21-B-01: Postseason Participation for First-Year Members

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article I, Section A as follows: Active Membership shall be accorded to colleges and universities which meet the following requirements: a. Be a four-year college or university or an upper-level, two-year institution that awards a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree, or its equivalent. b. Be accredited by one of the six institutional accrediting bodies: (Middle […]

21-B-02: Senior Woman Leader

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Add Bylaws Article I, Section E as follows: SECTION E – SENIOR WOMAN LEADER All NAIA institutions will name a senior woman leader to promote meaningful representation of women in the leadership and management of intercollegiate sports on NAIA campuses. This role provides an identifiable female presence at each member institution with whom staff and […]

21-B-03: Frequency of Play: Start Dates and Contest Limits

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Article I, Section G, Item 1 as follows: The maximum number of varsity games, contests or playing dates an institution may schedule is listed below. The number of junior varsity or freshman games, contests or playing dates scheduled during the academic year cannot exceed the number of varsity games, contests or playing dates scheduled […]

21-B-04: Wrestling Frequency of Play and Medical Hardship Limits

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Article I, Section G, Item 1 as follows: The maximum number of varsity games, contests or playing dates an institution may schedule is listed below. The number of junior varsity or freshman games, contests or playing dates scheduled during the academic year cannot exceed the number of varsity games, contests or playing dates scheduled […]

21-B-05: Frequency of Play – Football Regulations

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article I, Section G, Item 6 as follows: 6. Practice will be defined as follows: An activity organized and/or directed by an identified member of the coaching staff of that sport in which appropriate equipment is used or instruction and/or evaluation of the athlete takes place. In the sport of football, the following […]

21-B-06: Inter-Terms – Reliance on Transcript

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Remove Article I, Section N as follows: I  SECTION N         INTER-TERMS Institutions having an inter-term that occurs between two regular terms may use the inter-term in one of three different ways in determining eligibility for students. The options are as follows: a. The inter-term shall stand separate. Eligibility shall be determined at the end […]

21-B-07: Inter-Terms – Reliance on Completion Date

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Remove Article I, Section N as follows: Institutions having an inter-term that occurs between two regular terms may use the inter-term in one of three different ways in determining eligibility for students. The options are as follows: a. The inter-term shall stand separate. Eligibility shall be determined at the end of the first term, again […]

21-B-08: Season of Competition

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18b as follows: Season of Competition: . . . b. Participation in any eliteprofessional-level competition on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following high school graduation. A student will be charged a season of competition for participating in at least one professional-level event within a […]

21-B-09: Season of Competition – Medical Hardships

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18b, Exception 4 as follows: 18. Season of Competition: . . . b. Participation in any elite-level competition on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following high school graduation. The NAIA shall count seasons of competition based on non-collegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic […]

21-B-10: Initial Eligibility

On April 26, 2021, in 2021 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2 as follows: An entering freshman student can become eligible by achieving an overall high school grade point average of 2.300 or higher on a 4.000 scale. EXCEPTION: A prospective student attending an accredited U.S. high school can satisfy NAIA entering freshman academic requirements prior to completing high […]