SUBJECT: Frequency of Play Limits and Medical Hardship Limits – Bowling

Amend Bylaws Article I, Section F, Items 1-2 as follows:

1.  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 during that academic year. Further, no student may compete in a sport in an academic year in more than the number of games, contests or playing dates listed below (this includes varsity, junior varsity, freshman, etc.), excluding NAIA-approved postseason participation.

In the sports of baseball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track, volleyball and wrestling, an institution is allowed one exhibition competition per season. In the sports of competitive cheer and competitive dance, an institution is allowed one cheer exhibition competition and one dance exhibition competition per season. The competition must meet the definition of an exhibition under Article V, Section B, item 6 of the NAIA bylaws. The exhibition competition will count as one varsity game, contest or playing date within the limits stated above.

Exhibition competition is not allowed in the sport of football.

For the sport of basketball, an institution is allowed one or more exhibition competitions per season so long as the total number of games, exhibitions and scrimmages does not exceed 32. For the sport of basketball, an exhibition competition will not count as a varsity game.

EXCEPTION: In the sport of tennis, the Fall ITA regional and national singles and doubles tournaments shall not count towards the student’s playing limits.

2. The following number of scrimmage dates per sport will be allowed in addition to the maximum number of varsity games, contests or playing dates which an institution may schedule or in/on which a student may compete.


Amend Bylaws Article V, Section M, Item 2 as follows:

2.   All hardship requests must meet the following criteria:

a. They must involve an injury or illness which is beyond the control of the student or coach and which incapacitates the student from competing further during the sport season in question as verified by the attending physician (i.e. M.D. or D.O.) who must have examined the student during the sport season in question.

b. The student involved shall not have participated in more contests or dates, excluding scrimmages, in the affected sport during the sports season than those listed for the sport:

NOTE 1:   These limits shall be updated annually to reflect 20% of the maximum allowable contests or dates as listed in Article I, Section F, Item 1 of the NAIA Bylaws.

NOTE 2:  These limits shall apply to injuries occurring on or after August 1, 2015. Medical Hardship requests for injuries occurring before August 1, 2015 will be evaluated based upon the rule(s) in place at the time of the injury.

c. Hardships cannot be requested for students who are incapacitated in the last regular-season contest or postseason competition.

d. All applicable information must appear on the completed certificate. This certificate, along with a current transcript, is to be sent to the National Office for processing.

e. Participation by a student after being examined by a physician for the incapacitating injury or illness and before receiving written medical clearance shall nullify hardship considerations.


Intent: To establish 14 as the maximum number of contests in which a bowling team may compete in an academic year, clarify that no additional scrimmage dates are provided, and establish three contests as the maximum number of contests in which a bowling student-athlete may participate and be eligible for a medical hardship.

Effective date: August 1, 2018

Submitted by: National Administrative Council


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