18-B-13: Eligibility Center Requirement

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

SUBJECT: Eligibility Center Requirement

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C as follows:

For a student to be eligible for any NAIA recognized intercollegiate competition, a member institution must ensure that the student conforms to the following regulations.

Any student competing in a sport recognized by the NAIA who is a first-time NAIA participant must receive an eligible determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center prior to representing an NAIA institution in competition against competitors not directly identified with the institution. The Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives shall determine specific policies necessary to institute this requirement.

A first-time NAIA participant shall be defined as any student who has not previously represented an NAIA institution by competing in a scrimmage, exhibition or contest. This includes varsity, junior varsity and freshman team competitions in any sport that was recognized by the NAIA at the time of the student’s competition.

1.     An entering freshman student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or be accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling institution.

An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry-level requirements below. Students not meeting at least two of the three standards shall be denied athletics participation at a member institution for the first full year of attendance (two semesters, three quarters, or the equivalent) that such a student is identified with any institution(s). The three entry-level requirements are as follows:

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Intent: To clarify the existing requirement that all first-time NAIA participants must receive an eligible determination from the NAIA Eligibility Center prior to representing an NAIA institution in competition of any kind.

Effective date: May 1, 2018

Submitted by: Council of Presidents

Co-sponsored by: National Eligibility Committee

 

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