5),
Men’s Water Polo (5), Women’s Basketball (5), Men’s Tennis (4),
Archery (3), Women’s Soccer (3), Women’s Volleyball (3), Men’s
Swimming (2), Women’s Water Polo (2), Men’s Volleyball
Palomar College intercollegiate athletic teams may not
participate in an official practice or competition, nor be
issued equipment or apparel from athletic equipment management
without departmental verification of the following items:
Current enrollment in good standing at
Qualification of CCCAA academic
Satisfactory physical examination by a
physician (medical doctor) approved by Palomar College.
Health insurance evaluation by the
Palomar College athletic training staff.
PROCEDURE FOR FIRST-TIME STUDENT ATHLETES
student-athletes who are enrolling for the first time at Palomar
College or returning after an absence of one-or-more semesters
should contact the Office of Athletic Academic Advisement:
Any person who meets one of the
following requirements is eligible to attend Palomar College:
Has graduated from an
accredited high school;
Is a non-high school
graduate 18 years or older;
Has passed the
California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) or
Certificate of Equivalency (G.E.D.);
Is a minor who may
profit from instruction and has permission of the local high
Has petitioned for
special and obtained approval from parent/guardian,
representative of the school district of residence and Palomar
College Director of Enrollment Services (admitted on a
permission and space-available basis).
Admission forms are available at the Palomar College Office of
Admissions and Records, located on the San Marcos Campus (Bldg.
SSC, Room 49); in the current Palomar College Schedule of
Classes and on the college’s website at
The Office of Admissions and Records can be reached at:
760-744-1150 Ext. 2164
delays in registration processing, all new, continuing and
returning students are encouraged to have transcripts submitted
to Palomar College before enrolling for their first semester.
The intercollegiate athletic program requires a student to file
all high school and college transcripts in order to verify
eligibility. Transcripts or grade reports are required for
validation or proof that course prerequisites have been met
before a student may be allowed to register for a particular
course. Students should consult the college catalogue for course
prerequisites. Transcripts should be directed to:
Marcos, CA 92069-1487
a process that assists students in choosing, planning and
achieving their educational and career goals. It is the
institution’s way of supporting a student’s rights to succeed in
college. Matriculation is a partnership between the student and
Palomar College (see college catalogue for detail).
ASSESSMENT, ADVISEMENT AND ORIENTATION
Assessment is the process the
College uses to evaluate the skills of prospective students in
areas such as reading, writing, math and English as a second
placement process includes multiple measures), advisement and
orientation are given several times throughout the year for the
convenience of new, continuing, returning and transfer students.
Assessment gives students knowledge of present levels of skills
in math, English and reading. Assessment, along with advisement
and orientation, using COMPASS takes approximately three hours
and includes receiving the results.
All students must
submit an application for admission before making an appointment
for the placement test. Students must contact the Student
Access/Assessment Center for a reservation ticket. Reservation
tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating
is limited Students may also schedule an appointment by e-mail
to email@example.com . Students should find the
location prior to their appointment since no one will be
admitted after the assessment has begun. All three subjects
(English, math and reading) will be covered. Students are
permitted to be assessed only once per year. Placement is valid
for two years.
In addition to
taking the Palomar College placement test, the following options
are also available to prospective students:
Students may submit documentation of previous college course
work and/or assessment scores from another college.
Non-native English speakers may participate in a specialized
placement process by contacting the ESL Department.
Students may place themselves in entry-level classes and
progress through the curriculum without taking the assessment.
to challenge assessment placement will be made on an individual
basis. Please contact the Assessment Office, located in the
Student Access/Assessment Center (SU-1).
a process that provides students with information about the
College’s programs, services, academic expectations, procedures,
advising and registration. Orientation follows all areas of
assessment. Assessment results will be distributed at the
conclusion of the orientation.
must complete assessment, advisement and orientation before
qualifying to register for classes. Students who meet this
requirement before the registration period for the next semester
will receive and earlier registration appointment.
STUDENT EDUCATION PLAN
Educational planning is the
process of mapping courses semester-by-semester to achieve an
intended educational goal. For student athletes, the Student
Education Plan is critical in preparation for transfer to a
four-year institution. All student athletes should meet with the
athletic academic counselor to select the appropriate course
sequence that best fits the academic and athletic goal of the
active Student Education Plan is a required eligibility standard
for California Community College student athletes.
is privileged to have the support of athletic academic advisors
who are versed in the issues, rules and regulations governing
expertise ranges from the California Community College level
through the CCCAA, as well as transfer requirements for
four-year institutions of destination, adhering to the rules of
the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
ROLE OF THE
ATHLETIC ACADEMIC COUNSELOR:
student athletes in the accomplishment of their educational
goals and to evaluate and identify characteristics that might
make them prone to academic problems.
