National Junior College Athletic Association

National Junior College Athletic Association

Logo of the NJCAA
Abbreviation NJCAA
Formation May 14, 1938 (Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
Legal status Association
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado
Region served
525 schools in 24 regions
Official language
Executive Director
Mary Ellen Leicht
Main organ
Executive Committee

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is divided into divisions and regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions.


The idea for the NJCAA was conceived in 1937 at Fresno, California. A handful of junior college representatives met to organize an association that would promote and supervise a national program of junior college sports and activities consistent with the educational objectives of junior colleges.

The constitution presented at the charter meeting in Fresno on May 14, 1938, was accepted and the National Junior College Athletic Association became a functioning organization.

In 1949, the NJCAA was reorganized by dividing the nation into sixteen regions. The officers of the association were the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations director, and the sixteen regional vice presidents. Although the NJCAA was founded in California, it no longer operates there and has been supplanted instead by the unaffiliated California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) with 100+ colleges participating.

Division history

Each institution belonging to the NJCAA chooses to compete on the Division I, II or III level in designated sports. Division I colleges may offer full athletic scholarships a maximum of tuition, fees, room and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies, and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Division II colleges are limited to awarding tuition, fees, course related books, and up to $250 in course required supplies. Division III institutions may provide no athletically related financial assistance. However, NJCAA colleges that do not offer athletic aid may choose to participate at the Division I or II level if they so desire.

Years Division
1938–1945 None
1945–1986 Division I
1986–1991 Division I, Division II
1991— Division I, Division II, Division III


Halls of fame

NJCAA Hall of Fame
See footnote[1]
NJCAA Hall of Fame (Region XVI)
See footnote[2]
NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
See footnotes[3][4]
NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame
See footnote[5]
NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
See footnote[6]
NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
See footnote[7]
NJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
See footnote[8]

Conferences and regions

Current NJCAA map of Regions.


Men's and women's Division III basketball championship trophies from 2003 at Suffolk County Community College


See also: Suplizio Field and Baseball awards § U.S. college baseball

Basketball Championships


Due to the relatively small number of schools fielding teams, some football-only conferences exist. They may be home to teams from multiple regions.

There are also independent schools in regions 2 (Arkansas Baptist), 3 (upstate New York), 8 (ASA-Miami), 10 (Louisburg, N.C.), 12 (Hocking College), 15 (Globe Tech), and 17 (Georgia Military). Onondaga Community College's football program does not compete in the NJCAA but instead competes at the club football level.

Regions 7, 9, 16, 20, 22 and 24 do not have any football programs. [12]

See also


  1. "Blinn's Rehr Inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame". Gray Television, Inc. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  2. "Hall of Fame / NJCAA Region XVI". Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  3. For list of inductees, see "JUCO Coaches Hall of Fame". JUCO World Series website. COBB & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  4. "2011 NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame Class Announced". NJCAA. January 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  5. "NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  6. "NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class". NJCAA. December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  7. Shoot, Jason (January 25, 2011). "Scovel named to 2011 NJCAA Hall of Fame Class". News Freedom Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  8. "NJCAA Football Hall of Fame Releases Inductees of 2011 Class"., Inc. October 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  9. "Home page". JUCO World Series website. COBB & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  10. For All-Tournament teams, World Series records (including champions and MVPs), and JUCO Coaches Hall of Fame, see "History". JUCO World Series website. COBB & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  11. "JUCO Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame". JUCO World Series website. COBB & Associates, Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-11.

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