Palomar College Intercollegiate Athletics Program
The intercollegiate athletic program at Palomar College consists of a combined 22 men’s and women’s varsity-sport teams, including: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women's beach volleyball, 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, women's 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.
THE GOAL OF THE INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS PROGRAM IS TO:
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.
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, women's beach volleyball, men’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, women's 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.
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CCCAA)
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.
PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (PCAC)
Palomar College is also an affiliated member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC), which provides league competition in the following sports: badminton, baseball, basketball (M/W), cross country (M/W), golf (M), soccer (M/W), softball, swimming (M/W), tennis (M/W), track & field (M/W), volleyball (M/W) and water polo (M/W). Along with Palomar, the PCC membership includes Cuyamaca College (El Cajon), College of the Desert (Palm Desert), Grossmont College (El Cajon), Imperial Valley College (Imperial), Mira Costa College (Oceanside), Mt. San Jacinto College (San Jacinto), San Bernardinto Valley College (San Bernardino), San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and Southwestern College (Chula Vista).
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (SCFA)
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: Fullerton College, Golden West College (Huntington Beach), Grossmont College (El Cajon), Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa) and Saddleback College (Mission Viejo).