To act as an
academic advocate for student athletes.
student athletes develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP); an
student-athletes relative to educational programs, graduation
requirements, eligibility rules and regulations and
To serve as a
liaison between Coaches, student-athletes and faculty where
academic issues are concerned.
student-athletes to appropriate support services when required.
the academic progress of PC student athletes.
and assist student athletes with a non-educational concern that
may be hindering their academic progress.
Grants-in-aid or financial
assistance of any kind as based upon athletic accomplishments or
potential is both prohibited and illegal for student athletes
currently attending or prospects intending to attend a
California Community College. However, California Community
Colleges may provide information and/or assistance to students
and prospective students in regard to state or federal
financial-aid programs that are made available to all
on options for financial assistance to help minimize the
student’s financial burden of a college education is available
at the Palomar College Financial Aid & Scholarship Office,
located in SSC (Student Services Center) Room 50.
Interested student-athletes and/or prospects may contact the
office by phone at:
Or on line by
logging on to the Palomar College website at:
assistance comes in the form of waivers, grants, potential
part-time employment, student loans and scholarships. The
following is a brief summary of the financial aid programs
available at Palomar College:
BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S WAIVER (BOGW)
This program waives the
enrollment fee for all eligible California resident students.
Application forms are available online at
Applications are also found inside the class schedule or at the
Financial Aid Office.
CAL GRANT (Cal B, C)
This is a state-funded program
and is awarded to students based on a formula determined by the
California Student Aid Commission. The formula includes factors
such as income/assets and grade point average. Student
applicants must have a minimum of six (6) units.
INSTITUTIONAL EMERGENCY LOANS
Short-term emergency student
loans are available for students enrolled during the current
semester who are Pell Grant eligible or student employees and
who demonstrate an unexpected emergency need for funds to
continue their education at Palomar College. Must have a minimum
enrollment of six (6) units.
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
This grant is an entitlement
award and usually awarded to low-income students. Students with
a bachelor’s degree are ineligible.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)
This grant is usually awarded to
students who have already been awarded the Pell Grant and have
demonstrated high unmet financial need. Must have a minimum
enrollment of six (6) units.
FEDERAL WORK STUDY
This program provides part-time
employment on campus. The award does not have to be repaid BUT
must be earned through employment on campus. Must have a minimum
enrollment of six (6) units.
SUBSIDIZED WILLIAM D. FORD
FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN
This is a federal student loan
program in which the government makes loans available to
students to be used for direct educational expenses. The
interest rate is variable. Repayment begins six (6) months after
the student is no longer enrolled in college or drops below six
(6) units of enrollment. The government does not charge interest
on the loan while the student is in school.
UNSUBSIDIZED WILLIAM D. FORD
FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN
This loan is similar to the
Subsidized William D. Ford Federal Loan in that it is to be used
for direct educational expenses BUT is certified for students
who cannot demonstrate financial need. The student pays the
interest at all times on this loan.Variable rate.
SECURITY NUMBER AND NAME MATCH
financial aid record is maintained according to the student’s
social security number and legal name. All financial aid
applicants are required to make sure that their social security
number and legal name not only matches with legal documentation
but also matches with their student academic records. Mismatches
will void the financial aid application.
scholarships sponsored by individuals and organizations are
available to all students. Selection criteria and amounts are
determined by the donors. It should be noted that
student-athletes are prohibited by both the California Community
College Athletic Association and the NCAA from receiving a
private scholarship that has either been based upon athletic
qualification and/or achievement or has been established
expressly for student athletes. However, student athletes are
encouraged to contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
to apply for scholarships that are made available to all
SIMPLIFIED CCCAA ELIGIBILITY
athletic eligibility at Palomar College, a student must meet the
following criteria, based upon the denoted situation:
You are an amateur athlete in the
sport in which you intend to compete.
You are a first-time participant in
intercollegiate athletics at any post-secondary institution.
You are currently enrolled in a
minimum of 12 semester units, nine (9) of which must be in
academic course work. This is a standard that must be maintained
throughout the season of sport.
