SUBJECT: Season of Competition – Unattached – Non-NAIA Institutions

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section B, Item 18b 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 seasons of competition based on intercollegiate participation charged by another intercollegiate athletic association. 

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 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.

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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.


Intent: To permit the NAIA to honor another athletic association’s assessment regarding non-intercollegiate seasons of competition, including determinations involving unattached participation by a student.

Effective date: May 1, 2018

Submitted by: Golden State Athletic Conference

Co-sponsored by: Wrestling Coaches Association


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