College of the Desert is a California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) institution competing state-wide in fifteen sports. We are a member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, whose membership includes the following colleges: College of the Desert, Cuyamaca, Grossman, Imperial Valley, Mira Costa, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, San Bernardino Valley, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, San Diego Miramar, and Southwestern. Football competes in the Southern California Football Alliance (SCFA) in the American Mountain Division.

At this time, COD participates in the following sports: for men - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; for women - basketball, cross country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Students interested in participating in Athletics should complete the online questionnaire found on the Athletics webpage or contact the Athletic Department at (760) 773-2591.