College Board of Trustees Approves Establishment of New Intercollegiate Sports Program

Release Date
2017-10-19
Contact
Trish Carroll, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8184
Press Release

Carroll Community College Board of Trustees Approves
Establishment of New Intercollegiate Sports Program

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Board of Trustees of Carroll Community College (Carroll) authorized the College to begin the process of introducing an intercollegiate sports program for the first time at the College. The Board approved the motion during its monthly meeting. The approval allows the College to submit membership applications to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO).

The College plans to offer women’s and men’s cross country, and women’s and men’s soccer during the first phase. The program is expected to launch in Fall, 2019. Fielding teams in subsequent years will depend on success during the first phase. Other programs under consideration for future phases may include lacrosse, baseball and softball.

An internal feasibility study during the summer of 2017 concluded that offering intercollegiate sports may increase full-time enrollment and expand academic programs at the College.

Dr. Rosalie Mince, Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, stated, “Offering intercollegiate athletics is certainly a strategy that we hope will positively affect enrollment, but it is also a chance for Carroll to provide students with more opportunities to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. Participation in intercollegiate athletics requires grit.  We want to help students develop the abilities they need to set long-term goals and overcome challenges.”

Current NJCAA regulations require athletes to maintain eligibility. Student-athletes at Carroll would need to be full-time, taking at least 12 credits in the fall and spring semesters. They must also achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA and make satisfactory progress towards degree completion to remain eligible.

According to the study, Carroll County has one of the highest participation rates for high school athletics in the state of Maryland. Over 3,600 high school athletes participated in at least one sport in 2015-2016.  Carroll is only one of two community colleges in the state that does not have intercollegiate sports.

“A new intercollegiate sports program will meet a growing need among prospective and current Carroll students who commit to playing a sport in college,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “High school athletic directors report that they believe more high school athletes would continue athletics in college if local opportunities existed. Carroll wants to be a student athlete’s first choice in this arena. We believe that a new program would be an attractive alternative to colleges outside the county for student athletes.”

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Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157.