Scrimmages Listed on Official Schedule

Article V, Section 14.A.1 states,  “All scrimmages must be included and designated as such on the official schedule as published by the intercollegiate department”.  That being the requirement, what is considered the official schedule for an NJCAA member college?  Gone are the days where the official schedule was a foldable pocket-sized schedule that was usually incorrect before it was back from the printer.  The NJCAA considers a member college’s official schedule to be the schedule that exists on the college website as well as the schedule that is posted to the NJCAA/Presto website.

Ejection From a Scrimmage

It is the interpretation of the NJCAA National Office that an ejection in a scrimmage is governed by the NJCAA Sportsmanship Policy (Article XVIII) just as if it were an official contest.  This interpretation is based off of the fact that the student, coach or team personnel is participating in an organized activity representing the college and the NJCAA.  NJCAA sportsmanship policies should not only be limited to official games but all activity in the NJCAA.

In the case where a suspension is earned in an official contest, the suspension must be served in an official contest. It is not permissible to serve a suspension earned in an official contest in a scrimmage.

Benefits of Participating in College Athletics

As a former college athlete and having worked in the intercollegiate athletic field for the past 20 years, I am frequently asked the following question. “What are the benefits of participating in college athletics?”   Simple enough question at face value, but at times it is hard to give a thorough answer.  Below is a link to an article from Higher Education News which  answers that question very well.  I hope you enjoy it.


Meal Reimbursement

Article VI, Section 9 “Athletic programs may provide student-athletes meal reimbursement when they are required to attend organized team practice sessions or competition that are outside the academic calendar as posted in the college catalog.  Meal reimbursement is not to exceed the time period as designated in Article V, Section 20 Sports Procedures, in regard to the specific sports allowable start date and between terms for sports with seasons overlapping two or more terms; at a cost not to exceed $15 per day or the cost of campus dining normal meal charges.


Student-Athlete R a basketball athlete attends Community College A during the summer term.  Athletic aid was provided to student-athlete R during the summer term, including meals and is signed to a Letter of Intent/Scholarship for 2014-2015.  The summer term ends on August 9th and the fall term begins on August 25th.  Student-athlete R’s home is a few hours from Community College A, therefore he/she has decided to stay with a friend who lives near campus and wait for the fall term to begin.  Can Community College A provide meals to student-athlete R during this time?


NJCAA bylaws would not allow meal reimbursement for Student-Athlete R during the period of time beginning with the end of the summer term through the start of the fall term.  Student-Athlete R is not required to be on campus to attend organized team practice sessions or competitions that are outside of the academic year; therefore no aid including meal reimbursement can be provided during that time.

Transfer Transcripts

Effective with the 2014-2015 academic year, student-athletes in the NJCAA are required to have official transcripts or copies of official transcripts when calculating transfer credits for NJCAA eligibility.  Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts are required for documentation of ALL college enrollment and work.



Student-Athlete R is a transfer student who previously attended a four year college and one other community college before enrolling at Community College B.  Official transcripts were obtained from one of the previous colleges.  He/she owes money to the other college and cannot get his/her official transcript.  The student-athlete meets academic requirements based on their work at the one school and that work is documented on an official transcript from that school.  Is this student eligible without using credits from the one school where no transcript is obtainable? Are official transcripts still required from that school?



NJCAA bylaws require official transcripts from all previous colleges which he/she attended. If the student-athlete meets NJCAA academic requirements without those credits he/she may be eligible provided his/her terms of enrollment at the college, where an official transcript is not obtainable, are verified in a letter signed by the registrar.  The full-time terms will still count but no credits can be used from the college, where an official transcript is not obtainable.  If the registrar will not provide a letter verifying enrollment the student-athlete will be ineligible due to the fact that all required paperwork for eligibility is not on file.