College of San Mateo participates as a member of the Coast Conference in the following intercollegiate sports: Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country, Football, Women’s Softball, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, and Women's Water Polo. CSM is a member of the Northern California Football Association. In order to be eligible a student must adhere to the California Community College Athletic Association Constitution and Coast Conference eligibility rules and regulations.

The following is a summary of eligibility regulations:

  1. In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must be actively enrolled in a minimum of 12 units during the season of sport and 9 of those units must be "academic". Such eligibility is required for non-conference, conference, and postconference participation.
  2. To be eligible for the second season of competition, the student-athlete must complete and pass 24 semester units with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. These units must be completed prior to the beginning of the semester of the second season of competition. The student/athlete must also have a Student Educational Plan in DegreeWorks. All units must be completed and passed at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.
  3. A student transferring for academic or athletic participation, who has previously participated in intercollegiate athletics at another California Community College, must complete 12 units in residence prior to the beginning of the semester of competition. A maximum of 8 units may be earned during the summer session.
  4. In order to continue athletic participation in any sport, the student-athlete must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in accredited post-secondary course work computed since the start of the semester of first participation.
  5. The 12-unit residency rule for previous participants will be waived for a student-athlete who has not competed at a post-secondary institution in the past five years.
  6. In meeting the unit requirements, courses in which grades of D, F, or NP were received may be repeated.

Student athletes who plan to transfer prior to receiving an AA degree should meet with their counselor/advisor and verify eligibility status for transfer based on past work and test scores from high school.

Those students who wish to seek financial assistance (athletic scholarship) and be eligible for competition must meet minimum NCAA requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the college to which they wish to transfer. Contact the Athletic Director for more information on athletic eligibility. Phone: 574-6462.

College of San Mateo observes all recruiting regulations of the Commission on Athletics, the governing body of California Community College intercollegiate athletics. In accordance with these regulations, athletic recruitment of any individual residing outside the College’s recruiting boundaries is prohibited. Likewise, any student of another California community college, regardless of residence, shall not be athletically recruited. The College of San Mateo recruiting area is composed of the County of San Mateo and the neighboring community college districts that share a common boundary.

Student athletes who reside outside the recruiting boundaries of College of San Mateo must make “first contact” with the College.

For more information, visit the Athletics website (Health and Wellness Building 5, Room 343, 574-6420).