University of the District of Columbia officials said yesterday they will forfeit 11 games in the wake of the NCAA's decision to declare sophomore transfer Terrance Ball ineligible this season.

"I met with {UDC} President {Dr. Raphael} Cortada and informed him of the NCAA decision regarding Ball, so we decided to go forward and inform the schools we will forfeit the games," UDC acting athletic director Emma Best said yesterday. "We don't know what the NCAA's decision will be but since they have chosen to declare Ball ineligible, we thought in the spirit of fair play, we decided not to wait to forfeit the games. We are in the process of informing the schools now."

NCAA Director of Eligibility Janet Justus, who chaired the committee that declared Ball ineligible for a violation of a residence rule, had said a second committee would notify UDC this week if it would be forced to forfeit the games Ball played in.

UDC, which hosted Winston-Salem State last night, went into the game with a 20-4 record and was ranked third in the Division II South Atlantic Region. The top four teams advance to the national playoffs. The forfeits will drop the Firebirds to 9-15.

Best hopes the NCAA playoff selection committee will consider giving the Firebirds a postseason bid on the strength of their overall success.

"The NCAA wants to invite the best teams and we do have a strong team without Ball," Best said. "In some instances, Ball played only a few minutes and wasn't a force for us. I just hope everyone realizes it wasn't intentional and realizes our team deserves a postseason bid."

UDC Coach Wil Jones declined comment yesterday.

The 6-foot-8 Ball was certified by the school's athletic office based on information that showed Ball had not participated in organized basketball for two years since transferring from Delaware State. Rules state any student-athlete who does not play organized sports for a period of two years is eligible immediately. When Best later discovered Ball had sat out only one year instead of two, it was reported to the NCAA. The NCAA ruled Ball ineligible last week.

Ball averaged 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for Delaware State and made all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference second team in the 1985-86 season.

He enrolled at UDC in January 1988 and averaged 9.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 12 games (one loss).

The games UDC will forfeit were against West Georgia, St. Paul's, Kutztown, Elizabeth City State, Virginia State (2), Queens, C.W. Post, Gallaudet, Winston-Salem State and North Carolina Central.