Second Season (Continuing) Eligibility
You have maintained a minimum 2.0
cumulative grade point average.
You have completed a minimum of 24
units from the beginning of your first season of competition and
ending prior to the semester of your second season, of which 18
must be in academic course work.
You must be currently enrolled in a
minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic
Transfer from Another California
You must honestly and accurately
provide notification of previous post-secondary institution(s)
attended. Failure to do so would be grounds for immediate
dismissal from intercollegiate athletic participation at PC.
You must be currently enrolled in a
minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic
You must have completed a minimum of
12 units at Palomar College prior to participation on a PC team.
A tracer (written verification
request) will be sent to your prior institution to determine the
extent of your participation at that college.
A transcript from the transferring
college (prior institution) will be required to determine
academic eligibility requirements (grades and units passed).
If you have previously participated in
a sport at another California community college, in addition to
the minimum of 12 units you have passed at PC, you must have
passed 24 units, 18 of which must be in academic course work,
with a minimum 2.0 grade point average from first participation
to be granted eligibility at Palomar College.
Transfer from a Four-Year College or
any Out-of-State College
You must honestly and accurately
provide notification of previous post-secondary institution(s)
attended. Failure to do so would be grounds for immediate
dismissal from intercollegiate athletic participation in the
state and at PC.
You must be currently enrolled in a
minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic
You must have completed 24 units, 18
of which must be in academic course work, from the last season
You must have a cumulative 2.0 grade
point average from the semester of your first athletic
athlete is one who engages in a particular sport for the
educational, physical, mental and social benefits derived
therefrom, and to whom participation in that sport is an
avocation. An amateur athlete may be involved in professional
sports activities under the following conditions:
athlete may be a professional in one (1) sport and an amateur in
all other sports, but shall be ineligible only in that sport in
which the athlete has been deemed to be a professional.
Professional athletes who have their amateur status restored
shall still be considered professional in that sport according
to the CCCAA Constitution. Athletes shall be eligible if they
have, prior to enrollment in a college institution, tried out at
their own expense with a professional sports organization or
received not more than one (1) expense-paid visit, provided the
visit did not exceed 48 hours.
A student athlete shall not
try out for a professional team while participating in a
California Community College season of sport.
An athlete may participate
in a contest as an individual or as member of a team against
professional athletes, as long as all other sections of the
CCCAA Constitution are observed.
An athlete may participate
in a sport competition with individuals who are competing
for cash or comparable prizes, provided the athlete does not
receive payment for participation.
Athletes who try out or
compete against professional teams or individuals may
receive reimbursement for their actual cost of food, lodging
and transportation as verified in writing by the event
Attending a school or clinic
sponsored by a professional sports organization is not
interpreted as “trying out” or “playing” for a team,
provided no scheduled games are played.
Athletes may officiate
and/or teach as a part of private or public instructional
shall not represent a college in any athletic competition unless
they are an amateur athlete in the sport(s) in which they
compete. Students shall be deemed professional and ineligible to
participate in that sport if any one (1) of the following
exists—if the student:
or has taken payment in any form for sport participation.
ever played on a professional team, unless the student meets the
criteria as listed in CCCAA Bylaw 1.1.2.
agreed to be represented by an agent of an organization in the
marketing of his/her athletic ability and/or accomplishments.
Subsequent to becoming an athlete at the collegiate level, has
accepted any remuneration for or permitted use of his/her name
or likeness to advertise or endorse a product or service of any
E. Is an
international student and has his/her educational costs
partially or fully paid by the student’s national sports body or
cannot be paid to coach while competing in that sport during the
A student who has been admitted
to any California community college shall be eligible to compete
in the college athletic program, provided the student athlete is
eligible under all other provisions of the CCCAA Constitution.
A student transferring
to Palomar College for athletic participation purposes whose
last competition in CCCAA sanctioned intercollegiate athletics
was at another California community college must complete 12
units in residence prior to the beginning of the semester of
competition at Palomar College. Transfer status is determined by
where the athlete last competed, not necessarily where the
student last attended.
In addition to meeting
the residence requirement of the transfer rule, the student
athlete must also satisfy applicable unit and grade point
average requirements. If the student wishes to compete in a
different CCCAA-sanctioned sport for the first time, he/she must
have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in course work
completed for credit at accredited postsecondary institutions.
