18-B-11: Season of Competition

On March 16, 2018, in Bylaws Proposals, by Jen Saab

SUBJECT: Season of Competition

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18 as follows:

18. Season of Competition:

a.     Participation in one or more intercollegiate contests whether in a varsity, junior varsity or freshman program. The NAIA shall count take at face value seasons of competition based on intercollegiate participation charged as assessed by another intercollegiate athletic association.

EXCEPTION 31: While enrolled as a full-time collegiate student at an NAIA institution,** a student who competes unattached will not be charged a season of competition based on this participation as an unattached student-athlete., provided the unattached competition does not exceed the limits listed in Article V, Section M, Item 2b. Any unattached competition in excess of these limits will not be covered by this exception, and may result in charging the student a season of competition. A student is considered to be competing as an unattached student-athlete if the following seven criteria are met:

1.   A coach or representative of the athletics department does not enter the student(s) in the event;

2.   The institution or its representative does not provide meals or housing to the student(s) with regard to the event;

3.   The student(s) does not wear an institutional uniform nor use the institution’s name in the event;

4.   Student(s) competing “unattached” are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;

5 Student(s) are made aware that they are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;

6.   All competition and participation must conform to NAIA amateur status regulations; and

7.   Student(s) are academically and athletically eligible for intercollegiate competition, in accordance with all applicable NAIA, conference and institutional eligibility regulations.

 b.  Participation in any elite-level competition, in accordance with the parameters found in the Competitive Experience Evaluative Criteria, on or after the first day of the thirteenth month following high school graduation. The NAIA shall count take at face value seasons of competition based on non-collegiate participation as assessed charged by another intercollegiate athletic association, including determination of unattached status. Additional seasons of competition, based on non-collegiate participation, will be charged when the student is not enrolled in a collegiate institution, or is enrolled but does not represent the institution in intercollegiate competition.

EXCEPTION 1: While enrolled as a full-time collegiate student at an NAIA institution, a student will not be charged a season of competition based on participation in national- or Olympic-level contests, including trials.

EXCEPTION 3: While enrolled as a full-time collegiate student at an NAIA institution,** a student will not be charged a season of competition based on participation as an unattached student-athlete. A student is considered to be competing as an unattached student-athlete if the following seven criteria are met:

1.   A coach or representative of the athletics department does not enter the student(s) in the event;

2.   The institution or its representative does not provide meals or housing to the student(s) with regard to the event;

3.   The student(s) does not wear an institutional uniform nor use the institution’s name in the event;

4.   Student(s) competing “unattached” are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;

5 Student(s) are made aware that they are not covered by institutional athletic insurance;

6.   All competition and participation must conform to NAIA amateur status regulations; and

7.   Student(s) are academically and athletically eligible for intercollegiate competition, in accordance with all applicable NAIA, conference and institutional eligibility regulations.

EXCEPTION 1: An individual who trains or competes as a member of a non-collegiate postsecondary education (i.e. preparatory school) team will not be charged a season of competition.

EXCEPTION 2: The date of a student’s 18th birthday will be used as the date of high school graduation if:

a. The date of high school graduation cannot be ascertained; or

b. The student earned a high school equivalency through the GED or other exam(s) without otherwise graduating high school.

NOTE 1: For purposes of this bylaw, eligibility shall be determined by a national third-party administrator (NAIA Eligibility Center) authorized by the Council of Presidents.

NOTE 2: Unless specified elsewhere in the NAIA Bylaws (i.e. Article V, Section F, Item 9) no student shall be charged more than one season of competition during any 12-month period. Participation in elite-level competition after May 15 shall be charged within the 12-month period that includes the subsequent academic year.

NOTE 3: Athletes charged a season of competition pursuant to this paragraph must also comply with other applicable NAIA Bylaws, including Article VII (Amateur Rules) and Article V, Section C (Eligibility Requirements).

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Intent: To modify the competitive experience rule in the following ways: limit the unattached exception to apply only to intercollegiate competition, and place a limit on the number of times a student may compete unattached that is equal to the medical hardship contest limit in the respective sport; clarify the parameters for when a student is charged a season for non-intercollegiate elite-level competition will be determined by the Competitive Experience Evaluative Criteria; recognize at face value an assessment of seasons of competition charged made by another intercollegiate athletic association regarding a student’s unattached status while competing under that association; and create an exception that permits a student to compete in national- or Olympic-level competition without being charged a season of competition.

Effective date: May 1, 2018

Submitted by: Competitive Experience Committee

 

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