Eligibility

Eligibility

To compete in NIRCA events, both Team and Individual Eligibility criteria must be met.

Fall

Team

Only member clubs may participate in NIRCA Qualifying Events.

Member clubs are required to attend the NIRCA Regional Championship meet in their regions prior to the National Championships.

Any NIRCA member clubs may register and participate in Fall season and Regional Championship meets.

The club must also submit a registrar-verified eligibility form prior to Nationals each competition season.

 

Individual

Individuals must be full-time* undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at the University/College they wish to compete for and cannot be on a varsity team roster during their semester/ quarter of NIRCA competition.

Students must also be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA above 2.0.

Each individual must have competed in at least one NIRCA-qualifying cross country meet prior to the cross country National Championship.

Unattached athletes are not eligible for competition.

*Exceptions for full-time status will be made for final semester/graduating students who were full time in their previous semester.

 

Nationals

All clubs must confirm their NIRCA eligibility with their universities prior to participating in the NIRCA National Championships each season. In order to do so:

  1. have your runners sign the eligibility form
  2. turn it in to your University Registrar to verify the information
  3. mail the form to

    NIRCA - Eligibility
    PO Box 1546
    Newport News, VA 23601
The form MUST be received before the Regional Championship meet.

Submitting this form does not register your club for Nationals - It only verifies eligibility. You must separately register.

Verification Form

 

In the event of an A-B Race split

A member club can qualify for seven spots in the NIRCA Cross Country National Championships 'A' Race by competing in the NIRCA Cross Country Regional Championships. This rule applies per gender. The seven spots are to be specified by the member club at the time of Nationals registration. All seven spots do not have to be used and cannot be transferred to another member club.

Any athlete who does not meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Verification Form of being a full time student at your University and having a minimum of a 2.0 GPA is ineligible to participate in any NIRCA Regional or National Event. If that athlete travels to Nationals they are eligible only to compete in the Open Race.

Spring

Team

Only member clubs may participate in NIRCA Qualifying Events.

Member clubs are not required to attend at least one NIRCA qualifying race prior to the National Championships.

Any NIRCA member clubs may register and participate in Spring Nationals.

The club must also submit a registrar-verified eligibility form prior to Nationals each competition season.

 

Individual

Individuals must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at the University/College they wish to compete for and cannot be on a varsity team roster during their semester/ quarter of NIRCA competition.

Students must also be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA above 2.0. Unattached athletes are not eligible for competition.

Currently there are no individual qualifying standards for the Spring Road and Track Nationals.

*Exceptions for full-time status will be made for final semester/graduating students who were full time in their previous semester.

 

Nationals

All clubs must confirm their NIRCA eligibility with their universities prior to participating in the NIRCA National Championships each season. In order to do so:

  1. have your runners sign the eligibility form
  2. turn it in to your University Registrar to verify the information
  3. mail the form to

    NIRCA - Eligibility
    PO Box 1546
    Newport News, VA 23601
The form MUST be received before the Regional Championship meet.

Submitting this form does not register your club for Nationals - It only verifies eligibility. You must separately register.

Verification Form