University of the District of Columbia officials said yesterday they officially have been notified that the men's basketball team would not be considered for a postseason NCAA Division II playoff spot because the Firebirds used an ineligible player in 11 victories this season.

Emma Best, UDC's acting athletic director, said after the NCAA selection committee weighed all the facts in the case of sophomore transfer Terrence Ball, it decided not to consider UDC for a bid. The Firebirds were 17-3 when the school forfeited the 11 games because Ball had not fulfilled a residency requirement to be eligible. The school finished strongly, winning six of its last eight to close at 12-16.

"We hoped to get an at-large bid on the strength of our overall success. We only asked them to listen to our case and they did that," Best said. "The ruling states if any player who is ruled ineligible has contributed to a team's success {it} makes that team ineligible for postseason play."

Dennis Poppe, NCAA director of championship play, said his committee reviewed UDC's case and according to Ball's statistics and minutes played (averaged 21.8 minutes, 9.1 points and 7.5 rebounds in 12 games), he was judged to be a major contributor when he was ruled ineligible.

"There was compelling evidence Mr. Ball contributed to UDC's success {won 11 of 12 games in which Ball participated} when he was ruled ineligible and according to the rules, because he was a major factor, his team cannot be considered for any postseason play," Poppe said.

Ball, who played a year at Delaware State and sat out a year before transferring to UDC in January 1988, was prematurely certified by the UDC athletic office before his credentials could be verified. Best became aware of a possible problem with Ball's credentials following UDC's victory over North Carolina Central, ranked No. 1 at the time in Division II. After an investigation, Best notified the NCAA. The school then forfeited the wins in which Ball played.

While the men's team (12-16) will have to wait until next season, the women's team concluded the regular season with a 24-2 record and is ranked 17th nationally and third seeded in the South Atlantic Region. The playoff teams will be announced this weekend.