This grade point average must include all courses taken since
the start of the term of the first competition in any
CCCAA-sanctioned sport. If the competition is the second in that
particular sport, then in addition to the grade point average
requirements stated above, the student must also have completed
24-semester units since the term of the first competition in
Student athletes who are
participating in a sport shall not earn units at a second
college to satisfy the transfer rule until that season of sport
A student athlete who
has competed at a California community college and who wishes to
compete in a sport not offered by that community
college/district must meet the requirements of the transfer
satisfying the 12-unit residence transfer requirement, a maximum
of eight (8) units may be from courses completed during the
summer session(s) or winter intersession(s) immediately
preceding the completion of the transfer.
If five (5) or more
years have passed since last competing at a postsecondary
institution, the 12-unit residency rule shall be waived.
A transfer student who
has competed in a CCCAA-sanctioned sport at a four-year
institution or non-California community college before competing
at Palomar College is required to have a cumulative 2.0 grade
point average as described in CCCAA Bylaw 1.10.2. A student
participating in a second season of a sport must also meet the
required 24-semester unit rule.
College shall certify athletic eligibility by submitting Form 1,
Student Eligibility and Form 3, Team Eligibility, to the
Conference Commissioner’s office postmarked prior to the first
contest in any sport. Addendums to Form 3 may be submitted at a
later date, but the athletes listed on addendums are not
eligible until the postmarked date. Colleges are also required
to verify weekly that all participating student athletes are in
compliance with the 12-hour rule (Bylaw 1.3.1).
The Director of
Athletics shall work in concert with the Office of Enrollments
to check the eligibility status of each student athlete on a
weekly basis during each season of sport.
Should any student
athlete be found to be ineligible at any point during the season
of sport, his or her participation in all competition activities
(including dress for competition and travel) as related to the
sport program shall cease immediately. The suspension from
activities shall remain in force until the ineligibility issue
is confirmed as resolved by official college records (note
Eligibility Infraction Penalty at the end of this section).
An eligibility check for
all student athletes, in regard to continuing eligibility
status, shall be conducted at the close of each semester grading
period. Results of this evaluation shall be made in writing to
the head coach of each sport program.
working days after the end of the competitive season, all
California community colleges are required to send to the
conference commissioner the final Form 3 for each sport,
indicating which students competed in a game, meet or match.
Playing in a
scheduled game, meet or match shall be recorded as a season of
competition, even if the student competed in a non-scoring
position (i.e., No. 8 golfer). For student athletes competing on
behalf of the college in any game, meet or match during a season
that shall be recorded as a season of competition in that sport.
start of a college’s semester or quarter is after the starting
date for a sport, the college will certify all athletes eligible
and able to compete in that sport. The athletes must be
registered in 12 units, even though they cannot attend classes
until the college starting date. The athletes must meet all
other eligibility rules.
When a sport
season spans two (2) semesters (i.e., basketball), continuing
students who meet the requirement of CCCAA Bylaw 1.3.1 (12-hour
rule) may compete until the next new semester or quarter has
athlete, regardless of whether a member of a varsity, junior
varsity, reserve team or any combination thereof, may not
participate in more than the number of games, meets or matches
as authorized for a sport as listed in Bylaw 3 of the CCCAA
SEASONS OF COMPETITION
shall be allowed more than two (2) seasons of active collegiate
competition in any one sport at a California Community College.
It is not necessary for the two seasons to run concurrently.
NCAA “ELIGIBILITY CLOCK”
By rule, all
student athletes begin their intercollegiate athletic career
with an opportunity to participate in their sport of choice for
four seasons over a five-year span. The NCAA's five-year
"eligibility clock" officially starts when that student enrolls
as a full-time student (12 or more semester units) for the first
time, regardless of whether he/she participates on an athletic
freshman who intends to participate on an athletic team in the
future and enrolls in less than 12 units upon entering a
post-secondary institution. Because the student is enrolled in
less than 12 units, he/she is not considered a "full-time"
student and therefore is ineligible for athletic competition.
This option gives the rising freshman a chance to hold off on an
official beginning to his/her athletic career, in effect
providing an opportunity to participate in four seasons over a
six-year span. A gray- shirt may be enrolled in the
intercollegiate athletic team course and participate in
practices and workouts; but may not be included on the team
travel roster, nor receive any benefits provided to regular
participants in the program.
