Constitution #1 – National Administrative Council Membership

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, NAIA Governance, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Constitution to include the President of the NAIA Athletic Trainers Association (NAIA ATA) as a member of the National Administrative Council (NAC). Current Rule: National Administrative Council membership currently consists of the President and Vice-President of the Athletics Directors Association, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Conference Commissioners Association, the President [...]

Constitution #2 & Bylaws #5 – Amendment Proposals

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, NAIA Governance, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Constitution and Bylaws to ensure all NAIA associations, except the Conference Commissioners Association, receive co-sponsorship from at least one other NAIA affiliated conference/A.I.I., NAIA council  or NAIA standing committee prior to submitting an amendment to the NAIA Constitution or Bylaws. Current Rule: NAIA associations organized under NAIA Bylaws Article IX, with [...]

Bylaws #1 – NAIA Associate Membership

Proposed Change: To include NAIA associate members in affiliated conference totals for determining whether conference champions receive automatic qualification to national competition. Current Rule: NAIA associate members do not count toward an affiliated conference’s membership calculation for determining automatic qualifications to NAIA national championship competition. Implications: Affiliated conferences will be able to include NAIA associate members [...]

Bylaws #2 – Frequency of Play and Scheduling

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to change the NAIA definition of a week to be Monday at 12:00 a.m. through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Current Rule: A week in the NAIA is considered Sunday at 12:01 a.m. through Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Implications: Sunday would become the last day of the week, rather than the first [...]

Bylaws #3 – Declaration of Intent / Penalties

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to prevent an approved qualifying group from losing an automatic qualification when an institution in the approved qualifying group withdraws its intent to participate in NAIA postseason, or is suspended from NAIA postseason after originally declaring its intent to participate. Current Rule: An affiliated conference/A.I.I., or unaffiliated grouping currently loses [...]

Bylaws #4 – Affiliated Conferences: Per-sport membership

On March 14, 2014, in Conference Membership, Convention Legislation, NAIA Postseason, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to allow institutions to join an affiliated conference on a per-sport basis if the institution’s current conference does not have six institutions declaring intent to participate in NAIA postseason competition in the given sport. Current Rule: Institutions are restricted to qualifying for NAIA postseason competition through the affiliated conference in [...]

Bylaws #6 – Definition of Identification

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, Eligibility, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to establish an exception whereby entering freshman will identify with an institution during the student’s first two semester terms or first three quarter terms by enrolling in 12 or more credit hours, with a minimum of nine credit hours at the NAIA member institution, regardless of whether the credit hours [...]

Bylaws #7 – Seasons of Competition

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, Eligibility, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to set a student’s 18th  birthday as the date of high school graduation when the student earns the equivalent of a high school diploma through the GED or other similar exams. Current Rule: The date of high school graduation is set as the date in which the student successfully completes [...]

Bylaws #8 – Use of an Ineligible Student in Intercollegiate Competition

On March 14, 2014, in Convention Legislation, Eligibility, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to hold institutions harmless when a student supplied false information or a mistake by the NAIA Eligibility Center leads to the student participating as an ineligible athlete. Current Rule: Institutions must forfeit any victories in which an ineligible student participated. Implications: Forfeits  will not be required when an NAIA Eligibility Center [...]

Bylaws #9 – NAIA Amateur Code

On March 14, 2014, in Amateurism, Convention Legislation, Eligibility, by National Office

Proposed Change: Amend the Bylaws to permits a student to receive remuneration for use of the student’s picture/likeness, or for a public or media appearance if such action is without reference to the student’s collegiate institution or participation in intercollegiate athletics.. Current Rule: A student loses his amateur standing when the student is paid for [...]