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The 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.


A. Ensure all student-athletes are provided with opportunity and support to achieve their academic and athletic goals;

B. Provide the best possible environment to enable each student-athlete to compete to the fullest extent of his or her capability;

C. Establish support systems enabling student-athletes to develop into well-rounded, responsible, successful and mature individuals; and

D. Encourage student athletes to assume positive leadership roles both on campus and in the community.       



                Palomar College 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.

                The California 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.


                Palomar College 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).


                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.


                Palomar athletic 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 Coast Conference.

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 fall sport. 


                The proud 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.

                The institution’s 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.

The college 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 El Centro.

Palomar 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.

Women’s 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.     

Under Head 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. 

The breakdown 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 (1).                                



Prospects for 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:

1.        Current enrollment in good standing at Palomar College. 

2.        Qualification of CCCAA academic eligibility standards.

3.        Satisfactory physical examination by a physician (medical doctor) approved by Palomar College.

4.        Health insurance evaluation by the Palomar College athletic training staff. 


Prospective 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:

                Steve White

                760-744-1150 Ext. 3052


                Wendy Homuth

                760-7-44-1150 Ext. 2358

                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 school district;

         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 www.palomar.edu. The Office of Admissions and Records can be reached at: 760-744-1150 Ext. 2164

                To prevent 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:

Steve White

Athletic Academic Advisor

Palomar College  

1140 West Mission Road

San Marcos, CA  92069-1487


                Matriculation is 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 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 language (ESL).

                Assessment (the 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 assessment@palomar.edu . 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:

1.        Students may submit documentation of previous college course work and/or assessment scores from another college.

2.        Non-native English speakers may participate in a specialized placement process by contacting the ESL Department.

3.        Students may place themselves in entry-level classes and progress through the curriculum without taking the assessment.

The decision 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).

Orientation is 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.

New Students 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.


                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 student.

                Further, an active Student Education Plan is a required eligibility standard for California Community College student athletes.          



                Palomar College is privileged to have the support of athletic academic advisors who are versed in the issues, rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics.

This 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).


To assist 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.

To assist student athletes develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP); an eligibility requirement. 

To advise student-athletes relative to educational programs, graduation requirements, eligibility rules and regulations and transferability.

To serve as a liaison between Coaches, student-athletes and faculty where academic issues are concerned.

To refer student-athletes to appropriate support services when required.

To monitor the academic progress of PC student athletes.

To identify 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 students.     

Information 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:

(760) 891-7510

Or on line by logging on to the Palomar College website at: www.palomar.edu/fa/

Financial 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:


This program waives the enrollment fee for all eligible California resident students. Application forms are available online at www.palomar.edu/fa. Applications are also found inside the class schedule or at the Financial Aid Office.


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.


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.


This grant is an entitlement award and usually awarded to low-income students. Students with a bachelor’s degree are ineligible.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A student’s 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.


Private 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 students.              



To gain athletic eligibility at Palomar College, a student must meet the following criteria, based upon the denoted situation:

First Time Participation

1.        You are an amateur athlete in the sport in which you intend to compete.

2.        You are a first-time participant in intercollegiate athletics at any post-secondary institution.

3.        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

1.        You have maintained a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

2.        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.

3.        You must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic course.

Transfer from Another California Community College

1.        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.

2.        You must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic course work.

3.        You must have completed a minimum of 12 units at Palomar College prior to participation on a PC team.

4.        A tracer (written verification request) will be sent to your prior institution to determine the extent of your participation at that college.

5.        A transcript from the transferring college (prior institution) will be required to determine academic eligibility requirements (grades and units passed).

6.        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

1.        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.

2.        You must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 12 units, nine (9) of which must be in academic course work.

3.        You must have completed 24 units, 18 of which must be in academic course work, from the last season played.

4.        You must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average from the semester of your first athletic participation.


An amateur 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:

A.      An 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.

  1. A student athlete shall not try out for a professional team while participating in a California Community College season of sport.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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 sponsors.
  1. 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.
  1. Athletes may officiate and/or teach as a part of private or public instructional programs.

Students 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:

A.    Takes or has taken payment in any form for sport participation.

B.    Has ever played on a professional team, unless the student meets the criteria as listed in CCCAA Bylaw 1.1.2.

C.    Has agreed to be represented by an agent of an organization in the marketing of his/her athletic ability and/or accomplishments.


D.    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 kind.

E.     Is an international student and has his/her educational costs partially or fully paid by the student’s national sports body or sport club.

Athletes cannot be paid to coach while competing in that sport during the sport season. 


                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 that sport.

        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 has ended.

        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 rule.

        When 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. 


        Palomar 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.

        Within 10 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.

        When the 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 begun.

        A student 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 Constitution.


        No athlete 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. 