A student with
any class standing (Fr., So., Jr., Sr.) who takes a year off
from competition for any purpose (i.e., illness/injury, academic
deficiency, competitive rank on team). In effect, the red-shirt
year provides a student athlete with the opportunity to
participate in four seasons of competition over a five-year
span. A redshirt may be enrolled in the intercollegiate athletic
team course and participate in practices and workouts; but may
not be included on the team travel roster, nor receive any
benefits provided to regular participants in the program.
athlete who begins a season of sport as a participant and has
not had a redshirt year may, if suffering a verifiable
season-ending injury, petition for appeal to have the season
considered a medical redshirt year (reinstated in his/her
five-year count) provided the following provisions are met: 1)
the injury occurs prior to the mid-point of the season based
upon the total number of intercollegiate contests conducted; and
2) the student-athlete has participated in 20% or less than
those contests. Written evidence of the injury and confirmation
of participation levels must be provided as a component of the
petition for appeal
Should a question arise
regarding academic eligibility rules or specific eligibility
situations, student athletes are encouraged to seek
interpretation from their coach, the director of athletics, the
athletic eligibility technician and/or one of the athletic
STUDENT ATHLETES SHOULD NOT
ATTEMPT TO INTERPRET CCCAA ELIGIBILITY RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS
WITHOUT QUALIFIED ASSISTANCE.
ineligible student athlete be discovered to have competed in
regular or post-season intercollegiate athletic contest(s), the
institution shall effect an immediate and unconditional
forfeiture of all competition (team and/or individual) in which
that student athlete participated.
It should be
noted, such forfeiture(s) may result in the loss of conference
place standings, post-season qualification and advancement
and/or championship consideration for both teams and
individuals. The ineligible student athlete shall be immediately
suspended from all team activities.
ATHLETIC ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The Palomar College Athletic Department is
committed to supporting the academic process of its student
athletes. The goal of the Palomar Athletic Program is not only
for its athletes to be successful on the field or court, but in
the classroom as well. Through the Student Athlete Academic
Support Program, the athletic department has implemented
academic assessment methods and a Study Hall/Tutoring Center to
better assist student athletes to meet their academic
STUDENT-ATHLETE ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT
The Palomar College Institutional
Information System tracks and assesses the student athlete’s
academic progress and sends important information about a
student athlete’s academic performance directly to the athletic
department, where all student-athlete academic deficiencies are
Year-round tracking and
assessments will be conducted on the fifth (5th)
and tenth (10th) week of each semester.
In-season athletes will
report to an academic counselor, and for all classes with a
reported grade below a “C,” a tutorial referral will be
Once a referral has been
issued, student athletes will have five (5) open class days
(Monday-Friday) to make an appointment with the Athletic
Support staff. The purpose of this appointment is to arrange
for tutoring and/or assistance. Student athletes failing to
report within the four-day period shall be dismissed from
athletic participation until the appointment has been
The Academic Support Team is
responsible to ensure that all student athletes are aware of
the academic assessment and referral process. This effort is
designed to increase awareness, provide direct academic
assistance where it is needed and ultimately, contribute to
overall success levels of student athletes and the athletic
program as a whole.
ACS-50 COURSE REQUIREMENT
The ACS-50 offering (see the
Palomar College Class Schedule under the heading Athletics and
Competitive Sports) is a one-unit introductory course dealing
specifically with the confluence of academics and
Palomar College student athletes, the course is mandatory.
It is recommended for all incoming freshmen and an
eligibility requirement for all sophomores to have
completed prior to their second season of competition.
course is designed as a collegiate “survival guide” for student
athletes. It is also an excellent preparation for those student
athletes intending to transfer to athletic programs at the
STUDY HALL AND PEER TUTORIN
Study Hall and
Peer Tutoring provides student athletes with the environment and
the resources to assist in all their academic endeavors.
The athletic study hall
located on the third floor of the Palomar College Library
and is open 7:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
One-on-one general tutoring
and peer tutoring is provided on an appointment basis.
A computer lab (located in
Building M) is also available for all student athletes’ use.
GENERAL TUTORIAL SERVICES
Student athletes who require
academic assistance should always begin a search for such
assistance by contacting the Athletic Academic Support Program
staff. Additionally, general tutorial support is also available
to all Palomar students at the campus library.
