COMMISSION ON ATHLETICS (COA)
Eligibility at the Community College Level in California
- All new freshmen student-athletes (age 18 or older or high school graduates or equivalent) are initially eligible to compete.
- In order to compete in a second season of the same sport, student-athletes must earn 24 semester units (18 must be academic courses) with a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) prior to the beginning of their second season, and not including any units earned prior to their first season of competition.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
Eligibility at a future NCAA Division I, II or III levels
- Transfer student-athletes may be initially eligible for competition if they meet one of the following:
- They were “qualifiers” with the NCAA Clearinghouse
- They earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree
- In order to meet continuing eligibility requirements for Division I, student-athletes must do the following:
- 2.5 or higher starting Fall 2012
- Make satisfactory progress toward a degree of choice. For example, student-athletes must complete at least 24 semester units toward a degree applicable (I.E. GE and/or major) coursework every academic year
- Complete percentage of degree checkpoints (this is relative to specific major):
Example: 120 semester units needed to graduate from XYZ University
- Complete 40% of degree by the start of the 5th FT semester of college = 48 transferable units
- Complete 60% of degree by the start of the 7th FT semester of college = 72 transferable units
- Complete 80% of degree by the start of the 9th FT semester of college = 96 transferable units
(Note: This completion of 80% is needed only if student chooses to redshirt and competes during his/her fifth year of eligibility.)
- Degree applicable does NOT include non-college level, remedial courses (eg., ENGL 905, MATH 106, MATH 903).
- Division I limits the number of PE units to 2 for eligibility, and even if transferable, are often not degree applicable.
- NCAA Divisions II and III have initial and continuing eligibility rules as well. Student-athletes will most likely meet such requirements for D-II and D-III if they meet D-I requirements.
- Two semesters of college level English and one semester of college level Math is required for community college transfer to Division II. A science course is required for Division I along with 2 English and 1 transferable math.
- Visit the NCAA websites and NCAA Clearinghouse website for more information:
NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NAIA)-registration is required if you are intending to compete at an NAIA cCollege
Eligibility at the future NAIA level
- Visit the NAIA website for detailed information regarding eligibility as a transfer student:
NOTE: For a more comprehensive explanation of requirements, students should contact the appropriate counselor, administrator or coach. This document should serve only as a tool by which student-athletes can begin to be aware of and understand rules and requirements.
West Valley College demonstrates its commitment to student-athletes by providing two counselors who specialize in working with student-athletes. Take advantage of this resource!! When in doubt, ask! Seek help often!