Athletic eligibility is governed by the rules of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and the academic standards of Pierce College. It is important that all prospective and current student-athletes be familiar with the rules governing their eligibility for participation.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
Second Year Eligibility
Other Eligibility Considerations
For additional information regarding NWAC eligibility rules, go to their website or contact the Pierce College Athletic Department with specific questions about collegiate athletic eligibility.
Pierce College Athletics contracts with MVP Physical Therapy to provide comprehensive athletic training for all Raider sports programs. The Athletic Training (AT) staff members provide medical coverage, including injury prevention, immediate care of injuries, evaluation and assessment, injury rehabilitation and reconditioning, and education and counseling. All student-athletes, regardless of sport affiliation, race, or gender, have equal access to the athletic training room and the services provided therein.
AT staff members provide coverage of regular training room hours at the Health Education Centers at the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup colleges. In addition, AT staff members are present at all home athletic events and tournaments.
Injury prevention is the top priority for Pierce's AT staff. However, injuries do occur in athletics and, when they do, Pierce's goal is to make sure student-athletes receive the best immediate and follow-up care. When the athlete returns to competition, Pierce aims to have them in better condition than before the injury with a reduced chance of re-injury.
In the event of an injury, student-athletes must contact the Athletic Department Office as soon as possible to discuss the college's supplemental medical insurance coverage. This will help to insure the timely processing and payment of medical expenses related to the student-athlete's treatment.
In addition to federal or state financial aid, student-athletes may be eligible for one or more of the three types of financial assistance awards that can be provided by Raider coaches. The head coach of each sport is responsible for determining the athletic financial assistance awards for their respective student-athletes, in accordance with Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges (NWAC) regulations and with oversight by the Pierce College Financial Aid Office.
Scholarships and Waivers
Referred to as "grants-in-aid" by the NWAC, these awards may be provided to student-athletes at the discretion of the coaches, and may only be used toward the cost of tuition. The amount of these awards is governed by the NWAC, with a limited number of awards allowed for each sport.
Scholarships are funds that are raised through a variety of activities and events sponsored by Raider Athletics, in partnership with the Pierce College Foundation.
Waivers represent a portion of a student's tuition that is waived by Pierce College.
To receive athletic assistance and remain eligible for it, student-athletes must meet all academic requirements for their athletic eligibility:
Student-athletes may be awarded employment opportunities through the Athletic Department as part of their financial assistance award. These opportunities are limited and are based on the availability of funding. The maximum grant is $1,500 per year. All student-athlete employment is to be performed on campus as assigned and supervised by college employees.
All financial aid or scholarships received by a student-athlete from sources outside of Pierce College must be processed through the Pierce College Financial Aid Office, and must meet NWAC regulations.
View the financial aid website for additional information about financial aid opportunities at Pierce College.
All student-athletes are subject to the rules and regulations of the NWAC Code Book, the Pierce College Student Code of Conduct, and the policies and procedures of the Pierce College Athletic Department. Additionally, student-athletes are responsible for complying with the rules pertaining to individual participation on a specific team, as provided by the team's coaching staff. Student-athletes are subject to disciplinary action for any violation of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures stated above.
It is expected that all student-athletes conduct themselves in a manner that represents the highest level of sportsmanship. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and may be subject to individual disciplinary action. Violations may include, but will not be limited to:
Drug and Alcohol Use
It is the policy of Pierce College to prohibit the unlawful use, sale, dispensing, or possession of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, or drugs that not medically authorized. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages by any participant (student, coach, staff or official) during a college sponsored practice, game or athletic event is strictly prohibited, and will result in the immediate removal of the individual from the activity, and may result in further disciplinary action. Any student-athlete involved in the use of drugs or alcohol may face dismissal from the team and from Pierce College, as well as legal action. All student-athletes are subject to the laws of the Cities of Lakewood and Puyallup, as well as state and federal law.
As stated in the NWAC Code Book, the use or possession of any form of tobacco by any participant (student, coach, faculty, staff or official) during any NWAC or member college practice, game or athletic activity is prohibited and will result in the participant being removed from that activity.