Center, located on the library’s first floor, provides help in
many academic subjects. Students are served on a walk-in basis
and must be registered in the course(s) for which they are
seeking assistance. Tutors hired for the Center are trained in
tutoring methods and learning strategies. For more information
about this service, contact the Tutorial Center. Refer to the
current class schedule for office hours or call (760)
744-1150 Ext. 2448 or contact the Center via e-mail at
It is the
responsibility of all Palomar College student-athletes to attend
their academic classes.
Because intercollegiate student-athletes often miss class due to
team travel and competition, it is essential for student
athletes to maintain superior attendance records at all other
student-athlete is suffering from an illness and is unable to
attend a class or classes, they are expected to: 1) notify their
instructor(s); 2) notify their coach; and 3) if deemed
necessary, make an appointment at the Student Health Center for
evaluation by a health care professional.
During the season of sport,
student athletes will not drop any course, for any
reason, without first conferring with their head coach and/or
one of the athletic counselors. During the off-season,
notification of the head coach and a conference with the
athletic counselor is highly recommended.
REQUIRED ENROLLMENT IN
INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT CLASS
All student athletes
must be enrolled in the units-earning physical
education activity course for their intercollegiate sport during
the semester that sport is in season. The course schedule
designations are as follows:
(M) ACS 155
(M/W) ACS 110
(M/W) ACS 160
(M) ACS 145
(M/W) ACS 125
(W) ACS 101
(M/W) ACS 120
Field ACS 165
Coaches may recommend and/or require additional course
attendance during the academic year. Be sure to check with your
head coach for such course and ticket numbers prior to
CONFERENCE ACADEMIC HONORS PROGRAM
Each season of sport, the
Pacific Coast Conference will honor those intercollegiate
athletes who best represent the term “student athlete” by
achieving excellence both in the classroom and in competition.
Qualifying criteria for this recognition includes:
The student athlete must successfully
complete the season of sport as a member of his or her team in
The student athlete must have excelled
academically by completing a minimum of 12 semester units and
achieving a minimum 3.0 grade point average during the season of
conduct means more than the absence of negative actions in
public. Through discussions with their coaches, student-athletes
are expected to know what constitutes inappropriate behavior and
to conduct themselves in a manner that avoids such behavior.
behavior on the playing field, court, pool or track includes,
but is not limited to, the following:
Physically abusing officials, coaches, opponents, teammates
Engaging in public criticism of game officials, conference
personnel, another institution or its student-athletes or
Throwing objects; damaging equipment;
Inciting players or spectators to negative actions or to any
behavior that insults an opponent (e.g., taunting an opponent,
official or spectator).
obscene or other inappropriate language or gestures;
public statements that are derogatory, controversial or outside
the college’s accepted media policy;
Engaging in areas that constitute harassment (verbal, physical,
sexual, or any combination thereof);
Participating in any action that violates generally recognized
ethical standards of Intercollegiate Athletics participation.
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics maintains a right to
investigate incidents of un-sportsmanlike conduct and any other
misconduct involving a student-athlete and may sanction or
discipline a student-athlete(s) accordingly, consistent with the
college district, conference and/or CCCAA rules.
Beyond the above written codes
of conduct for Palomar College student athletes is the official
CCCAA State Decorum Policy, which is specific in its intent and
resulting sanctions. To the letter, the policy reads as follows:
As a student athlete
participating in intercollegiate athletics at a California
community college I understand the following offenses will
result in the stated discipline:
My first offense (ejection) in a
contest will result in a suspension from the following game.
My second offense (ejection) will
result in a suspension from all remaining contests including
Striking or attempting to strike
an official is an immediate ejection and disqualification from
participation in California community college athletic
activities for 60 months.
Participant(s) entering the
field of play from the bench in reaction to a confrontation
shall be ejected and disciplined as in points A and B above.
The use or possession of any
form of tobacco, alcohol and/or any other controlled substance
during a California community college-sponsored activity shall
initiate a suspension and be disciplined as in points A and B
SPORTS MEDICINE AND ATHLETIC TRAINING
THE CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER
The role of
Palomar College athletic trainers, as certified by the
National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is to:
Aid in the prevention, assessment and
administration of athletic injuries;
Establish and maintain a professional
relationship with Coaches and the intercollegiate athletic
Maintain accurate records for
individual student athletes in regard to medical referrals,
insurance claims and rehabilitative progress.
