NJCAA policy in regards to “Forfeits” and “No Contests”

Please be aware that the NJCAA adheres to the following policy in regards to ‘forfeits’ and ‘no contests’.

A forfeit can only be declared when all participating teams are present and the referee or other appropriate contest official has assumed jurisdiction in accordance with the applicable playing rules. A contest that has been completed can be declared a forfeit at a later date by appropriate governing bylaws and policies (national, region, conference). However, when a team does not appear (e.g., due to weather conditions, accidents, breakdown of vehicles, illness, or catastrophic causes) or cannot fulfill its schedule, a forfeit is not recorded (unless the rules of the sport provide for otherwise).

An institution shall not, for statistical purposes, declare a forfeit for nonfulfillment of a contest. Such instances shall be considered as “no contest” and should be marked as such in the Presto Sports NJCAA Stat System. In circumstances involving institutions from the same conference, the league office has the option to declare a forfeit win and loss for conference-standings purposes only but this does not change an institution’s overall won-lost record. In regards to what score and stats are entered in the Presto Sports NJCAA Stat System in the case of a forfeit, please refer to the guidelines on Page 6 of the NCAA Statistics’ Policies and Guide (also linked below). This page outlines for each sport what scores to enter for forfeits and at what point in the game stats become final. NCAA Guide: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/ForSIDs/Policies.pdf

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