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 team.


A rising 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.



        A student 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 counselors.




        Should an 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.



                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 requirements.



            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 addressed.

  • 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 issued.
  • 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 completed.
  • 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.


                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 intercollegiate athletics.

For all 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.

The ACS-50 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 four-year level. 


                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. (Monday-Thursday).
  • 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.


                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.  

The Tutorial 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 pctutoring@hotmail.com.        


        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 times.

        If a 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


       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:

Baseball (M)                                                  ACS 155

Basketball (M/W)                                          ACS 110

Cross Country (M/W)                                     ACS 160

Football (M)                                                   ACS 145

Golf (M/W)                                                     ACS 115

Soccer (M/W)                                                 ACS 125

Softball (W)                                                    ACS 101

Swimming/Diving                                             ACS 135

Tennis (M/W)                                                  ACS 120

Track & Field                                                  ACS 165

      Volleyball (M/W)                                             ACS 130

      Water Polo (M/W)                                           ACS 140

      Wrestling                                                        ACS 150

Head 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 registration.



       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:

1.        The student athlete must successfully complete the season of sport as a member of his or her team in good standing.

2.        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 sport.


Sportsmanlike 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.

Unacceptable behavior on the playing field, court, pool or track includes, but is not limited to, the following:

A.    Physically abusing officials, coaches, opponents, teammates and/or spectators;


B.    Engaging in public criticism of game officials, conference personnel, another institution or its student-athletes or personnel;


C.    Throwing objects; damaging equipment;


D.    Inciting players or spectators to negative actions or to any behavior that insults an opponent (e.g., taunting an opponent, official or spectator).


E.     Using obscene or other inappropriate language or gestures;


F.     Making public statements that are derogatory, controversial or outside the college’s accepted media policy;


G.    Engaging in areas that constitute harassment (verbal, physical, sexual, or any combination thereof);


H.    Participating in any action that violates generally recognized ethical standards of Intercollegiate Athletics participation.

The 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:

A.       My first offense (ejection) in a contest will result in a suspension from the following game.

B.       My second offense (ejection) will result in a suspension from all remaining contests including post-conference competition.

C.       Striking or attempting to strike an official is an immediate ejection and disqualification from participation in California community college athletic activities for 60 months.

D.      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.

E.       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 above.   



The role of Palomar College athletic trainers, as certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) is to:

1.    Aid in the prevention, assessment and administration of athletic injuries;

2.    Establish and maintain a professional relationship with Coaches and the intercollegiate athletic administration;

3.    Maintain accurate records for individual student athletes in regard to medical referrals, insurance claims and rehabilitative progress.

4.    Maintain a daily commitment to both learning and instruction;

5.    Develop, maintain and seek to improve communications with student-athletes, Coaches and the athletic administration; and

6.    Maintain a clean, hazard-free work environment conducive to the prevention, care and management of athletic injuries.


                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.


1.        Sign in if you intend to receive a treatment, including ice.

2.        The head trainer, assistant trainer or student-assistant trainer must inspect and evaluate ALL new injuries within 48 hours of occurrence.

3.        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 coach and the trainer. No treatments or taping will be done 15 minutes prior to practice.

4.        Student athletes are expected to clean up after themselves; among other items, please:

a.        Empty ice bags and throw the bag out.

b.       Discard plastic wrap in the garbage.

c.        Re-rack hot pack covers to dry and put hot packs away.


     All 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 or older.

          Please refer to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the insurance coverage section below.


The Palomar 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.

  Athletic 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.

  The Palomar 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 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 over-the-counter products.

A certified 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 purposes. 


                Prescription anti-inflammatory medications may be distributed by the certified athletic trainer at the discretion of the team physician.


When an 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:

1.        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.

2.        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.

3.        A student insurance accident injury claim form will be completed and forwarded to the following:

a.    Blue Cross of California

b.   Student Insurance, Inc.

c.    PC Health Services Center

d.   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 options.

5.       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.


6.       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.


7.       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.


8.        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.


9.        The affected athlete will follow a safe return to unrestricted activity as determined by the orthopedic surgeon and the certified athletic trainer.



                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 injuries:

1.        While taking part in a covered activity described below, sponsored by and supervised by the policyholder; or

2.        Traveling straight to and from the activity as a member of a group under the policyholder’s supervision.

*Class I Sports: Football, Soccer, Wrestling

  Class II 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.

                While 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.

                Supervised and sponsored sports activity means a covered activity that:

1. Takes 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

2.  Is sponsored, organized or otherwise provided by the institutional sports program; and

3.  Is 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 College.

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.


                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.

                These 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.

                Palomar College 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..

Palomar maintains one of the best records among the Nation’s 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 coaches.

Check out our distinguished athletic alumni by CLICKING HERE.


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