Maintain a daily commitment to both
learning and instruction;
Develop, maintain and seek to improve
communications with student-athletes, Coaches and the athletic
Maintain a clean, hazard-free work
environment conducive to the prevention, care and management of
TRAINING ROOM POLICIES
Use of the Athletic Training
Room (ATR) is for enrolled student-athletes, visiting
competitors, staff and students of Palomar College only. It must
be clearly understood by Coaches and student athletes alike that
the ATR and training staff is limited. In-season student
athletes have priority of treatment without exception. All
student athletes will be treated based upon availability of
training personnel, time and space.
The goal of the
ATR is to provide student athletes with primary athletic
training procedures for sport-related injury or illness. Student
athletes at PC are expected to follow the rules of the ATR TO
THE LETTER and treat the training staff with respect and common
decency. Those who cannot abide by these simple concepts will be
banned from the Athletic Training Room.
ATHLETIC TRAINING PROCESS FOR STUDENT
Sign in if you intend
to receive a treatment, including ice.
The head trainer, assistant trainer or
student-assistant trainer must inspect and evaluate ALL new
injuries within 48 hours of occurrence.
Injured athletes must receive
treatment at least one hour prior to practice or in the morning
prior to the rush before practice begins. Should a class
schedule conflict with this requirement, be sure to discuss the
issue with your
and the trainer. No treatments
or taping will be done 15 minutes prior to practice.
Student athletes are expected to clean
up after themselves; among other items, please:
Empty ice bags and throw the bag out.
Discard plastic wrap in the garbage.
Re-rack hot pack covers to dry and put
hot packs away.
medical reports, referrals and tests are released with the
student-athlete’s expressed written consent only. Coaches will
be informed of conditions that preclude an athlete’s activity or
an effect upon athletic participation only.
Under the federal law regarding confidentiality, the trainer, a
coach and/or other athletic department personnel are forbidden
to discuss a student athlete’s injury, without the written
consent of the athlete, provided the athlete is 18 years of age
Please refer to the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the insurance coverage section
College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has a
zero-tolerance policy in regard to sexual harassment.
Any training room situation that creates an uncomfortable
feeling should be reported to the head athletic trainer, the
head coach and/or the director of athletics immediately. It must
be understood by all concerned that there are numerous
situations in sports medicine that make sexual harassment a
particularly sensitive issue.
trainers are required to touch athletes in order to make an
evaluation and determine the best remedy and/or treatment
process. Professionalism and sensitivity are of the utmost
importance in this regard. Social interaction between student
athletes and certified or student trainers is discouraged.
College Athletic Training Program observes and adheres to the
sexual harassment policy of Palomar College, identified as
Palomar College District Board Policy 3020.
NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUG MEDICATIONS
medications are kept on hand for use by student athletes and
athletics staff personnel only as based on need. Medications
used in the athletic training room are limited to
athletic trainer will distribute all medications and all
medications will be distributed from the original container
only. All distributed medications will be recorded for tracking
medications may be distributed by the certified athletic trainer
at the discretion of the team physician.
PROCEDURES FOR INJURY MANAGEMENT
injury occurs to a student athlete during the course of an
Palomar College sponsored athletic activity, whether practice or
competition, the following protocol will commence:
The head coach or designee will
confirm that the injury and/or accident is reported properly to
the athletic trainer or training room staff ON THE DAY THE
INJURY HAS OCCURRED.
The certified trainer will conduct an
appropriate evaluation. Based on the physical findings of the
evaluation, the athlete will be referred to the team physician.
A student insurance accident injury
claim form will be completed and forwarded to the following:
Blue Cross of California
Student Insurance, Inc.
PC Health Services Center
The injured student athlete
4. An appointment with the team physician
will be arranged; if time and coverage opportunity permits, the
PC certified trainer may accompany the student athlete. During
the evaluation with the physician, the certified athletic
trainer will discuss the extent of the injury and treatment
Should surgery be required following a
thorough evaluation, a pre-surgical rehabilitation protocol will
be established by the orthopedist and certified athletic trainer
and followed in the ATR.
The orthopedic surgeon shall determine
post-surgical rehabilitation. The athlete will attend physical
therapy sessions for the purpose of physical rehabilitation as
directed by the head trainer.
Throughout the rehab protocol, the
attending physical therapist and the PC certified trainer will
maintain a professional working relationship to ensure athlete
compliance and safe return to intercollegiate athletic activity.
The orthopedic surgeon will determine
when the affected athlete will be able to resume physical
activity protocol. It is at this point the orthopedic surgeon
will transfer rehabilitation responsibilities from the attending
physical therapist to the certified athletic trainer.
