NJCAA Participation Requirements

NJCAA & Prince George’s Community College Eligibility Requirements

Prince George’s Community College adheres to the eligibility standards established by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Prior to participation, each student-athlete must be prepared to submit the following items to the Prince George’s Community College Athletic Office (or head coach). Please take the time to read and fill out the forms below. It is very important that you read and understand each item. Forms that need to be signed and returned are marked. If you are under 18 years of age, please make sure a parent or legal guardian signs the forms as well. Remember, you cannot participate until each item is on file in the Athletic Office.

Each student-athlete must be enrolled in 12 or more credits (full-time status) during the semester of the regular season.  If you are not enrolled in 12 or more credits, you are not eligible for participation.

Participation (past and future) may include, but is not limited to, organized practice, structured weight room activities, on the court/field conditioning, individual skill development or other activities as defined by NJCAA.

Required Academic Verification for all participants:

1. A copy of student-athlete's official high school transcript that certifies students has graduated from a standard U.S. high school AND attended three or more years of a U.S. high school. (Home school students need to contact the student activities office for verification procedures). For GED students a copy of the official results is required.




** Students who have graduated from a foreign high school or are on an I-20 Visa must do the following:



Have high school transcripts evaluated for verification that diploma is an equivalent to a standard U.S. high school diploma by one of the following companies and submit the results sealed and mailed or hand delivered. 



AACRAO International Education Services (click link)



World Evaluation Services (WES) (click link)



Letter of Admission from Prince George’s Community College (all non-United States student-athletes)



I-20 forms for all non-United States citizens (must be a copy of the official form with signatures, and stamp dates of arrival in the U.S.)

2. Students that have attended less than three years at a high school in the U.S. must meet other eligibility requirements. Students in this category that turn 21 prior to August 1, shall only have one year of eligibility remaining at an NJCAA member college.  Students that turn 22 prior to August 1, shall have no eligibility remaining at an NJCAA member college.

3. College transcripts from any other college(s) attended.

A physical examination must be completed on or after July 1 of each academic year. Must be completed by doctor or health care provider certified to perform a health evaluation (i.e. nurse practitioner).

5. Complete required Prince George’s Community College athletic compliance forms.
Each student-athlete must have a physical evaluation and sign all forms required by the college prior to participating in the first practice.

Additional important information for all participants:

Prince George’s Community College adheres to the academic guidelines established by the NJCAA. Each student-athlete must enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester during the season (see note below).  Student-athletes must also meet progress toward degree requirements to maintain NJCAA eligibility. There are additional eligibility requirements for second season participants and transfer students.  For more information please consult the NJCAA Prospective Student Athlete Information link below and ask your head coach or the Athletic Director.  IMPORTANT NOTE: Each course in the student-athlete's full-time class schedule (12 credits) must start prior to the end of the regular season.


Helpful information about the NJCAA

NJCAA Eligibility Corner Website

NJCAA Prospective Student Athlete Information (2017-18)

NJCAA Eligibility Rules Pamphlet (2018-19)


Finally, each student-athlete should be aware that they have a total of four years of eligibility to compete in intercollegiate athletics and playing for Prince George’s Community College counts as part of your eligibility. Students can only participate in intercollegiate athletics at PGCC/NJCAA level for two years and participation in NJCAA sports is limited to the first two years of participation.

It is the objective of the College that each student-athlete graduate from Prince George’s Community College with an Associate’s Degree or complete the academic program of choice. If your goal is to transfer and participate in intercollegiate athletics at a four-year college or university, please consult the head coach or athletic director who will be guiding you with that goal in mind. It is NOT our intent to keep students eligible just to play sports.

If you have any questions about your academic eligibility, please speak with your head coach or athletic director.

For more information, please contact Athletic Director Jo Ann Rogers Todaro at 301-546-0510 or email jtodaro@pgcc.edu.

Mailing Address:
Jo Ann Rogers Todaro
Prince George’s Community College
Athletic Director
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774

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Physical Location:
Jo Ann Rogers Todaro
Prince George’s Community College
Novak Field House Room 111
301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774