NIRSA Championship Series Eligibility

All participants must meet NIRSA Championship Series (NCS) eligibility requirements to be eligible to participate in the NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships. For complete player and team eligibility policies, view NCS Eligibility & Policies on the NIRSA website.

Team Eligibility

  • All teams may be Intramural Champions or any teams designated by the respective institution
  • All team players must attend the same institution from any two (2) or four (4) year degree-granting college or university.
  • Teams representing military installations are eligible to compete, so long as all members of those teams are assigned to the same military installation.
  • No women are allowed to compete on a men’s team; no men are allowed to compete on a women's team.
  • Teams are limited to a maximum of one (1) former varsity basketball players on a team. A former varsity player is defined as a student who has been listed on a “school's varsity squad list".

Player Eligibility

  • Faculty/staff are not eligible to participate unless they meet the minimum enrollment requirements.
  • Alumni are not allowed to participate regardless of any institution’s intramural program policies
  • Each participant must present a current valid picture ID prior to each game.
  • Each participant must complete and sign a waiver form prior to participation.

Enrollment Requirements

All participants must be currently enrolled students at least ½ of full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours as a graduate student.

  • Players must be enrolled for the minimum number of credit hours at least 45 days prior to the tournament.
  • If a graduating senior is taking less than the minimum required hours to fulfill graduation requirements, he/she must submit a letter from the registrar stating he/she will be graduating in the Spring 2017 semester/term.
  • Participants from schools on the quarter system must meet the eligibility requirements of the half time enrollment for both the current and the preceding quarter.

Former & Current Collegiate Players

Players must not be listed on the varsity roster (or "Squad List") in the same or related sport (basketball) for the current 2016-2017 academic year.

  • A maximum of one former collegiate player is allowed on a NIRSA Regional Basketball Roster.
  • Exceptions may be granted to any player that was listed on the roster for less than three weeks.
  • If a former varsity basketball player has been listed on a varsity roster or "squad list" for four or five academic years, that player is not eligible for NCS competition until after one full academic year.

Professional Players

A participant may not have been declared a professional in the same or a related activity.

  • A professional athlete is one who receives any kind of payment, directly or indirectly, for athletic participation, or who has participated in competition with a professional team.
  • A professional athletics team is any organized team that provides any of its players with more than actual and necessary expenses for participation on the team and/or declares itself to be professional.

Prior NCS/NIRSA Participation

Players are limited to six (6) appearances in NCS/NIRSA National events or limited in appearing on a varsity roster per sport.

  • These appearances can be non-consecutive, but eligibility is exhausted after any six (6) appearances on a roster in the same sport.
  • Beginning in Spring 2011, anyone participating as a first-time participant (at a National event) has six years of eligibility per sport at NCS/NIRSA events. Players that have appeared on a NCS/NIRSA roster in the same sport between Fall 2006 and Spring 2011 also have six (6) appearances that can also be non-consecutive.
  • Any players that appeared on a NCS/NIRSA event roster or varsity squad list prior to Spring 2008 are no longer eligible to participate in NCS/NIRSA events.
  • If a player has appeared on a "varsity squad list" at any two-year or four-year college in the same sport (basketball), this also constitutes a year(s) of used eligibility.
  • If a student played this varsity sport for two years, he/she still has four (4) appearances left at NCS/NIRSA events (so long as the maximum number of varsity players permitted).