Maximum Seasons of Competition

On September 19, 2019, in Competitive Experience Recommendations, by Scott Harold

Current State:

Seasons of competition are limited to four years of athletic competition.



None. The committee recommends a maximum of four seasons of competition be maintained. However, the reasons for which those seasons are charged needs to be modified.



To continue to limit student-athlete participation to four years. The limitation encourages graduation in a timely manner and maintains a reasonable level of competitiveness.


Purpose Statements this supports:

  • Simplification and transparency.
  • Ease of application.
  • Alignment with NAIA philosophy of self-reporting and self-governance.
  • Strengthen recruitment opportunities for NAIA institutions against NCAA DII and DIII institutions.
  • Support student recruitment, retention, enrollment, graduation rates and student experience.
  • Maintain reasonable limitations based on competitive experience.



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