Delta College student-athletes must maintain athletic eligibility as established by the NJCAA. The information below are the general athletic eligibility rules. You may contact the Delta College Athletic Department for specific eligibility rules at 989-686-9477 or reference the NJCAA eligibility on http://www.njcaa.org/
Requirements for entering student-athletes
Students must be a high school graduate, or have received a high school equivalency diploma, or have been certified as having passed a national test such as the General Education Development Test (GED).
Requirements for Athletic Eligibility
Student-Athlete must be making satisfactory progress within an approved college program and course as listed in the college catalog.
Students must be in regular attendance within fifteen (15) calendar days from the beginning of classes of the term in which the student chooses to participate.
Students must maintain enrollment in twelve (12) or more credit hours of college work as listed in the college catalog during each term of athletic participation.
Semester Student-Athlete Eligibility
Prior to the last official date to register for the second full-time semester, as published in the college catalog, a student-must have twelve (12) semester hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Prior to the last official date to register for the second full-time semester, and all subsequent semesters thereafter, (as published in the college catalog), a student must satisfy one of the following requirements to be eligible for the upcoming term:
- A student must pass a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher during the previous semester of full-time enrollment.
- A student must pass an accumulation of semester hours equal to twelve (12) multiplied by the number of semesters in which the student was previously enrolled full-time with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Prior to the second season of participation in the NJCAA certified sport, a student must pass a minimum accumulation of twenty-four (24) semester hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher.
NOTE: The athletic eligibility of this student-athlete manual has been included for your general understanding of the NJCAA eligibility rules. This section is not a conclusive reproduction of the entire NJCAA Article V eligibility rules. The student eligibility will be determined by the Delta College Athletic Director.
The Athletic Director will run eligibility checks to ensure adherence of maintaining at least 12 credit hours prior to each athletic contest. If it is found that an athlete is not maintaining 12 credit hours, they will be established as ineligible and will not be able to participate in the athletic contest until they re-establish their eligibility. Any questions pertaining to this section should be taken to the Athletic Director.
General Information for Student-Athletes
Below is copy of a document that is available for all student-athletes to refer to in the Delta College Athletic Handbook. This was created to offer general guidelines and to answer commonly asked questions regarding eligibility.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is committed to providing quality athletic opportunities to enhance the entire collegiate learning experience for its students. The Association and its member colleges strive to provide equal opportunities for all concerned student-athletes. The Association is sensitive to the special needs and circumstances of the Community/Junior College student while keeping within the high academic standards of our 510 member institutions.
Q: How do I determine my initial eligibility?
A: Due to the unique academic and athletic situation of each individual, and the complexity of the NJCAA eligibility rules, it is recommended that each potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the athletic personnel at the NJCAA College where they have chosen to attend. Should the athletic staff have any questions in determining an individual’s eligibility, the college may contact the NJCAA National Office for assistance.
Q: Must I have graduated from high school?
A: Students must be a high school graduate or must have received a high school equivalency diploma or have been certified as having passed a national test such as the General Education Development Test (GED). Non-high school graduates can establish eligibility by completing one term of college work having passed twelve credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher. This term must be taken after the student’s high school class has graduated.
Q: How many seasons may I participate in a sport?
A: Students are allowed two (2) seasons of competition in any sport at a NJCAA college, if they have not participated at any intercollegiate level during two (2) seasons previously. Playing in one or more regularly scheduled contests prior to post-season competition uses one season of participation in that sport. Warning: Students who falsify their academic records and / or information about previous athletic participation shall be barred from any future competition in any NJCAA member college at any time.
Q: Must I be a full-time student during the season?
A: Students must maintain full-time status during the season of the sport(s) in which they have chosen to participate (full-time status being 12 credit hours or more). At Delta College ‘the season’ is defined as the entire 15 week academic semester, regardless of schedule of game completion.
Q: What determines my eligibility after my initial full-time enrollment?
A: Eligibility is determined prior to the last official date to register for the term as published in the college catalog. At that time, the student must have:
1. Passed 12 credit hours with a 1.75 GPA in their previous full-time term or;
2. Have a total accumulation of 12 credit hours for each previous full-time term with a 2.0 GPA or higher or;
3. As a first season participant must have passed a minimum accumulation of 24 semester credit hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher for the initial term participation regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements.
Q: Are there additional requirements I must meet to participate?
A: A student must also make progress towards graduation. Before participation in a second season in any certified sports(s), a student must have:
1. Obtained at least 24 semester hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher or;
2. Must have passed a minimum accumulation of 36 semester credit hours for a fall sport, 48 semester credit hours for a spring sport, with a 2.0 GPA or higher, regardless of previous term or other accumulation requirements.
3. Q: What are the requirements for transfer students?
4. A: All transfer students must adhere to the eligibility rules of the NJCAA to be eligible for participation at a member institution. Check Article V. Section 10 of the NJCAA Handbook to make sure you meet all transfer requirements of the NJCAA.
5. Q: What requirements will I have to meet to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college?
6. A: Questions relative to a transfer from a NJCAA college to a four-year program must be addressed by the four-year college and/or their national governing body (i.e. NCAA or NAIA).
7. Q: Are the rules uniform throughout the entire membership?
8. A: The various regions of the NJCAA may adopt rules which are more stringent than the national rules, but none that are less stringent. It would be best for you to check the rules that exist within the region in which you are interested in attending. Any member college can assist you with any regional differences, which may exist.