The affected athlete will follow a
safe return to unrestricted activity as determined by the
orthopedic surgeon and the certified athletic trainer.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ACCIDENT
The Palomar College athletic
insurance policy provides secondary coverage ($50 deductible for
Class II athletes or $100 deductible for Class I athletes*) for
all registered student athletes who incur a loss from bodily
While taking part in a covered activity described below,
sponsored by and supervised by the policyholder; or
Traveling straight to and from the activity as a member of a
group under the policyholder’s supervision.
Sports: Football, Soccer, Wrestling
Sports: All other sports
Coverage is in force while
registered students are on school premises participating in an
instruction program when class is in session or while taking
part in school-sponsored activities.
participating as an active member of one of the intercollegiate
athletic teams, named on the roster of such team and classified
as a player on such team, while participating in a practice
session or game under the supervision of the team coach or while
traveling as a member of a group comprised of members of the
team under college supervision to or from a game which is played
away from the usual place of practice or play.
sponsored sports activity means a covered activity that:
place: a. on a sports organization’s premises during scheduled
hours; or b. at another site at which the covered activity is
officially scheduled; and
sponsored, organized or otherwise provided by the institutional
sports program; and
supervised by a coach, referee, or by another adult specifically
assigned supervisory duties and authority for that covered
activity by the sports organization.
The aforementioned is a brief
description of the institutional insurance coverage at Palomar
The master policy contains
complete details of the provisions, limitations and exclusions.
The master policy is on file at the college and will prevail at
all times. Students may request a complete copy of the master
policy from the college.
PRIVACY RULE AND PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
Student athletes, as well as
coaches and administrators are advised to be aware of new
federal legislation regarding the privacy of medical
information, known as the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act, enacted on April 14, 2003.
regulations were passed by Congress in 1996 to deal with rising
health-care costs and the medical industry’s growing use of
electronic commerce and the internet. Among the many objectives
of the legislation is to protect privacy of medical information.
HIPAA includes rules forbidding health-care providers, insurers
and claims clearinghouses from selling or providing medical
information to those who do legitimately need it. Clearly, under
the new law, it is the right of the individual student
athlete to determine who should have access to information
regarding an injury or physical condition resulting from
intercollegiate athletic activity.
student athletes will be requested to sign a written
release of information authorization, so that the PC training
staff, referred team physicians, the head coach and director of
athletics may expedite the process of insurance coverage,
rehabilitation and, ultimately, return to activity. However, a
student athlete is not required to do so. While the
signing of an information authorization will create an unimpeded
atmosphere for the management of insurance claims and free
transfer of progress reports between trainer and coach, other
considerations may exist.
Palomar College, with an enrollment of
33,000 full-time and part-time
students, is located in Northern San Diego
County, has a district larger than the state of Delaware and is a member of the California
Community College Association.
The Comets field
intercollegiate athletic teams in 21 sports.
Palomar successfully stresses excellence both in
academics and on the playing field and has won
three National football championships (in 1991,
1993 and 1998) and numerous State and Conference
championships in various sports, the most recent state title
coming in 2007 when the Comets won the California Community
College Dual March championship in wrestling..
maintains one of the best records among the
Nations community colleges of transferring
student athletes on to careers at four-year
colleges and universities. Annually, Palomar
transferred 75 percent of its sophomore student
athletes, most of them on scholarships.
Palomar maintains a state-of-the-art
academic advisement, counseling and study hall program to
benefit its student athletes. Athletic Academic Advisor /
Counselor Steve White, the first full-time Academic Advisor in
any community college athletic program in the country,
Associated Athletic Academic Advisor / Counselor Wendy Humath
and Study Hall Coordinator Sean Sovacool.
Palomar's former athletes
include former and current NFL players including
the League's co-record holder for longest field
goal, a former Los Angeles Laker, ex-Major League
Baseball players, an ex-PGA Tour golfer, the
former World Record holder in the javelin, a Hall
of Fame volleyball player ... Plus, a Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense, a UCLA Professor
of the Year, a Department Chair at NYU, a noted
radiologist, one of the world's foremost forensic
entomologists, Corporate Presidents and CEO's, a
former California Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma
State University's associate head softball coach,
a National Championship high school baseball
coach, CIF championship coaches in football,
basketball and baseball and our own head
football, head softball and head wrestling
out our distinguished athletic alumni by
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