Intercollegiate Athletics

Collaboration with Rec Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics


ADP has a designated counselor to provide education and counseling to students involved with Rec Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics. Students may self-refer or are referred by coaches, trainers, other professional staff, teammates or friends. In addition to individual counseling, the counselor provides trainings to groups, such as the ICA staff, ICA teams, Rec Cen student staff, and Club Sports leaders.

There is one designated student-athlete intern, supervised by the designated counselor, who helps provide substance use information to student-athlete peers. She promotes alternatives for stress reduction and the “party scene”. She also provides info for students seeking more support (CAPS, ADP, DSP, etc.). Posting info in the ICA building and sending emails to her peers help get the message across as well as presenting in Student Athlete Advisory Committee meetings and speaking with individuals who approach her with questions.

Intercollegiate Athletics has a strict drug policy and drug testing program. The policy is online on the UCSB Athletics website (

Student athletes are picked randomly as well as if suspected of drug use. They are notified 24 hours in advance to test by Drug-Free Sport. They’ll receive the results around a week later. If they receive a positive result, they’ll be mandated to attend four counseling sessions with an ADP counselor. These sessions are confidential except to the ICA Program Director regarding attendance, and paid for by ICA. The goal of counseling is to provide mental health support in addition to teaching students how substances can have negative effects on their athletic performance and reinforce abstaining from substances. Students are taught skills on how to avoid or turn down substances, identify alternatives for relaxation and socialization, and encouraged to be role models to their teammates.

If athletes receive a second positive test, they will lose 20% of their playing time and continue with 4 more counseling sessions at their own expense ($120). A third positive is 50% reduction in playing time and a fourth leads to dismissal from the team.

Students may self-refer for free, short-term, supportive counseling.