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 Inland Empire Athletic Conference, whose membership includes the following colleges: Barstow College, Chaffey College, Cerro Coso College, Copper Mountain College, Crafton Hills College, College of the Desert, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Palo Verde College, San Bernardino Valley College, and Victor Valley College. Football competes in the Southern California Football Alliance (SCFA) in the American Mountain Division.

COD offers the following sports: for men - baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; for women - basketball, cross country, golf, beach 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.